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The Big One: occassionally rides his bike to school, on the cross country running team and practices 5 days a week including cross country meets on Friday afternoons
The Little One: occassionally rides his bike to school, on the cross country running team and practices 4 days a week including cross country meets on Thursday afternoons; on a competitive soccer team and practices 3 days a week including two soccer games on the weekends
Jeff: rides his bike to work adding in 10 - 30 extra miles on the way; rides @ 200 miles a week (not counting his commute) for pleasure (yeah, I agree, weird); runs about 3 days a week
Deb: still recovering from a broken foot, pretty much sedentary, occassion walk with the dog and have made it back to Zumba twice
If you feel like taking a guess as to which Schroeder racked up the most Zamzee points, leave a comment.
We're giving away a total of 5 Zamzee meters (1 brand new Zamzee meters and 4 used Zamzee meters).
I can hear you thinking, "Zamzee. What the heck is Zamzee?" and immediately doing a Google search. So I'll save you a little time.
"Zamzee is a social enterprise on a mission to make it easier for tweens and families to be more physically active."
Social enterprise on a mission? What? Are we talking Star Trek? What? I'm confused...
In other words, Zamzee is a cleverly designed, fun way to get your couch potato preteen off the X-Box, PS3, Wii or Nintendo, and out the door doing something a little more physical than moving their thumbs.
Zamzee is a Fitbit for tweens, without all the fancy graphs, calorie count, etc. that a preteen could care less about. Zamzee is what Fitbit used to be: simple to use, tracks physical activity, plain and simple, nothing fancy. And unlike Fitbit, Zamzee is FREE to use, after you've purchased a meter for only $29.95. Or you can get one (or up to 5) for free by participating in our Zamzee Giveaway.
Setting up Zamzee is easy. Plug it in to the USB port on your computer or laptop and while it's charging, you can customize your avatar.
Can you guess who is who?
Then you pop that little puppy on your body, you can clip it to your waistband, your shirt pocket, or leave it in your pocket. Zamzee likes skin on skin action best and tracks better when it's clipped on your waist.
You can download the information each night to track daily progress or just wait until the end of the week. Nightly downloads give younger kids more immediate gratification.
Badges are earned for different levels: Newbie badge just for joining, 1st Timer Badge for uploading your first activity, and the list goes on.
Badges aren't the only things your kids can earn, they can earn Zamz (Zamzee currency) which can be used to buy tangible items like iPod Nanos, Wii and X-box games (yeah that cracked me up too - here we have a system designed to get kids to stop playing video games and one of the rewards is video games, but you've gotta give the kids what they want), and $25 gift cards.
A drop down prepopulated list of activites are available for your child to select what they were doing, where they were, and how they earned pointz (yes, that's a "z" on the end of points to correlate with the spelling on Zamzee), all designed to capture your child's imagination and get them to become an active participant.
What they were doing choices (well over 50 possibilities) range from the realistic "kickball", the silly "blowing bubbles", to the outrageous "taming ogres".
Where they were choices (again, tons to choose from) include "at Hogwarts", "in disguise", and "in zero gravity."
How choices include "and using the force", "like a Zombie", and "with my BFFs."
Perfectly geared to tweens, Zamzee was easy to use and fun. For adults, Zamzee is too simplistic, by golly we want to know how many calories we burned. Not having an option to create a field for what you were doing was also an issue.
But again, Zamzee was designed for tweens and not obsessive, type A adults.
Speaking of obessive, since we had four Zamzee meters, we opted to do a family challenge to see who could rack up the most activity pointz.
We've been struggling with the boys and responsibility for a few years. Specifically, how to help the boys become more responsible.
Chores haven't helped. Nothing seems to have stuck. At their ages, they should already have developed a certain level of responsibility, but they haven't.
As a parent you wonder if you've failed. Have you coddled them too much? What did you do wrong? Or is it simply your kids are lame? Or just lazy?
Believing that to become more responsible, you have to be given more responsibility, today we went back to making letting the boys ride their bikes to school. This year they're at different schools so there's that worry that something could happen, but that's just my type A nature and helicopter mom coming across.
The Big One wasn't too excited about the idea at first when I broached the subject while picking him up from school a couple of weeks ago.
The Big One: "I have to bring my bike with me to every period."
Me: "You're telling me there are no bike racks on campus?"
The Big One: "Yeah. I see kids having to push their bikes around campus all day."
Me: "That doesn't make sense. I'll tell you what. I'm gonna park and see for myself."
Seized with fear that his mom would come on campus while there were still students around, the Big One immediately responded, "Um. Maybe there are bike racks."
Yeah, just what I thought.
So they rode to school this morning. It didn't take them as long as we had thought, only 15 minutes each as opposed to 30 minutes. Definitely faster than if I had driven them.
I've gained one hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon during the workweek, with the exception of the days they have cross country meets.
An extra three hours a day to get more work done on my businesses and blogs, and extra time to practice on my machine. Extra time so that I can get up to 250 words per minute.
But will it work? Will riding their bikes to school help develop that sense of responsibility that they have been lacking? Or will it just give me more gray hairs while I wait for the phone to ring, letting me know that they made it to school safely?
On Sunday the North San Diego Futbol Club Stallions faced their toughest opponents as of date. Tough in the sense that the boys on Temecula United must have thought the game was rugby not soccer. While a little shoving and pushing is "customary", full out tackles aren't. Not quite sure why all the ref ignored the multiple fouls.
Final Score: 4-1 Temecula United
The Little One scored the goal for the Stallions on a rebound post goalie block penalty kick. (One of the few fouls that the ref called.)
And like his first goal of the season (Stallions v Storm game in this post), I was too busy watching the game sans camera instead of keeping my eye glued to the eyepiece on my camera and panning the motion on the field.
Here are some of the game highlights:
#3 taking on a pushy Bulldog
#20 bringing up the ball from d
#2 doing his best can-can imitation, nothing like a little high kick
The Little One (it's probably about time for a haircut...)
Saturday the North San Diego Futbol Club Stallions took on the San Diego SC B2000 team. Despite record breaking triple digit heat across San Diego county, the boys gave it their all and did not let the heat affect their playing.
Final Score: 2-1 Stallions
Here are a few game highlights:
#34 leaving boys in his wake
#15 booting it downfield
#11 battling it out for control of the ball
#16 a little windup before sending the ball 30 yards
Talk about firsts: the Little One scored the first goal of the season in the first game in the first few minutes during the North San Diego Futbol Club Stallions vs Vista Storm competitive soccer game this afternoon.
Final Score: 1 - 1
Here are a few game highlights:
# 7 - winning the ball
# 3 - "missed it by that much"
# 17 - driving it down the field
# 14 - nothing stopping her from the pursuit of a goal
# 9 - beautiful shot on goal, only missed it by a few inches