#FitReaders Check-In: December 25, 2015




Christmas Walk 2016Join Felicia and me on our #ChristmasWalk TODAY! No matter where you live or whether or not you celebrate Christmas, the idea is to get in your steps on this traditionally slow-moving, food-filled holiday. SO… here’s how to participate:

  • Get in your exercise on December 25, 2015 – it doesn’t matter how big or small, just do it! Either while you are exercising, or after, tweet about it using the hashtags #ChristmasWalk #StrutMyStuff and/or #FitReaders
  • Check-in at the end of today’s post. Using the comment section, leave your name and what you did for your #ChristmasWalk.
  • Once you have completed your walk (or other exercise) and completed your check-in, you can download this AWESOME virtual ribbon and display it with pride!!

Christmas 2016 FitReaders

This is the final check-in for the YEAR!! I can’t believe we made it through 2015! How was your year? Have you kept up with your commitment to exercise? Have you had to make adjustments? Are you pleased with your progress so far, or a bit disappointed? It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey – we are all in this together!

Since this is the final “official” check-in at That’s What I’m Talking About for a few months, it’s time to announce the winners of the quarterly giveaways! There are three monthly winners, one each from October, November, and December. All you needed to do was sign up using the linky that was provided for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts. Each monthly winner will receive a free book, up to $15 [U.S.]*.

*Open internationally, where not prohibited by law. Local and international paperback books will be ordered from the Book Depository, as long as you are located within their shipping area. If shipping costs become prohibitive for non-U.S. deliveries, a comparable gift card will be substituted. U.S. residents will have an option for a Kindle ebook, delivered from Amazon or a Nook ebook, delivered from B-n-N. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms. 


October: The Reading Wench
November: Georgia aka gk nelson
December: Book Girl of M-y-C aka Blodeuedd

Congrats to the winners, and everyone who participated during this quarter! Winners: Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com so I may get your prize to you! Remember: starting January 1, 2016, the monthly commitment signups will be at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog, but you can still check in here and share how you are doing every Friday!

My Week:

I had a busy week getting ready for my parents’ arrival (on Wednesday 12/23) and of course, prepping for Christmas. But I still was able to get in my steps! Woot!

My Movement*:
Friday: two walks totaling 25 minutes, 11,447 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 11,652 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 11,002 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 75 minutes, 16,240 steps/day
Tuesday: no exercise, 6,134 steps/day
Wednesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 13,852 steps/day
Thursday: 55 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 43 minutes, 10,000+ steps/day

* I track two different goals. The first goal is a timed duration of exercise – moving with the intent to raise my heart rate and get in some cardiovascular work. This is what I’m mean when I say “45 minutes walking.” The second goal is total daily steps. This is from my Fitbit, which measures all steps from 12:00AM – 11:59PM, exercise included.


FitReaders2016Virtual 5k and 10k race series

The Virtual 5k and 10k race series is organized online and FitReaders from all over the world can compete. Where it is different from a traditional race is that you are responsible for completing the walk/run at any place you desire, at any time during the race time frame, that works for you. Whether you choose to enter an actual sponsored race, or go out on your own path, you will qualify!

This will be a monthly series, aka one race per month. Each “race” will need to be completed between the first and last day of the month. You will need to take a picture at the end of your “race” and post it either on FB, Twitter, your check-in, and/or blog. Examples of pictures are: a screen shot of your phone or gps that shows you “raced” either 5k or 10k, your playlist of songs for your journey, a map of your route, photos of scenery, etc. Basically something that indicates which race you completed (5k or 10k) and the time it took for you to finish. You do not have to post your face if you don’t want.

We are still working on where to put the virtual finish line check-ins, so check back during January for that information. Each month there will be a virtual ribbon for every finisher, which you can display proudly on your check-ins. If at the end of the year you have completed 10 of the 12 races, you will get an actual medal (picture coming soon).

So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to fit? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog starting January 1, 2016 to continue in 2016!

Thanks for a great year! Blessing to each of you for a healthy and happy 2016!


  • Thanks Jen for hosting and keeping us all going. You did a fabulous job of cheering us all on. I am on track to make my goal steps for the week and as you know got my Christmas walk in, earlier in the day, before I ate all that food which then slowed me down! Will be displaying the badge on my blog!
    Great stepping yourself this week too. Love the sound of the new idea, always keeping us motivated. Congrats to the three winners for this section of the year. Blessings to you to and here is to a fit and happy 2016.

    • Thanks Kathryn! I will get in my walk later today (kiddos just made us get up; it’s 7:00 am!)

  • Thank you so much for co-hosting with me this year 🙂 I can’t wait to tackle 2016

    • Thank you for asking me to join in!! Merry Christmas! ❤️

  • My mom and I went for a 4 mile walk along the ocean today. I got in my #ChristmasWalk and over 10,000 steps today!

  • I got my walk in today. Thanks so much for that extra little push.

  • Debbie Stone

    I have a question – I’m a bit confused- the virtual 5k (or 10k)– can it be done in segments over the month, or does it have to be done all at once? Like running 12 5k’s throughout the year? I would like to join up, but am probably not ready, physically, right now at first, to do a 5k all at once. That sounds horrible as I have done the Susan G. Komen 3day/60mile walk before. So knowing it’s time to get back in shape, I’d like to participate. Thanks.

    • Thanks Debbie, I’m glad you are interested in joining up! The idea behind #FitReaders is to get up and move, at your own pace and effort level. You can do FitReaders without doing the “race” piece. To join up, look for the monthly sign ups, the first of each month. Then check in weekly on Fridays.

      As for the virtual races… This is something additional and new to FitReaders. The idea is to walk/run/skip/crawl/etc. either one 5k or 10k at once during the month. The “race” would be at anytime and pace you choose. And if you can’t complete a 5k in January or February, that’s okay! Maybe find a “couch to 5k” training schedule online to help you build back your stamina. In fact, I may post on that during January! If your goal is to earn the medal, you do have to complete 10 “races” during 10 different months. And there are virtual ribbons for each race, too.

      Does this answer your question? If not, let me know because others may have the same confusion. Thanks!!

  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaay I won 🙂

    My week


    I got good walks this xmas, we even went out in the rain. Do be fair, it did not rain when we went out 😉

    How long is a 5k? Is that kilometers?

    I would have to remind BF to take the gps with us, and he always forgets…well will see when it begins 🙂

    • Yea! Great job! Yes, k is the American way to say kilometers when we are discussing races. So a 5k = 5 kilometers = 3.1 miles. 10k = 10 kilometers = 6.2 miles.

      I have your email and will get back to you soon! Congrats!!

  • Kristin T.

    I can’t believe this is the last check-in of 2015!!! Thank you so much for hosting, Jen…you and Felicia do such a great job and help keep us all motivated!

    You had a great week!!

    I love the idea of the virtual race series – I’ve been doing 2-3 5ks at the gym each week, but have been meaning to look into actual races around me. Now I have no excuse!

    Here’s my check-in: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2015/12/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-december-25.html

    • Yea! and thank you for your continued support and participation! I look forward to challenging myself and finding some “real races” to try next year!

  • teddyree

    Go you good thing … well done on the stepping. Thanks for joint hosting and all the encouragement this year Jen, it’s been awesome! Can’t wait for more fun in 2016 … virtual races … woohoo!


    • Yea! And I can’t wait for more pictures of your darling granddaughter! 😉 Happy New Year and thanks for all you do!

  • Christina T

    I definitely plan to participate in FitReaders next year. I only did a few months in 2015 but I’m glad I have it a try. My lifestyle is pretty sedentary and I want to change that!

    Great job with your fitness goals! I like how you track both exercise and steps. Happy New Year!


    • So glad you found us! Let me know how I can help you get moving more! Little goals worked best for me. When I started two years ago, I had the goal of “moving with purpose” for 10 minutes each day. Pick something you know you can do, even though it will be a little difficult. I’m happy to help out! Happy New Year!!

  • Here’s my last check-in for the year: http://fortifiedbybooks.com/2015/12/29/fitreaders-check-in-52/ I walked on Christmas day, but I deliberately disconnected myself from the internet and didn’t take my laptop with me to visit the Boyfriend’s family. It was kind of nice to get away from my electronics for 4 days.

    • Good for you! I hope you enjoyed your time away!! Happy New Year!

  • Gayle Cochrane

    Thank you both for hosting, it has been fun. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Gayle! Looking forward to more in 2016!!

  • gk nelson

    I can’t believe I won November. I did lots of work week challenges with some serious steps every day.

    • Yea!! Glad to have you back. Congrats!

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