#FitReaders Check-In: December 4, 2015


Sign up for DECEMBER!

Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the rest of 2015 (October – December), I will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well.

If you have a weekly check-in blog post or put your updates on any social media site, please leave a link to your check-in posts in the comment section, below. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! (I only use the linky on the monthly commitment posts, for the weekly posts, I use the comments.)

Dealing with December:

December is here and that means 1) lots of parties and eating and 2) cold weather. These are both things that can hamper our progress and work towards being fit. Don’t stress about it!

First… parties are fun and eating is enjoyable, so don’t punish yourself for having fun. I try to eat something small and healthy before I go to parties, so I won’t be as hungry. I also try to remember to have food that I don’t normally get – so I skip breads, chips, and regular dips, because I can have those anytime. Instead I try to sample all of the stuff I don’t have regularly.

Second… cold weather and snow can make it more difficult to get outside. I still prefer being outside to working out on a machine, but indoor exercise is always an option. You can march in place, or do jumping jacks/jump rope. You can find a video or look online for a short workout. I still walk, but I bundle up and take it slow. I don’t want to slip and fall, so I use a flashlight, sometimes walk in my boots, and go slowly.

Don’t get down if you aren’t doing your “normal” routine. Keep checking in and remember each day is a new day!

Making Your Workout Fun!

Okay… so I’m going to give a big shout out to Rachelle of Fortified by Books on this one… Have you seen this game??

It’s called Zombies, Run. According to Rachelle:

The game involves “missions” which are about 30 minutes long (if you pay for the Pro edition you can adjust the times). Each mission is basically a workout session. You hit play and start walking or running, and there are settings for walking/running outside, on a treadmill, or even using a rower if that’s your thing. Throughout the mission you get chased by zombies, and you have to speed up or you get zombified. What I really like about it is that you can listen to music while you’re playing the game, and it will automatically pause and resume the music whenever one of the game’s audio segments kicks in, so you don’t have to push any buttons or mess with your phone once you start. Also, throughout the mission you get items that you can use to build your base after you’re done working out. You can also sync your game info. to the website and then see all your stats like distance, pace, etc. whenever you log in.

This sounds like a lot of fun and I’m definitely going to try it. What apps are you using to make your workout more fun or more productive?

My Week*:

After kicking butt on Thanksgiving, I was SOOOOO lazy on Saturday. It was my LOWEST STEP COUNT since I’ve been tracking! And I’m also dealing with a mild sinus/head cold… so my steps weren’t my usual, but I get them in when I can!

Friday: 3 hours yard work + one walk totaling 33 minutes, 16,489 steps/day
Saturday: NOTHING, 2,720 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 13,546 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 55 minutes, 13,703 steps/day
Tuesday: one walk totaling 10 minutes, 6,078 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 53 minutes, 12,236 steps/day
Thursday: 55 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,500 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.

Sign up for December:

It’s not too late!! Don’t forget to SIGN UP FOR DECEMBER! and commit to exercising for the month. Sign ups from October through December will be at That’s What I’m Talking About.

Questions for YOU!

How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us!


  • Shiloh Walker used to play this app, if I remember correctly, or at least something very similar. I used to see her post something about it. It has been a while though. I always wondered what it was, but never enough to check it out. I always said I would, but didn’t. Looks interesting.

    • I tried it last night. It was pretty fun. You definitely want to use music with it because there a periods of several minutes where the game is “quiet.” I tried with an audiobook, which was fine, but I had to turn the book off manually each time the game restarted – because when the game comes on it softens what you are listening to, it doesn’t shut it off. So I would miss chunks of the book if I didn’t shut off. There is also a game component to the app, which my daughter is interested in. You don’t have to do the game piece, which involves building up your fort with the supplies you collect on your walk. It’s free – might as well try it!

  • Sometimes you need to take the day to rest. Sinus stuff is the worst!!

    The holidays are tough and I have to exercise a LOT of willpower. But I can do it, I did it last year, so I know I can. Just have to keep telling myself that. LOL. I love running outside in the colder weather, but not a fan of doing it in snow or ice. So far we haven’t had any, thankfully! I will keep trying to get outside until the real winter weather hits us. I don’t mind my treadmill, thankfully.


    • I don’t think I would try to run in the snow/ice… glad you like the treadmill! I have an elliptical at home, so I do have that option. I just prefer outside!

      We’ll all be here to help one another through the holidays!

  • Yes getting out in your cold weather makes it difficult. Good that you had a really quiet day on Saturday – all for a rest day most weeks actually.My week past

    • Thanks. It’s one thing to rest, but still be mobile – I don’t think I moved off the couch! LOL. But I got a lot done on my computer!

  • Gayle Cochrane

    I have that app, but I had forgotten about it, when I switched phones. It does say it is new, so I will have to see if they have changed it a bit. I listened to all of the Sarah Lyons Fleming Until the End of the World series so now I have a better appreciation of running or fast walking away from zombies.

    Love your advice of only eating things out that you don’t have normally.

    • I don’t know that I’ll use the app often, but it’s a fun alternative. My little girl is into it, tho! Good luck on the holidays! We’re all in it together!!

  • Kristin T.

    This is the time when I really start using my mall to get my walks in – I do love walking outdoors, but I hate walking in the ice/snow. I do belong to a gym and do go, but I can only do so many miles on the treadmill before I lose my mind! That’s the nice thing about the mall – I can walk there for a long time w/o getting bored!!! And I can get in early before it gets really packed – as early as 5am!

    Here’s my check-in: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2015/12/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-december-4.html

    • That’s a great reminder – walking around the mall is a great option in the winter. Thanks!

  • Christina T

    I exercised for the first time since Thanksgiving today. I ended up getting sick right after Thanksgiving with a bad head cold that kind of sidelined me but it was good to walk today. I use a Leslie Sansone workout that I found on YouTube.

    Thanks for the tips on holiday eating. I definitely indulged with the pumpkin pie but my sister brought Paleo pumpkin pie bars that are pretty healthy so I wasn’t completely bad with my holiday eating 🙂


    • Oh! I hope you are feeling better! I’ll have to check out that workout, thanks!!

  • teddyree

    Extra late checking in. Great advice for the festive season and I’m going to check out the app, a fun way of getting in an exercise session inside when it’s too darn hot on our side of the world lol. Exercising with sinus or a head cold is the pits but you had still had a great week … well done!


    • Thanks sweetie! Better late than not at all! I hope the weather cools a bit for you – but some of the issues still apply (not the snow and ice!)

  • I almost forgot to check-in: http://fortifiedbybooks.com/2015/12/08/fitreaders-check-in-49/
    Thanks for mentioning me! I’m still playing the game, and loving it, though I didn’t get much of a chance to workout last week or this week.

    • Thanks for letting me know about the app. I’ve only used it once, but some day I’ll try it again!

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