#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: April 2016

Sign up for April!

Sign up for April!

Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I’m hosting check-ins from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. Since this is not only the first of the month, but also a Friday, today’s post is also my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well.

It is time to Commit to Exercise for April 2016! Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or continuing your monthly progress, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and moving!”

So are you ready to commit to being fit? Remember there will be weekly check-ins on Fridays, motivation on twitter (#FitReaders), and a support group over on Facebook.

Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for April and how your week was in the comments. Note: you do not have to have a blog to participate. You can use any URL to sign up, including your Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or Booklikes site. Please let me know if you have any problems signing up.

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.

Important links:

The April Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”)
#FitReaders information page
#FitReaders 101
Facebook Group

My Week:

I was able to stick to better eating and exercise habits this week. I’ve finally lost a couple of those pounds I put on pack in February, and I’m feeling better physically and emotionally. At this rate, I should be able to take off the remaining couple of pounds in April. Thanks to the continuing support of my FitReader friends, I was able to get back on course without getting too overwhelmed. THANK YOU!

My Movement*:
Friday: two walks totaling 52 minutes, 11,872 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 12,543 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 48 minutes, 11,875 steps/day
Monday: 40 minutes elliptical machine, 12,531 steps/day
Tuesday: two walks totaling 60 minutes, 13,430 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 63 minutes, 13,990 steps/day
Thursday: 55 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 43 minutes, 12,000+ 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.

Goals for April:

I plan to continue with better eating habits, keeping myself accountable by logging my caloric intake on LoseIt!. I want to exercise (move with purpose) for 30 minutes 6 out of 7 days in the week. I want to hit an average of 10,000 steps per day. I want to maintain my goal weight. Mostly, I want to have a healthy outlook and continue to support my fellow FitReaders.

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 to check in with her.


  • I am in for April and yeah eating is my thing. Seriously this has not been a good year so far figuring out my hormones and what my body is doing. Grrrrr getting older.

    • Getting older blows sometimes. I’m feeling your pain. Why can’t I do what I did 5 years ago?! We are here for you my friend!

  • Yay – you did fantastic!! Great job. I’m glad you’re feeling good and back at it. 🙂
    I overslept this morning and missed my run. So mad at myself. Oh well – I guess I needed the sleep!

    • Sometimes our bodies are trying to tell us something, and if it needs to be “forceful” about it, it will! You’ll get that run in soon! Thanks for being part of FitReaders!!

  • gk nelson

    I am in for April and my guy has started going on our evening dog walks with me so I a pretty excited about that.

    I am still aiming for 12k per day but as my class schedule is filling up, some weekends I just may not make it but I will get more steps on other days. Race of the month is 4/9 and I can take the dog with me. I am hoping to start to get in more social runs and gym time as my schedule allows.

    • Yea! Glad to hear you are getting human company on your walks now! Good luck with your race and balancing exercise and life!

  • Janina Keßler

    I’m in for April. This group us helped me so much in the past. I lost 11 lbs since I started to participate. Thank you all for the support.

    • Janina… That is GREAT! Congrats. So glad you are getting a lot out of our group. Looking forward to more updates.

  • Sounds like a good plan for April. Food was my issue this week. Whew but I could NOT get full. But moving is going well at least 😀 Good luck in April!

    • Food has been a struggle for me in 2016, but I think I’m finding a better balance. Glad you are sticking with us!

  • Of course I am in.
    I read something that did hit me, you exercise more, you eat more, that is my problem 🙁

    • Very true… You should eat more if you exercise more, but if you want to lose weight… don’t eat too much more! haha.

  • Anne R

    I am in for April. This is a crazy month for me too with some work trips so I am hoping I can stay motivated with exercising (even at the hotels) and eating right.

    • Good luck with the travel. So, if you can’t get to the hotel gym, here are some things that I’ve done: Walk up and down the stairwell – not too many people use it and you burn more calories with the stairs. I’ve also done marching in place in my hotel room. It’s boring, but good for short bursts.

  • Christina T

    Good job with your steps and weight goals! Here is my post for the week: http://reading-extensively.blogspot.com/2016/04/sunday-post-46-its-monday-what-are-you.html

    • thanks! It’s been a struggle the past couple months, so I hope I’m back on track. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Kristin T.

    I’m in for April!!! I need to get back to a regular exercise schedule and go back to taking my yoga classes!

    Here’s my week: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/04/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-april-1.html

    • Woot woot! Glad you are sticking with us.

  • Shandy Jo

    Hi I’m in for April, I’m actually trying to figure out my goals. I do know I want to try to do the 10k this month along with the 5k.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Shandy Jo! Goals can be a fluid thing – just committing is a big step!

  • Sylvia van Bruggen

    What a wonderful challenge! As I have my plate more than full in April, I am hereby committing to sign myself up for May!

    • Thanks for stopping by! You can sign up at any point during the month and join in – even if it’s only one walk per week. That’s what is so great about this group… it’s what you make of it.

  • Michelle

    I’m in for April! My goal is super simple this month since I haven’t been in shape since high school…which didn’t sound so bad a few years ago, but it’s been 8 years sooo…I’ll just be working on hitting 10k steps each day, and uping my water intake from my normal 32 fl oz to the full 64 fl oz each day.

    • Great! Glad you are going to join in Michelle. Sounds like some good goals to start with.

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