#FitReaders Check-In: May 20, 2016

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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.

I only use the linky for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts, so please use the comment section below for your check-in. You can leave a link to your own weekly check-in blog post or any social media site in the comment section. Or if you prefer, use the comment section as your own weekly check-in space.

Also, if you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com.

Important links:

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

My Week:

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I was on a phone call at work and missed ONE hour of stepping. #aggravating

That $@&%*! little red dot. The one that tells Fitbit users if they’ve walked 250 steps during the hour. Yes, that one. I’ve become obsessed with trying to get 12 red dots every day – from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Luckily my Alta will buzz me if I haven’t met that hour’s goal. Unfortunately, life isn’t always conducive to getting up and walking when that reminder buzzes. And if I miss ONE hour – ONE red dot – the whole day is blown for this goal. It’s so frustrating. And I’m too obsessed, so it really irritates me. I wish that Fitbit would change this goal (hourly activity) to make it that I have to get 250 steps in so many hours over the course of the day, rather than consecutive hours. That way if I’m stuck on a business call, commuting around town, in a meeting, etc., I won’t ruin that goal for the whole day. Ugh. That $@&%*! little red dot.

Other than becoming obsessed with trivial fitness monitoring, the week was good. My step count was down a bit from last week, but still overall productive. My weight is back up (because of what I chose to eat), and for the first time since September 2014, I logged a weight above my goal weight. It was on Sunday, not my official weigh-in day (that is Monday), and my weight was down in time for weigh-in on Monday, but it did shock me a bit. With our big Memorial Day Weekend Lobster Bake coming next weekend, and summer festivities coming soon, I really need to crack down and shed a couple pounds.

My Movement*:

Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 8,821 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 22 minutes, 11,372 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 39 minutes, 11,194 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 11,917 steps/day
Tuesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,462 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 51 minutes, 13,456 steps/day
Thursday: 54 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 44 minutes, 14,000+ 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.

How was your week? What were you successes? What were your challenges? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog for her check-in.


  • OMG, that DOT. I hate it!!! I agree with you – they should change it! I can’t always get up at work to get in those steps and it frustrates me that I never get all the dots!! I feel your pain!

    You did great this week!! We’ve been having lots of celebrations at work this month, and I find myself overindulging in sweets lately. That’s my weakness, and I’m starting to feel it. I feel crappy when I’ve had too much sugar. So, I’m hoping to detox next week and cut it all out. My weight goes up and down the same 5 lbs all month, depending on bloat, etc. I used to get really upset about it going up, but now I’m starting to come to terms with it.

    • That dot pisses me off… This morning, my Alta said I made the 7:00 AM hour, but then when I synced it, the app said I didn’t get in my steps. So now, I have no chance write from the start. It’s not helping me. haha.

      • Kelley Hartsell

        my frustration is that you can’t say a total of x number hours in a y number of hours time period. Mine is set up for tracking 7 to 7 but when I run with my running club, we start at 530 AM so all those steps don’t count towards the hours of activity. I missed ONE hour yesterday because I was at work at my desk. I’ve also had several times I missed one hour (or more) because I was driving somewhere but I had hours not during 7 to 7 that were active hours and they didn’t count. 🙁

      • YES!! You totally understand my pain. It’s so ridiculous and frustrating. I really hope Fitbit changes this goal!

      • Kelley Hartsell

        me too! and I wish al fitbits buzzed at you like the alto does if you need to move that hour. Fortuntely, I work in a building by myself so many times during the day, I’m up pacing back and forth trying to hit 250 steps for the hour. LOL. Also, the bathroom is in another building, so it’s at least 300 steps every time I have to use the rest room. 🙂

  • I didn’t meet any of my goals this week, but I did get a 5K completed. Here’s my check-in for the week: https://fortifiedbybooks.com/2016/05/20/fitreaders-check-in-63/

  • That dot drives me nuts! However having a desk job it is good that it reminds me to get up every hour (even if I can’t). However, we have a bit of a competition in the office so you see a lot of people pop up at 10 till every hour LOL

    • It’s so frustrating (see my comment to Brandie). But overall, it does help me move more during the day. I just get so mad when I miss one hour.

  • Checking in! Not as much of an overachiever week as last week, but still getting it all done! http://estellasrevenge.blogspot.com/2016/05/fitreaders-week-of-may-15.html

    • Great job and thanks for checking in!

  • Kristin T.

    That DOT is annoying, especially when you’ve already met your step goal for the day! I’m starting to head into a busy time at work and that tends to mean lots of stress which leads to horrible eating choices…I’m hoping to stay on track, but sometimes it’s hard!

    Here’s my week: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/05/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-may-20.html

    • You got this. Just try to have one mini-goal each day and call it a win!

  • That dot annoys me. I wish they would have it as a 24 hour option. I’m sleeping during a good portion of the available hours usually so never have a hope of getting the dots lit up since I don’t keep a normal schedule. Grrr

    • It really needs to be adjusted for many reasons and this is a very good one. What about people who work 3rd shift? They can’t make it work for them. I hope Fitbit makes changes to this goal.

  • Christina T

    I am not familiar with the dot. Maybe it’s only available for newer Fitbits? I would obsess over it too!

    Good job with your steps this week. It is frustrating how easy it is to gain weight but how hard it is to lose it.

    I found out at a doctor’s visit a couple of weeks ago that I had lost another pound but I bet I’ve gained it back by now. I didn’t do as well with my eating goals either. On Thursday I ate a giant hamburger and some french fries and yesterday even though I didn’t eat anything high in fat I ate a lot of carbs. Today is a new day though 🙂

    I didn’t do as well with my steps this week partly due to mild food poisoning and trying to bounce back from that.


    • Eating really has become a problem for me. I’m trying, but not really.

      The “dot” goal is the “hourly activity” goal. It shows up on the phone app (you may have to add it in by “editing” your dashboard. It does not work with all types of FitBits and the hourly buzz is only available in the newest models. Here’s a link for more information: https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1878

  • gk nelson

    That red dot can bite me. Lol.
    Sunday was my last day of my weekend move and my only day not to get 12k steps in. Plus I now have my bike so I got two nice rides in. I was in a 100 miles in 30 day Challenge and I was short 22 miles due to not running the previous week and cycling is part of the challenge so I got 19 miles on the bike and 6 running to get me to the goal. Back on my running schedule sort of but vacation started Friday.

    • Seriously! I am so frustrated with those freakin’ dots.

      Sounds like you had a really great week! How did the move go?

      • gk nelson

        the move isn’t quite over. I still have stuff in my old apartment. My sister insisted that we had to do a family vacation last weekend. After this one I will probably never ever do anything like that again. I had a shingles outbreak due to the stress.

      • Ugh! Hope you are 100% soon!

    • Kelley Hartsell

      I want a bike so badly! I actually had one I was paying a friend for that another of his friends sold him. Bought myself a helmet and lights and everything. But now I never see him and hardly ever even talk to him (and he has a GF now and has for a while so even less time we get to talk). I was $80 in to that bike when I lost my job and couldn’t keep paying for it. He probably still has that $ tucked away in the same book where he was keeping it until I got it all to him.

      • gk nelson

        Talk to him about it! I am so glad you got your new job. Maybe you can even get the $$ back and find something used either on CL or at one of the local bike shops (some times you can find great deals on traded in bikes).

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