#FitReaders Check-In: June 10, 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 June 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

Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know.

My Week:

Well, I have to admit that my fight with the red dot is actually increasing my step count. Even though I still find myself frustrated if I mess up or miss an hour, the “red dot” Fitbit goal is helping me stay more active throughout the day, and I’ve noticed an increase in my weekly step average this past month – up about 2,000 steps or more per week. So that’s good news.

Now for the health news. As most of you know, I’ve been dealing with persistent achilles and calf issues for a while now. I went to the physical therapist for the first time last week, and I’ve been twice more this week. This week I got to experience the joys of GRASTON TECHNIQUE. Let me tell you, it is PAINFUL, but oddly, it helps! I’ve also incorporated more stretching into my day, and try to use the high-density foam roller at home (almost as painful as Graston). Basically what I’ve discovered is that I have a large amount of scar tissue and tightness in my calves which won’t go away with just stretching. The physical therapist is in the process of breaking down the scar tissue and “knots” in my legs so that the muscles can reform properly. What this means – no more long walks for now because I’ll end up undoing the work they are doing. I can do multiple walks per day, but I need to keep each shorter than the point when I usually experience problems, which is about 30-40 minutes. We also discovered today, that the problem actually extends up into my hamstrings and around my knees. Apparently, I’ve been dealing with the calf problems for so long that my knees and upper leg muscles have had to compensate, causing problems there, too.

My advice to anyone that is exercising and feeling any kind of pain or discomfort – don’t ignore it! I’m lucky because I haven’t torn/popped/broken anything, but it’s going to be a while until my legs are better. I should have gone to the doctor over a year ago when the problem first started appearing. Lesson learned.

My Movement*:

Friday: one walk totaling 12 minutes, 10,342 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 11,668 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,724 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 13,070 steps/day
Tuesday: two walks totaling 45 minutes, 12,413 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 49 minutes, 11,667 steps/day
Thursday: 50 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 40 minutes, 13,224 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 to check in with her.


  • Well, I am glad you went to the doctor and they are figuring out how to help you!! I need to stretch more, I’m so bad about it!!
    I have managed to get all the red dots on the weekend days, but I just can’t do it when I’m at work. Sometimes I get so busy at my desk that I don’t move for hours. It’s frustrating.


    • Yes… stretch and stretch and stretch some more. And hold the stretches. My therapist said from 30-60 seconds!

  • I’m glad the physical therapy seems to be working! Hopefully it will get much better with time! Great job with all your steps! I need to get a FitBit!

    My FitReaders check in post

    • Thanks. The Fitbit has been fun and truly has got me moving more during the day. As long as I don’t become to obsessive. haha.

  • Even tho painful, I’m glad you found something that works! 🙂 Hope it continues to help!

    • Thanks Melissa! Me too. I have really noticed a difference in my calves already.

  • Jasprit

    Jen that sounds super painful, but I’m glad that you’re finally getting some sort of treatment for it. Since I’ve got my fitbit, I’ve been experiencing some pain just below my knee, I’ve been a regular gym goer, so have just contributed it to the extra steps I’ve been doing for the workweek hustles! I think I do need to stretch more before each workout/walk and use my foam roller too! Well done with the amount of steps though!


    • Thanks. Yes… I’ve started stretching more all throughout the day. I just need to keep doing it and not get complacent. You may have some swelling below the knee… don’t let it linger!!

  • Hi Jen! That therapy sounds painful! I hope you work through those issues and get better! You still manage to do great with your steps, though! I manage to get my red dots because I’m usually up and moving around at my job, although I’ve just recently noticed that feature on FitBit, lol! The weekend is where I’ll go without hitting it, especially if I get hooked on a really addictive read. I’ve been experiencing knee pain from running and so I’ve been trying to do strengthening exercises and have been taking a joint supplement. Good luck on the Workweek Challenge!

    Jas and I finally did up a post after many weeks of just doing our steps and challenges on FitBit alone:


    • Yea for posting! I’ll be stopping by to read it.

      Like I said… don’t let the pain go on and on. It may be nothing, but better to take a look and see.

  • Many small walks are good too, cos your leg is more important

    My week 🙂

    • Thanks. Yes… staying healthy and being able to use my legs is more important!

  • Shandy Jo

    I’m glad to hear that your working on getting better. I need to work on stretching more, I’m trying to incorporate more yoga in my workouts. http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com/2016/06/sunday-cup-of-22.html

    • Thanks. I am trying hard to keep up with the stretching. Of course, if I feel good, I forget!

  • Kristin T.

    So glad you are figuring out your leg pain…hope you get it all figured out soon! I’m awful at stretching…that’s where I rely on yoga and have been bad with that lately, too! Those red dots are just plain annoying at times!!! But, I do love the challenges…oh well – the good and the bad, right?

    Here’s my check-in : http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/06/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-june-10.html

    • I’m already noticing a difference, so I hope I’ll be back to full steam soon. Thanks!

  • Hope it mends for you Jen. But pain is information so very happy you are not ignoring. I made my little goal the past two weeks and so now am wondering about this red dot business you are all talking about so off to explore!

  • gk nelson

    I used Granston before and it hurts like none other but it works. You have to break up that scar tissue.

    06/04/2016 Vivian & I ran our 5k race and had a blast. I pulled a glute and was running on almost no sleep so I considered running the whole way & only being a minute faster than my last race a huge win.

    I got 12k steps in Monday to Thursday and the gym on Monday. Maggie had a vet visit, my car battery died so no gym. Friday I prepped for teaching 20 in the pool and found out that was having an emergency biopsy on Monday. I will be heading there after class on Sunday. I figure fitness things will be on the back burner next week.

    • WAIT… who had the biopsy? You? Hope all is well!

      • gk nelson

        It was my Dad having the biopsy. I missed a few words and updated. I was a ball of nerves. He’s doing well despite us making a trip to the ER the night of the biopsy due to some crazy swelling. I got home last night & the puppies were very excited to see me.

      • Glad all is better. *phew*

  • Oh ouch on the lesson learned :/ Glad to hear what they’re doing is helping even if it’s not fun. Hopefully things will progress quickly for ya 🙂

    • Yes, things are getting better. Thank you!

  • Christina T

    It sounds like a painful process! I hope your legs heal soon so you can get back to normal.

    • Thanks so much. I’m feeling better already!

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