#FitReaders Check-In: June 3, 2016

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Sign up for June!

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:

Okay… so I’m done fighting with the red dot. Sort of. On Monday, which was a holiday here in the U.S., I said “screw it,” and tried NOT to get the red dot. Of course, I still had to get my 10,000 steps in, but I took a stand. But then, at work on Wednesday, I got really ticked off when I missed two hours in a row. It’s a never ending battle.

Overall, things are good. I gained a lot of weight (3 lbs) over the weekend, which was disappointing after coming off a consistently good week. But I know it was from the 10,000 extra calories I had over the long weekend, so I’m okay with it. Sort of. I am getting more steps in than ever before, so that has to count for something, right?

I did go to the physical therapist on Thursday for my calf and achilles pain. I think it will help. The therapist did a massage and then I stretched, and of the first time in months, my calves didn’t feel tight. It only lasted about 30 minutes, but it was heaven. Next week we are going to evaluate my shoes, which are most likely problematic.

My Movement*:

Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 11,966 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 25 minutes + yard work, 15,583 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 20,042 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 34 minutes, 10,196 steps/day
Tuesday: two walks totaling 69 minutes, 14,307 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 11,524 steps/day
Thursday: 45 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 41 minutes, 15,511 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. Overall, how did May go for you? Did you get in your races?

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday June 1st to sign up for June!


  • I’m glad you were able to get some relief from your calf pain! Shoes are so important, in fact I think I need a new pair. I hate forking over the money, but I know I need to.
    Don’t worry about the extra lbs – you’re so active and will lose it in no time!
    That damn red dot. I have managed to get them all ONE day. It was Sunday, and I was on my feet pretty much all day. But every other day it frustrates the hell outta me!

    • I have my “red dot goal” set from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm – so for 12 hours. I’ve been averaging 3 days each week, completely all the dots, so I should be happy with that, right?

      I’ll keep you posted on the calf issues. I’m looking forward to going back to the p/t next week.

  • On Monday I got 10 of 11 red dots. ALL BUT ONE. My husband then informed me that he got ALL his red dots on Friday, and when you get all the red dots…THEY TURN GREEN. Which made me even more irritated, because I like it when all the categories turn green!! Hahaha.

    • Oh yes! It’s SOOOO rewarding. Because not only do the dots turn green, but a green star pops up and you get “Boom!” You totally need to watch it happen.

  • It’s hard to move with pain. I do know that. Still looks like you made yourself go out and do some steps anyway. I think that is good!

    • Thanks. The calf problems don’t usually limit my walking, but get stiff and hurt after I’ve been siting or sleeping at night, etc. Hope the P/t will help!

  • I don’t have a Fit Bit, so I’m clueless as to what the red dot thing is! But I really hope to get one sometime soon. Here is my first #FitReaders check-in post!

    • Haha. The “red dot” refers to a newish Fitbit goal of moving a minimum of 250 steps per each hour. You set the start and finish times, and the Fitbit app gives you a red dot for each hour you complete. If you miss just one hour, you don’t complete the daily goal. It’s aggravating. haha.

      Welcome to FITREADERS!!

  • Shandy Jo

    Glad to hear you got a little relief from your calf pain. Shoes are a finicky thing, my hubby has a heck of a time finding ones that don’t bother him. Good Luck!
    This week wasn’t bad, I got in 3 runs but no strength training. Maybe I can squeeze it in today. http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com/2016/06/sunday-cup-of-21.html

    • Thanks. The relief was good, but over the weekend, not so good. I go back to the therapist on Monday, so we’ll see what she says.

  • Kristin T.

    Oh, that red dot is super annoying! And the worst is when you have already met your step count for the day 🙁 Glad to hear you got some relief, however short-lived, for your calf! Hopefully you can figure things out soon!

    Here’s my week: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/06/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-june-3.html

    • Thanks. Yes… so annoying. I’m getting better at letting it go and not becoming obsessive.

  • Christina T

    Good job with your steps! It is frustrating how easy it is to gain weight. I gain a few pounds every time I visit my family.

    I hope you get some answers for your foot pain. I need to go to a podiatrist and really need to get new athletic shoes. I just keep putting it off. I probably should be wearing orthotics and I hate them. 🙂


    • Thanks. I was back at the therapist today and we have some work to do. I’ve got some built up scar tissue in the muscle and we have to break it down and rebuild it, which means more stretching and less long-distance walking. I’ll report more about that next week.

  • gk nelson

    I would def look at the shoes. If you are wearing running shoes, please look at getting fitted at a local running store. It helps so much.

    The move is finished. Horray! And the are going to demo most of my old apartment so I am hoping that I won’t get clean up fees.

    I had a trip to Houston on Tues to Thurs. I tried my best to get my steps in, I ran as soon as I got to my hotel. Wednesday was Global running day and I participated and I thought I had made it to 12k steps but the next morning my fitbit was 10k. It happened again yesterday, very weird. Thursday driving in the rain home from Houston was enough of a heart workout…12k wasn’t even on the horizon.

    I taught my first scuba class from beginning to end.

    Vivian and I have a race on 06/04 and will update with the results.

    • When I was running, I was in our local running shop all the time, but I haven’t been in years. I will definitely head back this summer.

      Do you have more than one fitbit? If so, you could be losing your steps because of sync issues – that’s what was happening to me.

  • Janina Keßler

    I’m happy about being finally back on track with running and my yoga class. Now I just need to loose the weight I gained earlier this year.

    • You can do it! And I see you are on Fitbit too! (I don’t know any other German-speaking Janina’s, I don’t think!)

      • I got a Fitbit last week for my birthday. I love it so much.

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