#FitReaders Check-In: July 22, 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! Felicia is hosting check-ins from July through September 2016, and you’ll find check-ins every Friday at her blog. I’ll still have weekly check-ins here as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com.

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The July Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”)
#FitReaders information page
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Last Week (July 11 – July 17):

Well… I had lots of fun on vacation, and we’ll leave it at that. The second full week of vacation and the drive home did not bode well for me in terms of physical fitness and wellbeing. I ate a lot. I didn’t always walk much. I gained weight. In fact, at Monday’s weigh-in, I was OVER my goal weight for the first time since September 2014. O.0

But I am not going to let that discourage me. I’m already working to eat better now that I’m home. I will get in my steps and walks; however, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with the “red dot” goal over the summer. Either I’m busy and doing something that doesn’t allow me to walk easily, or I’m just hanging out and don’t care, etc. I’ll continue to see how it goes over the next week, but I think I’m going to can that goal until September.

My Movement*:
Monday: two walks totaling 50 minutes, 11,986 steps/day
Tuesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 12,238 steps/day (2nd 5k this month)
Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,794 steps/day
Thursday: no exercise, 8,140 steps/day
Friday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 11,805 steps/day
Saturday: no exercise, 4,237 steps/day
Sunday: no exercise, 7,461 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.

July Goals:

How did I do this week?

  • Reach 10,000 steps each day – 4/7 days
  • Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 4/6 days
  • Achieve a “red dot” each hour from 7AM – 7PM 3 days per week – 0/3 days
  • Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days
  • Walk at least one 5K (and hopefully 10K once I get medical okay!) – 2 for the month

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.


  • Shandy Jo

    Vacations are sneaky like that, you get all relaxed and bam… next thing you know your all out of sorts. 🙂 Way to go on getting in 2 5Ks this month I’d like to get another one in if possible. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks. You are right about the sneaking up… It feels like I was doing good and then suddenly I wasn’t. But I had fun!

  • Sometimes you just need that vacay to recharge. Fun is a necessity especially lately. Looks like you are getting back to where you want to go!

    • Very true – fun and relaxation is needed, as long as I don’t stop the good habits I’ve developed over the past couple of years, this will only be a small hiccup!

  • Do not let that hold you down, there are always muscles too, but yeah vacay does that

    • haha. There were no bigger muscles causing this weight gain. But I’ll get back into my routine now that I’m home.

  • Kristin T.

    I’m glad to hear your vacation was fun…and I’m sure you’ll be back to your pre-vacation weight in no time!!! I know for me, once I’m out of my routine, I’m all out of sorts, eating, sleeping – everything, so give yourself a break and move on! And as far as that red dot thing goes, I go back and forth on it…if I’m having a not so active day, I try to get them, but if I’ve already met my step goal for the day, or plan on doing a workout/walk later, than I don’t worry about it. It’s a good concept, but it has a lot of quirks! Have a great week!

    Here’s my check-in: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/07/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-july-22.html

    • Thanks. I am trying to just use the red dot as a reminder to move more during the day rather than do nothing and then one long walk. I think it will be like that throughout the summer.

  • Ahh vacation fun. lol Gah on the red dot. I’m not so much a fan of it.

    • I don’t mind it when I think of it as a reminder to move. What I get mad with is when I’m trying to make the goal and somehow I miss one hour! UGH!

  • You nailed tracking food which on vacation is crazy great! The other totals will be back now that you are back and focused 🙂

    • Thanks. Tracking food has become second nature to me, and I know if I don’t do it one day, it would be too easy to stop.

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