#FitReaders Check-In: August 26, 2016

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Last Week (August 15 – 21, 2016):

So I just have to say this out loud. I’m struggling. Although I’m moving and doing the minimum to meet my goals, I’m eating nearly out of control. Since February, my weight has been creeping up, and I’ve been tricking myself that I’m maintaining and doing okay. But that’s not the whole truth, and this week’s weigh-in showed that. I am now up 8 pounds this year. It’s the most I’ve weighed in a while, and I’m above my goal weight. The problem is, I’m not doing anything to reverse the trend.

Part of the problem is that I’m eating a lot, as well as consuming alcohol and lots of snacks. I’ve never had to worry too much about my eating because my metabolism and exercise mostly balanced it out. However, I’m getting old and the metabolism is slowing down. And with my achilles issues, my daily exercising is not only less, but slower, therefore I burn fewer calories.

So now I need to consciously make a choice to loss weight. I need to stop having “just one more” thing after meals or before bed. I need to plan better if I want to splurge. I have to be more restrictive, if I want to lose that weight again. So can you all help remind me?!

As a side note… I got those red dots last week – hitting all hours 4 of 7 days!

My Movement*:
Monday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 11,553 steps/day
Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,108 steps/day
Wednesday: one walk totaling 43 minutes, 11,567 steps/day – 5k finished
Thursday: two walks totaling 53 minutes, 12,561 steps/day
Friday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,258 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 10,899 steps/day
Sunday: 3 walks totaling 100 minutes, 15,556 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.

August Goals:

How did I do this week?

  • Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 days
  • Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 7/6 days
  • Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days
  • Walk a 5K each week – 2/5 in August

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.


  • You are still doing good moving. Maybe shake up the routine? Try a new exercise kinder to the tendon? Good luck!

    • Thanks. I really should add some things like strength training to my routine… But I find myself thinking “but I am doing something (which is better than nothing)” as an excuse not to do more. I’m scared of trying more because I love walking and it WORKED… I’m in better shape and lost the weight. *sigh*

  • I have noticed that too, before I could eat everything, not exercise and still not weigh anything. Now I eat one donut and go up like 10 kilos 😉

    • Getting older sucks so much sometimes!

  • Gayle Cochrane

    I hear you! I keep tricking myself into thinking I am maintaining not gaining. I finally cranked up the Alta that I got for Mother’s Day, and I guess it is back to tracking food for me. I want to get a handle on it before the holidays. I have not even been checking in every week. I feel like I am in a perpetual state of distraction, which is when I get snacky. Or if I work in the kitchen. . .

    • I have been tracking, so it’s pretty clear I’m eating more, even though I’m telling myself I’m not! haha! It’s the little additions, like the extra dap of peanut butter on my toast, or the one more handful of popcorn, or the small ice-cream cone at the end of the day, even though I’ve consumed all of my calories. BLECH!

      Are you new to Fitbit? If you want to be friends, please look me up! Good luck!

  • Kristin T.

    Yes, getting older does suck…I’ve definitely been struggling with that – all the changes and I hate it!!! I’m the same as you – I like my walking, but know that if I probably added something else to my exercise routine, I would tone up or even lose more weight, faster…but walking is so comforting and enjoyable…such a dilemma!

    Here’s my week: http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/2016/08/fitreaders-weekly-check-in-august-26.html

    • I guess that’s why we have this group – we can support each other through all of these changes. Thanks for checking in!

  • I’ve been on the steady rise here the last couple years. I’d been doing so good then just…yeah. Sweets are my downfall. Hope this week is easier for ya!

    • There are too many things on my downfall list! *sigh*

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