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19

#FitReaders Check-In: May 19, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: May 19, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The May 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below and/or leave your name and website/link here! Last Week (May 8 – 14, 2017): I had a mixed bag week, last week. I did pretty good Monday – Thursday, but then not so good over the weekend. It was bad weather, we went to the movies, I vegged most of Mother’s Day, etc. I also ate a lot those days. I’m finding it hard to meet my “Move Goal” which is achieving a specific amount of active calories each day. The only days I seem to make it are days that I do two types of exercises and/or long/faster walks. So I’ve lowered the goal for next week to see if that is more realistic (and achievable). My Movement*: Monday: 42 minutes walk, 10,900 steps/day Tuesday: 55 minutes walk, 12,124 steps/day – 5k completed Wednesday: 40 minutes walk, 10,347 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + 48 minute walk, 11,986 steps/day – 5k completed Friday: no exercise, 5,267 steps/day Saturday: 20 minutes walk, 7,847 steps/day Sunday: 30 minutes elliptical, 7,882 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. May Goals: How did I do last week? Reach my daily “Move” goal (Apple Watch) 5 days per week – 2/5 Reach 10,000 steps each day – 4/7 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 5/6 Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day – 6/7 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app...
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May
12

#FitReaders Check-In: May 12, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: May 12, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The May 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below and/or leave your name and website/link here! Last Week (May 1 – 7, 2017): My week started out strong – meeting all my daily goals. Then Friday came, and I didn’t do as much. Haha. It ended up a draw weight-wise, with no change for the week. My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + 30 minutes elliptical, 10,174 steps/day Tuesday: 60 minute walk, 14,530 steps/day – 5k completed Wednesday: one walk totaling 48 minutes, 13,119 steps/day – 5k completed Thursday: one hour yoga + 31 minute walk, 12,325 steps/day Friday: no exercise, 7,871 steps/day Saturday: 39 minute walk, 10,577 steps/day Sunday: 30 minute walk, 9,442 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. May Goals: How did I do last week? Reach my daily “Move” goal (Apple Watch) 5 days per week – 4/5 Reach 10,000 steps each day – 5/7 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day – 7/7 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day -7/7 Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of May – 2 for month Attend a yoga class a minimum of 6 for the month of May – 2 for 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...
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May
5

#FitReaders Check-In: May 5, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: May 5, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The May 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below and/or leave your name and website/link here! Last Week (April 24 – 30, 2017): Last week I was vacation and enjoyed myself! With the nice weather, I actually “jog/walked” a couple times, getting in a good pace and burning more calories. I also tried the swim function on my Watch, which was very cool. One day, I forgot to put back on my Watch after showering and we spent the afternoon at an arcade/laser tag place. While my phone counted about 2,000 of those missing steps, I got no credit for my Apple Watch goals. 🙁 No worries! Looking at the past month, my April was pretty good. I did dedicated workouts on 25 of 30 days. I got in ten 5k walks (2 over my goal), but only 4 days of yoga (2 under my goal). I am down one pound for the month, which is awesome, especially since I was on vacation for a week! I worked hard at making better eating decisions (except on vacation), and feel pretty good. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 14,031 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: no exercise, 8,806 steps/day* went 4 hours w/out Apple Watch Wednesday: 12 minute swim + one walk totaling 35 minutes, 11,465 steps/day Thursday: no exercise, 10,171 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 56 minutes, 12,833 steps/day – 5k completed Saturday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 10,088 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 11,136 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...
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May
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: May 2017

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: May 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I will be hosting weekly check-ins here every Friday during April through June. Just an FYI: My fitness week is Monday – Sunday, so my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The May 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 It is time to Commit to Exercise for May 2017! Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or continuing your monthly progress, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and moving!” Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for May and how your week was in the comments. Note: you do not have to have a blog to participate. You can use any URL to sign up, including your Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or Booklikes site. Please let me know if you have any problems signing up. If you have a weekly check-in blog post or put your updates on any social media site, please leave a link to your check-in posts in the comment section, below. My Goals for May: I’m not changing much. My goals for May are: Reach my daily “Move” goal (Apple Watch) 5 days per week Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of May  Attend a yoga class a minimum of 6 for the month of May So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to fit? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog to check in with...
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Apr
28

#FitReaders Check-In: April 28, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 28, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The April 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below and/or leave your name and website/link here! Last Week (April 17 – 23, 2017): Just a quick check-in from Florida! We vacationed at my mom and dad’s place with the family for a week (Thursday – Thursday), so I’ll be home when this publishes, but right now, I’m soaking up the sun. I’m exercising but enjoying lots of good food! How was your week? My Movement*: Monday: 70 minutes yoga + one walk totaling 36 minutes, 10,748 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,004 steps/day – 5k completed Wednesday: two walks totaling 43 minutes, 11,475 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 13,507 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 51 minutes, 13,267 steps/day – 5k completed Saturday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 13,620 steps/day Sunday: 10 minute swim + one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,105 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. April Goals: How did I do last week? Reach my daily “Move” goal (active calories) (updated weekly) 5 days per week – 4/5 Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 7/6 Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day – 7/7 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 Be within 2,000 calories of my weekly caloric intake goal each week – no  Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of April  – 8 for month – completed! Attend a yoga class...
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Apr
21

#FitReaders Check-In: April 21, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 21, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The April 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below and/or leave your name and website/link here! Last Week (April 10 – 16, 2017): The sun and warm temps hit New England last week, and I took advantage by walking, walking, walking! I also challenged myself to see if I could reach my daily “move” goal (active calories or “red ring” on Apple Watch) each day. That was a lot of work. I found myself doing some walking around my house and a few jumping jacks before bed to hit that goal. I really got in a lot of exercise last week, and my legs aren’t too happy with me. I have to remember to be “careful” so I don’t end up with more achilles and calf issues. Even with all the extra movement, I gained about 1/2 pound last week. While I was really good on 5 of 7 days, I ate a lot the other two days, including a huge cookout on Easter Sunday. With my weigh-in day on Monday, I knew I’d be up a bit! No worries, I’ll keep at it. Of course, I am heading to Florida for vacation next week… we’ll see! My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,360 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: one walk totaling 61 minutes, 14,356 steps/day – 5k completed Wednesday: two walks totaling 30 minutes, 12,149 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 47 minutes, 13,392 steps/day – 5k completed Friday: two walks totaling 46 minutes, 13,324 steps/day Saturday: two walks totaling 53 minutes, 12,984 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 60 minutes, 14,157 steps/day – 5k completed * 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...
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Apr
14

#FitReaders Check-In: April 14, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 14, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The April 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 Last Week (April 3 – 9, 2017): My week last week was pretty good. The snow is starting to melt, although we’ve had a lot of rain. I’ve done my best to workout when I can. On Wednesday, I went with my SIL to see the Red Sox play at Fenway. We parked about a mile from the field, so I got in some great steps to offset the sausage and beers! Even though I was a bit above my weekly intake for calories, I lost 1/2 pound. I’m still loving the Apple Watch, although I found a flaw in the way it tracks active calories. I can basically earn active calories by sitting still if I tell the watch I’m exercising. I was testing it to see if the level of effort I exerted made a difference in the amount of calories I burn, and long story short… one can “cheat” the system if one wanted. I’ll just have to make sure that I’m truly exercising if I set the Watch to exercise mode. My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + 42 minutes walk, 12,450 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: two walks totaling 39 minutes, 10,542 steps/day Wednesday: no exercise (but walked around Boston), 12,316 steps/day Thursday: 35 minutes elliptical, 10,349 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 10,509 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 11,812 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 12,403 steps/day – 5k completed * 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. April Goals: How did I...
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Apr
7

#FitReaders Check-In: April 7, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 7, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The April 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 Last Week (March 27 – April 2, 2017): Last week was another decent week. It was my first week without my Fitbit and only using the Apple Watch (more info here). Overall, I’m enjoying the Watch and its fun features. From a fitness standpoint, it’s working well. My biggest thing I had to adjust to was not seeing my steps without a little digging. But since I still want to make sure I get 10K steps a day, I just have to open an app to look instead of seeing it first thing on my wrist. Also, the “move” goal which counts active calories is tough. I set it at 520 calories last week, and noticed that unless I did both a walk and yoga, it was very difficult to reach that goal. However, the days I did both, I was way over. So I’ll try it again at 520 calories this week and see what happens. As for eating – I did well on 5 of 7 days, but ate a lot on the weekend. I was down 0.2 lbs for the week! My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + 23 minutes elliptical + 16 minutes walk, 10,110 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,563 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 43 minutes + 38 minutes yoga, 12,012 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 31 minutes, 13,217 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 10,383 steps/day Saturday: shoveled for one hour, 6,102 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,504 steps/day – 5k completed * 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....
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Apr
1

Commit to Exercise: April 2017

Commit to Exercise: April 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I will be hosting weekly check-ins here every Friday during April through June. Just an FYI: My fitness week is Monday – Sunday, so my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The April 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 It is time to Commit to Exercise for April 2017! Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or continuing your monthly progress, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and moving!” Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for April and how your week was in the comments. Note: you do not have to have a blog to participate. You can use any URL to sign up, including your Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or Booklikes site. Please let me know if you have any problems signing up. If you have a weekly check-in blog post or put your updates on any social media site, please leave a link to your check-in posts in the comment section, below. Goals for April: As I mentioned in my weekly post yesterday, I’m shaking things up this month and using my Apple Watch and the LoseIt! app to track my fitness. My goals for April are: Reach my daily “Move” goal (active calories) (updated weekly) 5 days per week Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Be within 2,000 calories of my weekly caloric intake goal each week Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of April  Attend a yoga class at least once per week, with a goal of 6 for the month of April So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to fit? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog to check in...
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Mar
31

#FitReaders Check-In: March 31, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: March 31, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! Starting next Friday, the weekly check-ins will be right here. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog 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. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. I’m also on Fitbit and I’m always up for a challenge. Please send me a friend request! Important links: The March 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 Last Week (March 20 – 26, 2017): Last week was a good one. Not only did I move a lot, but I also was much more conscientious about my food/drink intake. My goal was to be within 200 calories of my daily allotment. I achieved that goal on 3/7 days, but I was very close on three other days. I was only “way over” on one day. This lead to a weight loss of 1.6 pounds last week! I am also making some changes moving forward, see below… My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 49 minutes, 13,010 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,059 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 42 minutes, 12,420 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 45 minutes, 13,217 steps/day – 5k completed Friday: two walks totaling 35 minutes, 7,694 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 10,018 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 13,009 steps/day – 5k completed * 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. BIG CHANGES FOR JEN… Over the past several months, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with my Fitbit. While I love its simplicity, the social aspect and challenges, the flexibility to create goals, and the layout of the dashboard, there are many things I don’t like. The biggest issue I have is the inability to change my goals without it changing my entire history. So after a lot of research and contemplation, I’ve decided to try...
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