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24

#FitReaders Check-In: July 24, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: July 24, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of July – September 2015, Felicia will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week: I love summer! But I’ve been so busy, I don’t think I’ve had time to stop and rest. Wait… I did go to the beach for a few hours on Wednesday! What I’m finding about summer is that it’s fairly easy to hit my daily step goal of 10,000 steps; however, I’m not doing my long/more intense walks like I did during the school/work year. I think that it’s okay because, generally, I’m moving a lot. I’m also still eating a lot. However, I did lose almost 2 of the “vacation pounds” my first full week back home. My Movement*: Friday: 51 minutes walking, 17,291 steps/day (afternoon at the fair!) Saturday: 55 minutes walking, 11,990 steps/day Sunday: 32 minutes walking, 12,144 steps/day Monday: 49 minutes walking, 11,275 steps/day Tuesday: 43 minutes walking, 13,179 steps/day Wednesday: 37 minutes elliptical, 15,963 steps/day Thursday: 55 minutes BodyFlow, 32 minutes walking, 11,035 steps/day * After a comment about my timed walking and the number of steps I record, I realized it might be confusing. 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. I hope that clarifies my movement data. Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with...
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Jul
17

#FitReaders Check-In: July 17, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: July 17, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of July – September 2015, Felicia will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week: I’ve been back home since Sunday evening. Our 2+ week vacation was great, but it’s so good to be home and getting our lives back on track – and it’s still summer vacation! I had my weigh-in on Monday, and I was up 4 pounds for the entire trip. I’m pleased with that because in the past, it would have been more (and I know this year, I’ll lose it within a couple weeks)! I exercised almost every day while I was gone (except, I did poorly the days we were in the car coming home). Since I’ve been back, my eating has been better, although I did splurge last night and went out with my girlfriend for margaritas! My workouts have been shorter than usual, but I’m getting my daily step average back up after low numbers for three days. My Movement*: Friday: 18 minutes walking, 7,967 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 5,131 steps/day (car all day) Sunday: no exercise, 6,654 steps/day (car all day) Monday: 44 minutes walking, 13,062 steps/day Tuesday: 39 minutes walking, 11,442 steps/day Wednesday: 38 minutes elliptical, 10,155 steps/day Thursday: 55 minutes Body Flow, 36 minutes walking, 11,322 steps/day * After a comment about my timed walking and the number of steps I record, I realized it might be confusing. 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. I hope that clarifies my movement data. Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with...
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Jul
10

#FitReader Check-In: July 10, 2015

#FitReader Check-In: July 10, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of July – September 2015, Felicia will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! Thanks again to everyone who participated during here at That’s What I’m Talking About during April, May and June! Remember: starting July 1, 2015, the monthly commitment signups will be at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog, but you can still check in here and share how you are doing every Friday! My Week: I’m STILL on VACATION!! We are finishing up the end of the second week, and my family be heading home (2 day car trip) starting Saturday. I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to mostly keep up some exercise and getting in great step counts, to including walking with my 9 year old girl (BG) in the annual Independence Day 2 mile run. I also did that 5 mile loop with the 450 stair climb in the middle again on Thursday. However, I’ve been eating WAY TOO MUCH, and actually have felt gross because of that. I am looking forward to getting back home and back to normal eating. My fitness week begins on Mondays, so I’ll report my trip weight gains next week, but I do know that I’m already up a few pounds. My Movement*: Friday: 43 minutes walking, 11,593 steps/day Saturday: 36 minutes walking, 14,090 steps/day Sunday: 37 minutes walking, 10,288 steps/day Monday: 71 minutes walking, 12,895 steps/day Tuesday: 44 minutes walking, 11,863 steps/day Wednesday: no exercise, 5,828 steps/day Thursday: 90 minutes walking, 15,207 steps/day * After a comment about my timed walking and the number of steps I record, I realized it might be confusing. 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. I hope that clarifies...
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Jul
3

#FitReaders Check-In: July 3, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: July 3, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of July – September 2015, Felicia will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! Thanks again to everyone who participated during here at That’s What I’m Talking About during April, May and June! Remember: starting July 1, 2015, the monthly commitment signups will be at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog, but you can still check in here and share how you are doing every Friday! My Week: I’m on VACATION!! The family and I left early Saturday morning, spent two days in the car, and arrived at my folks in Northern Michigan on Sunday afternoon. They live on a lake, and there is lots to do, including exercise and eating! Monday morning my sister and mom took me on a 5.5 mile round trip walk that included 450 steps up a hill in the middle. My calves are still sore! Other than the day I was in the car from 6:00AM to 6:00PM, I have managed to get in a walk. (We won’t discuss what I’ve been eating!) My Movement*: Friday: 34 minutes walking, 12,726 steps/day Saturday: no walks (in car), 5,680 steps/day Sunday: 47 minutes walking, 11,813 steps/day Monday: 90 minutes walking, 15,980 steps/day Tuesday: 61 minutes walking, 11,367 steps/day Wednesday: 41 minutes walking, 13,483 steps/day Thursday: 54 minutes walking, 14,002 steps/day * After a comment about my timed walking and the number of steps I record, I realized it might be confusing. 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. I hope that clarifies my movement data. Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us! I hope you have...
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Jun
26

#FitReaders Check-In: June 26, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: June 26, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of April – June 2015, I will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! This is the final check-in for the quarter!! I can’t believe we are already 6 months through 2015! How has your year gone so far? Have you kept up with your commitment to exercise? Have you had to make adjustments? Are you pleased with your progress so far, or a bit disappointed? It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey – we are all in this together! Since this is the final “official” check-in at That’s What I’m Talking About for a few months, it’s time to announce the winners of the quarterly giveaways! There are three monthly winners, one each from April, May, and June. All you needed to do was sign up using the linky that was provided for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts. Each monthly winner will receive an awesome Bondi Headband, winner’s selection of color*. *Open internationally, where not prohibited by law. If shipping costs become prohibitive for non-U.S. deliveries, a comparable gift card will be substituted. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.  THE WINNERS ARE: April: Kathryn @Book Date May: Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie June: Adriana @ Books On HerMind Congrats to the winners, and everyone who participated during this quarter! Winners: Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com so I may get your prize to you! Remember: starting July 1, 2015, the monthly commitment signups will be at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog, but you can still check in here and share how you are doing every...
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Jun
19

#FitReaders Check-In: June 19, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: June 19, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of April – June 2015, I will be hosting the official check-ins. To learn more about #FitReaders, or to sign up for May, click the image above. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week:   Things are winding down here at home, this is the last day of school for my kiddos and next week is my last week of work until September. We have one more lacrosse tournament, a karate tournament, my MIL’s birthday, and Father’s Day. Then it is SUMMER VACATION! I’m hoping to find a couple of 5K races over the summer to keep me moving during the lazy days! The big news… I upgraded my Fitbit Flex to the Charge HR. I LOVE IT! I like having the added features such as heart rate, automatic sleep mode, and staircase climbs. I also like having the ability to read my steps and other goals right on my wrist, rather than having to get out my phone. The Fitbit and the iOS app that goes with it have really made a difference in my daily movement over the past two months. I’ve even lost a couple more pounds because of it! That’s a good thing, since I’ll be heading on a 2 week vacation at the end of the month! My Movement*: Friday: 30 minutes walking, 8,930 steps/day Saturday: 43 minutes walking, 13,286 steps/day Sunday: 46 minutes walking, 14,850 steps/day Monday: 60 minutes walking, 11,438 steps/day Tuesday: 31 minutes walking, 10,709 steps/day Wednesday: 47 minutes walking, 13,331 steps/day Thursday: 50 minutes Body Flow + 60 minutes walking, 14,000 steps/day * After a comment about my timed walking and the number of steps I record, I realized it might be confusing. 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...
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Jun
12

#FitReaders Check-In: June 12, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: June 12, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of April – June 2015, I will be hosting the official check-ins. To learn more about #FitReaders, or to sign up for May, click the image above. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week: My “week” started with a trip to Lori Foster’s Annual Reader Author Get Together. I attended the event in West Chester, OH, along with 500 other readers, authors, bloggers, and industry professionals. This was my fourth year attending. One of the great perks – getting to walk, drink, and dance with some of our #FitReader crew! For more of my photos from the event, check out my Facebook page. I did a great job getting in my steps, even while away, especially on Friday night when there was an awesome dance event. A few of us danced for about four hours, determined to hit 20,000 steps! Eating – well that wasn’t quite as good, as I did have a few too many servings of this and that. I was up a couple pounds at my weigh-in on Monday, but I know it will come off now that I’m back home. My Movement: Friday: 37 minutes walking, 21,294 steps Saturday: 39 minutes walking, 10,224 steps Sunday: no exercise, 6,789 steps Monday: 39 minutes walking, 10,097 steps Tuesday: 51 minutes walking, 12,924 steps Wednesday: no exercise, 12,108 steps Thursday: 35 minutes walking, 10,574 steps Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us! Don’t forget to sign up for #FitReaders for the month of...
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Jun
5

#FitReaders Check-In: June 5, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: June 5, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of April – June 2015, I will be hosting the official check-ins. To learn more about #FitReaders, or to sign up for May, click the image above. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week: Thank you again, to those who helped push me last week, and even through the weekend, with the Fitbit Challenges. It truly made a difference – not only did I lose the temporary weight I gained over the long weekend, but I lost an additional pound! All the extra steps and movement helped me watch my caloric intake, which resulted in the very good week. Of course now I’m attending the Annual Reader Author Get Together hosted by Lori Foster, and I’ve already eaten well over my calories in the first day! However, I’m here with fellow #FitReader hostess, Felicia, and together we are getting in our walks and steps. I love being with my book buddies! My Movement: Friday: 62 minutes walking, 12,631 steps Saturday: 74 minutes walking, 15,496 steps Sunday: 56 minutes walking, 11,198 steps Monday: 51 minutes walking, 10,605 steps Tuesday: 73 minutes walking, 13,960 steps Wednesday: 31 minutes walking, 15,224 steps Thursday: 57 minutes walking, 12,200 steps Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us! Don’t forget to sign up for #FitReaders for the month of...
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Jun
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#FitReaders Commit to Exercise for June 2015

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise for June 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for 2015. During the months of April – June, 2015, I am hosting the official check-ins and quarterly giveaway. It is time to Commit to Exercise for June 2015! 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 getting moving!” So are you ready to commit to fit? Remember there will be weekly check-ins on Fridays both here and at Felicia’s blog, motivation on twitter (#FitReaders), and a group over on Facebook (let me know if you want to be added). Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Everyone who commits to exercise using the linky during April, May, and June will be entered to win a FABULOUS PRIZE. Details on that, below… Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for June. 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. Monthly Prizes: On June 26, the last Friday of the quarter, I will announce the three monthly winners, one each from April, May, and June. All you need to do is sign up using the linky that was provided for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts. The monthly winner will receive an awesome Bondi Headband, winner’s selection of color*. *Open internationally, where not prohibited by law. If shipping costs become prohibitive for non-U.S. deliveries, a comparable gift card will be substituted. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.  My June Goals: My overall goals for 2015 are to keep up my current level of exercise, maintain my goal weight, and log my food intake every day for the year. I also want to add some races in once the weather warms up. As for June 2015, my primary goal is to make sure...
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May
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#FitReaders Check-In: May 29, 2015

#FitReaders Check-In: May 29, 2015 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of April – June 2015, I will be hosting the official check-ins. To learn more about #FitReaders, or to sign up for May, click the image above. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE. 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. Or, if you want to use this post as your weekly check-in, leave a comment telling us how your week went! My Week: I am happy to report that our annual neighborhood lobster bake was a huge success! The weather was ideal and everyone had a great time. I ate WAY TOO MUCH FOOD all weekend, so it was no surprise that I gained almost three pounds when I weighed in on Monday. However, I’ve been kicking my own butt all week long, even starting a Workweek Hustle Fitbit Challenge with some of you all to motivate me to move more. And it seems to be working. Thank you! My Movement: Friday: 36 minutes walking, 10,832 steps Saturday: 60 minutes walking, 12,507 steps Sunday: none, 12,482 steps (Lobster Bake hostess) Monday: 77 minutes walking, 18,086 steps Tuesday: 75 minutes walking, 13,942 steps Wednesday: 43 minutes walking, 10,780 steps Thursday:  50 minutes BodyFlow, 62 minutes walking, 11,350 steps Questions for YOU! How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us! Don’t forget to stop back on Monday June 1 to commit to #FitReaders for the month of June. I’ll be talking...
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