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#FitReaders Check-In: December 16, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: December 16, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). We are in the HOME STRETCH for 2016!! FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 December 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 **Don’t forget if you completed 10 virtual “races” this year (and you still have time to get them) to email Felicia your address: felicia(at)geekybloggersbookblog(dot)com Last Week (December 5 – December 11, 2016): I feel like I’m just holding steady, which is what I want to do between now and the end of the year. My week was stable. I lost the little bit I’d gained over the Thanksgiving weekend. I’m getting my Christmas shopping done… Holding steady! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 51 minutes, 12,900 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: two walks totaling 43 minutes, 11,284 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 48 minutes, 12,930 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,822 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 11,490 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 7,848 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 12,786 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. December Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 6/7 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 Complete the hourly “red dot” from 8am – 7pm, 3 days per week – 3/3 Track my caloric intake using...
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Dec
9

#FitReaders Check-In: December 9, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: December 9, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). We are in the HOME STRETCH for 2016!! FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 December 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 **Don’t forget if you completed 10 virtual “races” this year (and you still have time to get them) to email Felicia your address: felicia(at)geekybloggersbookblog(dot)com Last Week (November 28 – December 4, 2016): Everything is going along pretty good. I’m back to better eating, and although I was up 0.2 pounds at weigh-in Monday, I know that I ate much better this past week than the week before. I just need to keep it up for a couple more weeks until I get to vacation! It’s going to be hard with holiday parties, office luncheons, and cookies all over the place. The weather has started to turn wintery, with rain and even snow, which makes it a bit more difficult to get in my longer walks. But I’ll get in my steps by walking around my house or using the elliptical. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 51 minutes, 13,006 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 24 minutes, 10,357 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 11,006 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 14,221 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 11,130 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 12,595 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 15,353 steps/day – 5k finished * 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...
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Dec
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#FitReaders Check-In: December 2, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: December 2, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). We are in the HOME STRETCH for 2016!! FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 December 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 **Don’t forget if you completed 10 virtual “races” this year (and you still have time to get them) to email Felicia your address: felicia(at)geekybloggersbookblog(dot)com Last Week (November 21 – November 27, 2016): Since I log a week behind, this week included Thanksgiving and the extended weekend. I have to say, while I didn’t adhere to a strict caloric intake, I didn’t go as crazy as I have in the past. I also made a big effort to get in my steps and exercise each day, getting in four 5k’s this week. I ended up gaining one pound over the holiday week, and I’m still under my goal weight. So I’m very pleased. It’s helped that our weather has stayed above normal temps, with no snow at this point! I mentioned last week that my gym changed its schedule, and it is no longer offering BodyFlow. While I am bummed by this news,  I have decided I want to try a different yoga studio. So during the month of December, I’ll be looking into that, with the hopes of starting yoga in January. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 53 minutes, 14,105 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 12,667 steps/day – 5k finished Wednesday: one walk totaling 60 minutes, 12,149 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: one walk totaling 43 minutes, 12,415 steps/day – 5k finished Friday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 10,362 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,009 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 10,669 steps/day * I...
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Dec
1

Commit to Exercise: December 2016

Commit to Exercise: December 2016 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 for the remainder of 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. On the first of each month, there will be a “Commit to Exercise” post where you can sign up and share your monthly goals. It is time to Commit to Exercise for December 2016! 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!” So are you ready to commit to being fit? Remember there will be weekly check-ins on Fridays, motivation on twitter (#FitReaders), and a support group over on Facebook. 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. Important links: The December 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 **Don’t forget if you completed 10 virtual “races” this year (and you still have time to get them) to email Felicia your address: felicia(at)geekybloggersbookblog(dot)com Goals for December: I had a decent November, doing better with my eating and hitting my step/exercise goals most days, with the only goal I missed significantly in November being the BodyFlow (yoga) class attendance. I got back down to my goal weight, and now I want to work at maintaining it. Mostly, I want to have a healthy outlook and continue to support my fellow FitReaders. My monthly goals are: Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Complete the hourly “red dot” from 8am – 7pm, 3 days per week Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Walk a 5K each week (5 for the month of December) Find a new yoga class to replace BodyFlow...
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Nov
25

#FitReaders Check-In: November 25, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 25, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 November 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 (November 14 – November 20, 2016): Last week was a very tough week. Since I blog a week behind, I’m talking about the week before Thanksgiving. I did try my best, but getting in my exercise and steps didn’t always happen. Plus, there was comfort food involved. Sadly, on Friday November 18, 2016, we said goodbye to Nicky, my 17-year old cat. He was my first baby and a total love. He’s left a big hole in our family. And poor kitty-brother, Oscar (16 yrs), is a bit lost. It was an emotionally draining week, coming to the decision, holding him, saying goodbye. But I am at peace knowing we did what was right and best. Additionally, on that Thursday, my daughter (10) had some testing at a hospital about 2 hours away. She’s doing fine, she just has a few odd issues here and there, but nothing life threatening. However, this meant, lots of time in the car and sitting at the hospital, which also cut into my routine. But… it’s already another week. As I write this (Monday), I’m preparing for Thanksgiving and my exercise for the week. The final news of the week is that my gym changed its schedule, and it is no longer offering BodyFlow. I am really bummed by this news. I will have to decide if I want to try a different class or go to a yoga studio. But...
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Nov
24

#FitReaders #ThanksgivingWalk 2016 #StrutMyStuff

#FitReaders #ThanksgivingWalk 2016 #StrutMyStuff Calling all #FitReaders and anyone who wants to join in the fun – even those living outside the U.S. Felicia and I are hosting a special GET UP AND MOVE event for today, Thanksgiving Day (November 24, 2016). Join us and your fellow #FitReaders by getting up, getting out, and moving (walk, stroll, run, etc.) No matter where you live or whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, the idea is to get in your steps on this traditionally slow-moving, food-filled U.S. Holiday. SO… here’s how to participate: Get in your exercise – it doesn’t matter how big or small, just do it! Either while you are exercising, or after, tweet about it using the hashtags #ThanksgivingWalk #StrutMyStuff #FitReaders and/or #NovemberWalk Check in here, using the comment section. Leave your name and what you did for your #ThanksgivingWalk. Once you have completed your walk (or other exercise), you can download this awesome badge and display it with pride (if you would like me to send you the media file, please let me know). Thank you to Felicia for designing this AWESOME badge!! Felicia and I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And to all the #FitReaders – be sure to check back tomorrow for the weekly Check-In post! Gobble...
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Nov
18

#FitReaders Check-In: November 18, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 18, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 November 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 (November 7 – November 13, 2016): Okay. I’m doing good. I had an eating “challenge” this weekend, celebrating both my husband’s and brother-in-law’s birthdays on Saturday. I did eat and drink a bunch of calories (and went overboard with a second cupcake!), but it was balanced by good choices all week. Although I gained a little weight, I’m still just below my goal weight. I can do this! Exercise is going well. I’ve finished all of my physical therapy from my achilles and calf issues – but I have a chronic condition, and the problem isn’t going to go away unless I keep on top of stretching and conditioning. I have a list of things to do at home… this will be a challenge for me. I also purposely skipped BodyFlow again this week. I’m going to have to scratch that goal for the month because I will be unable to go next two weeks. *sigh* My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 14,404 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,674 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 11,035 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 39 minutes, 13,517 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,160 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,452 steps/day Sunday: one hour yard work + one walk totaling 32 minutes, 13,544 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...
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Nov
11

#FitReaders Check-In: November 11, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 11, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 November 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 (October 31 – November 6, 2016): Another solid week for me! It’s amazing how much better I feel when I consistently take care of myself. As you all know, I’ve been dealing with some leg issues – calf and achilles. Although not 100%, and probably never will be, I’ve learned how to best deal with the problems, and I’ve been able to walk a bit faster (burning more calories) lately. Additionally, I’ve now lost weight four weeks in a row and am down those pesky 5+ pounds I’d put on back last winter. Cutting out those extra junk calories each day helped me lose that weight I’d gained, and now that I’ve really been on track for 5 weeks, I feel so much better. Thank you all for your continued support! I’m still dealing with my messed up Alta. Fitbit mailed me the replacement, but that replacement didn’t work, so now I’m waiting for another replacement. I had a good week with my steps – utilizing a daily challenge to help me on Friday since I’ve been lazy the past several Fridays! But I did purposely skip Body Flow this week. Bad Me! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 44 minutes, 16,004 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,246 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,315 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 11,077 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 11,870 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 12,076 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, but lots of walking...
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Nov
4

#FitReaders Check-In: November 4, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 4, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). Don’t forget to signup for November! FYI: I only use the linky signups 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. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** 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 November 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 (October 24 – October 30): October ended up being a good month for me. While I didn’t hit my exercise goals each week (most significantly, I didn’t get to BodyFlow very often), I did keep on top of my food intake; making better choices on the whole. This has paid off, for at this week’s weigh-in, I was back under my goal weight! Woo hoo. But I know that I can’t just coast. It took me 7 months to realize that I can’t just coast along and expect the weight to come or stay off. With the holidays approaching, I need to be even more vigilant. As for my movement/exercise this week: First… I was a little bit lazy last weekend, but I’m okay with that. I’ll count the 30+ minutes I went trick-or-treating with my girl as exercise. 🙂 and Second… I discovered that I actually have two flaws with my Fitbit Alta. While the Alta was counting my daily steps, they weren’t all registering in the cloud or wherever the steps go to. Which is why last week I didn’t get may days with all of my red dots filled in. My Alta would see the steps, but the Fitbit server did not. #frustrating. The other is that my Alta started experiencing significant battery drawdown. This was easily seen by Fitbit customer service, and since I am still under warranty, they are...
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Nov
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: November 2016

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: November 2016 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 for the remainder of 2016, from October through December, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. On the first of each month, there will be a “Commit to Exercise” post where you can sign up and share your monthly goals. It is time to Commit to Exercise for November 2016! 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!” So are you ready to commit to being fit? Remember there will be weekly check-ins on Fridays, motivation on twitter (#FitReaders), and a support group over on Facebook. 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. Important links: The November 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 Goals for November: I had a pretty good October and I’ve been doing better with my eating and exercising, with the only goal I missed significantly in October being the BodyFlow (yoga) class attendance. I want to continue to work towards getting to and maintaining my goal weight. Mostly, I want to have a healthy outlook and continue to support my fellow FitReaders. My monthly goals are: Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Complete the hourly “red dot” from 8am – 7pm 3 days per week Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Walk a 5K each week (5 for the month of November) Attend Body Flow once per week (3 for the month of November) Coming again this November… On Thursday November 24th… Join Felicia and me and #StrutMyStuff on Thanksgiving! No matter where...
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