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#FitReaders Check-In: January 6, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: January 6, 2017 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 January – March, 2017, 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. New to #FitReaders? FitReaders is an easy-going support group for those who want to improve or maintain their overall health. We encourage walking, running, strength training, yoga, and any other type of movement that is best for your body, health, and lifestyle. We offer blog posts and check-ins to help with accountability. Additionally we have a Facebook group and can be found on Twitter with the hashtag #FitReaders. Felicia and I are here to support and encourage, and the group can offer suggestions and advice based on personal experiences. We are glad you’ve joined us. 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! What is a Virtual Fun Mile/5k/10? This Virtual Fun Mile/5k/10k is organized online and FitReaders from all over the world can compete. Where it is different from a traditional Fun Mile/5K/10k is that you are responsible for completing the walk/run at any place you desire, at any time during the race timeframe that works for you.  For more information about the Virtual Race series, see the #FitReaders 101 link, below. Important links: The January 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 My Last 2 Weeks (December 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017): To summarize the past two weeks: HOLIDAY VACATION. I enjoyed my time both here at home and away on our family trip to Grand Cayman. While I did track everything I ate/drank and walked almost every day, I didn’t stress about it. I turned off my Fitbit notifications and went with the flow. I only gained 2 pounds over the two weeks, and I am still at my goal weight since I’d shed a couple pounds leading up to the holidays. Life is good. My Movement*: Monday 12/19: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 17,233 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: two walks totaling...
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Dec
30

#FitReaders Check-In: December 30, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: December 30, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! HAPPY ALMOST NEW YEAR!!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I loved co-hosting this fitness-oriented group this year and will be doing it again in 2017! Be sure to head over to Felicia’s tomorrow to sign up for JANUARY! 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 19 – December 25, 2016): Since I blog a week behind, this is for the week before the holidays. It was a crazy week getting ready for Christmas and our trip out of the country. I did my best to log all my food and get in walks when I could. Now I’m enjoying time on the beach! I’ll have my year end report next week. This is my final check-in post of the year, but I’ll continue to post every Friday, so please continue to stop by. Sign ups for January 2017 are over with Felicia. I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful and healthy New Year! My Movement*: I am writing this post ahead of time so it will be scheduled for when I’m gone. I’ll report on two weeks worth next time. How was your week? month? year? What were you successes? What were your...
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Dec
23

#FitReaders Check-In: December 23, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: December 23, 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 12 – December 18, 2016): More just holding steady and getting in my walks. It’s been hard with the extra treats at work, holiday parties, and busy schedules that accompany this time of year. I’m happy to say I’m still where I want to be, and with one more we until vacation (I’m writing this on 12/20), I think I will be good to go when we leave for vacation on 12/24. I did find out some info on a local yoga studio and have made plans to contact them on January 5, 2017, after my vacation is over, to set up my first session. I hope I like this place! I will have the final check-in post of the year here next Friday (12/31), and then sign ups for January 2017 will be over with Felicia. Wishing you all a wonderful and healthy holiday season! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 13,573 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,209 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 10,405 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 15,479 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 13,572 steps/day Saturday: 30 minutes snow shoveling, 7,210 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,971 steps/day * I track two different goals. The first goal is a timed duration of exercise – moving with the intent...
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Dec
16

#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
2

#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
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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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