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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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Mar
31

#FitReaders: Jen’s Comparison of Apple Watch & Fitbit

#FitReaders: Jen’s Comparison of Apple Watch & Fitbit As I wrote in my #FitReaders check-in today, I’ve been increasingly frustrated with my Fitbit and decided to try the Apple Watch. Let me state right up front that the Apple Watch is NOT a fitness tracker… it is a smart watch with fitness tracking capabilities. I will also preface this post by stating Apple’s idea of “fitness” is different than Fitbit’s. Fitbit focuses on goal attainment, with steps being the primary goal; however, goals for exercise and activity can also be set. Apple looks more at whole body fitness, adding in breathing and focusing on active calorie counts. Lastly, I am an Apple junky: I use a MacBook, iPhone, and my kids both use Apple products, so while I’m looking at the fitness tracking in this post, the fact that I have seamless integration with my existing products adds a lot to the value of the Apple Watch. For comparison in this post, I am using a Fitbit Alta (first gen) and an Apple Watch Series 2. The Alta does not have a heart rate monitor, so I didn’t use that aspect in my comparison. What I want in a tracker: When trying to decide if I should get a new tracker, I had to think about what features I want. While this list is what I made when researching, I’ll admit after a week of using the Apple Watch, some have changed. Step Counter; Integration with LoseIt app; Exercise Tracker/Log. Additionally, features I love about the Fitbit: Social aspects/Challenges; Prompts to move each hour (red dot goal); Automatic recording of exercise after moving for 10 minutes; Sleep monitoring; Calorie in vs out chart (which integrates with LoseIt). Apple Watch Features: The Apple Watch has its own Activity app that is native to the watch and integrates automatically with the iPhone and Watch. Additionally, the iPhone has a Health app that imports data from your Watch (such as heart rate) and from the Activity app (such as exercise and movement). Together, these two apps do much of what the Fitbit app does; however, it is nowhere as easy to read and understand. Finding workout details and other aspects that are on the Fitbit dashboard can be tricky until you figure out where everything is housed within Apple’s system. Additionally, users have to use a third party app to track food. While I was already doing that with LoseIt, if you are solely tracking your food within Fitbit, you will have...
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Mar
24

#FitReaders Check-In: March 24, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: March 24, 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. 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 13 – 19, 2017): I had another week of eating well above my caloric intake suggested limits, which ended at another 1/2 pound up at my weigh-in on Monday. I am happy with my movement and exercise, but not happy with my eating habits. Something needs to change – I need to do more than just recording my food, I need to try and stick to my daily limits so I can get back under my goal weight. With that in mind, next week, I’m adding to my goals that I want to be on average no more than 200 calories above my daily caloric limit. My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 47 minutes, 14,158 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes + 30 minutes shoveling, 14,720 steps/day – 5k completed Wednesday: one walk totaling 41 minutes, 11.109 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 35 minutes, 11,908 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 36 minutes, 10,886 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 6,675 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,479 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. March 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 – 2/3 Track my caloric intake...
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Mar
17

#FitReaders Check-In: March 17, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: March 17, 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. 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 6 – 12, 2017): Last week was better as far as exercise and overall movement. However, even though I’ve been tracking my food, I’ve been eating way over my daily allotment. It’s extra snacks and junk, having a beer here and there, and Girl Scout cookies! I’ve got no control. My weight is up another pound. Eep. I really need to stop the excess. My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 46 minutes, 13,146 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,208 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,446 steps/day – 5k completed Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 38 minutes, 10,237 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 32 minutes, 11,047 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 6,760 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 39 minutes, 12,941 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. March 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 – 2/3 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of March – 2 for month  Attend a yoga class at least once per week, with a goal of 8 for the month of March – 3 for...
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Mar
10

#FitReaders Check-In: March 10, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: March 10, 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. 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 (February 27 – March 5, 2017): This was probably my weakest/worst week I have had fitness-wise since I starting logging my journey. It wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t great. First the excuses – it was my birthday, the kids were on winter break, the weather was awful – both rainy days and frigid temps on others, and we went on a mini-vacation. The funniest thing all week is that on Thursday I went to bed without syncing my Fitbit. When I woke on Friday I discovered I had taken 9,999 steps! I laughed. I don’t think I could have hit that number if I tried!!! With the extra eating out and the lack of steps, I gained 2 lbs over the week. But I feel good that I can lose it (and the others I gained when I went to CMCon17) within the month. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,483 steps/day Tuesday: one hour Yoga, 8,273 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 12,047 steps/day Thursday: three+ hours downhill skiing, 9,999 steps/day Friday: two+ hours downhill skiing, 9,094 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 7,454 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, 5,333 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. March Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 2/7 (MY WORST EVER!) Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days...
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Mar
3

#FitReaders Check-In: March 3, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: March 3, 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. 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 (February 20 – 26, 2017): Last week had good days and not as good days. With my birthday this past Monday, we did a lot of eating out and celebrating over the weekend. Plus, my kids started school vacation on Monday, and I seemed to be in vacation mode even last week. I got in some great stepping days and two yoga classes, but overate pretty much every day. My Movement*: Monday: one hour Yoga + one walk totaling 43 minutes, 11,513 steps/day Tuesday: two walks totaling 44 minutes, 12,486 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 11,999 steps/day Thursday: one hour Yoga + one walk totaling 45 minutes, 13,268 steps/day – 5k finished Friday: no exercise, 7,549 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 12,200 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 54 minutes, 14,892 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. February 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 the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 Walk a 5K a minimum of 6 times for the month of February – 3 for month  Attend a yoga class at least once per week, with a goal of 6 for the month of February – 4 for...
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Feb
24

#FitReaders Check-In: February 24, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: February 24, 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. 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 February 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 (February 13 – 19, 2017): Last week was a much better week for me. I got in lots of steps, exercise, and finally made it back to yoga. It was another snowy morning, and I was going to blow it off, but my husband encouraged me to go. There were only 4 students – it felt so good. I worked hard and also got my mind re-focused on taking care of me. I also did a better job with consistent eating habits. I was down 1.5 lbs for the week. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 13,149 steps/day Tuesday: 2 walks totaling 46 minutes, 11,457 steps/day Wednesday: elipical/walking totaling 36 minutes, 10,263 steps/day Thursday: one hour Yoga + one walk totaling 35 minutes, 12,094 steps/day Friday: no exercise, 10,596 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 15,026 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 13,839 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 total daily steps. This is from my Fitbit, which measures all steps from 12:00AM – 11:59PM, exercise included. February Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 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 the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 Walk a 5K a minimum of 6 times for the month of February – 2 for month  Attend a...
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Feb
17

#FitReaders Check-In: February 17, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: February 17, 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. 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 February 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 (February 6 – 12, 2017): My first week back from Coastal Magic Con was snow-filled and crazy! I traveled back on and got home Monday night (2/6), then Tuesday was a snow day (kids had no school), Wednesday was a delayed start to school, Thursday was a snow day, Friday was a delayed start, then it snowed Saturday and Sunday. While I did get some exercise in and shoveled here and there, I didn’t do much of anything, including no yoga this week. In fact, this may be my worst week in 3 years when it comes to reaching my daily/weekly goals. Additionally, I had made a promise to myself to eat better for a couple weeks to lose the weight I’ve gained (I’m still above my goal weight), and I didn’t do it. I was WAY over my caloric intake on 3 days last week. I need to shake myself out of this complacent attitude and try harder. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 23 minutes, 8,353 steps/day Tuesday: no exercise, 8,039 steps/day Wednesday: elipical/walking totaling 36 minutes, 11,863 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 51 minutes, 45 minutes shoveling 15,424 steps/day – 5k finished Friday: one hour downhill skiing, 10,374 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 10,077 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, 6,817steps/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. February Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps...
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Feb
10

#FitReaders Check-In: February 10, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: February 10, 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. 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 February 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 (January 30 – February 5, 2017): First – I had a GREAT time at Coastal Magic Con 2017. I spent the week talking about books, meeting authors, hanging out with new and old friends, laughing, dancing, eating, and drinking. I did get in some walks and exercise, but not much (although I got in a lot of steps just from moving around). Due to the travel, I didn’t do well with my weekly goals at all (see below). I returned home from Coastal Magic with a significant weight gain. No surprise, but still, I’m a wee-bit disappointed that I didn’t try a little harder NOT to eat and drink so much! I think the Super Bowl party pushed me over the edge. I’m giving myself two weeks to try and take it off without a huge adjustment to my diet. However, with a week of snow heading our way, I don’t know when I’ll get in my walks! My Movement*: Monday: Yoga 60 minutes, one walk totaling 40 minutes, 10,714 steps/day Tuesday: no exercise, 6,718 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 75 minutes, 14,733 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 13,607 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 22,237 steps/day – 3 hours of dancing Saturday: no exercise, 8,351 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 15,142 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. February Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps...
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Feb
3

#FitReaders Check-In: February 3, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: February 3, 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. 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 February 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 (January 23 – January 29, 2017): I’m writing this on Monday, but when you read this, I’ll be in Daytona Beach at Coastal Magic Con. I cannot wait! Fellow #FitReader Liza and I try to walk every morning when we are there. Looking back on the month, I had a pretty solid January. I met my 5k goal – getting in 6 for the month, and my yoga goal – attending 6 classes for the month. I consistently recorded my caloric intake everyday, even though I didn’t always stick within my daily caloric allotment! The red dot posed a bit of a challenge, and I didn’t make that goal every week. I also was prone to taking off a day each week and being lazy, which meant I usually hit 10,000 steps only 6 of 7 days each week. Overall, I am down 1.5 lbs for the month, or back to average after my holiday trip to Grand Cayman! My Movement*: Monday: Yoga 70 minutes, elliptical and walk totaling 49 minutes, 11,840 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,327 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 11,561 steps/day Thursday: Yoga 60 minutes, one walk totaling 48 minutes, 14,311 steps/day – 5k finished Friday: two walks totaling 59 minutes, 12,201 steps/day – 5k finished Saturday: no exercise, 7,100 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 12,001 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. January Goals: How...
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