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#FitReaders Check-In: December 29, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: December 29, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Special Note: Changes for 2018 Dear #FitReader friends: We’re are quickly approaching the end of another get-fit year! We both hope you have found inspiration, support, and motivation within the #FitReaders community. As we look ahead to 2018, we are going to be making changes to better fit the current needs of our group. Felicia and Jen will continue to have monthly “Commit to Exercise” sign up posts on the first day of each month on both of their blogs. However, we are going to discontinue the weekly check-in posts that we’ve been hosting on Fridays. Instead, we will have check-ins in our Facebook Group, hoping to pull in more FitReaders into a discussion about our weeks. That doesn’t mean you all can’t have weekly posts. Jen plans to continue having weekly #FitReader posts because it helps her stay committed to her goals. With that, we are looking to get feedback from you all on what you’d like out of our fitness group. What keeps you motivated during the day, week, year? What kind of weekly or monthly prompts (Facebook/Twitter) will help you stick to your goals? What can we do to keep you on track? Of course, our FB group will remain a place of discussion for everyone to pose questions, post successes, discuss challenges, etc. We look forward to another great year ahead! Get Fit, Stay Fit, #FitReaders Felicia & Jen Last Week (December 18 – December 24, 2017): Holidays and snow meant eating lots, not exercising as much. I’m...
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Dec
22

#FitReaders Check-In: December 22, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: December 22, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Special Note: Changes for 2018 Dear #FitReader friends: We’re are quickly approaching the end of another get-fit year! We both hope you have found inspiration, support, and motivation within the #FitReaders community. As we look ahead to 2018, we are going to be making changes to better fit the current needs of our group. Felicia and Jen will continue to have monthly “Commit to Exercise” sign up posts on the first day of each month on both of their blogs. However, we are going to discontinue the weekly check-in posts that we’ve been hosting on Fridays. Instead, we will have check-ins in our Facebook Group, hoping to pull in more FitReaders into a discussion about our weeks. That doesn’t mean you all can’t have weekly posts. Jen plans to continue having weekly #FitReader posts because it helps her stay committed to her goals. With that, we are looking to get feedback from you all on what you’d like out of our fitness group. What keeps you motivated during the day, week, year? What kind of weekly or monthly prompts (Facebook/Twitter) will help you stick to your goals? What can we do to keep you on track? Of course, our FB group will remain a place of discussion for everyone to pose questions, post successes, discuss challenges, etc. We look forward to another great year ahead! Get Fit, Stay Fit, #FitReaders Felicia & Jen Last Week (December 11 – December 17, 2017): Eating lots. Gained some weight. My Movement*: Monday: 61 minutes yoga...
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Dec
15

#FitReaders Check-In: December 15, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: December 15, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Special Note: Changes for 2018 Dear #FitReader friends: We’re are quickly approaching the end of another get-fit year! We both hope you have found inspiration, support, and motivation within the #FitReaders community. As we look ahead to 2018, we are going to be making changes to better fit the current needs of our group. Felicia and Jen will continue to have monthly “Commit to Exercise” sign up posts on the first day of each month on both of their blogs. However, we are going to discontinue the weekly check-in posts that we’ve been hosting on Fridays. Instead, we will have check-ins in our Facebook Group, hoping to pull in more FitReaders into a discussion about our weeks. That doesn’t mean you all can’t have weekly posts. Jen plans to continue having weekly #FitReader posts because it helps her stay committed to her goals. With that, we are looking to get feedback from you all on what you’d like out of our fitness group. What keeps you motivated during the day, week, year? What kind of weekly or monthly prompts (Facebook/Twitter) will help you stick to your goals? What can we do to keep you on track? Of course, our FB group will remain a place of discussion for everyone to pose questions, post successes, discuss challenges, etc. We look forward to another great year ahead! Get Fit, Stay Fit, #FitReaders Felicia & Jen Last Week (December 4 – December 10, 2017): More of the same. Consuming too many calories. I did finally...
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Dec
8

#FitReaders Check-In: December 8, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: December 8, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Special Note: Changes for 2018 Dear #FitReader friends: We’re are quickly approaching the end of another get-fit year! We both hope you have found inspiration, support, and motivation within the #FitReaders community. As we look ahead to 2018, we are going to be making changes to better fit the current needs of our group. Felicia and Jen will continue to have monthly “Commit to Exercise” sign up posts on the first day of each month on both of their blogs. However, we are going to discontinue the weekly check-in posts that we’ve been hosting on Fridays. Instead, we will have check-ins in our Facebook Group, hoping to pull in more FitReaders into a discussion about our weeks. That doesn’t mean you all can’t have weekly posts. Jen plans to continue having weekly #FitReader posts because it helps her stay committed to her goals. With that, we are looking to get feedback from you all on what you’d like out of our fitness group. What keeps you motivated during the day, week, year? What kind of weekly or monthly prompts (Facebook/Twitter) will help you stick to your goals? What can we do to keep you on track? Of course, our FB group will remain a place of discussion for everyone to pose questions, post successes, discuss challenges, etc. We look forward to another great year ahead! Get Fit, Stay Fit, #FitReaders Felicia & Jen Last Week (November 27 – December 3, 2017): I cannot believe it’s almost the end of another year!! WOW!...
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Dec
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise + Check-In: December 2017

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise + Check-In: December 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I will be hosting weekly check-ins here on Fridays during October through December. Just an FYI: My fitness week is Monday – Sunday, so my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 It is time to Commit to Exercise for December 2017! Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or continuing your monthly progress, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and moving!” Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for December 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. NOTE: MR. LINKY is not working right now, so go ahead and commit by leaving your name and site (if you want) in the comment section, below. If you have a weekly check-in blog post or put your updates on any social media site, please leave a link to your check-in posts in the comment section, below. My Goals for December: Since I’m still working to get my eating under control, I’m not changing anything for this month. My goals for December are: Close all three “rings” in Apple Watch, 5 days per week Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app Consume no more than 700 extra calories per week Get in 6 5ks and 6 yoga classes for month – at least one per week Walk 10,000 steps per day So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to fit? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog to check in with her. Last Week (November 20 – November 26, 2017): Well… it was...
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Nov
24

#FitReaders Check-In: November 24, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: November 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! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Last Week (November 13 – November 19, 2017): Another okay week. Exercising went well, and eating was good except two days. Even then, I made “better” choices (like pork tenderloin instead of battered fish tacos), but still, I was way over my caloric intake for the week. With Thanksgiving this week, I’m a bit worried I’ll go up a lot. I’ll need to stay focused. My Movement*: Monday: 50 minutes walking + 63 minutes yoga, 12,227 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: 52 minutes walking, 12,656 steps/day – 5k finished Wednesday: 41 minutes walking, 12,528 steps/day Thursday: 61 minutes yoga + 34 minutes walking, 10,797 steps/day Friday: 39 minutes walking, 10,732 steps/day Saturday: 36 minutes walking, 12,592 steps/day Sunday: 53 minutes walking, 15,141 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. November Goals: How did I do last week? Close all three “rings” in Apple Watch, 5 days per week – 7/5 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 7/6 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app – 7/7 Consume no more than 700 extra calories per week – Fail! (2,400 calories over) Get in 6 5ks and 6 yoga...
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Nov
23

#FitReaders #ThanksgivingWalk 2017 #StrutMyStuff

#FitReaders #ThanksgivingWalk 2017 #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 23, 2017). 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
17

#FitReaders Check-In: November 17, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: November 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! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Last Week (November 6 – November 12, 2017): Last week wasn’t bad. I ate out on two nights, which ended up being high-calorie days only because of those meals. Each of the other days during the week, I met my caloric intake goals. I also worked hard to close all of the Apple Health Rings. I am down a pound, which feels good since I did work hard this week (even with the big meals). My Movement*: Monday: 47 minutes walking, 10,705 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: 42 minutes walking, 11,553 steps/day Wednesday: 49 minutes walking, 13,454 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: 38 minutes walking, 10,154 steps/day Friday: 59 minutes yoga + 51 minutes walking, 12,379 steps/day – 5k finished Saturday: 51 minutes walking, 12,966 steps/day – 5k finished Sunday: 35 minutes walking, 15,141 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. November Goals: How did I do last week? Close all three “rings” in Apple Watch, 5 days per week – 7/5 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 7/6 Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app – 7/7 Consume no more than 700 extra calories per week – Fail! (2,800 calories...
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Nov
10

#FitReaders Check-In: November 10, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: November 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! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Last Week (October 30 – November 5, 2017): Well, I am still eating way too much. It’s a combination of big nights out – evenings when I don’t eat at home and have 1,000+ calories in one meal, Halloween Candy, and having a glass of wine/beer with dinner on some nights. Since I love my evenings out, and they aren’t all the time, I need to work extra hard on all the other days. And mentally, I know I feel so much better when I eat less. I’ve been sluggish the past two weeks, yet I can’t seem to stop myself from making poor choices. UGH. I did do well with exercise this past week. My Movement*: Monday: 2 walks: 68 minutes walking, 15,360 steps/day Tuesday: 30 minutes walking, 13,911 steps/day Wednesday: 50 minutes walking, 14,769 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: 60 minutes yoga + 40 minutes walking, 10,252 steps/day Friday: 54 minutes walking, 12,379 steps/day – 5k finished Saturday: 51 minutes walking, 15,109 steps/day – 5k finished Sunday: 44 minutes walking, 12,847 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. November Goals: How did I do last week? Close all three “rings” in Apple Watch, 5 days per...
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Nov
3

#FitReaders Check-In: November 3, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: November 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! I will be hosting the monthly commit to exercise posts and weekly check-ins for October, November, and December. Felicia will still have weekly check-ins on her blog as well. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. I check-in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind. You can check-in however you want. Important links: The 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 Checking in for the week? You can leave a comment below! (I’ve stopped doing Linky’s since it wasn’t really being used. Just leave your name and link to any check-in posts–on any format–in the comments!) Last Week (October 23 – October 29, 2017): Hmmmm… Another mixed week, and I’m realizing I need to really think about my long-term health goals and lifestyle. The food/caloric intake issue isn’t going away or fixing itself. I see that a year ago, I was consuming quite a bit less calories (about 2,000 calories less per week), although I was eating similar foods. I weighted and maintained five pounds less.  A month ago, I actively cut back my calories, and I was about 3 pounds less, and then my weight has crept back up over the past couple weeks because I’m eating more. I have to decide if I want to work hard at eating less on a continuous basis or if I’m happy at a different weight. I also need to figure out why I’m eating so much more – is it too much take out and on the fly eating? Did I change my meals in some way? I think there is truth in both of those statements. Now I have to figure out what I want to do about it. Wrapping up October: I did great in the beginning and then finished in a not-as-good place. I started the month three pounds less than I ended the month. I missed a couple weeks of yoga and only got in 4 classes for the month. I did pretty good with exercise and step counts – getting in a number of 5k walks this past week. My Movement*: Monday: 73 minutes...
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