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#FitReaders Check-In: September 16, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: September 16, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The September 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 (September 5 – September 11): I’m doing it! Last week I was very diligent about what I ate and drank, making great choices. I wasn’t “perfect,” but so much better than I had been – consistently for the whole week. And I lost a little weight, which is rewarding. I know I still have a ways to go to make these better choices my new norm (again!), but every little step counts. I also continue to get out there and move. I’m really enjoying the new Fitbit personal adventures. I’ve done all three – a couple more than once. Its fun to see if I can collect all the treasures, and if I can match the daily goal. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 11,077 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 10,375 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 43 minutes, 11,976 steps/day Thursday: 50 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 40 minutes, 13,296 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 48 minutes, 11,396 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,323 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 42 minutes, 10,362 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. September Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 7/6 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 each week (4 for the month of September) – 2/4 (month) Attend Body Flow once per week (4 for the month of September) – 1/4 (month) How was your week? What were you...
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Sep
9

#FitReaders Check-In: September 9, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: September 9, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The September 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 (August 29 – September 4): UP. Down. UP. Down. No… that’s not me doing pushups or squats. It’s my weight. Last week, after I talked about how I’m no longer “maintaining,” and how I had to be better, I went out and ate way too much over the holiday weekend. My weight was up, and I’m once again realizing that what I’m doing isn’t working. I can’t continue to eat 500-1,000 calories over my daily allowance and expect to coast along at my goal weight. Crazy, right?! *shakes head* So I’m trying again this week to be more mindful about my daily allowance of calories and limit my snacking and sweets. Because it does matter – I can’t keep doing it! In exercise news… My achilles are finally feeling better. I think I was actually doing too much to “help them,” and I’m finding that with more simple stretching and using my good shoes with inserts, I’m much better. And last week I totally ROCKED the red dot! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 13,236 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,993 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 41 minutes, 13,848 steps/day Thursday: two walks totaling 56 minutes, 13,619 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 12,790 steps/day – 5k finished Saturday: one walk totaling 20 minutes, 11,281 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 12,267 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. September Goals: How did I do this 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 – 7/3 Track my caloric intake...
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Sep
2

#FitReaders Check-In: September 2, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: September 2, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The September 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 (August 22 – August 28): Hmmm… What to say? Well. I am being more diligent with my food intake. It wasn’t close to “perfect,” but it was a heck of a lot better than the past several weeks. I was down over 1.5 lbs. at Monday’s weigh-in, so that’s a good thing. I’m not going to say “hurray, I’m on a downward trend” just yet, but I felt like I had a much better handle on my own behavior this week. I even made better choices when I went out to the Cheesecake Factory – I had a salad and NO DESSERT. See, I can do it! Thanks to all those who’ve been giving me positive feedback and encouragement. It means a lot! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 11,470 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 48 minutes, 12,887 steps/day – 5k finished Wednesday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 11,798 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: one walk totaling 24 minutes, 10,861 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 10,848 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,400 steps/day Sunday: two walks totaling 54 minutes, 13,776 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. August Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days Walk a 5K each week – 5/5 in August Goals for September: Now that we are in September, I’m adjusting my goals slightly to fit the back-to-work schedule. I’m going to add back the “red dot” goal because it helps me move during the day,...
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Aug
26

#FitReaders Check-In: August 26, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: August 26, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The August 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 (August 15 – 21, 2016): So I just have to say this out loud. I’m struggling. Although I’m moving and doing the minimum to meet my goals, I’m eating nearly out of control. Since February, my weight has been creeping up, and I’ve been tricking myself that I’m maintaining and doing okay. But that’s not the whole truth, and this week’s weigh-in showed that. I am now up 8 pounds this year. It’s the most I’ve weighed in a while, and I’m above my goal weight. The problem is, I’m not doing anything to reverse the trend. Part of the problem is that I’m eating a lot, as well as consuming alcohol and lots of snacks. I’ve never had to worry too much about my eating because my metabolism and exercise mostly balanced it out. However, I’m getting old and the metabolism is slowing down. And with my achilles issues, my daily exercising is not only less, but slower, therefore I burn fewer calories. So now I need to consciously make a choice to loss weight. I need to stop having “just one more” thing after meals or before bed. I need to plan better if I want to splurge. I have to be more restrictive, if I want to lose that weight again. So can you all help remind me?! As a side note… I got those red dots last week – hitting all hours 4 of 7 days! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 11,553 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,108 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 43 minutes, 11,567 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: two walks totaling 53 minutes, 12,561 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,258 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 10,899 steps/day Sunday: 3 walks totaling 100 minutes, 15,556 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...
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Aug
19

#FitReaders Check-In: August 19, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: August 19, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The August 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 (August 8 – 14, 2016): As I mentioned in my previous post, I started last week on vacation at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. I got in lots of steps because of the park, but also ate chocolate and fast foods. In general, my weight has been up – the highest it’s been in two years, but I was able to squeak in at my goal weight for this week’s weigh-in. I’ve also been fairly active, despite the heat. I may go slower, but I’m still moving. One problem though, my achilles issues have flared up again. I’m hoping it’s temporary and due to all the walking at the amusement park. My Movement*: Monday: no exercise + 10 hours amusement park, 20,086 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 10,857 steps/day – 5k walk Wednesday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 11,324 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 41 minutes, 10,964 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 10,193 steps/day Saturday: two walks totaling 53 minutes, 14,029 steps/day Sunday: three walks totaling 54 minutes, 11,672 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. August Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days Walk a 5K each week – 1/5 in August How was your week? What were you successes? What were your challenges? Be sure to stop over at Felicia the Geeky Blogger blog to check in with...
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Aug
12

#FitReaders Check-In: August 12, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: August 12, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The August 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 (August 1 – 7, 2016): I started the week below my goal weight after being above it for three weeks, but I missed this week’s weigh-in because I was on a family vacation in Hersheypark, Pennsylvania. I’m guessing I put on some weight based on the food choices I made, but overall, I did well. We were very active – moving all the time, and I tried to make good choices with the available food selections. I didn’t get in a 5k last week, so I’m very bummed that I started off August on that bad note, but I did have lots of active minutes because of all the walking at the park. One funny thing is that my Fitbit auto-recorded multiple walks during the days I was at the park, ranging in time from 11 to 29 minutes. It must have been walking to/from our parking spot or running across the park to catch the next ride! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 42 minutes, 10,608 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 10,412 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 37 minutes + two mini walks, 14,290 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,253 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 11,718 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 10 minutes + 2 hours amusement park, 11,833 steps/day Sunday: no exercise + 12 hours amusement park, 20,912 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. August Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 7/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 5/6 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days Walk a 5K...
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Aug
5

#FitReaders Check-In: August 5, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: August 5, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The August 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 (July 25 – July 31): I finally feel like I’m in a little bit of a routine at home, and that is helping my fitness. Home for two full weeks, and I’m happy to report that on Monday’s weigh-in, I was back below my goal weight. Not by much, but that doesn’t matter. I’ve been generally eating better, sleeping better, and getting in my exercise. I also did my yoga again this week, and was really good about stretching and doing my exercises for my calves and achilles. Overall, it was a good week. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 12,186 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: no exercise, 10,427 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 39 minutes, 12,754 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 35 minutes + 55 minutes Body Flow, 10,663 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 14,141 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 15,399 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 8,818 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. July Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 6/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 days Achieve a “red dot” each hour from 7AM – 7PM 3 days per week – 0/3 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days Walk at least one 5K (and hopefully 10K once I get medical okay!) – 4 for the month Goals for August: Now that we are in August, I’m changing my goals slightly. Gone is the “red dot” goal for now. It’s just not even feasible with my schedule over the summer. I’m good with that. I still leave the...
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Jul
29

#FitReaders Check-In: July 29, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: July 29, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The July 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 (July 18 – July 24): I’ve been home for a whole week and doing a bit better in terms of healthy living. While I didn’t lose any weight from last week’s weigh-in (I’m still above my goal weight), my overall caloric intake was down about 1,700 calories for the week (and about 4,000 calories from the week prior!). It took a couple weeks to put on the weight, so I know it will take a couple weeks to take it back off. I did pretty well walking, meeting my step goal all but one day, and getting in another 5k on Tuesday. I’ve notice an increase in my achilles issues now that I’m walking a bit more – I really need to stretch and ice my legs each and every day! I was also glad to get back to my yoga after a month’s absence! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 43 minutes, 11,352 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 55 minutes, 10,218 steps/day – 5k+ Wednesday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 11,997 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 18 minutes + 55 minutes Body Flow, 13,494steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 11,223 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 12,386 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, 6,764 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. July Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 6/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 6/6 days Achieve a “red dot” each hour from 7AM – 7PM 3 days per week – 1/3 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day – 7/7 days Walk at least one 5K (and hopefully 10K once...
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Jul
22

#FitReaders Check-In: July 22, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: July 22, 2016 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 July through September 2016, 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. Important links: The July 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 (July 11 – July 17): Well… I had lots of fun on vacation, and we’ll leave it at that. The second full week of vacation and the drive home did not bode well for me in terms of physical fitness and wellbeing. I ate a lot. I didn’t always walk much. I gained weight. In fact, at Monday’s weigh-in, I was OVER my goal weight for the first time since September 2014. O.0 But I am not going to let that discourage me. I’m already working to eat better now that I’m home. I will get in my steps and walks; however, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with the “red dot” goal over the summer. Either I’m busy and doing something that doesn’t allow me to walk easily, or I’m just hanging out and don’t care, etc. I’ll continue to see how it goes over the next week, but I think I’m going to can that goal until September. My Movement*: Monday: two walks totaling 50 minutes, 11,986 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 12,238 steps/day (2nd 5k this month) Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,794 steps/day Thursday: no exercise, 8,140 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 11,805 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 4,237 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, 7,461 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. July Goals: How did I do this week? Reach 10,000 steps each day – 4/7 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 4/6 days Achieve a “red dot” each hour from 7AM – 7PM 3 days per week – 0/3 days Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day...
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