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Nov
24

#FitReaders #ThanksgivingWalk 2016 #StrutMyStuff

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

#FitReaders Check-In: November 18, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 18, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). FYI: I only use the linky signups for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts, so please use the comment section below for your check-in. You can leave a link to your own weekly check-in blog post or any social media site in the comment section. Or if you prefer, use the comment section as your own weekly check-in space. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Important links: The November Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (November 7 – November 13, 2016): Okay. I’m doing good. I had an eating “challenge” this weekend, celebrating both my husband’s and brother-in-law’s birthdays on Saturday. I did eat and drink a bunch of calories (and went overboard with a second cupcake!), but it was balanced by good choices all week. Although I gained a little weight, I’m still just below my goal weight. I can do this! Exercise is going well. I’ve finished all of my physical therapy from my achilles and calf issues – but I have a chronic condition, and the problem isn’t going to go away unless I keep on top of stretching and conditioning. I have a list of things to do at home… this will be a challenge for me. I also purposely skipped BodyFlow again this week. I’m going to have to scratch that goal for the month because I will be unable to go next two weeks. *sigh* My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 14,404 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,674 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 36 minutes, 11,035 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 39 minutes, 13,517 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,160 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,452 steps/day Sunday: one hour yard work + one walk totaling 32 minutes, 13,544 steps/day * I track two different goals. The first goal is a timed duration of exercise – moving with the intent to raise my heart rate and get in some cardiovascular work. This is what I’m mean...
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Nov
11

#FitReaders Check-In: November 11, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 11, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). FYI: I only use the linky signups for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts, so please use the comment section below for your check-in. You can leave a link to your own weekly check-in blog post or any social media site in the comment section. Or if you prefer, use the comment section as your own weekly check-in space. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Important links: The November Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (October 31 – November 6, 2016): Another solid week for me! It’s amazing how much better I feel when I consistently take care of myself. As you all know, I’ve been dealing with some leg issues – calf and achilles. Although not 100%, and probably never will be, I’ve learned how to best deal with the problems, and I’ve been able to walk a bit faster (burning more calories) lately. Additionally, I’ve now lost weight four weeks in a row and am down those pesky 5+ pounds I’d put on back last winter. Cutting out those extra junk calories each day helped me lose that weight I’d gained, and now that I’ve really been on track for 5 weeks, I feel so much better. Thank you all for your continued support! I’m still dealing with my messed up Alta. Fitbit mailed me the replacement, but that replacement didn’t work, so now I’m waiting for another replacement. I had a good week with my steps – utilizing a daily challenge to help me on Friday since I’ve been lazy the past several Fridays! But I did purposely skip Body Flow this week. Bad Me! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 44 minutes, 16,004 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 10,246 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,315 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 11,077 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 11,870 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 12,076 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, but lots of walking...
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Nov
4

#FitReaders Check-In: November 4, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: November 4, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). Don’t forget to signup for November! FYI: I only use the linky signups for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts, so please use the comment section below for your check-in. You can leave a link to your own weekly check-in blog post or any social media site in the comment section. Or if you prefer, use the comment section as your own weekly check-in space. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Important links: The November Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (October 24 – October 30): October ended up being a good month for me. While I didn’t hit my exercise goals each week (most significantly, I didn’t get to BodyFlow very often), I did keep on top of my food intake; making better choices on the whole. This has paid off, for at this week’s weigh-in, I was back under my goal weight! Woo hoo. But I know that I can’t just coast. It took me 7 months to realize that I can’t just coast along and expect the weight to come or stay off. With the holidays approaching, I need to be even more vigilant. As for my movement/exercise this week: First… I was a little bit lazy last weekend, but I’m okay with that. I’ll count the 30+ minutes I went trick-or-treating with my girl as exercise. 🙂 and Second… I discovered that I actually have two flaws with my Fitbit Alta. While the Alta was counting my daily steps, they weren’t all registering in the cloud or wherever the steps go to. Which is why last week I didn’t get may days with all of my red dots filled in. My Alta would see the steps, but the Fitbit server did not. #frustrating. The other is that my Alta started experiencing significant battery drawdown. This was easily seen by Fitbit customer service, and since I am still under warranty, they are...
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Nov
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: November 2016

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: November 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I’m hosting check-ins for the remainder of 2016, from October through December, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. On the first of each month, there will be a “Commit to Exercise” post where you can sign up and share your monthly goals. It is time to Commit to Exercise for November 2016! Whether you are just joining us, need to get back on the wagon, or continuing your monthly progress, now is the time to stand up and say “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and moving!” So are you ready to commit to being fit? Remember there will be weekly check-ins on Fridays, motivation on twitter (#FitReaders), and a support group over on Facebook. Let’s get this month started by adding your link down below. Add your name to the linky and leave a comment telling us what your goals are for April and how your week was in the comments. Note: you do not have to have a blog to participate. You can use any URL to sign up, including your Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or Booklikes site. Please let me know if you have any problems signing up. If you have a weekly check-in blog post or put your updates on any social media site, please leave a link to your check-in posts in the comment section, below. Important links: The November Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Goals for November: I had a pretty good October and I’ve been doing better with my eating and exercising, with the only goal I missed significantly in October being the BodyFlow (yoga) class attendance. I want to continue to work towards getting to and maintaining my goal weight. Mostly, I want to have a healthy outlook and continue to support my fellow FitReaders. My monthly goals are: Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Complete the hourly “red dot” from 8am – 7pm 3 days per week Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Walk a 5K each week (5 for the month of November) Attend Body Flow once per week (3 for the month of November) Coming again this November… On Thursday November 24th… Join Felicia and me and #StrutMyStuff on Thanksgiving! No matter where...
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Oct
28

#FitReaders Check-In: October 28, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: October 28, 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group! For the remainder of the 2016, I will be hosting the weekly check-ins (October-December). Don’t forget to come back SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, so sign up for November! FYI: I only use the linky signups for the monthly Commit to Exercise posts, so please use the comment section below for your check-in. You can leave a link to your own weekly check-in blog post or any social media site in the comment section. Or if you prefer, use the comment section as your own weekly check-in space. ** Don’t forget to “cross the finish line” each month after you complete your 5k, 10k, or your 1 mile walk. See this month’s link, below. You can always go back and log previous months if you’ve forgotten. ** If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com. Important links: The October Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (October 17 – October 23): I am feeling good about last week. Another decent week for exercise and on-track week for caloric intake. I lost a little bit of weight and was at my goal weight when I weighed in on Monday. I’m aiming to lose a couple pounds before the holidays starting coming around… you all know how tough those can be! I have been hovering about 1-4 pounds above my goal weight for several months now, and I hope I can stay down now. One bad note – I had to miss Body Flow again this week due to a doctor’s appointment for my girl. Boo! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,929 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: two walks totaling 48 minutes, 12,563 steps/day Wednesday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 10,312 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,467 steps/day Friday: no exercise, 6,655 steps/day Saturday: on walk totaling 32 minutes, 11,039 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,015 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. October Goals: How did I do last week? Reach 10,000 steps...
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Oct
21

#FitReaders Check-In: October 21, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: October 21, 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 October Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (October 10 – October 16): Last week was a pretty good week. I stuck to my goals as much as possible and tried to make careful choices. I spent Friday and Saturday at the Fall in Love with New England book conference, a first time con here in New England. While I did indulge in the giant piece of chocolate cake Friday and the chocolate chip-heath bar on Saturday, I also kept to normal size portions and didn’t make a second trip to the buffet. I also had eaten really well on the other days of last week, so it all balanced out in the end, and I lost a pound last week – the weight I’d put on the previous week. On the exercise front, I’m holding my own. I did have to skip Body Flow last week because of work. However on Wednesday, I went on a field trip to Boston with my girl’s class, so I got in a few extra steps that day. This coming week is supposed to beautiful weather, so I plan to try and get in a few extra steps outside and do some yard work on the weekend. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,724 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 10,361 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 13,191 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,257 steps/day Friday: one walk 31 minutes, 11,817 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 8,124 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 35 minutes,...
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Oct
14

#FitReaders Check-In: October 14, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: October 14, 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). You can still find check-ins every Friday at Felcia’s blog, as well. 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 October Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Last Week (October 3 – October 9): Hmmm… well it’s been a decent week. Other than Sunday, I did well with my daily steps and exercise. And as far as caloric intake – again… I had a good week, but I didn’t eat great over the weekend. It was my son’s birthday and we at out for breakfast, plus had a huge feast at my in laws. So I’m feeling a little frustrated that I gained weight again this week. Only 0.8 lbs, but it’s not the direction I want to be headed. What this tells me is that my body is getting older, my metabolism is slowing down, and if I want to reach and maintain a certain weight, I need to be more vigilant. That is frustrating, and I need to make sure I don’t let this turn into a complacent slide down. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 46 minutes, 13,505 steps/day – 5k finished Tuesday: two walks totaling 58 minutes, 13,576 steps/day – 5k finished Wednesday: one walk totaling 50 minutes, 12,207 steps/day – 5k finished Thursday: 50 minutes BodyFlow + one walk totaling 40 minutes, 14,695 steps/day Friday: one walk 40 minutes, 11,065 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 34 minutes, 10,558 steps/day Sunday: no exercise, 7,040 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...
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Oct
7

#FitReaders Check-In: October 7, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: October 7, 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). You can still find check-ins every Friday at Felcia’s blog, as well. 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 October 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 26 – October 2): I’ve been doing much better with my eating these past few weeks, but I can feel laziness starting to creep back into my system. Not so much physically lazy as it is mentally. I want to just eat what I want to eat; take comfort in food. But I know that isn’t a smart or healthy attitude. I need to be vigilant and not let the snacking fairies whisper in my ears. On the exercise side of the equation, I’m still doing pretty good; however I had several frustrating moments with those red dots last week. On two occasions (same day), my Alta said I made the 250 steps, “crushing” the hour. Yet when I went to sync my Alta with the app on my phone, it said I didn’t make the 250 steps. This has happened to me before, although not often, and it is sooooo aggravating. Another time, I only needed 61 steps to finish the hour, but I got sidetracked helping my daughter with something, and I missed the hour; therefore the day. On Friday, I was so frustrating with my kids, work, the damn red dot, I decided not to even go for my walk. I also skipped Body Flow AGAIN this week, in the name of getting stuff done around the house. I am sabotaging myself. Grrr. My Movement*: Monday: one walk...
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Oct
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: October 2016

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: October 2016 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! I’m hosting check-ins for the remainder of 2016, from October through December, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. On the first of each month, there will be a “Commit to Exercise” post where you can sign up and share your monthly goals. It is time to Commit to Exercise for October 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 October Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group Goals for October: I’ve been making great strides over the past month with better eating and solid exercising, with the only goal I missed significantly in September being the BodyFlow (yoga) class attendance. I want to continue to work towards getting to and maintaining my goal weight. Mostly, I want to have a healthy outlook and continue to support my fellow FitReaders. My monthly goals are: Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Complete the hourly “red dot” from 8am – 7pm 3 days per week Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Walk a 5K each week (4 for the month of October) Attend Body Flow once per week (4 for the month of October) So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to...
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