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14

#FitReaders Check-In: April 14, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 14, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, 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. Important links: The April 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 (April 3 – 9, 2017): My week last week was pretty good. The snow is starting to melt, although we’ve had a lot of rain. I’ve done my best to workout when I can. On Wednesday, I went with my SIL to see the Red Sox play at Fenway. We parked about a mile from the field, so I got in some great steps to offset the sausage and beers! Even though I was a bit above my weekly intake for calories, I lost 1/2 pound. I’m still loving the Apple Watch, although I found a flaw in the way it tracks active calories. I can basically earn active calories by sitting still if I tell the watch I’m exercising. I was testing it to see if the level of effort I exerted made a difference in the amount of calories I burn, and long story short… one can “cheat” the system if one wanted. I’ll just have to make sure that I’m truly exercising if I set the Watch to exercise mode. My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + 42 minutes walk, 12,450 steps/day – 5k completed Tuesday: two walks totaling 39 minutes, 10,542 steps/day Wednesday: no exercise (but walked around Boston), 12,316 steps/day Thursday: 35 minutes elliptical, 10,349 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 10,509 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 11,812 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 12,403 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. April Goals: How did I...
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Apr
7

#FitReaders Check-In: April 7, 2017

#FitReaders Check-In: April 7, 2017 Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group for another year! For the months of April, May, and June, 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. Important links: The April 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 27 – April 2, 2017): Last week was another decent week. It was my first week without my Fitbit and only using the Apple Watch (more info here). Overall, I’m enjoying the Watch and its fun features. From a fitness standpoint, it’s working well. My biggest thing I had to adjust to was not seeing my steps without a little digging. But since I still want to make sure I get 10K steps a day, I just have to open an app to look instead of seeing it first thing on my wrist. Also, the “move” goal which counts active calories is tough. I set it at 520 calories last week, and noticed that unless I did both a walk and yoga, it was very difficult to reach that goal. However, the days I did both, I was way over. So I’ll try it again at 520 calories this week and see what happens. As for eating – I did well on 5 of 7 days, but ate a lot on the weekend. I was down 0.2 lbs for the week! My Movement*: Monday: one hour yoga + 23 minutes elliptical + 16 minutes walk, 10,110 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,563 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 43 minutes + 38 minutes yoga, 12,012 steps/day Thursday: one hour yoga + one walk totaling 31 minutes, 13,217 steps/day Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 10,383 steps/day Saturday: shoveled for one hour, 6,102 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,504 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....
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Apr
1

Commit to Exercise: April 2017

Commit to Exercise: April 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 every Friday during April through June. 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 April 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 April 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 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. Goals for April: As I mentioned in my weekly post yesterday, I’m shaking things up this month and using my Apple Watch and the LoseIt! app to track my fitness. My goals for April are: Reach my daily “Move” goal (active calories) (updated weekly) 5 days per week Reach 10,000 steps each day Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week Hit the “Stand” goal (move one min/hour) for 12 hours each day Track my caloric intake using the LoseIt! app each day Be within 2,000 calories of my weekly caloric intake goal each week Walk a 5K a minimum of 8 times for the month of April  Attend a yoga class at least once per week, with a goal of 6 for the month of April 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...
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Mar
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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