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#FitReaders Check-In: July 15, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: July 15, 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 4 – July 10): So… still on vacation, still having so much fun, and still getting in my steps. However, I’ve been eating (and drinking) WAY TOO MUCH! I gained another 1.4 lbs last week (on my official weigh-in day), but the shocker on the scale was that I was over my goal weight on three mornings last week! (I weigh myself daily, but only have a weekly “weigh-in” each Monday.) I’ve not had that happen in almost two years. I’m not proud of that, and I’ve already started to scale back. The extended family is all gone, so it’s just my immediate family now, and we aren’t as prone to happy hours and extended meal times. My goal this week will be moderation. I did get in a 5k earlier this week, slow but steady. I’m having ups and downs with my achilles pain, noticing more on days I do higher intensity walking. I’m going to look into new walking shoes when I get home. A big thanks to those who have stopped by to say hello. I feel like a big loser not visiting any blogs while I’ve been on vacation. I will get back to it soon. My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 34 minutes, 16,389 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 12,350 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 32 minutes, 10,185 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 14,483 steps/day – 5k Friday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 13,730 steps/day Saturday: two walks totaling 62 minutes, 19,173 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 41 minutes, 11,304 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...
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Jul
8

#FitReaders Check-In: July 8, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: July 8, 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 (June 27 – July 3): Summer vacation has begun! I finished out my job on Tuesday (7/28) and we headed off to my folks home on Wednesday (7/29). That was a two day car trip, but thanks to my Fitbit buddies, I was encouraged to still get in my steps, even after being in the car all day. I call that a HUGE win! Also, I was able to hit 10,000 steps every day in June! Yea! Vacation has been a blast with lots of family fun, a little too much sun (ouch, sunburn), overeating, and lots of lake time. I only gained 0.2 lbs (so no gain) from the previous week – however I’d only been on vacation for a few days as of my weigh in on Monday. I’m trying to remember not to snack too much, but when I’m in the sun all day, cold beer and chips taste sooooo good. I have been drinking lots of water, too. *takes another sip of water* My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 47 minutes, 13,237 steps/day Tuesday: one walk totaling 18 minutes, 10,919 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 35 minutes, 10,268 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 12,786 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 46 minutes, 12,434 steps/day Saturday: no exercise, 12,605 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 37 minutes, 12,582 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 – 3/3 days Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 6 days per week – 2/3 days Achieve a “red dot” each hour from 7AM – 7PM 3 days per week – 1/3 days Track my caloric...
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Jul
1

#FitReaders Check-In: July 1, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: July 1, 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 but 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 Changes: I’ve decided to change my weekly check-in posts just a little bit. My own personal “fitness week” runs Monday – Sunday; however since I was posting check-ins on Fridays, I was reporting on Friday – Thursday here each week. This is a lot of work for me, monitoring two different schedules and “fitness weeks.” So, as of July 1, 2016, I’m going to continue my Friday check-ins; however, I’m going to report on my prior “fitness week,” which will be the Monday – Sunday before each post. This means my posts will be almost a week behind “real time,” but it doesn’t mean anything to you. It’s just a change, so I wanted to let you know! My Week (June 20 – June 26): So this is basically a repeat of last Friday’s post because that was for June 17-23). My week went well, and even though I didn’t walk over the weekend, I was very busy at Girl Scout Camp, and still got in my steps. We had fun canoeing, swimming, doing a ropes course, and more! And because we were so busy, I didn’t have time to eat junk food. I had my weigh-in on Monday, and my weight stayed the same, and is still down from last month. The other good thing is that my lower legs didn’t bother me at all, until after the 30 minute car ride home! My Movement*: Monday: one walk totaling 30 minutes + yard work, 15,629 steps/day Tuesday: two walks totaling 44 minutes + yard work, 12,040 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 40 minutes + yard work, 13,739 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,110 steps/day Friday: two walks totaling 42 minutes, 12,747 steps/day Saturday: no dedicated walks (at GS camp), 15,950 steps/day Sunday: no dedicated walks, 10,453 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...
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Jun
24

#FitReaders Check-In: June 24, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: June 24, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. Starting next Friday, July 1, the Commit to Exercise posts will be back at The Geeky Blogger, but I’ll still have weekly check-ins here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 June 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 Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know. My Week: Has it been another week already? I am so busy right now, I can’t remember day-to-day stuff. Overall, I’m still getting in steps and eating has been so-so. My calves are still tight, but feeling better; my achilles are starting to feel worse. I’ve been working around my yard every day, which has helped with the steps. I’m almost done with my job for the “year” (my planning year goes from September through June, and I’m off July and August), and we are getting ready for our annual family trip to visit my family in MI. Just chugging along. My Movement*: Friday: two walks totaling 38 minutes, 12,130 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 25 minutes, 11,651 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 17 minutes + yard work, 10,380 steps/day Monday: one walk totaling 30 minutes + yard work, 15,629 steps/day Tuesday: two walks totaling 44 minutes +...
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Jun
17

#FitReaders Check-In: June 17, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: June 17, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 June 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 Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know. My Week: GOOD NEWS! My calves and achilles are showing improvement this week. I was even able to walk a 5k on Tuesday. While my speed has slowed considerably, I am making sure to stop and stretch while walking, and also stretch after I’m done. Additionally, I got a new insert in my shoes that should help with the rolling of my foot back and forth, and therefore, improve my achilles tendonitis. I’m feeling better about my walking. I also am down a pound, and maybe, finally getting rid of some of that extra weight I put on in February. One small accomplishment – I’ve met my daily step goal (10,000 steps) every day since May 14 – so over one month! And I’ve only missed 2 days since April 9th. I am going to try to hit 10,000 steps for all of June, but a 2-day car trip at the end of the month may...
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Jun
10

#FitReaders Check-In: June 10, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: June 10, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 June 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 Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know. My Week: Well, I have to admit that my fight with the red dot is actually increasing my step count. Even though I still find myself frustrated if I mess up or miss an hour, the “red dot” Fitbit goal is helping me stay more active throughout the day, and I’ve noticed an increase in my weekly step average this past month – up about 2,000 steps or more per week. So that’s good news. Now for the health news. As most of you know, I’ve been dealing with persistent achilles and calf issues for a while now. I went to the physical therapist for the first time last week, and I’ve been twice more this week. This week I got to experience the joys of GRASTON TECHNIQUE. Let me tell you, it is PAINFUL, but oddly, it helps! I’ve also incorporated more stretching into my day, and try to use the high-density foam roller at home...
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Jun
3

#FitReaders Check-In: June 3, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: June 3, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 June 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 Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know. My Week: Okay… so I’m done fighting with the red dot. Sort of. On Monday, which was a holiday here in the U.S., I said “screw it,” and tried NOT to get the red dot. Of course, I still had to get my 10,000 steps in, but I took a stand. But then, at work on Wednesday, I got really ticked off when I missed two hours in a row. It’s a never ending battle. Overall, things are good. I gained a lot of weight (3 lbs) over the weekend, which was disappointing after coming off a consistently good week. But I know it was from the 10,000 extra calories I had over the long weekend, so I’m okay with it. Sort of. I am getting more steps in than ever before, so that has to count for something, right? I did go to the physical therapist on Thursday for my calf and achilles pain. I...
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Jun
1

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: June 2016

#FitReaders Commit to Exercise: June 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. It is time to Commit to Exercise for June 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 June 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. After you have signed up, leave a comment sharing your Fitness Goals for June. Important links: The June 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 Important News: Did you miss a month finishing your Virtual 5k or 10k Race or your 1 mile Fun Run? Did you recently join #FitReaders? Here’s your chance to make up those races! From now until the end of the year, you can count two races each month towards completing the race series. The first 1 mile, 5k, or 10k will be counted for the month it is completed, and the second 1 mile, 5k, or 10k can be used as a “make up” for a missed month. Just be sure to log in the comments of the finish line linky page which month the make up race is for. Questions? let me know. My Goals for June: My goals include attempting to keep better eating habits, keeping myself accountable by logging my caloric intake on LoseIt!. I want to exercise (move with purpose) for 30 minutes 6 out of 7 days in the week. I want to hit an average of 10,000 steps per day and take my BodyFlow class once per week. I’d like to walk/run a 10k during June. I want to maintain my goal weight, but...
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May
27

#FitReaders Check-In: May 27, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: May 27, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 May Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete your own “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group My Week: My fight with the “red dot” continues this week, when I missed one hour by a couple measly steps at work on Tuesday. #grrr I swear #Fitbit is out to get me! I did make my “hourly activity goal” on 3 days this week! Speaking of #Fitbit, have you seen the new dashboard yet? It rolled out on my iPhone on Wednesday. I like it. The week was pretty good. I’m working hard to eat better, but indulging once and a while. We have our annual neighborhood Lobstah (that’s lobster for those non-New Englanders) Bake on Sunday. There will be lots of eating and drinking! Medically, the doctor changed my blood pressure meds this week, and I noticed on Thursday I was very winded and heart racing when going up and down the stairs. I’ll be monitoring that. I also have an appointment scheduled with a physical therapist for my calf/achilles issues. My doctor thinks it could be tendonitis. We’ll see next week. My Movement*: Friday: one walk totaling 27 minutes, 12,768 steps/day Saturday: one walk totaling 49 minutes, 12,369 steps/day Sunday: one walk totaling 33 minutes, 12,861 steps/day Monday: one walk totaling 70 minutes, 16,059 steps/day Tuesday: two walks totaling 59 minutes, 13,113 steps/day Wednesday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 12,533 steps/day Thursday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 12,000+ 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...
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May
20

#FitReaders Check-In: May 20, 2016

#FitReaders Check-In: May 20, 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 from April through June 2016, and you’ll find the check-ins every Friday right here. I only use the linky 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. Also, 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 May Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete your own “race”) #FitReaders information page #FitReaders 101 Facebook Group My Week: That $@&%*! little red dot. The one that tells Fitbit users if they’ve walked 250 steps during the hour. Yes, that one. I’ve become obsessed with trying to get 12 red dots every day – from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Luckily my Alta will buzz me if I haven’t met that hour’s goal. Unfortunately, life isn’t always conducive to getting up and walking when that reminder buzzes. And if I miss ONE hour – ONE red dot – the whole day is blown for this goal. It’s so frustrating. And I’m too obsessed, so it really irritates me. I wish that Fitbit would change this goal (hourly activity) to make it that I have to get 250 steps in so many hours over the course of the day, rather than consecutive hours. That way if I’m stuck on a business call, commuting around town, in a meeting, etc., I won’t ruin that goal for the whole day. Ugh. That $@&%*! little red dot. Other than becoming obsessed with trivial fitness monitoring, the week was good. My step count was down a bit from last week, but still overall productive. My weight is back up (because of what I chose to eat), and for the first time since September 2014, I logged a weight above my goal weight. It was on Sunday, not my official weigh-in day (that is Monday), and my weight was down in time for weigh-in on Monday, but it did shock me a bit. With our big Memorial Day Weekend Lobster Bake coming next weekend, and summer festivities coming soon, I really need to crack down and shed a couple pounds. My...
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