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#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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Jul
15

#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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