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.
The June Virtual 5k and 10k Race Series + 1 mile Fun Run finish line (for after you complete the “race”)
#FitReaders information page
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.
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 (almost as painful as Graston). Basically what I’ve discovered is that I have a large amount of scar tissue and tightness in my calves which won’t go away with just stretching. The physical therapist is in the process of breaking down the scar tissue and “knots” in my legs so that the muscles can reform properly. What this means – no more long walks for now because I’ll end up undoing the work they are doing. I can do multiple walks per day, but I need to keep each shorter than the point when I usually experience problems, which is about 30-40 minutes. We also discovered today, that the problem actually extends up into my hamstrings and around my knees. Apparently, I’ve been dealing with the calf problems for so long that my knees and upper leg muscles have had to compensate, causing problems there, too.
My advice to anyone that is exercising and feeling any kind of pain or discomfort – don’t ignore it! I’m lucky because I haven’t torn/popped/broken anything, but it’s going to be a while until my legs are better. I should have gone to the doctor over a year ago when the problem first started appearing. Lesson learned.
Friday: one walk totaling 12 minutes, 10,342 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 11,668 steps/day
Sunday: one walk totaling 40 minutes, 11,724 steps/day
Monday: one walk totaling 38 minutes, 13,070 steps/day
Tuesday: two walks totaling 45 minutes, 12,413 steps/day
Wednesday: two walks totaling 49 minutes, 11,667 steps/day
Thursday: 50 minutes Body Flow + one walk totaling 40 minutes, 13,224 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.
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 her.