#FitReaders Check-In: January 20, 2017

Posted January 20, 2017 by Jen in #FitReaders Tags: ,

Sign up for January!

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.

New to #FitReaders?

FitReaders is an easy-going support group for those who want to improve or maintain their overall health. We encourage walking, running, strength training, yoga, and any other type of movement that is best for your body, health, and lifestyle. We offer blog posts and check-ins to help with accountability. Additionally we have a Facebook group and can be found on Twitter with the hashtag #FitReaders. Felicia and I are here to support and encourage, and the group can offer suggestions and advice based on personal experiences. We are glad you’ve joined us.

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!

What is a Virtual Fun Mile/5k/10? This Virtual Fun Mile/5k/10k is organized online and FitReaders from all over the world can compete. Where it is different from a traditional Fun Mile/5K/10k is that you are responsible for completing the walk/run at any place you desire, at any time during the race timeframe that works for you.  For more information about the Virtual Race series, see the #FitReaders 101 link, below.

Important links:

The January 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 (January 9 – January 15, 2017):

Last week was my first full week back in the swing of things and it went pretty well. I started Yoga at a new-to-me studio and went two times last week. I think this is going to work great for me; I can go on my days off, and possibly even on the weekends once and a while. I have already notice the impacts all over my body – using muscles I haven’t in a long while. I also got back to walking, even when we had cold, icy weather (I just go slower). Eating went okay, but I did some emotional eating last week (see below), and we went to a big football watching party on Saturday, where I consumed my weight in Buffalo Chicken Dip.

RIP Oscar: April 12, 2000 – January 13, 2017

It was a very rough week emotionally for me. First, I got some really bad news the previous week. However, prayers were answered and the situation is much better now. Then, we had to say goodbye to my second cat in less that two months. Unfortunately, Oscar just couldn’t make it without his brother Nicky, and slowly died from a broken heart. It was so hard to watch him wither away. The house feels so empty with both my furbabies gone.

Lastly, I noticed I had a tough time with the “red dot” this week. I used to be able to count on hitting my daily “red dot” goal on my days off, but now that I’m in yoga, where I can’t just get up and walk, I miss those hours; therefore, I don’t make my goal. I’m okay with it, and will see what comes of it over the next few weeks. I am still trying to get as many red dots in the day as possible.

My Movement*:
Monday: Yoga 70 minutes, one walk totaling 61 minutes, 15,053 steps/day – 5k finished
Tuesday: two walks totaling 46 minutes, 11,758 steps/day
Wednesday: one walk totaling 31 minutes, 11,311 steps/day
Thursday: Yoga 60 minutes, one walk totaling 46 minutes, 12,849 steps/day – 5k finished
Friday: one walk totaling 30 minutes, 12,863 steps/day
Saturday: one walk totaling 45 minutes, 13,193 steps/day
Sunday: no exercise, 5,799 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.

January 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 for a total of 6 in January – 3 for month
  • Attend a yoga class once per week (4 for the month of January) – 2 for month

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.