#FitReaders Check-In: January 5, 2024

Posted January 5, 2024 by Jen in #FitReaders Tags: ,

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Welcome to #FitReaders2024!! Felicia and I are excited to co-host this fitness-oriented group. If you have any questions about #FitReaders, you can leave them in the comment section or email me at twimom227(at)gmail(dot)com.

Most of our support is done via our Facebook Group. I post my weekly check-ins on Fridays, as it helps me be accountable. You are welcome to do your own check-in posts, check in below, in the comments, or check in with the Facebook group – whatever works for you!

I check in here every Friday, but my fitness week is Monday – Sunday. So my check-ins are always about a week behind.

Last Week (December 25 – December 31, 2023):

Happy New Year!! Last week was that magical time between Christmas and New Year’s, when calories don’t count and one is allow to hibernate… right?! We were still at my sister’s home at the beginning of the week, returning on Wednesday. We went out to dinner and enjoyed leftovers while we were there. LOTS OF EATING! On Thursday, the eating and fun didn’t end when we celebrated Christmas with my in-laws. We also had a lot of fun playing a murder mystery game that featured all the Christmas big names like Santa, Rudolf, Frosty, and Kevin (Home Alone). Saturday, we drove two hours to Western Massachusetts to see my niece play basketball. We also got to see my sister and family again and ate lunch at Red Robin (Yummm!). New Year’s Eve was spent with friends, playing games, laughing, drinking, and eating. It was a fun night and great way to ring in the new year!

Something big happened last week – I stopped tracking my food intake. That ended my streak at 3,638 days – which is Nine Years, 11 Months, and 15 days. That’s a really long streak and I was afraid to stop, but it was time. I’m going to try a couple weeks without logging my food and see how it goes.

Weight: I gained 2.3 pounds.

Goals: I ate a lot. I only walked one day – on Christmas.

Don’t forget to join the Facebook Group and check in with us there!

Goals for December:

  • Stretch for 10 minutes 5 days per week. – 0/5 days
  • Close all three “rings” in Apple Watch, 5 days per week. – 1/5 days
  • Move with purpose (exercise) at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week. -1/5 days
  • Be under my DAILY caloric intake maximum on at least 3 days. – didn’t track
  • Be no more than 500 calories over my total calorie consumption goal each week. – didn’t track
  • Limit alcohol intake to 2 days per week (for a total of 4 servings per week). – didn’t track

My thoughts and goals for 2024:

Looking back at 2023, I realize that I struggle with my caloric intake, regardless if I monitor and track my food. I am up 8.5 pounds from January 1, 2023, and 12.4 pounds from January 1, 2022. Two years ago I wanted to lose five pounds. Now I just don’t want to gain more. I want to lose weight, but I am generally not willing to drastically alter my eating habits. Does tracking still help? Will I go “out of control” if I don’t track? Can I learn to eat until comfortable and not overeat? These are all hard questions and I’ll experiment a bit in January.

I definitely want to and need to continue my walking and stretching. I know I should add yoga and/or light weights, but again, I find I’m not willing to make those changes at this time.

During 2024 I plan:

  • To maintain my January 1st weight. I will do with through exercise and making adjustments to my caloric intake. I don’t have to be perfect, but I do need to make a true effort. 
  • To move. I will do this primarily via walking, four to seven days per week. I also need to stretch most/all of the days I exercise.
  • To remain an active member of FitReaders and support my fellow members. I will do this by actively participating in the FitReader Facebook Group and continuing to share my journey with my weekly check-in on the blog.
So are you ready to lace up your sneakers? Are you ready to up your commit to fit?
Jen