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February Foray into Fun and Fitness - Week 1 - Results


Afternoon all. How are we all doing? A bit sore from all that stretching? Blisters from walking miles and miles and miles...or are we all feeling fit, fab and ready to post our results?!

I had a good week - I didn't realise the underlying pressure running a challenge would bring! So, my results for week 1 are:

Strength/physio - 25 mins

Yoga - 90 mins

Walking - 90 mins

Total - 205 minutes (phew!)

Hope the rest of you managed to get some minutes in. Please remember there is no pressure, just do what you can and if you hit 150 minutes then fantastic!

Looking forward to seeing the posts coming in.

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moreless please could you pin. I will try and tag those that were taking part. Thank you!

morelessAdministrator in reply to TheJuggler

My pleasure, Newbiewl :)

Well done for your totals, you've had a great week :)

My totals are:

Walking - 413 mins

Running - 139 mins

Cycling - 60 mins

Zumba - 60 mins

Total - 672 mins

I appear to have cracked the aerobic activity, but failed dismally with strength exercises, so my goal for next week, is to get a better balance between the two :)

Good luck everyone :)

TheJuggler in reply to moreless

Fantastic total! You really have nailed the aerobic - great work. It won't take much to get your balance as you are easily hitting the time. Keep up the good work.

morelessAdministrator in reply to TheJuggler

Thanks, Newbiewl :)

ANewMe2017 Ruth_canal_runner EllaMidlands Remmie IndigoBlue61 Cherry_1 Carrotcake Kt11ff Claz Finnberry merrymanda Lindabee SlimmingEagle Cavaco

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Hi there! :D

I was doing really well up till Sunday morning and then forced to stop due to poor health - as soon as I am better I'll be right back on it though...Well in total I have done a total of 336 minutes of exercise this week...that was a combination of walking, boxercise, exercises done at home, running and weight training. :) As I said, I would have done more but too poorly at the moment. :(

Sazkia :)

TheJuggler in reply to Hidden

Good grief! If that's a bad week then I will be miles behind you on a good week! Really well done. Hope you feel better soon.

Hidden in reply to TheJuggler

Thanks, I was really enjoying it too; especially as I ran my first 5k!!! Too bad I got this darn cold though, it's just refusing to do one. :P I was very busy at a recruitment event today so I might not have as much time on my hands soon. :) You've done brilliantly too, well done!! :D

♥ Sazkia ♥

Ms_ifi fathr2017 Jeyal Dietbunny ary88 HealthyTanja Wadestreet RockyHH determination25 Aussiegirl270416 rouge-har SlimmerSue62 josiero joanie-o RG07

Roset16 lizzy65 sloanranger55 akamam weightshifter flossie358 Mollydex lucigret Kittynibu Cockneyblue Ceals 2lose Hidden Smiley68 Crazy_kul

Hi bit late reporting as we were away on a mini holiday. Too many cakes consumed (well it was VERY cold but did walk 23 miles over the three days. Total for week up to Wednesday

157 active minutes

60 minutes dance

40 minutes cycling

95 minutes digging and gardening


TheJuggler I'm so sorry think I have got confused with two February Challenges running, I joined up to Itsbabs. I think the challenges are quite similar - but as i'm here I did a total of 450mins from 1st February to today. Lots of walking, some exercise bike, abs and squats and some pilates and have taken to running up and down the stairs 10 times each set, but not everyday as it nearly kills me!!

morelessAdministrator in reply to lucigret

I'm sure it's perfectly permissible to be in both the February challenges, lucigret, we need all the help we can get :)

Itsbab's challenge is more weight related and that goes hand-in-hand perfectly with Newbiel's :)

Well done for doing 450 mins of exercise, that's fantastic! Omg, my legs are buckling at the thought of running up the stairs once, never mind 10 times! Thank goodness I live in a bungalow! :D You're amazing! :)

lucigretAdministrator in reply to moreless

I've got a spaniel who needs walking or we pay for it!! She also likes to lick me to death when I do floor exercises, do you loose more calories when you exercise and laugh?

morelessAdministrator in reply to lucigret

Definitely!! :D

Wow, loads of us joined in!

I did walking x2 hours split into 2 sessions

Gym, 25 mins x 3

Total 195 mins

Thanks for giving us the challenge.

morelessAdministrator in reply to EllaMidlands

Great job, Ella, well done you! :)

Well done! Yes great to see so many people sign up.


Good afternoon TheJuggler

I've had a good week exercise wise, and managed an average of an hour a day ☺

Cardio 120 minutes

Indoor cycling 90 minutes

Yoga/pilates/strength 120 minutes

Walking (outdoors, briskly) 120 minutes

Weekly total 420 minutes ☺

Great challenge and some good numbers people ☺

morelessAdministrator in reply to IndigoBlue61

Fandabedozy, Anna! :)

Fantastic work. An hour a day is amazing - am feeling I need to up my game!

So, Week 1 not too bad - a total of 165 minutes, made up thus:

Pilates 55 mins

Aerobic 60 mins

Power walking 50 mins

Though having just read your post, moreless, I feel that I could do better! But I made the 150 mins minimum, so that's good.

morelessAdministrator in reply to Dietbunny

What you've done is great, Dietbunny. Don't forget we're not in competition with each other, we're just trying to motivate and support each other :)

Dietbunny7lbs in reply to moreless

You are right of course, but I couldn't help but notice the difference!!

morelessAdministrator in reply to Dietbunny

We should never compare ourselves with others, because our circumstances are all different, the same as with weight loss.

You've done brilliantly and waaaaaaaaaaay more than those people still sitting on their couches :)

TheJuggler in reply to Dietbunny

150 is a target for us all and if you hit it that's fantastic. Well done.

Good day all,

30 mins cycling

60 mins decorating (does that count?)

30 mins core strength

135 mins walking

Total 255 or 195 if decorating isn't included

morelessAdministrator in reply to Tiggerr

Decorating definitely counts, ewillday! Good for you! :)

TheJuggler in reply to Tiggerr

Decorating is hard work! I'll definitely include it. Well done on a great first week (and on the decorating!).

hi there.

walking 150 mins

running 40 mins

aerobics 60 mins

wish you all a good week x

charliejack2 stone in reply to charliejack

total of 250 mins

morelessAdministrator in reply to charliejack

Great totals charliejack, well done you! :)

Great work!


Hi I thought I did well but compared to some of you I am a beginner in this!! I did a total of 426mins consisting if:

70 mins of Strength & flexibility NHS exercise (2x level 3)

The rest very brisk walking- I park off site and a very brisk walk it takes me 10mins to get to work. Also been walking into town which is 3.25m away and when I go shopping I go the long way round

morelessAdministrator in reply to RG07

You certainly did do well, RG! I should take a leaf out of your book and start the strength and flex too! Great work! :)

RG07Maintainer in reply to moreless

It helps I am doing team pedometer challenge at work so we each need to do a minimum of 70,000 steps per week- there are about 94 teams and every week a league table is produced- its quite competatitive!!!

morelessAdministrator in reply to RG07

Wow! Great motivation! :)

TheJuggler in reply to RG07

Sounds like a great way to include your walking. I would love to walk to work- maybe when the morning doesn't have to include the school run! Well done.

ANewMe20171 stone

Hi Everyone, this is how I've filled my minutes this week:

Walking - 150 mins

Pilates - 165 mins

C25K - 90 mins

Total 405 mins

Won't win any prizes, but sure is 100% better than I was doing back in December...xx

morelessAdministrator in reply to ANewMe2017

Woohoo, ANewMe! I think you definitely deserve a prize! Great totals! :)

Any movement is a bonus and if it's more than you were doing then that has to be good. Great numbers.

Well done to you and everyone who has posted so far. I managed an additional 160 minutes by

5 x 20 minute brisk walk at lunchtime and

1 additional 60 minute Zumba class on Sunday.

This is on top of my usual 60 minute Zumba class on Tuesday and 60 minute legs, bums & tums on Thursday.

So grand total for week is 280.

Fab result! Hope you enjoyed your extra class. Great first week.


Can anyone recommend an exercise programme that is good yoga, pilates or aerobics? I've been to 4 different gyms and each one within 2 years they went bust after being in business for years until I joined! I've decided I am a jinx for gyms or it could be an excuse but I don't want to be responsible for anymore gyms going out of business! Looking at what people have been doing I need to mix up my exercise I think

IndigoBlue61Administrator in reply to RG07

Lol RG07 😊

Yes, definitely mix it up 😊 Brisk walking, either outside or try Lesley Sansome on you tube, plus NHS choices also has some Pilates and strength and flex videos 😊

Good luck

RG07Maintainer in reply to IndigoBlue61

Thanks- I am doing the strength & flex but didn't see the pilates link so will look into that and the Leslie Sansome espevcially since they are free!

Hi all I have achieved 1 hour swimming, 1 hour stable duties. 1. 30 walking. 45 mins exercise bike. I am pleased with that.

Well done! The totals on here are amazing. You should be very pleased with that.

Hi Everyone

This week I swam for 40 minutes

I biked for 180 minutes

And I walked for 812 minutes

Total of 1032 minutes

I have really enjoyed getting back into it. I am doing great with the exercise and the water now I need to put more focus on my portion control and calorie counting!


That's a huge total, well done! Adding that to portion control and calorie counting is sure to yield great results.

Hidden in reply to Aussiegirl270416

WOW......Well done!!! Even at my fittest I don't think I could do that!!! ;)

Aussiegirl2704162 stone in reply to Hidden

Thank you, I am not that fit really - just determined to achieve my goals!

Hidden in reply to Aussiegirl270416

I beg to differ there! :P Well done though, you did really well!

Wow! Just - wow!! I have a feeling you will be hard to beat in the top ten leader board (I will be posting the top ten later today...). Great work, I will aspire for that total at the end of four weeks!

Mollydex4 stone


I have done 1 hr in the gym , 2 hrs running and one hr boot camp !

morelessAdministrator in reply to Mollydex

Fantastic Molly, bootcamp sounds tough!! :o

Mollydex4 stone in reply to moreless

Tough but fun X. Who would have thought I'd ever say both of those things in the same sentence !!

morelessAdministrator in reply to Mollydex

It's great! It shows just how far you've come! :)

TheJuggler in reply to Mollydex

Oooh, brave work with boot camp - I have total fear of trying that. Maybe one day... Good work.


Hi, I managed to do a total of 202 minutes,

Walking 60,

Cycling 70

Strength and flex 72.

I didn't start until Friday so I am happy with that.

morelessAdministrator in reply to Hidden

That's brilliant, LL, I can't wait to see what you'll achieve in a whole week! :)

TheJuggler in reply to Hidden

Great total for only starting Friday - can't wait to see how you get on next week.


Seems to me we have all thrown ourselves into this challenge TheJuggler, well done for coming up with it and well done to everybody who took part.


So my bench mark from last week was 132 Active Fitbit Minutes.

This week:

Active Fitbit Minutes (includes brisk walking and treadmill) - 367'

Indoor Rower (C2) - 60'

Elliptical - 10'

Weight Machines - 50'

Exercise Bike - 15'

TOTAL:. 502 minutes

I am hampered by an unhappy ankle, so am having to do lots of 5 minute exercising (working with my physio) rather than being able to plan out a balanced programme. And standing around is banned.

I was overtaken by events today, so failed in my mission to prioritise some exercise time for me.

Great to see so many people fitting in such a variety of activities.

morelessAdministrator in reply to MissisB

That's a huge total, MissisB, especially as you're injured! Well done you! :)

TheJuggler in reply to MissisB

Take care of that ankle. I have a dodgy one so I feel your pain (sometimes literally!). Glad to hear you are having physio - worked wonders for me. Fantastic total so well done.

RockyHH2 stone

Great job all! I have done 180 mins on my treadmill. Going to try harder next week.Good luck everyone.

morelessAdministrator in reply to RockyHH

Great job, Rocky :)

TheJuggler in reply to RockyHH

Well done!

Hi all.

My week consists of:

Walking: 1003 mins

Rowing: 20 mins

Blisters: 1

morelessAdministrator in reply to SlimmingEagle

Woohoo, SE.........except for the blister! :)

We're going to be hard pushed to keep up with you! :)

Ouch! Amazing total - no wonder you have a blister!

stewieUK3 stone

Well, that didn't go according to plan!

Walked and/or ran only a total of 19 miles according to my trusty Fitbit. The good thing is the watch clocked me at 160 minutes in the fat burning range of heart rate and 320 minutes total cardio including some at peak HR.

Three sessions of weight training at the gym for about 60 minutes in total seem to be paying dividends - I've seen a steady reduction in body fat from 29.6% to 28.8% over the week but unfortunately no loss in weight.

I'm not sure if it counts as flexibility, cardio or weight training, but several hours a day have been packing and humping boxes for our forthcoming house move.

I promise next weeks report will be more structured.

morelessAdministrator in reply to stewieUK

Everything seems to going perfectly, Stewie, as far as I can see. The number on the scale doesn't matter a jot, when your body fat has reduced. It's all about getting fit and healthy and that's exactly what you're doing :)

You've done 540 mins of deliberate exercise and another 20+ on humping boxes! You should be really proud of yourself :)

TheJuggler in reply to stewieUK

I like that you say 'only 19 miles'! That's fantastic. Moving is moving is moving so celebrate how far you have gone. Great work.

Claz1 stone

TheJuggler ive put my fitbit results ... here.


morelessAdministrator in reply to Claz

Well done Claz :)

TheJuggler in reply to Claz

Hi, I might be being dense but was that 80 mins every day for 6 days or am I reading it wrong! Great work.

Claz1 stone in reply to TheJuggler

yes my active minutes where on average 80mins per day x

Hi Newbiewl, thanks for running this challenge! I'm so used to thinking in kms it was a challenge to shift to minutes. I usually leave my endomondo app running while I lock up my bike etc, as no more kms are being recorded so it usually doesn't matter... But now I'm getting used to pausing it while I pop in somewhere, restarting for the next bit of the journey etc!

You would laugh if you saw me, faffing with my phone before I even take my helmet off! Maybe I need some kind of garmin or snazzy watch thing instead... For all that, I have 197 mins to report, all cycling. I hope to have running to report next week too.

I hope the challenge is motivating for you despite the responsibility and not a chore! I hope you're not going to have to add anything up or any other horrible homework etc :) I'm glad I achieved my 150mins :)

Your app may have an auto stop function in the settings. That way it would stop counting both distance and time when you stop moving.

I just looked and there is an 'auto pause' - genius! I'll try it next time I'm out. Hopefully it also auto-restarts if I'm just waiting at traffic lights etc...

Mine does. It's usually very responsive :)

morelessAdministrator in reply to Ruth_canal_runner

Well done for achieving your 150 mins and learning an easier way to record it Ruth, this week will be a doddle in comparison! :)

That sounds like me setting up my runkeeper when I go for a walk! I need 10 minutes before I actually start moving... great work! Am enjoying running this challenge and I love a spreadsheet so not too onerous and I can think of worse 'homework' to be doing!

YellowRose554st 7lbs

Hi TheJuggler

My exercise for this week was:

Walking - 430 mins

Exercise bike - 97 mins

Total - 527 mins

I seem to be having a few problems with getting back into using the exercise bike daily but hoping to get there by next week.


morelessAdministrator in reply to YellowRose55

Woohoo, Rose! Fantastic total! :)

Another amazing total! Well done.

YellowRose554st 7lbs in reply to TheJuggler


josiero1 stone

Thanks for the challenge @Newbiewl

Unfortunately despite the best intentions I've done less exercise than normal this week (I'm blaming having two job interviews to prepare for!)

Cycling on exercise bike: 40 minutes (2 x 20 mins)

Walking (outdoors, briskly) x 1 35 minutes

Weekly total 75 minutes

Half way there at least! And surely can only improve on this next week...!

Cavaco in reply to josiero

You've still done more than everyone sitting on the sofa.

I gained quite a few minutes by jogging on the spot on the lounge whilst the adverts are on. If you do this a for a couple of ad breaks each day, the minutes soon mount up.

josiero1 stone in reply to Cavaco

Thanks Cavaco - I think this is a top tip for me when working from home too. I can sit for hours without moving, which I know is not healthy, and short bursts of exercise every hour would be a great improvement...

Mollydex4 stone in reply to josiero

Good luck with the interviews

josiero1 stone in reply to Mollydex

Thank you Mollydex I got offered both jobs, so am over the moon! Thanks for the support.

Mollydex4 stone in reply to josiero

Fantastic X well done

TheJuggler in reply to josiero

Think of it the other way round, you have started the challenge and despite preparing for those interviews you have still managed 75 minutes. Isn't that an achievement? Good luck for the interviews and hopefully you can break 80 minutes next week...

josiero1 stone in reply to TheJuggler

That's a much more positive approach! Thanks @Newbiewl

Hi TheJuggler,

Walking (indoors and outdoors) : 120 min

Vibestep : 60 min

Hope to do better this week. Its definitely motivating to see what everyone else has achieved. Well done...

morelessAdministrator in reply to Kittynibu

You've achieved your 150 mins, Kittynibu and that's what counts. Well done you! :)

TheJuggler in reply to Kittynibu

You have done really well and yes, is good to see what others are up to isn't it? I like that you are already planning to challenge yourself next week - good luck.

Hello everyone,

Thank you TheJuggler for tagging me in. My stats are:

cycling: 624.36

life modelling: 195

total: 819.36

Have an active week everyone :)

Cavaco in reply to HealthyTanja

Wow, that's lots of minutes! What is life modelling?

HealthyTanja8kg in reply to Cavaco

I pose for artists to draw me. It's a good workout because I have to hold challenging poses for various lengths of time.

Cavaco in reply to HealthyTanja

wow, I took a life drawing class once (many years ago). It must be good for your core strength.

HealthyTanja8kg in reply to Cavaco

It is and also for the legs and arms :)

Great work. Having very little balance I can only be impressed with your life modelling! We used to have to draw a very grumpy man in life drawing (but maybe that was because he was naked, having to stand still and look at a bunch of hungover students....!)

HealthyTanja8kg in reply to TheJuggler

LOL that couldn't have been much fun. There are some grumpy old life models out there!

I've had a good week - total 356 minutes of activeness according to my wonderful fitbit. I've had a couple of sessions in the gym, mostly cross-trainer or treadmill, but also a lot of active walking - ie getting my heart rate going. Sadly I have a couple of raw patches on my heels from walking in the wrong trainers and that is hindering me slightly, but I shall keep going.

HealthyTanja8kg in reply to Cavaco

You have a good total, too. Hope your heels heal quickly :)

TheJuggler in reply to Cavaco

Ouch! Some cushioned plasters, comfy socks and trainers this week then... Good work - hope the heels are better soon.

Morning everyone. Am totally blown away by how much effort you have all put in to this challenge. Need to go and do the school run and attempt a body conditioning class (!) I will be back later to respond to you all and to start the stats (that is unless I'm still crawling out of the gym...). Good luck with week 2. I will be posting that one open later today. Keep at it you Fantastic February Fanatics!

IndigoBlue61Administrator in reply to TheJuggler

Great challenge TheJuggler thank you 😊

morelessAdministrator in reply to TheJuggler

It's all thanks to you, Newbiewl! :)

MissisBAdministrator in reply to TheJuggler

You have made the biggest effort by putting the Challenge together TheJuggler , running it for us, and giving us the motivation to get moving. Would I have moved as much as I did last week without this Challenge? I very much doubt it. :)

merrymanda2 stone

Walking 210 minutes.

Pilates 80 minutes.

Strength 40 minutes.

Total 330 minutes

morelessAdministrator in reply to merrymanda

Great total manda! :)


Good morning.

Walking-outside 252 mins.

Gym bikes treadmill 60 mins.

Total------------------- 312mins.

Thanks for the February fitness challenge.

morelessAdministrator in reply to Roset16

Brilliant Roset, good job! :)

It is not really about how much you do or how far you go, it is about doing some.

And for those that do, you are already a winner.

I've managed 30 minutes walking every day, so pleased with that, total of 210 minutes, pleased with myself , but not as good as many if you others. well done everyone, I feel much more positive.

That's great work and you only need to think about yourself. We are in the challenge together but only in competition with ourselves. 30 minutes a day is fab. Well done.

Finnberry3 stone

Sorry I'm checking in late. Exercise on Tuesday morning didn't go so well. I flipped my sitski and landed upside down with the frame and all my weight resting on my right arm. I've had it x-rayed and it's not broken but it's pretty swollen and badly bruised and I can't move it properly. Anyway...

Pilates (physio) - 194 mins

Wheelchair propelling - 190 mins

Walking - 13 mins

Skiing - 45 mins

TOTAL = 442 mins = 7 hours 42 mins

I'm quite pleased with that, but next week is going to be considerably less as I can't propel myself.

TheJuggler in reply to Finnberry

Oh no! Hope you are OK. Sounds like you will need to take it easy this week and give your arm a rest. Hope it feels better soon. Great work on your time total though.

Dietbunny7lbs in reply to Finnberry

Ouch! That sounds really painful, but you had an excellent week otherwise. Hope it all mends quickly

nanashonRestart June 2020

Morning, sorry I was doing this and I have taken note...am I to late now to record it? Was it tuesday to the tuesday? Thanks #dotty lol

TheJuggler in reply to nanashon

Hi. No its fine to still post your results - I will post stats next Tuesday for the first week. Wednesday to Tuesday inclusive. Thanks.

nanashonRestart June 2020 in reply to TheJuggler

Thanks i was 4 hours 10 mins...mainly walking but theres a 20 min zumba in there, thanks

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