Friday Fitness Check In: A Vlog & Grilling Season Temptations

Welcome to the Friday Fitness Check In! I am using this as a bit of a fitness diary to keep my goals in check while sharing exactly what I am doing with you (since I get so many questions about it! :) Feel free to link up and/or do your own Friday Fitness Check In in the comments where you can keep track of the following:


  1. Fitness: Workouts for the week, how did you feel?
  2. Food: Did you eat well? Not so much?
  3. Strength Training: Did you lift weights this week? Which ones?
  4. Mind and Motivation: Where are you mentally? What motivated you this week?
  5. Weight: Have you lost weight this week? gained?

Monday: HIIT Treadmill
Tuesday: HIIT Arc Trainer (hard!)
Wednesday: Spin Class
Thursday: Zumba
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Teaching Zumba

HIIT Polar Results

Monday’s run





  • Crunches
  • Situps
  • Plank
  • Leg Curls
  • Leg Press
  • Leg Extension


  • Abs Knee Tuck Machine
  • Leg Press
  • Leg Curl
  • 60 Squats

Food was good this week, not great but good. I got a lot of veggies and fruit in this week, and I have drank almost 80 oz a day this entire week! (I stopped counting how many times I was going to the bathroom). A friend of mine told me to start putting some lemons in my water, can’t hurt right?

We are thinking of firing up the grill this weekend for the first time this season, I can easily go off the grid food wise when it comes to grilled yumminess but I will keep it under control. Promise :)

Zumba Polar Calories

Zumba and Strength Training

It’s time for you to check IN! How are your food/fitness goals coming along this week? How do you manage summer grilling season? 



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. You have totally rocked this week!!
    HIIT plus strength work! Awesome.
    I’m looking forward to some grill time, too (maybe not this weekend since it is cold and wet but soon!).

    • Nellie says:

      I didn’t get to grill it was too cold! I’m just going to hold on until this consistent warm weather comes :)

  2. YUMMY the grill! Yes that will be tough but I know you can manage the temptation. Love the addition of the vlog for this week. What editor did you use if you don’t mind my asking.

    Sounds like children are enjoying the change of weather. No need for apologies, that’s music to my ears to hear children enjoying the outdoors and not being cooped up in the house playing with technology!
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    • Nellie says:

      I used windows movie maker, it’s free to download and very intuitive, I was able to edit that video in like 10 mins and that was my first time using that program!

      It wasn’t until I heard the video back that I heard the kids, I’m so used to it I guess

  3. Alright now you on video. I can’t drink water without lemon its the only way to get me to drink it
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    • Nellie says:

      Now that I’ve added it in its really good! I must have been living under a rock or something.

  4. I love the vlog update. I’m such a visual person! Hey, I absolutely love lemon in my water. I believe it gives the water great taste and it helps cut some fat (I think). Congrats on a good fitness week for you! I did great fitness wise but not food wise. These last 3 weeks have been so busy and I’ve resorted to emotional eating. Uggh! But I’m determined to get back on track next week.
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    • Nellie says:

      Thanks Monica! Yes I looked it up and apparently it does wonders for your body! I hope you are having a better good week, I know what you mean about being thrown off diet when things get busy. The next two weeks are going to be intense for me so I hope to stay on track!

  5. You’ve had a fantastic week!! You have both planks and side planks. We’re in awe!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the vlog update!! –The Dose Girls

  6. Your vlog is awesome!! My workouts this week improved…I got out for several runs and I went to my bootcamp yesterday which I have missed for the past few weeks! It looks like you had a great fitness week!
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    • Nellie says:

      Thanks Michelle! Boot camp is the hardest thing for me to do but it challenges me in a very unique way

  7. As soon as our whacky weather decides to get warm and STAY warm I think I’d like to have my husband do some grilling! YUM
    My workouts were great this week. I had a PR for my jogging 10.38minute mile. I’m excited because this is the best I’ve done post baby.
    I am hoping to eat well this weekend. I had a pretty fatty food based day on Wednesday so I think one day a week is enough.
    Hope you have a good weekend.

  8. Aww, I couldn’t play the vid because I’m at work, but from the looks of things you were going pretty hard this week. High-5 to that!
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  9. congrats on being halfway to your goal! it seems like you really enjoy your fit and active lifestyle. i could certainly do so much better in that department. it’s the one area where i have the least amount of self-discipline.
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  10. I love your vlog! It’s so personal and engaging! I’m putting all healthy foods and snacks in my house, so I have no choice, but to eat good. It’s the over-eating that I struggle with. Summer grilling is awesome! I think I’ll only buy enough grill food for myself and my honey, so that I don’t over -eat.
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    • Nellie says:

      Thanks Sherelle! Yes I need to do that as well because we usually end up grilling everything for fear it will go bad.

  11. I can never seem to drink as much water as I should, no matter what I read about it. And the few times I do? Makes a HUGE difference in everything. Feeling more awake and better digestion. Better skin even! Do you feel like the lemon makes a difference?
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    • Nellie says:

      So far yes. I can gulp it down a lot faster but from what I looked up you are right the benefits are endless!

  12. I’ve never liked lemon in my water but it is good for you. Great workout week! HIIT twice plus Zumba and spin…crazy!
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  13. James "The Hubby" Acevedo says:

    Go Baby! I’m proud of you for the weight you have and your sheer determination. I’m blessed to have such an ambitious, motivated, and goal-orientated Wife. Go Nellie!!!

  14. James "The Hubby" Acevedo says:

    Meant to say *weight you have lost* in the previous comment.

  15. Go Nellie! Like I tweeted you earlier, I did start the HIIT Training and even though I hated it during, I felt great afterwards!
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  16. I love the Vlog! I wish I had the courage to go ahead and post something on a vlog…maybe later. :) And you can totally lose 5 more lbs before FitBloggin. You may actually want to aim for 8lbs,… since I plan on dragging you around OR to find the best food trucks so we can stuff our faces. lol
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    • I bet after fitbloggin you will be inspired to do SO MUCH including vlog. I actually found that getting the first one out of the way made things a million times easier. Congrats to you and Amber by the way I am so proud of yall!

  17. You go girl. Keep up the good work.
    Loved hearing your voice by the way
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