The journey of a thousand miles…June

…starts with a single step, and this pedometer geek is working towards goal of walking a thousand miles this year (thanks to the challenge by my friend Cally C of Great Britain). Although this pedometer geek has a daily goal of 10,000 steps (and frequently misses the mark), never has the mileage been tracked to this degree. During the month of June, the journey was reduced by 93.92 miles leaving about 440 miles to go.

June’s number of steps were similar to May’s steps. With one less day in the month, this pedometer geek put 250,879 steps on the pedometer. Of these, 77,184 were aerobic steps obtained over all but three days, and there were only eleven days when the goal of 10,000 or more steps was met.

With the advent of July, the Million Mile Month has presented another challenge: a Triathlon in a Month, with the “sports” determined by the individual. Like April’s challenge, the goal is fluid in that the participant can choose any number of miles and can join in even now. This pedometer geek has chosen a hundred miles as the goal, and so far, has been both walking and bicycling toward the goal. In fact, as of this post, over a quarter of the goal has been met.

Switching to the other topic of interest to this poster are the reading goals. Two goals through were continued. As the quarter ended, the first of two goals (the SIY challenge), ended with this reader falling short of completing the quarter’s  books. Of the twelve books chosen, all were but two were completed. Despite falling short of completion, this reader has decided to give the challenge another go in the present quarter. Including the two uncompleted books, fifteen books were chosen for the quarter ending at the end of September.

On the other hand, in the pages-read challenge, this reader read another 3,655 pages bringing the yearly total to 24,474 pages of the 40,000 pages (approximately 61% completed) chosen as the goal.

Nine books were read during the month. Most were mainstream novels, but there were also various genres read including a couple books from a series. Four authors were new to this reader, and four of the books were read in an e-book format.

In June, the following books were read and/or completed:

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs *

Queen of the Trailer Park by Alice Quinn

Be Frank with Me by Alice Claiborne Johnson *

Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

The Santangelos by Jackie Collins *

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon *

The Spider by Jennifer Estep

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah *

Several of the novels (Family Tree, Be Frank with Me, The Santagelos, and Leaving Lucy Pear) were reviewed on Briefly, the others are categorized into the various genres. Alice Quinn’s novel is a mystery; Jennifer Estep’s novels are both part of her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; Porter’s novel is a children’s classic; and Hannah’s novel could be classified as either women’s fiction or mainstream depending. While each could be discussed further, due to lack of time and other pressing concerns, they won’t be; however, consider checking them out as there are some fun as well as thoughtful reads in the bunch.

Until next time, keep reading and keep moving. I know I will be.

And yeah, suggestions always welcomed.

(asterisked books part of the Set-It-Yourself Challenge)


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to The journey of a thousand miles…June

  1. Pingback: The journey of a thousand miles…June — nbsmithblog…random digressions and musings | Jane Wilson

  2. Keep moving and reading! Go, nan!

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  3. julespaige says:

    Great advances in steps and reading. It was you that got me started!
    And the insurance program that has kept me going.
    The goal this month with me is also a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. With most days getting 15,000. I had been getting 20,000…but dang it is just too hot. and with a family vacation tucked in this month (that I just got back from) my ‘routine’ of walking in the morning wasn’t. The boardwalk is OK but only goes so far and walking in sand is like pulling teeth.

    I’ve yet to get air in my bike tires. But that’s on the list of things to do this week.
    I hope you’ve gotten the post cards I’ve sent…
    My Fitbit numbers for the year (Starting more than less in April), as of the moment are:
    2,176,527 steps, 3669 floors, 923.09 miles
    From June 20 to now (That’s how they display the monthly figure every 30 or so days):
    594,043 steps, 882 floors, 254.33 miles

    Just be careful in the heat and stay hydrated! Hugs, Jules

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    • Impressive numbers and way beyond anything that I have been able to manage. In all categories: steps, miles, and have never tracked floors (maybe my equivalent is aerobic steps).
      Yes, I have received postcards, the latest one of Maryland today. Thanks so much.

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      • julespaige says:

        I just got yours. Hope you have or had a wonderful time in your travels.

        The numbers are there because I’m pretty much only doing that – or so it seems some days. 🙂

        I sometimes buy postcards for myself. But this time I actually mailed one to me! This way I have the postmark to show me the date I was there. Oh sure I could write it on with a pen… I think I’ll be doing that from now on… sending a post card home 🙂

        Some times when I step high and move my arms a certain way my Fitbit counts it as an Elliptical exercise. But I’m not quite sure of how to repeat the movement. So far I’ve done it three times.

        I’m not sure what gets counted as a flight of stairs. I read somewhere that 18 steps is an average. And I think Fitbit only counts going up.

        Just do what you can do. I’ve also been trying to eat better. Now I’ve got to work at getting vacation weight off. Just a couple of excess pounds 😉

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  4. That’s a great idea. Writing a postcard to yourself. I just brought home a few and have shared them with a few people. The one with the polar bears I kept for myself as I was an Ohio Northern University polar bear (mascot). On the other hand, I mailed a payment on a credit card from the ship and worried that it wouldn’t get there in time. Theoretically, it should have, but i worried all the same. I suppose I should have mailed it before leaving, but I try to hold on to our money as long as possible.

    (July): This month’s walking wasn’t too impressive, but I managed the MMM Triathlon in a Month. I was more Try-athlete than a triathlete. I went for 100 miles and exceeded that with walking, biking, and gardening (mostly weeding). Most was walking followed by biking and a minimal of time spent weeding. I plan on posting about it all in a few days. In the meantime, the farmer’s market beckons with fresh fruits and veggies. See, I am trying to eat better too as well as shed a few pounds. 🙂


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