…begins with a single step. Working toward logging another thousand miles during the year (and with the hope of completing the goal earlier than last year), this pedometer geek logged nearly 106 miles in February, leaving about 763 miles left in the goal.
Backing up a bit here (beep, beep, beep), this pedometer geek has worn various pedometers over the years. The most recent being an Omron, that is, until this geek was given a Fitbit as a gift in December. For the month of January, this pedometer geek wore both of them, just to see the difference in step totals, etc. Frankly, each has its advantages, but I digress.
Over the course of the month, there was a difference in both the total number of steps as well as the number of miles logged. There was more than 111,000 steps and 45 miles difference between the Fitbit and the Omron. The Fitbit’s totals were much higher than the Omron’s totals in both steps and mileage. As a general rule, there was about a 2,500 step (daily) difference between the two. Is one more accurate than the other? Can the higher totals be trusted? Has the older model consistently under reported totals, or does the newer model over-report totals? These are just some of the questions this pedometer geek had during the month. Two things of which I know: the Omron has a feature which records aerobic steps after ten minutes of walking, and the Omron doesn’t start counting until four steps are taken.
Because of this, this pedometer geek has chosen to only use the Fitbit except for those times the treadmill is utilized. Then, the Omron is added to record those steps. On the other hand, the Fitbit has some interesting features. This pedometer geek still hasn’t figured out how this device knows when the user is asleep, but it does seem to be accurate.
Back to the present: this pedometer geek put 268,472 steps on the Fitbit throughout the month of February. Of these, 36,129 steps were aerobic, and there were thirteen days with at least 10,000 steps. Overall, the average daily step total was 9,588 steps.
During the month, this pedometer geek also read, but not nearly as much as usual (working on and finishing up a stained-glass project and typing in a manuscript affected time normally used for reading). Only six books were read. Three were poetry books, and the other three were novels of various genres. All but two authors were new to this reader. One book was read in an e-book format.
Participating in two different http://www.bookcrossing.com challenges continued, but neither the quarterly Set-It-Yourself (SIY) challenge nor the yearlong Pages-read challenge had outstanding results in February. Only one book in the SIY challenge was completed toward the goal, but that still leaves the majority of the books unread with a month to go. In the Pages-read challenge, only 1368 pages were read bringing the yearly total to 3299 pages of the 40,000 pages challenged.
In the month of February, the following books were read:
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch
Out in the Cold, Cold Day by Douglas Richardson
The Collector by Aubrey Parker
Panic Kit by Laura A. Lionello
Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin *
Briefly, here is a rundown of the books. Genre included historical fiction, mainstream fiction, contemporary romance, suspense, and poetry. Black-Eyed Susans was reviewed on my review site http://www.pedometergeek.wordpress.com.
Benjamin’s historical novel covers the early days of Hollywood, particularly the lives and careers of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. Best of friends, the pair became iconic for their movies. Marion was a screenwriter and director; Pickford was one of the earliest stars of silent films. Benjamin has crafted a novel blending Hollywood history into a compelling read.
Allison Winn Scotch has written a novel about a failing marriage from the point of view of both parties. It is unique in that the husband narrates from the present back to the beginning of their relationship while the wife tells the story of their relationship from the beginning onward. Whether they will end up together or divorce finally is the gist of the novel, and understanding the underlying causes of how a marriage can be derailed by two people’s different perceptions of the same event. Like Benjamin’s novel, this is also a story of a Hollywood actor and screenwriter.
Out in the Cold, Cold Day is a chapbook of some of Douglas Richardson’s poems. Only nineteen poems fill this small volume, and since completing it, two more complete volumes of his poetry have been read.
The other poetry book, Panic Kit, is another slim volume of poetry. Most of Lionello’s poems touch on darker subjects like depression, suicide, and death. There is plenty of angst and emotion among the thoughtful lines.
Aubrey Parker’s The Collector is a contemporary romance about a billionaire working to build a consortium of other billionaires. He becomes involved with a young college student who is willing to help him make some contacts in his goal. This is the first book in this series called the Trillionaire’s Club, with each story about a particular man’s love story. Interestingly, most romances are written by women, but this is written by a man, and there is a definite style difference in the writing of the romance.
That’s enough about books. And counting steps. What are you reading? Suggestions always welcome.
SIY challenge books are asterisked.