A Journey of a Thousand Miles… (February 2018 edition)

…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.

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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10 Responses to A Journey of a Thousand Miles… (February 2018 edition)

  1. Awesome reading and walking. Wonderful February progress. At this rate, you’ll just need to average less than eighty miles per month.

    Thanks for the summary about the difference between the two fitness devices. I always wonder how much I can trust my Fitbit.

    Keep walking and reading! Cheers

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  2. Jules says:

    I just finished reading ‘Pigs in Heaven’ by Barbara Kingsolver, 400 pages of yellow paper back… (author of the Poisonwood Bible – which I have not read – but have heard is quite popular).

    I can’t answer your Fitbit questions. Because FB has some inaccuracies – like in recording stair steps (every other one), but if you are car dancing… and smacking your fist on your leg… that counts as a stair step. And if you are holding your grocery cart… and haven’t moved your FB to your ankle for your shopping trip…you loose steps. I refuse to let FB know when I sleep or not. And after I get my 15,000 for the day I take the device off. My insurance only credits me up to 15,000 steps. So I see no reason to do more (at least with the FB on).

    I did get my Butterfly Migration badge from FB for 2,500 life time miles last week.

    Let me know if you want Pigs In Heaven… and I’ll mail it to you. 🙂

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    • Congrats on the badge. I think I have received the Marathon in a week badge. I don’t put on 15,000 steps regularly, but then I haven’t figured out all the little nuances that you have. I never knew about the grocery cart situation, but then I probably get ‘steps’ just by waving my hand. Because of my carpal tunnel surgery, I have to wear my FB on my dominant hand. I would prefer otherwise, but it apparently doesn’t work that way. Carpal tunnel causes erratic data. It really doesn’t bother me to leave it on when I sleep. What I have learned is from this is that I do go to sleep quicker than I thought AND that I have periods of wakefulness that I was unaware of. On the other hand, I do try to recharge the battery at night.

      What did you think of Pigs in Heaven? I read The Poisonwood Bible, but wasn’t overly impressed. Of course, I am not a big reader of literary novels. I do read them, but I have gotten lazy in my reading. Give me suspense, mysteries, romances, and other light reading. On the other hand, I read her nonfiction, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, about eating local, growing local, etc. and I found it fascinating. In fact, because of it, Rob and I try to grow more vegetables and our garden keeps expanding. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        Pigs in Heaven… I enjoyed it. But I guess a better review would be to look for it online – as that would tell you about it without giving it all away. The copyright is 1993.

        The quote on the back from Newsday; “A crackerjack storyteller…she makes us believe.”

        My container gardens didn’t do well last year. Though I guess there was enough. With wanting to travel with my hubby and no real light in our back yard… I may just support the local farmers markets.

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  3. Got the new Melanie Benjamin on my to read list. I have a fit bit and compare my walk with my phone step counter. They record the same amount of steps. Since the mileage I walk is almost the same everyday (10,000 steps) I know when I hit my mileage. Good luck on reaching all your goals this year.


  4. I have read at least two by Benjamin and I have a few others on my to-read list. I like the way she blends history into a story, usually about women. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Congrats on your goal of getting 10,000 steps daily as well. May you have continued success, Annette.


  5. JP, Farmers’ markets are good, and if you wish to send it my way, fine, but not necessary as I hate to have you spend the postage. I am so behind in my reading (of what other generous people have sent me) that I don’t know when I would get to it. I heard it is one of her better ones though. Loved your ‘ku on pure haiku. Nicely done. ~nan


    • Jules says:

      Update… since I had to run an errand with/for my neighbor, I stopped by the PO –
      Book is in BC and on it’s way. 🙂

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      • Thank you in advance. You are awesome. I love that you write daily; you are so disciplined. I still re-read your haiku series about your soldier ancestor (I can’t recall if it was your grandfather or great-grandfather, but find it poignant nonetheless.) Hugs…nan

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