The Journey of a Thousand Miles…

starts with a single step, but this pedometer geek has been slacking. The thousand mile goal has been met for the year, but…

This slacking pedometer geek hasn’t posted statistics on books or walking for the past three months. Just when this pedometer geek finally got the use of my dominant hand back, it was both back to work at the local board of elections during Early Voting and therapy for my hand. Suffice it to say, my energy was sapped and early bedtimes became the rule.

With a return to more flexibility, more energy, and more time, here is the brief synopsis of the reads in September, October, and November.

In September, the following books were read:

Toucan Keep a Secret by Donna Andrews

Bring Her Home by David Bell *

Heaven in His Arms by Lisa Ann Verge

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

Pleasures of the Night by Sylvia Day

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

But You Didn’t Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day

Feels Like Home by Evelyn Adams

All but one book were fiction; the nonfiction book by Marceline Loridan-Ivens was a memoir. All but the mystery by Donna Andrews were read in an e-book format. Four romances, two suspense/thrillers, and a YA fantasy were among the books read. Three new authors were read, and David Bell’s novel was reviewed on

In October, the following books were read:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng *

 The Magicians by Lev Grossman *

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen *

Heiress Without a Cause by Sarah Ramsey

Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb *

Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway

What She Really Wants by Barbara Delinsky

Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

All of the books and short stories were fiction, which broke down into various genres. A fantasy novel, two suspense/thrillers, two romances, and two short stories were in the mix. All but two were read in an e-book format, and several were written by new (to me) authors. The Wife Between Us and Must Love Mistletoe were also reviewed on the website mentioned above.

In November, the following books were read:

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrews

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass *

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Dancing With the Enemy by Paul Glaser

The Silken Edge by Laci Paige

Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke *

The Taker by Alma Katsu *

Only one of these books was nonfiction, which was the memoir by Paul Glaser. The books included a mystery, two suspense/thrillers, a romance, a YA paranormal fantasy, and a mainstream novel. Two novels were read in an e-book format, and three authors were new to this reader.

Step totals decreased through the months, too. From 244,636 steps in September to 217,458 in October to 212,784 in November, this pedometer geek was slacking. Miles walked decreased as well, but in the last three months nearly 300 miles has been logged over the 1000 mile goal. While it is doubtful that another 200 miles will be completed by the end of the year, the mileage is already more than 30% better than last year’s total mileage. By the way, in October held another event: Marathon in a Month. Only logging 92 miles found this pedometer geek short of the ultra-ultra-marathon goal of 100 miles.

Asterisked books are SIY books.




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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2 Responses to The Journey of a Thousand Miles…

  1. Jules says:

    One step at a time. I haven’t hit my 10,000 steps every day for a while. I do some days. But other days I’m happy with getting 5,000. I do strive for 5 miles a day but that doesn’t always happen either. I’m not fond of walking in the cold, nor am I fond of the crowds at the mall this time of year.

    Do what you can and what you enjoy. I hit the max points for my physical activity for the year around mid Nov. But I also got some bonus points for continuing to move every day. So that made those particular points add up quicker. Mid November I also got the FB lifetime miles Nile Badge –
    4,132 miles. But that isn’t totally accurate, you know any movement gets counted not only steps.
    (That’s about two years or so, I’d have to look up when I actually started).

    I finished the third ‘Little House’ book, but I’d better not start the 4th – I’d better get some prep work done for the holiday first! 🙂

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    • Yeah, I haven’t managed 10K much lately. More like 5000-8000 range most days. I do try to walk outside even on the coldest days, but rainy days limit me as I hate carrying an umbrella. The most recent fitbit badge that I recall getting has been the one walking the length of New Zealand. They keep me motivated (as if general health isn’t enough).
      You have the health insurance/job motivation to keep you moving. Speaking of which, my fitbit is buzzing…telling me that I have to move! 😉

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