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10 January 2008 @ 06:06 pm
walking & writing  

I got a pedometer for Christmas, and today I read the instructions (gasp!) and got it working. It’s rather nifty, with a stopwatch, a calorie counter (which I think runs high, but that’s ok, I don’t imagine I’ll use that aspect much anyway), a clock, and, of course, the step-counter, which appears to count pretty accurately. According to it, I walked 3.6 miles on what is my more or less usual route, which sounds about right according to the rate of speed at which I generally walk. I wanna get up to a pretty regular 5 mile a day walk, but I haven’t been walking much at all lately, so that’s a decent place to start.

And I wrote a couple thousand words, in an effort to reach 10% of the book tomorrow. There’s no particular reason for tomorrow to be the 10% day, except I want it to be, and if I get to 10% tomorrow it seems *reasonable* that I might make it to 25K by a week Friday. That would begin to feel like I was getting something accomplished.

I should go through email tonight and respond to the last couple of days’ worth of artist submissions, but man, that sounds like work.

ytd wordcount: 12,200
miles to Minas Tirith: 13.6

(x-posted from the essential kit)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on January 10th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
User manual?

You mean that piece of paper that's packaged with every pedometer is a manual?
(I tend to break them quite often, so I havee a stash of cheap ones home)

Anyway, what I did with mine when I began using it a year ago was this:
1. For two weeks, do as I've always done, just note down how many steps I did every day.
2. Delete all obvious 'abnormals' and calculate an average number of steps/day.
3. Set myself a goal slightly larger than that average(I had an average of close to 4000, so I set my goal to 5500).

And then it gets interesting.
4. Note down(rounded down to nearest 100) how many steps I did every day.
5. If I did less than the target, I would have to make up for it another day. This can accumulate to a rather high number during holidays...
6. While 'owed steps' can accumulate, you can't save up a positive count. In other words, if you walk twice the distance one day, you can't slack off the next day. This is because I figure that I really owe millions of steps due to slacking off earlier in life...

That, and doing a few small changes to my diet made me loose 15Kg last year(from end of January until late summer).

I assume that you've set the stride length and weight, to get the calorie count into the ballpark?
(Not that it'll be anywhere near accurate anyhow)

I use a one of those wireless heart monitors myself.. (Sensor strapped across the chest and receiver shaped as a watch)
When it's programmed with weight and age(And on more expensive models there may be other variables, too, it gets pretty accurate because it uses your heartrate to calculate the calorie usage.
A bonus with those is that I can set it to alert if my pulse goes below a certain frequency(slacking off) or above a certain level(ease off, you're exercising, not trying to explode).

desperancedesperance on January 11th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
You mean you haven't been using a pedometer heretofore? How have you been measuring/calculating yr mileage, then? I was calmly assuming a Device...
kitmizkit on January 11th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
By a general knowledge of how quickly I walk, combined, on occasion, with driving a set distance and finding out how far it really is. :)