January in steps, miles and pages

So there must be something about an end of month rush. Last year at the end of February I did a mad dash of exploring NYC and yesterday? More of the same.  I needed 14K for my stretch goal and came home with 16K

January, you were amazing.

  • 301,695 steps
  • 124.2 miles walked
  • 85.14 miles biked! / 13 gym visits
  • 12 books read, (all of which hit the 2016TBRPile challenge!)
  • One DietBet won

I’m impressed with all of those but especially biking and DietBet because they mean my head is in the right place. Something that has been missing. I’m basically feeling like this again, with the exception of MFP instead of LoseIt.

After I obliterated my January bike “goal” I set my sites on January 2015 and hit that number. I’m not sure yet what my February will look like so I’m not sure what that number is going to look like either.

Beating that month the previous year has become the new beating the prior quarter. I think the new way is easier mathematically and truer too. Summer will always beat winter.

I’m at 35.49% of my GoTheDist Q1 goal and 301,695 steps is 8% of my 2016 goal so I’m on the right track.

With the leap day there’s no reason not to beat 276,898 steps // 114.9 miles walked. Since I’m easing back in still, setting bike goal at 50 miles. Baby steps.

#GoTheDist January: Bike Edition

So I had a silent goal of some bike mileage for January. I didn’t touch it in my goals since I wasn’t confident it was actually going to happen and didn’t want to put it in writing. I started with my same goals from January of last year and…

Goal Total Have To Go Average Daily Needed Daily
Bike Mileage Goal January 33.3 33.72 -0.42 3.065454545 -0.021
Bike Mileage Goal Q1 100 33.72 66.28 3.065454545 3.314

I beat it on January 11! I’ve been to the gym five times and while some of that has been out of need for a shower, I’ve done what I should and it’s paying off. Here’s to more success in that vein.

2015: it’s a reading wrap

my final 2015 numbers thanks to another beach author binge: 102 read with 38 unfinished.

Wow, just wow. I didn’t finish the A-Z challenge but that’s mostly a product of not wanting to read what I’m told to read so 2016TBRPile challenge it is. While I hope to read more, my goal is 75 due to a lack of series to binge on. I do want to read a better cross section of fiction and non and am happy that of the two books I’ve read so far, it’s one apiece

Some thoughts on 2015 reads:

  • I really was all over the map: from Tess Gerritsen, Mary Higgins Clark and Nevada Barr to non fiction on making of sushi, people who never lived and a number of sports books. I really do like to read most anything with words.
  • I wanted to do a genre breakdown like I did last year, but with 102 books it’s just too long. Maybe I’ll try to go as I go along this year.
  • Kindle Unlimited is awesome. So many new to me titles and authors
  • My unfinished tell me more about my reading interests than those I finished. While a friend referred to those as books I’m “saving for later”, I really don’t think so. They’re just either not my personal interest or so poorly written. The few that I think I might return to – usually a case of running out of time before the library hold ran out:
    • Among the Truthers – Jonathan Kay
    • The Colossus of New York – Colson Whitehead
    • Hungry Monkey – Matthew Amster-Burton
    • Moby Duck – Donovan Hohn
    • The Tastemakers – David Sax

Maybe ones for the 2016 challenge? I did just join this challenge to go with the TBR one:

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

Final #GoTheDist 2015

so as I mentioned at the end of November, I was in a good place for December.

December totals:

  • 275,357 steps
  • 113.17 miles walked
  • 6.13 miles biked

The one I’m most proud of? The last one. I actually went back to the gym. Baby steps. I hit a stretch goal steps wise and that felt good. Thank you El Nino.

Q4 totals:

  • 843,754 steps
  • 346.74 miles walked

I’m happy with that, especially as my goals for the quarter were: 800,000 steps // 315 miles walked

2015 totals:

  • 3,729,058 steps
  • 1536.53 miles walked
  • 321.03 miles biked

Yep, that last one is a disaster but you know what? I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I started again in December and did nearly 10 miles today. I put my bike goals back in my spreadsheet and I’m getting back on track.

Overall, a year to be proud of. I’m happy with my 2016 goals and look forward to a good year.

#GoTheDist 2016

wasn’t I just writing out the goals for 2015? For more reasons than this challenge, this year has gone by in a flash. It’s somewhat bizarre to be writing up 2016 goals before wrapping 2015 but a) I’m traveling for the next two days and b) I’ve already been overthinking 2016 way too much. I swear it’s like needing to close a restaurant menu to make a decision. In this case, it needs to be committed in writing. The blog version of Facebook official?

For anyone who doesn’t know #GoTheDist, here is Robby’s post about the 2016 theme and here is the background. For the same reasons I love my Fitbit challenges, I love GTD because it’s a challenge to myself, not a competition. A short note on 2015, to be elaborated on later, obliterated my steps goal and topped mileage goal. I also ended up with 102 books read. Whee!

So obliterating steps but barely hitting mileage. Math error or change in stride calculation between Flex & Charge. WIth me it could be either but I’m leaning toward the latter. I need to actually go back and calculate steps vs. miles on either side of my change, but that’s not happening tonight. I did some rough math and found that one mile is ~2300 steps for me. Besides the steps/mileage ratio, I also had to figure out what to do with May. Yes, May, the insane month with nearly 360K steps thanks, mostly, to 19 miles of the Great Saunter. It also had an assist from a 20K and two 18K days while in Seattle. While over thinking my 2016 goals I said I should factor out May since it’s not repeatable-but then I thought why not? I could certainly do part of the Saunter again if not try to finish. And while I”m not going back to Seattle this year I could explore another walkable city.

That thinking lead me to the following non-spreadsheet goals for 2015:

  • Continue the trend of exceeding the total from that month the previous year. I’ve had fun doing that since July. I haven’t worked out the exact math on those yet, but I will. It will likely mean my official goal is different to my on the go goal, but what else is new?
    • Related, I’m going to try for 1m again in Q2 but we’ll see because that was May
  • Get my head back in the game with the gym. I hit my 50 visits but then didn’t file for reimbursement and have barely gone since. It’s going to impact my steps since Charge on the shoe doesn’t work nearly as well as Flex did, but I think I’m willing to make that concession.
  • The realization that I’m going to need multiple goals and I’m OK with that.

So with all of that in mind here is where I *think* I am for 2016:


  • 3,600,000 steps – this should be in line with the increase on 2015 months while cancelling out May.
  • 1515 miles – slightly less than what I’ve done so far in 2015, but increase on 2015’s goal and includes the step/mileage issue above

Pending Robby’s blessing, I’m going to have my goal be steps instead of mileage since it’s less math and more actual.

My Personal Challenge

AKA the wild hair I got while chatting with Robby today re: goals that I’m really not sure is possible** but what the hell.

  • 3,680,000 steps **
  • 1600 miles for 2016

That math again. It doesn’t work that I’ve walked just north of 3.7m steps and have closer to 1500 than 1600 miles. Someone want to fix it for me?

The #GoTheDist steps are in the spreadsheet. I guess I’m going for it…

2016 reading challenge

At least the one I’m planning on at this moment.  Level: 50+ Married with Children

I think the reason I’m struggling with finishing the A-Z challenge is an issue I’ve had since high school. I hate being told what to read. If I have to read something, I won’t. That’s why I end up avoiding things like PopSugar or Book Riot‘s challenges even though I love the idea of them. Part of the reason I love this challenge is only “rules” are books that were published before 2015. Since I’m still trying to purge the shelves, I think it’s a perfect one for me.

Since I’ve made at least four “what should I read?” posts in the last year, including one last night for the final push to 100 books, I’ve finally bit the bullet and decided to try Goodreads. I love Library Thing for the cataloging, but I’ve never made good use of the community aspects or the recommendations. So giving GR a go even though I hated it for so long. I do review all books for Amazon so it actually makes sense.

While I’ll finish 2015 in at least the 90s, I do think it will be a bit of a challenge to hit that level again without series to binge on, so I think I’m setting my official goal at 75. We’ll see.

2015 Home Stretch: Reading

so I realized today that at the end of 2014 I said I wouldn’t read 54 books again. About that. I’ve read 88 so far. That is, in a word, insane. 11.5 books this month is going to be hard with work eating the first half, but I’m going to push hard. I really want that meaningless accomplishment.

I only abandoned one more book in the last two months though. Or at least marked it as abandoned in Library Thing.

I also looked back on my last update to the A-Z challenge. Still missing Q,X and Y but that doesn’t really bother me as there was nothing on my initial challenge wishlist that I want to read so…

In reading back on my 2014 year in review I can say:

  • still bad at reviews
  • still read too much crap (although I may be out of series on which to binge)
  • still a happy bookworm


2015 Home Stretch

so I added October’s deficit to November and… topped that by 18K! And then I was setting up my December goals and went to check Jan-November against my 2015 goal and realized I hit it 50K steps ago. Woot!

November 2015 totals:

  • 275,413 steps
  • 113.17 miles walked

Q4 totals to date:

  • 568,397 steps
  • 223.57 miles walked

2015 YTD:

  • 3,453,701 steps
  • 1423.36 miles

September and October went off course but I rebounded and am proud of myself for it. December is going to be a challenge but I know I’ll hit my Q4 and 2015 goals. If I end up just under December 2014, I’ll be OK with that. I think.

I’m already thinking about 2016 and know it’s going to be a challenge. I don’t foresee an 11 and 20 mile day. I”m not sure I’ll visit a city like Seattle where I walked all over the planet. May was inSANE with 359,946 steps but we’ll see.

Here’s to December and closing out the challenge in style.


#GoTheDist 4.1

While I finished the month strong-ish, it wasn’t quite enough to hit my September goals.

Monthly steps

Monthly steps


  • 292,984 steps walked
  • 120.4 miles walked

If I’d realized I was that close I’d have taken 16 more steps for 293K.

I actually realized about midway through the month that 300K wasn’t happening but, when I came home from last weekend’s travel it was still theoretically attainable and I decided to push for it.  Thursday was a feet mental health day (aka I went for a pedicure) and it was lost, but I hit 14K on 10/31 to close out the month. Thanks, Mother Nature!

I’ve added the deficit of ~7K to November’s goal (now 257,016) and plugged in my travel slug days and I think it’s very doable.

Here we go!

Q3 update: Alphabet Soup reading challenge:

77 books read so far in 2015. Could 100 really happen? 21 in Q3 and I’m currently in the middle of 3 so very possible. 35 unfinished puts me over so technically I’ve started more than 100 books already. On the A-Z front, I have no idea so let’s see. I was missing the following at the end of Q2:


During Q3 I added:

O – Orange is the New Black
U – Hella Winston’s Unchosen

Somehow I have a feeling QXY going to be challenges. Luckily for Q and X I can count them if they appear anywhere in the titles per the challenge rules. Going to try not to do that though. Having another look through Jandy’s Reading Room for some ideas.

I think I’m pushing hard for 100 though because that would be awesome.