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Confessions of a Designated Fat Taxi Driver?

aka a two-in-one review because I started and finished two books in the last three days

Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver by Eugene Salomon and Jennifer Joyner’s Designated Fat Girl. Two very different subjects but the right level of reading depth I was in the mood for this weekend. I started with Joyner’s on Friday and packed a dead-tree copy of Salomon’s for a walk when I knew my iPad battery wasn’t charged. I finished that this morning and then Joyner’s this afternoon. At the gym, no less.

I enjoyed both equally, but I found that I connected more with Joyner’s book, although my weight struggles luckily never went so far. I’m so glad to see she’s still working at the radio station and it’s nice to put a face to the name after reading about her personal struggles. Unlike many who publish a book about their struggles, Joyner doesn’t appear to blog. I think that’s what made for a more intriguing and cohesive narrative. It wasn’t cobbled together from a series of blog posts. There were a few moments where I was confused as to when a moment was during her weight gain-loss-gain-loss-gain-loss “for good” but overall it was a quality, eye-opening read.

Eugene Salomon, on the other hand both blogs (including on hot-button topics like Uber) and writes for TIME.I hoped his photo blog would have one of the infamous llama, alas no such luck. Converting from a blog wasn’t an issue in this case as the book was mostly an anthology of his stories grouped by themes. It was a very good and quick read and I loved that Salomon put a date in each story to set the context for his story.  Although this was only published in 2013, it’s mostly the story of an NYC long gone. Jackie O being gone for 20+ years though is just sad. As an aside, I got this at the wonderful Tenement Museum Shop-great place to direct deposit your wallet when looking for your next good read.

Oh and both titled counted for the A-Z challenge. 1/6 of the way through the year my totals are:

mini goals met

Who says a  week of sloth at the beach isn’t a wonderful thing. Sometime during the week I:

  • destroyed my 2014 reading goal. At 52 as of today with one in the works and other likely to come. And then 7 unfinished. Good run in 2014.
  • Miles: beat my personal and #GoTheDist Q4 goals, My December #GoTheDist goal
  • Steps: On track for 250K and maybe even 275K steps.

Life is Good.

#GoTheDist 2014: November

Skin of my teeth.

My tiered goals for November were: 250/275/300K steps and 100 miles.

November totals*? 255,599 steps and 105.71 miles.

Never stressed so hard for 250, although July was close. But I did it. Thanks to some temperate weather days.

*Subject to minor additions as I putter around the apartment

Totals for Q4 so far: 556,734 steps // 229.75 miles. Well on track for 750K // 300 miles that was my Q4 goal. To be honest? I don’t know that 250K is going to happen in December due to work, weather and travel, but I’m going to try. My tiered goals are 225/250/275K although I’ll be tickled pink with hitting 250. Keeping mileage at 100 even though I only need 70+. 100 may be iffy but we’ll see.

Now to think about 2015. Steps wise and book wise. I’m at 43/45! 2014 has been good for goals. Well, some. I still haven’t hit Goal.

#GoTheDist: October 2014

sometimes I swear 31-day months are harder to get steps in than 30 day months. I think it definitely has to do with the perceived cushion of the extra day.

Final numbers:

  • 301,135 steps
  • 124.04 miles walked

It wasn’t easy. I set a mini goal of not ever falling on the wrong side of 10K steps needed per day, but it happened due to some traveling and two days with fewer than 4K steps. But two walking tours helped me, including 12K steps in a ghost tour on Halloween. I entered the home stretch of this past week needing 11K+ steps/day to get 300K and I finished strong:

  • October 27 – 11,629
  • October 28 – 10,991
  • October 29 – 11,804
  • October 30 – 11,094
  • October 31 – 12,359

I’m fewer than 450K steps and 76/176 miles from my Q4 goals leaving both very doable. I’m going to keep to my optimistic goals (275K steps, 100 miles) for November as I believe they’re attainable and will give me cushion against a December full of work/vacation/holidays. I know I may not see another 300K month until March, but I’m OK with that.

On to November…

#GoTheDist 2014: Q3 down

where on earth has 2014 gone. Seriously.

Q3 goals:

    • 850,000 steps
    • 375 miles walked
    • 35 miles biked

September  totals

  • 316,214 steps
  • 136.02 miles walked
  • 4.4 miles biked

Q3  totals:

  • 887,280 steps
  • 370.75 miles walked
  • 28.96 miles biked

That’s not bad at all. I didn’t realize I was ultimately so close to the mileage, but I’m honestly not sure I could have found another mile a day this last crazy week, so I’ll take it. I rebounded from an expectedly bad July with a strong August and solid September. I’m proud of myself and I’ll take it. Still need to get better about the gym though.

My official Q4 goal is 200 miles. What I need to hit to finish the year (1100 miles) is: 85 miles. Seriously. I’m at 1014 and I set my goal as 1,100. Yeah, blowing that up

So with an eye to Q4 2013 (642,067 // 269.51 // 55.16), I’m setting my Q4 goals as:

  • Steps: 750,000
  • Mileage: 300

Those also align well with my 2014 Q1 numbers when accounting for the lost data and weather hell.

#GoTheDist 3.2

or nearly…

I’ve finally found the sweet spot between my #GoTheDist goal being a challenge, but an attainable one. I knew that July would be bad, and it was. But I set two goals and I made one of two. The goal was 250K steps and I ended up with 260,908. Mileage goal was 117 and I ended up with 107.44. As good as my typical 300/125? No, but I pushed myself and did it.

August was more of the same with time away and travel time, but I thought I could do it and barring an apocalypse tomorrow, I will.

I set goals of 300,000 steps and 125 miles and I’m currently at 298,454 and 122.49. It wasn’t easy, I spent the end of a few vacation days at the gym and had to push myself to get off the couch on other days, but that’s what a goal should be.

Here’s to closing out Q3 in style…. and getting back to losing. And more reading, 28/40.

#GoTheDist Q2 nearly went

because I know if I wait until tomorrow, this won’t happen.

With two days left in Q2, the numbers are great.


  • 328,083 steps
  • 134,89 miles walked
  • 14.24 miles biked

Final June (they got better)

  • 350,613 steps
  • 144.15 miles walked
  • 14.24 miles biked


  •  932,746 steps
  • 383.38 miles walked
  • 35.33 miles biked

Q2 Final:

  • 955,276 steps
  • 392.64 mles walked
  • 35.33 miles biked

2014 halfway point:

  • 1,548988 steps
  • 643.57 miles walked
  • 139.14 miles biked


June alone has been amazing with two days over 20K steps. Definitely love the immediacy of the Fitbit numbers in that respect. However, I’m preparing for a letdown. Why?

Because July is going to have too many weekends in suburbia where my numbers are going to be way down. And too much travel time to those destinations. .

Official Q3 goal is 350 miles walked.  My 2013 Q3 results were:

    • 758,057 steps
    • 316.3 miles walked
    • 31.66 miles biked

With that, I’m setting my personal goal as:

    • 850,000 steps
    • 375 miles walked
    • 35 miles biked

A modest increase over Q2, but one that I think will be attainable even if July is a loss. I may reevaluate come August 1.

Oh and speaking of goals, 18/40 books on the year without cheating.

#GoTheDist 2.2

About halfway through May I realized that 300,000 steps for the month was doable after just missing it. And then I became a woman on a mission to make it happen. I wasn’t sure if I had since I was away from my spreadsheet but after entering Weds-Sat… I MADE IT!

May Totals:

  • 305, 841 steps
  • 125.05 miles walked
  • 21.09 miles on the bike

Q2 Totals:

  • 604,663 steps
  • 248.49 miles walked
  • 21.09 miles on the bike

2014 Totals:

  • 1,198,375 steps
  • 499.42 miles walked
  • 124.9 miles on the bike

I’m pretty damn happy with that. Check that, very damn happy. I’m 100 miles shy of my official GTD goal and 150 shy of my personal. While those are a little iffy depending on weather, I’m less than 100K steps from my steps goals. I’m doubly excited as June is the first month where I’ll have year on year steps data. [2013 data: 315,031 steps, 132.24 miles walked and 50.1 miles on the bike].

Yep, I’m going to have to bust my hump to get this… but isn’t that what goals are for?

#GoTheDist 2.1, Went!

Totals for April:

  • 298,822 steps
  • 123.44 miles walked

Personal Q2 goals, you are well in sight. As is the official #GoTheDist goal of 350 miles walked.

If I’d realized how close I was to 300K steps or 125 miles walked this month I’d have figured out a way to get them. But this is still very good. Thank you this past weekend!

#GoTheDist Q1 in the books

while I hit my official #GoTheDist goal (2 a few days early, I did not hit my personal goal.

My personal Q1 2014 goals were:

  • 700,000 steps
  • 300 miles walked and
  • 75 miles on the bike.

Totals for March:

  • 242,500 steps
  • 100.84 miles walked
  • 17.82 miles biked

Totals for Q1 2014:

  • 593,712 steps
  • 250.93 miles walked
  • 103.81 miles biked

I could blame the 3.5 days lost, or the eleventy billion polar vortices, but it is what it is. Not dwelling on it. I did top Q1 2013 (61.88 miles walked) in a huge way so I’m calling that a win.

Official Q2 goal is 350 miles walked.  My 2013 Q2 results were:

  • 300.5 miles walked
  • 98.36 miles biked

With that, I’m setting my personal goal as:

  • 700,000 steps
  • 400 miles walked
  • 125 miles biked

I do think that’s attainable. The weather is better and I’ll have a full three months of FitBit Flex data.

I’ve also been on a huge green drink kick and I’m doing the #SimpleGreenSmoothie challenge. THis is the year I will hit goal.