Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Little Somethin'-Somethin': The Simple Woman's Daybook

If you would like to join in and post your own Daybook, please head on over to visit Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Outside my window  Summer heat continues with a little less humidity.

I am thinking...  about my trip.  I'm an odd combination of excitement and nerves.
I am thankful...  Oh man!  So much to be thankful for.  The Lord has certain gone before me in preparing for my move. 
  • He turned the prospect of a very expensive car repair into a $5.00 part and $35.00 in labor.
  • He's provided some very nice new-to-me clothing.
  • He's helped me lose more than 25 pounds since the beginning of the year so I would be ready to fit into those clothes when they were offered.
  • He's provided a cooler for my food and drinks for the trip.
  • He's provided gas money for the trip.
Who knows what other great things will come my way before I leave. 
From the Workshop... I'm working on a couple of little something-somethings.  Here's a little peek:

I'll let you see the finished products when they're...well...finished.  I'm planning to finish up before I depart.

I am reading...

Currently off the shelf (among the pile):

I was about 2/3 through this one when I ran out of time.
Now I'm number 33 on the waiting list to get it again.  #NerdIssues

Books I've finished since my last Daybook:
  • Better Than Before. by Gretchen Rubin.  My review is here.
  • Jayber Crow. by Wendell Barry.  My review is here.

I am learning... even more to trust in God.

I am looking forward to... 
  • The next two weeks.  They will prove to have some sadness in that I will be saying a lot of goodbyes to the people I love.  But the good news is that I will saying a lot of hellos to new friends and a brand new life.
  • The Woodstock 5k this weekend.
  • Painting at Paintology 101 this weekend.
  • Getting some much needed rest and time off from getting up at the apex of dawn's butt crack before I head out west.

And now for something totally different...

This month, I decided to take on a couple of my 101 in 1001 challenges.  I was successful in completing my 30 days of 10,000 steps challenge.  Well, I actually attempted 31 days since it's July and number nerd can't leave anything out.  The goal was to attempt to walk 10,000 steps a day:

Total Steps Completed:  315,202
Daily Average Steps:  10,167.8 steps per day

Ok, so on average, I did complete 10,000 steps per day (yay average!).  However, I learned a few things in the process.  First, the step counts were calculated from the FitBit Flex I was given a few years ago.  Second, unlike the newer FitBits, if you're not careful, you can unknowingly cheat on your steps and it can unknowingly cheat you out of steps and/or active minutes (boo, cheating!).  I learned I had to take the tracker off it I was going to crochet or rock in a rocking chair because it counted those activities as steps and active minutes.  HOWEVER, things like riding a bike didn't count towards steps or active minutes.


So, do I give up and call the tracker's data as bogus.  Yes, at least for daily use.  I will use it mostly when I'm exercising and need to keep track of steps that are really steps.  But, the point of these trackers (for me, anyway) isn't preciseness, but accountability and progress.  In other words, even if the tracker is off by a few steps, having it on reminded me to get up and move more, something I need since desk jockeying is part of my job.  This was a rough month where designated workouts just did not happen. Maybe it's psychosomatic, but it seemed like I felt better because I was adding a little extra movement to my daily routine.

Today, I didn't wear the tracker, but still found myself getting up and walking around even more.  Hopefully this challenge has helped me create another healthy habit.


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  1. I enjoyed reading your post today. I stopped by from the Daybook link. Best wishes on your journey.
    Kathy (Reflections by Kathy)