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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Check my Math?

I don't think my step counter has been working properly, especially when I walk on the treadmill  It doesn't matter how fast I'm walking or what my stride is, each .01 of a mile is two steps; that would make it 20 steps for each .10,  or 200 steps.   So multiplying the 200 steps (.1 mile) times 10, would equal one mile at 2000 steps.  Does this make sense?   I am good at some types of math and not so good at others, and i have been counting this in my sleep and always come up with the same answer.

So today I walked 2.1 miles and the counter was barely over 1000 steps, which included what I had walked up to the time I got to the gym.  I think the same thing happened yesterday as the number of steps was low and should have included walking around Michaels and Target, but I'm sure it was way low.  I may be wearing the counter in the wrong spot - supposedly it should be approximately in line with the seam line in the center of your pants leg, or halfway between your middle and side.  I will try for a few more days to see if I can get it to be more accurate and then what do I do.  Back in the late 1990's I owned two pedometers, both gave accurate and almost identical readings.  They involved counting strides, so I had to divide the total number by my stride, which was 2-1/2' at that time.  It has shortened up considerably since then, but stride is not part of the equation on this counter.   Why is it that as things get more technical and can give you more and more information, you still can't rely on them!

The good thing is that my legs don't ache as much today - yet.

I took my car in for an oil change this morning; I had the last change in May and had driven approx. 3000 miles between then and now.  That car needs a good trip somewhere!

I want to take my granddaughter Alyssa out one afternoon this week when she gets off school - maybe wander through the dollar store and stop for ice cream.   We are both the oldest kids in our families, with our parents all being middles or babies, and no one except another oldest can understand the stress we bear having to be mature and give good example all the time.  I want to keep track of how she is doing, although I really can offer no advice (except grin and bear it, and it will make you stronger, yada, yada, yada).   She needs to vent once in a while to someone who understands.

This has been mostly a dreary looking day with a few sprinkles every now and then, but it doesn't feel quite as cold as it has lately, and will be a few degrees warmer tomorrow.  Of  course nothing lasts for very long and we'll be back into the upper 40's for the weekend.  

I get a daily blurb from the Sierra Club, and today's offering is this quote:
"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
~ Henry David Thoreau"

I got a kick out of reading this - what a twit Thoreau was!  Wouldn't we all love to spend 4 hours a day (at least) absolutely free from all worldly engagements.   Maybe when we are sleeping (unless you're a new Mom or Dad).

A comment on my last post was about difficulties with Blogger.  You should use AOL.  I have been writing them for the past several years, that when I click REPLY to an email, the cursor is now sitting on the SEND button for the reply (but it isn't visible until I move it).  If I remember I move the cursor away from that demented spot, but I often forget and then in the middle of typing my reply the darned thing decides to SEND.   The last time I sent feedback to AOL they responded by saying they could not change that  feature, but would take my other suggestions into consideration!  All they would have to do is to move the options, i.e., SEND, SAVE, SPELLING, and DELETE over one space.  Not being a developer I don't know exactly how to do this, but they are making the bucks to figure it out and I feel AOL is really unconcerned with customer satisfaction - unless of course, you are using your smartphone for everything.  All the changes and modifications seem to be for the benefit of phone users, and I even received that excuse from one complaint I made about another issue.   Sorry, we are modifying this to enable users of smart phones......   They get us hooked on the convenience of computers, email, etc., and then do what they damned please and leave us in the lurch.  I sure wish I had an alternative, especially for email.  I'm trying to use gmail more often but I dislike it since they reduced the working area to - you got it - to be used on phones.

I think all this walking makes me grouchy!


  1. Years ago I was a power walker and I do mean years ago, I had a step counter and it was easy to use and sure worked great. I can't remember what happened to it but was never able to find another one anywhere. Tried a few and just gave up. My daughter bought me a fit bit they work really good. they have cheaper ones and they are great too.

    1. I've often thought of buying a FitBit, but they cost a lot, and have way more functions than I would ever want or use. I was so excited to find a pedometer that only counts steps, but if I can't rely on it? From now on I may take it off when walking at the gym because I can figure my steps there, and I guess all the other steps are close enough.

  2. I thought of a fitbit too but I don't like bracelets on my arms all the time and don't want or need all the bells and whistles. I love my Omron pedometer. I wear it hooked on my waistband or pocket and it counts between about 2000 and 2300 steps per mile depending on whether I am walking determinedly or just strolling. It was easy to set up.

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    1. I like that I can count with total accuracy the steps I take on the treadmill, and just hope I'm close with all the others.

  4. I agree Technology can be very frustrating sometimes. When I was working (10 years ago now) I was always so up-to-date on everything. Now that I don't use it very much it is just so very frustrating and I don't know if I have to much electricity in my body or what but nothing ever works smoothly when I go to up date or do anything with any of my devices.

    1. I feel like I did a brain dump when I retired. From being the "go to" person on computer issues, I became the world's biggest dummy! I have no interest in keeping up with those tech stuff these days. And I ignore notices of updates as long as I can, because I know if I update then I won't recognize the original program. I wish they would just call a moratorium on updating anything for a while.

  5. I bet Alyssa will enjoy the bonding time spent with you, you are a good grandmother!

    My car is in definitive need of an oil change but the weather is horrible today and for the next couple of days, so it will have to wait.