I haven’t done one of these forever basically because I’ve been slacking.  I haven’t been doing any formal workouts at all.  Trying to get back to form now.

I’ve been doing more walking in the morning because I’ve been having to walk Freckles.  She decided a few weeks ago that it would just be easier on everyone if she didn’t go outside to go to the bathroom anymore.  She could just go downstairs in the sewing room.  It wasn’t cold outside.  She didn’t care if we were home or not.  She wasn’t acting like she was doing anything bad.  She honestly seemed to think that she had had a brilliant insight and was shocked that we weren’t agreeing.

So, under the principle that a tired dog is a well behaved dog, we instituted morning and evening walks.  Usually we just let her out in the backyard to run around.  I do mornings.  We go from 0.5 miles to 1.5 miles depending on weather.  This seems to have solved the problem.


I swam some laps.  I haven’t done that in a few months.  On the third length my arms pointed this fact out to me.  I ended up doing 10 laps (500 meters) alternating 25 m breaststroke and 25 m backstroke.


Walked about 1.5 miles at the gym.  I lose track of the laps all the time.  Mixed in walking lunges and some body weight Bulgarian split squats.

I got a new Fitbit.  I had the Zip which is the smallest one.  I really liked it but it has a battery instead of plugging in to recharge.  Every time the battery dies, it is a real problem to change the battery.  Actually, you can change the battery but it might not work.  It isn’t just me.  This is a known problem.  I’ve gotten a few free replacements from Fitbit because of it.  This time I went into my first battery change and it seemed to work.  I was thrilled.  I put it on and looked at it a little later and it said 170 steps.  That seemed a little light but I wasn’t sure.  I looked a few hours later.

It read 3 steps (not 3 steps more- 3 steps total for the day) and I’d lost 3 hours on the clock.

I was done.  I bought a new FitBit One which plugs in to charge like the older Fitbits did.

I’m going to be going to a conference in a few weeks and I always rack up major steps there.  I was actually feeling a bit odd at the idea of going without a pedometer.  If you walk a lot and it isn’t monitored, does it even count?




7 Replies to “Reader’s Workout”

  1. I love swimming but haven’t in years. I had a fitbit but sent it back because it was counting any movement I did. I sometimes got 50 steps or more from brushing my hair. If I get another one I’ll probably get a Moov.

    When my dog got older she tinkled wherever she wanted. But she was 17 1/2 years old so I didn’t get mad. I have an amazing carpet shampooer so I’d just pull it out when she did.

    Have a great week!

  2. I haven’t been swimming since summer. Even then, I do more floating around than actual swimming.
    Dogs can be odd sometimes, can’t they?

  3. This is a great post. I love swimming although I only do that during the summer on holiday. My Fitbit just adorns my wrist; I only use it for running which I’m trying to get back into but it’s been raining so far this week.

  4. I love my FitBit One. On the rare occasions that I’m not wearing it (like when it’s charging), I resent every step I take that isn’t counted.

    Happy New Year!

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