Because I have this cool little pedometer with a lot of functions for telling me how far I’ve walked, and how many calories I burned during that walk, I’m starting to get a feel for how far I’ll have to walk to “burn” some of the things I’m not supposed to be eating to begin with. Like the package of Famous Amos cookies I got from the vending machine at work. That’ll take about five miles.
I’ll put that on the schedule for next week.
One of the things I find a little inconvenient about the pedometer is the fact that it doesn’t have any kind of clip for attaching it to my waistband or anything. Of course it’s really handy for carrying in a pocket, except that I don’t wear pants with pockets. Not fond of stashing stuff in my undergarments, either. I carry it in a “fanny pack” when I take Junior to the park for our walks, and I don’t know if that causes it to count extra steps, or fewer than I actually take. I think it’s close enough, though, considering I had no idea before how far I was walking if I wasn’t on the trail at Veteran’s Park, which is a one mile loop. If you go off on one of the little side loops there, there’s no way to know how much extra distance you’re covering.
I’ve found that “helpful” little signposts listing distances for trails at the parks I go to aren’t helpful at all. If the “green” trail is half a mile, that’s great, except when you can’t find any green trail markers. I’ve decided that it’s best to be self-sufficient and chart my own distances. I even have a little notebook in my fanny pack so I can write down all the data from my pedometer when I get back to the car — because I can’t upload it from the pedometer to my computer. And because carrying the extra weight of the notebook also burns calories (maybe nano-calories — it’s a tiny little notebook). But, hey, every little bit helps when you’ve got cookies to burn.