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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

No Mickey Mouse Operation Here! Counting My Steps.




This morning, at 10 a.m., I opened a box of Rice Krispies and found a Mickey Mouse pedometer (step counter) inside. I decided to give it a try and see if it recorded the number of steps accurately. I slipped in onto the waistband of my pants and walked up the 13 steps to my room. It recorded 13 steps, exactly.

I proceeded to gather the trash around the house, wash the morning dishes, threw a load of laundry in the washer, looked for something Mom had misplaced, fed the dog and cat, put the gathered trash on the sun porch, moved the clothes from the washer to the dryer and put another load in the washer, let the dog outside and back in (twice), and walked from whatever room I was in to whatever room Mom called me from.

It’s now 1:15 p.m. and the little Mickey Mouse step counter reveals 1,235 steps in just a tad more than three hours.

No, there’s no Mickey Mouse operation here, but the step counter certainly showed me why I’m exhausted by the end of the day. Can’t wait to see how many steps I’ve taken by 6 p.m. How active are you? Buy Rice Krispies and find out. :)

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3 Comments:

Blogger Twice Blessed said...

And how many did you take? ;)

2/22/2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Joanne D. Kiggins said...

3,071 steps by 6 PM that evening. I wonder how many calories I burned off with all those steps? ;)

2/23/2007 7:49 PM  
Blogger Twice Blessed said...

I have no idea Joanne! Cin knows all the techie stuff!

Thank you for the link to my Blog! I did the same. :)

2/24/2007 8:00 PM