Daily Activity Summary for October 25, 2015

Total steps: 5073
Floors climbed: 10
Calories burned: 2082
Elevation gained: 30.48 meters
Travelled: 3.8 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 829
Lightly active minutes: 157
Fairly active minutes: 0
Very active minutes: 0

October 25, 2015
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Feels like I ran a full marathon!

Today my wife went into hospital ahead of a special delivery tomorrow: yes, that’s right… Child number three!

Finally, the kids are asleep. And I feel like I ran an ultramarathon today, when my Fitbit tells me I walked a measly 9 kilometres (12,000 steps).

While my wife was getting settled in and hooked up to the baby monitor, I took the kids over the road to Denny’s. Denny’s is no longer what it was. I think they are trying to go upmarket, positioning themselves above Gusto and Jonathan’s, somewhere around Royal Host. Not that I’m a connoisseur of Japanese family restaurants. But I was surprised at having to pay more than double what we pay at Gusto for my son’s meal. 

I don’t know how my wife even managed it all those times when I went on business trips. I felt like I was being pulled in every direction. My two terrors tag-teamed me – deciding to take turns in playing up, and often giving me the double whammy of misbehaving simultaneously! It took me ten minutes just to get the kids to choose what they wanted off the menu, and even longer to choose my own!

It turned out that they were hungry. As soon as the food came, they were good as gold. For a while anyway. 

 

“You’re gonna regret letting me drink orange juice!”
  
This little madam drinks Darjeeling.
 
My wife said to me this evening: 

I’ll take the physical pain, you take the psychological pain. We should share the pain, right?  

She is the one that’s really going to run a proverbial ultramarathon tomorrow. And the nurses have promised to dutifully wake her up once an hour through the night tonight. 
But for my part, hopefully I will survive the eight to ten days until my wife gets out of the hospital! Then we can both share the joy and the pain of raising three lively… I mean… lovely kids.
I think I’m going to enjoy this paternity leave! 🙂

Daily Activity Summary for October 24, 2015

Total steps: 11902
Floors climbed: 6
Calories burned: 2577
Elevation gained: 18.29 meters
Travelled: 8.93 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 800
Lightly active minutes: 251
Fairly active minutes: 21
Very active minutes: 30

October 24, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 24, 2015

Total steps: 11406
Floors climbed: 5
Calories burned: 2516
Elevation gained: 15.24 meters
Travelled: 8.55 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 893
Lightly active minutes: 225
Fairly active minutes: 21
Very active minutes: 30

October 24, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 23, 2015

Total steps: 19227
Floors climbed: 32
Calories burned: 3174
Elevation gained: 97.54 meters
Travelled: 14.42 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 645
Lightly active minutes: 308
Fairly active minutes: 14
Very active minutes: 74

October 23, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 23, 2015

Total steps: 18970
Floors climbed: 30
Calories burned: 3116
Elevation gained: 91.44 meters
Travelled: 14.23 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 658
Lightly active minutes: 295
Fairly active minutes: 14
Very active minutes: 74

October 23, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 22, 2015

Total steps: 17064
Floors climbed: 29
Calories burned: 2916
Elevation gained: 88.39 meters
Travelled: 12.8 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 602
Lightly active minutes: 277
Fairly active minutes: 16
Very active minutes: 81

October 22, 2015
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The slow cost of eating fast food

Thanks to this great article from the BBC worldwide website, I now have a handy cheat sheet from Harvard Health Publications that details how many calories I burn depending on different exercises. 

I weigh about 70 kg, which in “old money” in 155 lb. So looking at the chart, for a 30-minute run at 8 mins per mile (my average speed), I burn 465 calories. Of course, the major caveat with this type of chart is that everyone is different. Some people have a really quick metabolism and can burn three times as many calories as others. The same can be said of the food we eat. It’s not an exact science.

Not that I eat them very often, but according to the average burn rate for a person of my weight in the chart, I would have to run about 64 minutes to burn off a Big Mac Meal or about 36 minutes for a nice bowl of Japanese tonkotsu ramen (like the one in the picture). It really is true to say “A moment on the lips equals a lifetime on the hips!” Or at least by this calculation, 20 minutes in McDonalds and a noodle shop, 100 minutes running down the road.

 Harvard Health – calorie table

Daily Activity Summary for October 10, 2015

Total steps: 6407
Floors climbed: 2
Calories burned: 2113
Elevation gained: 6.1 meters
Travelled: 4.81 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 694
Lightly active minutes: 110
Fairly active minutes: 21
Very active minutes: 19

October 10, 2015
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Daily Activity Summary for October 10, 2015

Total steps: 5700
Floors climbed: 1
Calories burned: 2017
Elevation gained: 3.05 meters
Travelled: 4.27 kilometers
Sedentary minutes: 741
Lightly active minutes: 72
Fairly active minutes: 21
Very active minutes: 19

October 10, 2015
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