Daily Archives: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

How I log things – 2013 version

Regular readers will have noticed I’m giving a lot more gory details of my activity these days. I thought it might be interesting to describe how I keep track of things now.

Weight – the Withings scale automagically uploads to my account there. I still log one daily figure in my spreadsheet, but I’m beginning to think of the Withings chart as the definitive record.

Steps – I’m generally remembering to attach the Fitbit to my belt. This talks to the iPhone app, which automagically uploads to the website.

Walking – I prefer to use the Garmin app, as it’s much better for including information in posts. There is a way of doing this from Runkeeper, but it’s pretty messy…

The clever bit is fitting most of it together. The Withings account can talk to and from Runkeeper, so my Withings iPhone app can show activity and weight in one place, which is handy. And I’ve set the Garmin account to automatically update Runkeeper with each walk.

Oh, and the Fitbit account gets the weight updates from Withings, so that’s another place I can see multiple sources of information.

Having set all this up, it means I don’t have to go to any great effort to have all the information safely logged. So long as I remember to clip on the Fitbit and to step on the scale, the basics happen automatically.

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 January 2013

Weight: 218.3 pounds (15 stone 8.3 pounds, 99 kg)
Steps taken: 10,503
Exercise: Multiple walks!
Update: that’s the second time I’ve managed to post one of these without a title. Brain going, etc…

Down this evening, which may be related to some activity.

I walked as far as Gateshead this morning, then got the Metro to Central, as I needed to collect some tickets from the magic machine[1]. I walked to the office from there, which is a moderate distance. Here’s what Garmin made of it (the straight line being the Metro bit):

Walked to work

Walked to work

At lunchtime, I had a bit of a wander with the Canon 5D Mark III and the Holga DSLR Wheel thingy.  I tested all the options on both wheels, and got some moderately pleasing pictures, including this multiple clock:

Got the time?

Got the time?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter speed: 1/15s
ISO: 400
Location: 54° 58.4597′ 0″ N 1° 36.7062′ 0″ W
Taken: 9 January, 2013

And this starburst effect has a certain something:

Starburst

Starburst

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter speed: 1/100s
ISO: 12800
Location: 54° 58.3976′ 0″ N 1° 36.7732′ 0″ W
Taken: 9 January, 2013

I haven’t done any significant processing on these – that would be a bit silly, really. Looking at the serious vignettes here, it looks like the toy would be more suited to a camera with a smaller sensor, but i still like the low-fi grungy sort of look. Even if it is a very silly thing to do with a high-end full-frame DSLR.

I remembered to start the Garmin app again just before I began taking photographs, so here’s the evidence of that:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

And finally, in a surprise development, I was persuaded to walk home. It was good practice for my new shoes, I suppose..

Walked Home

Walked Home

Can this possibly continue?

[1] Not for me this time. I won’t be travelling for a few weeks at least…