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3 minutes ago, das@das said:

Ah yes, kitty litter. There's nothing quite like an over glorified bag of sand to apply strain to your muscles by moving it.

Now that you mention it, I also have a 50 lb bag of sand somewhere in the garage. 😛 What is this, selective amnesia targeted at all the things I don’t like carrying around?

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Workouts and calorie counting continue apace.

 

I decided to work on something my boss was paying attention to right before lunch on Wednesday, so I did not got my afternoon off. :( A replay of the same thing happened this morning with my boss wanting to get things done “this afternoon”, but as of 1pm no one pinged me for anything. Given that we’re at a “I need feedback” stage, I’m going to call this a fair early start to a long weekend.

 

I finally have specific things to look forward to! My belly dance classes are starting back up online in a couple of weeks. It’ll be disappointing not to get to actually see everyone, but nice to at least get something back.

 

I also heard this morning that Minneapolis is opening up some socially distanced open water swimming at one of the lakes. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. On the one hand, exposure risk and a half hour drive. On the other hand, it’s outside and it’s been so long since I’ve swum. There’s no word on my pool opening back up and, even when it does, open water is likely safer. So I don’t know what I want to do yet.

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37 minutes ago, delalana said:

I also heard this morning that Minneapolis is opening up some socially distanced open water swimming at one of the lakes. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. On the one hand, exposure risk and a half hour drive. On the other hand, it’s outside and it’s been so long since I’ve swum. There’s no word on my pool opening back up and, even when it does, open water is likely safer. So I don’t know what I want to do yet.

 

That is great news!  If you are a strong swimmer and can hang out in the deeper water, it should be fine.  Are there usually large crowds at your lakes?

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On 5/22/2020 at 2:59 PM, delalana said:

There’s no word on my pool opening back up and, even when it does, open water is likely safer. So I don’t know what I want to do yet.

 

Not sure if you are looking for opinions on this or not. If yes, my opinion is that the pool itself is probably relatively safe. I would just minimize my time on deck and in the locker room.

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1 hour ago, Xena said:

 

Not sure if you are looking for opinions on this or not. If yes, my opinion is that the pool itself is probably relatively safe. I would just minimize my time on deck and in the locker room.

I was, in a very non-direct way. My main concern with the pool is just wondering when it’ll open. It’s in a community center and the other half of the deck is dedicated to a water playground type pool, so that could push the opening date out. But maybe they’ll open the pool for laps only ahead of time...

 

On 5/22/2020 at 2:38 PM, Kestrel Grey said:

 

That is great news!  If you are a strong swimmer and can hang out in the deeper water, it should be fine.  Are there usually large crowds at your lakes?

I’m not sure with this one. The local lake hasn’t been too bad, but the bigger/more popular lakes near Minneapolis (like the one that’s hosting the open water swimming) may be a different story. Last I heard (March or early April) another lake right outside Minneapolis was so crowded it was hard to social distance even if you wanted to. That was the walking trails, though, so the in water population might be different, too.

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Have not been specifically watching calories yesterday or today, but ate pretty much as usual with the exception of chocolate chip pancakes for  breakfast. According to my scale, though, I gained 4.5 lbs between yesterday and this morning. I’m going to just file that under interesting quirks that are probably a sign that I need to drink more water during the work week. And maybe not pull out the scale nearly every day.

 

We got some unexpected sunshine, so I got to go out for both a kayak and a bike ride today. Being back on the water was rejuvenating and so far I’ve completely avoided sunburn and only have one teeny tiny blister. During the bike ride, I rediscovered my terrible sense of direction and got partial tours of two lakes and a bunch of ponds. Rather longer than the original plan of one lake and one pond. It was fun, but now I’m thoroughly tired.

 

It is a gorgeous evening and they keep pushing out the rain prediction. Maybe we’ll actually get to see the sun tomorrow. :)

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It might be a sign you need a more precise scale. I use a doctor’s style balance.

If you want to social distance, stay away from the Minneapolis lakes. Our beaches are officially closed for the summer.

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For me some fairly big daily fluctuations can be normal, so when I'm tracking weight, I tend to weigh myself more often and take weekly averages. I believe the averages.

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This week I dropped the weight I gained last week, so happy with that. It looks like part of the variability of my scale is due to placement. I don’t have a great place to keep it out on the floor, so it normally lives under the sink and gets put down manually every time I want to use it. This morning I accidentally kicked it a couple inches out of place after I’d weighed in the first time. When I stepped back on it, the new weight was nearly 1 pound higher than the old. So, depending on how much work I can get the app to do for me, I think I’ll take @Xena’s suggestion of taking an average over the course of the week or just mentally smooth out the trend line.

 

Other than that, yesterday morning’s home improvement project turned into all day yesterday and a little bit today, so lunch yesterday was not a thing and dinner was pizza. I still have the leftovers, so I’ll work through those in the next couple of days and maybe limit things a bit more next weekend, depending on how I feel when I get there. Workout did not happen yesterday (although I did manage to pull a muscle with all of the maneuvering around under the sink), but I should be able to make up for that today.

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I used to have a scale that would vary by pounds based on foot placement (i.e. parallel vs heals closer together). Now i have the opposite problem, my current scale gets stuck on a number. I've gotten the exact same number 5 days in a row which can't be right. It'll start to go to a number high or lower then whatever it's stuck on, then settle on the previous number. I don't know if it's intentional to smooth out normal fluctuations, but as someone who has often weighed daily for years it's frustrating to not see those normal fluctuations and question the scales accuracy

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@Maigs - your scale is trying to get rid of randomness. If you’re close to the last reading you get the old one. When I used a digital scale and got a duplicate reading I’d grab a 5# dumbbell, reweigh, and then reweigh again to get the real reading.

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4 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

Is your floor not very even? That is a big fluctuation for 30 seconds apart. 

It’s not bad from a human standpoint, but it’s a bunch of 11”(ish) tiles, so there is some slight height variation. That and I’m not sure if storing the scale on its side is bad for it. My old scale recalibrated itself every time someone stepped off it, so I would hop on and off before I weighed myself.

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4 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

@Maigs - your scale is trying to get rid of randomness. If you’re close to the last reading you get the old one. When I used a digital scale and got a duplicate reading I’d grab a 5# dumbbell, reweigh, and then reweigh again to get the real reading.

 

Interesting!!! I bought a new scale a few months ago and it does the same thing. I'll try that trick.

 

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7 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

@Maigs - your scale is trying to get rid of randomness. If you’re close to the last reading you get the old one. When I used a digital scale and got a duplicate reading I’d grab a 5# dumbbell, reweigh, and then reweigh again to get the real reading.

I've tried that (I used to do it when my old scale would go wonky and for a while it seemed to help) but this scale still snaps back to whatever it's decided I weigh that particular week

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Continuing the scale analysis, I weighed myself three times this morning - without moving the scale in the middle this time - and the measurements came within a .3 lb range. That seems decent to me, although I really have no idea of what’s a good precision target for a scale. 
 

The scale did go up overall from when I weighed in on Tuesday morning, but that’s not entirely surprising given the leftover pizza that I’ve been eating the past few days. For fun, I did put the calories in and it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Yesterday I had a normal breakfast and lunch and a reasonable portion of pizza (read: about 2/3 of what I actually wanted), and it only put me over by about 100 calories for the day.

 

 Also, I finally got a haircut scheduled!

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Following, if that's OK. :) I really like seeing MacGyvering happen ánd I have been considering throwing the digital and analog scale I have been weighing myself in a corner lately. Maybe investing in a doctor's scale sometime is not a bad idea...

 

As much as I like to go by photos and measurements, I still use the scale and get frustrated with having to step off and on again weighted at least thrice before I am satisfied it's showing me the right number. (And by the "right" number I don't mean the lowest one of the three :D )

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4 hours ago, Sloth the Enduring said:

Hey Delalana. How are you doing? Is your neighborhood safe?

Thanks for checking in. We’re OK out here. On the surface things don’t seem much different and it’s easy to feel like Minneapolis is so far away. But, then, there’s a city wide 8 pm curfew, I watched the gas station less than a block from a friend’s old apartment burn down on the local news last night (the friend lives in Chicago these days and is fine), and a friend in Seward checked in this morning saying, “We’re alive. It’s chaos.”

 

So I’m ok. Just worried and sad for everyone who’s affected by everything far more directly than I am.

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5 hours ago, analoggirl said:

Following, if that's OK. :) I really like seeing MacGyvering happen ánd I have been considering throwing the digital and analog scale I have been weighing myself in a corner lately. Maybe investing in a doctor's scale sometime is not a bad idea...

 

As much as I like to go by photos and measurements, I still use the scale and get frustrated with having to step off and on again weighted at least thrice before I am satisfied it's showing me the right number. (And by the "right" number I don't mean the lowest one of the three :D )

Welcome :) I don’t have the patience for many analog things these days (I can read a clock, but the time it takes me to do so is measured in seconds.) There’s a doctors scale at the gym at work, so I’m planning on comparing that to the new scale I have at home whenever I get back to the office.

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Everything was quiet here last night and much calmer in Minneapolis and St. Paul as well. Curfew is still in effect for tonight.

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Scale went up from last week. Not really a surprise given that my emotional coping mechanisms still revolve more than they should around deep fried chicken. May was not a fun month for all kinds of reasons and I’m really hoping June doesn’t follow along the same path.

 

I took a series of readings on both Sunday and  Monday mornings. On Sunday the readings were all within 0.1 lbs and on Monday there was a 0.3 drop after the first reading, but the four after that were all within 0.1 lbs of each other. As far as the fancier portion of the readings went, fat mass varied by 0.4% across the last four readings.

 

I’m trying to get back to the point where it feels like I, as opposed to depression brain, am in control of my life, so goals for today are to eat leftovers for lunch and dinner and to do a load of dishes from what’s been piling up in my kitchen. Lunch is done, leaving dinner and dishes to go.

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Today is so far going better than yesterday.

 

Yesterday my food intake wasn’t great, but I did manage to avoid fried foods and get a load of dishes done. One more load and I should be either almost or completely back to having a clean kitchen.

 

I don’t have specific goals for today, aside from a general “avoid the deep fried chicken” goal that was already tested when I had to drive in to work this morning. But 9:30 is not lunchtime. I need to drive in again soon, since I couldn’t find what I was looking for the first time, and hopefully the Perkins will be easier to ignore this time. To that end, I have already eaten lunch, so at least I won’t have that excuse.

 

I should probably add a workout to the daily goals list...

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Good work on thoughtful eating. Those victories on tough days are worth a great deal.

 

1 hour ago, delalana said:

 

I should probably add a workout to the daily goals list...

You can do it!

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