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I have a FitBit Charge HR 2. I like it.  It was the second generation with a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking and the first to really do it well. I shall wear it until it dies. It was a Christmas present from Jessie a few years back. Dollars to donuts your heart rate jump was a tracker error. My FitBit does that sometimes, too, if it shifts or if I sweat too much and it messes up the light sensor the thing used to monitor heart rate. 
 

 

When it comes to foods, there’s a lot that could be at play. I think you’re right that it was a combination of a lot of things. On top of that, alcohol has the reputation for making all of that worse and not better. It doesn’t taste like it but most wine is also incredibly sugary. That’s why I like dry wines when I do have them. Sugary drinks make me sick. Soda, beer, wine, mixed drinks. If I have any of those fast, I’ll get sick. It’s why I usually don’t have more than half a drink at a time over an evening anymore. Also pasta and garbanzo beans and tomato sauce and onions. That would murder my dad, who has acid reflux and esophagus issues. He might be able to have wine or one of those things and get by but any combination of those would lead to heartburn and a gastrointestinal nightmare. Even though it does sound really good. 

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9 hours ago, Sciread77 said:

I have a FitBit Charge HR 2. I like it.  It was the second generation with a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking and the first to really do it well. I shall wear it until it dies. It was a Christmas present from Jessie a few years back. Dollars to donuts your heart rate jump was a tracker error. My FitBit does that sometimes, too, if it shifts or if I sweat too much and it messes up the light sensor the thing used to monitor heart rate. 
 

 

When it comes to foods, there’s a lot that could be at play. I think you’re right that it was a combination of a lot of things. On top of that, alcohol has the reputation for making all of that worse and not better. It doesn’t taste like it but most wine is also incredibly sugary. That’s why I like dry wines when I do have them. Sugary drinks make me sick. Soda, beer, wine, mixed drinks. If I have any of those fast, I’ll get sick. It’s why I usually don’t have more than half a drink at a time over an evening anymore. Also pasta and garbanzo beans and tomato sauce and onions. That would murder my dad, who has acid reflux and esophagus issues. He might be able to have wine or one of those things and get by but any combination of those would lead to heartburn and a gastrointestinal nightmare. Even though it does sound really good. 

 

Yup. I've noticed my tracker likes to either double or halve my HR when it's in the wrong spot or whatever. I caught it in the act just a few minutes ago. I watched it counting off a pulse at like 159, then I fidgeted with it a second and it dropped down to about 80.

 

I think the big part over the weekend was the quantity. Spaghetti with meatballs was the first plate of food I finished as a three year old, I even remember it still, and it or anything like it will always be my favorite food, and I easily overdo it. I made some more homemade pasta to take to lunch last night (and tonight) but this time I have it divided into smaller portions and it didn't cause me any issues last night. Tonight I repeat this experiment.

 

Addit: I just ordered a pasta machine.

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2 hours ago, Chris Tarly said:

 

I think the big part over the weekend was the quantity.
 

quantity is a huge thing for me. I’ve noticed this especially in the last year, I think we’re about the same age. Also, same thing on alcohol tolerance. Maybe its related to having less food in the belly, but one glass of wine, ad I’m ready for a nap.

 

and spaghetti with meatballs is also one of my MORE PLEASE foods. Its basically perfect food.
 

2 hours ago, Chris Tarly said:

 

Addit: I just ordered a pasta machine.


this is awesome! i cant wait to follow your pasta adventures! What are some pastas you want to make?

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10 hours ago, Sciread77 said:

Dollars to donuts your heart rate jump was a tracker error. My FitBit does that sometimes, too, if it shifts or if I sweat too much and it messes up the light sensor the thing used to monitor heart rate. 

Movement can affect sensors. When I'm on a Telemetry floor at the hospital (heartrate monitored with the line like in TV shows) and a patient is being moved the line goes all spiky and crazy.

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2 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Movement can affect sensors. When I'm on a Telemetry floor at the hospital (heartrate monitored with the line like in TV shows) and a patient is being moved the line goes all spiky and crazy.


So like the instantaneous heart rate versus the average for a given time period?  I’m imagining spikes and dips like the instantaneous mileage versus the trip average. 

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RE: Pasta

 

The machine I ordered can make: angel hair, spaghetti, fetuchini, lasagneta, and ravioli...So all of these. Then I'm wondering what other I can manage from there. It'd be fun and delicious to try farfale and tortelloni/tortellini... But we're missing the tube pastas: penne, mastacholi, macaroni, etc. Hmmm... gotta start somewhere.

 

I also need to expand my homemade sauce game. Some marsala would be nice.

 

RE: Sensors

 

Since I'm four weeks into procrastinating on a coursera course called "Sensors and sensor circuitry" allow me to explain...

 

<ahem>

 

**Nevermind** I don't feel like typing all that stuff right now...

 

I do think I discovered a lame superpower today though. I was watching my HR monitor as it measured, and I was trying to see if I could consciously raise my HR... I could not, but I was able to make it go lower by 10-15 bpm almost instantaneously.

 

Pretty cool huh?

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Alright. Time for the Saturday update.

 

Nutrition and Body Composition Tracking:

 

Had a really good week with nutrition: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jag6eSOsi69is3HXipmECDZzUL6E1ryeSxoKp-Y5eJI/edit?usp=sharing

 

Well mostly. I went over on dairy. And I had to add four servings of 'junk' ... last night I went to Burger King. I had a good excuse for a second... needed to break a $20 bill... I got the Impossible Whopper, the one with the veggie protein thinking it would be a slightly healthier option... Nope. Once I looked up the actual data it has almost identical nutrition info. It's only 30 calories less than a regular, and carbs, fat, and protein are nearly the same. And you'd think because it's veggie protein it would have less saturated fat... nope. On top of that it has more sodium. So if health is your main concern, this is not an option. And looking across the board at all major fast food chains that are including veggie meats, they're all doing it this way, and the impossible slider at White Castle has the same nutritional value as a double slider... SMH.

 

Also, this along with a large fry was on top of the usual lunch I bring... and that triggered some of the same indigestion symptoms as last weekend. So yes, I need to watch quantity.

 

But overall my daily average values are:

2125 Calories

112 g Pro

278 g CHO

63 g Fat

 

With that, I think if I'd avoided the junk meal, my measurements would have been better: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1auR9MMvqi4AdYN2afjqD33chhwSyB-TvUzmI7hVz42o/edit?usp=sharing

 

Weight is still dropping. I'm down 1 lb. on my rolling, weekly average. My body composition measurements are all over. But again, I think last night's junk food is puffing me up. I would not be surprised if by tomorrow the numbers shift downward. In any case it doesn't matter because only the long term trend is what matters.

 

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Wheel:

 

3 workouts:

58 min  517 cals

58          514

56          517

Total

172 min, 1548 cals, average intensity = 9.11 cals / min.

 

Lowest intensity so far. I didn't get my HR above 150 at all this week, or at least not much consistently. I could have used another workout too.

 

World Domination:

 

I don't think I've done anything productive really. I haven't worked on my online course at all this week, and I should be starting the fifth and final week.

 

I did take a book on embedded Linux to work and read/skimmed several chapters (I read all the intros and any informative text, but skimmed tutorials).

 

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Summary of the Summary:

 

Okay. Now that I've written the week's summary and looked at all the numbers I see that I totally slacked on my goals this week. That's okay. I kinda needed the break, but I'm going to step it back up this week. The one silver lining is that my weight is still moving down.

 

So here's this week's goals:

 

Nutrition:

Eliminate junk and wine.

Keep the portions normal or smaller.

 

Exercise:

Aim to increase and maybe PR on overall cardio intensity.

Do one strength or HIIT workout. (my shoulder measurment seems to be going down. I should do some presses).

 

Taking over the world:

Get to the end of week four of the course by next weekend.

 

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