This is the first month we’ve had maintenance anniversaries to announce, and no SP to announce it on…
It saddens me to know that many of the people on the Hall of Fame won’t see us celebrating their anniversary when it comes around, since few have provided a URL or place to find them. So I’ll try a few things besides announcing it on the Google group, including posting an announcement here.
If you happen to see this and are in touch with former Sparkers elsewhere*, such as on FB, or MFP, or any other place, please feel free to copy and re-post, to spread the word!
*And if they have a visible profile at this -elsewhere-, please encourage them to update their maintenance info to include a URL to it, so anyone else on that platform can also congratulate them! ❤️
– The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80%+ to 95% (various sources). – When you’ve maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%.* – When you’ve maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%!*
*This group is agnostic with regard to tracker and/or fitness platform. Our members are using: LoseIt, MFP, Cronometer, FatSecret, MyNetDiary, 1st Phorm, etc. We encourage folks to use whatever works best for them, personally. The main thing is having the support of other maintainers, people who get what it’s like, to be in this for the long haul. 💖
After being gypped 0.2 miles on Friday (my Vivofit3 counting steps vs his Forerunner45 using GLONASS+GPS), I started trying to figure out how to get a more accurate estimate for my stride.
Unfortunately Garmin doesn’t report the steps per activity, at least for a Vivofit3. But it does have the ability to display steps during an activity. (Note – the settings make it look like you can choose to see both estimated distance AND steps on the little screen but toggling “activity distance” *on* in practice toggles “activity steps” *off*, and vice versa.)
So, *armed* with this knowledge (pun partially intended) and with the Vivofit3 set to display steps, H and I took a walk together, clocking “start” simultaneously and pausing at the end long enough for the Vivofit3 to catch up with its step count:
There. Now we have a more accurate distance, coupled with the step count the Vivofit3 clocked. (The Vivofit3 thinks we only went 0.92 miles 😡)
The Connect phone app will calculate stride but it needs the distance in feet. so we do a conversion.
Technically I could have converted to km and m, but this is Amurika, where we continue to insist on using an outdated pre-Napoleonic system of measurement that pretty much the rest of the world has wisely abandoned decades ago. Don’t get me started on that…
So now, as soon as Garmin resolves its outage 🙄, I can upload my stride to my Vivofit3 and get proper credit for my distances. At least for 1 mi walks on level dirt roads… LOL All bets are off if the walks are longer and I’m tired or going up a grade. 😏 By the time that will matter, I’ll be ready for my own gps tracker.
This one is inspired by ALICIA363. Here are my badges and caterpillars! 😁
Garmin likes to gameify incentives to move and we could get a “point” for earning a “badge” for doing a 3-mile “walk” this weekend. I need two “points” to go from “level 2” to “level 3.” (Can you tell from my quotes I’m a looking a little askance at this gamification stuff? LOL). Still, it got me out there, so there’s that.
So I decided to go for it. I haven’t walked that far all at once in a long while. And I only really started walking much at all again, in February.
So it was going to be a challenge but I suspected I could manage it. I was right.
Along the way there was a lot of milkweed. Instead of looking for frass on the ground, I just looked for chewed leaves. And once we started seeing that, there were monarch caterpillars EVERYWHERE!
It’s pretty scenic in places, too. I was glad we brought bug swatters because the mosquitoes were pretty thick in some places, and every once in a while a deer fly would buzz above my left ear. I had one following me like that for a quarter mile, before I got it.
I also discovered that my stride must be set wrong on my vivofit. H was along too, and his Forerunner has GPS. His watch says we went 3.37 miles. The vivofit (which just counts steps) says we went 3.17 miles. I have some math to do!
Overall, not a bad excursion. A little sore, but in a good way. And I got to see stuff. 😀
Update: DOVESEYES’ comment intrigued me. I had no idea there were monarchs in Oz and NZ!
Eileen (BROOKLYN_BORN) has requested instructions for commenting on this blog. So I opened up Microsoft Edge, and and took some screenshots of the process, the way it will look for someone who is not logged into a browser. Hope this helps!
First, navigate to the blog of interest. Click on the title of the post you want to read / comment on.
When the blog post is open, scroll down to the comments section, which will start with, “X (number) of thoughts on [Post title]”
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You’re in the right place when you see, “Leave a Reply” and a box for entering text
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If you are logged into any of those platforms, you will see a note underneath the comment box telling you which account you’re currently logged in as, and giving you the option to log out and/or enter the fields manually, by clicking “Change”.
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Everything we do here serves multiple purposes, if I can manage it…including growing pole beans.
Since our house is passive solar, the front is (mostly) oriented to the south. The “mostly” is another story that I won’t get into here.
Anyway, in the summer any extra shade we can get on that side of the house helps keep us cool. It also means we also can sometimes lift the exterior shade in front of that window, to see out. (Or nap in front of the window, if there’s nothing interesting out there at the moment)
I like to grow beans for shade so we can also EAT the results! Today was our first “real” harvest (other than “testing” one now and then). That right there is sunlight shaded from our house, converted into 136g of fresh, crispy green beans. Yum. 😉