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The new scale discrepancy phenomenon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I've slept only 6h tonight, and I was a bit tired all day.

I was energized after the run yesterday, but still, the shortage on sleep was not good. I think the next step, after the spring challenge and reaching my target goal, will be to improve on sleep.

My Omron BF511 scale arrived today. It can measure:

1. Weight
2. Body fat %
3. BMI
4. Visceral fat%
5. Sceletal muscle %
6. Resting metabolism kcal
So with this, I will be able to track better what is happening.

The weight measurement was clearly not enough in the last month, as my body weight barely changed, but my shape, endurance and all other parameters I am sure were changing.

What is silly, that my existing Soehnle and new Omron scale shows 0.5-1.1 kg difference in the result.
* The Soehnle scale has a precision of +/- 0.5 kg => 82.0 +/-0.5 == 81.5-82.5 (179.3-181.5 lbs)
* The Omron has +/- 1% precision (+/-0.8kg at 80 kg). => 83.6 +/-0.8 == 82.8 - 84.4 (181.2-185.7 lbs)
So, the ranges don't overlap. :-( Probably the Soehnle measured 82.2 or similar (with a 0.5 precision), which was rounded to 82.0.
At work, we have scales that measure with 0.01 kg precision (10g) even in the hundreds of kg range, but they cost several thousand Euros.

So, I'm thinking now what to do, because I've been tracking since January with the Soehnle scale. Maybe I finish tracking with the original scale the Spring 5% challenge, then I make a closure, and set up a new weight goal.

As for exercise, I was super tired, I felt zero energy to do any kind of workout. But then, I thought I just make a small walk, and got started. So, I did a 30 min (3km) vigorous walk.

View near Gleisdorf

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ON2GOALS 6/22/2011 11:55AM

    Wow - precision instuments! I'm in agreement with your friends, as far as staying with the Soehnle for now for the 5% challenge.
Fabulous job on the vigorous walk.

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CONFIDO999 6/22/2011 11:50AM

    That is a good plan for your scales. Use the older one, then switch to the new at a good point.

You are such an inspiration--exercising even with zero energy!! Way to go!

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LAURIE9404 6/21/2011 9:21PM

    That's one heck of a scale. Let me know what you think - if it is useful with all that information. I think that since the Spring 5% challenge is almost complete for this 8 weeks, you might want to stick with your weigh-ins on the old scale then make the adjustments. That's not to say that you don't get to play with your new toy. That's the best part of this! New healthy lifestyle toys that we love! Way to go!

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ECASPERS 6/21/2011 8:25PM

    Wow - talk about precision. I would stay with the old scale until a new goal is set. You are doing a great job - keep it up. emoticon

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FLPALM 6/21/2011 4:38PM

    Oliver, I am so proud of your accomplishments! Walking, even though were tired....you have become so positive!!! As for the scale, you might be on the right track. Use the "older scale" then start the "NEW SCALE" at a certain time! No matter what the scale says...I SAY "GREAT JOB!"

Keep it going,


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Running: new record in distance

Monday, June 20, 2011

Today, I have started to run only 7K, but somehow I was in a good mood and good energy level, and I ran 14K. It didn't feel difficult at all, but on the last few kms I paid attention to step softly on my knees.

As I was running in a hilly region, my speed varied a lot between 6-7 min/km, and my heart rate also varied between 150-175 bpm.

Today, my Omron blood pressure monitor also arrived, so I will be able to measure those, too.

About 6km from Gleisdorf

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2011 4:06PM

    emoticon emoticon

You are high energy! I just got back from a 2 hour 10K walk and find your time and distant amazing!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 8:47AM

    Joggaholics, lol I like that one for the Urban Dictionary! I wonder if it's in there already? You are my running role model emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 6/20/2011 8:09PM

    Seems like you are running some pretty respectable times. And you better be careful or else you're going to become the proud owner of every running toy on the market and you'll have to anxiously wait with baited breath for the next new gizmach to be released.

Makes me very happy to see how you've adapted so well to running. Be smart and have fun.

Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 8:10:14 PM

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/20/2011 6:44PM

    so you're another one of those crazies who just can't get enough-- joggaholics!

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Heart rate 150-160 bpm - 5K

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's still funny for me that I had been a tourist in Budapest from Thursday to Sunday, and now I arrived home to Gleisdorf. It used to be the other way around. :-)

In the morning, I made a big walk in Budapest with my friends. This is the statue of Liberty on Gellert-hill.

Back home, I was so tired, but more mentally, I felt a great resistance to make any workout. But then I just put on all my running gear, and got down to the streets. It was good, I just run a short distance, 5K. This is crazy that I write this "a short distance, 5K". I made so much progress since end of April, when I started to run.

My Zephyr heart rate monitor just arrived. It connects via Bluetooth to my phone, and I can follow up during exercise, and then check the graphs in endomondo.com.
Before running, my HR was ~90 bpm, and when running, 150-160 bpm. I still have to look up some background info on what is healthy and recommended.

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:47PM

    That so amazing that you still ran even though you didn't want to, and that you think of 5K as a short distance now!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 8:18AM

    I can't wait until my "short distance" is a 5K! You rock!

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KALISWALKER 6/20/2011 3:12PM

    5K is 5K! emoticon

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 12:57PM

    I love the way you put on your running clothes even when tired and not wanting to. I would love to be able to run 5k. You have really come a long way and what is even better, you seem to love it once you get started!

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ON2GOALS 6/20/2011 10:52AM

    A "short" distance, 5K - very good progress, indeed! So you didn't feel like working out, but you put on your running clothes any way and headed out the door. This is great advice for everyone, definitely for me!

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I'm persistent (Spring 5%, W7 D1)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

(Sat 18 Jun 2011)

One of the key learning about myself on the training of the last three days is that I'm persistent.
Maybe this is why running works for me?
Or healthy lifestyle in general.
I see myself only doing small things, just a small step each time. Time to time I add a new healthy habit to the repertoire.
And it seems to work.

This is a tree I was sitting nearby before my run today. It looks like a persistent tree.

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 12:40PM

    I need to be more persistent. You are an inspiration for that!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/19/2011 4:12PM

    Baby steps will get you as strong as that tree. Have a great week!

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FLPALM 6/19/2011 2:53PM

    Hi Oliver, Great idea of small steps, but being persistant! Your doing a GREAT JOB!! Keep on Sparkling!!!

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BEATLETOT 6/18/2011 8:22PM

    I love the picture of the tree!

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Best place for exercise

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tonight I practiced the "Best place for exercise - anywhere" habit I learned recently. A friend of mine was about driving me home, but I decided to walk home instead. It was 50 min walk, which was very nice, and was a good fit in my daily dose of 10 min exercise.

In the restaurant tonight, I asked for a fruit entree that was not even on the menu, and I got a surprise very nice salad plate. For the main dish, I asked not to bring half of the side dishes. For drinks, I stayed with water. For the last drink, first I ordered some Jagermeister (short drink), but then I asked them to cancel it and bring some water. My initial need of choosing a short drink was already met, but I realized I don't want to drink it. Some weeks ago this was new to me, I just observed that choosing healthy menu options, and ask for something healthy that is not on the menu goes naturally now. I'm happy this habit is already in my repertoire.

Part of my journey home:

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:51PM

    I'm still always a little embarassed to ask for something that's not on the menu or ordering things special ways (no butter, no salt, etc). But I do it anyway, and just deal with feeling embarassed, and hope that soon I won't feel embarassed about it anymore!

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/18/2011 10:57AM

    Nice -- you're making conscious choices for your health and that's always a good thing.

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ON2GOALS 6/18/2011 9:04AM

    Great habits - great choices! emoticon

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