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1/19/18 8:45 P

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I got my 1200 yards after work tonight. There was another swimmer doing breast stroke towards the end of my swim, and I found myself pushing hard to keep up/swim faster than him lol Nothing like secretly racing the person in the lane next to you!

Amanda, I haven't been totaling my distance over time here. 40 miles sounds like a great start!

Lapperoo, I hope you get to do more metalsmithing in your 'retirement' and enjoy the chance to do some hopefully more fulfilling work. I'm a painter and active in medieval living history, so any time someone is making artisan goods it gets my attention. Good luck with the drawing too! Learn to draw what you see, not what you think you see - which is hard to do.

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1/19/18 5:47 P

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Misfit Shine 2, Swimmer's Edition - update
I went swimming today with my tracker, swam 1500 yards, and it counted my laps accurately. (I counted myself as I swam...) It was Cool! It took a little while to sync so I could SEE that result, but I was pleased nonetheless. Hopefully I can just SWIM next time instead of feeling the need to count. I would like to just rely on the tracker to give me the number so I don't have to stress about it.

Glad to have been in the pool today. I am tracking my distance for the year on the 100-mile challenge thread for 2018. My goal is not 100, though... just 40 miles. Gotta start somewhere!

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1/19/18 11:47 A

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JAHINTZY: I too had issues of skin irritation from the silicon strap on my Fitbit and on the Withings (Nokia). I went to a watch repair shop and had them put on a metal strap and it cured the problem AND looks sooo much better.

Good luck with it.

Figure drawing/gesture drawing, wow! I was miserable and frustrated when I took that course in college. I can't draw to save my soul. The instructor came to me one day after 45 mins of attempting to draw the top of a bottle cap. It kept coming out as a circle as if being viewed just at the end, straight on. The instructor took my pencil and rapidly drew it correctly and said: "can't you see it's not a circle but an ellipse?!!" I told him if I could, why would I work at it unsuccessfully for 45 mins and only feel frustrated? My jewelry instructors have emphasized that I must work on drawing skills. I don't have to get it exact, just the basic shapes and later I can work on some details. So I am trying to do some sketching of basic shapes in various views. Most difficult for me. I've made minor improvement. I hope to sit down with a drawing book and sketch pad to do a more focused exercise. I have a book made for jewelry students and in my new free time about to hit, will use a part of it for just that.

My husband is an international specialist in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia (ME for you Brits & Canadians). He is retiring and we are selling the practice to another physician in just a few weeks. I have been my husband's practice manager for decades, worked for other physicians as a consultant in setting up their offices or to straighten out problems within the practice/ My degrees are in art history and another in interior design. I also have an associates degree in applied sciences--today that would be similar to a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) with additional office management training. I learned a lot of laboratory sciences and even taught medical students how to prepare slides and then how to read them for Urinalysis. Hubby was in med school and it was where I was working when we met. I was also doing EEGs at the med school. So I wasn't just a doctor's wife helping out in the office. I've done a variety of jobs part time in addition to working for my husband's practice.

I founded a free pharmacy, raising about 3/4 of a million dollars (that was 25 years ago) which began serving the entire county of 65+ seniors and then expanded to include all ages and then to cover the entire state of NC.

I began my jewelry education part time back in 2009 with bead stringing & within a month was getting bored and asked what else could I learn in jewelry arts? I took up precious metal clay (fine silver--.999 as opposed to sterling silver .925). I hold level 3 (the highest offered) certification in that. BTW, metal clay is microfine particles of precious metal being infused into clay. You can shape it, dry it and then fire it in a kiln where the clay burns away and you're left with pure metal. They now have it is copper, bronze, brass, steel as well as the original silver and gold clays. After finishing my certs in metal clay I asked one of my instructors what else to do to improve with the jewelry? I told her I had heard of a Master's program in metal clay but didn't know much about it and would that be something I should go to next? She didn't hesitate in telling me to do it. She told me: 1. it is very expensive; 2. there is no school or program to go to for help with the lessons; 3. it is very broad in what is asked of you going beyond just metal clay; and 4. Hell, yes! Do it!

I read the requirements and thought, why not? It will challenge me to raise the bar and produce far better work. I signed up, paid my money and when I was able to then look at the work that people were producing I was blown away. Incredible pieces and so professional. I reviewed each one's background to see what they were doing before metal clay work. Everyone of them had come from a traditional metalsmithing background. I began a couple of the projects (there are 50 to be accomplished independently). I realized rather quickly that I really needed to learn metalsmithing to be able to do these projects. I've taken years off of the masters to develop metal skills in making jewelry. I have not had sufficient time to just work day after day to hone these skills so progress has been slow. However, I'm getting there.

Metalsmithing is working with metals and forming the metal into useful objects. Goldsmith is a person who works in jewelry scale pieces. A metalsmith is usually working in larger scale objects such as silver trays, water pitches, etc. Goldsmith doesn't mean just gold; it can be any metal. I use the term metalsmith for those who aren't in the jewelry arts. I work in a variety of metals.

So, back to retirement/career. It is interesting that people are only seeing that my husband is retiring and what am I going to do with him home all day? Hey folks! I've been working right along side of him and that became my CAREER (not because I love it) because that is what he needed--a person he could trust to do things in his office correctly and make sure everything worked. He was in an exam room for 1 to 3 hours with a patient and couldn't know what was happening in the office. I also didn't want him thinking about money when seeing a patient and with me overseeing the books, he didn't have to worry whether he was producing enough to pay salaries and keep the office running. My art in designing rooms or jewelry is what fills my soul. I just wish people could realize that I too am retiring (and not because I want to--I just lose my job). I want to still work but maybe fewer hours and in something that I truly enjoy. Hubby will continue part time for 3 to 4 months training the new doctor and helping patients with the transition.

I hope to be able to really focus on my jewelry. I'd love a job as a bench jeweler (part time) as it would push me hard to learn the skills. I have been asked to be a teaching assistant at a big jewelry sho w (hundreds of classes are taught over a 10 day period by a great number of teachers from all over the world) in late spring. I have helped this instructor before a bit when not in class myself so I'm delighted to be asked to be full time in the classes being taught. I will learn a lot over that convention.

I'm in a funk this week. The swimming pool has been closed all week between MLK day and snow. I really miss the daily exercise of swimming.

So what have the rest of you been up to? Having a lot of snow too? I'm in North Carolina and snow is generally a day and gone the next. It's 3 days and we still have snow on the ground. Temps have been so very cold for her but this weekend we're expected to get into the high 50s to 60 degrees daytime. I am looking forward to that. It's just 29 here as I write.

Probably won't get back here again for a few days but am trying to get on at least once a week. Have a great weekend everyone!
Lapperoo


Edited by: LAPPEROO at: 1/19/2018 (12:41)
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1/18/18 12:15 P

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The misfit tracker sounds similar to my moov. I haven't been using it the past few months, mostly because I keep forgetting it at home. I'm partly vain and don't like the rubbery band with my chunky metal jewelry... And the rubbery band irritates my skin a bit when worn all the time.

I've been logging my exercises in clue (menstrual tracker) though, so at least I can visualize frequency and type if not more specific like difficulty/length.

Jen

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1/16/18 11:30 P

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Just got my Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition tracker on Friday.
Things I like about it:

It was cheap. I only spent 80 bucks.
It can give text, call, and email notifications, or not.
I can wear it as a watch or clip to a shoe, in a pocket, or on my bra. Sunday, I wore it on my bra because I wanted to wear a pretty watch. Today, I wore it on my shoe so steps would still be counted when I pushed my grocery cart.
It tracks steps and sleep and various exercises.
It is waterproof and will count laps in the pool. I hope to USE this feature on TH and/or Friday when I go swim.
It syncs to an app on my phone, which in turn syncs to SparkPeople and automatically logs exercise it detects.
I don't have to charge it, but the battery will need to be replaced in 4-6 months.

Quirks:
The tracker device popped out of the watch band when I was changing the sheets on a bed this weekend. Yikes! Gotta make sure it is secure.
Readout is not digital; it's just LED lamps. I am learning what the blinks & colors mean.
No heart rate monitoring on this product.

So far, I am pleased. I am more conscious of my activities, and I am choosing to BE ACTIVE more often during the day.

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1/16/18 6:14 P

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I second that, metalsmithing?

I took a slightly shortened swim last night and spent three *three!* hours drawing at a local figure drawing club. My shoulders felt it today! I forgot how much it takes to stand at an easel and gesture/draw. Twas a good night.

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1/16/18 1:50 P

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Lapperoo, what is the practice you're closing? I'm curious because you also mention metalsmithing and so now I'm just interested to know if that's your profession.



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1/16/18 12:00 P

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Heathhill: I've tried several trackers. The first was FitBit. Worked somewhat but wasn't really accurate. I used it as more of a reference of what I was doing in steps from day to day. I couldn't wear it in the pool. They kept falling off if clipped on, plastic parts broke and the material they use for the watch bands gave me contact dermatitis. When the last one was lost from falling off my waistband I decided to look into a tracker I could also wear in the pool.

I went next to Withings (Nokia). It's a watch that can be worn in the pool and I could switch out the plastic strap with a metal band. Made it look more professional with this metal band on it. The first watch was defective and after months and months of chatting back and forth with Nokia they replaced it. Pairing and function has been much better with the replacement. Again, it's not really accurate on steps but it does show the intensity of my exercise.

ALL TRACKERS have issues with accuracy of tracking. If you use one consistently, you will get the idea of weather you're falling off or maintaining your daily activity.
My newest tracker (a Christmas present from hubby): Garmin Forerunner 735XT will allow me to better track swimming and has a timer on it. I'm having difficulty in setting it up and Garmin folks told me to call them and they will assist me with the set up. I'm hoping to do that today. I'll let everyone know how well it works.

I've also used several different pedometers, both cheap and fancy and, again, have found them to be somewhat accurate. I used them more as a means of tracking my movements throughout the day. With so much paperwork and my metalsmithing having me sitting, it helps to remind me to move.

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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. [William Blake: Proverbs of Hell]

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1/16/18 11:45 A

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Hi Folks,
I've been super busy with the work involved with selling the practice and closing down for the new guy to take over. Soooooo many details! I've been working on my days off as well as working really late. Dinners have been very late in the evening and then going back to my computer and paperwork.

Stress is really high for me but we've 15 days to go and then it will be tying up the loose ends in February.

Weekend was busy with work but I took time to try to relax too. Friday night was dinner out with our friends prior to attending a musical "School of Rock". It was a really fun production.
Saturday night we had another couple who we usually go out to dinner with on Friday evenings come over for a home cooked dinner. With all the cold weather we've been having I wanted something that would warm you up and stick with you. I made my Lazy Day Stroganoff over noodles, tossed salad, steamed green beans and a bit of cheese with wine prior to dinner. I cautioned everyone that the noodles are not on any of our diets so to make controlled portions. No dessert. We all really enjoyed that meal and it was fun to catch up with our friends whom we had not seen in 3 weeks.

Our DIL texted an ultra sound picture of the baby who is due about Feb 3rd. Amazing how we have the technology to obtain such photos. We have been referring to him as "Bean". We're all doing our best to avoid the flu and viral colds going around.

On Sunday I went to a cooking class on healthy eating. My girlfriend had given it to me as a Christmas gift and I asked her to go with me. What fun and the food was really tasty. I will try to post the recipes on SP recipes--will let you know when I do this.

I've not been getting to all my swimming sessions this week. As a result I have worked with 5 lbs weights and strong resistance bands. I set a new goal to work on strength work daily switching which part of the body I'm working on from day to day.

LMB-ESQ: I know how attitude impacts how you feel and how you see things. With all the stress of closing out of the practice I've had to stop, breathe and ask myself how I can break down the "to dos" into more manageable segments. Having social things over the weekend helped to lower the stress and I feel like I'm gaining on things. Getting some exercise each day, getting outside into the sunshine, and doing something fun with friends all help to improve how I'm feeling. I hope I've given you an idea of how to improve the attitude--and, realize, we all have periods of sucky attitudes and that's where friends support you and help to pull you up again.
Hugs and more hugs, girl.
Lapperoo

Little by little, Day by day, What is meant for you, WILL find its way.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. [William Blake: Proverbs of Hell]

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1/15/18 4:34 P

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I don't use one either. I never saw the point. I go by time and distance and how I feel. Never saw the need for anything else.

I'm going to make more effort to get back here every week. Even though I'm not currently swimming and my attitude sucks, it helps me to get out of my own head and allows me to avoid the drama and political sh*t storm on facebook

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1/15/18 9:40 A

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Good Morning!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was super busy but also fun. I'm keeping up my promise to work out every day again, and I feel very good about that!

Today promises to be another busy day at work, but nothing insane, so that's nice!

Last week there was a discussion about fitness trackers. Anyone else have anything they want to share on them? I don't use one, they drive me crazy. : )

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day and week!!

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