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22 February 2005 @ 12:49 pm
My iRock thing seems to be working pretty well. Occasionaly there's a little interference, i think when i'm driving through an area that actually has a station on the band i'm using, but it's not too bad. The one difficulty is that when i turn my car off, i can't hear it anymore, but the mp3 player is still going. So i either need to remember to stop it _before_ i turn the car off, or i need to spend time rewinding to hear what i missed, and the rewind function on this mp3 player really sucks =P

And in other news, my body isn't in too good of shape this week =P

First and most annoying is that i'm back up to 170 pounds again =P I don't really understand it, i haven't been eating _that_ much recently, and i've even been getting a little bit of exercise for the past four or five days. (Not really enough to build muscle though, so no one even bother starting in on the "maybe it's muscle" routine =P)

My body also seems to be accumulating a truely random assortment of minor problems.

I've got four or five small cuts on my hands, presumably from "playing" with cassie.

My legs and sides and back have all been itchy for the past two weeks or so. My left side has been itchier than the rest, and then recently i noticed that the skin in a roughly palm sized patch was getting rough and pink and bumpy, and i can't figure out what the problem is. Did the skin get messed up cause i was scratching there so much? Or was i scratching there so much because it was going through the initial phases of becoming messed up? I don't have any allergies that i know of, and even if i did i don't know how i could have got whatever it was to just that one small section of skin.

Speaking of chicken and egg issues, i've currently got _four_ canker sores =P I managed to bite the inside of my lip _twice_, once on each side. I _think_ it was the biting that caused the canker sores, and not the swelling from iminent canker sores that caused me to bite my lip, because in both places i apparently managed to catch a big enough fold of tissue such that there are two vertically aligned matching sores =P _And_ since they were caused by me biting my lip it means they're in a prime location for rubbing up against my teeth and hurting =P

I've also got a bruise on my chin. A small oval bruise right in the center. Luckily it's not very dark (and may even have lightened up a little since i noticed it last night) but i have no clue how it could have gotten there. It looks a little like someone mistook my head for pool ball and assaulted me with the point of a pool que, but i'm sure i would have remembered something like that =P

I think i also have a bruise on my left elbow. At least it hurts when i lean on it, but i can't really see if there's actually a bruise there or not since my elbows are normally kinda pinky-purple, and it's hard to look at your own elbow anyways.

Hopefully whatever malign influence is causing all this will cease pretty soon, and my body can get back to normal. Except for the weight thing of course, which is always a problem =P
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: i'm a doctorakiko on February 22nd, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
Contact dermatitis can be on an isolated area of skin. One of the most common presentations is an irritated spot near the navel -- from the nickel in the button of jeans. Poison ivy is another type of contact dermatitis.

Any new chemicals that have come in contact with your skin? Laundry soap, bath soap, anything like that? Or new clothes with a different kind of fabric?

Keep track of everything you eat in a notebook (a pocket-sized spiral works well, for example) for a week. Then see how well your perception of how much you eat matches reality -- for many people, it doesn't. Then look at where empty calories might come from and what you can replace with "better" calories: an apple, say, rather than a candy bar. (And PowerBars aren't any better than a candy bar. Compare the labels.) Also, don't weigh yourself more often than every other week. It's fairly normal for weight to fluctuate a few pounds even over the course of the day (if you've, for example, just eaten or need to go to the bathroom.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 23rd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Um, i got some new laundry detergent back in... december i think, or maybe early january, because they were out of Wisk Free and Clear. But i got something else Free and Clear so the differences should be minimal.

I got a new button-up shirt and pair of dockers in december, and two more button-up shirts and pairs of dockers in early january, and along with an older button-up shirt and pair of dockers i've been wearing them for four days out of every week, rather than about for days out of every year =P If i could prove i have a long-term alergy to dressy clothes that would be _great_! :)

Um, balance bars are a _ton_ better than candy bars! They've got lots of vitamins and stuff! It's got over 25% of about 18 different things, the most important being 200% Vitamin C. And i'd actually have to buy a candy bar to go check, but i'm pretty sure that 200 calories, 50 of it in fat is a lot less than most candy bars out there, at least as far as the fat goes.

And if i buy fruit it goes bad pretty quickly, i can stock up on balance bars and dried fruit and such at Trader Joe's for a couple weeks at a time.

It's fairly normal for weight to fluctuate a few pounds even over the course of the day

Um, yes, i know that. Which is why weighing yourself only once every other week sounds like a particularly stupid idea. Depending on how the variance goes you could gain or lose a significant amount of weight and it could be six weeks before you realized it.

When i was unemployed i weighed myself a couple times most days and looked at the average and range. Since i can't really do that while i'm employed i weigh myself at about the same time every day in the morning and watch the trends. My weight had been pretty steadily going up for the four or five previous days before i hit and then complained about being at 170.

Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on February 24th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
The last time I looked at a PowerBar(TM), it had 250 calories, 35% from fat, a tonne of sugar, and was, in essence, no better than the Snickers bar I looked at a minute later.

Um, weighing yourself repeatedly throughout the day is what weight-obsessed people with eating disorders do. Going by how your clothes fit and how you feel is far more healthy than weighing yourself all the time.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 28th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
PowerBars(TM) look repulsive and taste like crap. I wouldn't touch one unless i was starving to death.

Balance Bars on the other hand taste about as good as a candy bad and are a whole lot better for you.

Snickers Bar: Calories - 266, Calories from fat - 98, total fat - 17%, saturated fat - 21%, Protein - 5g, Sugar - 37g, Vitamin A - 1%, Calcium - 6%, Iron - 4%

Balance Bar: Calories - 200, Calories from fat - 50, total fat - 9%, saturated fat - 15%, Protein - 14g, Sugar - 17g, Vitamin A - 100% (99% as beta-carotene) Vitamin C - 200%, Calcium 10%, Iron 25%, Vitamin E 200%, Vitamin K 25%, Thiamin 25%, Riboflavin 25%, Niacin 25%, Vitamin B6 25%, Folic Acid 25%, Vitamin B12 25%, Biotin 25%, Pantothenic Acid 25%, Phosphorus 15%, Iodine 25%, Magnesium 10%, Zinc 25%, Selenium 25%, Copper 25%, Manganese 25%, Chromium 25%, Molybdenum 25%

Some of those sound pretty silly, but i guess the FDA thinks i need at least some of each, but in any case i don't really see any way that you can argue that it's as bad as a candy bar. Less calories, less fat, less sugar, more protein, after that the vitamins are just a bonus.