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I have the Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale. What I like: it's cheap, compact, handles multiple units, and it auto-tares when you turn it on with a container already on the scale. I stash it on top of the microwave. No complaints.
this one that I have has a good amount of surface area, is very accurate (it measured 397 grams for a 400 gram weight for me, and the very small weights are dead-on) and uses AA batteries instead of the expensive watch batteries that some others use
Damnit, already wasted money on the labels, was only 8.99 for 200 which i'll probably never use anyways. I never knew it was so easy. I just printed out my first label, using reg. paper and an inkjet printer, also used clear tape, and also went over the barcode with the tape, by mistake. But I already knew clear tape really wouldn't effect the barcode since I worked in retail before.
I went with this scale Seemed like a decent choice. Might be overkill since im prob. only gonna weigh stuff up to 1lb, but I could use a scale for dieting to weigh out food
Yes, guesstimating is probably going to be your downfall. Humans are notoriously bad at eyeballing food and estimating calories. How did you lose weight last time, did you follow a certain diet or calorie amount? It's highly recommended that you get a food scale (one that has a tare function and can measure in both oz and grams). There are many that are not very expensive, something like this should work just fine. The measuring and calorie logging can seem a bit tedious at first but it doesn't take long to get to where it only takes you a few minutes to do each day. And personally, I measure all the solid stuff in grams instead of oz and base calories off of those grams because I believe it's more accurate. Liquids can be measured by volume.
Physical work and exercise is great for cardiovascular health, but weight loss is going to happen primarily in the kitchen. Did you check out the Quick Start Guide and the FAQ in the sidebar and in the AutoMod response to your post? That is the best place to find info to get started (again). So hello! Great first step posting, we'll be looking for your progress! And don't hesitate to ask any questions, especially in the daily Q&A thread.
What you're doing would give you a 40:60 ratio by volume, but what you want is a 40:60 ratio by weight.
You should probably just buy a small scale. You can get one on amazon for less than $20.
Here's one for $14, it won't be very accurate, but should work well enough and will be much better than what you're doing now.
Also: What do you mean by failed launches? Did the propellant not ignite? Did the propellant ignite, but not produce enough trust to lift the rocket?
If you really want your eyes opened, get a kitchen scale and start weighing what you eat so you can see exactly how many calories are going in. I did this about 2 years ago and discovered that my "healthy" afternoon snack of mixed nuts was around 600 calories.
After I got a kitchen scale, I realized what I thought was a 2,200 calorie diet was more like 3,000 calories. The weight fell off after I corrected it.
When I got mine I searched for 'kitchen scale' on Amazon. This is one that's similar to the one I got
I keep my coffee in the vented bag I buy it in (it has a ziplock top) but I know those can get stale after a couple months. I don't know if a regular ziplock bag is a good idea. If you do more research and find anything, let us know!
I just found this scale on amazon for $14 that's aesthetically pleasing and accurate to the gram.
BTW, here's a $10 food scale on Amazon if anyone is looking. Food Scale
I have this one. It feels a little cheaper than I expected for some reason, but it works great and is accurate!
I have this scale. Mainly bought it because it was cheap. However, my big complaint is the readout is on the top (facing up) at the same level as the things you are putting on the scale to weigh. So if something is big enough (i.e. tent in a stuff sack or something), it is sometimes hard to read the weight. If I were to do it again, I would buy a scale with a front-facing readout.
They’re really cheap on amazon! I have a $12 one that’s great. Honestly so worth it
Based on the look of it in the Pizza video it looks like this one:
2 simple tools to change your cooking experience forever
1) food-scale, with tare function: I personally use this. Super cheap, been using it for 4 years now, and it helped me so much with baking and meal portioning/prepping
2) thermometer: sometimes, that ribeye or chicken thigh is just too damn thick to predict when it is done. That and I-I'm not too hot when it comes to eyeballing "done-ness"
also, learn to cook. Wean yourself off of recipe guides and start getting cozy with the tools: there's the pan, the oven, the grill, sous vide, etc etc. They can cook just about any ingredient, so it is up to you to figure out which tool to use, and how long should the ingredient be cooked using said tool. By weaning yourself off of recipes, you'll have a much greater ability to cook using whatever is available to you
While we are talking about cheap scales, I will point out that I have this $10 scale from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113UZJE2/ref=psdc_678508011_t2_B07CSBYPGM
It's fine and I have used it for a long time now daily. But there is one thing about it that really irks me to the point that i might get a different one when I get around to researching it. It will turn itself off after about 30 seconds if the weight does not change. I'd like one that will stay on for.... I dont know, maybe 3 minutes.
May I ask how old the little ones are? The younger they are, and the more time they spend away from mama the more likely they are to not make it. You also mentioned that your humane society is overburdened. The shelter is a great place for kitties to get sick, even if it's just a kitty cold. They don't have strong immune systems, and it's likely your babies were living outside before going to the humane society. They're truly fragile creatures.
Let me link you to the shelter I foster for, and point out one of the bullets under "What are the risks with fostering:"
This is 100% true OP. Of course you're a new foster so you haven't learned the ropes yet. Of course there's a chance you could have made a mistake. But as /u/SeasDiver pointed out, it's not likely. The higher probability is that they just had no chance at life before you, and you gave them the best chance they had.
Let me share a bit of my current litter's story with you. I too am a new foster mama on my second litter of kittens. We had a very easy first litter, so the shelter felt comfortable sending me home with a mama cat and 5 kittens. We knew very little about the kittens or mama but a day or two before I brought them home, one of the kittens died. The staff had no idea why because mama and kittens looked healthy enough, and mama was always there for nursing. When I brought them home, all was going well until the second day when I noticed they weren't gaining any weight. At 2 weeks old, this is very deadly. Thankfully I noticed it as early as I did because I was able to bottle feed them to supplement what they couldn't get from mom. They would still nurse from mom (which is needed for their little immune systems), but she just couldn't produce enough milk to feed 5 kittens, let alone 6. It turns out mama was severely dehydrated, reufsing to eat, and was just in too much pain to properly nurse. I ended up giving her IV fluids at home until she got back on their feet. These kittens were on 3 medications right away, then they got the flu shortly after so they had to take some more. I am 110% positive that without them coming home with me, they would have kept dying. If they stayed at the shelter even just another day, at least one would probably have died in my care, even if I did identify the problem.
An entire building full of professionals could not identify what was going on with the babies because there are just not enough resources to keep a good eye on each one of the kittens. They didn't know that mama wasn't eating enough or nursing enough because from a glance everything looked alright. This could have absolutely happened to you. Just a little sign was missed that could have made all the difference. And it's not your fault, it's not the shelter's fault. Everyone is doing their best, and that's all you can do.
I don't know what you're already doing for the kittens, but here are two things I would absolutely recommend you start doing if you aren't doing them already.
There are obviously many more tips and tricks, but these are two that can really identify two really really common and easy to fix problems quickly. I may not be a professional foster quite yet, but I am more than happy to help. If you need anything - advice on what fabric I like most for kitty blankets to a shoulder to cry on... let me know <3. You're doing an incredible thing, and even if you don't have a 100% success rate, that doesn't mean that you should stop or shouldn't be trusted. All we can do is our best, and that's what you're doing. We need people who will be sad if they lose a kitten in their care to do this job because it means that you're taking the job seriously and you care for these animals.
Get a digital food scale and start weighing your food.
I use this one and love it; cheap, super lightweight, minimalist: [link]
this is the one I use
Will help out once you start buying hops in bulk as well! [link]
I found one here.
What do you think?
I got one over a year ago for about $15 and it still works great!
Heres the link: [link]
[link] I found this one! It takes batteries and its only $14
I use this model from Etekcity (EK6015)
If you track your food in MyFitnessPal (free phone app), it'll track carbs for you in one of the columns. You can even sync the Fitbit to it for exercise calorie tracking.
Partial screenshot of this here.
I recommend a digital read-out food scale to weigh foods on for total carb accuracy. You can get them at Wal-mart too for $20-$30.
I think I have the same scale as OP, and it's this one
$11.00 for this one and it looks pretty sweet
Amazon has a lightning deal on their #1 selling scale right now- $10.88....
I’ve been using this the the past 2 years. Really simple and effective. Food Scale Link
Thanks for your reply! I had been messing with my calorie goals on MFP for the past few weeks, and I find it's been easier to set it at losing 0.5 a pound a week and leaving some extra cals at the end of the day versus setting it to losing 1 pound a week and barely making it in, if I even do.
I have heard that it's a good idea to measure your foods, and had been using measuring cups for that so far, but often times I would use heaping cups, which I know isn't very helpful. At your advice, I finally bought this scale on Amazon. As someone who often cooks at home and didn't want to give that up, I appreciate your advice!