Over the last few months, I’ve put on a few extra pounds. I’m not happy about that so last Wednesday I decided to do something about it.
Back in the day when I was racing bicycles competitively I always paid very close attention to my weight so that I would be at my optimum race weight. So to get my weight under control now I’m going to use the same strategy that I used when I was racing.
Weight management is calories in and calories out. Eat more calories than you burn and you gain weight. Burn more calories than you eat and you lose weight.
I only want to lose 5 pounds. You might say that’s hardly worth worrying about. For most people that might be true. But for me that 5 pounds makes a difference in how my clothes fit and hence how I feel.
To get started I calculated my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) so that I have my baseline calorie requirements. To manage my calorie intake I’m using the iOS app Fat Secret and for calorie burn, I’m using the Apple Watch and the Activity app.
I’ve lost 2 pounds so far so I know my strategy is working.
The COVID-19 death numbers for New York City are beyond comprehension. When you hear them it feels more like a nightmare than reality. But unfortunately, they are real. As of this morning (April 03, 2020), there are 57,159 cases including 1,562 deaths. In my state of New Jersey there are 25,590 cases with 539 deaths. The sad part of all this is it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Let’s all do our part: Stay the hell home!
This Business Insider story from a couple of days ago got my interest. It suggests that Apple is reportedly worried about the financial impact of COVID-19 and that people won’t have the money to buy new iPhones this year. That would seem to be a legitimate concern given the current state of the economy and the number of people out of work.
But, beyond people’s financial ability to buy Apple products I think there are other reasons as well. I’ll give you an example. As I mentioned in a previous story I’m interested in a new iPad. As much as I would like to order one I’m pressing the pause button for now.
Here’s why. No one knows how their body will respond to COVD-19? If I were to get it I might be one of the unfortunate ones to not survive. Since that is a possibility I don’t want to have just spent a bunch of money on a new iPad and accessories. I’m sure I’m not the only one holding off on a new Apple device purchase for the very same reason.
I’ve been following Rob’s blog for several years. I enjoy reading what he writes about. He is also the developer of a couple of Mac apps that I use.
I felt bad for Rob after reading his blog post about how he had recently lost control of his bank accounts to a phone scammer. His story is well worth reading. It may save you from falling for the same or similar phone scams.
How I lost control of our bank accounts to a phone scammer | The Robservatory
This morning I got up feeling down from all the troubling news around COVID-19. All I wanted to do was get back in bed go to sleep and wake up when this is behind us. I didn’t.
I got up did and my morning chores. I walked the dog, feed the animals on our small farm and had breakfast. Of course, I watched the news while having breakfast. As you might suspect that didn’t make me feel any better. It actually made me feel worse.
Even though I didn’t want to I get out for my daily walk I did it anyway. I’m lucky because we don’t live in the city so we can get outside and not encounter other people.
With all the uncertainty surrounding us let’s not forget that spring is here. On my walk I noticed the beauty of the flowers starting to bloom. That made me feel a little better.
Let me start with this. I have absolutely no confidence in Trump’s ability to steer us through this crisis. And unfortunately, he’s been lying to us about the impact coronavirus is having as late as yesterday. He thinks he can bullshit his way through this but this time he’s wrong.
New York Times
Trump’s False Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus
Contrary to Trump’s claim, Google is not building a nationwide coronavirus screening website
The Washington Post
‘It will go away’: A timeline of Trump playing down the coronavirus threat
Who the Hell Wants Another Four Years of This?
I’m in the At-Risk for Serious Illness category and as the spread of Coronavirus gets worse I’m getting concerned about access to food, water, and medical care. As I should, I’m doing my best to not get infected with the Coronavirus. I’m hunkered down at home. I’m only going out when I have too. When I do go out I’m practicing social distancing and following all the other CDC guidelines.
We’ll get through this as a nation.
I don’t usually write about things like this but this is something I thought you might be able to benefit from as I did.
I live in Central New Jersey where the winter air is dry and cold. We have 20 acres of land with a small farm so I’m outside a lot with my hands exposed to the elements. Last winter I suffered from dry chapped cracked hands that were very sore. I tried several different brands of hand cream to alleviate the problem with little success. Yes, I even used the stuff in the green can.
Last July Ben Brooks wrote a review about Duke Cannon Care Products. Bloody Knuckles was the product that I was particularly interested in.
Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm: here’s how I tested this one, I moved across the country and handled tons of boxes. Those will eat your hands alive, unless that is you are using this hand balm. So yeah, two smooth feeling thumbs up. It takes a bit longer than I would like to soak in, but otherwise great stuff.
This fall and winter I’ve been using Bloody Knuckles and my hands are significantly better, and I haven’t had any dry cracking skin.
This stuff really works. Do yourself a favor and get some.
Duke Cannon could have easily just been a gimmick brand with no real substance to it, I’ve seen that more than a few times. But at every turn the products were well above average and that’s saying a lot in the age of everyone outsourcing and branding cheap crap. This is not cheap crap. I wouldn’t be writing about it if it was.
You can read Ben’s full review of Duke Cannon Care Products here.