That "fat white guy." – My journey from sugar – 2017-Nov-09

Today is a special day.
I weighed in and hit 173.2 lbs.

I am, according to the BMI scale, just about to be “overweight” once again. (BMI 24.2 vs 25.0)

I’m not worried at all.  I think it reflects how poor BMI is at gauging body density. 

The biggest change in the past two months was the move of Creatus and my daily cycle to work.  If anything, my legs have gained weight, becoming denser.  My waist size has not changed and my clothes are fitting well. 

That "fat white guy." – My journey from sugar – 2017-Oct-26

Today’s weigh : 174 lbs.  This marks 6 lbs increase over a low of ~ 168 lbs.

My waist size is falling and jeans of size 30 fit loosely now.  The measurements around my waist and chest have increased, up to 0.65 cm.  The most marked improvement is speed and strength.  Jumping rope, plus kettlebell training has noticeably improved my wellbeing.  I can perform half-get-ups with my 53 lbs kettlebell (where you finish on one knee versus standing on two feet).  My time to cycle both, to work and the kids’ school is consistently decreasing, 7-8 minutes and 37 minutes, respectively.

That "fat white guy." – My journey from sugar – 2017-Sept-28

Wednesday weigh-in

168.4 lbs.

Mostly unchanged since last week.  Upon writing about my 53 lbs kettle bell I linked a Youtube clip:

She is 3/4 my mass and does getups with heavier kettle bells!
This woman does half her mass for getups.  I started with my baby bell of 31 lbs.  Just a few work outs in and I can feel the changes my back and shoulders.  Well worth the extra slow starts on the mornings after. 

Using a Windows 10 machine at work – Alfred App devs listen up!

At our new Creatus site we’re using Windows 10 machines.

I’m happy to say that some software works a little better on Windows than on Mac OS Sierra (the last one I was using before I turned in my MacBook Pro). 

Here’s the thing: I want to use a Mac at work.  Not because it is better or prettier or just works.  In honesty.  My Macbook Pro was (2015, 128 GB, 16 GB RAM) was a lemon.  It found every reason to crash or freeze after sleeping.  Yes Apple Care, blah, blah.  I needed a production computer to keep my workflow going.  My personal machine, a Macbook Air (2013, 11″), a cheaper, less premium computer was stellar and a pleasure to use. 

Yes …

Alfred app.  Alfred app is a launcher, searcher, short-cutter, clip-board remembering, Swiss army knife of everything we do at our computers everyday.  It also has dozens of plugins or workflows that expand its utility. Let’s say I order primers.  I can highlight and copy the order number then with a shortcut of my choosing I can generate an email to a colleague referencing the order, order number and date on which said order is placed.  Sounds trivial but do that over and over and you appreciate automation of things that are important but not critical.

Andrew, Vero (the devs) please consider bringing your software incredibly useful piece of software to Windows.  I know it won’t be easy but there is a demand.  Consider me your first order, I would gladly buy the power pack again for Windows and I know others that would do the same. 

Kettlebell II

Welcome heavy Russian friend. 

I graduated to this kettlebell size up from 14 kg / 31 lbs

53 lbs of hurt.

I started kb swinging on April 5th 2017.  On September 17th 2017 I moved up to the 53 pounder.  Oddly to me:  I can do single handed swings with the 31 lbs bell; two handed 53 lbs kettle bell swings are markedly harder than the former.  I suppose this has to do with the change in size (in addition to mass).  I am putting the smaller of the kettle bells to good use doing ‘get-ups.’

Note:  She is doing get ups with about 1/2 of her body mass! Incredible.  

Baratza Virtuoso

I’m retiring the Hario + Ryobi drill.  I received a Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder as a wedding gift.  The grinder was chosen by as a best pick, rivaling a Mahlkonig grinder.

I make Chemex pour-over at home.  The grinder meets this need perfectly.  My experience with grinders is as follows:  A Bodum burr grinder, Rancillio Rocky and various grocery store branded blade grinders.  The Rocky has legendary status with coffee snobs.  The grinder was (when I bought mine in 2013) built like a tank and was easily serviceable.  It was also as big as a tank and nearly as heavy.  It was too much grinder for the volume of coffee I make.  In contrast, the Virtuoso is small, stable and a quiet. I will try to address some of the complaints I saw online regarding popular grinders (ex. at Seattle Coffee Gear etc.) How small is it?  It will fit under any standard over-counter cupboard.  It takes up the foot print of a knife block.  On my counter top at home, the grinder sits flat and stable and does not vibrate or wiggle while grinding.  This stability leads to the final point, the grinder is quiet.  Pulverizing hard objects into fine powder is noisy.  The Virtuoso grinds beans more quietly than did my Rocky.  Not surprisingly, it is considerably quieter than my Hario + drill mod.  The plastic cup does not hold much coffee grounds with static.  How much?  Less than 500 mg and likely less.  My kitchen balance doesn’t go lower.  The auto-grind feature on the right side is a bonus.  It grinds about 100 g in the when turned to maximum time.  The grind is extremely consistent.  I use settings 18 – 22.  In this grinds are consistent as reported by Sweethome.  I expect they will be least consistent at the extrema of fine and coarse grinds.

Overall:  If you want a small grinder that grinds quietly and consistently the Virtuoso is the one to buy.  In Metro Vancouver the cheapest price I found was at  on Clark.

The grounds that are released from the machine after removing the catcher cup.

For size comparison:  1 L Nalgene bottle and 6-cup Chemex next to Virtuoso.

For size comparison:  1 L Nalgene bottle and 6-cup Chemex next to Virtuoso.

Kenny Rogers sing along

Megan and I have been without the twins for sometime.  They are in Ontario on the first of what we hope is their annual extended family getaway.

We were talking about some of the odd happenings over the past eight weeks.  It seems like planning gets you only so far and stochasticity makes up the rest of a situation.

She quoted Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler.  “You’ve got know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em.  We enjoyed a three minute sing along in the car on the way to work, singing badly at the top of our lungs, while I stomped the floor boards of the car for bass.  I’m starting to see where my pillars are and I know they can bear considerable weight.