I lost 10 lbs

I am proud of myself. I have waited to make sure this isn’t some sort of water retention phenomenon, but I can safely say I am down to 205 from 215. I am proud of myself and motivated to keep this going for another 10.

I am not a doctor or anything, but I know I have figured out what works for me. I had a friend of mine who is a registered dietitian tell me that 2lbs per week is too much and that I am destined to gain this weight back. Well, we’ll see. I could see myself gaining it back because I know why I gained it in the first place- habits. I think that getting a car was a huge contributing factor. Up until recently usually had a very large hill to climb to and from bus stops or whatever transportation I was using.  That 30 minutes of cardio that used to be a necessity is now a pain and one that I really have to motivate myself to do. The other change is living with someone who likes to have a drink every night. For awhile I joined in on it too, but realizing that I cannot afford to do that, I am now only drinking for special occasions and moderately on the weekends. Could I backslide after I reach my goal? I can see that happening. Already I create a lot of tension in my social relationships just from wanting to lose weight at all. Can you imagine when I’m actually at a healthy weight? I am sure I will continue to get a lot of push-back in the future.

To lose this 10 pounds, I had a system. First, I started logging what I ate without really trying to meet any benchmark, to see what my diet is like. I used my inbody band to inform me about how much activity in addition to my BMR I should include in my maintenance calories calculation. Then I committed to a 998 calorie deficit for most days.

This means that I only eat about 1100 calories a day, on days that I do not exercise at all. I try to conscientiously increase my intake of food to account for days when I do aerial silks or do a lot of walking around.

I don’t only care about the calories though, I want to be healthy and nourished. I try to meet my macros of fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and folate. And I try to meet many other dietary requirements as well. In addition to meeting my macros, I try to keep my copper-zinc ratio, omega 3-omega 6 ratio, and calcium-magnesium ratios in good order. I’m working now on gathering together the information I’ve learned about how to eat such a low calorie diet and still meet nutritional requirements. It was a lot of hard work and research and so I think it could be beneficial to others. Until next time!

BTW, the reason I’m not posting about Athos is because sadly, I have misplaced my ipod. It is very frustrating! Hopefully I did not let it get stolen and it is just somewhere in my apartment.

Two strands functional


I have successfully created two sections of LED strip out of the total nine sections of strip required. So as to not get overwhelmed my plan is one strand soldered daily. I hooked up the mic and tried to get some “sound-reactive” code to work, but it did not. I may have to end up doing way more work than I expected to get the level of sound reaction I desire. Oh well, if by the beach trip I just have funky lights thats OK.

Quick update

I have to make this fast because I only have a few minutes left of my lunch break.

I went to see Kurios last Friday, it was a good time. It was my second Cirque de Soleil show and I am realizing that they have a schema behind their themes. It intensified my desire to write and direct my own acrobatics show….

I should be starting the Athos series soon, but I have not gotten to use the gear as often as I would like. I usually do my workouts directly after work so I have to make sure everything is charged and ready to go before I leave– and I’m the roll out of bed and go type. I will try to do better.

I’ve been prototyping away and trying out Codebender. For the most part it has all been great. I am having a little trouble contacting my new Gemma board though. I don’t recall having any problems with the other one, but for some reason I can’t find the correct port to upload the code to it in the menu, nor found anything on the Internet yet about my problem.

My projects are on hold until I get my next Adafruit package. I learned more about sewing with conductive material and the like and it turns out that an embroidery hoop is useful. In fact, I think for my project it is very much required because I need to make my circuits as durable as possible given the conditions they will be subjected to. For awhile they were out of stock, but they were finally available today and I jumped on it. I also got some connectors for my rig project, so that I can easily clip together the Neopixel strips while assembling the rig. I don’t know if I mentioned here that I have the velcro ready too.



Disasters, epidemics, hazards: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Sun activity, global weather: https://www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers

US infrastructure: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/save-americas-infrastructure/

US politics: https://www.congress.gov/

US Gov transparency: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/

Popular news: http://www.jimmyr.com/

Internet freedom: https://identi.ca/eff

I need to comb a little harder for my social media org links, but this will do for now.



I was looking at my right right finger and noticed I don’t have a callus there anymore. I used to write and draw enough that the bump there was quite noticeable. In the past few years though, I barely ever use a pencil. I have, however, left an impressive dent mark on the side of my mouse….

During my lunch break I got the 16 AWG wire and velcro I needed… terribly excited for the upcoming weekend.

Habitica is awesome

Routinely has been nice for kinda helping with a daily to-do list and awareness of how often I’m doing something tool. I think it will work great in conjunction with another amazing life planning and data gathering tool that I discovered today, Habitica.

A picture tells 1000 words.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 8.28.47 PMIt is an RPG-like  dungeons and dragons way of tracking your real life activities. That’s my avatar, I’m level 2 and haven’t earned any stuff. That’s my health bar and a level bar. If I don’t do a daily, it hurts my health or if I do a bad habit. If I do a task I get currency and points toward my level. And I can set what my real life rewards that I buy with currency or get my avatar stuff.

It works in the browser, and has android and iOS apps.

I’m wore out from cleaning out the fridge, so this is going to have to do as my review. I am very glad something like this exists and love that it is open source.

Let me know if you want to join my party.