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A Couple of Useful APPs for Weight Loss

One of the funny things about coming into the 21st century is learning to discriminate between useful smart phone apps and ones that do not work well for you. I mean most apps at least do what they are programmed to do. So do their task really well or in a why that connects with your lifestyle.

I’ll review a couple of these apps today. I have no affiliation with them but I do work for a major telecom that provides smart phones. My opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.

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Optimize your Exercise Equipment for the Task


Over the holidays I had some bike malfunctions. As some of you may know – mountain bikes or other higher geared bikes do better to shift mostly on the same side. That is so the chain stays mostly straight as possible. That is a lesson I did not get for a couple of years so my chains ended up breaking under a heavy load after a year.

So continuing this theme – I took the bike into the shop and ended up getting new gears and chain but my rear tire was also worn. I had the tire replaced and noticed it was a 2.25 width tire instead of 1.75. I tried it out and found it was good in the dirt. In this post I’ll evaluate the issues I found and how I circumvented them.

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Exercising Safely?

When I was a boy my mom would make me dive onto the floorboards of the car (before seat belts) for safety! Now today this does not sound too safe but the thought was good. Find a way to mitigate injury if the worst happens.

Fast forward to my adult life riding bicycles.  In my 20′s I got a child seat for my bike. I dutifully bought my son a helmet (after all safety first!). Then I would go on rides with out a helmet!!!?

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Is That App Useful?

For a time after I got my new 4G phone, I tried to find apps to help me keep track of my workouts and diet. As an old hand at diets and workouts I thought I knew what I wanted. I wanted a app to count calories but not look up foods. For the workouts I wanted something that would leverage off of my GPS to keep track of my workouts.

Keep in mind I am pre-retirement right now and will never compete at karate or run a marathon. But in my youth I was highly competitive.

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Housing Recovery! What Recovery?

Let me start out by saying that I live in one of the four boom and bust markets, California, Nevada, Arizona and Flordia (CA) and we have seen lots of oppertunity early on in 2009. Back in 2009 prices came down to more reasonable numbers. The reason for this post is supposedly we are in a housing recovery now according to the news talking heads.

Lets examine what is happening now:

  • House prices are still low
  • One can still get loans
  • Mortage rates are low
  • Inventory is low
  • House filliping is back
  • Stock market is suspect
  • Investors are competing for lower priced homes
  • First time home buyers still cannot afford a big price – maybe up to the median

In this post I’ll talk about each bullet point… maybe you will see why this is NOT a real recovery right now from my perspective.

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Sycamore Canyon Trail – Cool Video!


I went out to Sycamore Canyon today and after a long ride on Thursday – this one was nothing unexpected but still long. I say lots of wild life and got a shot of the second coyote I saw… but while I was trying to take pictures on a slow part of the trail – I accidentally hit record. After a few minutes I realized it and reviewed it. Not exactly a helmet cam but it worked ok so I narrated another one I’ll post here.


So that was the ride but I’m cutting this post a bit short as I wanted to get the video out there. Tomorrow I’m heading off the Mission Trails regional park to get in some miles. I’m a couple of miles from each park so with Santee Lakes and all of the surface streets (and it never rains in California) – I have plenty to keep me busy!

Take care of now all and keep busy!

Riding Bike and Meeting People – Having Fun!

I have been having a blast after getting my bike fixed. It is not quite right as the 7th gear does not work yet but really – I don’t go that fast. Today’s workout included bag work, ladder climbs and a short bike ride on the street. You see it rained today and I don’t like getting me or my bike wet.

I still have to be careful about injuring my knees but I find if I start slow for the first 20 minutes – soon I can take a harder workout. It sucks getting old but wisdom is highly coveted as one get older. At least I hope I am not one to hit his head against a wall, but rather have the wisdom to walk around the wall.

As far as weight loss – I have lost 10 pounds in the first month – 40 more to go in the next five months before I reach my mini-goal. Who knows – I may find that I am happy with the mini goal and just work on building some muscle at that point. The thing is I don’t want to be skinny – after all in case of a zombie apocalypse – I may need some fat stores. :)

I met a fellow mountain biker today – Ken. Had a nice chat and found it was fun to have someone to talk to while riding the bike. Ken if you are reading this and want to connect – email me at

That’s all for this week. I’m ignoring politics – still wading through all of the propositions this year – trying to keep the man from borrowing money on my behalf!