One Dot Three Sixty Five
1. Partial Lift
In Florida, the Coronavirus lockdown is about to be eased in part, but I don’t buy the whole thing.
Politicians are determined to have us follow rules like wearing masks that the Swedes have proven to be useless.
Our government and 24 hour news outlets need drama to gain eyeballs. With Trump in office, we have endured hoax after hoax of fake news. No editors. No fact checking. Just post to the world.
2. The Lockdown Approacheth
In the middle of one of the best sports weeks for a University of Virginia graduate living in Jacksonville, Florida, sporting events were being cancelled around the country.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament was scheduled for March 10 to 14, and the The Players Championship for March 10 to 15, although the first 2 days are taken up with things like practice rounds.
The ACC basketball tournament was in full swing, but U.Va. had yet to play. Also, the TPC golf tournament in nearby Ponte Vedra had completed the first round on Thursday, but late in the day cancelled the rest of the championship after toying with the idea of playing without spectators.
Two major events, and I am left with CSI reruns on cable.
You have to understand, in the days before 64 teams, how big a deal the Toon-a-ment was. You didn’t get a ticket to the games without making contributions to the athletic fund to one of the 8 (sometimes 7) schools.
In those days, Duke and UNC were the kings, as happens even today. It took thousands of dollars to get your seats, but at U.Va., which was not much of a program at the time, you could contribute around $300 and score tickets.
Alumni of other schools would contribute to Virginia and save beaucoup bucks.
Here I was in 2020 with Virginia having won the National Championship in 2019 and about to play for a chance to repeat, however unlikely (top 3 players went pro).
Cancelled before tipoff.
As for the TPC, the middle of March is a great time in North Florida. The sun is warm but the buggy, muggy heat has not invaded. You get to walk and sit on the ground and watch the world’s best golfers compete. Better bring sunscreen. After 4 months indoors, you will be pink after the first day.
I’ve been going for years. The whole area looks forward to it.
In an instant, our lives are about to be turned upside down.
The lockdown of the nation is still in place, with 19 states doing some long overdue relief beginning today. Florida will wait until Monday. Now it gets tricky.
People will be confused. Why won’t they? If you are brought back part time to your job, do you lose state unemployment? Federal? I expect businesses to bring people back full time but not all at once. It’s the perfect opportunity to drop marginal employees.
This is the beginning of a full year of pain and agony. I have a vision of the person I want to be on May Day 2021, but the devil is in the details. And these details are not going to be held prisoner to some notion of what I have yet to do.
What do I mean?
My vision is to leave the U.S. at the end of 365 and travel the world again as a perpetual traveler who makes his living as a writer (nowadays likely as a “content creator”). A diabetes free PT. A physically fit diabetes free vegan.
I don’t want to make these fixed goals with a fixed time frame. That’s the formula for failure.
This is why over 95% of morbidly obess individuals who attempt to lose weight with Dr. Now on My 600-Lb Life fail. He tells them to lose 30 or 40 or 50 pounds in a month eating a 1,200 calorie high protein diet.
Parts of that might be attainable. Maybe. A person can control how many calories they take in, but not necessarily how many pounds are lost. We are all different, suffer from different medical conditions, and take different medications.
So few succeed that I don’t know why they don’t come up with another system.
It’s the same with my wanting to support my PT lifestyle as a full time writer. There are many roads to making that kind of income – ebooks, Kindle books, affiliate marketing, copywriting, and writing articles for others. All materials can be repurposed into videos and podcasts.
What I want to do on a daily basis is to post 3,000+ words of original content. That’s working 6 hours a day minimum. The words don’t flow every day. If I get crazy and become my own worst boss, I will fail.
Now I do have a backup. I can post 3,000+ words of original content each day, but many of the words are ones I wrote over the last 10 years which can be updated, revised, and posted.
It’s all about not confusing the vision with the daily actions necessary to reach that state of being.
To end diabetes in my system is not really a cure. I can possibly get my A1C down to 5.6 or below, which would make me non-diabetic in the mind of the medical community.
But if you go back to eating crappy foods, there’s no way your blood sugar won’t go back up and damage your heart and arteries and brain. If you have gastric bypass surgery to lose weight but still eat like a pig, you will eventually put the weight back on.
The way to make money quickly is writing reviews of affiliate products and promoting those reviews like crazy. But long term success will depend on writing a series of Kindle books that can earn me residual income as I travel.
You can get stuck if you lock yourself into a daily routine of say writing a book. You need income continuously. Same with writing articles and reviews. You can make daily income, but you may never get a book finished that could set you up for life.
Diabetes works the same way. I eat a whole food, plant based, low oil, vegan diet.
The only thing that works for me on a regular basis to lower my glucose levels is fasting.
Fasting sucks. It works, but it sucks.
I’ve tried water fasts up to a week or so, and intermittent fasts of various lengths. Nothing seems to work long term. My current system is to use OMAD (One Meal A Day) to see if I can get my blood sugar in the “normal” range (70 – 140) on a consistent basis.
5. One of the benefits of Your Music Library on Amazon Prime is a chance to listen to the songs of long lost blues and country musicians, as well as early rockabilly.
My favorites recently have included Ricky Nelson and Gladys Knight. I don’t know why, but Gladys first thing in the morning raises my spirits. Later in the day, a little CSNY or even Do Wop reminds me of the old days.
6. I’m working on my WS system, and one thing I need to do is write an article or comment on everything that I want to incorporate into my business. Instead of coming back to a bookmark later, I need a post.
7. I need to make some image quotes for Seneca and others.
8. Unstuck Notes
I am stuck. I read. I take notes.
But when it comes to knocking out my first Kindle book, I am frozen in place.
As I get older, things are not often going my way. I am stuck at home as an unwilling health care giver, and I am unable to travel to the Czech Republic, China, or the Ukraine as I had planned.
With the current lockdown, these countries are off limits.
Often, you don’t know just how stuck you are. In reality, I have been under quarantine for over a year. But stuck I am. The Coronavirus has merely shown other family members how sucky my life has been.
Something is not right. Hell, much is not right.
9. Over The Next Year
I hate annual goals or plans. They never work out, or if they do, all of the work is done in the last 90 days.
What I do have is a vision. We are still in the midst of the Coronavirus hoax and being asked to self-quarantine. I have been in a near quarantine for over 2 years. But the difference is this one is forced.
Before March, I spent 2 to 3 hours each day at Panera Bread working my online business and writing. It’s been my de facto office for months. I can still use the drive in for coffee, but I went there to work and not be bothered or tempted by the television or refrigerator.
There are so many goals I could put in place, with the inevitable failure.
What I will do during the lockdown is map out my ideal vision for the rest of my life. It’s easier to do when there is nowhere to go except to the grocery store. Forced poverty is no challenge.
I have been testing different systems for reversing type ii diabetes with no long term success. Fasting works, but not for long. Right now, I am testing OMAD (One Meal A Day), but you still have to limit your consumption during that one meal. I shot my sugar up from 98 to 467.
So I need to adjust my vision. At the end of 365, I will be diabetes free without the need of medication.
It sounds funny, the ADA (American Diabetes Association) guidelines for diet may be what I need. Should be fine for only 1 meal a day, and if I limit grains and oils, I can increase to 2 or more meals a day soon.
I am collecting various meal plans. I already have my tray.
10. My Own SEO Writing Method
Practice writing articles of about 500 words for your own blogs for affiliate products.
One benefit of waking up early, working online, and eating only one meal a day, is wearing my partials for many hours a day. I have avoided wearing them in the past, but I don’t want my teeth to shift.
11. My Panera Bread Office – Closed
About 6 weeks ago (as I write this), Panera Bread went to takeout and delivery online. For many people it’s no big deal. I’m not one of those people.
For months, I went to the gym in the early morning (Planet Fitness) for a workout and then carried my Chromebook to one of two Panera Bread locations I like best. One is close to the gym, the other at Atlantic Beach, Florida. I preferred the second.
All the coffee you want. Good wifi. Great people.
The regulars at 6:00 am included everyone from older retirees to old farts like me to a couple of guys on bicycles who were homeless or nearly so. Better class of homeless than downtown Jacksonville, but I always liked to see that they were not in distress.
None of the regulars seem to mind.
Due to my personal situation of having to be an unwilling, unpaid home health worker, my only release is writing and posting on my blogs. I have to be back at the house by 9:30.
Panera Bread gave me 2 to 3 hours of solid work without fail, and even allowed time to make a few friends. For all practical purposes, I was already quarantined before the orders came down from the President, Governor, and Mayor.
I was able to get more done in those hours than in the rest of the day.
I averaged about 20 to 24 days a month at my “office”. Soon after I signed up for their new program for unlimited coffee for just under $9 a month, I was spending over $50.
Being a cheap bastard, I was thrilled. My office “rent” was now $9 a month.
What I love best about my “office” is the smell of fresh baked bread throughout the dining room, even in the john. And the wifi is as good as any in town (except the Jacksonville Main Public Library, which was shut down early on).
A couple of days into the subscription, orders went out for social distancing in restaurants, so most tables were closed. That lasted only a few days before total dining room shutdown.
But Panera Bread is a well run company. They immediately reached out by email and extended my monthly coffee subscription by 2 months. On occasion, I still use the drive thru for free coffee, but it’s not the same. My office has moved home.
Home is full of distractions from TV to the refrigerator to the couch for a nap.
I miss my Panera Bread Office.
12. Diabetes is still kicking my ass. I’ve been watching a show on PBS called Blood Sugar Rising that reminds me of the severity of the disease.
I hate to make a goal that is too easy to be beyond my will power. But what choice do I have? I can either give into the sugar devils and shorten my life, or learn to love the foods that will reduce my inflammation and allow me to live a long and healthy life.
I have tried every guru’s system for controlling and reversing diabetes. They can all work for a few days, but I cannot find one that I will stick with.
Problem: portion control.
It’s hard to eat enough vegetables to get enough calories to survive. You need beans and grains and potatoes. Trouble is, I can eat a bucket of rice or a mountain of potatoes.
Even eating vegan, I can shoot my blood sugar up 300 points after a single big meal.
I don’t know if I can end diabetes in my system, but I can try. But having a final goal like a New Year’s Resolution will fail.
But I can do this:
Put my test system into place. Eat no food when my blood glucose is above 100. If higher, fast until it’s under. This will mean 1 to 2 meals a day at most, and will be an automatic form of intermittent fasting.
Meals will be based on my tray method. I eat salad, cruciferous vegetables, beans, fruit, and other low carb vegetables.
Eating using my 5 section tray, I can usually keep sugar low enough for 2 meals. Otherwise it might be 1 or none.
I knew some bodybuilders who used to have the problem of jonesing for sugar once in a while. They ate tons of protein, and maybe 6 meals a day, low sugar and salt, so diabetes was never an issue.
But sugar is such a powerful drug that once a month or so they would tear into a box of Golden Grahams and empty the box. I have done the same, except using Cashew Milk instead of the moo cow stuff.
What I can do is learn every tasty vegan recipe I can make in my Aroma rice cooker and see how they affect my glucose levels. This is a daily action I can control. Whether my A1C stays below 7.0 (as the doctors want) or can get below 5.6 (which would mean no diabetes present) remains out of my control.
But I can eat the best vegan foods for diabetics, and if I go Golden Grahams one afternoon, it’s water fasting until the sugar is under 100.
13. “Over here in Europe, we have heard American presidents use such expressions since the 1960s, as in “the war on poverty” or the “war on drugs” or “the war on terrorism” or more recently in “the war on climate change.” Odd language of this sort seemed to be one of America’s many eccentricities. It also did not escape our notice that none of these would-be wars have ever been won. Despite the great sums of money that the US government has spent to fight them, despite the new state institutions that were put in place, and despite the great and growing infringements on the economic and civil liberties of ordinary Americans, the problems themselves never went away. Quite to the opposite, they were perpetuated and aggravated.”
Such will be the fate of the war on Coronavirus. Does anyone believe we can eradicate a virus before it mutates?
“The right thing to do now is to abandon these policies swiftly and entirely. The citizens of free countries are able to protect themselves. They can act individually and collectively. They cannot act well when they are locked down. They will greet any honest and competent advice on what they can and should do, upon which they will proceed responsibly, whether alone or in coordination with others.”
15. I don’t know why I am falling behind on WS. Now is the time to push for locked down individuals to create a new life model.
16. Fail Big 2:
“Whatever it takes.”
This is my new mantra for reversing diabetes and leaving a legacy of evergreen Kindle books.
I can fail as often as possible until I succeed and follow my vision
Develop a fail big action plan.
Most of us have spent our lifetimes trying not to make mistakes, and covering up the ones we did make.
We want to live life as free souls capable of living fearlessly.
In the end, each IBM* wants to be a fearless warrior.
17. As part of my vision of returning to the life of a perpetual traveler, and maybe becoming a mail order husband, I want to not only rid myself of disease but build up my frame into the best old fart bodybuilder I can be.
ForksOverKnives.com has the best info I have seen to accomplish this.
18. “Humanity is finally moving in the right direction. The last step is to just live. Protesting is begging the master to let you be free. Just live free. Don’t ask permission. Conduct your life as the free, sovereign human being you were born as, and let the ruling class panic. If you don’t buy their fear, they cannot control you. The fact that humans are finally realizing they had this power all along is incredible. Live your life your way! That’s the biggest middle finger we can give to any tyrant, whether it be a cop, a governor, a politician, an elitist, or anyone else who wants our compliance and enslavement.”
Individual action a la stoicism is the key to living free no matter where you live.
“Freedom is not negotiable and rights are not gifts from governments or others. We all have the basic human right to be free and live our life the way we see fit. As more people realize this, our power grows and the mainstream media’s fear campaign fails. After all, if there are no order followers, there are no orders.”
19. I need to make adjustments to my daily schedule with an eye toward creating habits and rituals. It’s going to be touch and go until Planet Fitness and Panera Bread are open again, and I may be at home on occasion instead of out and about in the morning.
20. The True Value Of Planet Fitness
Like many Americans, I like to have a gym membership even if it’s not used often.
Planet Fitness is gym lite. But the branch nearest me recently opened a huge location with all new machines and weights. Fantastic. Clean and modern locker rooms and showers and massage tables.
All of this is available for about 75 cents a day.
21. Once the IBM* ebook is available on Kindle, check to see the cost of advertising on LewRockwell.com.
Also have the IMB* group looking good with videos posted that I create.