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CyclingDiet Product Review

By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer [Follow on Facebook: @RMichaelBrownLLC]
📸: Let Ideas Compete is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

After joining a bunch of Facebook cycling groups I started to receive ads for CyclingDiet. You may be getting them too because you are part of the Facebook groups or post about cycling.

As a former US Olympic Cycling Coach and professional freelance writer, I thought I would take a look at their plan and write a review to be helpful to other cyclists.

The bottom line, BUYER BEWARE!

According to their Facebook ads and their Facebook page [@cyclingdietforweightloss] they say, “Fun, easy, and safe way to lose weight! Find what will work for you with 60-sec quiz approved by cycling coaches and experts and get your personalized plan & diet!”

So I purchased the program to check it out and it cost $66… not including the international charges because the company is based in Lithuania (Didn’t know that when I registered).

In addition I paid an extra, $4.99, to get the “rush” evaluation on the quiz I took. They say the personal evaluation is done by cycling coaches and experts.

I signed up as a beginner to see what they were teaching new cyclists. When I received my plan it included some generic daily workouts for before and after stretching, calisthenics, and bicycle training. You could easily come up with these on your own via the web for free.

But when I got to the diet part, and you are led to believe with a name like CyclingDiet this is the robust part of their offering, all it had was a Cycling Recipe book in a PDF showing calorie amounts for the few dozen recipes they provided. No daily plan, no meals to sync with the daily cycling and off-day workouts, no technology to track your calories… Just two mentions above the recipe “book” that showed total daily calories you should stay within to maintain weight and total calories you should target to lose weight.

Honestly, you could buy a paperback weight loss cookbook for under $10 and get more information.

What they sent me is what their “cycling coaches and experts” came up with?

After working with Olympic cycling sports nutritionists and many nutritionists over the years on my own diet and my daughter’s because she has Type 1 Diabetes, the CyclingDiet isn’t a diet or diet plan by any stretch of the imagination.

The whole plan is basically – stay under 1,500 calories a day and you add it up on your own. Oh, and exercise a lot. Not worth $5 let alone $66.

If you’re used to MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, WeightWatchers, or the many other online programs, CyclingDiet looks like a bad joke.

Plus, when I attempted to get a refund after telling them the deficiencies in their product, they gave me some back and forth customer support static and said they would refund only half ($33) and it may take 2 weeks to process.

So just to check on them by doing a Google search, turns out the company for CyclingDiet, UAB Kilo Grupė, in the first few Google results, are about “unauthorized charges” and scam alerts.

Now I’m going to have to watch my PayPal and bank accounts to see what happens.

They buy a lot of online ads. They’re everywhere. I blocked them.

As you can imagine, I won’t recommend this product. Far from it.

In fact this is the best $33, hopefully, I’ve ever spent if it helps you not fall for this waste of your time and money.

If you need a diet, talk to your medical doctor or a licensed nutritionist. They work with you and legitimate online programs for you to evaluate, plan, and track your diet. That’s the safest and will get you the best results.

Happy cycling!

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Small American Cities are Making Attractive Offers to Lure Tech Workers Away from the Metros

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Cities in North-West Arkansas are making offers to workers in New York and Los Angeles that’re simply too good to pass. Incentives including cash bonuses, free mountain bikes and year-long discounted rent prices.

Are you ready to move out of the big metro areas and why?

Why Do Gas Pumps Run Slow?

Last week, I twice found myself standing at a gas pump, in single digit temperatures waiting for what must have been individual droplets of gasoline to drip into my car’s tank. The digits slowly ticked over and, as my hands grew colder, I thought about going into the car for my coat, maybe some gloves.

I thought about ending the transaction and trying another pump. But I waited. And I told myself I’d Google why this happens. Then, I got in my car and drove away without Googling a damn thing, just like I had every other time it happened.

— Read on jalopnik.com/i-finally-looked-up-why-gas-pumps-sometimes-run-slow-an-1846356588

Wind Chop Rideable in Boca This Morning

Looks like a small 2’ windchop this morning. The Pavilion in #BocaRaton looks rideable on a #longboard. Check out the Surfing Webcams in #Florida at BrownieBytes.Net #surf #surfing #waves #beach

https://browniebytes.net/surfing-webcams-in-florida/

Boogaali | The Ugandan Company that’s Making Affordable & Sustainable Bicycles Out of Bamboo

It’s in his workshop, in the capital city of Kampala, that young Ugandan entrepreneur Noordin Kasoma designs bicycles made from bamboo. His company, Boogaali Bicycles limited, produces bicycles that are, not only affordable but also sustainable.

In an industry dominated by steel and aluminium, the use of bamboo is not as bizarre as it might seem. Kasoma says his bikes are strong, light and durable. They are also comfortable, he says.

Boogaali-Bamboo Bikes

Boogaali-Bamboo Bikes

“The bamboo itself tries to absorb the shocks that you are passing through, better than steel or aluminium.”

Bamboo frames aren’t uncommon in the cycling world. Noordin’s bicycles, however, come with a Ugandan spin: the joints are reinforced with bark cloth, a traditional clothing material extracted from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree.

In addition to being hand-crafted, the Boogaali bamboo bicycles are customized according to the cyclist’s needs and specifications.

Forgive and be free

When I was 26, my world fell apart. I had just started graduate school and was travelling back and forth between Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC because my wife was finishing graduate school in a different city. On one of those trips, I was doing laundry and found a note crumpled in the bottom of the dryer. It was addressed to my wife from one of her classmates: ‘We should leave at separate times. I’ll meet you at my place afterward.’

Although not confirmed until months later, my wife was having an affair. To me, it was a blow of monumental proportions. I felt betrayed, swindled, even mocked. Anger exploded in me and, over days and weeks, that anger settled into a simmering mess of bitterness, confusion and disbelief. We separated with no clear plan going forward.

Although this pain stabbed with an intensity I hadn’t felt before, I was certainly not alone. Many people experience similar hurts, and much worse, in their lives.

Being in relationships often means being offended, hurt or betrayed. As people, we often suffer injustices and relationship difficulties. One of the ways that humans have developed to deal with such pain is through forgiveness. But what is forgiveness and how does it work?

Find Out More (Aeon):

https://aeon-co.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/aeon.co/amp/essays/forgiveness-therapy-can-free-you-from-the-hurts-of-the-past

How to Start a Successful Negotiation in 2 Words | Inc.com

A BrownieBytes secret is out! Getting to know someone by showing genuine empathy is the first step to great communication – especially when interviewing or negotiating. Caring about the other person is key and the best two words to start the conversation are “Tell me…”. Click below to learn more:

In a new book, law school professor Alexandra Carter says great negotiators ask great questions.
— Read on www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/how-to-start-a-successful-negotiation-in-2-words.html

LinkedIn now has a newsroom of 65 journalists. It’s hiring more.

In Dan Roth’s dream world, members of LinkedIn, where he has served as editor in chief since 2011, would habitually read the LinkedIn Daily Rundown with their morning cup of coffee.

They’d then turn their attention to the site’s podcast or newsletter during their commute to work. When they get to their desks, they’d open LinkedIn.com on their browsers, where they can read from a carefully curated feed of professional and business news throughout their work day. Users who felt inspired by the content would share links on their own timeline. They’d check their notifications tab to see if others have engaged with the content they share. 

Who knows? They might even talk about one of LinkedIn’s articles at their next staff meeting.

This is Roth’s aspiration for LinkedIn’s 645 million members and for workers who have yet to use the site. He envisions LinkedIn as the perfect “utility” for professionals.
— Read on amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/10/23/media/linkedin-journalists/index.html

New #Books for Your #QuarantineLife

In these strange days of quarantine and isolation, books can be a mode of transport. We may have to stay home and stay still, but through the abiding magic of the written word, we can travel to all kinds of different places. Look, just because it’s corny doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  

New this month: Charlotte McConaghy chronicles a Greenland ocean expedition in Migrations. Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi takes us to Africa in The Death of Vivek Oji. And Carole Stivers fast-forwards to the year 2049 in The Mother Code. Also: the perils of an open marriage, the dark allure of Hollywood, and a new installment in the Twilight series.

Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers’ early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1885-august-s-most-anticipated-new-releases

Zillow CEO: Real estate market is beginning ‘great reshuffling’ as people seek more space at home

The U.S. real estate market is beginning to show signs of a “great reshuffling,” as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space to ease working from home, Zillow CEO Rich Barton said on the company’s Q2 2020 earnings call this week. 

“I believe we are at the dawn of a great reshuffling,” Barton said. “I’m sure I don’t need to spell it out for you because we are all living it, spending an average of nine hours more per day at home. Zoom meetings are changing the way families think about space and privacy. Home offices are in high demand. Backyards are more desirable than parks and gyms. Work-from-home policies are eliminating the commute for many. There’s an endless list of considerations.” 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/zillow-were-at-the-beginning-of-a-great-reshuffling-to-space.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard