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Hey everyone, it’s been a rough week of homeschooling at the RB40 household. Our son is learning about fractions and he’s having a really hard time with it. We started off pretty well with the basics, but now it’s getting more complicated. Here is a sample question.

Lisa walks 7/8 mile to school. John walks 10/6 mile to school. Who has a longer walk? Show this on a number line.

This is easy for adults, but it’s very difficult for kids. He kept confusing himself by forgetting the little details. Unfortunately, I’m an impatient teacher and get upset when he doesn’t understand it after a few tries. I guess he’s not a math genius like I expected him to be. Anyway, we are both slogging through fractions this week. It’s aggravating because I think the worksheets should be done in 15 minutes, but they take 2+ frustrating hours to do. We’ll keep practicing and hope he understands the concept soon.

Exercise helps you feel better

Luckily, the weather is nicer now. Every day at 2 pm, we go out for a bike ride, shoot hoops, kick the ball around, or work in the garden. We always feel much better after some exercise. This is less exercise than I usually get, but it’ll have to do.

Before lockdown, I usually exercise for 30-40 minutes in the morning. Then I walk half a mile to pick up RB40Jr from the bus stop at 2 pm. Occasionally, we’d play soccer in the backyard in the evening. We also walk to the library, grocery store, and hardware store. That’s more than what we do now.

What about you?

Are you getting any exercise in lockdown every day?

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Work out like you’re in lockdown

Overall, I think I exercise about half as much as I used to. That’s not bad, right? For now, it’ll have to be the things that RB40Jr enjoys. I tried getting him to work out with me, but it didn’t work. He doesn’t like doing pushups, pullups, steps, and other routine exercises. An adult workout is extremely boring for kids.

I really admire those of you who are exercising in this environment. I see a lot of people posting about their workouts and outdoor adventures on social media. Good for you! Keep it up.

What about you? Are you getting any exercise in lockdown? Share your routine and inspire us. Short post today because I have no energy or focus this week.

*If you want to keep your weight down, try intermittent fasting. Here is how I do it. I only eat from noon until 8 pm on weekdays. This cuts down on the calories and I don’t miss breakfast much. I’m busy homeschooling RB40Jr on the weekdays anyway. Try intermittent fasting if you want to control weight. It really works. If you can’t do it by yourself, I highly recommend Martin Dasko’s Intermittent Fasting Course. It was very helpful when I first started IF. (Of course, it’s a lot harder now. We’re snacking more than usual, but intermittent fasting is helping.)


It’s February and the gym is already less crowded. I see this every year. People make New Year resolutions to get fit, but they don’t know how to sustain it. Will power alone can’t keep you going. What you really need to do is to change your habit. Here are the three things that helped me get to the gym regularly.

3 Secrets That Will Get You to The Gym [continue reading…]


Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe, but another year has gone by and here we are again. It’s time to take stock and make some new fitness goals for 2018. I did okay last year, but it could always be better. Fitness is really tough if you’re not focused.

2018 New Year Fitness Resolutions

2017 recap

First, let’s see how I did with my New Year resolutions last year.

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fitness tracker helps you

Can a fitness tracker help you become more active? Yes, from my experience it works. I gave myself a Garmin Vivofit 2 as a Christmas present in 2015 and I’ve been using it to track my steps ever since. There is a new version out now and it looks even better and has new functions added. Check out the Garmin Vivofit 3 at Amazon. It’s pretty awesome for just $79.

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School started last week and I’m finally getting back to the gym. As expected, I couldn’t work out much while our kid is out of school. There were just too many things to do in the summer. I worked out occasionally, but couldn’t really get into the groove. However, it was still a good learning experience. Now, I know I should just write the summer off. I just couldn’t get a rhythm going. Next summers, I’ll just concentrate on having fun outdoor and not worry much about working out. This summer, we went swimming, camping, hiking, and walking all over town. We had a great summer break and I was active. It was good to take a break from working out anyway because my elbows were really hurting by the end of spring. I overdid it with the pull ups.

Getting Back to The Gym After Summer Break [continue reading…]


Summer Hiatus

Well, my summer exercise plan didn’t really pan out. It’s just so hard to workout when school is out. Summer hiatus is on and we’ll get back to exercise and blogging after school starts.

Meanwhile, check out my personal finance blog – Retire by 40. See how I’m doing 5 years after I retired from my engineering career.

Some summer pictures. 🙂

Hug PointWe went to the beach to escape the heat.

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