Today I wrote about some of the values and practices that make our company unique, and how we run Exist in a way that protects your data and respects you as a user.

Learning from the first fasting day, today I’ll be breaking up my limited energy intake rather than squeezing it all into lunch. Coffee at my hungriest point in the morning, most of my intake at lunch, and a small snack around dinner time.

Second fasting day of 5:2 week 1 today. Last night I read about how there’s no long-term evidence of weight loss from fasting diets, and most people eventually put back on the weight they lose through fasting. But we committed to 4 weeks to try it, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ve never tried Core Data, so I’m sure I’ve got it better than I realise, but I really do not like using Realm. At least in Swift.

First 5:2 fasting day was yesterday. Today’s weigh-in: down 500g. (1.1lb) I’m mostly concerned with dropping fat, rather than overall weight, and keeping the muscle mass I’ve worked hard on building recently, but it’s nice to see some pay-off to keep me motivated to continue!

Trying out the 5:2 approach to intermittent fasting, starting today. Almost bedtime on day one and my verdict so far is: boring and annoying, but doable.

It’s already Monday here in Melbourne so for Micro Monday I want to recommend @alice. In a sea of Apple fans, it’s a relief to hear about the alternatives for a change. I’ve enjoyed chatting to Alice about Android, Firefox, and more.

Continuing our discussion about pronouns, here’s a great podcast sharing what it’s like to use non-obvious pronouns, and why it’s important not to assume what pronouns other people use.

Self-esteem isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

From Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff:

…research shows that people with high self-esteem are just as prejudiced, if not more so, than those who dislike themselves. People with high self-esteem also engage in socially undesirable behavior such as cheating on tests just as often as people with low self-esteem do. And when people with high self-esteem feel insulted, they frequently lash out at others. In one study, for instance, college students were told they did worse than average on an intelligence test. Those with high self-esteem tended to compensate for the bad news by insulting the other study participants and putting them down. Those with low self-esteem, on the other hand, tended to react by being nicer and complimenting other participants as a way to seem more likable.