And what I drink now instead.

As of today, I’m 122 days sober. One of the things that’s helped anchor me and stay on the straight and narrow is my fitness regimen. …


Or, my weight is none of your business.

For some reason, we humans love to comment on other people’s weight.

Somehow, we got it into our heads that someone’s size bears some sort of relationship to their moral character. …


Keeping it is where the real work begins.

Several weeks ago, I was driving to the store when I got a text from one of my daughters. I took a quick glance at it. Then I pulled over to the side of the road.

“Hey dad?” it started. “I’m really…


Six figures, no degree. Is this the future? Yes and no.

I was the son of a single mom making minimum wage in a dirt-poor town in upstate New York. I never got a degree. In anything. …


You don’t have to be an Instagram model.

Woman holding buff man’s arm

Open Instagram and you’ll see no shortage of America’s Next Top Models. Ultra-fit, muscled-up men and women with microscopic quantities of body fat.

But is that achievable for most of us? Is it even advisable? Or is there a better way for…


What you should do instead.

I’ve read a lot of posts about strategies for “going viral”. Some of these tips are solid advice for new writers. Some are unhelpful or even counterproductive.

But the sentiment itself is misguided. I’ve been writing online (profitably) for over two decades and I can…


All the ride, none of the downside.

I’ve been a fan of cycling since I was a pre-teen. As a kid trapped in a small town in upstate New York, cycling (I just called it “riding my bike” then) provided a measure of freedom.

As an adult, I still love…


Will Halo View earn its wings? The devil’s in the details.

The market for wearable fitness gadgets shows no sign of slowing down. The latest evidence of that is Amazon’s announcement that it’s introducing yet another fitness tracker. …


Reflections on emerging from purgatory.

A remember a year ago walking past a neighbor’s house and seeing a small sign hanging near the walkway. It depicted five wine glasses of various sizes, all about half-full. The text read: “GROUP THERAPY IS NOW IN SESSION.”

These folks, I thought at the…


“Loyalty” is outdated.

For a child raised by a single mother who earned minimum wage, I’ve had a blessed career.

I’ve worked in tech for 25+ years. Most of that has been as a Technical Writer and Technical Curriculum Developer. These days, I ply my trade as an Engineering Manager…

Jay Allen

Tech industry guy sharing hard-learned lessons about staying fit, being successful in work, and finding balance.

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