Kicking the sugar habit

Sine, I think, I started earning my own money, I have had an issue with sweet things. Candy, chips, ice-cream etc. I always had a sweet tooth but my parents did not really keep much around the house so as a kid it was not such an issue.

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Over the years my wife has pointed it out numerous times though, a few years back she decided to change her eating habits, for the sake of her health and wellbeing. She tried to get me onboard too, knowing that, while it did not show, I was not eating healthy and I was becoming less and less active.

She wanted support as it would be harder for her to change if I kept on my merry way. I agreed in principle.

In reality I struggled immensely. I finally started realising what a problem it was.

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Still nothing changed, only last year did I make a concerted effort to cut sugar out completely. It was eye opening how difficult it was and how much I craved any snack. My wife has been super supportive, knowing I was struggling, she bought 70 or 75% cocoa chocolate, which I did not enjoy at all. I craved the sweetness of milk chocolate and candies and biscuits even.

Soon enough I fell back into the trap of snacking multiple times a day, then eating even more after dinner.

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My wife set an ultimatum (another one, she has tried more than once). She was to eat more healthy and I had to join her, starting in September. The first week we both lapsed, but last week we both faired much better.

I went a week with no sugar, it did not even seem that hard, till my wife brought home a treat for me, when I saw it I could feel my mouth watering. I ate it and immediately after felt I needed more.

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This weekend so far I have had pancakes for breakfast, a pastry at coffee with my wife and some ice-cream. While it is less than any comparative Saturday, I feel I need to stay away from it completely or I will be tempted to go back to my old ways.

So here we go again, I am going to try get through another week with no sugar or processed snacks.

Wish me luck!


I feel as I have been one of the most critical steemians regarding the possible negative consequences concerning the deployment of the HF21 but now I have to say that I like what I see, despite the evident reduction on the number of posts we can see in our FEED page.

The truth is that, putting aside the controversy of what I think is a very drastic Rewarding Algorithm which penalizes posts that do not reach a certain threshold of upvotes (see chart below), the downvote solution is really fixing the blockchain from abusers and also the number of spamming posts has dramatically reduced as well.

Threshold is currently at $3, below you are getting less in author and curation rewards

It’s a fact that big stakeholders are doing now greatly but also is a fact that if you are a consistent steemian I am sure you have benefitted as well for the whole update.

Take my example, now that we are more or less close to the equator of the month.

Before HF21, I used to get 8 SP a week in Curation while in Author Rewards the value was around 60 SP a week…

Today, without changing my overall posting and upvoting behaviour, things are going much better in overall for me.

  • My curation rewards have increased to around 15 SP a week, which is almost double the old rewards.

  • My Author Rewards are dancing around 62 SP a week as well so, no reduction on this aspect or even getting a little more than before…

To tell you the truth, I don’t know how I managed to sustain those Author Rewards… I have powered up around 700 STEEM lately but this cannot explain this good value. Certainly, the huge reduction of the number of posts published has something to do with this. There are less content to be discovered and so there are a higher likelihood to be nicely upvoted by bigger stakeholders. Also, the downvoting effect is returning STEEM to the rewarding pool so, if you are an active steemian you have more chances to be rewarded too.

Redistribution of power have not finished yet

The market is hitting STEEM and the rest of the altcoins very hardly, that’s for sure. We have less activity at the blockchain not only due to the effects of the past HF but also because the permanent decay of the STEEM price.

But, you know, I am totally sure now that the problem is not STEEM. The problem is the situation of the whole market itself which is cyclic.

It’s really painful to see day after day how we loss price…but also it is a fact that as soon as we get out from the bears, not only BITCOIN but the whole cryptosphere will resume the uptrend…

…and then, it will be very difficult for everyone to “build” the STEEM POWER you need in order to take profit of the uptrend conditions of the market. I am sure many will then try to buy STEEM again at any price and so, we will have another SUPER FUD PUMP there.

The best we can do now is…

  • To keep posting, publishing your thoughts, amazing ideas, photos and creations
  • Try to do your best to engage with the audience. Work on your network. Buy some BEER token and provide them to your best commenters and followers for instance.
  • Build your STEEM POWER as much as “morally” possible… I am buying small quantities every now and then at the lowest prices we have seen during the last 2 years. Remember 50 Euros = 350 STEEM at BITVAVO , PEANUTS!!!! I have bought the same quantity at more than double that price 1 year ago!!!
  • Invest on TRIBES that you like in a wisely manner. For instance, If you are a sport lover, use #sportstalk as a tag, check the trend page and your wallet account at , use the voter (@sportsvoter) there in order to “burn” SPORTS token there and obtain some STEEM in your sport related posts… The same for other tribes, LEO, PALNET, NEOXIAN…all of them are here to help us.
  • Share your best posts at other social media as Tweeter, FB and the like
  • Vote PROPOSALS that develop the STEEM ecosystem ( )

These are only a few things you can do, I am sure there are many things and ways to keep growing at the STEEM blockchain but the most important is always related with your level of ENGAGEMENT.

Keep on growing!


EOS Price Showing Signs of Strength

EOS is testing resistance again as we speak. After making a run at the 3.90 area it took a little breather before making this next attempt.

What I like is that we only saw a very modest pullback on very light volume the past few days before today’s push.

There are no guarantees we see price breakthrough, but if it does then 4.20 and 4.60 are the next upside targets I am watching.

As for the downside, I’d like to see price hold 3.70 so that this higher low that was just put in remains valid.

? Daily Crypto News, September, 14th?

  • Bitcoin Price Indicator May Signal Next Leg Higher ;
  • Square’s Cash App Is Testing a Stock Trading Feature ;
  • ? SteemMonsters Statistics AND Big Datas ? ;
  • Will Blockchain Stop Personal Data Leaks? ;
  • US Treasury Sanctions North Korean Hacker Groups for Cyber Attacks ;
  • ? Daily Crypto Calendar, September, 14th?
  • STEEM Trading Update

Welcome to the Daily Crypto News: A complete Press Review, Coin Calendar and Trading Analysis. Enjoy!

? Bitcoin Price Indicator May Signal Next Leg Higher

History looks to be repeating itself in the bitcoin market, as a key indicator’s bullish turn could mark the beginning of the next meteoric price rally.

The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency’s price action seen over the last eight months is very similar to the moves seen in 2015, according to Bitstamp data. For instance, the bitcoin bear market ended near $3,100 in mid-December 2018 and prices built a base below $4,000 in the following three months before breaking into a bull market on April 2.

Notably, the bear market drop ran out of steam two months before the 50- and 10-week moving averages confirmed a bearish crossover (in February 2019).

Weekly chart

? Square’s Cash App Is Testing a Stock Trading Feature

Square’s cryptocurrency-friendly payment app Cash App is reportedly testing a new feature allowing customers to buy and sell stocks.

Expanding Cash App
Citing a source familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported on Sept. 12 that the San Francisco-based startup’s employees began testing the new feature in recent weeks. Once released, it will allow Cash App users to make free stock trades.
Square has reportedly not yet determined the exact date of the new option launch.

? ? SteemMonsters Statistics AND Big Datas ?

SteemMonsters reached 136,8k visits in July 2019!

N.B: My main sources of datas changed the way they calculated and estimated the datas. Therefore, this report might not be comparable to the previous one. Nevertheless they also adjusted all the past datas to make it comaprable.

I] Traffic

Daily SteemMonsters Traffic

SteemMonsters Daily Traffic kept on improving since the launch to reach close to 10k daily visits in August 2019.

My assumptions for August 2019

  • Total visits to 136.8k
  • Assumption of Total unique visitors in August: 15-20k
  • Total Daily visitors: 5-6k
  • Assumption of Total Daily Unique visitors: 2.5-3k

SteemMonsters Market Cap is Healthy and at an ALL TIME HIGH !

This is a collective achievement and I would like to congratulate all of us! We need to continue helping @yabapmatt to grow this platform

? Will Blockchain Stop Personal Data Leaks?

If you are one of the 2.4 billion active Facebook users, the probability that your data has been leaked is around 17%, given the recent news of 419 million accounts being exposed. This means that, unless something changes, every sixth active user could lose control over their personal data. Again and again, no matter the government or the company managing personal data or how secure their systems are, personal data leaks happen all the time. But what are the fundamental problems of centralization and how can we rescue our data from criminals, greedy marketers and corrupt governments?

Leaks are inevitable

The last two weeks have brought us tremendous news about leaks. The most recent concerning the aforementioned database of 419 million Facebook accounts was found available to download on the internet and complete with details such as names, phone numbers, gender and country of residence. A while ago, Mastercard officially reported about 90,000 exposed accounts to European Union authorities.

? US Treasury Sanctions North Korean Hacker Groups for Cyber Attacks

The United States Treasury Department announced further sanctions against three North Korean state-sponsored hacker groups, responsible for “North Korea’s malicious cyber activity on critical infrastructure.”

Continue to enforce existing U.S. and U.N. sanctions against North Korea

On Sept. 13, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against North Korean hacking groups, more specifically the renowned Lazarus group, and two lesser-known entities, Bluenoroff and Andariel. Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said:

“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs. […] We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and UN sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks.”


? Daily Crypto Calendar, September, 14th?

2019 Texas Blockchain Summit from 10 AM – 7 PM (CDT).

“Learn about PumaPay – Blockchain payment method and the potential of electronic payment in the economy 4.0”

“Presentation of the Development Strategy of EDC Blockchain and ECRO Place ▪️On September 14, 2019”

“Part of our Cryptour in Africa, we’re coming to Accra

“#Aeternity Universe One #Haeckathon starts on Saturday and guess who will be mentoring the participants?”


STEEM Trading Update by my friend @cryptopassion

Here is the chart of yersterday :


Here is the current chart :


Today, we continued to test the support line around 0.154$ anf it starts to look good for buyers because sellers canot break this low. The market is becoming more and more nervous and we should have a major move in one of the direction soon.

If the BTC is not massively correcting, we could have a nice surprise on the STEEM because sellers start to have difficulties to continue their drop. In case of a correction on the BTC, we could break that support line but it will be the case of most altcoins.


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Crypto Contest September 14: Vodi X

Vodi X (Bittrex: VDXUSDT) has broken out of the triangle pattern in the four-hour chart.

(Chart courtesy of (log scale))

Elliott Wave Analysis

In Elliott Wave terms, Vodi X began a wave one advance on September 4. The red wave one (blue sub-waves i-ii-iii-iv-v) finished on September 10, and the red wave two (blue sub-waves a-b-c) correction ended on September 12. If this wave count is correct, Vodi X should be heading next towards the September 10 peak in the red wave three.

(Chart courtesy of (log scale))


Vodi is a mobile platform boasting 5+ million users in over 200 countries and is tokenizing its ecosystem by launching Vodi X. You can watch their latest update below.

(Sources: Vodi X and YouTube)

How can I vote? Where is the contest?

You can vote by following this link.