Still Working on a Weight Tracking App

My original goal for my April resolution was to finish and publish a personal App in the AppStore. My initial thought was a simple Disney app for tracking a few things while on your trip, but at the end of January a weight tracking app came to mind and I quickly switched gears and built a good 60% of the app in less then a couple weeks.

The only thing I really miss from my pre-iOS 11 life was Weightbot by Tapbots (the creators of Tweetbot), I loved that app and continued to use it even though it was never updated for the iPhone 5 screen. It was quick and great at showing me my current weight and the amount I lost since my last weigh-in, amazingly enough a lot of other apps don’t show you what you recently lost.

But just having an app with that wasn’t going to be enough, every app I’ve used in the past has you input 2 major things, your start weight and your goal weight. For me sadly these 2 numbers are usually pretty far off, so I usually lower my goal weight to something a little more obtainable and once I hit it, I change it to my next obtainable weight. So with the app I am building you’ll have you Main Goal and Mini Goals weight options. I am sure there are a few apps that do this, but I haven’t seen any and honestly, didn’t bother looking too hard, cause I had an idea and just wanted to build it.

I originally planned to have this app done by Mid-February 🤦🏻‍♂️, But instead I got it usable enough and started using it. During that time I have lost over 50lbs, I am not crediting the app for it all, I’ve made some better life choices, but the app has played a part and I have enjoyed using it to see my progress. But with focusing on health and a couple job changes. I fully just stopped working on the app until about a month ago. I’ve made some great progress during my nights and weekends and currently planning to finish it up in the next week or so. I am doing all design 😱 and code myself. The design is definitely out of my comfort zone, but its been fun.

I am super excited about finally finishing this app up. Mainly just to have my own app in the AppStore again. I haven’t had one available in over 7 years now. I’ll try to post more on here soon about it once I finish up the last couple features and add some more polish.

Testing out microblog. Loving the app. I don’t use twitter much these days so not sure if I’ll use this one much either.

Personal projects and that last 10-20% to finish 😩

Why is it so hard to finish that last little bit of a personal app to get it ready for the store. I’ve worked on multiple person projects throughout my 8+ years of iOS development and only released one personal app. I’ve cranked out probably about 15 apps (with multiple updates) for work/clients. Yet mine I just can’t force myself to polish them up enough to launch.

I trying to change that this year I had the goal of releasing 2 personal apps this year. The first one was suppose to come out in April, but of course hasn’t happened yet, but I am hoping to at least finish it at some point this summer 🤞.

Only time will tell though. If anyone has any tips to help me please share.

5am wake up 😴

So, I’ve been more of a morning person most of my life, but since the kids I’ve noticed I’ve been less and less of one. Mainly, because if they happen to wake up and see someone is up they thing it’s time to get up and getting them back to sleep is near impossible. So, I joined the wife into becoming a night owl. Only problem with that is I am way more alert more productive in the mornings.

So starting today, I’m going to try and start waking up as close to 5am as possible. And the goal is to use this time to read the Bible, workout and then rotate the rest of the time for side hobbies: side apps, comics, blogging, drawing…

Only real issue I think I’m going to run into is getting enough sleep at night, but hopefully I’ll be able to work that part out before too long. 🤞

Over Half a Year With No Sweets 🍫

Today marks 195 days since I gave up eating sweets. 😱

I honestly never expected or planned to go this long without them, but it honestly feels great. Only things I’ve been eating is fruits, yogurt and my RXBars to help curve any kind of cravings, which honestly don’t happen often at all and are usually easy to ignore. Also it’s without a doubt has helped me with my weight loss and keeping it off. I stopped tracking my daily calorie intake back in April and have just fluctuated less then 5lbs. Now I still want to lose some more, so I plan to start back this week, but one thing I’ve never been able to do in the past after losing is maintain and without sweet I’ve finally done that.

I’m still not sure exactly how long I’ll keep it up at this point. I know want to go at least a full year, which get me a couple days past Christmas. But one thing I do know for sure is if I do allow myself to go back, it will be insanely limited. Like a single dole whip per Disney trip and maybe a small slice of cake on my birthday.

I know a lot of you probably think I’m crazy for going this long, but honestly I feel great! The way I feel today fully out weight all the enjoyment I would have gotten from all the sweet I would have ate in the last 195 days.

My battle with Alopecia Areata

One year ago at the end of this month we got stuck in the rain at Magic Kingdom and Tiff noticed that I had a random patch of baldness.

I just had my hair cut before we left for the trip and had never noticed it before, so I convinced myself that the guy who cut my hair must have somehow done it (it didn’t make sense, but at the time neither did this random bald spot.)

Sadly a month or so later I realized the spot was growing and not shrinking. And trying to cover it up was getting harder and harder. Which is when I did some more research and found out about Alopecia Areata.

  

So after a few month of fighting with trying to cover it, up I was done. My hair style had never taken me more then a minute to do and I was spending way too long each day trying to cover it up. So one Sunday after church I went straight home grab the razor and shaved it (I of course did a Mohawk first).

   

I did go see a doctor and had a few treatments of injections in my head, which didn’t hurt much during, but cause a pretty nasty headache the rest of the day. After insurance they were also $200 each. So after the second one I figured, to me it wasn’t worth it. If my hair grew back awesome, but I didn’t care enough about it to pay another $200 for a third treatment.

To my surprise my hair did start growing back it took a few months, but by January Most of it had filled back in, but I kept shaving for another month before finally letting it grow back out

    

This last week I realized I could finally spike my hair back like I used to. It’s been a crazy year, but glad to have my hair back.

There is a chance it could happen again. But it may not, people seem to be all over the place with what causes it and for some it never comes back at all. I got lucky and at least for now mine is back. If it ever falls back out, I’ll just go back to shaving it. But in the mean time I might as well enjoy my hair while it lasts.

March update – 2018 Resolutions update

So for March I was suppose to finish reading another book, sadly that didn’t happen. I am about half way through 2 separate books tho. So I guess that is something 🤷‍♂️.

I am currently reading Jony Ive and Screwtape Letters, in all honestly if I was dedicating the time to read that I should be, I would have finished both, but March was pretty busy and I just didn’t prioritize it. The goal is to finish at least one if not both next month, cause I know I won’t do it this month.

This months goal is to get an app in the store and I don’t think I touched the code for it once last month 😬. Hopefully I can do it 🤞. In my mind I don’t feel like there is a ton left to make it a decent 1.0 product, but I am sure all the little things will take way more time then I plan for. I am also still not sure what to charge for it or how to charge (up front, ads, IAPs)

All that being said I and making decent progress on all my other resolutions and I am hoping to make time to blog more as well in the future, I’m still doing it fully on the iPad (I love this thing). I am still contemplating getting the Smart Keyboard, but right now I think I am going to hold out to see if they do another major update on it this summer, before I spend any more money on it.

The power of streaks

It’s interesting (possibly sad) how much a streak can motivate me. I originally planned to hit my 50 days with no sweets, grab a dole whip (or 2) while on our last Disney trip. And start it back up afterwards. However, I just couldn’t let that streak end. Yesterday, I hit day 100.

I’m still not sure how long I’ll keep it up, but I’m considering forever (I know crazy talk 🤪). But I’ve lost just under 50lbs and feel great! Sweets have always been my downfall with health and with removing them completely it’s never been easier for me to lose and eat healthier.

2018 Resolution update – February Disney Trip

First sorry for the delay meant to get this out at the beginning of the month.

My February goal was simple:

Enjoy Disney with the family and we did. We had such amazing weather (mid 80s every day with no rain) and had a bunch of fun each day at the parks.

This was our second trip using DVC, we booked it a little late, so we had to stay at 2 separate resorts, but in doing so we got to stay at the Polynesian. We normally would have just tried to stay at the cheapest resort, but since those weren’t available we decided to go all out. It was awesome and we are now spoiled. So much so that we have already booked the Polynesian for our next trip in August. The resort was just amazing and the closeness to Magic Kingdom was wonderful. We can take multiple routes to get there: small boat, large boat, monorail, we may could have taken a bus as well, but why would we with all those way better options. The larger boat was my favorite. It was the least crowded option and there always seem to be one ready and waiting when we needed it.

We enjoyed all 4 parks hitting he Magic Kingdom almost every night of out trip since most days it was so easy to get to.

Some of our best moments was getting picked for the front seats at Festival of the Lion King. I was chosen to do the warthog sound and Lincoln got to go up with some of the other kids (something he’s always wanted to do) and walk around with the performers during the last song.

We also had such a great time at both our sit down restaurants ‘Ohana’s and Chef Mickeys. The food was great and the characters were so much fun.

We got up right next to a giraffe on our safari ride and and an iPad ostrich followed behind us for a while as well. There were so many more great moments. We never get to do all we hope to, but with us there is always a next trip already planned so that always helps when it comes to leaving day.

So February was a success and I am working towards my March and April goals this month of finishing another book and getting an app finished and ready for the App Store. It’s been and going to continue to be a busy March!