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.

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 Resolutions

I think I thought up a few items last year, but they didn’t last past February, so this year I wanted to take another swing at them and do them in a different way. So I am setting a goal for each month. Some will be easy and other will take work every month before their goal month to accomplish. Anyways here they are:

January

Use my iPad more

I love my 10.5in iPad Pro  it amazing, but since I got the iPhone X, it’s been sitting in its sleeve. So this month I’ve been getting it out more and more to read, browse and also to write this blog post with. I’ve also been trying to use it more as a second display on my MacBook Pro from time to time. I’m still hoping that one day I can easily develop apps on this device I love its portability and the battery life and would love to be able to use it less as a consumption device and more for creating things.


February

Enjoy Disney w/ family

Excited to go back to Disney mid February. We joined DVC last year. So we are going to be staying at the Polynesian resort for part of our stay. We may attempt driving this time. Plane tickets for the days we need are pretty outrageous and having a car down there this time would be beneficial. Also Hudson is not an easy flyer, even though he loves planes. So even though it’s just a week in February and an easy task. I just want to make sure I fully enjoy trip.

March

Have read 2 books

Last year I think I read a total of 2 books (outside of bible reading). I wanna improve that this year by reading at least 4. Currently I’m about finished with Lessons of a Third Grade Dropout and partially into the Jony Ive book, so those will most likely be the first I finish this year. I’m also reading comics as well 🤓. Mainly just D.C. ones and for free thanks to Hoopla.

April

1st personal app in the store

I have at least 5 app ideas I want to eventually make. None are big money makers, but just apps that I personally want to have so goal is to finish and polish up my Disney app first and get that out by April and then work on another one for the rest of the year. I haven’t had my own app in the store since 2012. So looking forward to getting something out there again.

May

TBall season

Both boys will be in TBall this year, so in May I wanna focus on spending more time with them practicing and having fun outside.

June

Be better at balancing work/life

To go along with May, I want to get a better balance with work and family life this year. I have the privilege of working from home most of the week, but it can make things rough at times, so I am hoping to figure out a better schedule to make sure I am done working and ready for family when they are ready for me.

July

Be Healthier then ever before.

Most of my goals are being worked on outside of there goal months this one more then the others. Back before Hudson was born I had gotten down to the lowest weight I have ever been as an adult (which was 100lbs lost from my heaviest 😬). I want to not only get back to that, but also continue it. Being a nerd I’m obviously using tech to help my on that path. So far the apps/devices I am using to obtain that are the Apple WatchLoseIt  HealthMate  Nokia(Withings) ScaleStreaksZero, and WaterMinder.

August

Have read a total of 4 books

Not sure what other books I’ll read this year I have a bunch I’ve bought. Thinking Becoming Steve Jobs will be one of them.

September

Learn to draw

To go along with using my iPad more, I also want to draw more. I’ve never considered myself as artistic/creative. Even though I have created my own apps and done video projects in the past. In my mind I’ve always linked the word creative with drawling. I know it’s so much more than that, but that’s how my brain sees it. And I would love to learn how draw better. And the iPad and Apple Pencil are great for that.

October

Enjoy Disney with my Wife

Another Disney trip, this one without my kids. As many of you know I love taking the family to Disney, but it’s also nice to get away as adults and go to Disney. It’s just freeing to go there and not have to worry about all the things needed for the kids and doing all the things to keep them happy. So in October we are going without the kids and I can’t wait.

November

2nd Personal App in store

The first app I have planned this year is fairly easy it’s mostly done. This one hasn’t even been started, nor have I decided which of my other ideas this one will be just yet. So I’ll have a lot to figure out and soon to be able to make this one a reality by November.

December

Have all the Christmas stuff done before the 15th

Christmas is way to stressful, wanna try to fix that in 2018 and help out my wife more and plan out better for myself as well.

Frustrated!


In the past the only way I have been successful at losing weight was by not eating less than 1500 calories, most day less than 1200 (which I know is not enough). I’ve been trying to fix that this time around, but the results have been well basically nothing.

What I’ve been doing:

So my goal the last few weeks have been to eat close to 1800 calories each day and have an active calorie burn of at least 600 calories. But the results have been me basically losing and gaining the same 2 lbs over and over.

 

What am I going to do next:

I have to change it up, cause this hasn’t been working. So I am going to increase my active calorie burn to at least 800 a day and decrease my intake to 1600. That way I’m burning half the calories I’m eating.

I know this is not the best approach and will be less maintainable for me in the long run, but if I don’t start seeing some progress soon. I’m gonna wanna just give up altogether.

 

Sorry for the rant, just had to verbalize my frustrations!!