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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!!


Weekly update #1

Pretty decent start. I could have done better tho. But I’m going in the right direction and that’s what this is all for. Hoping to increase my active calorie burn and step count this week. 

Weight loss: 2.5lbs

Active calories burned: 5,132

Calorie intake:  11,212 (not as accurate since I didn’t have Monday and Tuesday fully logged)

Total Steps: 83,329

Active time: 5h 40m

The ups and downs of weight loss continues

It’s a life long never ending struggle. I’m still way far from where I used to be, but also far from where I want to be and lately the curve is going the wrong way again so I have to do something to stop it now before it goes to high up.

So what am I going to do?

The goal is from a week today I am going to start posting my weight publicly again. I did this a couple years back and it was a huge motivator. I’m giving myself a week just as an extra push for the first week to hopefully lose a good amount before I start posting.

How am I doing it?

I own the withings smart scale. It allows me to automatically post to Twitter and Facebook as soon as it records my weight. That means even if I’m not happy with the weight there is no stopping it from going public. The goal is to weigh in everyday. I know that the body weight fluctuates from day to day so this isn’t the most accurate way to weigh in but it’s a good way to build the habit fast and see quick results when I don’t do as well as I should.

What else am I going to do?

I plan and also hope to start blogging more. I want to talk about the apps I use and anything else that might be beneficial to others. I am also hoping to make a couple apps myself through this journey that I plan to use to help me.

100lbs Lost

I’ve officially lost 100lbs, so I’m going to Disney World! (I may have already been going tomorrow anyways.)

It’s taken me a lot longer then I wanted it to, and my process isn’t something that I’m necessarily proud of. I am, however proud of the outcome. Looking at the chart above you can see it’s been a struggle of ups and downs. I’ll be writing more about the process later.

I’m not finished yet. I still want to lose another 20-30 pounds to get under 200 and get my BMI in the “healthy” range. This is the healthiest I’ve been my entire life, ==it feels great!==

I went back through some pictures and found one of the night that I weighed in at ==321lbs==: jen-birthday-2011-142

And this one was taken today at 220.4lbs: Image

I am loving this healthier lifestyle and I look forward to all the extra years of life it should/will give me to spend with my family.

Being a Dad


Sadly I was off on the Disney vacation during the time the video was made so sadly I wasn’t able to take part. But below are my answers to the questions.

How many kids do you have?

One boy name Lincoln age 3 and just found out we have another on the way.

What’s their favorite thing in the world to do?

He loves to dress up in costumes and he has about 10 of them, All the Avengers, some DC Comic Heros, and Captain Hook and Peter Pan

What is something about them that you love/enjoy?

I love how his memory works. He’ll bring something up out of no where like it happened yesterday and it was something from 6 months ago.

Is there a “parenting moment” that stands out in your mind?

Rushing him to the hospital. When he was a little over 1 he had an allergic reaction to eggs the day before Easter and got hives all over his body. We rushed him to the hospital after the epinephrine he threw up all over me, but I just held him closer. It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life, but luckily we know now that he is allergic to Peanuts and Eggs and we are always prepared wherever we go.

What is your favorite memory of being a Dad?

Taking my son to Disney for the first time and just seeing his excitement when he saw Mickey and the other characters.

When did it hit you that you were a father?

Second night at the hospital after he was born. He woke up with the hiccups and I just remember holding him until they went away. I also video’d it on my phone.

Whats the greatest thing you’ve learned about yourself being a father?

New way to love, there is nothing like the love a parent has for their child.

Whats the job description of a father?

24/7 on call, More then just being around, but really giving your child the time and attention they need and deserve.

What do you want to impart on your kids?

To trust and believe in God in everything he does.

A new addition to the family

While we were on vacation a couple weeks ago we found out that Tiff is pregnant with our second child. We are crazy excited!

Lincoln is determined that the baby is going to be a girl and that we will name her Elsa Anna Minor (I think we need to stop letting him watch the Frozen movie).

We still have a ways to go before we find out whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, but we did find out the expected due date is one day before Lincoln’s 4th Birthday. So that should be interesting…

My HomeScreen

I can’t leave my iPhone layout alone. I am constantly changing it.

Below is what my iPhone’s layout looks like today. But it will most likely look completely different a month from now (if not sooner). I’m not a big fan of having the full screen filled with apps or having multiple pages to flip through. With iOS 7 I’m using spotlight a ton to find the app I want and I am trying to force myself to use Launch Center Pro more, but only time will tell.

I also love seeing what other people’s homescreens look like so feel free to share them with me.

My First Mac

Was a 700Mhz iBook G3 PowerPC. I was a diehard Windows PC fan before this system and had just finished building a fairly top of the line PC, but after buying the iBook it quickly turn into a huge floppy disk drive, which I needed to turn in college work (and yes I now feel old).

My memory isn’t the best, but I believe from that point my upgrade path went like this:
Mac #2. 17in iMac G4 – they 17in lamp looking one.

Mac #3. 15in Powerbook G4 – was so happy to finally have one.

Mac #4. MacPro (intel)- started doing more video editing.

Mac #5. MacMini (intel) – stopped doing as much video stuff.

Mac #6. 13in Macbook Pro – needed to have some portability.

Mac #7. 27in iMac – so much screen space

Mac #8. 15in Retina MBP – need to be portable again.

Mac #9. 27in iMac – yes again, used it mainly as an external monitor for a bit.

But it all started here: