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

CHOREMONSTER DADS ON 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:

Working Outside

The last couple days I’ve been working from a screened in patio of our hotel room in Orlando, Fl. Normally I am stuck in a 12×12 office in a basement with 2 glass block windows. There are definitely some distractions that come with this view (especially on the bottom floor of a hotel room), but having a water view to look up at can be very motivating. Much more then my painted blue walls could ever do.

Being a Dad – (my belated Father’s Day post)

I love being a dad. It’s by far the best things in the world. My boy is almost 2.5 and it’s crazy how fast he has grow and changed in that short amount of time. He is talking up a storm and I can actually understand most of it now. I am also proud as can be every time he wants to watch Iron Man: Armored Avengers over Mickey Mouse ClubhouseBut best of all I start off nearly every morning with him yelling “DA-DA” over and over at the top of the stair (my office is in the basement) until I respond. There is no better way I could think to start a day.My wife’s a photographer and always surprises me with amazing shots of him for fathers day. Here are just a few of my favorites.

 

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Maintaining

Since vacation in October I’ve weighted around 255-259, This is far from my weight goal, but in the past I’ve always been good at either losing or gaining (mostly gaining), so it’s nice to know that I can maintain, now I just need to get to a weight worth maintaining.

Also, sometime next week I will be turning back on the feature of my scale to post my weight publicly again. I turned it off because it’s pointless when there is no progress being made.

The Disney Dining Plan

After spending 10 straight days in Disney World. I am finally back home, back to work and back to hopefully losing more weight.

I went into this vacation thinking that I could continue on with my weight loss process, but then came the dining plan…

The way it works is you get 2 meals and 1 snack each day. By the sounds of that it doesn’t sound like much, but each meal is quite large and comes with a drink and a desert itself. So it ends up being a ton of food. Yes, I could have made good choices and gotten grapes or a banana for deserts/snakes, but why would I do that when I could get a cookies and cream chocolate cookie sandwich.

Anyways that all being said when you see the weight gain I post tomorrow now you know why.