2019 Resolutions

Ok since last year worked out pretty well, I figured I’d give this a go again and set some new goals for this year, so here they are:

January

For January the focus is going to be on improving Obtain. with releasing it last month I am even more pumped to work on it. My goal for this month is to finish expanding out the complication and also get version 1.2 out before the month is over.

It’s not going to be easy, but I think I can do it ๐Ÿค”

February

Will be all about getting to bed earlier and waking up at 5am ๐Ÿ˜ด. With doing that I can focus on a few things. I can get back to working out more regularly, reading my bible in the morning rather than at midnight and work on personal project before switching over to my day job work.

Right now I am lucky to get up by 7am, so that could give me an extra 2 hours each morning.

March

Have read at least 2 books. Last year I had this goal in April, but I am going to be more mindful about pushing myself with reading. ๐Ÿคž

April

Get under 200lbs. My birthday is the the middle of April, so before then I want to be under 200lbs. The last time I was under 200lbs, I was at least in Jr High, possibly even elementary school. (Honestly don’t know). So getting down below has been my ultimate weight goal since forever. So might as well make it my birthday gift to myself.

May

Release a second app through Minorbits. I am hoping to finish up one sooner, but giving myself a bit more time. I have a list of ideas I think I know the 2 I want to focus on for this year, but that may change, either way I want to have the second one out by May.

June

Start a YouTube channel. This is another one of those, I want to have it started before this time, but at the very least by June I want to have my own YouTube channel that focuses on the AppleWatch. It’s my favorite device Apple makes and developing for it these last few weeks has had it’s ups and downs, but has mostly been a ton of fun. So I want to focus on a bunch of stuff the watch can do and maybe even dive as deep as developing for it videos, cause the content for it is lacking.

July

Teach my boy to code. My son turns 8 this year, so I feel its a great time to learn to code and better yet he wants to learn. So all this year I want to focus on teaching him, and hopeful have him release his own app this year. I have an idea on a good starter app.

August

Pay off a credit card. Another main focus for this year is to make wiser financial choices and in doing to get in a better place financially. I’ve been watching a lot of Dave Ramsey’s videos and plan to read at least one of his books this year and use the EveryDollar app (even though I’m not a fan of its UI). Looking forward to one day having everything paid for and not being so stressed about money and this is the year all of that begins.

September

Release my 3rd app. It’s gonna be a busy, but fun year. Releasing Obtain has been so much fun, so looking forward to coming out with 2 more ones this year.

October

Last year I had a goal focusing on learning to draw. I don’t feel that I fully tackled it and I do enjoy it. So I am continuing that this year and in October I want to participate in Inktober where I draw something new each day. This is going to be a major challenge for me and I plan to build up to it by drawing something at least every other week to continue to improve before then. I am not sure if during Inktober you’re allowed to draw digitally, but that’s my goal. I love my iPad and plan to always use it for drawing.

November

Catch up month. I’m not going to hit all my goals so this month will be all about playing catch up on whatever I missed and if I do happen to hit them all then. This month can be a more restful one, not that I’ll be resting much with waking at 5am, having 3 personal apps in the store, a YouTube channel, and a full time job. Holy cow what am I getting myself into this year ๐Ÿ˜‚.

December

Family month. Like last year I want to just focus on getting things all set for Christmas and enjoying the Holliday with my family.

So theres the goals. 2019 is gonna be a fun one!

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available ๐ŸŽ‰

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available ๐ŸŽ‰

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Looking back at last years resolutions

This year I took on some resolutions, I can’t tell you the last time I even tried them in the past, but I thought I take a different approach and had one item set for each month.

Sadly I didn’t complete them all, but overall I was still fairly please with how I did.

January

Use my iPad more

I’ve still had my ups and downs with the usage of my iPad, over all I feel I’ve used an iPad this year way more than any other year before. Iโ€™m also still using it to write all the posts on this blog. I also did get the new 11in and have been using it everyday since. Itโ€™s pretty amazing.


February

Enjoy Disney w/ family

We had such a great time! I still cant wait to stay at the Polynesian again.

March

Have read 2 books

Sadly I only read one book by March I know I’m awful, but I’ve read way more comics then I have in the past does that count. ๐Ÿค“

April

1st personal app in the store

Another failure. But I did get Obtain out so ๐ŸŽ‰

May

TBall season – More time with family

This was an interesting month. I went into work the first Monday of the month and found out we were out of money. It was a huge shock. Luckily I was able to find another job that I love. So I was unemployed all of May, which meant we had a great time going to Kings Island a lot.

June

Be better at balancing work/life

With losing the job and going switching again in November, I still haven’t really figured this one out yet, I think I have improved, just not there yet. Hopefully I’ll finally have this tackled this year.

July

Be Healthier then ever before.

I’m hands down healthier this year then I’ve been my entire adult life. I hit an all time low in my weight and haven’t had sweets since December 26th 2017. I’ve never felt better. I’m still not where i want to be, but I’ve never been able to maintain a loss before and that’s exactly what I have done.

August

Have read a total of 4 books

Nope ๐Ÿ˜”. I did finish up one last month. So that will make 2 whole books I’ve read all last year. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

September

Learn to draw

I’ve not progress on this as far as I would have liked, but I’ve had some great fun drawling on the iPad this year and look forward to continuing it next year and developing this skill some more.

October

Enjoy Disney with my Wife

Another amazing trip. This one without the kids just my wife and our best friends. It was amazing and I can’t wait till our next trip in the Spring.

November

2nd Personal App in store

I had such high hopes to get 2 apps out last year, it didn’t happen, but getting Obtain out was such a great feeling that I am definitely hooked now. Looking forward to updating it and releasing a couple additional apps this year

December

Have all the Christmas stuff done before the 15th

My wife killed it we had most of it done before the 15th.  ๐ŸŽ‰

Soโ€ฆ Howโ€™d I do?

I personally think I did pretty well. A lot of the items weren’t too hard to make room for the harder ones, but getting healthier and getting this Obtain out (even though not on time) was very big goal for me. 

Would love you hear how your 2018 went or what you think about how I did.

Now on to 2019 goals. Iโ€™ve wrote a few things down, but trying to finalize everything, should have a post next week.

Keeping it simple – Obtainโ€™s Watch App

This weekend I built the watch app for Obtain. I still need to work on the complication, but I finished up the icon, interface and all the connectivity between it and the phone.

With the watch app I am keeping it simple. It displays your current weight, goal progress and the ability to add a new weight from the watch. I feel a lot of apps try to cram in too much info into their watch apps, which causes the app to take longer to load and in turn stops people from wanting to use it. Luckily my app itself was already simple, so simplifying the watch app was easy.

All in all there are only 5 variables that I need on the watch:

  • Current weight
  • Current goal (Next marker or main goal if Pro isn’t unlocked)
  • Start weight for the goal (either your start weight or last goal)
  • Weight type (pounds, stones, kilograms)
  • And if Pro was purchased (which is required to add a weight from the watch)

For now, I decided to store all these items in UserDefaults rather then bringing over CoreData or any other type of data management. In my opinion with 5 items anything else would be overkill.

All that being said. It was a blast to work on the watch app this weekend. The watch is still my favorite Apple device. Sadly, I haven’t had many chances to work on the watch so making one for Obtain was a high priority. As I stated before I still need to work on the complications and hope to finish them next weekend ๐Ÿคž. I’ve never done them before so looking forward to learning something new. ๐Ÿค“

Below is a short video of the watch and iPhone app doing their thing.

Keeping it simple – Obtainโ€™s Watch App

This weekend I built the watch app for Obtain. I still need to work on the complication, but I finished up the icon, interface and all the connectivity between it and the phone.

With the watch app I am keeping it simple. It displays your current weight, goal progress and the ability to add a new weight from the watch. I feel a lot of apps try to cram in too much info into their watch apps, which causes the app to take longer to load and in turn stops people from wanting to use it. Luckily my app itself was already simple, so simplifying the watch app was easy.

All in all there are only 5 variables that I need on the watch:

  • Current weight
  • Current goal (Next marker or main goal if Pro isn’t unlocked)
  • Start weight for the goal (either your start weight or last goal)
  • Weight type (pounds, stones, kilograms)
  • And if Pro was purchased (which is required to add a weight from the watch)

For now, I decided to store all these items in UserDefaults rather then bringing over CoreData or any other type of data management. In my opinion with 5 items anything else would be overkill.

All that being said. It was a blast to work on the watch app this weekend. The watch is still my favorite Apple device. Sadly, I haven’t had many chances to work on the watch so making one for Obtain was a high priority. As I stated before I still need to work on the complications and hope to finish them next weekend ๐Ÿคž. I’ve never done them before so looking forward to learning something new. ๐Ÿค“

Below is a short video of the watch and iPhone app doing their thing.

A week in the AppStore – Obtain Weight Tracker

So my app, Obtain has been out for a week. In that time it’s had 125 installs and 19 IAPs. Not setting any records with those numbers, but I didn’t expect to and I’m happy with the progress so far.

My goal was to get my own app in the store again any income it brings is a bonus. Yesterday 1.0.2 was released with a few more bug fixes, nothing major, also so far the app hasn’t had any reported crashes ๐Ÿคœ ๐ŸŒฒ (knock on wood).

Next up is to build the watch app, I started on it the other night and got the icon and layout finished along with requesting the data from the phone app and storing it locally on the watch. I still have a lot of optimizing to still do there, but I am hoping to finish that up this weekend. Then I’ll have to move onto the complications. I’ve never built those before so that may take a little bit of time. Goal is to have 2 sets. One for just launching the app and another for showing your progress towards your next goal (second one requiring the pro purchase, which will also be required to update your weight from the watch.)

After the watch is done I am going to add a Face ID /Touch ID /Passcode lock to the app so no one can just open the app as see your weight information. I totally understand and have used features like this before, so I want to get that out there ASAP and it should have had it in the 1.0.

Lastly I want to add in FMI (Fat Mass Index) for those that prefer that over BMI.

Goal is to have all this done sometime in January (shooting for no later then the 15th ๐Ÿคž)

I also want to say thanks to all those that have downloaded, installed and gone as far to buy the IAP. It means a ton, I’m having a blast working on this app and I can’t wait to continue to improve it and create a couple more in 2019.

And if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can just click here to get it now. ๐Ÿ˜

Thanks!!

Also here is what the watch icon will look like. I’m overly proud/excited about it. I am far from being a designer, but “designing” this app has been a lot of fun.

A week in the AppStore – Obtain Weight Tracker

So my app, Obtain has been out for a week. In that time it’s had 125 installs and 19 IAPs. Not setting any records with those numbers, but I didn’t expect to and I’m happy with the progress so far.

My goal was to get my own app in the store again any income it brings is a bonus. Yesterday 1.0.2 was released with a few more bug fixes, nothing major, also so far the app hasn’t had any reported crashes ๐Ÿคœ ๐ŸŒฒ (knock on wood).

Next up is to build the watch app, I started on it the other night and got the icon and layout finished along with requesting the data from the phone app and storing it locally on the watch. I still have a lot of optimizing to still do there, but I am hoping to finish that up this weekend. Then I’ll have to move onto the complications. I’ve never built those before so that may take a little bit of time. Goal is to have 2 sets. One for just launching the app and another for showing your progress towards your next goal (second one requiring the pro purchase, which will also be required to update your weight from the watch.)

After the watch is done I am going to add a Face ID /Touch ID /Passcode lock to the app so no one can just open the app as see your weight information. I totally understand and have used features like this before, so I want to get that out there ASAP and it should have had it in the 1.0.

Lastly I want to add in FMI (Fat Mass Index) for those that prefer that over BMI.

Goal is to have all this done sometime in January (shooting for no later then the 15th ๐Ÿคž)

I also want to say thanks to all those that have downloaded, installed and gone as far to buy the IAP. It means a ton, I’m having a blast working on this app and I can’t wait to continue to improve it and create a couple more in 2019.

And if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can just click here to get it now. ๐Ÿ˜

Thanks!!

Also here is what the watch icon will look like. I’m overly proud/excited about it. I am far from being a designer, but “designing” this app has been a lot of fun.

A year with โ€œNo Sweetsโ€ ๐Ÿญ

When I started this journey my goal was 50 days. I never expected or thought that I could have gone this long, but here I am 365 days later ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Just to clarify here is what I’ve done, back on December 27, 2017 I decided it was time to finally try something new after reading Breaking the Stronghold of Food. I decided I would try to give up “sweets”, until our next Disney trip which was around the 50 day mark.

For me the key was to define early on what I was allowed to have. Here is what it came down to. I allowed myself to have Protein bars (usually RX Bars, but in the beginning it was the Quest ones) I also allowed myself to eat as much fruit as I wanted (grapes help a ton with sugar cravings) and finally I allowed myself to eat yogurts and not just the Greek super healthy kind. (even though I am enjoying those more and more).

Those were my rules and for 365day I have stuck too them. No cakes, no cookies, no candy bars, no Dole Whips ๐Ÿ˜ข. It’s honestly not been as hard as I thought it would be the first month was rough, but after that saying no has been pretty easy.

I’m still not sure how long I will go, or really if I will allow myself to go back at all. My will power seems to work best when I just don’t give it any room. And I’ve never been able to stick with a change this long before or maintain a lower weight this long before either. So as of right now I’m in the if its not broke don’t fix it stage.

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 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ, 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 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.