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.

iPhone cases

I am awful when it comes to buying iPhone cases. I usually buy at 10-20 each year to try and find one that I can live with, only to end up with nothing on my phone most of the time. So I figured I would write a little blog post that I can update every time I buy a new case.

Leather Case from Apple

I love the feel of this case I had the leather case for my 5s and really liked it too. I did however, decide to take it back to Apple. I actually wished the bottom of the case was inclosed like the 5s version, it always made it feel less like a case and more part of the phone. Also the lip on the sides were just a little too much for my taste and I missed the great feel of the swiping the curved glass.

Feather Shine

My main reason in buying this case was that it didn’t obstruct the swiping feel. I went with the shine because I hate the feel of the soft-touch cases. This case lasted a whole 2 minutes on my phone. I don’t know what is up over at incipio, but this is the cheapest case I have ever used. it felt like a 2 dollar case.

Leather Case from Apple Again

So I really don’t feel safe not having a case on my iPhone. So I broke down and bought another leather case for now. I was pleasantly surprised that the sides on this one don’t stick out as much on this one compared to the last. Still miss the curved glass feel, but rather have a protected iPhone then one that could get broken a little easier.

A Day With The UP Pebble App

Yesterday, I took off my beloved UP24 band for a day to test out the new UP for Pebble app. Sadly I won’t be replacing my UP24 just yet.

Morning

Started my morning off on the treadmill. Sadly, the Pebble version of the UP doesn’t allow you to set a workout mode to track individual workouts, but the iOS app did allow me to do it afterwards.

The pebble worked great on the treadmill the step count seemed to be very accurate compared to what I expected the UP band to be reporting.

Afternoon

This is when something went wrong, All of a sudden the steps on my watch were about 1300 steps behind

Evening

Finishing up the day at about 2,000 steps behind what the app is showing.

Impression

I really enjoyed just wearing one device on my wrists. Currently I wear my UP24 band on my left wrist and my pebble on my left, it was nice not having to do that, but the fact that the watch app doesn’t stay in sync with the app is very frustrating.

This is just the first version I am sure Jawbone will be hard at work to make this experience better and offer more feature like the sleep and workout tracking. If you don’t have a UP band and have a Pebble I still recommend take a look at the app even at this state it’s still nice to have.

My Setup

Jawbone now has two UP apps(blue and purple). I used the blue app that requires the band the purple is setup to get data from HealthKit and I didn’t want to have the steps from the M8 chip on my phone interfering with my step count.

So many tracking options.

So many tracking options.

This week just keep getting more and more awesome for a fitness tracking loving person like myself.

I just updated my Pebble Steel Watch to v2.6 which added fitness tracking to my Pebble, then I added the Up for Pebble watch face. Which allows me to have my pebble now act as my UP band best part about it is Jawbone has ported over the idle alerts to the Pebble, which I mention was the main reason I picked it over all the others.

So far I am unsure if this is going to work as well as I hope. I logged into my UP account via the UP for pebble app, but my steps for the day did not sync over from my UP24 band. So I am confused as to where these steps counts are going right now. But hopefully starting tomorrow things will all be working as they should.

The New Jawbone UP / Apple Health App

Link to the new app go get it now and add me to your team.

When I saw the first post about the app being available I got really excited, then I saw the details about how it was for users who didn’t have the bands and was confused. I still don’t fully understand why they need to make this a completely separate app, but I am excited about what the end results will mean.

Here’s why:
I love my UP24(band), it’s motivated me the last few months to live healthier, but I only know one other person who has a band. I know about 10 people with a Fitbit, so I end up wearing both (yes I wear 2 fitness trackers, 3 if you count my phone). But soon I may not have too. With HealthKit and a couple more app updates from UP & Fitbit. I should be able to use my UP’s step data for my Fitbit app and my Fitbit friends if they choose could use their data in the UP app. Jawbone has already announced that they will be adding this in soon. So hopefully Fitbit will as well.

My only concern with all this is I don’t want to see the UP band go away. Jawbone has had a lot of issues with it, but overall I still think it’s the best motivating tracker out there. They have one feature none of the others I’ve seen/used has: Idle alerts, my band will vibrate every 30 minutes of inactivity(setting is customizable) to remind me to get up and move. That setting alone with worth the $80-$150 dollars for the band.

*I know I could have already used the M7/8 chip in my iPhone for Fitbit, but I find that chip to be very inaccurate compared to my Fitbit One and Jawbone UP24 step data, which are at most a couple hundred steps apart. The M7/8 chip usually 2,000 steps higher then the Fitbit/UP data and I feel like I am cheating myself and Fitbit friends when I use it.

I’M OVERWEIGHT!!!

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, but today I finally can.
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This morning I weighted in just under 230lbs I am 6’1.5″ tall(yes I am counting every possible half inch right now). So, by most BMI calculators that means I have finally broken out of the obese category and it feels amazing!

I’m not done yet, I still have another 30lbs or so to get into a the “normal” weight range. And in the next few weeks or less I will be posting another huge milestone, one that I am proud and not proud of at the same time. I’ll go more into details on my weight loss process once I hit that milestone.

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…

Safari was hoarding 3GBs on my iPad

So I was looking into why my iPad didn’t have any free spacing this morning and after deleting a few apps. turning off iCloud removing all my Messages and Photos. I still had 4.53GBs of other space being used.

So I did some searching to what all accounted for this “other” space and on the list was safari’s history and cookie data. So I gave that a shot and it was apparently storing over 3GBs of data on my iPad.

So if you trying to free up some space on your device don’t forget safari!