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!

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.

Fixing the Elevation Dock for the iPhone 5

So the Elevation Dock is absolutely beautiful and the frictionless connector was just amazing, but then the iPhone 5 came out and ruined it all. Its not the fault of the guys at ElevationLab, Apple tied their hands and from what I hear they are still working on a better solution, but until then its actually pretty easy to get the dock back to working like it should and you can probably do it with what you find around your house (especially if your married or a woman).

watch the video for all the details (basically you just file down both sides of the connector). But be very careful In the video I filed down the entire sides. Focus on just the top area where the indentions are.

 

 

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you file down the cable too much and ruin your lightning cable, just FYI.

20,000 Steps A Day For A Month

I’m fat, but I used to be fatter, however before that I was skinnier and before that even fatter then the previous fatter and before that skinnier then the previous skinnier and before that fatter, but not then my fattest and before that I was 7.

All that being said my weight has always been an issue. So on July 21st, I made a goal with myself to hit 20,000 steps a day for a month. Yesterday (Day 31) I completed my initial goal. But I am not done yet. I have 27 more days before I will be stuck in a car for 16+ hours straight with 3 other adults and 3 children, so I figure I might as well extend my streak until a day that I have a true physical and mental excuse for not hitting my goal.

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**But wait… there’s more**<br>
Yes, I had the public goal of the 20k steps a day, but underneath that I had a goal to lose weight, like I mentioned before I’m fat. Luckily for me I had my beautiful wife walking with and motivating me to hit my goals and my best friend [Steve](http://www.twitter.com/funkmasterflash) and I started weighing-in daily and texting each other our progress good or bad, so we could keep each other accountable and encourage one another. It was also cool because the day after I started this journey [Sam Soffes](http://twitter.com/soffes) posted [this article](http://sam.roon.io/fat), which just added to my encouragement.

**The results**<br>
In the last 31 days I have lost a total of 23.6 pounds. I honestly was hoping to lose 10 pounds. I still have a long way to go and starting tomorrow I am going to turn back on a feature of my scale that post my weight publicly every time I weigh-in. It’s scary, but at the same time I believe it will keep me on track to get down to the weight that I should be.

**My current weight goals**<br>
257 – Sept 17th (day we leave for vacation)<br>
240 – Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)<br>
230 – Feb 3rd (My sons 3rd birthday)<br>
220 – Apr 19th (My 32nd birthday)

Honestly, I hope to kill all these goals, but right now I just don’t know what to expect. But you’re more then welcome to follow my journey. I hope to eventually get a dedicated page up again to better track it all, but for now feel free to follow me on [twitter](http://www.twitter.com/brianminor) I usually weigh-in around 6-8am.