Texas Waffle

I have the lucky opportunity with my job to travel often with work.  One of the many places I have been recently was El Paso, Texas.  At some point, I will make a longer post about some of the food I ate and the places I went but nothing says Texas like a giant Texas Waffle for breakfast.  *Side Note.  I love Waffles.  Seriously Love Waffles.  I will eat a waffle over a pancake any day of the week.  The best waffles are waffles that are crispy and have deep ridges to hold butter and syrup.

texas waffle
Don’t Mess With Texas

I made a mess eating Texas.

Meal Prep

I love doing meal prep!  I have been doing meal prep off and on for just over a year.  I recently have built a new home and one of the things I wanted in it was the ability to really spread out and do meal prep.  I am so glad I got it.  I love my island where I can lay it all out.Meal prepThis is one of my recent meal prep meals.  This week I did a couple of scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Yogurt with fresh raspberries as a mid morning snack and taco soup for lunch.  Meal prep is great because I can plan out what I am going to eat for the week, make sure it fits in my macros, run to the store and then get it all done.  It makes the week so much smoother, I feel like I eat better and I save money.




HomePod: Day 1

So I got my HomePod today.  I was disappointed with BestBuy.  I ordered the preorder through them and had a Feb 9 date but it was the ship date.  Setup was super easy.  My iPhone X instantly saw it once it was plugged in and away it went.  The trick with it is the “Home” App.  The HomePod settings all live in there.  I received a call from my grandma on it and the sound was really clear.  It was easy to trade it back off to my iPhone.  It works really well with the room setup I have with my hue lights.  So far, I am really impressed with the HomePod.  I am excited to play with it for the next few days.

Apple Watch Challenge: Update and Recommit

The last few weeks have been busy.  Really busy.  I have had a lot going on with work and with family.  On the weekends, I have had both a mud race and a ragnar relay.  Because I have been so busy and had long races on weekends, I haven’t been focused on meeting my daily goals.  I havent been too concerned though either because I figured my weekends would make up for my week.  On ragnar, for instance, I met the move goal by more than 300% and earned the 300 badge.  I figured all of the weekend exercise would make up for what I missed here or there.  I finally decided it was time to check in and get on the scale.  I found out that I am up 2 lbs.

One time workouts don’t solve the problem of stressing or poor diet.  Sure, they are better than nothing (don’t quote me on that-I’m not a doctor) but getting fit isn’t quick and easy.  If I am serious about this, it is really about changing my lifestyle if I want to change my life.  I can’t rely on exercising here or there to make my goals.  Eating healthy on Monday doesn’t mean I can eat everything and anything the rest of the week.  I need to focus on meeting my goals daily, weekly and monthly.  I think daily work on a lifetime goal is hard.  I am not seeing the benefit of my run instantly.  I am not seeing amazing improvement everyday.  If I do 100 situps right now and then rip off my shirt, I won’t magically find six pack abs.  I don’t feel the instant gratification of change.  Now, I do feel better after exercising.  I do feel better when I eat healthy.  Sometimes it is still hard for me to weigh the benefit of how I will feel after compared to how I feel now.  I feel great after I finish a marathon, or a hard work out, etc. but during, I don’t want to do it all the time.  I want to quit.  I think its at those moments that I have to recommit to my goals and see it through.

I have been glad to have the watch with Apple’s daily reminder helps me recommit to live healthier everyday.  I am even grateful for it as a reminder even when I don’t follow through.  I am excited to jump back into this and keep working towards my goal.  I like that Apple restarts its goals each week with a summary from last week to propel you into this week.  It gives me an easy opportunity to recommit and continue working towards my goal.

WWDC 2015

This week was Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference.  I have not attended one of these but would like to in the future.  The event starts off with the Keynote.  I think Apple has found that more and more non-developers watch the conference and they have made the event more entertaining as time has gone on.  In the keynote, they gave a few short demonstrations of the new iOS, watchOS and OS X.  I am excited about the new watchOS, I may decide to try my hand at writing an app in swift since apple will now offer native app support.  I am interested to see how iOS 9 will know when I am in the bedroom, the kitchen, the exercise room etc. as it did in the demo.  I have seen rumors floating around the internet that the new apple tv will be like the base station for homekit and homekit enabled devices will all be hooked into that.  I am assuming that this is true and that siri will be able to turn on home kit devices based on that information.  With the watch demo, they had siri change turn the lights on in the kitchen.  I know some work arounds through ITTT that will allow this functionality, but not anything apple specific.  I am excited for the updates to Safari  on OS X like tab pinning and volume control right in the browser.  I like the side by side functionality of windows as well.  I thought microsoft had a great idea with that and am glad to see it come to a mac with a few upgrades like resizing of the windows automatically and the new windows management abilities.  I look forward to the updates and am sure more announcements will be made before the fall iphone launch.

Live A Better Day Challenge: Earning Awards

Yesterday, I was able to go for an hour long run.  I really enjoyed it.  It was so nice to get out and run.  I ran on a river trail and it was so nice to get away from the commotion and run along the river.  Because I was able to go for an hour, I earned some “Apple Awards”.  One award I earned yesterday was “Move Goal 200%”

Version 2

I kind of like the gamification aspect of the activity app but wish that it had a more competitive feel to it.  It would be fun to compete against friends and family and earn more rewards.  I am sure that apple has privacy concerns as far as comparing health data one person to another but with Jawbone, I was able to compete against my brother.  I imagine with further updates to the watch and more widespread use, these updates will come.  I understand that fitness is a very personal thing and that we are each only competing with ourselves but I also enjoy the drive that comes from knowing that my friend and family are also working at this.  That motivation helps me on days when I don’t want to get out and run.  I have set my own personal goals and am working diligently to achieve them.  I think the use of awards is a nice reminder to push myself to achieve my goals.  The Achievement section of the activity app on the iPhone keeps track of how many times I have received an award as well as the last date that I earned it.  I wish there was more history, but I appreciate the fact that it is tracking at least that much for me and it is a click away to see.

Live A Better Day: Apple Watch 3 cirlces

Yesterday was a really busy day.  I had some things to get caught up on yesterday morning before heading into work.  Work was super busy and I wasn’t able to sneak away and go for a run on my lunch break.  After work, I met my family and celebrated my brother’s birthday.  I didn’t get home till after 9 and still hadn’t completed the green circle for the day.  I am so glad for the circles because they force me to do it.  I am a great procrastinator and have lots of great projects and goals that I put off.  Having to complete all 3 circles every day helps me stay on track.  I went to my basement and jumped on the treadmill last night.  The green circle helped keep me on track tonight towards my fitness goals where, in the past, I would have easily justified it by saying I would go to the gym tomorrow.  I look at Apple’s design for the Apple watch activity app with the 3 circle fitness system specifically to make you complete the rings before ending each day as both intuitive and obnoxious.  To me, it has bugged me since I got the Apple watch if I didn’t complete all rings each day.  I now have a few rings recorded in my Activity App on my iPhone from before the challenge that show as incomplete, and they will always show as incomplete.  I  feel like this card could be updated to include Apple Watch Activity App:

Pain is temporary.  Incomplete rings will always show in the activity app.

There is nothing I can do now to fix the circles I have missed, but I can make sure to work harder so that it doesn’t happen again in the future.