My Favorite Things of 2015

Hey guys, as we enter into another year I wanted to take minute to look back on 2015 and see what some of my favorite things of 2015 were. These are all things I acquired or enjoyed last year. Here’s to an even better year in 2016!applewatch1

Apple Watch – I love my Apple Watch for many reasons. I love how it looks, I love getting notifications on my wrist, I love how many times it saves me from pulling my phone out of my pocket, but most of all I love the fitness tracking and activity goals it provides. I have been more active this year than in the past 6 or 7 years and trying to fill those little activity rings every day was a big part of it. I even joined a gym for the first time in my life when it got too cold for me to exercise outside. Yes, this product is not for the masses yet but I couldn’t imagine going without it. Link

 

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It’s so beautiful.

S’well Water Bottle – I ran across these in a store downtown and instantly fell in love with the design of this water bottle. If Jony Ive designed a water bottle, I believe it would look something like this. It also keeps my drink cold for 24 hours plus which is awesome. It is expensive but I have loved using it all year. Link

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4th Generation Apple TV – I’ve had every version of the Apple TV but the 4th generation is far and away Apple’s best set-top box they have ever released. From the powerful processor that makes everything run so smooth, to the new app store with a ton of apps to download, it is a pleasure to use. Siri voice control works extremely well & the screen-savers (yes, screen-savers) Apple included are absolutely breathtaking. This is the box we use to watch everything now. The only time the PS4 get’s turned on anymore is for gaming. Link

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Joby Mini Gorillapod & Square Jellyfish Spring Tripod Mount – I have fallen in love with shooting time lapses with my iPhone 6 Plus this year and these two items work together to help me shoot them. I love how compact this whole setup is. It is amazing what you can capture with an iPhone and a few simple tools these days! Link1 Link2

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Oakley Method 360 Backpack – I have a huge weakness for bags and picked up this one down in Austin this year. It has been my everyday bag from that day on. It has all the right pockets and can hold a ton of stuff if needed. Link

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Even with all the hype this movie blew me away. I’ve seen it twice and would see it again in a heartbeat. A true cinematic masterpiece.

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My first two boxes. Sniff.

Fiery Chicken Fries – Burger King – Burger King’s Chicken Fries are one of my all-time favorite foods & when Burger King brought them back permanently in early 2015 I didn’t think that it could get any better than that. I was wrong. In the summer for one month only Burger King released Fiery Chicken Fries and they were glorious! I ate so many of them that I got sick. As soon as I felt better I got some more. I have ate a lot of fast food in my days and I do believe that the Fiery Chicken Fries are the greatest fast food item of all time! Honorable mentions go to Wendy’s Home Style Chicken Strips & Jack In The Box’s Spicy Chicken Bites, may they both rest in peace.

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Losing Weight In the Nerdiest Way Possible

I’ve been wanting to lose some weight for several years now. I went from a fairly physical job to a desk job a few years ago and didn’t really change my eating habits. I also feel like my metabolism has slowed dramatically as I move into my upper twenties. I can no longer fill my body with garbage and be skinny as a rail. It was a good run though.

I feel like I need to lose about 30 pounds to get to where I want to be. A few things stand in my way though. First I am an extremely picky eater and most of the food I like is not exactly healthy. Second, I have trouble sticking with any kind of diet. It is real easy for me to stop trying after about a week. I think I have stumbled upon something that works for me though. Unsurprisingly, it involves a bunch of tech. Here’s what I’m using-

  •  #1 is definitely myfitnesspal. This service is what keeps me honest. They have a website as well as iPhone & iPad apps. You just enter in your height & current weight, tell it how much weight you want to lose, & it gives you a daily amount of calories to stay under. It has a great catalog of foods and makes it easy to save specific meals and foods so they are easy to enter into your food diary. You can also find friends that are also using myfitnesspal and encourage them and they can do the same to you. I have entered in all of the food I have eaten for the past 57 days. It just becomes part of your routine. Seeing how many calories are in some of my favorite foods has been extremely eye opening. I was putting a ridiculous amount of calories into my body.
  • Next important would by my Fitbit Flex. I received this for my birthday in April & have worn it every single day since. It keeps track of all my steps in a day and definitely encourages me to be more active. You can connect it to your myfitnesspal account and have the steps show up in the myfitnesspal app. Get a lot of steps & it will add more calories to your day’s limit. Pretty cool. It also acts as an alarm & sleep tracker, which is a nice bonus. Lastly the tracker itself is removable from the band and there are bands available in a bunch of colors, perfect for people like me who want it to match all of their outfits.
  • Also important is our Fitbit Aria scale. This scale connects to our home wifi and uploads all my weigh-ins to my fitbit account & from there to my myfitnesspal account.
  • Lastly I use the Runkeeper app to track my walks, jogs, & bike rides, which also are then sent to my myfitnesspal account. If that wasn’t enough I use my Pebble Smartwatch as a display that I can quickly glance at to see how I’m doing.

So that’s what I am using to help me lose weight. I have been using all of this faithfully for two months now and have lost about 13 pounds so far. I’m almost halfway to my goal! I really can’t recommend myfitnesspal enough. There is no way I would still be watching what I eat without this service. I will try to post an update when I reach my goal.