In 2009 I lost 42 pounds. I went from a chunky 202 pounds down to 160 pounds. It was a hard journey but it’s been harder to keep the weight off. At this point I’ve slowly gained back 23 of those pounds lost and I’m disappointed in myself. It is really hard because I always want to eat the horrible for you meals that should be avoided. I want pizza, burgers, pizza, anything fried, did I mention pizza? At first it was easy. As long as I only have one day a week where I can eat what I want then I won’t gain weight. One day turned to the whole weekend then eventually turned to the same old habits I had before 2009 where I just ate what I wanted when I wanted.
I have to do something now before I gain the rest of the weight back and I’m back to the 202 pound man with high cholesterol and too tired to do anything. Silly as it may sound, the Apple Watch has reinvigorated my desire to work out again and start living the healthy lifestyle that helped me lose 42 pounds and keep it off for a couple of years before things started to snow ball out of control. The Apple Watch comes with two apps preinstalled that I use daily. The first is the activity app which shows your daily activity from steps walked, minutes exercised to how many hours have I made sure to stand at least one minute in. The other app is the workout app. You can log the workout you are doing from your watch. As you are working out you can look at your watch and see the elapsed time, miles and calories burned while you are doing it.
In addition to those two apps I use Lose it on my iPhone to log my meals. I used Lose it back in 2009 and it was instrumental in losing those 42 pounds. Logging your meals keep you honest and you can see how many calories you have left throughout the day. Lose it shows up in glances on the Apple Watch and you can quickly see how many calories you have left to eat for the day. All of these apps communicate to Apple Health on the iPhone and keep nice little graphs on your progress. I love stats!
So for now I can credit the Apple Watch for getting me to workout again. Working out with the Apple Watch is actually fun. Hopefully I can report back soon on progress. I am 183 right now and my first goal is to get to 170 and then eventually back to 160.