Apple Watch, Weight Loss, and Me

Since first writing about Apple Watch, and the follow-up on my weight loss using the device, I’ve been answering questions from readers about my progress. I thought I’d take a minute and give you an update.

I wasn’t sure what would happen after I reached the crazy weight loss goal that I had set a year earlier, but I’m happy to report that I’m still using the Apple Watch and HealthKit everyday.

I’ve never been a fitness nut, and I’m still not a completely healthy person, but I’m getting there one day at a time. That slow, steady progress is how I lost 50 pounds, so I’m sticking with it.

I thought about why I find it so easy to keep using the Apple Watch. I mean, it wasn’t the first device on the market to help with fitness goals, so why does this work so well for me.

I realized that part of it is about how subtle Apple Watch is in alerting me to how things are going each day. It’s not screaming at me to exercise or eat properly, it’s simply giving me information that I can use to make the best decisions possible.

To be clear, I don’t always make the best decisions. However, with the information I have, I understand that each decision I make has consequences.

I still go out with friends, have a few beer, a burger, fries and really enjoy myself. By now, everyone is aware of my weight loss, and my philosophy of losing weight, so I don’t worry about having to explain myself.

My philosophy hasn’t really changed. If I have the information from the watch and HealthKit, I can make the decisions I need to make. If I have a busy day and can’t do my walk, I’m okay with that. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Having that information is so important. Knowing how each decision will affect your goals gives you everything you need to make the right decision. You won’t always make the best decision, but that’s okay—as long as you understand the consequences when you make that decision.

I am conscious about what I eat. I try to buy the right types of food and not sneak too many unhealthy snacks in during the day.

I know I am never going to be the perfectly toned person you see in commercials, but I’m okay with that. I’m much healthier than I was a year ago—and much thinner.

I still try to walk a couple of miles a day, and I still do some weightlifting a few times a week. It’s help strengthen my upper body, which I’m really happy about.

I gain a few pounds, I lose a few pounds. I tend to go with the flow and do the best I can. That’s where I am.

The amount of people that have written or come up to me in the street to say thank you for those original weight loss articles has been amazing. I never thought I would be an inspiration for so many people to lose weight, but I, like Apple, misjudged how many people like me there are in the world. We’re not all perfect specimens of health and fitness, but we can all benefit from what Apple Watch and HealthKit have to offer.

I said back in June that Apple Watch changed my life, and it has. It continues to be a tremendous value and something I can’t imagine doing without. Are you ready for Apple Watch to change your life? I bet you are.