Down 20lbs with Apple Watch/ Damn Activity Rings

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by menace3, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. menace3 macrumors 6502

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    As imperfect as the watch is, I have lost over 20lbs since I’ve had the watch. I hate the Activity Ring and want to smash it everyday. I make the exercise ring circle around itself 3 -4 times around 4 – 5 days a week, taking a day or 2 of rest. I’ve always worked out, but with the Watch, I have pushed myself into exploring new territories and doing it more vigorously. I’ve always been a weightlifter with the occasional cardio, but now I started jogging again, discovered the joy in rowing at the gym, outdoor walking, indoor and outdoor biking; and about to take my 1st steps into yoga and boxing.

    I find that I do not really use many apps: Starbucks, Activity, Music, Weather, Passbook, Shazam, and Waterlogged get the heaviest usage. Reminders, Wunderlist and travel apps are on the next tier down of Activity. Waterlogged has saved me. I was not a heavy water drinker and I also suffered from migraine-symptoms. Since I’m drinking the correct amount of water, my number of migraine-related incidences have reduced to 2, and not one every 2 weeks.

    Back to the watch, I would honestly love to swim. I’d even would use a different activity tracker for it, if I were able to add-in or record data when the Watch is not worn. Of course, I would love to completely detach from the 6Plus I own and keep it light, but I’m sure that might be a future product. I’m sure there are others of you hat perhaps use the watch to the fullest. Maybe there are must-have apps I’m missing? Or maybe I have just adjusted to the current limitations.

    Gonna try to see if I can make it to 30lb loss. now
     
  2. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Wow

    Well done you. .it's great a watch can make you that active bit just shows when something motivates you
     
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    Virtual high five. I'm down 15 pounds over the past couple months and I'm at 195 now. Goal is 170.
     
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    So basically the watch tells you to move and get up different parts of the day?
     
  5. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    It gives you a few updates throughout the day. Early on when I was using it, I would be short of my goal by the end of the day. So now I exercise everyday to guarantee I'll reach my daily goal. It's grueling, but it's made a positive difference not only with my activity level but also my food choices.
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    That's good...looming forward to eating one when I get an iPhone
     
  7. menace3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Let me know how it tastes. Lmfao. Just kidding. I knew what you meant!
     
  8. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Hey blame Samsung keyboard ha
     
  9. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    The move goal is the only ring I can't complete every day. But apparently if you're close to completing it you just need to do some cardio to get your heart rate up and you'lol close the circle.
     
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    I'm down 379 pounds in 6 weeks, mainly because I bought a Link Bracelet.
     
  11. menace3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How high is your move goal? Mine is at 1,000. On the days i workout, I do it. they rest days, I get about half of that goal.
     
  12. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    Hahahaha. I bought the space black link. Don't regret it.
     
  13. Rogifan macrumors P6

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    About half that. :oops: I guess I really need to work out more. Haha.
     
  14. menace3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Which one? And from where?
     
  15. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    No cash for food, eh? ;)

    I'm trying to decide whether to wear my AW to see a baseball game tonight or to take one of my mechanicals. I'm fine with leaving all the AW's functions behind except the damned Activity rings.

    I've closed all the rings nearly every day since I got the AW last week (ten-hour bus rides on the weekend didn't help) and I want to keep the streak going. I won't be any less active tonight than usual, either. But I want to see that bullseye at the end of the day, dammit.
     
  16. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    I got the 42mm Space Black Link Bracelet from Apple's online store, and I bought a black sport band to use during my workouts.
     
  17. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    If your watch nags you, take a walk around the stadium ;)
     
  18. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I had to do nearly 250 jumping jacks one night to get my moves goal. Even then I only barely cracked my goal of 700.

    I found that the Watch encouraged me to go higher than I was comfortable with. It's been recommending 700 for two weeks so I think it finally leveled out. I haven't lost much weight, which is a goal of mine, but after looking at Health today and seeing the difference between months I didn't have the Watch and the month that I have...it's made a huge impact.
     
  19. BarracksSi, Aug 12, 2015
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    Success! :D

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    Congrats! I have to say once you set the activities on your watch it's hard to ignore and that's purely an internal thing. Glad to see someone say they took a few days off during the week. You do want to give your muscles a chance to rest.

    One night it was about 10 to midnight and I still needed a certain number of calories in order to reach past my goal for that day. Didn't I find myself doing all kinds of things to get those last few calories burned to make it complete the ring with one minute to spare...and one calorie over!
     
  22. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Conversely, I'm up 20lbs, because Uber makes it so easy to get a car using the watch.
     
  23. wchigo macrumors 6502

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    I found that I haven't really lost any weight since getting the watch, but I have gotten more healthy. I've been going to the gym and doing resistance training on top of cardio, and I've definitely started noticing a difference in terms of how I'm looking and feeling. The weight that I'm gaining from building muscle now is likely offsetting the weight that I'm losing from burning fat, so I'm not too concerned about the lack of weight loss as I'm right near the acceptable weight level for my height anyways.

    In fact, I just got a message to stand up while typing this message and did a loop around the office in order to satisfy that ring. The watch has definitely been worth its weight in gold to me for motivating me to get off my fat arse and get more active/healthy.:D
     
  24. viewfly macrumors 65816

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    I combine the watch with MyPlate app for Watch and IPhone. I can input what I eat, the watch inputs what I've burned and the app tells me how much more Calories I can consume. Set the app for losing 2lbs per week, and lost4 over two weeks.

    The data is auto entered into the Health native app and tables my fat, carbs, protein and cholesterol, sodium. etc: whatever is on the food labels.

    Great combo.
     
  25. friedmud, Aug 12, 2015
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    I'm right there with you... down about 20 pounds (the attached image is from my Withings scale that I picked up a couple of weeks after I got the Watch... so I had already lost some weight when I started). For reference I'm a 6'4" guy in my early 30s.

    Those rings are some serious motivators!

    Unlike you, I haven't worked out in 20 years. I've always just watched what I ate and kept an active lifestyle... but this last year I started a PhD program and all of the studying and stress led to me packing on more than a few pounds. The Watch has really helped me burn that off... and hopefully keep it off through the next couple of semesters...

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    I should mention that I'm basically done losing weight. I don't want to be any skinnier than this.

    I'm going to start to slowly increase my food intake again while keeping my activity up and hopefully level off somewhere around 190... then just try to maintain through the ********* that is coming my way at MIT ;-)
     

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