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%”

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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.

I thought I better post my starting information to track the progress I make while using the watch:

Age:  29

Height:  5 Feet 9 Inches

Weight:  190.4 Pounds

Waist:  36.25 Inches

Chest:  39.5 Inches

Bicep:  13.5 Inches

Neck:  16 Inches

Thigh:  24 Inches

Calf:  15 Inches

I am excited to see how my body changes over time while using the watch.  I have taken some before pictures and will post them with the after pictures.  Here we go Apple.

 

 

I have been an off again on again guy when it comes to running.  I haven’t really gotten into training for races.  I can do ok sticking to a schedule but then life gets in the way.  I had a fitbit force and a jawbone up and really liked being able to track my steps with those devices but they had limitations to what they could really do.  Since I heard the about the watch, I have had high hopes that it would be the last push to get me to finally commit to a fitness lifestyle.  Apple’s campaign with the health and fitness functionality with the watch has been:  “Live A Better Day.”  My plan, starting today, is to do exactly that.  I am challenging myself to commit to use the watch for 90 days and “live a better day.”  I will make sure and fill in all 3 circles each day before I go to bed.  I will allow the watch to push me and as it ups the fitness goal, I will meet it.  I am only committing for 90 days of this but I know if can stick.  Simple habits take 21 days to form.  I think 90 days will really get me in the groove and will be a longer stretch than ever before.  I have cleaned up my diet a few months back and have been sticking to it pretty well.  I am ready to take the next step into living a healthy and active lifestyle.  I will document the whole process and see if Apple lives up to its claim of helping me “live a better day.”  Time to put on my gym shoes…