I’m probably thinking way too far in advance at the moment – but today I’ve been considering my goal weight. This is not because I’m nearly there but because I am absolutely 100% going to get there.
A few days ago I noticed that my Apple Watch has a new ‘achievement’ to fill all of my activity rings every day for a week in January. As you can see it’s greyed out at the moment and that’s irritating me.
The period of activity needs to be Monday – Sunday and at the moment I’m doing my best to pander to my watch’s desires. I’ve so far done it three days in a row.
I manually set my move goal to 1000kcal per day some time back – and I almost always exceed this – unless I have a day off.
My stand and exercise goals are non-user modifiable and sit at 12 and 30 respectively. The exercise one often confounds me as I definitely feel like I’ve had exercise after a long walk but my green ring doesn’t agree.
This fascist dictator of a stat wants me to be panting and sweaty. It only pays attention when I walk briskly up hills or exceedingly fast without a gradient. As I’ve become smaller my heart rate has regularly been SIGNIFICANTLY lower during all movement.
This is great news for my heart but annoying for my stats.
So – I’m trying to oblige it for a change and make a concerted effort to do more cardio based activity than I normally do. Thinking about this is what’s made me focus on my end goal as well – which so far I’ve been very vague about.
If people have asked me about it so far I’ve mostly said ‘mutter mutter 15 stone ish mutter mutter’.
After looking at my BMI and where it should be again today (something I’ve always known but tend to ignore as it’s a long way away) it’s a bit different. I have around 12-13 stone still to lose.
Mind you it’s also pretty hard to visualise the top end as well. I’ve only ever been this weight once in my life – when I was around 17.
Apple Watch has made me think hard about the exercise I’m doing at the moment (as well as my calorie intake and usage) and how it relates to where I want to be.
The grim reality is that to get there (as time goes on) I will need to do more and eventually consume less and less.
Previously these kind of thoughts used to send me into a tailspin of denial – but at the moment (and I’m not sure if this is a surge of willpower or my body naturally feeling more energetic and my mind more positive) I’m viewing it as a challenge – and one that is totally do-able.
I used to view all exercise as a disagreeable sensation that made me feel uncomfortable and usually in some kind of pain.
As I’ve progressed with my walking I’m naturally getting faster and less out of breath. This is making me want to see what else I can do and because of that I’m trying to change my attitude towards (amongst other things) my exercise bike.
I’m pledging (in public – so no takesiebacksies) that by the end of Sunday using a combination of walking and my cycling torture simulator that every day this week will look something like this.
Admittedly this part of me is silly but you never know. It could happen!