Losing Weight and Automating the Process

I got a little grief last week because my post didn’t have enough tech in it.  While this blog is focused on tech, you will see some upgrades and renovations that are not tech related at all.  That being said lots of cool tech stuff in this weeks blog post!

My birthday this year gave me a bit of a wake up call.  While nothing happened to trigger my thoughts directly, I knew that I needed to become healthier, and start losing weight.  So I decided start tracking some things and then I bought some devices to make the tracking easier and it quickly spiraled out of control and I’ve automated a large portion of the process.

The Gear

So here’s what I’ve got so far:

  1. iPhone 5s (already had it but it’s become the hub for tracking all statistics)
  2. My Fitness Pal – Tracks calorie intake
  3. Apple Watch – Tracks active calories, workouts and encourages me to stand every hour
  4. Omron 10 series Blood Pressure Monitor (Omron Wellness app)
  5. Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer (Withings app)
  6. Apple Health App
  7. Apple Activity App

The Routine

So here’s how the day looks.  When I wake up I weigh myself with the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer.  After it takes its measurements the data is synced to the cloud and then synced to the My Fitness Pal App which then syncs to the Apple Health app.  The only thing I need to do physically is step on and off the scale.  Everything else is done automatically.

A bit later in the day, I have an apple and I take my blood pressure with the Omron 10 Series Blood Pressure Monitor.  I have to manually transfer the data to my phone.  I could’ve gotten a blood pressure monitor that syncs automatically, but I didn’t recognize the name.  I’ve used Omron stuff for years, so I went that route.  After the data is transferred to the Omron Wellness app, it is then synced automatically to the Apple Health app.  I log the apple in the My Fitness Pal app.

After blood pressure comes a bit of exercise.  I open up the Workout app on the Apple Watch and push start.  The watch tracks my heart rate and calculates my calories burned during the workout.  It then transfers the data to My Fitness Pal.

I eat lunch and dinner and log the food in the My Fitness Pal app.  Would love to come up with a way to automate this process.  Maybe some kind of implant in my brain… hmmmm…..

After dinner I go for a walk with my 2 dogs.  I again use the workout app on the Apple Watch to track my active calories during the walk which automatically get transferred to the My Fitness Pal app.

And that’s the day!  It does what automation should do, automatically do stuff with very little if any user input.  I’m in the early stages of all this, but, I think I’ve come up with a pretty solid system for tracking the data.  The Apple Watch does a good job of nagging you to stay on track.  I’m convinced that my system is sufficient to make this process successful.  Now I need to tweak my food and exercise for best results.

More to come!

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