Apple Watch: Last Week I Walked 68 Miles

Yesterday (Sunday) I finished my 8th week using my Apple Watch to track my movement. Last week I took 141,849 steps which translates to walking 68.2 miles. I reached a new weekly high of 9325 calories burned because I cycled at the gym 3 days. I’m keeping my daily goal at 1090 calories because on days that I only walk I barely make my goal. Although I was only down 9 pounds when I published my last blog on Thursday afternoon, I was officially down 10 pounds this morning.

Weekly Numbers

Weekly Chart


Apple Watch: 8 weeks and 9 pounds

I bought my Apple Watch on July 6th and it’s now the end of August. In my first 4 weeks I lost 5 pounds. Another four weeks weeks later and I’m down an additional 4 pounds, for a total of 9 pounds. Most weight loss programs usually promise 2 pounds a week, and I’m averaging about a pound a week, so I probably shouldn’t be overly excited, but for some reason, I am! After all, all I did was walk the weight off, at least until about a week ago, and I didn’t change my diet. However, in the past week I did stop with my weekly ice cream and most sugary drinks. I also started indoor cycling.

During August, I should also mention that I had a 4 day vacation in Nantucket where I ate my way through the trip and partook of the homemade ice cream at the famous Juice Bar. I didn’t weigh myself after the trip but I definitely felt heavier.

Last Wednesday (August 19th) I did 16 minutes on an indoor bike before I got bored. I love to bicycle but indoor cycling can be extremely boring. According to the Apple Watch, however, it’s a lot better than simply walking. My average heart rate was a lot higher and my calories burned per minute was much better. My heartrate when walking is usually a little over 100.

My short cycle session had my heart rate higher:

So, for Friday I lined up a podcast and queued up some music. I managed 40 minutes before I became tired. I burned about the same amount of calories as a 90 minute walk. For comparison, here are my two activites:


This week I added indoor cycling to my routine 3 days a week (it’s Thursday so I’ve only gone twice). I’d like to make it 4 days but I’m pretty tired after 40 minutes so I’m taking a day off between workouts for a couple weeks.

Summary of Current Exercise Plan

To summarize, I’ve now eliminated sugary drinks and ice cream (almost :-)) from my diet and I have two different workout days:

Cycle Day

  • Walk 5 miles (about 10,000 steps)
  • Indoor Cycling Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 40 minutes

Walk Only

  • Walk 10 miles in 2-3 sessions (about 20,000 steps)

I’ll stick with this for 2 or 3 weeks then make adjustments if my weight doesn’t decrease further.

By the way, I find Apple’s Activity app to be quite motivating. There are no days off!

August Activity

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Hoboken, the Startup Village Across the Hudson

Hoboken lies across the Hudson from New York City, about 15 minutes by PATH train from midtown or 11 minutes from the WTC. The start-up is located here, and Uber has opened an office here. The highly rated Stevens Institute of Technology is here. We have great co-working space at Mission 50 and it’s also the home of the largest tech Meetup in New Jersey. We’ve even been written about in the WSJ and the New York Times has a video. It’s premature to call us a start-up hub, but the seeds have been planted. I’ll try to build a list of local start-ups. In the meantime, look at these views.





Apple Watch: Passbook at Airport

I used the Passbook feature of the Apple Watch today at the airport. I forgot to try the QR code at checkin but I don’t think it’ll work there because my wrist won’t fit under the reader. However, going through the TSA security line was a breeze. The QR code remains on the entire time the QR code is visible. In other words, you don’t need to worry about it turning off as you twist your wrist above the scanner. After check-in, I can now throw my phone in a bag and not worry about it. The Apple Watch doesn’t need to come off during the scan either. Traveling became a little bit easier today.

By the way, Passport does work with movie tickets too, in case you’re looking for a more frequent use.

Apple Watch: 4 weeks and 5 pounds

I’ve been wearing my Apple Watch for 28 days. This morning I was quite stoked when I got on the scale and saw that I was down 5 pounds since I bought it.

A day of activity:
A day of activity

Another day of activity:

A day of activity

I’ve met my Move Goal every day since my purchase. I set my Activity Goal to moderate at the Apple Store which initially put me at 760 calories daily, around 13,000 steps. After two weeks, the Watch offered to increase my goal to 990 calories per day when it calculated that I was walking more than my initial goal. That pushed me up to around 18,000 steps. That works out to be about 8.5 miles. On many days, I end up doing a bit more walking. However, on some busy days, I barely make it. On one occasion, I even paced around the house to burn my last 30 calories.

My 20 days of activity:
A day of activity

While walking is a great exercise, it does require a significant amount of time. I usually take two long walks every day, one in the morning and one in the evening. I’m going to keep up the pace for another month and see if I lose any additional weight. If not, I might start a Couch-to-5k program. This morning, at the start of a new week, I was bumped to 1090 move calories per day.

Weekly Summary:
A day of activity