The Apple Watch is about to be launched this month and there isn’t much excitement in Singapore because the country is not in the first launch wave. Enthusiasm over Android Wear has waned with the lack of compelling new models and there have been no improvements in battery life.
In the meantime, most people don’t know that Garmin has actually launched a pretty good smartwatch in the form of the multisport Fenix 3.
It’s just a pity most people won’t know about the Fenix 3 because they think a smartwatch ought to look like an Apple Watch, Moto 360 or Pebble. And when you tell people this is a “fitness watch”, they may give you the leery look since they associate the term with hardcore fitness freaks.
I’ve written plenty on weight loss and weight management over the past two years but something still bugs me constantly – it is so difficult for most people to get started because their minds are filled with so many misconceptions or excuses.
On the other hand, I’ve also seen some friends or acquaintances actually lose weight effectively. No, not all of them read my e-book “Anyone Can Lose Weight”but the book did come in handy for some. All these people did was to clean up their diet with healthier choices and a little exercising. No miracle cures involved.
So how can you fall into this camp of successful fat-busters, instead of wallowing in continued defeat and self-pity? I’ll make this post short so it’s easy to remember, and forgive me for being blunt, but I’m sure you’ll understand my point.
I recently started using a Fitbit Zip activity tracker because I was intrigued by this whole idea of doing 10,000 steps a day to keep fit. At S$78 (before the Challenger member 10% discount), it’s not cheap but it’s not expensive either for a tiny pedometer that comes with Bluetooth wireless capabilities and built-in user account.
To be clear, it’s not like I need a pedometer, because I already jog regularly two to three times a week and I watch what I eat most of the time. I weigh myself daily now with a Fitbit Aria scale that logs my weight to my personal account and I can always study my weight variations anytime on my phone or PC.
When I first started counting my calories this year to lose weight, I got quite a few responses from my friends. Some feigned mock horror, others said they couldn’t be bothered as it was a chore.
To amuse myself and to annoy my Facebook friends, I posted regularly on the horrors of high calorie content in our local foods, and what do you know, some of them started calorie counting too. Sadly, most gave up after a while.
Anyway, in the past four months (Jan to Apr 2013), I’ve dropped about 5.5kg from the time I swore to change my diet. On the bright side, I can see my jawline again, most of the spare tyres around the tummy and chest has disappeared and my waistline has contracted by over an inch, reversing a 15-year trend.
The bad part is now most of my usual work and casual clothes are now baggy and I have to buy new clothes.