Visualizing weight loss

This past week I hit my weight goal of reaching 150 pounds after starting at 211 pounds on April 1, 2016. For the next part of my journey I want to focus not on losing weight but instead on building muscle.

Even after losing over 60 pounds, I’m not totally happy with my overall build so I think strength training is the next step. Strength training is as foreign to me now as dieting and exercise was 10 months ago so it’s almost like starting over nearly one year later.

Still, I do want to mark this milestone with a visualization of just how dramatic my progress has been this past year. Looking back at old photos of myself, it’s hard to remember looking that way then. Really.

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Drone Footage 002

It’s been one month since my last drone footage video. This is some of what I’ve captured after the last few weeks.

I shot over the water next to the beach where I run on Sundays. This area isn’t somewhere I’ve walked before so it was cool to explore. It’s right between a railroad track and the main bridge and has a little beach too.

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Drone Footage 001

I’ve been flying my DJI Phantom 4 drone almost every day since I bought it at the end of December. I love the bird’s eye view and being able to see my surroundings from a totally different perspective. I’ve flown 900 meters away and 400 meters up so far.

The drone’s camera captures 4K video locally and broadcasts back a live view during flight. One battery lasts up to 28 minutes so flights are like short escapes that can’t last too long.

I usually record each flight then watch later. The recorded video is sharper than the live video. Audio isn’t recorded since the quadcopter sounds like a swarm of bees so watching the video afterwards is similar to what I imagine being in space is like.

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New 5K record and cycling for the view

Two things. I ran my fastest 5K and biked 10 miles in a new location on Monday.

I run a 5K every Sunday (11 in a row and counting), and lately I’ve been beating my previous time week after week. I didn’t beat myself this week, but it was my second best pace. Now it’s my third best after I beat my all-time best on Monday.

This is super encouraging, but I’m not sure I’ll beat it anytime soon.

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On “Apple Watch, New Year’s resolutions, and losing 50 pounds”

I published a 9to5Mac piece on New Year’s Day where I explained how Apple Watch pushed me to discover fitness and lose a lot of weight:

Last New Year’s Day I decided to start eating healthy, exercising daily, and filling the Activity Rings on my Apple Watch as a way to get in shape. I broke my New Year’s resolution by January 4, but I started again on April 1 and ultimately lost over 50 pounds in 2016.

Apple Watch didn’t lose the weight for me — it took a lot of dedication and really changing my lifestyle — but the fitness tracking features and Apple’s Activity app helped quantify my effort without me doing too little or going overboard.

Apple Watch has absolutely been an effective motivational coach that has pushed me toward my goal of being more active.

I felt nervous about publishing the article for a couple of reasons.

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