Aug 19, 2019
When I last recorded I was 224.4 and as of today, I'm at 224.3. Am I happy that I went down a tenth of a pound? Not really. If there was a silver lining, in my weight update its that I was traveling for a week where I was stuck eating hotel food. I did take one step in planning and took some Advocare Meal Replacements with me and drank those for breakfast and skipped my lunch (attempting to do a slight version of Intermittent Fasting). With the news I received in this episode, I have new motivation.
Recently I added an Apple Watch to my tools of tracking my health along with My Fitness Pal, Sleep Cycle, and Streaks apps. As I started to investigate the Apple Health app and what tools worked primarily an Apple Watch (but also a Fitbit in case that is you). I really like my Withings Scale, and on their website, I see where they have a wireless blood pressure device called the Withings BPM Connect. It's around $95 and it's cordless and wireless. This is great for people who travel or want to store it in their desk (which is what I do).
I take it out, and put my arm in the sleeve and press one button, and it takes my pressure and displays it on the unit (along with a hint if I have an issue or note) and automatically sends it to their app which then shares it with Apple health. It was so easy to use.
When your doctor takes your blood pressure, the results are two numbers, with one number on top (systolic) and one on the bottom (diastolic), like a fraction. For example, 120/80 mm Hg.
The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. This is called systolic pressure.
The bottom number refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats. This is called diastolic pressure.
Both numbers are important in determining the state of your heart health.
Numbers greater than the ideal range indicate that your heart is working too hard to pump blood to the rest of your body.
We have a daily step goal streaks, and "total steps" challenges starting in September.