I've been trying to lose a few pounds here and there (travel schedule has made my pants fit a bit tighter!), and wanted to share the results of the first 4 months of my progress.
I've been using my Misfit Shine sleep and activity tracker to keep track of my overall daily exercise, a Polar FT60 heart rate monitor to maximize my workouts, the MyFitnessPal app to log my food intake/count calories, and the RunKeeper app to log my morning rides on the bike. I've also been using the new Apple iHealth dashboard to keep all my data in one spot, and also track my blood pressure.
I'm happy to report than in four short months, I've dropped 26.4 pounds, and seen my blood pressure drop by 26 points. Here's the screen shot from the MyFitnessPal app:
My clothes fit better, i feel great, and think i look a lot better to boot.
I haven't really altered my lifestyle too much, other than just paying closer attention to what I have been putting in my body. I'm still eating pretty much the same food, but just less of it to keep within my daily allowances.
The heart rate monitor has been a great tool as well. I used to just ride for a certain time or distance, now I'm hyper-aware of the intensity level, and for how long I stay within certain ranges. In other words, I'm doing the same workout, just in a more efficient manner to burn fat (and not "just" calories).
If you are thinking of making a New Year's resolution of losing weight, I'm proof positive that with a few minor lifestyle changes, you can get it done.