Dear Lukas,

Since I’m one to aim high, I selected the ‘very active’ calorie benchmark when setting up my Apple Watch. That meant I was expected to burn just over 1,000 calories per day.

That sounded manageable, until I came up short of that goal for a few days in a row. At that point, my wrist-mounted companion gave me a friendly suggestion: Why don’t we lower the bar a little bit?

Altruism, engage!

It took some pride gulping to accept that hint, but I did. And it’s interesting how often I end up between 900 and 1,000 calories burned on a given day. With my new goal set at 930 calories, more often than not I reach it, but not necessarily by much.

Score one for the algorithm? I suppose so. Maybe I’ll boost it back up at some point, but there’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself a few wins to build confidence.

I write that like I have always believed that. Not the case. I’m a harsh self-critic, sometimes to the point of self-loathing when it comes to exercise. I’ll get into modes where I tell myself I’ll never be strong enough or fast enough or thin enough.

It took me years to get to this point, but in knowing how my brain operates sometimes, it’s probably wise to get attainable goals and allow myself the feeling of accomplishment.

Without that feeling, I can easily spiral in a negative direction. Maybe the Watch knows that better than I do. 

How It Works!

How Do-Goodery Works

Your humbled Dad


Calories burned (active): 838
Minutes exercised: 80
Hours stood: 7
Steps taken: 4,770
Physical activity: 45 minutes of pick-up hockey

Hours spent shirtless: Two (I could’ve picked a better time of the year to start this … )