“I have been reporting on Apple for more than 20 years now, and in all that time no product has had such an impact on my life as this little piece of hardware and software. I don’t say that for dramatic effect, it has had a profound effect on the way I live,” Jim Dalrymple writes for The Loop. “As you will read later, this is the most personal review I have ever written.”

“However, before we get there, I need to address a few other items, so let’s get started,” Dalrymple writes. “I picked up my Apple Watch from Apple the day before they went on sale to the public. I must admit, I was a bit concerned about using it after reading the initial reviews of the device. They talked about the notification system being just as bothersome as the iPhone and described the watch as having a steep learning curve.”

“There is no steep learning. Complete bullshit,” Dalrymple writes. “‘Notifications are annoying.’ This says more about the reviewers ability to use the product than anything. Notifications are completely configurable. Again, complete bullshit.”

“As of this writing… I have lost 42.4 pounds,” Dalrymple writes. “What I’m saying to those of you in my situation of being overweight, is that there is hope. There is a way out for you too. It has to start somewhere, so why not today. Apple Watch and HealthKit changed my life. It can change yours too.”

Tons more in the full article –highly recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations to Jim!

We got our Apple Watches the day after Jim and, like him, they’ve been the first thing we put on in the morning and the last thing we take off at night since April. Everything in his excellent Apple Watch review, from battery life to Maps/iPhone/Apple Watch/vehicle Bluetooth interaction oddities rings true.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]