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  1. Mac Guy's Avatar
    As some of you have already noticed, there is a November Challenge, and I assume there will be a Monthly Challenge every month for the foreseeable future.

    Apple is being far too aggressive with these challenges. Well, at least for some of us!

    It took all I could do to meet last months challenge of almost exactly doubling my Exercise Minutes from a daily average of 30-35 to 54!

    The by-product of that was an increase in my monthly calories burned. So naturally Apple thinks for my challenge I should increase my calories burned by 4000. Again, this almost doubles last month's calories burned. C'mon, Apple!!

    I'll give it a mild go, but I'm not afraid to quit at the drop of a hat. I'll continue the workouts but no b-busting workouts for me.
    11-02-2017 04:56 AM
  2. msm0511's Avatar
    As some of you have already noticed, there is a November Challenge, and I assume there will be a Monthly Challenge every month for the foreseeable future.

    Apple is being far too aggressive with these challenges. Well, at least for some of us!

    It took all I could do to meet last months challenge of almost exactly doubling my Exercise Minutes from a daily average of 30-35 to 54!

    The by-product of that was an increase in my monthly calories burned. So naturally Apple thinks for my challenge I should increase my calories burned by 4000. Again, this almost doubles last month's calories burned. C'mon, Apple!!

    I'll give it a mild go, but I'm not afraid to quit at the drop of a hat. I'll continue the workouts but no b-busting workouts for me.
    I don't think I've gotten any challenges on my AW. At least nothing I've paid attention to.
    11-02-2017 09:59 AM
  3. doogald's Avatar
    So, the advantage of going on vacation for most of October is that my November monthly challenge is to close my "move" ring 8 times this month, to improve on closing it 6 times in October. (My October challenge was to burn 27,995 calories for the month, or 903 per day.)
    11-02-2017 10:19 AM
  4. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I don't think I've gotten any challenges on my AW. At least nothing I've paid attention to.
    You get a one-time notification on the Watch and it's easy to miss it.

    But you can navigate to the Achievements section in the iPhone Activity app and see it and your progress, should you choose to accept this mission:

    November Challenge Achievement-november-challenge.png

    There are two 11/2017 Achievement badges. One is the Perfect Month Achievement and the other is the Monthly Challenge Achievement. You want the second one with the grayed-out background behind the 11.

    The Challenges are unique to the user so yours could be anything such as completing all of your rings five times in the month or the equivalent of scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. Twice. More likely somewhere in between.
    11-02-2017 09:54 PM
  5. doogald's Avatar
    I don't think I've gotten any challenges on my AW. At least nothing I've paid attention to.
    In the watch app on the iPhone, I would check that “special challenges” is checked under “activity” if you want to get notified of these challenges. It should be checked by default. (It’s also under Notifications / Activity in the watch app, but it’s the same setting.)
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    11-03-2017 06:54 AM
  6. msm0511's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I checked my settings and it's all set up. Maybe it's because I've only had my Series 3 for just under a month. Maybe they'll start showing up after I've had it a full month.
    11-03-2017 07:00 AM
  7. Mac Guy's Avatar
    The monthly Challenges should show up on the 1st as I've shown in the Activity app.

    The Special Challenges can show up a few days before the event as a notification and in the Activity app. They are also usually announced at some of the various tech sites.
    11-05-2017 01:00 PM
  8. msm0511's Avatar
    I got a notification that I completed my November challenge yesterday. It wasn't much of a challenge though as you can see.

    November Challenge Achievement-img_0079.jpg
    11-05-2017 08:24 PM
  9. tcuprof's Avatar
    My October goal was not realistic and I didn't get it. My November goal, double my move goal 15 times, is very realistic and I plan to achieve it.
    11-07-2017 01:28 PM
  10. doogald's Avatar
    So, the advantage of going on vacation for most of October is that my November monthly challenge is to close my "move" ring 8 times this month, to improve on closing it 6 times in October. (My October challenge was to burn 27,995 calories for the month, or 903 per day.)
    Done.

    November Challenge Achievement-fullsizeoutput_491f.jpeg
    11-08-2017 04:23 PM
  11. ROSES5682's Avatar
    I'm a bit sad because my Nov achievement is super hard and its unlikely I will get it. I have to double my move points which is set at 520.
    11-10-2017 04:31 PM
  12. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I'm a bit sad because my Nov achievement is super hard and its unlikely I will get it. I have to double my move points which is set at 520.
    I'm right their with you. Mine is also too steep for me. Ordinarily, I'd then have to settle for the Perfect Month achievement but because of the rain, that's out for November as well.

    I think Apple is far too aggressive with their Monthly Achievements. But that may be a fault of their algorithm(s) for computing them. I know some people who've set there goals very low and exceeded them by several hundred percent, so that may confuse things.

    When you set up your Health app, (I think it was the Health app) you had a choice of activity levels. I'm sure that figures into the calculations, too.

    I worked really hard to get my October achievement and it took a few days to recuperate. Then I get my November Challenge and it looks like Apple said 'Say, you almost doubled your daily Exercise minutes in October so how about a 25% increase in your daily average calories. Easy, huh?'

    No, not so much.
    11-11-2017 03:11 PM
  13. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    I'm a bit sad because my Nov achievement is super hard and its unlikely I will get it. I have to double my move points which is set at 520.
    If makes you "sad", why not get set a lower move goal?

    Otherwise, take on the challenge and move more.
    11-11-2017 05:43 PM
  14. ROSES5682's Avatar
    If makes you "sad", why not get set a lower move goal?

    Otherwise, take on the challenge and move more.
    I have thought about lowering my move goal but I feel like that would be cheating the system so I'm trying to move more and I had to accept that I may not get this month's achievement.
    11-11-2017 07:20 PM
  15. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I have thought about lowering my move goal but I feel like that would be cheating the system so I'm trying to move more and I had to accept that I may not get this month's achievement.
    I like the way you think. Not to mention since the challenge as already been issued, Apple might not allow changes once the gauntlet has been thrown down. At least I like to believe that's how they think.
    11-11-2017 07:46 PM
  16. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Otherwise, take on the challenge and move more.
    Seems like ill-conceived advice all the way around.
    11-11-2017 07:50 PM
  17. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    Seems like ill-conceived advice all the way around.
    LOL! Well, the third part was "get over it" but I thought that was harsh.
    11-12-2017 10:03 AM
  18. shpyda's Avatar
    I completed my November challenge last night as far as the numbers go and I still haven’t gotten the badge. Does it wait until the end of November?!
    Attached Thumbnails November Challenge Achievement-911b57f8-58bc-456e-a49f-87a99942b494.jpeg  
    11-23-2017 06:21 AM
  19. doogald's Avatar
    I completed my November challenge last night as far as the numbers go and I still haven’t gotten the badge. Does it wait until the end of November?!
    It doesn't necessarily wait, but once in a while some people report that it takes a little while to award the badge after you complete it. I did get mine right away, though.
    11-23-2017 09:41 AM
  20. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Does it wait until the end of November?!
    No. There may be different reasons why it takes some people longer than others, but I don't believe there's any wait pr delay programmed in. Several people have stated that it's taken them a few days to get theirs.

    The longest mine have taken was a few hours, once. All other times, including todays Thanksgiving Challenge almost immediately. I ended my walk at 3.1mi and in less than a minute, I got my achievement notification.
    11-23-2017 08:29 PM
  21. shpyda's Avatar
    No. There may be different reasons why it takes some people longer than others, but I don't believe there's any wait pr delay programmed in. Several people have stated that it's taken them a few days to get theirs.

    The longest mine have taken was a few hours, once. All other times, including todays Thanksgiving Challenge almost immediately. I ended my walk at 3.1mi and in less than a minute, I got my achievement notification.



    Thanks for the feedback. It turns out that the challenge required 1,623 exercise minutes even though it said 1,578. Pretty weird glitch, but super glad that I got it after all. I wanted to make sure I followed up in case anyone else ends up wondering why they’re not being awarded for a challenge.
    Attached Thumbnails November Challenge Achievement-bfaa2e84-5c04-47e8-b865-318218bc6a45.jpeg   November Challenge Achievement-1307a30f-c1c4-4c46-90a7-2cb8a58645d4.jpeg  
    11-24-2017 02:42 PM
  22. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Pretty weird glitch, but super glad that I got it after all.
    Congratulations! It would have been a little disappointing if you had missed out because of an error on Apple's part.

    I've cut back on my walking because of the inclement weather, so my December Monthly Challenge may actually be doable. My November Challenge was not.
    11-26-2017 07:19 AM
  23. Snoweagle's Avatar
    Got my November Challenge badge yesterday. It says I average 13 exercise mins a day.
    11-27-2017 02:10 AM
  24. iWarr3n's Avatar
    So after 29 days of serious hard work in the gym I finally hit my November Challenge today! But no achievement?!

    Please don’t tell me this is glitched, I’m gonna be so upset!!
    Attached Thumbnails November Challenge Achievement-921d5718-4032-486e-8f7d-51b68653a592.png  
    11-29-2017 09:43 AM
  25. doogald's Avatar
    According to Apple,

    If you complete an achievement, but don't earn the award

    You will earn the award within 9 days of completing the Activity Challenge.
    See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205406

    As I always say, the important thing is doing the work, not getting some fake virtual badge for it.
    11-29-2017 10:14 AM
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