March 4, 2014
I'm looking to track major health metrics to help me monitor my improvement towards my health goals - only problem is, I'm not 100 percent sure what those metrics should be. I also track my time to make sure I'm using it efficiently for work. And, thanks to online tools, I track my finances to keep expenses in check and increase my savings.
In recent months, I've learned it's not enough for me to merely do the "right" things: work out, eat right and so on. I need to KNOW that what I'm doing is effective. And for that I need data. To make the most educated changes, I need data and continual tracking.
I have a slew of them: FitBit Force (activity), Excel documents (used to track adherence to my plan as well as emotional and physical sensation throughout the day), DosIQ and MyFitnessPal apps for food tracking , and yes, some paper tracking. I even use a piggy bank to pay myself for books read and other tasks "accomplished." It's not very sophisticated but the habit of paying myself seems to work.
Coffee addict and PR-nerd turned amateur bio-hacker looking to get the data points to prove growth over time.