Thin Post : Tracking Begins

June 30, 2010 11:32pm
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Apparently it’s been an entire month since I last wrote on this topic, so unfortunately it’s pretty safe to assume that my progress made thus far has been precisely zilch.


Today I’m going to start tracking a couple of areas that I think are key issues with my current health. I’ve tried to make them as generic as possible so that I don’t have to waste a lot of time crunching numbers and thus start slipping a week and a half in, but hopefully the three I’ve chosen will be enough to provide some valuable insight into my lack of progress nonetheless. The areas I chose are:

Simply a measure of whether I exercised on a given day or not, how many minutes I spent doing it, and what I did.

How many hours of sleep I got the night before, and whether it was all in one shot.

Fast Food
Whether I ate out on a given day, and if so, specifically where.

I chose these areas specifically because I think each of them addresses an issue at a very core level. For example, once I start exercising, I can do it fairly consistently, but actually getting started is the problem. I also tend to eat (fairly) healthily when I prepare food myself, but sometimes it’s really easy for me to just not buy groceries for a week and eat out for lunch (and other meals) all week instead. And as for sleeping, well, let’s just say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify that staying up until 4am one night and then crashing at 9pm the next can’t be great for you!

Alongside these I’m also going to be tracking my weight – once a week – and at the end of 30 days, we’ll see what I’ve learned. My guess is that after the first week of doing horribly, I’ll start to make some changes, which is really the whole point of writing these things down in the first place. I don’t know about anyone else, but being the analytical person that I am, sometimes it takes seeing everything laid out on the table for me to realize how things add up over time … both good and not so good!

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