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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2015 11:10 am
What was your heart's beats per minute after your run last Thursday?

What is the difference between how many ounces of milk your baby drank between July and August of this year?

How many likes did your last Facebook comment/photo get?

How many miles did you log on your treadmill last year?

Have you or anyone you love become obsessed with counting things/checking up on things?

Is the availability of data making us all a little OCD about our lives?
 
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2015 11:34 am
@boomerang,
I like the quantified self metrics (how many active calories per day, how much I am sitting vs moving around) but don't think I obsess over any of them personally though perhaps some may think that tracking my heartbeat etc is odd (I never look at it except when I am working out).
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George
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2015 12:30 pm
I keep track of how many miles I've run in web-based running log.

On this date last year, I ran 2.7 miles along Littleton Rd in Westford MA.
It was sunny and the temperature was 36 degrees F.

But I'm not obsessive about it.
George
 
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Reply Wed 16 Dec, 2015 12:32 pm
@George,
And I was wearing New Balance 1080s.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 17 Dec, 2015 07:43 am
Do you think tracking these things helps you preform better?

What did you do before tracking became so easy.
Miller
 
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Reply Thu 17 Dec, 2015 09:23 am
@boomerang,
I try to track my blood pressure and heart rate every 1-2 days. I also write it down. I used to record mg of sodium consumed/day but I gave it up, because I
can estimate it now.

I also keep a diary of anything I think is important in a special book.
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 17 Dec, 2015 09:25 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

What did you do before tracking became so easy.


I ate everything with lots of salt and fat and was very happy.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 17 Dec, 2015 11:03 am
@boomerang,
For me it does. It "gamifies" things and gives me measured goals to want to achieve. Before tracking I did the same, just a bit less I guess.

They say if you can't measure it you can't improve it, that's not quite true but it really helps (e.g. when I diet AND count my calories I do better than trying to diet without any metrics).
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George
 
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Reply Thu 17 Dec, 2015 01:07 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:
Do you think tracking these things helps you preform better?
What did you do before tracking became so easy.

Yes. Tracking gives me a sense of accomplishment (or a wake-up call).

Pencil and paper.
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