Tracking and Quantified Self
I have not been on 4hb since April, as I have been working on a project. I would love to get some feedback from those of you who have been doing detailed self tracking. I was a little disappointed with the websites available for tracking things about your body. They either seemed to be focused on a particular diet, like the standard american diet. Other times they were heavily focused on logging your exercises. I started out building a tool for myself that would allow me to easily track any facet of my body. Blood sugar, weight, inches, anything really.
I also was helping my father with 4hb, he was a type 2 diabetic when I started building the website. I wanted him to be able to log his blood sugar and food intake so I could help him with his diet.
Long story short, I am about to open up the website to the general public. I would love to hear from you guys, your thoughts on this sort of thing. What would you want from a service like this? What is that one feature that every other website seems to neglect? Would any of you want to be beta testers etc?
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I'll beta test. The big problem will be making it simple enough to get a lot of newbies and advanced enough to keep folks coming back. Here's what I track daily:
Exercise (type, reps, weight, calories, levels, etc...)
Calories (must be able to take notes)
Carbs (this isn't a must)
Notes (start PAGG, cheat day, anything else relevant)
Nice to have:
A place to put images (pics of yourself and anything else)
Then I make lots of graphs from the data.
I think if you keep the intent of tracking straight, then the rest will make itself. The intent of self tracking is control. I want to control what is happening to my body and I can't do that if I'm guessing. I know why I was constipated for 2 weeks because I was tracking all my data (I needed more fat). I knew I hit a stall because the nuts and wine were adding 400 cal/day. I knew ketosis worked for 2 weeks but then my body adjusted and stalled big time. I knew all this because of data. I took control and adjusted because of said data.
This is so ironic, because I just came here to ask for a good website for tracking progress. I would definitely try it. I have only finished one week on this 4HB,
I think another good aspect of the website to have would be the ability to upload photos weekly (or whenever...wouldn't have to be each time you weigh in or take measurements). The website would then automatically place them into a "compare mode" with previous photos. Maybe if you hover over each photograph, you could see your stats for that week
Also, something that would automatically calculate losses/gains would be helpful. Visual charts.
Another thing that I saw in a website was a gallery that would show photos of people by weight/body fat percentage. In other words, as they are tracking themselves, if someone uploaded a pic of themselves with the stat that they were 15% body fat, their photo would automatically show up in a gallery with other people whose photos show the same stats. It is fun to see the differences in people at different body fat percentages or different weights. Other people's photos can become motivational photographs or give people something to work for. Maybe some people do not know how a body looks at 20% fat vs. 15%. That would help people visually to create their goals. I hope that makes sense. Photos would not HAVE to be in the gallery, however. Users could have the option of whether or not their photos are added to the gallery.
Dh and I also design/own websites, so I am familiar with the technical aspects. Would love to try it out!
I requested an invite, not sure if you're still taking testers.
One thing I miss on other sites I've tried is the ability to download the data I enter in a format where I can load it into excel and have it on my hard drive.
The excel sheet I made for myself tracks morning weight and evening weight, some notes on sleeping (which is how I discovered I lose more weight on days I get enough sleep). I have a column for BMI (even though I know it's somewhat useless), and a column for any cold therapy I did, and a column for comments where I deviated from the diet.
I also have a place for my 2 week average and month average weight.
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