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Mar 20, 2019 14:19:45

Measuring progress

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Brandon Wilson

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If you want to improve any aspect of your life, you have to measure it so you can track your progress.

Some things are easy to measure:

  • Do you want to save more money or pay down debits, just take a look at your account balances.
  • If you are tracking weight loss, hop on a scale. This is just pure weight, but there are more sophisticated ways to measure fat vs muscle.
  • You can track the calories and macronutrients for everything you eat. I'm not saying this is fun, but you can do it.
  • You can use activity trackers for heart rate and exercise.
  • There are sleep trackers that allow to track the quality of your sleep.
  • And for overall health there's good ol' lab work.

I had some not-so-great lab results in September of 2018, and I just completed labs again to gauge my progress roughly six months later. Overall, my numbers are going in the right direction, especially those related to diabetes.

Some things are not so easy to measure. If you want to increase your energy level, how do you measure your energy? If you want to be less stressed, how do you measure your stress level? 

If you have a habit to meditate for ten minutes every day, how do you measure whether it's working? 

Start with the easy things to measure. Build up momentum from seeing positive progress. Once you start moving in the right direction for certain areas of your life, you will find that other areas of your life will also improve. 

Measure the things that matter but don't make yourself go crazy with it. I used to weigh myself every day. Bad idea for me. It's important to measure on a timetable that is reasonable without also discouraging yourself in the process.

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    @brandonwilson - CONGRATULATIONS on the improvement Brandon. I know it is not easy. Well done.
    I agree - What gets measured - gets improved. That's why I have a dexcome CGM.

    Things like energy, mood, happiness and the like are difficult to measure with numbers but by reflecting on regular intervals, you can see a trend. Searching deeper, you can find what co-relates to what you are trying to achieve on a consistent basis. For example - I am a very nice person to be around if I get a good night sleep. So sleep is directly correlated to my energy and mood. :)

    Keni avatar Keni | Mar 20, 2019 18:56:05
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      @keni Thank you! Do you have the same fancy one that Dr. Attia uses? I think he said he might be using a prototype even though he's not even diabetic. You are right the key is to reflect and be deliberate about assessing how you feel and behave.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 20, 2019 17:44:43
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      @brandonwilson - Yep the same one...https://www.dexcom.com/ it is very useful and I would make it mandatory for us. I am not sure if insurance covers it for type 2s but most type 1s can get it. It helps a lot with alarms for hypos during the night and working out.

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 20, 2019 21:00:02
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      Do you ever publish your Dexcom numbers? I really wish that people would publish the CGM numbers. kind of like a glucose social media.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Mar 22, 2019 16:08:28
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      @brandonwilson @keni

      I am als onot diabetic but wish to use a CGM for like a month out of a year once I turn 30. I think it'd be fun. And I want to share and compare numbers with other people.

      I really wish there was a social media for CGM.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Mar 22, 2019 16:09:38
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      @keni Well, once I execute the reversal I'd like to go back to 'pull my finger' instead of 'prick my finger.' :) Something tells me it will be a long time before I have to worry about being hypo.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 22, 2019 09:02:08
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