Category Archives: health
For the past several months I have been testing the CNS Tap Test, a mobile phone adaptation of the Finger Tap test often used by neuropsychologists and fitness professionals to measure the status of the central nervous system. The objective of this measurement experiment was to see if I could use this app to measure more objectively my physical and psychological health (I currently use subjective scales). The results were interesting but not sufficiently conclusive to include this test in my self-tracking inventory.
I recently purchased Tinké sensor, and have been using it for the past couple of weeks. The full review will be coming later (I still need to accumulate enough data), but so far I LOVE IT! My first impression is: it is extremely easy to use! Just plug the sensor into your mobile phone, launch the app and tap on the screen. It also provides a lot of interesting metrics, which I hope to use in my self-tracking experiments and projects. Here is a quick breakdown.
As promised, posting today the slides of my “100 Days of Summer” talk that I presented at the 2013 Quantified Self conference in San Francisco last Thursday (October 10). In this presentation, I shared most important and interesting results of the first phase of Measured Me project.
My Quantified Summer lifestream is now up! I plan to update it every 7-10 days. Check it out here or by clicking MY LIFESTREAM on the main menu of my blog.
(This is an updated version of previous post about tracking willpower, with interactive charts). Winslow Strong of Biohack Yourself (check out his awesome blog, by the way!) recently posted a great question on Quantified Self Facebook page, asking about ways to quantify restraint. This is when I remembered about my attempt to track willpower in March that was partially inspired by our conversation with Hiren Patel of Becoming the Best (another awesome blog!). My method for tracking willpower (self-restraint/self-control) was rather simple and straightforward.
Just last month I shared with you my vision of the perfect tool for tracking diet. Turns out, Chef Sleeve’s team has the same idea, and they are now trying to raise funds to build a smart digital food scale connected to iPad. Check out their awesome Kickstarter campaign and join me in supporting this great project. I personally just pledged $79 for a promise to receive the scale before it is available to general public (at projected price of $99). The estimated shipping date is November 2013. Watch the video pitch after the jump.
In an attempt to understand what causes psychological stress and how it affects quality of my life, I have been tracking its various sources. Contemporary stress theory recognizes three major types of stressors: intrapersonal (my personal thoughts, emotions, inner conflicts, etc.), interpersonal(relationships and interactions with other people, and non-personal (weather, workload, time constraints, etc.). I have been rating exposure to each of these stressors three times a day throughout March, using 10-point scale in my rTracker log. The objective was to find out what kind of stressors bother me most often, my sensitivity to each of them, and how stressors influence my everyday psychological states and behavior. This week, I finally had a chance to aggregate all that data, and run some quick analysis.
The March is almost over, so I thought it is a good time to tell what kind of things I am have been tracking and what self-experiments I have been conducting this month. As usual, at the end of the month I will export data from my rTracker log , analyze it and will share any interesting insights and findings with you.
I must admit that of all my self-tracking efforts that I took on in the past six months, tracking diet turned out to be THE most cumbersome so far. Of course, I am not giving up, and will continue testing and experimenting, until I find the most efficient tools and methods for quantifying diet and its effects on my everyday life. In the meantime, I would like to share some observations and lessons that I learned during the past six months, including what worked and did not work for me, and some interesting insights about my diet and eating habits.
If you have not noticed yet, the “modus operandi” for this blog and my self-tracking efforts is a bit different this year. The month of January was spent collecting data, testing apps and services, and blogging about various QS issues, and month of February was dedicated to analyzing collected data, reviewing tools, and sharing insights and recommendations. So I thought it would be helpful if I summarized briefly what I learned during the last two month, in one post.