I got into the habit of having a weekly tally of my time on my smartphone.
I’d write it down and keep track on a pad of paper, and it was always handy for keeping track of what I’d done.
But over the years, as I learned more about running, I found myself running more often, which didn’t sit well with me.
“I used to write down how many miles I’d run a week,” says Deirdre.
That’s because I’d been running a lot longer than normal, and I’d also been working out a lot more, which meant I’d probably been running longer than my actual weekly mileage.
In the past couple of years, though, Deirdree has been doing more and more of those same things, tracking every step she takes in her daily routine.
As part of a project she’s doing with her family, she’s been tracking every meal she eats, and also every time she’s slept.
“It’s been super fun and rewarding,” she says.
“The goal is to build up a big fat bar of data on my phone so that I can use it to make smarter decisions about how to eat, exercise, and manage stress.”
Deirdre has also started keeping a list of every day’s activities in her calendar.
When she logs them in, she has a list to check off as well.
If it looks like she’s taking a few minutes to sit down for a while, she’ll get a notification in her inbox.
She can also check her activity logs for a few days to see how she’s feeling.
For Deirdrie, this data has been an eye-opener.
Her body feels lighter, her stress levels are down, and she’s found that she’s actually feeling better and more productive after a few weeks.
“I’m able to focus on what I’m actually doing,” she tells me.
“I can think more clearly about what I need to do to get the most out of the day.”
Deirdree says she’s also discovered some new things.
She’s noticed that she feels more energetic and focused when she’s exercising, and that her sleep is much better when she does it regularly.
She says she can sleep well even if she doesn’t have to sleep at night, and says she feels better when it’s raining or snowing.
More importantly, she says, she feels like she has more energy to focus and perform at her best.
Deegree also says she is feeling less stressed and anxious, and feels more focused when exercising.
The best part, she explains, is that this new information about her health and wellbeing has helped her to live more life to the fullest.
“There’s something to be said for making good choices, having good health habits, and doing things that you’re actually proud of,” she explains.
It’s not all about the data, though.
Deirdrea says she finds the new data also has an emotional side, as well as helping her cope with her personal demons.
“Being able to see that I’m living a healthier life than I ever have, that I’ve been doing things I’ve never done before and that I was not afraid to get into trouble for doing them, that’s huge for me,” she told me.
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