I suddenly realized that I'm doing lots of stuff that I've never been interested in before or even have said at the beginning of Hacked Man that I won't be doing. What's this?
Weight has been one of the least interesting things for me personally (as I've always had about the same weight and looked about the same) and I've never owned a scale. Now suddenly I have a Withings WS-50, a wifi-enabled, air condition metering, person heartbeat measuring body analyzer with magic.
Measuring is interesting and this might even turn out to be useful. For example, thanks to my WS-50, I now know my bedroom turns into a suffocating deathtrap during the night, if all the windows are closed. Also, as I'm doing more sportsing than usually, it might be a good idea to keep a check on things.
Especially, as I'm also now tracking calorie intake. Which I've tried a couple of times before and stopped after managing to track about one banana. This time I've kept it up pretty well for a while now.
The results are looking pretty grim. Either I'm in complete denial about the stuff I eat or then I will vanish pretty soon. Gathering up enough protein seems to be especially difficult. The scale might act as a some sort of a reality check and fail-safe device. If I eat 340 kcal a day and my weight is constantly stable, then I know that's something off in my tracking.
If the scale says that I'm vanishing, then I can trust my tracking and concentrate on eating more.
I announced at the beginning of Hacked Man that I won't bother measuring my happiness. Still, I sort of did. I'm using In Flow to measure activity levels and mood. It's sort of fun and pretty much a costless habit, so I guess I'll keep it up. The results are exactly what I expected though.
In Flow measures mood on a -3 to +3 scale. My lowest point so far has been a solitary -1. Otherwise I move pretty steadily at the +2-3 area. Which, I suppose, is nice. Some quantitative data on what I've always suspected. The picture above shows my mood check-ins for a single week. The average seems to be +2,25.
Still, I'm going to keep tracking, in case something interesting happens. My single -1 result came from reading a "discussion" on politics on the Facebook. Extremely clear cause-and-effect there, which I'd be stupid to ignore. I've known that politics on Facebook are dangerous, but now I have hard evidence on how much they wreck me up.
Let's hope I end up doing also other new and uninteresting things during Hacked Man, these seem fun.