Saturday, November 30, 2013

Getting Healthy Through Self Monitoring

In mid September my blood pressure was up and the doc said (again), “lose weight.” So I remembered the only success I ever had losing weight and keeping it off was when I got on the scale daily. Yup, can't control it if you don't measure it. Knew I wanted to lose weight, drop blood pressure and increase activity. Scale in the house was unreliable and inaccurate. Decided I needed some tools.


Scale: EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Blood Pressure Monitor: Omron BP785 10 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

Activity Monitor: Fitbit One


MyFitnessPal allows me to enter my diet and weight, as well as some body measurements. Integrates with Fitbit and adjusts my daily calorie goal based on activity level.

Created by MyFitnessPal - Free Weight Loss Tools

Fitbit automatically tracks my steps and allows me to track sleep from the device. I can manually log blood pressure and body measurements on the website.

Trendweight is based on the Hacker's Diet. It charts my weight and calculates trend. Pulls my weight from FitBit which pulls from MyFitness Pal

Microsoft Healthvault pulls my blood pressure and weight from Fitbit. Does decent graphs and allows downloading data in csv format

Hacker's Diet Online allows me to log my weight and it computes trends. Trendweight does much the same thing but pulls weight data automatically from Fitbit.

Tictrac is kind of cool, kind of clunky. Will pull data automatically from some sources and allows input of whatever you want. Does a nice job of producing some charts of whatever measurements you want to track.

Chartmyself produces some elegant charts but requires manual input of all data. I'll probably stop using it in favor of solutions which are more automatic.

Google Drive has some nice spread sheet functions and there is a script that will pull Fitbit data. I'm working on coming up with some ways to aggregate, integrate and visualize my data. Nice article on how to set it up.

Sleep As Android is an android phone app that monitors sleep. Produces some interesting data. There is a website that allows some exploration of sleep trends.

I'll be posting more about self-monitoring and other subjects.

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