If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I am big on self-tracking. I don’t believe in “one size fits all” and, as I always seem to be on the very edges of every bell curve, I don’t pay too much attention to advice resulting from research studies, either.
What I do like to do is track my own markers and come up with my own recommendations, usually of my own volition, based on reading and my own research.
The past six months I have been using a cute little app to help me. It has helped me lower my blood sugar, keep it low and then lower it again when it went up. It has also helped me increase my steps per day even while recovering from surgery. And lastly, it keeps an eye on my weight.
It’s very basic. It’s free. I only monitor three markers at a time – fasting blood sugar, number of steps per day and weight. Mine are all health related but you can monitor all sorts – number of hours of TV, the cups of coffee you drank that day, your blood pressure, and on.
Useful things I have learned from using this app:
- When I am very, very cold, like watching a 2 hour rugby match the day after Christmas, I can eat whatever I like including sandwiches, cake, cookies, Yorkshire pudding, and I won’t put on weight nor will my blood sugar be high the next morning.
- That I need to eat 5 hours between meals to keep my fasting blood sugar at a satisfactory level.
- That I can create a habit of walking daily and, steadily and without knocking myself out, increase my average daily steps to 10,000 in a manageable, and consistent way
- That T-Tapp Hoe Downs knock at least ten points off my blood sugar before bed
- That monitoring my weight helps me subtly without burdening me with guilt or driving me to drastic action.
There are no bells and whistles, this is not for you if you are a gadget person or like the latest thing because it is the latest thing. But if you want something simple, easy to set up, and just *do*, then this might help.
Like I said, it is free: Loggr