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LA Quantified Self Meetup (06/12) - My Data Discovery

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Los Angeles, CA Quantified Self Meetup on 06/21/12 …

Los Angeles, CA Quantified Self Meetup on 06/21/12

My Show & Tell talk sharing my journey and discoveries of self-tracking data I've been collecting for over 2 years.


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  • 1. LOS ANGELES QS MEETUP M Y D ATA D I S C O V E R Y J U N 2 1 S T, 2 0 1 2Eric BlueBlog: http://eric-blue.comTwitter: @ericblue
  • 2. MY QS DATA DISCOVERYLESSONS LEARNED SO FARStarted self-tracking in early 2010 Lots of gadgets and software  Off the shelf and home-brewed Lots of data collected Now moving from massive collection to discoveryMy motivation for tracking? Recurring lower-back injury was majorly impacting my activity Get back to higher level of activity and fitness Curiosity – no immediate questions – see patterns over long periods of timeWhat have I learned? Some meta-data about my tracking – Meta Quantified Self Interesting discoveries Practical advice for people getting started 2
  • 3. CORE GADGETS + APPSMy gadgets Activity: FitBit Weight + Blood Pressure: Withings  (scale + HRM) Sleep: Zeo Heart Rate: Garmin FR60 heart rate monitor Location: GPS (Qstarz) Mental Focus: NeuroSkyApplications iFitness - iPhone TRAQS.me 3
  • 4. META QUANTIFIED SELF – DATA ABOUT DATA Stat Fact Total hours spent tracking 20,606.40 hours (since 2/13/2010) Total steps recorded 231,616 steps Total GPS points (lat/long) 1.94 million points Heart beats recorded 109,230 beats Total burned calories 248,385 records recorded Total sleep recorded 414,641 sleep points Total data saved 218.89 MB Frequency of QS gadget .5 gadgets / month  purchase 4
  • 5. MY ORIGINAL IDEA ABOUT SELF-TRACKING + = AND (POOF) MAGIC HAPPENS … 5
  • 6. MY ORIGINAL IDEA ABOUT SELF-TRACKING (FANTASY) 6
  • 7. MY ORIGINAL IDEA ABOUT SELF-TRACKING (REALITY)NO SPARTAN YET, BUT A WORK IN PROGRESS  7
  • 8. SELF-TRACKING STATUS UPDATE – 6/21/2012 Stat Start Current Delta Total weight (lbs) 205.3 190.2 -15.1lbs (since 2/13/2010) Body fat % 23% 17.2% - 5.8% Muscle (lbs) 158.08 157.73 - 0.35 lbs Fat (lbs) 47.22 32.77 - 14.45 lbs Strength (max 205lbs 267lbs 30.24% increase bench) Total back injury 0 5 5 setbacks flair ups Days since last - - 292 days major flair up 8
  • 9. LESSONS LEARNEDLesson 1 – Progress is NOT linear There will be set backs Injury can happen, there will be lack of motivation but keep at it Push yourself, but also be kind to yourselfLesson 2 – Set realistic goals Rome (or better yet, a Spartan) wasn’t built in a day Don’t go overboard on tracking – start small, be pragmaticLesson 3 – Visualizing data in different ways can bring insight Spreadsheets and charts are effective but can be boring Experiment with different ways to visualize data and find patterns 9
  • 10. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [1]This is what enduring back pain and a major spasm looks like at night (9/24/2010) 10
  • 11. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [2]Friday is my most active day of the week; Monday I’m lazy 11
  • 12. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [3]Set a goal everyday and exceed it; skipping a day means you may have to make it up! 12
  • 13. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [4]Adding some color shows patterns on larger volumes of data 13
  • 14. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [5]My hourly activity as a heatmap 14
  • 15. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [6] 15
  • 16. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [7] 16
  • 17. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [8]My morning walks 17
  • 18. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [9]My morning walks – frequency & intensity 18
  • 19. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [10]Cities I’ve visited order by date; My home-brewed Google Latitude 19
  • 20. INTERESTING STATS & VISUALIZATIONS – [11]Remember, graphs aren’t (always) reality. Focus on feeling good/fit and being happy. Have a slice of pie once in a while! 20
  • 21. WHERE TO FIND MORE?The Quantified Self Site http://quantifiedself.com/QS Los Angeles Meetup http://www.meetup.com/QuantifiedSelfLA/QS Los Angeles Wiki http://quantifiedselfla.wikispaces.com/My Blog – Quantified Self Category http://eric-blue.com/category/quantified-self/ 21

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