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Do you track your everyday activities?

Posted by on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Motivational iPhone Gadgets Will Make Your Life Better But Only if You Use Them

by Jenny Erikson

In an information-driven, technology-obsessed world, there seems to be an app or gadget to track just about everything we do. I say that as I just checked my step count on my FitBit (3,885 -- wowza I’m lazy today) and scanned my fancy Lean Cuisine lunch into my Lose It app.

There are other apps and gizmos that let you keep track of nursing schedules (even which side!), diaper changes, chore habits, caffeine intake, sleep patterns, exercise, driving routes ... basically everything.

Ernesto Ramirez is a self-tracking devotee who recently organized a two-day conference in San Francisco on the subject. He says, “I think there’s an overall trend toward curiosity and proving knowledge of one's self in the world.”

Pediatricians are getting in on it, encouraging new parents to use apps to track newborn sleeping and eating patterns, and send the data in before appointments. “In the first few weeks, parents are so tired. It's really hard for them to give you objective data," pediatrician Natasha Bugert said.

But do these things actually motivate you to make healthier choices? Maybe. I try to track my calories because by the time dinner and dessert come around, I can’t remember what my middle name is, let alone what all I ate for breakfast. I have a FitBit so that in the off-chance I decide to get moving, it syncs with Lose It and I get to eat more.

Then again sometimes I say screw it and pour myself a second glass of wine, grab a giant piece of cheese and some crackers, and call it a day.

The moral of the story is that tracking tools are cool, but they can’t change your behavior. Only you can do that.

Do you track your everyday activities?

by on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I really tried to but honestly, after a few days I just gave up,lol.


paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Oh I remember in the hospital I was given a sheet to track how often dd breastfed amd how many diapers I changed. I don't know what they were thinking,lol. I was tired, sore, and had a fussy baby attached to me. I think I may have made 4 entries. They must have thought I was starving her LOL

hwblyf
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM


I love those things.  :)  My first was in NICU, so I didn't have to do that.  My 2nd I left the hospital after 24 hours and I can't remember those 24 hours, so who knows what I did.  I don't remember getting a sheet until #5, and by then I was like, screw this.  I got this goin' on!  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Oh I remember in the hospital I was given a sheet to track how often dd breastfed amd how many diapers I changed. I don't know what they were thinking,lol. I was tired, sore, and had a fussy baby attached to me. I think I may have made 4 entries. They must have thought I was starving her LOL



paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Right?

It was so funny. They had a lactation nurse come visit me to help out. I just looked at her and said my other breastfed baby is at home. Ds nursed through my whole pregnancy. Pretty sure I had that in the bag,lol.

Quoting hwblyf:


I love those things.  :)  My first was in NICU, so I didn't have to do that.  My 2nd I left the hospital after 24 hours and I can't remember those 24 hours, so who knows what I did.  I don't remember getting a sheet until #5, and by then I was like, screw this.  I got this goin' on!  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Oh I remember in the hospital I was given a sheet to track how often dd breastfed amd how many diapers I changed. I don't know what they were thinking,lol. I was tired, sore, and had a fussy baby attached to me. I think I may have made 4 entries. They must have thought I was starving her LOL




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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM


I love lactation consultants, I really do.  I love that they have them in hospitals, I love that they send them around so you don't have to go searching to find one.  My NICU baby was bottle fed and I pumped.  They had him up to 9 oz by day 2 or 3.  Yeah, like I can compete.  So he was pissed when it was time to switch to the breast.  He's still pissed, and that was 10 years ago (we really do have our personalities prior to birth!).  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Right?

It was so funny. They had a lactation nurse come visit me to help out. I just looked at her and said my other breastfed baby is at home. Ds nursed through my whole pregnancy. Pretty sure I had that in the bag,lol.

Quoting hwblyf:


I love those things.  :)  My first was in NICU, so I didn't have to do that.  My 2nd I left the hospital after 24 hours and I can't remember those 24 hours, so who knows what I did.  I don't remember getting a sheet until #5, and by then I was like, screw this.  I got this goin' on!  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Oh I remember in the hospital I was given a sheet to track how often dd breastfed amd how many diapers I changed. I don't know what they were thinking,lol. I was tired, sore, and had a fussy baby attached to me. I think I may have made 4 entries. They must have thought I was starving her LOL






paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

That's too funny!

Quoting hwblyf:


I love lactation consultants, I really do.  I love that they have them in hospitals, I love that they send them around so you don't have to go searching to find one.  My NICU baby was bottle fed and I pumped.  They had him up to 9 oz by day 2 or 3.  Yeah, like I can compete.  So he was pissed when it was time to switch to the breast.  He's still pissed, and that was 10 years ago (we really do have our personalities prior to birth!).  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Right?

It was so funny. They had a lactation nurse come visit me to help out. I just looked at her and said my other breastfed baby is at home. Ds nursed through my whole pregnancy. Pretty sure I had that in the bag,lol.

Quoting hwblyf:


I love those things.  :)  My first was in NICU, so I didn't have to do that.  My 2nd I left the hospital after 24 hours and I can't remember those 24 hours, so who knows what I did.  I don't remember getting a sheet until #5, and by then I was like, screw this.  I got this goin' on!  :)

Quoting paganbaby:

Oh I remember in the hospital I was given a sheet to track how often dd breastfed amd how many diapers I changed. I don't know what they were thinking,lol. I was tired, sore, and had a fussy baby attached to me. I think I may have made 4 entries. They must have thought I was starving her LOL







Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Breastfeeding tickers

hwblyf
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I'm not laughin'.  :)


Quoting paganbaby:

That's too funny!

Quoting hwblyf:


I love lactation consultants, I really do.  I love that they have them in hospitals, I love that they send them around so you don't have to go searching to find one.  My NICU baby was bottle fed and I pumped.  They had him up to 9 oz by day 2 or 3.  Yeah, like I can compete.  So he was pissed when it was time to switch to the breast.  He's still pissed, and that was 10 years ago (we really do have our personalities prior to birth!).  :)

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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Sorry...*Still giggles* I have one of those at home too.

Quoting hwblyf:

I'm not laughin'.  :)


Quoting paganbaby:

That's too funny!

Quoting hwblyf:


I love lactation consultants, I really do.  I love that they have them in hospitals, I love that they send them around so you don't have to go searching to find one.  My NICU baby was bottle fed and I pumped.  They had him up to 9 oz by day 2 or 3.  Yeah, like I can compete.  So he was pissed when it was time to switch to the breast.  He's still pissed, and that was 10 years ago (we really do have our personalities prior to birth!).  :)


Lilypie - Personal pictureLilypie Breastfeeding tickers

usmom3
by BJ on Oct. 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

 No I do not!

hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Oct. 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I use MyFitnessPal almost every day to keep track of what I eat/drink, and how much I exercise. It's important for me to keep track because I will mindlessly eat (or stop exercising) if I'm not seeing it in a graph or other visual format.

The only other thing I track on my iPhone is grocery/to-do lists. I have tried a few apps for that but found them too big for what I needed, so I just use "Notes." :) Lame, I know. But it's easier than remembering a paper list because at least I am almost always going to have my phone with me! 


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