Archive for July, 2011

Backfiring Workouts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Backfiring Workouts

Here’s a question from a user: “Sometimes it seems like a hard workout makes me gain weight. My question is: WTF?” Melanie, Beeminder’s resident fitness expert, has an answer: Temporary weight gain for a day or two after a hard workout is common. Your body is storing glucose — quick energy... »

The Magical Widening Yellow Brick Road

Sunday, July 10th, 2011
The Magical Widening Yellow Brick Road

Beeminder is a tool for getting yourself to do the things you want to do… when you’re thinking about what you want to do next week. For example, next week I want to eat healthy, work out at least 3 times, and work at least 40 hours on Beeminder. That’s in stark contrast to what I want to... »

Force Majeure, Or Beeminder’s SOS Clause

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Force Majeure, Or Beeminder’s SOS Clause

Economists have been wondering for at least half a century why we don’t see more use of commitment devices in the real world. In 1955, one economist speculated that the reason is risk and uncertainty, “both as to future tastes and future opportunities.” We’ve been thinking hard about how to... »