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How I Use Beeminder

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
How I Use Beeminder

When I first introduce people to Beeminder, they either recoil in horror or they want to dive right in. But the easiest way to defeat a new system is to overload it [1], so if you read this blog post and then immediately create a bunch of goals, I’ve probably failed. There are two obvious ways to overload a system: volume and intensity. In Beeminder terms, volume is creating more goals than you’re able to keep current, and intensity is setting too aggressive a slope. You might want to lose... »

Ringcycles Wins Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Contest!

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Ringcycles Wins Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Contest!

This is crossposted on the Fat Cyclist blog. Greetings not-so-fat cyclists! We’re pretty much beside ourselves with how the first annual (oh presumption!) Beeminder Fat Cyclist Weight Loss Competition turned out. When we say we’re beside ourselves we mean that literally —... »

Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Clearing Up Confusion About Exponential Roads

Once in a while someone tries to set up a yellow brick road where the steepness automatically increases by, say, 10% each week. It seems like a so-called exponential road (available with custom goals, which is one of the Bee... »

Bee’s Guide To Beeminding Weight Loss

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Bee’s Guide To Beeminding Weight Loss

I’ve been thinking about beeminding weight loss a lot lately and the thing is, beeminding weight loss sucks! But not any more than losing weight in general sucks. Even for people who really like the whole commitment device craziness, Beeminder sometimes feels aversive. I believe that happens when you don’t feel like you are fully in control... »

Eat Your Vegetables

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Eat Your Vegetables

With the Fat Cyclist weight loss competition underway, we're thinking about weight loss a lot. We've got some useful posts planned. In the meantime, we have Bethany hating on... »

Intrafamily Bets and the Genius of the Exponential Pledge Schedule

Monday, March 25th, 2013
Intrafamily Bets and the Genius of the Exponential Pledge Schedule

My mom recently lost $5,000 to my brother in a commitment contract gone wild. That was started in part as an experiment early in Beeminder’s beta period before we’d thought of things like the exponential pledge schedule. Believe it or not, it was actually a pretty positive outcome: my mom gradually lost a tiny bit of... »

Why Weigh (Daily)?

Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Why Weigh (Daily)?

If you’re fitness savvy you know that you should be gaining muscle as you lose fat. So isn’t focusing on body weight silly, since muscle is denser than fat and ultimately we all want to be svelte and strong and lean, like a jungle cat? Maybe you have a fancy scale that tells you what really matters... »

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... »

BMNDR vs StickK

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
BMNDR vs StickK

This is a guest post by Josh Jordan. While waiting for a Beeminder beta account, I tried using StickK to help me lose some fat. StickK is a brilliant concept and I hope they succeed in a big way, but I don’t like their weekly weigh-ins, for two reasons: It’s way too easy to »