Archive for 2011

What Happens When You Don’t Report Your Weight; or, Driving Blind

Monday, April 18th, 2011
What Happens When You Don’t Report Your Weight; or, Driving Blind

Here’s a blindingly obvious insight: if you drive blind you’ll probably drive off the road. Less obvious is that that applies almost as certainly to your Beeminder yellow brick road. Michelle, who has very thick skin (figuratively speaking!) and agreed to let us feature her here, illustrates the point nicely: It’s a pattern we’ve seen... »

Case Study: Martin’s Renovating

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
Case Study: Martin’s Renovating

This is an interesting case study. Martin put $5k at risk on a very conservative goal — spending at least 8 hours a week on a house renovation project for a total of 249 hours by May 5. He actually signed the contract on Oct 21, right before he started shooting up above his yellow brick road. He... »

Productivity Hack: The Sedimentary Filing System

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Productivity Hack: The Sedimentary Filing System

A lot of people are at one extreme or the other when it comes to organizing papers on their desk. Either it’s an unmitigated disaster or it’s a model of anal retention that they seem to spend far too much energy on. For years I’ve been achieving a reasonable middle ground by sticking to... »

To Buy or Not To Buy a Gym Membership

Monday, March 21st, 2011
To Buy or Not To Buy a Gym Membership

This is a guest post by Beeminder user Jill Renaud. I hate my current gym. It is a budget gym with no classes, machines in disrepair, and the other members can be downright rude. I can be patiently waiting for a machine and be cut off by a gym rat. A literal rat. (Kidding. It’s not quite that... »

Little Debbie Does Dog Food

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Little Debbie Does Dog Food

I’ve had swiss cake rolls on my mind since Kevin McGowan’s delightful guest post last week. Then today I saw a special: four boxes of Little Debbie snacks for $5. So cheap! If only it were possible to buy them and not immediately start shoving them into my maw one after the other until stopped by... »

Food Habits

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
Food Habits

Continuing the theme from our last post, this is a guest post by Beeminder beta user Kevin McGowan. I am not an expert of any kind and I have no training. I’m just a guy who used to be pretty uncomfortable (5’10”... »

No Preemptive Eating

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
No Preemptive Eating

Here’s a simple yet powerful weight loss tip: Don’t eat when you don’t want to. I mean, maybe you shouldn’t always eat even when you do want to but at the very least don’t eat when you don’t want to. Like because it’s there, you’re bored, or to prevent being hungry later. If you have other tips and... »

Weight Loss: Really Easy, Really Hard

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Weight Loss: Really Easy, Really Hard

Here’s the bottom line on weight loss: unless more calories are being used than consumed, no weight loss will happen. There’s no magic. There is plenty of confusion and struggle, however. Simply eating less backfires and it’s because of hormones. Your body really doesn’t want your weight to change. Oh, you’re eating less? Ok, we’ll just slow everything down... »

How To Do What You Want: Akrasia and Self-Binding

Monday, January 24th, 2011
How To Do What You Want: Akrasia and Self-Binding

Many of us have a problem following through on our intentions. And it’s more than just a difficulty in predicting our future desires. It’s not like “Gee, I thought I wanted to get in shape but it turned out there was always... »