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I’ve had a passion for technology all my life. I love to research, use and write about technology that has an impact on health and lifestyle as we age
Hi! My name’s Robyn and I’m a Tracker!
I have always been a tracker. From the first day I attended a Weight Watchers meeting about 40 years ago. I got my first fresh tracker book in my hot little hands, and I have been addicted ever since.
It’s no wonder I became an accountant. Spreadsheets have been a way of life for me forever. Everything in my life is represented on a spreadsheet.
About 20 years ago, I started tracking my bi-annual blood tests on a spreadsheet. I was looking for patterns in what I was doing for my health. I always had a problem with a low White Cell count and was determined to take action to improve it so tried lots of different strategies. However, I would have to wait for 6 months to see if what I did had any impact on my numbers. Waiting months for results was the most frustrating part of tracking my health. I wanted instant feedback!
I let go of this blood test frustration and turned my attention to exercise tracking. I bought my first FitBit and was off and running – well walking actually – 10,000 steps a day. Addicted!
A few years ago, after seeing the kids and grandkids with Apple watches, I upgraded to the only Apple product I didn’t already have. I haven’t looked back.
A near perfect record of activity tracking; over 400-day streak but could have been over 500 except for the 2 days that I didn’t close all my rings. I was on a 7-day meditation retreat busily meditating for 4-hour stretches! Unfortunately, those 2 days spanned the last day of one month and the first day of a new month, so it spoilt my monthly figures as well. Grrr! Certainly needed the meditation retreat, didn’t I!!
However, in true tracker style, I promised myself: It will never happen again!
So, when I accidently dropped Apple Watch #1 onto the tiled floor and smashed the screen, I was gutted.
I visited the Apple store. No problem, we can send it away and Apple will replace it in a few days. Nooo! The Apple guy didn’t understand. He said ‘It’s OK. All your data will come through to the new watch.’
‘But I will lose my streak!!!’
I walked out of the store with the old watch and a newly purchased next model Apple Watch instead of a replacement. Streak intact!
Then I discovered the mother of all health tracking – Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
Talk about instant feedback!
So, a five-minute reading was added to my morning schedule and I haven’t missed a day. I am now sitting at a streak of 750+ days.
Maybe only fellow trackers understand this feat!
I am committed to my ‘Project 100+’ year goal. I have more projects than even this time will allow so age defying Health and Fitness is the only path.
Love to have you on board for the journey.