27 September 2022

To many numbers

 I have a habit of getting caught up in the numbers of things. The number on the scale. The number of times I work out. The number of hours I sleep. And on and on. I put it down to my scientific side always wanting to analyze and dissect things. But sometimes it can backfire and bite me in the butt. 

A few months ago, around April or so, I got the Whoop. I saw someone mention it, I looked into it and decided to give it a go. I've been wearing it every single day since then - except for the 3 days when it died and I waited on a new one. Since then I have not really been using the data as well as I should. I look at the numbers but I don't dig in to what is behind those numbers. For example, my sleep. The Whoop gives you a sleep rating and then a recovery rating based on how ready you are to take on the day. During the school week those are both really low for me. Which is not totally unexpected, after all I'm up early, working all day, etc. But I let it get to me and I let the numbers start to influence me. Last night I slept really poorly. It happens once in a while, thankfully not often. But every time I rolled over or woke up to use the bathroom all I could think about was that my recovery would be really low. Thinking about that made it harder to fall back to sleep which would make me think of my recovery getting worse and round and round. Woke this morning to a really low recovery - shocker!!! But I can already feel it influencing my day and I haven't even left my house. So I'm not wearing it today, I think I may be done with it. I know that I get too involved in the numbers and work hard to try and avoid them. In my defense, this took 6 months to suck me in, but it did suck me in. So I think it might be time to say goodbye to this thing. I am at a point where I want to work out and sleep well and eat well, I don't need this thing beating me down. 

Okay, just had to get that out of my system. I did look at another device that track your sleep and recovery and had to force myself to shut the webpage and not get it. Not doing it. Not doing it. Not doing it.  Alright, I'm off to work tracker free. 

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