Does monitoring alone lead to change?

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This past Christmas my husband got me a Fitbit. He wasn’t being rude; I asked for it. Now I am smart enough to know that just wearing the darn thing alone was not going to automatically lead to lost pounds. No more than just attending my Weight Watchers meetings each week leads to losing weight. And as I predicted, in the last few months I have not wilted to my high school weight. So what’s the deal? Whatever happened to, “What gets measured gets done?” You often hear people say that you have to measure the right things. I think it’s more accurate to say that you have to measure the right set of things. I can walk 10,000 steps every day, but I if eat lots of things that are high in calories I will be no better off. Similarly, if we only track things that happen at point … [Read more...]