Diet-wise, I’ve decided to go back to my trusty Sparkpeople.  The interface is clean, the price perfect, it works on all my devices, and it has most of the bells and whistles that the other apps have. By moving to other interfaces, I’m trying to fix something that isn’t broken, it seems. 

I did learn some good things about myself and diet and exercise in general from my experiment, even if it wasn’t tightly controlled. We’ll just call this qualitative? I do best with social support. My goals, even though I am a behavior analyst and should know better, tend to be a little nebulous and vague. That said, there are a few things I would like to study a bit more. It’ll be interesting to see if there are some takeaways that I can incorporate into my daily routine:

  • Daily Weigh-Ins. I’m wondering if this is a good  idea or not – it was a little frustrating to see my weight fluctuate by two pounds every other day.
  • Virtual Coaching v. Having a Live Coach. Not sure if synchronous v. asynchronous coaching is what I mean on this one. Is having a real person on the other end who is dedicated to answering your questions and checking in with you better than pre-recorded motivational and informational videos? 
  • Types of Self-Monitoring. What types of self-monitoring are best.  Does the advent of apps and automatic monitoring devices increase the likelihood of generalized and maintained behavior change?  

Having done a cursory lit search for this blog, it seems that I could do a full-on search and study on each of these topics. I just might do that!  As always, if you have a question or comment, please leave it in the comments section below!

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