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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beeminder Followup - My Journey

Followers know that I am a big fan of BeeMinder.com.  I use BeeMinder for my weight loss project and just started using it to keep my commitment to post frequently here at AboutProjectManagement.com.

My weight loss progress is better than I've ever experienced without expensive professional help.  Let's take a look at my current graph:


Analysis after the break . . .

Observations:

1.  April and May were very good months!  This is the initial "I have to lose weight for my health" push that took me from 274 to a low reading of 256.  Awesome progress!

2.  June was a bad month for my weight loss project.  I moved back up for a high reading of 262.  A key benefit of BeeMinder.com is that the graph allowed me to focus on the long term goal.  That is, even though I gained a few pounds in June - I remained under my goal's slope and could focus on that positive without freaking out about that few weeks of poor performance.

3.  As I approached my goal (yellow brick road) with a negative short-term trend, I was motivated by my contract with BeeMinder to find a better solution.  In July I was referred to the book "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubs.  I read the book and started following diet guidelines from the Duke Medical Center.  I zoomed down to a low of 243.


4.  I've been hanging around the 246 mark since August - and the down slope of my contract kept getting closer and closer.  Note that the sole of the contract becomes flat (I changed the terms of my contract with a 7-day advanced notice).

Today I need to focus on the positive (I've down 28 pounds and have been on track for 220 days.  Once I get back on the weight loss track - I will revise my contract downward again.

Summary:  BeeMinder.com is a great tool and has been a blessing to me.  Highly recommended!

2 comments:

  1. Management is like improvement of knowledge and as well as personality. Manages Quality Improvement is About Management Improvement, the management team must know and understand the areas where improvement can be noted. Often, the problems are poor cooperation that's why we need management program should be handle all of these.

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  2. Yeah its a good article. According to you what we project managers do is communicating. And a lot of this communication is done during project meetings. It can sometimes feel like you are running from one meeting to another and that your time is often wasted. Meetings don’t start on time, the issues aren’t dealt with, there is no agenda, there is no focus, nobody assigns any follow ups or tasks and of course then they also don’t end on time. An efficient project manager is required for the good management of a project. I think a project manager should PMP certified. Looking forwards to apply what I learned in PMP classes in my company.

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