Episode 309 - If You Can't Track It, It Doesn't Count | Get The Facts, Change Your Life | Transcription
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Introduction And Measurement Of Success
This is 15 Minutes to Freedom. I'm your host Ryan Idell and today's episode is If You Can't Track It, It Doesn't Count. can't track it, it doesn't count. Today, piggybacking off the last solo episode that I launched, I'm going to cover why if you can't track what you're doing, you might as well not be doing it. So at this point, if you followed along this journey for any period of time, you know that I love gadgets, right? I love new things. Literally, in the podcast studio as I'm sitting here, magically, by the power of Facebook Marketplace, in popped a Thunderbolt display for me to start looking at every day as I coach clients. I glance around the room and I have a Juve red light in the corner. I have two different versions of Bluetooth headsets. If I can peer around the other side of the big screen in front of me, I have all types of shit sitting around. I don't know how else to say it. I love the new toys, the new pieces and parts to make our lives more efficient. And by having such a pulse on what goes on in kind of the tech and gadget space, it's become more powerfully brought to my awareness what happens if I don't track something. What I found is if I don't track something, I really don't have any idea where I'm headed. If I need to course correct. If I'm in the process of the right amount of progress or if I'm just spinning my wheels. I mean, think right now on the places in your life where you want something more. You have big goals for something more. But you're not tracking your progress to know if it's really impactful or not. More than likely, it's in a bunch of different places. Like it's super easy for most of us to track our weight, right? There's some of you that, there's some of us that hop on a scale every morning, right? We're so worried about the variables of how much we weigh. It's a good place to start. I commend you for that. But then I like to ratchet that up a step further, right? Like your weight has so many variables. Did you have sodium? Did you have too much water? Is it, you know, where's your testosterone versus estrogen? How's that interplaying? What's your growth hormone and insulin and insulin resistance? What time did you go to sleep last night? What's your growth hormone and insulin and insulin resistance? What time did you go to sleep last night? What's the temperature in the room? Even those things, you might not be aware, they all have a statistical variance that now plays into your scale weight. I share that with you because it's so difficult to establish any sort of fitness workout, any sort of plan, any sort of diet without having a starting place. Now, as I say starting place, I like to have the clients that I work with hop into a bod pod or a DEXA scan. So a bod pod is this literally like egg-looking contraption that you sit in that uses pressure displacement to determine roughly the amount of lean body mass you have, fat mass, skeletal muscle weight, and really comes up with a resting metabolic rate.
If You Cant Track It, It Doesnt Count (03:28)
It's a super good place to understand some of the variables of where you're starting from. it's a super good place to understand some of the variables of where you're starting from. Same thing with the DEXA scan, except a little more specific, a little more advanced technology to get even closer to the degree of certainty. When you couple that with a test that determines your VO2 max, roughly how much oxygen you carry in your blood, how much you can carry at the maximum capacity, those two numbers together help really come up with a base level caloretic requirement for you in your life. I share this because if you're dealing with a diet coach right now, which if you're focused on your health and nutrition, I would commend you for that. I would have you for that. I would have you question their mindset and methodology if they did not have you do some of those variables. I have you question that because how do they know where you want to get to if they don't know where you begin from? Serious, I don't know how they know. And more importantly, as you continue to work out and your body becomes more efficient, you lose body fat, you increase muscle mass, you increase your VO2 max. Every four to six weeks, those variables should be recalibrated. If you want to operate in maximum efficiency, you need to continue to track your progress. Tracking your progress is a hell of a lot more than just a scale weight. Let's say hypothetically those aren't still good enough for you. I've taken things too much further extreme. If you're someone that watches this on Facebook Live or on the YouTube channel, you'll see I wear this red wristband all the time. This red wristband is a WHOOP. W-H-O-O-P. And a WHOOP tracks almost every variable of what I go through in my everyday life. It tracks heart rate. It tracks heart rate variability. It tracks sleep. It tracks sleep cycles. It tracks strain. It tracks calories burned. Steps walked. Athletic performance. See, I have to track everything to know if there's a chance to increase the ability that I have. It's easy to sit here and say, oh, I feel tired today. But why? Have you ever thought why you feel tired? What if you got the eight hours of sleep that you planned on, but you're still tired? What makes that happen? Heart rate variability? Stress? Not enough food? All these are precursors to something greater going on inside, which is why you have to track the variables. But I want to touch base for a second on sleep. I used to use sleep as a byproduct. I was hell-bent on getting up at 4.30 every morning. If I went to bed at 9.30, 10, 10.30, 11, I was still getting up at 4.30. And between boxing, lifting, training clients, having powerful conversations on the phone with potential clients, by the time I got to Thursday and Friday, my performance in life was just not at its peak. It was not at its peak because I wasn't recuperating the way that I need to. I wasn't allowing myself enough time to repair. And although the whoop was saying I needed more sleep, I was not going down that rabbit hole, right? I just said, it's just a suggestion. When it says you need nine hours and 51 minutes of sleep, they don't really mean that. They don't really mean that. Well, they do. And it does. And then I started doing more research into sleep and how you can track and monitor that. And there's an even more sophisticated device, in my opinion, as it pertains to sleep. And that's the Oura Ring. The Oura is literally a ring that you wear around your finger with sensors that are built into it to help track at a more specific level all the variables that go into your sleep patterns. How you're breathing, where your heart rate's at, body temperature. All the pieces and parts that one should track to figure out if you're optimizing your sleep. Because once I solved for my sleep, I was able to solve for more things. Which then gets into meditation. There's a good chance as you hear me discuss meditation that you have no idea how to do it. I know I didn't. So there's a company called Muse. M-U-S-E. The website's actually choosemuse.com. You wear this headband that goes across your forehead and behind your ears. It's got electrodes in it and it senses your brainwaves, almost like an EEG. And from this place of monitoring and tracking your brainwaves, you can determine if your meditation is becoming more or less effective on a consistent basis. There's guided meditation. There's all these pieces and parts. But if nothing more, it helps you track a variable to see if you're becoming more or less successful.
The Measurement of Success (08:52)
Look at just the base level things that I just discussed. If there's something you're trying to do in your life, you can track it and monitor it and improve it as long as you're willing to face the facts of the data. There's a saying that men lie, women lie, but numbers don't. And unfortunately, when it comes to data, I believe that to be true. As long as you're putting good quality data in, you get good quality data out, which is required to make good decisions. Same thing with your financial health. If you're not using a budget planning software, if you're not using, we use Mint, M-I-N-T, to help look at how we're spending and why we're spending and where's our discretionary spending going.
Intelle Turning Power (09:32)
What's our trends? Are we getting alerts when we hit certain dollar amounts? Why do we do what we do? It's much easier halfway through the month to say, whoa, whoa, whoa. We're on pace to spend twice as much as we think we should on entertainment, going out to eat, movies. We should probably cut back if we want to stay on pace for our savings. You see, but it all comes down to tracking the variables because to me, if you can't track it, it doesn't really count. The only thing I don't really know how to track efficiently is your relationship capacity. The only way to really track that is to have consistent check-ins with your partner and increase communication. To ask openly, without bias, how am I showing up for you? Am I giving you what you need? What could I do better as a partner? And be able to write that down, take it in, and then do something with it. You see, across those variables of life, tracking things is incredibly important. those variables of life, tracking things is incredibly important, right? Whether it's a scale, a bod pod, a DEXA scan, a muse, a whoop, an aura, mint, some sort of other tracking software. I would love to know what you are using across your body, across your relationship and across your business or personal finance to track and monitor your success. I would love to compile all the information that I have from you as you are listening and share it with everyone. If you'd send me an email to ryan at lifeoptimizationgroup.com, sharing what you use to track and monitor different variables of your life, I'd be incredibly appreciative. And if you're willing to do that for me, that link will be in the show notes, I'd also then love to have you come over to Life Optimization Group inside of Facebook, a complimentary place, so that we can share what's working and what we can all do better. Building a community and a tribe of like-minded people helps propel us all forward in a higher capacity. How do I know that? Because I track and monitor the success of the people in the group. And from that place of tracking and monitoring, the group and myself, every day, consistently get shit done.