Quantified Spouse


I had a funny experience the other day. I was feeling unlike myself and I couldn’t quite figure out why. I have all sorts of ways of tracking what’s going on in my life from my sleep to my food to my activity.

I also would like to think that I have a high level of self-awareness and I went through several questions in my mind. What supplements did I take this morning? How many times did I wake up last night? What did I eat for breakfast? What time did I have my coffee? But I couldn’t quite figure out why at 3 o’clock in the afternoon I was feeling sluggish and honestly kind of irritated.

It took my wife looking at me for a minute and saying, “Go work out.” I went down to my gym, did some heavy squats with some loud, bass-filled music for about 15 minutes and felt like a new man.

It’s not surprising that exercise made me feel better but what was funny was that with all the technology in my life and all the self-awareness that I have cultivated through the use of that technology, I really couldn’t figure out what was bothering me or more importantly, what the solution would be.

So I guess the moral of the story is sometimes it simply takes somebody who knows you better than yourself or can simply take a look at you from an outsider point of view.