Data diary of a tired hoarder
Confession time - I'm a hoarder.
And the main obsession of mine is data. I love collecting (my own) personal data. Over the past few years, I've collected and analysed data on everything from Tinder swipes to hangovers, home made cooking to the weather. Holiday expenditure against the number of people against different cohorts. You name it, if I can put a number to it and record its effect over time against personal variables - I'll do it.
Thriva then, was pretty much the perfect job for me. I'm not that healthy myself. In fact, internally I joke that I'm probably the least healthy here (by quite a stretch). But boy do I love the data.
I joined Thriva back in March and have done 12 tests since then. I've tested everything from advanced thyroid to CRP, HbA1c to my regular baseline subscription.
One of my very first tests highlighted an issue which I have straight away started to resolve: my vitamin D & B12 deficiencies.
Being a data nerd, I saw a brilliant example of being able to take control of my own health. With B12, I tried dietary changes for the first month to no avail before switching to a supplement. Likewise I started supplementing vitamin D in order to get me out of the red, which had an almost immediate effect.
My vitamin D supplement was a high dose (5000 IUs), however combining it with regular tests meant I could see exactly when I was nicely in the green. At that point I started dosing less - so on successive days of not having sun, while avoiding entirely after two or three days in 30 degree sun.
The added bonus
While I could see from my blood that the supplements were doing their job, the biggest effect was the X factor of what you can't see. Energy. Afternoon slumps used to be a daily occurrence, yet - since taking 1000IUs of B12, they seem to be a thing of the past. My main energy problem now is getting sleep to a good balance so waking up isn't difficult.
The next step is drawing a few other data sources together. Wrangling steps from my phone, weight over time, and perhaps a daily supplement counter. And actually tracking how all these touchstones in my life impact each other.