My First Baseline Spreadsheet for Health Data


After quitting smoking in 1994 using baselines and behavior modification, I developed a spreadsheet for recording health data.  Here is my first one, replete with original data

You can see in this spreadsheet, that based on my means (or averages) I was sleeping about 505 minutes a night (a little of 8 hours), weighed about 230, had a pulse of 84, a blood pressure of 121/78 and a basal body temp of 97.3.  Out of shape and overweight, but salvageable. 

I never DREAMED I would break 250 lb. ... or even 240!

Here's an explanation of the columns of data:

Name of the Column What it is
Date The Month, Day, and Year
Sleep Minutes of sleep recorded by stopwatch
Weight In pounds, and years before I got a bodyfat scale
Pulse Heart Rate in beats per minute as measured by an Omron BP Cuff
Sys Systolic blood pressure measured by the same BP Cuff
Dia Diastolic blood pressure measured by the same BP Cuff
Temp Body temperature upon awakening (basal temp) as measured by an inexpensive digital thermometer  (I still use the same one, like this, to this day.)
Yog Whether or not I did my Yoga stretches; 0=no; 1=yes
Tai Chi Whether or not I did my Tai Chi movements; 0=no; 1=yes
Side Thrust Kicks Number of those kicks done per leg
Round House Kicks Number of those kicks done per leg
Side Thrust Kicks Number of those kicks done per leg; error in title; this should be side SNAP kicks
Back Kicks Number of those kicks done per leg
In Bed How long in minutes it took for me to get myself out of bed that day
Exercise Total time spent on exercise
Shower & Dress How Long to complete the ADL's
   

  Note that ADL's = "Activities of Daily Living"

Note, also, that at that time I was a student of Karate and had been a student of Tai Chi and Yoga.  At that time I developed a combination of exercises called the Dancing Tiger Exercise System.  (The Aikido movements were added later when I studied that as well.)