Wow, thanks for the detailed response Ming!

  1. Design thinking. Very good point. I didn’t spend much time talking about motivations, but I agree that it’s essential in coming up with solutions that stick. I use Headspace regularly and many of the exercises are about intentionality.
  2. A pound is not a pound. I had heard that conductive and volumetric displacement measurement of body density are inaccurate in determining lean muscle mass, so I wanted to see exactly what the differences were. I got a DXA scan in December 2015 for exactly this reason — my insurance covered it since it is an effective test for osteoporosis! I think most of the time precise measurement is not necessary. The pinch test works pretty well.
  3. Habits. I’ve read a couple of resources on habits like Thinking Fast and Slow, Nudge, and The Art of Learning. These helped me to design the specific habits I chose. I use HabitBull to try to increase my awareness and track how well I’m achieving my goals.
  4. Mindfulness. I now purposely use smaller plates and bowls whenever I can, and create Schelling points by e.g., asking for my burrito to be cut in half and wrapped separately. This means that I will have a natural moment to decide whether I want to eat more, rather than automatically consuming everything in front of me. I almost always stop after the first half or the first plate and feel satisfied, saving the rest for next time.

Software engineer, tinkerer, aspiring mad scientist

Software engineer, tinkerer, aspiring mad scientist