Custom variables are special measurements that you can record daily in your Body Log, which can then be graphed on your Home Screen. Examples:
hip, chest, bicep, thigh, or other body measurements
pressure, glucose reading, cholesterol level, or other physiological variables
Hours of sleep, number of cigarettes smoked, or other habitual variables
You can set up and graph as many as six custom variables. All must be expressed as decimal numbers, however. This means that you won't be able to log 35-1/2 as your waist size—you'll need to enter 35.5. Similarly, 7:30 hours of sleep must be logged as 7.5, and a blood pressure of 120/80 requires two logs—one for the systolic pressure and one for the diastolic. (You can plot them on the same graph, however. See "Two-Variable Graphs," below.) In addition, all numbers must be positive (zero or higher).
To set up custom variables:
From your Home Screen:
the View Menu (by clicking the word View).
"Choose Home Screen." The Choose Home Screen dialog will open.
the "Set up My Custom Variables" tab.
"Variable Name," enter a name of 30 characters or shorter. This
will appear above the graph on your Home Screen.
Under "Goal or Ideal Value," enter any number. This, too, will
appear on your Home Screen, along with a blue line drawn across the graph
at that level. (You can enter the figure to any number of decimal places,
but Diet Power will round it to the nearest four significant digits.)
Click OK. The Choose Home Screen dialog will vanish, leaving you back at the Home Screen.
You can plot two variables on the same Body History graph:
Enter the names of
the two variables in adjacent Variable Name fields.
(Optional) Enter each
variable's goal or ideal value.
Check the "Plot
both of these" box.
If you also want to
plot the sum of the two variables
on the same graph, check the "and their sum" box.
Enter a title in the
Graph Title field.
To choose a custom variable as your Home Screen...
...click the Choose Home Screen tab.
To leave the Set up My Custom Variables tab:
If you want to save your work, click OK to return to the Home Screen, or click the Choose Home Screen tab to select a new Home Screen.
If you'd rather discard the work, click Cancel or press the Escape key. Diet Power will discard any work you've done in the Choose Home Screen dialog and return you to the Home Screen.
(Note: If the OK and Cancel buttons are not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.)
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Last Modified: 6/30/07