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Active-U, M-Healthy, StayWell Online... whatever...
I've been working toward getting $100 (before taxes -- and no, I didn't even haggle -- that was the offer) by doing various "healthy" items. I answered the obligatory questionnaire for 20 points, am filling out a "healthy eating survey" each day, and am keeping track of how much I exercise, also each day.
Things about each of these irk me a lot. The eating questions are stupid. ("I chose more healthy-X than baaaaad-Y this day." By weight? By volume? By item? What if there was no choice involved? Yeah, being literal minded can be a handicap.) If I reach a certain volume of meeting my goal, I'll get 40 points. I will do this. (The final question especially irks me -- it suggests I get breakfast within one hour of waking up... but I'm on empty stomach drugs, so I MAY NOT eat for one hour after doing the drugs.)
For the physical exercise one, they set a "goal" for me (315 minutes... I've since reduced it because I can't guarantee getting a walk in at a con) based on the questionnaire -- how long do I exercise for, on average (45 minutes) how many days per week (7)... but I'm not sure whether or not I'm dinged for not meeting this goal. I might get 40 points. (If I make it, there's the 100 I need to succeed and get my bribe.)
If it doesn't matter, then I feel stupid for pushing (the times I did) to make it, especially since I usually blow the "target" away. I'm currently stressed about the one week I "didn't" make the goal -- because I thought I had put in my minutes, but they didn't "take" so the next week, when I could no longer update them, I had a "didn't make goal" week. So I don't know if I'll get my 40 points for this other 11 weeks of this (stupid) activity (if you'll pardon the pun).
But while I was digging around behind the scenes, I saw a "free nutritional consult" (for 40 points). Well, I know I don't eat right, and if it's free, all it will cost me is time, right? And there _might_ be some bennies.
So I called... and 2 weeks ago was my first consult.
She's sure I'm not the worst she's seen... but she said that before learning anything about me.
This might well be worth what I'm paying for it. She asked me my motivations for doing this, and I don't have any. It was there, free, and I figured to look at it. If I can die in one month by eating nothing but chocolate, or live for 65 more years eating nothing but eggplant, honey, pass me the Hershey's, I'll drink it right from the bottle.
But. My first goal was to have breakfast. Prior to this call, my idea of brekky was a glass of mocha in the morning. Well, that doesn't count. She hasn't quite explained to me how something with fewer calories does count, but mocha doesn't, but okay. And then in the last 2 weeks, there were 2 breakfasts that she told me were not all that great... but what she's trying to do now is build up my confidence, so while it's okay now, it probably won't be once she decides I've been doing it long enough. (Makes me grumpy. I _like_ chocolate almond croissants with chai. And I like supporting my local bakery.)
(And I think I took her off-chart. She asked me if I'd noticed any differences between before I started eating breakfast each day and after, and I told her that yes, now I'm having a much harder time getting out of bed, and I don't even hear the alarm most mornings.)
My next goal is water. I drink approximately 0 glasses of water per day. Unless milk counts. Unless what I mix my fiber into counts. Unless coke and coffee count. Some medical organization says I should get 9-11 8-oz glasses per day (depending on whether I'm male or female, active or not, stay inside or outside more, and based on my size). My current goal is small -- 1 glass, 2 days a week. And she'll check back with me in a month. I should be able to drink a half gallon of water in a month. Maybe. Especially if you're "supposed" to do more than that in a day. (Now _that_ thought is discouraging. I don't LIKE water. And tea has caffeine (so it doesn't count). And if I put honey in it, then I suppose _that_ is bad too.)
But she's pushing me to have "buddies" because apparently some people are more willing to actually do what they've said they'd do if they have "buddies". I'm not sure this reflects me, but I've mumbled something about "folks on the internet" whenever she's asked.
So you're elected. Welcome buddies. I don't expect I'll post a lot. Not going to say "this is the sort of goo I had for breakfast _today_" ... at least not every day.
(Although I am pleased to report that the "peanut rice milk" that I got a recipe for from one of my students from Taiwan "counts". I'm still figuring out how to get it right.)