Be a MeFit! June 27, 2011 6:56 AM   Subscribe

It's time for folks to sign up for Health Month again if they haven't already. (Previously: 1, 2, 3, 4) Special shout-out to web-goddess who has taken over as Fearless Leader!

If you've played before, remember you need to re-join the team each month; you should have gotten an email. If you haven't played, come join us in our quest to be fit and healthy. You can play for free with three rules or fewer; some of us have sponsorship chips if you want to play but don't have the cash.
posted by immlass to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 AM (72 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I have requested to join! And I have applied for sponsorship as well :)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:01 AM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I missed a month, but am signing back up for July. Thank you for the reminder!!!
posted by zarq at 7:10 AM on June 27, 2011


I think I already got the email to join for July. Whee. I guess I can't do worse than June...
posted by Karmakaze at 7:20 AM on June 27, 2011


TPS and zarq, I gotcha covered.
posted by workerant at 7:43 AM on June 27, 2011


Thank you thank you!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:44 AM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


workerant, THANK YOU!!! :) :)
posted by zarq at 7:45 AM on June 27, 2011


Not just for physical health either. I've been focusing on mental health and doing rules that my therapist has recommended and have begun feeling less depressed since I started. The team atmosphere really encourages you to stick with it.
posted by kanata at 7:58 AM on June 27, 2011


I just signed up... this looks awesome. :)
posted by so_gracefully at 8:17 AM on June 27, 2011


Well I had a good May but totally tanked on June. Looking forward to starting fresh in July. :)
posted by Glinn at 8:28 AM on June 27, 2011


Can I have a sponsorship chip? My gmail is in my profile.
posted by desjardins at 8:46 AM on June 27, 2011


I'm in (and requested to join the team).
posted by sperose at 9:09 AM on June 27, 2011


I have requested a sponsorship for July.
posted by grobstein at 9:18 AM on June 27, 2011


Thanks workerant, you're a mensch! (I just did some cursory research to make sure the term was gender-neutral.)
posted by grobstein at 9:47 AM on June 27, 2011


grobstein: "I have requested a sponsorship for July."

Okay, now I'm out of sponsorship chips.

Desjardins, you need to register at health month, then request sponsorship. You then show up on the Sponsorship Requests page. Then one of us can sponsor you. (Once you're registered, if you can't find your way to the sponsorship page, use this link.) There's not anything we can do via email or memail.
posted by workerant at 9:49 AM on June 27, 2011


desjardins, I have a ton of sponsorships available, just sign up and request one, then memail or dm me on twitter and I'll sponsor you right away.
posted by sarahnade at 9:52 AM on June 27, 2011


I signed up! Yay.
posted by bardophile at 10:08 AM on June 27, 2011


Signed up for July — I'm so pleased with the changes I've seen in the first two months I wouldn't miss it.

I'm going kinda nuts with lots of rules this month and would greatly appreciate sponsorship if anybody has one to spare.
posted by Lexica at 10:22 AM on June 27, 2011


Oh, what the heck. I signed up and requested to join the team.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:29 AM on June 27, 2011


I got you Lexica :) Good luck on all those rules! I have a few chips remaining if anyone wants one. I periodically scan the request section looking for Mefits.
posted by kanata at 10:36 AM on June 27, 2011


I requested to join the team - I can't figure out how to request a sponsorship chip - the page workerant linked to lets you buy one or sponsor someone else.
posted by desjardins at 11:10 AM on June 27, 2011


Since I'm set up for next month I think I have different menu choices, but the 'request sponsorship' feature is probably in the Next Month menu in the black bar at the bottom of the page. Can someone who's unpaid for July confirm this?
posted by workerant at 11:15 AM on June 27, 2011


I signed up and requested to join. Just need to pick the right rules now!
posted by rollick at 11:20 AM on June 27, 2011


No, I get Choose your rules, Review Your Rules, Your Team, Sponsor People, and The Game Wall.
posted by desjardins at 11:31 AM on June 27, 2011


You have to pick your rules for July first, desjardins. Pick more than 3, and when you submit, it'll ask you to either pay for a sponsorship or request one on the sponsorship wall. I request on the wall and mention I'm a Mefite.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:51 AM on June 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Would this be appropriate for someone doing Couch to 5K?
posted by Mitheral at 12:54 PM on June 27, 2011


I've joined up and requested to join the team. Starting with only 3 rules so far.
posted by scottymac at 1:21 PM on June 27, 2011


Mitheral: "Would this be appropriate for someone doing Couch to 5K"

Sure, just use a Custom Do Rule (as the Run rule uses distance).
posted by Memo at 1:32 PM on June 27, 2011


Probably an opportune time to congratulate web-goddess for completing her first competitive marathon the other week.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:38 PM on June 27, 2011


Woo! Go web-goddess!
posted by rmd1023 at 1:40 PM on June 27, 2011


I signed up and requested to join the team. Woo!
posted by hot soup girl at 1:47 PM on June 27, 2011


Could someone sponsor me? Link: healthmonth.com/sponsorships/become_sponsor/6083
posted by Karmakaze at 2:24 PM on June 27, 2011


Thanks guys! I've got like 30 requests to go through for the July game, so I'll try to get to through them quickly. PLEASE - make it obvious in your profile that you're a MeFite, or else send me a MeMail so I know it's you. You wouldn't believe the number of randoms who request to join our team... :)
posted by web-goddess at 2:25 PM on June 27, 2011


Karmakaze - I got you covered.
posted by web-goddess at 2:38 PM on June 27, 2011


Thank you, web-goddess!
posted by Karmakaze at 3:42 PM on June 27, 2011


I was in last month, and I signed up for this month. However, I'd love a sponsorship please!

Name over there is also spinifex23.
posted by spinifex23 at 4:06 PM on June 27, 2011


By the way everybody: Our team is currently #1 on the June leaderboard! And so far we're definitely the biggest team signed up for July.
posted by web-goddess at 4:17 PM on June 27, 2011


Holy cow, the third place team overall on that leaderboard has only one member. He has over 2800 points.
posted by Glinn at 4:53 PM on June 27, 2011


Glinn writes "Holy cow, the third place team overall on that leaderboard has only one member. He has over 2800 points."

It's pretty easy for a single player or small group to accidentally or intentionally juke the stats. Min-Max your rule sliders and then always check in successfully.
posted by Mitheral at 5:31 PM on June 27, 2011


Oh, and here's my profile for sponsorship. http://healthmonth.com/sponsorships/application/6086
posted by spinifex23 at 10:27 PM on June 27, 2011


I got sick in May and bombed it. I haven't played much for June, although I am doing much better and have lost four pounds.

July, I am coming for you!
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:58 PM on June 27, 2011


So I requested membership -- am I right that I have to be approved, and then if I'm approved I can pick rules, and then after I pick rules then I can ask for sponsorship? If so, then yes please!

My Gmail if needed is my full username at Gmail. My healthmonth username is a subset of my normal username.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:12 AM on June 28, 2011


Everybody's in! We're up to 75 for July...
posted by web-goddess at 5:20 AM on June 28, 2011


Thanks web-goddess and immlass!

I'm amused by how unimpressed Health Month is by my goals - it's forcing one of my rules up as if accomplishing it last month was easy. Grr, bug report with slight feeling of being judged.
posted by carbide at 5:42 AM on June 28, 2011


Oh, also, if anyone's on the fence - the thing I find it most useful for is accountability. I have a habit of thinking something like "I'm too tired to swim today, but I did extra last week, so..." and using that 'extra' ten times over, and having each week charted makes it hard to fool myself about what I've done and when.
posted by carbide at 5:51 AM on June 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Health Month has been really helpful for me the last couple of months. I've had a lot of days (like yesterday) when it gets late in the day and I realize I haven't done my yoga yet and I really don't feel like doing it and normally I would just skip it, but I know I have to report in the next day, so I make myself do it anyway and then feel glad afterwards.
posted by tdismukes at 8:07 AM on June 28, 2011


carbide: " I'm amused by how unimpressed Health Month is by my goals - it's forcing one of my rules up as if accomplishing it last month was easy. Grr, bug report with slight feeling of being judged."

Heh. I put in nine rules, and now it's telling me I'm playing on Insanity Mode. ;)

I love the game wall. Also that I'm able to fine-tune my rules or make custom ones to suit my needs.
posted by zarq at 9:03 AM on June 28, 2011


I tried and failed at this twice on my own, but I'm very optimistic about joining the team! :)
posted by monkeys with typewriters at 10:36 AM on June 28, 2011


Would someone be so kind as to sponsor me?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:50 AM on June 28, 2011


Terrible Llama, you're covered. Best wishes on your rules!
posted by dorey_oh at 12:07 PM on June 28, 2011


Many thanks!
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:10 PM on June 28, 2011


I joined for July!
posted by t0astie at 4:58 PM on June 28, 2011


Many thanks to my kind sponsor! Let's do this thing.
posted by kinsey at 5:04 PM on June 28, 2011


Hey MeFi - I just joined the team! Does anyone have a spare sponsorship lying around that they wouldn't mind shooting my way?
posted by chrisamiller at 8:00 PM on June 28, 2011


I think I've got you, chrisamiller. Let me know if it worked!
posted by immlass at 8:09 PM on June 28, 2011


Many thanks, immlass!
posted by chrisamiller at 8:15 PM on June 28, 2011


I have two chips...and honestly, would love to swap with someone who also has extra chips.

I'll be on the team in any case, $5 isn't all that much, and it's been quite helpful, especially with the accountability aspect.
posted by epersonae at 9:39 AM on June 29, 2011


I didn't get an email about the July game (what, you don't like me?) so I've asked to be added to the team. I would also love to be sponsored, please? My new job starts in July, and apparently it comes with these unfamiliar things called "paychecks", so I will be able to pass the favor on sometime in the future.
posted by shiny blue object at 1:11 PM on June 29, 2011


The email function seems to be kinda spotty, shiny blue object. Basically, there's just a form with checkboxes for everybody who played in the previous month. I checked "all" and hit the "send email" button. That's it. A couple other people have reported that they didn't receive them either. No idea why. :(
posted by web-goddess at 2:18 PM on June 29, 2011


I'll check my e-mail when I get home. July will be my third month and it's really helped me to be consistent about my exercising; I think I took on a bit too much in June, though, and it's got me a little stressed. Need to scale it back in July and focus on what's important.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 3:23 PM on June 29, 2011


web-goddess, it ain't no thing. Thanks.
posted by shiny blue object at 4:18 PM on June 29, 2011


I've got a chip burning a hole in my pocket, if anyone still needs sponsorship...
posted by ambrosia at 10:26 AM on June 30, 2011


Ooh, I'd like one!
posted by ignignokt at 9:04 PM on June 30, 2011


I picked up ignignokt and bloodybonnie.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:16 AM on July 1, 2011


Thanks for your advocacy, DevilsAdvocate!
posted by ignignokt at 6:31 AM on July 1, 2011


If anyone needs sponsorship I've got one chip. Hit me up in MeMail.
posted by mindless progress at 8:44 AM on July 1, 2011


We're up to 99 members on our team! I've got one more pending ("Verzor") that I can't actually verify as a MeFite. Verzor, if you're here, hit me up with a MeMail. I'd love us to hit triple digits!!
posted by web-goddess at 12:21 AM on July 2, 2011


OK, I said “no” to following my rules, but they registered as “yes” – is there any way to edit these?
posted by desjardins at 7:03 AM on July 2, 2011


It should be possible to go in and edit the most recently-played turn. Not sure where the command is — one of the options on the "your current game" tab at the bottom, maybe?
posted by Lexica at 7:49 AM on July 2, 2011


I think it's been sorted out over on HM, but for anybody new who didn't see it: If your rule is to do something X times per week and you say "No" on the first day, you still get credited as following that rule as long as you're within your quota. You only get dinged for it when it's impossible for you to meet the quota for the week. That's why it's usually at the end of the week that people start losing life points...

And YAY! 100 members!
posted by web-goddess at 4:01 PM on July 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I joined late - life has been chaotic lately but this seems like a great idea. I applied for sponsorship here if anyone has a chip to spare.
posted by flex at 8:24 AM on July 6, 2011


Should be done, flex!
posted by immlass at 8:30 AM on July 6, 2011


thanks so much, immlass!
posted by flex at 8:37 AM on July 6, 2011


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