Healthy MeFites are Happy MeFites! September 30, 2011 9:20 AM   Subscribe

If you like Health and are familiar with the unit of time known as Months, then you'll love Health Month: The October Edition!

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posted by Alvy Ampersand to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 AM (22 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I think we still have some sponsorships available (I do ,anyway, not sure about web-goddess), so you can try your first month for free!!
posted by sarahnade at 9:27 AM on September 30, 2011


I have two sponsorships available for this month. Health Month has helped me lose 11 pounds so far. Come join us!
posted by workerant at 9:34 AM on September 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm so in again. It's amazing how something this simple can help out so much.

My wife wants you to invent a way for everyone to be able to reach through the internet and slap me for losing life points though.
posted by theichibun at 9:51 AM on September 30, 2011


All I'm getting is "We're sorry, but something went wrong." from those links. I think it can tell that I'm not the sort of person that they'd want to have around.
posted by scruss at 10:27 AM on September 30, 2011


Geez, I only just realized I've been really crap on the Team Points end of things - ocherdraco has a great write-up on the concept linked to in a previous MeTa if anyone else has had trouble grokking it.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:49 AM on September 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yay! I signed up again. Now that fall's here and my stress level is a little lower, I think I can get back on the wagon. It's definitely the nicest way I've ever seen to get healthier!
posted by Mouse Army at 10:53 AM on September 30, 2011


I have sponsorship chips, too, if anybody would like to stretch and do more than three goals - although I think mefi group also has sponsorship chips, too. No excuses for not being ambitious if you want to!
posted by ldthomps at 10:59 AM on September 30, 2011


I like health, but it doesn't like me.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:05 AM on September 30, 2011


May I humbly asked to be sponsored again this month? I like having more rules, even though I've flaked on stretching. I'll start paying for myself in November. Thanks!
posted by luckynerd at 11:07 AM on September 30, 2011


Hi guys - would be great if someone could sponsor me for this month! Will definitely sign up for proper next month :)
posted by adrianhon at 1:33 PM on September 30, 2011


Done, adrianhon.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:51 PM on September 30, 2011


Thanks - appreciate it!
posted by adrianhon at 2:14 PM on September 30, 2011


Health Month is helping me stick with learning how to knit, even though that isn't even one of my rules. :) Go MeFits!
posted by epersonae at 3:13 PM on September 30, 2011


I did Health Month for the first time in September, having not really understood the concept from previous posts. I found it very useful in thinking about what behaviours one might want to make habitual - and was particularly surprised that it covers anything you might want to think of as a healthy behaviour, so if, for instance, you want to do some writing each day you can choose the "do meaningful work" option (or the "private journal" rule if that's more what you want to do). You can also make up custom rules (and set them as private if you like).

I also found the public nature of it helpful. Some of my rules I've struggled with on and of for years and somehow it made it easier to do it if I knew I had the option to post my progress to the team wall so others could see how I'd done and comment on it if they felt like it.

It is very easy, especially first time round, to crash and burn - run out of life points; but team members are generous in helping people to get out of negative equity by healing them, and this adds camaraderie. (Wch is not a word I thought I'd ever use in a positive sense, as like many MeFites I don't think of myself as naturally a team player.)

luckynerd, I have a sponsorship chip and will try to assign it to you (not quite sure how to do so, but will investigate).
posted by paduasoy at 3:18 PM on September 30, 2011


I have LOADS of sponsorship chips left from Mathowie - like, more than 50. But the team always seems to get to the new requests before I do! At this rate, we'll be using them for the next year. :)
posted by web-goddess at 5:39 PM on September 30, 2011


I finally signed up for an account and created a few rules! All things I should really do for their own sake, but that I need a little bit of motivation for. If anyone wants to sponsor me, I would be very grateful and I promise to pay my own way next month!
posted by OLechat at 12:30 AM on October 1, 2011


Ugh, I am a total flake when it comes to Health Month - I've failed twice already. But maybe third time's the charm!

What's this sponsorship thing? I didn't need one last time, is it new?
posted by Xany at 5:01 AM on October 1, 2011


Sponsorship depends on how many rules you have. I believe 3 or fewer rules gets you a free game. (or at least it used to). To get sponsorship you need to create your rules and click on the pay button and I believe then it gives you the option of asking for sponsorship. That way you show up on the sponsorship page.
posted by kanata at 5:09 AM on October 1, 2011


You only need it if you want to have more than 3 rules. If you do, just set up your rules and, at the end, click the "request sponsorship" link one of us will help you out. :)
posted by web-goddess at 5:09 AM on October 1, 2011


You are all awesome! Let me know if I can do anything to make the game more fun/useful for your team. I regularly use the Metafilter team as one of the examples of the way Health Month can be used to its greatest potential. Rock on!

Buster
(creator of healthmonth.com)
posted by mockerybird at 2:46 PM on October 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


Woot! I also have sponsorships.

Hi, Buster!
posted by ocherdraco at 8:13 PM on October 1, 2011


Okay Buster, I just noticed your profile. Sure, creating something as useful as Health Month is impressive. But what's even more so is remembering your MeFi account name after 6 years' absence. Kudos :)
posted by Hardcore Poser at 6:14 PM on October 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


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