Monday, October 08, 2012
I found the Healthy Lifestyle Scale on my start page under Spark5 healthy habits. While at first it seems like it should auto populate more of the goal numbers, I know that one of the things that bothered me about the USDA Supertracker was how unforgiving the feedback graphs felt.
I decided I'd like to use the lifestyle scale more and want to reward myself with some knitting time for each day I was really healthy. But the threshold for really healthy, 20 points, would be pretty tough for me to reach.
Last night I went through the chart that explains it and figured out what I would need to do to hit 20. I already do the max for calories and water most days. Sleep is a rough spot for me. I hardly ever get 8 hours. But I do try for 7.5. Fruits and vegetables are where I could make that up. And for fitness, 20 minutes is an exceptional day for me. So I think my target number will be 18. It will take a little effort to do without being overly aggressive. If I have a bad night, it will be possible to make it up in freggies.
I use another motivational website for home and financial goals that assigns points but I never understood the points real well. They varied based on an elaborate formula involving perceived difficulty and intrinsic motivation. The final step of Mind over Body that talks about Praxis, they do a lot of that. Checking in and self evaluation. I gave up doing physical health goals there because they have a chance wheel that gives random rewards but also random pox upon diet and fitness endeavors. It poxes other things on occasion, but since I don't comprehend the scoring system it doesn't bother me as much. It's mostly a system of checking stuff off that has a lot of elasticity. And it encourages a Kaizen/Babysteps approach to change
The one thing I think Lifestyle tracker could use would be some kind of attitude habit metric. Not how good your attitude is, but whether you're doing things that contribute to a good mindset. Many of the ways to earn Sparkpoints cover this, but I'm thinking of things that would contribute directly rather than count as an other goal. Listening to good music, reading something inspirational, gratitude list. I hesitate to say connecting with friends because while that is important, I have seen Facebook addiction and I would have to say I don't mean that. Maybe building an interpersonal connection.