June 3, 2011 § Leave a Comment
While it is still true that Polly’s world is a tad bit topsy-turvy (more details will follow some day); she had a brain-wave about an hour ago to help keep her shescoops.com readers entertained (with healthful nuggets of fun to boot).
Polly, this better be a ‘straight to the point’ post. (erm, no, I gotta give you all some context, right? I think you will find it is worth the wait, though…..)
This aforementioned brain-wave was inspired by two distinct Friday the 3rd of June experiences….
Experience 1: I received an unexpected email this morning from a dear friend
Experience 2: Despite it no longer being May; I shelled out FIVE BUCKS and went for a swim
The swim ‘plan’ was a definite conscious effort to re-balance some of the topsy-turvy-ness through the post-workout-endorphin-rush phenomena. I also feel the need to apologize for not blogging much of late (husband and I have been so hectic with house, work, and random unexpected stuff that we have barely glanced at our creative outlets: blogging for me; artist stuff for him). Alas.
Anyway, turns out that the swim experience was even more of a doozy than normal (as in extra super awesome); I felt relieved, amazing, and inspired on my walk back (Polly, how much of that relief and wonder was due to those endorphins and how much was due to the fact you had just forced yourself to survive a freezing cold shower because you had missed the MASSIVE BRIGHT ORANGE NOTICE SIGNS POSTED EVERYWHERE that told you there was no hot water? OK. Yes. The relief that the shower part was over was pretty overwhelming.
Nonetheless, the brain-wave came – stop lamenting about being a sporadic blogger, Polly, you know what to do today that will be quick, easy and wonderfully exciting for your readers – remember that email from your dear friend? What did it tell you….
In a virtual nut-shell – remember the Keas Health Challenge that I blogged about a month or so back? (Yes, Polly, how could we forget, you went on and on and on…). Well, there is a whole new dawn in the Keas.com story and like my swim earlier today – it is a super awesome doozy.
So. Would you (finally) like to see what all the (very exciting) buzz is about and play too, readers?
I think so, Polly.
Would you like to interact with Polly (a.k.a Polly M. in the keas.com universe) almost in real-time (since she struggles to step away from the game)?
Maybe, Polly but that ain’t a deal-breaker.
Oh. OK then….
Keas.com and the Power of Play has come to an interweb accessible device near you:
In addition, that email I mentioned, well why don’t I let the words of Adam Bosworth – THE Keas.com human speak for themselves, eh? OK.
Keas.com Buzz O-rama Here:
***for all the previous Polly and Keas.com shenanigans, click here.
May 5, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Polly has been over-scooping her oatmeal; a self-directed intervention is necessary.
Of course, one bowl of baby oats, grilled, is fine. Two bowls and we are perhaps thinking – drink some water, poppet, you are going to be thirsty soon….. But THREE BOWLS?!!! COME ON, POLLY!!! That is silly. You will suffer (if not immediately because you went to bed 30 minutes later but in the morning). It’s not right. You ain’t hungry, are you? Erm.. No. You just had the taste for them and the baby oats were calling so you figured, why not, and headed back into the kitchen for round THREE.
Now, medically speaking, I binged it; over-scooped a food entity.
There are those that will say – it’s only oatmeal and water; at least it wasn’t (your other overscoop tendency item) tortilla chips. But I didn’t really need it. I wasn’t really hungry. My intuition was telling me to stop but I ignored. Yes, at my peril.
The next day I felt like a bloated whale of over-carbed unpleasantness.
Was it worth it? Negatory.
Did you then scour the interweb for assistance in stockpiling an arsenal of tips for breaking the habit (since TWO bowls had become alarmingly routine)? Yes.
What did you discover?
Though there were many versions to choose from – I found one site that was very encouraging. First off, it alleges that after a NINE DAY habit breaking attempt; one’s craving is diminished by 75% (and wow, those ‘go for a second bowl, Polly’ internal cravings sure are strong). Second off (that sounded wrong), it provided me with some stellar tips, some of which I am borrowing for my quest to break Polly’s Overscoop Habit . So far, I have employed the following tactics:
- I switched up my evening routine and stopped eating oatmeal as the last thing before beddy-by time (choosing another ‘evening snack’ instead to ‘break’ the desire/taste for the oats of wonder)
- Before heading back in for round Two – I take time to reconnect with my actual hunger level (and realize that I ain’t hungry)
- I remind myself that I will feel a TON better come morning
- I actually then feel a ton better come morning
- I have also read that technique about brushing one’s teeth (and reckon that would be a winner too but I ain’t tried it yet).
I started this quest on Monday; today is Thursday and I am able to report that following evening THREE of NINE (that would be last night), there has been no over-scoop action in Polly’s world and she is feeling pretty chuffed with herself. I am utterly convinced that a big piece in this success puzzle has been that I CONSCIOUSLY CHOSE (and planned for) MY ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE OVERSCOOP HABIT (next Wednesday is not far away, Polly can do it! Yes I can).
Interestingly, #1 above has been a real winner: on day ONE of NINE, I did still eat A SINGLE BOWL of this lovely oatmeal but NOT as my ‘evening snack’ but as my ‘Breakfast for Dinner.’ I then went on to have my ‘Dinner for Snack’ of oven-baked veggies with beans. Brilliant.
Oh. Yes. I did that too. I scoured the Keas.com To-Do list for something that resembled a ‘break a night snacking habit by not overscooping every night this week’ – eventually deciding to interpret ‘check your serving sizes at Dinner this week’ in said fashion. I also declared my intention to the remaining few on the HealthKeas newsfeed (apparently that’s the real name of what I have been calling the ‘HealthyKeas Comment Stream Land thing’).
I am convinced that declaring (and therefore metaphorically ‘owning’) one’s mission; is a critical piece in the success puzzle. Blog post; check. Keas newsfeed comment; check.
And to think you thought Polly would get through an entire blog post without mentioning the K word….
May 1, 2011 § Leave a Comment
This post is about enhanced bouncing.
While in SF for WonderCon the other week; Polly and Husband took a mini break from the self-proclaimed nerding-out in Comic-Book-Land and headed over to the Mission Street Store of: San Francisco Dancewear
Polly had one thing on her mind – NEW SHOES. I had been hankering after a new pair of designed-for-bouncing shoozies for about 8 months (roughly when I first jumped off my treadmill and began cardio-DVD-dancing for my exercise of choice). My previous, trusty, Reeboks (more designed for treadmill walking) were no longer cutting the mustard* and I had been mildly suffering with sporadic muscle strains, ankle annoyances and other pains for some time. Polly wondered if the not-that-appropriate-for-dance-footwear was to blame….
Enter some extensive interweb research and since I was deep within the Keas Health Challenge at the time, I even elicited the assistance of my fellow Challengers via a posted comment-stream question (i.e. “Polly needs shoes…. Polly needs help…”). The result of all this hard work? The realization that my best bet was to go and bounce around in a shoe shop.
So I did. The woman in the San Francisco Dancewear store was SO helpful. I thank her here. I tried on a few different styles but the ones that stood out by a country mile were these: Bloch Boost DRT Dance Sneakers
And Polly has been bouncing with joy ever since.
I kid you not, readership, they genuinely enhance my living room dance attempts so it’s handy we have a vaulted ceiling (seriously, Polly, that high? Erm.. not really, I was trying to be dramatic). But I do feel like I am bouncing higher and landing more supportive-ly than ever before. As for those aforementioned foot-like strains and pains – nothing. Nada. These days, I can shove some Tracy Anderson dance cardio DVD in the machine and bounce away. Brilliant.
I should also mention that these were the shoes recommended by one of my keas challenger peers (so I thank them) I also enjoyed learning (via the comment stream) that others out there share my new-found experience: new shoes can really make the anticipation of one’s next workout a joy (as opposed to a dread).
*cut the mustard –
April 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Last week was Week One in the post-Keas-Health-Challenge Times; and it was a super health doozy.
Judging by the stark reduction in HealthyKeas comment-stream activity; I gather folks were taking an opportunity to rest from all the KHC excitement. Not me though. Not me and (I counted) 4 others (OK. Yes. At least 3 of those actually work at Keas.com but I am still counting them). That’s OK though. I enjoyed the almost immediate-response banter.
Well now. This new Keas situation has sent me into a need-based initiative health-wise. You see, with no cash incentive; I am able to select lower-pointed ‘To-Dos’ but those that I could actually use incorporating into my world.
The weird thing; it worked wonders.
Polly had picked the following 3 To-Dos:
- Do any vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, like jogging or playing basketball, for 60 minutes 5 times this week (60 points)*
- Take vitamin D supplements this week (40 points)
- Lower your stress with a guided imagery meditation podcast once this week (10 points)
As you can see by all the lovely check-marks below; Polly did good.
So what up, Polly. Why is this so weird?
Why Weird Part One: I have been woeful in my Vitamin D intake for some time. I keep forgetting. It is crucial for me to ingest the stuff in capsule form because I definitely do not get my D through the typical method (direct, daily, sun exposure for 20 minutes). NB. this is not because Polly isn’t outside for 20 minutes a day (I do go on my walky-walks daily); it’s because when I am out there – I am covered in Sun Protection Factor THIRTY-FIVE (full spectrum, in case you wondered). So, though previously woeful at remembering; this last week, I actually remembered to take them. Keas points for Polly who was even thinking ‘Keas Health Challenge’ when the tiny white capsules of Vitamin D goodness were grabbed and inhaled. NOTE: it IS possible to overdose on Vitamin D; please consult a medical professional before inhaling.
Why Weird Part Two: the other lovely (and soothing/calming/stress-relieving) outcome of last week was that I finally did a stress-relieving podcast. Why was that such a struggle, eh? Here are my previous justifications for avoidance: 1) I imagined it would take hours; 2) I didn’t want to do it while AT work during the day; 3) I didn’t remember to do while at home in the evening (eating typically takes precedence); and 4) it was stressing me out just thinking about it (irony?).
Then along came Sunday (the last day to do a Keas.com To-Do). Picture the scene: Polly in her kitchen checking out the interweb over her morning cup of Green Tea and having gone through her typical web routine (BBC, Local Paper, CNN, Huff Post, email check, Mum/Skype); she logged into Keas….
….and there it was staring me down – ‘Lower your stress with a guided imagery meditation podcast once this week.’ I hadn’t done it. Grr. I thought. Guess I should look for a free podcast or sommit. So I youtubed it. Found one (only 9 mins and 55 seconds – not bad). It involved clouds (I like clouds).
I even got to ‘float’ to my England Home and spotted my parental units below. Yay. I waved. They even waved back. 5,000 miles on a cloud (much cheaper than British Airways).
Seriously, readers, it was magic. I got into a zone of calm. I even tried to type a comment (back in HealthyKeas Comment Stream-Land) but it was a slow endeavor. I was so ‘in the relaxation zone.’ I am not making this up. It was great. Figure I should embed the video since, Mum, I think you would like this too.
*OK. I wasn’t trying to hide it but I didn’t just do *NEW* To-Dos. I also did my dancing (for the full SIXTY points) five times last week. Some things never change….
Before you say it (I know my brother is thinking it): Polly is conscious that she has become a walking advert for Keas. The Power of Play…. (I guess). Also too – an iPhone app is now available with many of the aforementioned (in multiple blog post) features…
April 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
By ‘It’ I mean Me. Moi. Polly. Polly M.
But how did this happen, Polly. I thought you thought you were 16th?
Picture the scene – I had (literally) just posted yesterday’s blog edition about my 16th place finish and then logged into the Keas Health Challenge like any other day….
Top of my Keas Health Challenge Homepage:
Ooh. I say (yes, out loud).
I am stunned. You see, I was proudly wearing my ‘Polly finished 16th and is very chuffed’ T-shirt (not literally). But there it was in the lovely rainy/cold light of day:
I was in genuine disbelief (along with a little jumping up and down). Seriously, though, how could this be? After all, I had maintained a top twenty (ish) position throughout most of the challenge and was feeling very self-important health-wise already. Now I was staring at a top five place (and a sweet fifty bucks in prize-winnings).
I quickly picked myself up from the floor, composed myself, and started scribing an email to my ‘contact’ within Keas.com. I had to know how this could be…..
Turns out the Keas Health Challenge is designed so that you are only eligible to win one prize; so any of the team winners from the Top Five Teams could not also be included in the Top Ten Individual placements (they were calculated out of their real finishing place, if you will). I simultaneously felt bad for the real 3rd placed challenger; totally confused; and filled with wonder.
I imagine the Keas.com wonderlings are questioning their genius at this internal algorithm/idea to let winners only win once. Personally, for completely selfish reasons, it is a brilliant plan. It is Genius. Another FIFTY bucks for Polly M. Many thanks.
As mentioned in my previous blog post; I was to fill my Dad in with all the deets during a Skype moment. Now, my Dad is a sweet, funny, caring human who dutifully taught his daughter that ‘honesty’ is a positive character attribute. That said, for some reason, he had to remind me that I had missed out on some points early on and ‘could my daughter have won?’ was on his mind (you probably don’t recall either, I had to go back and remind myself of the reason – the incident known as ‘the pedometer crisis’); he maintains that I should have taken the points anyway since I did the walking just not the pedometer-wearing part (but Dad, the intention of the To-Do was to WEAR a pedometer). Silly Daddy. I know you are rooting for me (which I appreciate) but say, do you have a different moral universe when the word ‘competition’ is involved? Hmm.
For the sake of the 1st placed Challenger I will add that they were a genuine point superstar; hundreds of points clear of the field. Dad, not even a pedometer wearing marathon would have helped. So, I’m still giddy; thank you very much Keas; you are still ‘super awesome‘ in so many ways (and no, not just because of the cashola).
Oh, and to the ‘real’ 3rd place Challenger out there (whoever you are); let’s do a virtual lunch sometime and (so long as the entire bill is under $50..) it’s on me!
April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
So – The Keas Health Challenge reached its climactic conclusion at 1159 hours Sunday, April 17 2011 (PST)….
Does your blog title indicate you came 8th or what?
Erm.. Polly didn’t, no but…
Team Kea Power! did. (I think)* See, we were brilliant healthy beans overall especially since we had maintained our top ten placement for many weeks.
As for Polly M’s final placement – 16th (I think)* I deserve a Yay! for that. There were over 500 players total. Not bad, not bad. (8 + 8 = 16; Polly thinks that is a weird coinky-dink). I definitely think it was a massive success all round (personally, start-up-ery, and co-challengers-ery). I sure feel healthier now than I did twelve weeks ago (and, yes, I have SO much more to say on this but patience, readership).
*(so to the asterisk): I have to caveat my final placement reporting with the fact that I don’t actually know who finished where OFFICIALLY. They (the Keas.com wonderlings) have yet to announce it (or maybe it is a secret winners-only circle of knowledge..).
As is my won’t; I ‘commented’ on this phenomenon and so (perhaps) can confirm the Team Challenge Winners…
HealthyKeas Comment Stream
Polly M: So what was the final outcome? I was going to give a “woo” to the winners but realized that the leader board may have changed since this morning at 0001hrs (military time from Polly there).
Challenger (a.k.a. ‘The Points Assassin’ and Team Brothers and Sisters member): we accept your woo
Does that answer the Team outcome? If so, Woo! to Team Brothers and Sisters. Nice job. Bravo; clearly a healthy probably-family-members group.
Mysteries still remain: who won the individual honours and do I get to take a ‘Polly came 16th and is very chuffed with herself’ victory lap?
Believe it or not.
No, Dad, it wasn’t rigged to have me win. Why would they even do that, eh? (note to Dad: I obviously appreciate how highly you imagine Keas.com think of old Polly but I am your daughter; being biased in my favour comes with the territory). I just filled out the survey with my musings on the Keas Health Challenge and got entered into the RANDOM drawing for so doing (yes, I considered the fact that my odds would have improved were I the ONLY one to fill the puppy out).
Though the winners are out there someplace and the challenge is over; fear not on two counts: 1) I will be posting my random in-direct-to-Keas feedback on the Challenge via this blog in coming days; and 2) the aforementioned wonderlings at Keas.com haven’t taken the site down – we are all allowed to keep playing (without the cashola incentive, she adds, but curiously – some weird health things have emerged from this)… Yay!
So as if this long blog post wasn’t enough already:
to be continued…
***LATE BREAKING UPDATE**** @ 9.31am (PST) Polly received the OFFICIAL announcement of winners courtesy of her HealthyKeas Health Stream HomePage thing… (Dad, I can give you the deets when I see you on Skype later; everyone else, sorry, details will be forthcoming either later tonight (PST) or first-thing tomorrow (also PST). oh, Polly! No fair!)
April 11, 2011 § 2 Comments
It’s the final week of the Challenge!
The excitement in the virtual air is palpable….
Team Kea Power! News: alas, we are out of the running for a TOP FIVE cashola-winning finish. Our Team Leader did the maths* early last week; even a last minute concerted effort/dash for the virtual finish line wouldn’t help. All Kea Power! to us, though, we are still maintaining a top ten healthy place (currently 8 out of 234 teams, no less); I think we did a great job.
As for my personal total (and since I haven’t done the maths because I want to hope it ain’t so) there might still be a Top Ten and Fifty Buck Cashola Pot in my future. Time (a.k.a these last seven) will tell, I guess.
Have to be honest, readership, I am SO SAD that it is almost over. The Keas Health Challenge is simply fantastic and I am a lucky one to have played for a spell. It has been a lovely addition to my day. I have been thinking about the personal health effects of this endeavour and will definitely do a conclusion/summary post when the final totals have been calculated (sometime next week).
In terms of some recent KHC nuggets:
Well, last week, in Comment Stream Land** (the feature that gets us all type-chatting to each other in a social-network-esque fashion) there were are few noteworthy moments for Polly M. (read both lovely and a single rather embarrassing one). The lovely moments involved some connections I hope to continue in Beyond KHC Land and related to other Challenger’s positive messages of encouragement and health. Yay!
The embarrassing (a.k.a. a typo) moment involved my referencing another Challenger’s comment by mis-typing their name. Nope, it wasn’t just a typo where you add a letter here or forget a letter there; I literally used a completely different word and though not a word that falls in the ‘rude’ category it was still NOT THE CHALLENGER’S NAME. Poor Form, Polly. You just gotta get someone’s name right, right? For the record, I sincerely hope any amusement gleaned (both here and in KHC Land) was/is at Silly Polly’s expense. To the Keas Health Challenger I mis-referenced; again, my apologies.
Imaginary Reader: Don’t worry, Polly. At least it wasn’t the head honcho of the whole Keas.com thing or anything (now that would have been embarrassing…)
Polly M: erm… well…
And the notes….
*maths – an intentional inclusion of the plural version; that is how us Brits say it. U.S. readers – it’s fine to giggle at this, since from your viewpoint it will likely sound silly WITH an ‘s.’ From my perspective, though, having been culturally exposed to the ‘s’ version my entire life; I am always left hanging for more.
** exactly how many different ‘Lands’ do you reside in, Polly? Will you ever stop adding ‘Land’ to the end of stuff? Erm… probably not (I know at least one person who thinks it is both cute and sassy. Yes, that would be me…).
April 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
Going back to an earlier promise…..(an update to the Monday-am-horror-moment-mid-dance-cool-down)…
Silly Polly. She should have logged into keas.com BEFORE writing the post.
Yes, all the drama was for naught. Turns out the super humans over in Healthy-Keas.com-Land had me covered: you are meant to ‘report your progress’ on Monday. I need not have fretted so about my lack of reporting during WonderCon and my assumed massive point loss.
Hence my sheepish feeling.
I put ‘report your progress’ in inverted commas because the full extent of my silly-headed-ness relates to this phrasing. Keas.com send a Monday email with that exact subject line: ‘report your progress.’ Yes. I know. Wow. Silly Polly is right.
Somehow, on Monday mornings, my brain translates ‘report your progress’ to mean ‘let’s take a look at how you did last week but you are not permitted to make any updates since the Sunday Night Cut Off has been enforced.’
But there is no Sunday Night Cut Off. ‘Tis just a figment of my imagination.
At 10am Monday when I finally logged in to Keas.com; that new knowledge brought overwhelming relief. If my Kea Power! Team Mates happen to read this, I am hoping that (along with the probable eye-rolling and ‘oh Polly’s') they will share some of that relief. Especially since more than 100 points were at stake and we would have been seriously off the mark. For the record, we are hanging out around 8th place; cashola winnings are if we make it to the Top FIVE….
*and yes, Polly did indeed just re-link to her post containing the link to her original post – gotta keep everyone in the shescoops.com loop, right? (maybe, Polly, but forcing your readership to navigate all over the place, will probably get annoying fast. The idea is to keep enticing them back….).
April 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
Now, remember yesterday’s post with all its overly emphasized drama:
Well*, stay tuned because I have a related Sheepish/Silly-head Polly Keas Health Challenge update pending (waiting on appropriate graphic representation from husband).
In the meantime…. how’s about the first snapshot of our WonderCon adventure?
Polly is in UglyDoll land. UglyDoll’s are really cute (of all the ones they do, I think this one is actually my favourite so imagine my giddy excitement when I saw a giant version wandering around the Exhibition Hall…). Time for a hug, me thinks….
As for the score line today: let’s call it a draw (‘coz husband’s Polly graphic even includes my lanyard-badge-ticket-round-the-neck-holder-thingie).
UglyDoll – 100; PollyCon – 100.
*I know, the word ‘well’ was used twice in close proximity and sounded odd but I couldn’t think of a better way at this early morning hour (sorry Mr. English Teacher from secondary school days; I’ll work on that in the future).
April 4, 2011 § 2 Comments
April 1-3: Polly, Husband and WonderCon 2011.
We just spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday in attendance at the San Francisco Wonder Con and it was awesome (literally: multiple moments when Polly was in awe).
It was lovely to get away from all the house, financial and full-time employment element of our worlds for just a spell. This even included being completely off-line in the inter-web sense the entire time. Surprisingly, I didn’t miss my lack of interweb browsing at all. So much so, in fact, that when I got home and thought – ‘ooh, maybe I should look up the weather forecast so I can plan my Monday work outfit accordingly’ I mentally followed up with the ‘nah, can’t be bothered.’
So the Weekend was Brilliant. Alas, the Monday Morning @ about 5:27am was not so much…
It was during my dance-cardio ‘cool down’ section that the realization struck me: I completely forget to log my Keas Health Challenge activities for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I can’t lie, the feeling was horrible – points?? team??? I even did a double-take: wait a minute – is it still Sunday? Is there yet time? Oh I had so hoped that it were so but, alas, my early morning brain fog had not caused a time-shift; it was Monday and the points were gone forever.
Sorry team, Kea Power! – being offline means I have missed a chunky amount of points for us. As for my personal total – I was doing pretty well and still had hopes for a top ten finish (call me Overly Optimistic Polly since permanently hanging out around the 25th position mark does not a Top Ten finish make…). So many points are lost that I am even putting off logging in to find out how bad it was until I have had my second breakfast (some time after 9:45am PST)…
So with some degree of horror still churning in my belly; I submit and confess my error.
All of that said, there is something to the fact that I was off-line and did not miss it for just a spell. It’s that work-life-balance thingy-whatsit. I am typically on my work computer from 7:30am to about 4:30pm (with a walking 30min break in the middle); I will even get online again when I get home while me dinner is in the oven (it’s not that much different on the weekend, either). So I reckon it’s got to be a bit healthy to step away from Firefox (my current browser of choice) and do something else fun for a change.
It was certainly very WonderCon (now a verb) to have some uninterrupted time with my dear husband and I learned many comic book/graphic novel related InfoNuggetCons (sorry, couldn’t resist) along the way.
I have a plethora of stories from our weekend yet to share and will post some of the highlights once husband is able to send/create some graphic representations.
Say, I have a new idea for a Keas Health Challenge To-Do – how about points for being consciously ‘off-line’ for a spell? Why, that’s a super idea Polly except: 1) the Keas Health Challenge is designed to be ON-line; and 2) there is bound to be at least one silly head who goes off-line on Sunday when that is the last day to log their personal points for the week.
***SILLY POLLY UPDATE ALERT**** I have since posted an update that caused me to become Sheepish Polly for a spell…