I don't recall the exact timescale; it was quite a long time before the badges were ready though, which is probably rather uselessly imprecise, but that sums up my memory quite well!
I used to drink gallons of juice but developed diabetes and fructose is Really Bad(tm) so I had to cut it out except for the occasional small glass now and then. I've mostly cut out carbs, though my diabetes doesn't seem to object to alcohol, curiously. And coffee isn't absolutely essential
to be a sysadmin but it helps.
That said, illness has kept me away from useful work for quite some time, annoyingly.