Six months ago, I joined three teams of bloggers who participated in the Game On Diet Challenge. Somehow, I got wrangled into doing it again! But seriously, I did need to get into a better lifestyle after the holidays.
Here’s a bit of information about the challenge:
The Game On! Diet is the brainchild of Krista Vernoff, head writer and executive producer of tv’s Grey’s Anatomy and Az Ferguson, winner of the Body-for-Life Challenge. When Krista returned to work after having her baby, she called on Az to help her lose the baby weight. He made her a workout regimen and eating plan that she, well, didn’t follow at all. So Az went back to the drawing board. Knowing that Krista had a VERY competitive nature, he decided to present her with a healthy lifestyle plan in the form of a game, that she could play with a team, and that she could play to win. This appealed to her very much. Rather than the focus being on losing weight, the focus is on winning points, a far more tantalizing prospect.
So how do you earn points? You can earn a maximum of 100 points a day for doing the following:
1) Eating 5 balanced meals a day, every 2-4 hours — 6 points per meal
2) Exercising for at least 20 minutes a day — 20 points
3) Sleeping for a minimum of 7 hours per night — 15 points
4) Drinking 3 liters of water a day — 10 points
5) Adopting a healthy new habit that you practice every day — 10 points
6) Dropping one unhealthy habit — 10 points
7) Communicating with your team members every day — 5 points
You earn penalties (points lost!) for:
1) stepping on the scale more than once a day
2) unsanctioned snacking (you can have as much celery and cucumber as you want throughout the day, plus 100 free calories of whatever once a day, no other snacking)
3) Colluding with the opposing team to get them to break a rule
4) Drinking alcohol (see exception below)
5) changing the healthy or unhealthy habit during the course of the game (you have to pick those and stick to them).
It’s not about total deprivation as you get:
1) One day off a week, when you don’t have to follow any of the rules
2) One meal off a week when you can eat what you want and have one unit of alcohol
3) each day you can have 100 calories of anything as a bonus treat
Once again, the habit I would like to break is logging on to email/Twitter as soon as I get home from work. The good habit I would like to start is actually sitting down at the table and enjoying dinner with my family! Usually I plop down in my reading chair or the couch and eat dinner in front of the TV.
Ti of Book Chatter (@TiBookChatter)
Amy of My Friend Amy (@MyFriendAmy)
Jill of Rhapsody in Books (@RhapsodyBooks)
Molly of My Cozy Book Nook (@MyCozyBookNook)
Julie of Booking Mama (@BookingMama)
J.T. of BiblioFreakBlog (@BibliofreakBlog)
Jen of Devourer of Books (@DevourerOfBooks)
Pam of Bookalicio.us (@BookaliciousPam)
Sandy of You’ve GOTTA Read This (@YouveGottaRead) She caved! Sandy’s on Twitter!
Laurie (no blog or twitter, but she emails updates to us)
Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books (@TooFondOfBooks)
Natasha/Vasilly of Classic Vasilly (@Vasilly)
Candace/Beth F of Beth Fish Reads (@BethFishReads)
Jennifer of The Literate Housewife Review (@LitHousewife)
Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here (@MrsFligs)
Today is our official starting day. It’s cold here, so I’m having a hard time drinking the required 3 liters of water! I will not fail my fellow Twinkies, however. Wish me luck, I’m going to need all the help I can get!