I’m Getting My Game On..AGAIN!

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.

Following are the teams participating in this round:

Ding Dongs:
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)

 

Ho Hos:

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)

Twinkies:

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)
ME!

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!

Game On Diet Weekly Update

Week One Update!

I’m happy to say I survived week one!
The toughest part at first was drinking the 3 liters of water. But by the third day, I was able to do it easily (and without my kidneys yelling at me!). I also had problems the first few days planning out meals since I didn’t have the book yet. But I received it last Wednesday, and basically just planned meals based using the F.Y.T. (Flatten Your Tummy) list and avoided those on the F.L.A.B.B. (Fat-Loading and Belly-Bloating) list.

My “meal off” was last Tuesday. It’s tradition at our house to have pizza on Tuesday, so I wanted to share in that tradition. Even though it was my “meal off” I still kept my portions small and only had one slice.

Saturday, the 4th of July, was my “off” day. I did this for two reasons: I wanted to enjoy all the wonderful food my husband was planning to make and I also wanted to be able to enjoy a nice burrito from Chipotle. Well, I was able to enjoy the BBQ, but found out Chipotle was closed on the 4th :(. Oh well..I’ll just hold out until this weekend!
I’m really happy with the way I’ve been feeling. The exercise is giving me more energy. The water has made my skin glow and keeps my appetite surpressed. I’ve noticed my pants feel more lose than they did just a week ago. I’m happy to announce that in week one, I lost 6 lbs!! Now, I know my weight loss won’t continue to be this fast/easy, but I’m willing to work for it!

Week Two Update!

I’ve survived yet another week! I lost 2 lbs this week, so that makes a grand total of 8 lbs!

All aspects of the diet are coming easier now. The three liters of water is natural and I’ve discovered some really great healthy receipes to make for my family. Last night, we had chicken steamed rice (steamed, instead of fried!) with brown rice. I cut up about 2 large chicken breast and grilled them. At the same time, I was steaming some brown rice. I mixed the two together, added some veggies we had left over from earlier in the week, and Voila! I added a touch of soy sauce to add a bit of zing to eat. My boys loved it, and didn’t even notice that it wasn’t fried rice!
On my day off, I was finally able to partake in the Chipotle burrito I’d been craving for two weeks. It was delicious, but boy did I fell disgusting afterward! I’m definitely not used to eating that much at one time!

I also found myself following my “healthy” rituals even on my day off. I continued to drink the water, exercised, and got my full 7 hours (actually 9!) of sleep.

I’m very impressed in the change in me! I plan to continue on some of the aspects of the Game On Diet even after the challenge is over.
Ok, so here are the scores at the end of week two:
HoHos Week 1 (682) plus Week 2 (645) = running total: 1327
Twinkies Week 1 (775.60) plus Week 2 (734.80) = running total: 1510.40
DingDongs Week 1 (794.60) plus Week 2 (838.80) = running total: 1633.40

Impressive, eh!?