Tuesday, February 5, 2013

One Diet, Two Women, and a Whole Lot of Butt Kicking and Fat Banishing

Instead of doing homework for my newest graduate course (assessment and intervention strategies for early childhood education, BORING!) I am going to write about this diet and exercise game that I’ve been playing for the last month and a half.

It’s called The Game On! Diet and I stumbled upon it by accident. I was browsing diet books at Barnes & Noble for the millionth time, trying to find some fix for my current body problems and low self esteem. I pulled it off the shelf (I liked the cartoons on the cover) and started reading it. I was hooked. I loved it, it seemed like something that I could do. And better yet, I knew that my cousin had the same body woes and confidence problems that I was going through so I knew she’d be the perfect person to go in on this with me. I bought the book, told her about it, and the game was on!

Here’s how it works.

The Game On! Diet is a competition. You gain points for eating balanced, healthy meals – points for exercising 20 minutes a day – points for sleeping 7 hours – points for drinking butt loads of water – points for getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with new, healthy habits - points for losing 1% of your body weight each week. You get points taken away for bad stuff like stepping on the scale more than once a day, drinking alcohol, snacking, cheating, and changing your habits.

You record your score as you go. There are a lot of good resources out there for this part of the diet, too. I found a really cool PDF scorecard that I print out and use for every game. You add up your points, subtract your offenses, and report your scores. Because it’s just my cousin and I playing against each other, it’s all pretty easy. My score against her score. We’re both opponents and encouragers. But someone has to win. She won points and weight loss for the first game and so I had to buy her a $15 gift card to Sephora. I’m trying to beat her this time! I want a gift card to Sephora, too!

We started the Game On! Diet on January 2nd. I started at 260 lbs. At my “biggest loser” point, I weighed 243 lbs, shedding about 17 lbs in 3 1/2 weeks. However, I had help from a 3-day juice fast/cleanse and I’ve gained half of that loss back. But even still, I’m down more than 10 lbs from my starting weight and all that I’ve done is follow the Game On! Diet rules.

I eat five small meals a day, each meal balanced between small portions of carbs, protein, and healthy fats. For me this means a lot of hard boiled eggs, raw and steamed veggies, Reduced Fat Wheat Thins, cheese sticks, sunflower butter, whole grain toast, tuna, salmon, brown rice, and Greek yogurt (among other things). I exercise about 6-7 days a week, usually 20-60 minutes of cardio (walking, treadmill, elliptical, jogging) and resistance training (3 days a week). I sleep 7, usually 8 hours a night. I drink so much water and so much fresh juice and so much hot lemon water, that I could pee a river if the time of day called for it. I take one day off a week from all points and one meal off a week. I’ve come to realize that I don’t indulge because my tastes and habits have changed but having the option to eat what I want, at least one day of the week, is probably what makes this work so well for me. I am not deprived from the things that I love and can look forward to having them if I really want them. It won’t set me back and I’m not penalized for it.

I love this diet. I love it so much. It’s the best thing that has happened to me in years. It’s perfect for me and my current lifestyle and it’s something that I can turn into a lifetime habit. I’m doing great and I’m stronger, leaner, and much more motivated than I ever have been before. My clothes fit looser, my muscles are growing stronger and more taut. My feet hurt less. My indigestion is a thing of the past.

My cousin and I hope to continue keeping scoring and kicking each other’s butts for the rest of the year. We’re going to be so hot and sexy when this is all over and we’ve reached our respective goal weights. I can’t wait!

Check out The Game On! Diet on Amazon.com.

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