Joseph and I are starting the Game On Diet tomorrow. We’ll be competing against our friends Matt and Crystal. I’m really excited!
If you’d like a thorough run through of the diet, you can go to http://www.thegameondiet.com/. Basically, we earn points for doing things like eating healthy meals (we’re doing a different meal plan than the one outlined in the book), exercising at least 20 minutes daily, drinking 3 liters of water daily, breaking a bad habit, developing a good habit, and getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. We can lose points for things such as unauthorized snacking or conspiring with another player (i.e. “If we both eat a brownie, it’ll be OK.”). The only time actual weight loss comes into play is for the weekly bonus. If you lose at least 1% of your total body weight, you can earn a lot of bonus points for the week. I’m really excited because this seems like a fun way to stay motivated, especially for competitive people like myself.
Joseph and I are already on the right track for a strong first week. During lunch today, we planned out our meals for the whole week. Then we went to the grocery store and purchased everything we would need. After that, we came back to my apartment and prepped everything. We portioned out some of our food to ensure we’re eating a proper serving. Check out my refrigerator:
The grapes are counted out and in plastic containers so they’re easy to toss into a lunchbox. The yogurt is already portioned out so that it just needs the frozen fruit added in the mornings.
The cheese and salsa are even portioned out into little cups so they’re easy to toss into a lunchbox. (Lunches will include a southwest chicken wrap.)
I couldn’t leave out a picture of the freezer. It looks so nice and organized! Joseph did that for me. He really is the BEST boyfriend EVER! I’m looking forward to doing this diet/game with him. I know he’ll be a great partner.
This is us, totally excited about starting our diet/game. I’ll keep you posted on how we do. Please keep us in your prayers as we make some much-needed changes in how we approach eating. Alrighty, I must go to bed in the next few minutes if I’m going to get in my 7 hours of sleep! Gotta get those points!!
OK, I did it yesterday … I got in 100 ounces of water before bed! I need to do that again today. The challenge: it’s Saturday! I get so distracted doing things on Saturday that I don’t pay attention to what I eat or drink. OK, mini game plan: consume 20 ounces of water before I walk out of the door for Rachel’s shower in 35 minutes. I can do it!
I am really struggling with the white trash in the kitchen.
HAHA! I knew that would get your attention!
White Trash is a snack/dessert that consists of Chex cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. You may know it as Puppy Chow. I’ve already had 2 servings of it! I threw my plate away to remove the immediate temptation of helping myself to a 3rd serving. Here’s hoping that actually works! I love that stuff!
Now, moving along from my temptation to my goal.
I’ve been struggling all week (insert my whole life) with drinking enough water each day. My goal is 80-100 ounces daily. Ultimately, I would like to hit the 100 ounce mark each day. One day, my work day was almost over, and I realized I had only consumed 4 ounces of water! That left a mere 96 ounces to consume before bed. Needless to say, I did not reach my goal that day! I haven’t reached it a single day this week.
I will reach it today!
I’m trying to break it down throughout the day:
20 ounces by 10:00
40 ounces by 12:00
60 ounces by 2:00
80 ounces by 4:00
100 ounces by bed
I put this plan together around 11:00, so I’m trying to get in 40 ounces within an hour. Hey, I can do it! I just have to make myself do it! Ah, I just finished off the first 20. Only 37 minutes left to finish 20 more! I’ll keep you posted! (Because I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat wondering if I’ll meet my goal today!!)
**UPDATE** I finished 40 ounces by 11:56! I had 4 minutes to spare!!! Do you think I can finish 20 more by 2:00? I do!
**UPDATE** I finished 60 ounces by 1:57! Gotta go … hehe …
**UPDATE** I finished 80 ounced by 3:25!! Not to sound boastful, but I’m really proud of myself! I think I just needed to make drinking water a challenge – rather than just challenging. (Yes, I see a difference in those two things!)
I feel I must also confess: I had a 3rd serving of white trash. It was right there when I went to get my water out of the refrigerator, and I gave into the temptation. Sigh … you win some, you lose some. :O)
**UPDATE** I did it! I got in the 100 ounces of water before I went to bed!! YAY!!
What is it about comfort food that makes it so incredibly tempting? OK, I know the answer is in the question: comfort food is comforting.
I’ve been doing semi-OK with my diet this week (I’m going to write a separate post for that), but I fell off the wagon today. I felt YUCKY, and I found myself justifying purchasing two different kinds of cookies from the Walmart bakery and a slushie from Sonic. (With the slushie, I felt like I was making a somewhat better choice over ice cream, and I chose the apple juice slushie, which at least gave me some Vitamin C! HAHA!)
There’s a chance I’ve set myself back a couple of days just because I felt I had the right to consume extra calories. Did I? Maybe … but probably not. It’s all a matter of getting myself to the point where I’m thinking of the big picture. Today as I was walking around Walmart and driving toward Sonic, I was only thinking of the pain and discomfort I was feeling. I wanted something to help soothe those feelings, and food is my longtime friend. If I had stopped and thought about my goal of losing 20 pounds by the time we fly out to Montana in mid-October, maybe I would have only purchased 1 box of cookies instead of 2 (hey, I’m not perfect!), and maybe I would have purchased a Route 44 water instead of a slushie AND a Diet Dr Pepper with vanilla.
So, here’s hoping I can learn to find some balance between my desire to consume comfort foods and my desire to lose weight!