I'm almost at the end of week 3 of the Game On! Diet challenge! I will admit, before last evening, I was starting to feel a bit weary, the big weight drop from the initial week didn't exactly repeat itself, and I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by the food preparation. But after last night's coaching call with authors Krista and Az, and hearing from one player in particular about how much the Game has changed her life, I have a newfound energy to finish off this week and go strong into the final week! Plus, last night on CBS News, this fantastic piece ran about my husband's Boot Campers who are playing the Game! (cannot believe he didn't get bumped by all the celebrity news...) AND, I lost another pound when I woke up this morning!
And not only that, but the knowledge that next week I'll be joined in the Game by ELEVEN fellow fabulous book bloggers, who will be starting the game just as I'm finishing it (but I'll be back!) is just phenomenal. The players we welcome next week are:
Julie at Booking Mama
Dawn at She Is Too Fond of Books
Jill at Fizzy Thoughts
Jill at Rhapsody in Books
Denise at M. Denise C
Candace at Beth Fish Reads
Jennifer at Find Your Next Book Here
Ti at Book Chatter and Other Stuff
Amy at My Friend Amy
Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelf
Kathy at The Brain Lair
Julie at Booking Mama
I can't wait to read everyone's posts and tweets and to cheer them on. (Follow the hashtag #gameondiet on Twitter). As these new participants gear up I wanted to offer some tips that have really helped me play the Game.
1) Read the food chapter first and plan out what you think you're going to eat for the first week - this will help a lot. You can see what we ate the first week (more or less) here.
2) From that menu, make a shopping list (there's a suggested one in there too) and get everything this weekend.
3) On Sunday, cook whatever you can from that menu ahead of time -- cook up a some brown rice, grill chicken, chop cucumbers and celery and put them into baggies in the fridge
4) Look at your first week ahead of time in terms of family commitments and your schedule and identify when you will take your meal off and your day off, also try to identify the time each day that you'll exercise
5) Plan that first day's meal times -- when you'll eat breakfast, and then the next 4 meals, spacing them no less than 2 hours and no more than 4 hours apart
On tonight's call Krista and Az each outlined what each of their typical days on the Game look like, so if it's helpful for you, here's Book Club Girl's Typical Day on the Game:
7:30-8 Wake up, weigh myself and drink 1-2 glasses of water right away with my vitamins
8-8:30 Meal 1: Egg whites cooked with onion and spinach, feta, wheat toast w/olive oil + coffee
hint: chop the onions and separate the eggs the night before to save time
11-11:30 20 Mins of Exercise in my office, doing this routine, or a combo of abs and working
with exercise bands (if I miss the am time frame, I work out in the aft or evening)
12-12:30 Meal 2: lunch of salad with grilled chicken, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, pepper,
other veggies, a little dash of balsamic/oil dressing and a piece of fruit (or potato)
4:00 Meal 3: snack of two low-fat cheese sticks, 6 cashews and a banana
7-8:00 Meal 4: Dinner with the family, grilled chicken or fish, veggies, red potato
10-11 Meal 5: Lowfat Ricotta cheese dessert with vanilla, maple syrup and 1/2 c of partially
thawed frozen fruit (I looove this, very desserty) plus some cashews (I eat these separately as I don't like nuts in my desserts ;))
And of course, I drink a lot of water throughout the day and munch and cucumbers and celery when I'm feeling peckish. I actually keep forgetting and running out of time to eat my 100 calories of anything! (but have bought those 100 calorie cookie packs for those occasions).
New Game On-ers, I'm here for you, send questions my way, can't wait to welcome you!