What Have You Been Doing?

by Michelle Acker on March 9, 2011

in Learning the Art of Living

"Before" - October 2008, after gaining 25 pounds being sick & on massive steroid treatments

An old friend approached me at church last week and said hello. It had been quite a long time since we’d seen each other.  While my somewhat slow and foggy brain processed the fact that she had totally changed her hair and “oh my gosh, this is so & so, she looks great!”, she was talking and asking what’s up.  I started to answer, and she said, “No, what have you been doing???  I can tell you’ve been doing something… You look great” …gesturing up and down at me.

Wow, that felt really amazing!  That’s the first compliment I’ve gotten from someone who doesn’t know that I’ve been playing this game for the last nine weeks.  A team competition, friendly support, healthy eating, exercising, building good habits game.  And it’s working wonders.  I’m down a total of 20 pounds as of today.  I lost 3 on my own over 2 months by myself, and 17 from the game these last 9 weeks.  It’s incredible.   And it’s fairly simple, so it’s easy to do and understand.  Want to know more?

Well, first, let me say, I DON’T DO DIETS.  I tried WW a couple of years ago, and it worked, but it was SO MUCH WORK to keep up with.  And as soon as I got sick and couldn’t workout, it just didn’t work for me anymore.   Most of the time diets are too radical for me, or I don’t think they are healthy, or they are just too hard to keep up with.  I’ve been working out for quite awhile now, but it’s never been enough without the right foods to go with it.   I do read all kinds of healthy living, healthy eating & exercise articles.  Trying to figure out the best, healthiest way to get back to a healthy weight.  For a long long time, I’ve wished that I had time to sit down and make some sort of list of all these good-for-you-things-to-do so that I could just refer to the list and *zap*~ healthy choice made.

Enter my friend Mrs. V., who got a bunch of us moms together to play this GameOn game.  ‘It works,’ she said.  ‘It’s fun,’ she said.  ‘I’m in,’ I said!  And it turns out that the game is basically just that magic list I’ve been longing for.  Nothing I didn’t already know.  Not one single thing.  But they are all put together into a fun game that makes you WANT to do them.  Cool, right?   Here’s the basic rundown on how the game is played:

Divide into teams. You support your teammates, while trying to leave the other teams in the dust…although everyone supports everybody, really.  The accountability and support are really what makes this game work, I think.

Each person & team gets daily points for exercising, getting enough sleep, building a good habit, eliminating a bad habit, communicating with teams, and drinking enough water.

You eat 5 small meals a day, and pick one serving from the healthy carbs list, one from lean proteins, one from healthy fats, and have at least 4 serving of veggies each day. There are some super unhealthy foods that are on a very short and simple no-no list. Food wise, it couldn’t be easier.  It’s all listed out for you.  No counting calories.  No figuring points.  Just mix and match and eat! And there is plenty of variety, so you don’t have to be stuck in a rut.  Points for each meal too.

There are penalty points for breaking the rules.

We play for 4 weeks each round. Each week you get ONE FULL DAY off the game for each category. You can eat whatever you want.  Or skip exercise, or water, or everything.  You also get one additional meal off each week, so that you don’t feel deprived if there is a special event or dinner, or you just need some chocolate, darn it!   Those days off and meals off make it so much easier to stick with the plan the rest of the week.  PLUS, you get 100 calories of ANYTHING you want, EVERYDAY!  (I’ve found 3 square of yummy melt-on-your-tongue chocolate that I get to eat every night for only 90 calories! ) At the end of the round, the team with the most points splits the pot.  (We play with a $10 buy in fee, but the reward for winning could be anything…)   After the winners are announced, we take a week off, and then start a new round with new teams.  Round three for us starts next week.  And all of our players have been successfully losing weight! Thanks to the game I am no longer obese, only overweight, and well on my way to fixing that.   It rocks.  If you’re interested in learning more, checkout GameOnDiet.com.   Although, I really think it’s more of a healthy lifestyle thing than a ‘diet’.

Wow, this turned into a really, really long post.  If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with it!   Next week I’ll share with you what I’ve learned so far.  Because I’ve really learned a lot over the last 9 weeks.   Maybe I’ll share a pic of my progress so far too.  If I can get SomeGirl to take a good one for me…..    😉

In the meantime, here is what I looked like this time last year: still up 30 pounds, officially obese.  Bleck. Wow, that’s bad.  But, I’ve gotta be honest.  It’s a ‘before’ picture, and that’s how bad it was.

And I’m not going back.

"Before"- April 2010- Still obese

Until next week, bless yourself with some healthy food and exercise!

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megan March 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

that’s awesome! My gawd, I need to lose some poundage. I refuse to buy new jeans bc I keep thinking I’ll lose the weight — now I just don’t button my jeans anymore! (though, to be honest, I’m rarely out of my pjs since I work at home. 😉

So yeah… I need to be more like my big sis and do SOMETHING. 🙂

Michelle March 9, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Thanks sis! Trust me, do it now while you’re young…It doesn’t get any easier! Oh, and pjs are awesome. I stay in them whenever I can too. But they’re evil little buggers with the elastic waists… Just sayin’…. 🙂

Alicia The Snowflake March 9, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Sounds like a fun game! I did a competition once…when I was much younger. I ended up winning. Then I got pregnant. Isn’t that the way life goes?!?! Sounds like you are doing really well. Keep up the good work! And thanks for joining Weight Loss Wednesday today. It was great meeting you!

Michelle March 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Thanks for hosting the Weight Loss Wednesday Alicia! It’s been fun meeting you too, and your encouragement is wonderful. Keep up the good work.

SomeGirl March 9, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Wow, I knew you looked great, but 20 pounds in such a short time… Wow! Have you thought about hosting a game here on your blog? 🙂

Let’s get some pics tomorrow…? 🙂

Michelle March 9, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Aw, you’re sweet, friend! Thank you….

Pics tomorrow….but only if I don’t look like I’ve been rundown by the garbage truck… 😉 (Another busy day…)

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