Game On Diet by Krista Vernoff and AZ Ferguson
Wha…. what’s this about?
The Game On Diet is a book written by two co-workers, Krista Vernoff and AZ Ferguson. Krista is the Executive producer for Grey’s Anatomy and AZ is the Body-For-Life Million Dollar Champion.
The book is set up as a competition. Through teams, points are earned each day by eating right, avoiding certain foods/beverages, and spending at least 20 minutes a day through exercise. The teamwork aspect is an additional “kick in the pants” to get you on track and stay on track. Heckling the other team and encouraging your own is HIGHLY recommended.
What I really like about this book is that when you read it – it is doable. When you look at the food lists, they are all great food choices and not really restrictive. There are also yummy healthy recipes in the book that I can’t wait to implement. What the Game On Diet is doing is teaching you healthy habits that will in turn create – a healthier, slimmer you.
- 20 minutes a day of exercise 6 days a week is not a big commitment. Take a walk, a bike ride, run stairs…
- 7 hours a sleep a night or lose points? BEAUTIFUL – I love this!
- Avoid pop…. even diet.
- Avoid fried foods and high fat foods
- Avoid white sugar
- limit breads
- You eat five meals a day (WHAT?) yes – five
- One day off a week (ooh, I like that!)
- Dropping bad habits (this is worth points!)
- Implementing new good habits (also worth points!)
While much of this is “back to the basics” stuff, I still read this book and found myself getting excited about actually doing this. The accountability is huge for me and the goal is one I have been trying to reach on my own for months now and failed – two steps forward…. three steps (and perhaps some ice cream) back).
What Krista and AZ have written here works because it reads like a game. It is a game…. and with friends, co workers, and in my case, fellow bloggers – you all work together for the same goal.
Ok – confession time. Here is why I want to play. A year ago I was a calorie burning machine. I ate well, portion control, worked out and managed my health well. Maybe – too well. I love love LOVE to eat and there really are not too many foods that I do not like. Over the winter I slowly got away from my healthy habits and I am saddened to say – have lost my “muchness” for staying at the fitness level that I know is right for my body type.
The opportunity here for me is that I tend to over achieve. I set my mind on something and I will be counting calories down to the blueberry. I am discouraged if we are invited out to eat with friends because I do not have control over every thing in my food. This is where I start to fail. I can maintain my strictness for so long (months!)and then I cave in to cravings… I know because I have lost the weight time and again and about a year or so later it creeps back. I go too far. Again and again.
For those of you who read my blog know I work out frequently and lead an active life. That part I handle pretty well and thank goodness because man I do like good food! :D What I like about what is presented here is that it is not calorie strict, it teaches portion control. You are encouraged to eat 5 meals a day, keeping them between 2-4 hours apart but never more than four hours. Training yourself to eat this way will eliminate that need we (and by we, I mean I) have to snack throughout the mid afternoon or late evening (both trigger times for me).
Twelve bloggers have joined together to do this one month program starting August 1. On August 1, I will step on my scale (*gulp*) for the first time in 2010. I am going to do this, and I am going to do it right.
My goal? Getting back into good eating habits, retraining myself to drop the snacking habits I seem to fall into and to get back into my favorite pants without passing out.
Ok… that was awkward. BUT, I think if I post the picture… tell the truth in what I am trying to do to the world, I am more likely to succeed. *Deep breath*
I will post weekly my progress. I have to share it with the others and turn in my points weekly to them, so I may as well share it with you as well. One month. That’s all it is. If it is everything I am hoping it will be – I will continue beyond the month.
You can check out the Game On Diet here on-line. I purchased my copy of the book from Amazon.
*Once I get started I am going to have a widget for the Game On Diet on my upper side bar so you can follow along on my progress if you so choose. I will use that as an online diary of where I am at.
You can link to my Game On Diet Journal here (this is where I will rant and hopefully rave as I do this diet in August with 12 other bloggers.
I Purchased at Amazon