Monday, February 27, 2012

Game On! Week One Recap

So, as you all know, I started Game On last Monday.  I had a lot of reservations about this challenge, because it is so strict.  One of the things that I thought I would have a problem with was drinking 3 liters of water a day.  To my surprise, that is going rather smoothly.   The other thing was no sugar.  I had to do a lot of research to find things without sugar.  Most things, by the way, are better with sugar, ex. peanut butter and bread.

This plan only calls for 20 minutes of exercise a day.  This, as you may have guessed, is not a problem for me.  In fact, I think 20 minutes is not enough.  I usually work out for an hour at a time and have continued doing that.

On my meal off day, I had fried pickles and pizza.  May have over did it a little, but it was soooooo good.  Saturday was my day off and I really over did it that day.  We ate at Red Robin, plus Girl Scout Cookies came in, not to mention, I may have had one to many beers.  Oh, well, I will be more aware this week.

My biggest complaint is I feel hungry all the time.  I am eating according to the plan but I never really feel full or satisfied.  The more I exercise the hungrier I am too.  I am not going to cut back on the exercise, I think that would defeat the purpose.  I have 3 more weeks to figure it all out and find what works for me.

I had to give up a bad habit and adopt a good new one.  The good habit I adopted was to eat breakfast.  I really don't like eating when I wake up, but since last Monday, I have started off each day the right way.  I was expecting to feel better because of this, but I don't.  In fact, I feel exactly the same as I did on the days that I didn't eat breakfast.  This is disappointing.  I know all the reasons that a person should eat breakfast and I will do my best to continue this after the Game is over.

My bad habit is salt.  I love salt and have been known to salt my food before I even taste it.  This has been my biggest obstacle, but I am happy to say that I was successful everyday except day 1.  I used something that I didn't realize had salt in it.  Oh well, now I know.

I wasn't sure what I was expecting to get out of all this.  Mostly, I thought it would be fun to be on a team and compete.  I am not a really competitive person, but the further we get into this plan, the more I want to win.  We submitted our scores last night, but I am not sure which team is in the lead.  I hope it is mine.

I am also down 5 lbs.  I am sure the no added salt has a lot to do with it, plus the smaller portions but I am not expecting a big loss this coming week.  We will see.

On a good note, my back is feeling really good today, Yeah!  I was a little bummed that school vacation is over but not as much as my son.  He did not want to get on that bus today.  I am sure he was fine as soon as he saw his buddies.

I have gotten a wonderful response from yesterdays post on purposeful running.  Thanks for checking it out.

All in all, I am doing pretty good with this Game On plan.  I think my friends are too.  I doubt very much that I would do it again, but who knows how I will feel after the next 3 weeks.

Run strong, think big!


  1. Very interesting! Good for you for finding a plan to get your eating habits into shape along with your body! Glad your back felt better today. Those pain free days are great, aren't they? Love that purposeful running series. Might write to her myself. :)

    1. Thanks, there were definitely a few thing that I need change, but I don't think I care for the food part of this diet. Oh well, just want to win now. You should write to her, she would love to hear your story.

  2. Great week, Nicole! Exercise definitely make me hungry too... but it somehow balances all that food, and obviously that's happening for you to if you lost 5 pounds! Congrats on getting in all your workouts and watching the salt on top of it. :)