Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Game On Round 2- Final Results

Today was the final weigh-in for the second round of our Game On challenge.

Here are the specifics...I lost a total of 22 lbs. in the six weeks of this round and won the individual challenge (and $100 which will be going straight into my Ireland fund). Since starting the the Game On diet in the beginning/middle of August, I've lost a total of 24.4 lbs. How is that possibly you say? Because in some crazy ass bad lesson I learned in the week off between games, I gained 12 lbs of the 14.4 that I lost in the first round/four weeks. And then I lost 10 lbs. of that in the first week back on the Game for the second round. Ridiculous, sad and disturbing, but it's the truth. And clearly that I need the Game to help with moderation and all that jazz.

As far as the points thing goes, I earned perfect points the whole entire game, except for this week, because I didn't meet the weight goal. The important thing for me with the points is that I didn't lose it for deciding to snack, for missing a meal, eating something I wasn't supposed to, deciding to splurge or binge while playing the game, drinking, not getting enough sleep, exercise or doing the work on my habits. I'm okay with losing points for not getting the weight goals in. Because I feel so confident about how hard I have been working and how much I've put into this. And I know that this is a long-term approach (in short-term intervals) and the reality is that some weeks I'll lose and some weeks I won't.

The six weeks was a tad bit long to play the game. When we play again, maybe we'll cap it off at four weeks, or five weeks, tops. I also don't want to play around with the period pass, which I graciously was able to take for the two weeks before today's weigh-in even though I didn't technically need it (if you know what I mean). And today, I of course did need it (if you know what I mean). I also want to play around with different food options to see if there's a different plan out there for me. I definitely think I'm eating way too much dairy. Relying on the convenience of light cheese and greek yogurt for at least one or two meals each day, sometimes even more. Too much cheese. I love it, but I want to be able to incorporate protein bars and powder for meals, and eat something other than cheese as much as I have.

We did not win the team challenge, which was $400 for the winning duo to split. That was a big bummer, but Katie & Cyrena were gracious winners and it was well deserved. And again, grand scheme, big picture thinking, I'm really okay with it. Yeah the money would have been nice, but still.

I took today off, and am taking tomorrow off- both from the program and working out. Having time to not think about all the things I need to do is a very nice mental break. But I also know how important it is for me to have structure. So come Friday, Katie & I are back on the Game for one week before we leave for Ireland. We are going to play some version of the Game in Ireland too and also plan on being really active- renting bikes is a must and I absolutely want to hike and go running while I'm there.

So that's the end of Round 2. I'm already looking forward to the real next round, which we're planning on starting the day before Thanksgiving. (Yes, seriously).

For now, I'm just going to enjoy the great way I'm feeling and be really proud of myself for doing as well as I have. This is really just the beginning, but it feels really good.


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