Game-on Diet - Bring it On!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I have always been into diets - not the starve-yourself-and-keep-away-from-temptations kind, but the enjoy-the-treats-and-live-balanced kinds. I guess it's because I love healthy eating, just as much as I find it hard to resist that delicious lasagna or yummy cheese-laden panini. So, when I finished my first semester at grad school, I had morphed to twice my size that I was aghast! Know what? There was only one food joint really close to the building where I had my classes, and on Tues/Thurs, I had 3 classes at a stretch without a decent break in between. So my friends and I did the most obvious thing - walked into Burger King almost every day and bought their really unhealthy burgers, onion rings and chicken nuggets. After all, we were grad students - what were we to do?

And then, I turned things around in the Spring semester. No more grease, no eating out, in fact, worked out religiously - so regularly that my courses came only second in priority. I lost about 15 pounds in that one semester. And maintained that over the next one year.

Then I got complacent.

Yeah, so now it's been two months since I dragged myself to a gym. Every day seems busier than the previous day, and now I'm trying to figure out where exactly to squeeze a gym into. And that's when I overheard all the buzz around this book on twitter and blogs, last month. So when Sheila asked me if I wished to play the game this month, I jumped right into it. Things are way hectic right now, I'm waiting for my new car, I hardly have time to blog or read once I'm home, and now I'm on this game that I joined to clean up my bad habits and live a more ascetic life (well, close). The bad news? No more coffee. I survived two days without it and realized that I've been having it out of habit, but on weekends, I really love to have coffee as I sit on my PC. I mean, isn't that, like, the way to something like blogging and reading news in the morning? Who catches up on morning stuff without coffee, anyway? So I'm arguing that at least I discovered I'm not addicted to the stuff, so that I can go back to having it. I'm allowed one indulgence.

I bought the copy last night, and while I'm still not sure how much of the advice I will buy and not, what I do know is that doing a game such as this can only be good for me. I desperately want to get back to my old fitness mode, and not sit around feeling confident that I can do this whenever I want. So, although I officially started this yesterday, yours truly is still sleeping only 4 hours a night and sluggishly wading through her day. Before I say Bring it On! I need to say Wish me luck!

7 comments:

FICTION STATE OF MIND said...

sounds interesting good luck :)

bermudaonion said...

When I saw the title of your post, all I could think was that you don't need to lose weight, but I guess we can all adapt healthier lifestyle habits. I don't know how you continually survive on four hours of sleep a night. Good luck with the diet!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Good luck! Sheila asked me to join as well, but I am already on a "do better" regime (it's been just under a month) of cutting out the junk and it seems to be working. Down 6 pounds. I am not really basing it on the weight, but how my clothes feel.

I look forward to cheering you on!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Good luck!

Aths said...

Thanks everyone!

Kathy, I really don't know how I wake up after just four hours of sleep, but luckily the three days before that, I slept like a baby! But for 2 days now, I've been sleeping well, and I hope that sticks!

Aths said...

Helen, it's good you are having things under control - that's all I'm aiming for too. I don't think I'll lose much weight, so my focus isn't on that at all.

DCMetroreader said...

Oh I don't think I could give up coffee.

Good luck!