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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Okay, so I went to answer someone on a message board and realized I had to jump over here and do it as a blog, as I was onto something. This diet vs lifestyle thing. I got is a game!!! The game is LIFE and you play it everyday...and you will "for all days". I am saying you play the numbers! You want to stay within certain ranges in certain categories (you know...tracking in calories, carbs, protein, sodium, fat). And in those categories you will try to include a certain number of fruits and vegetables! Check off the number of waters you give your body each day. You can win this game!!! You can earn "prizes" into a new size, fit in a chair, have space between you and the steering wheel in the car, wear a size you have never worn, have your kids arms fit all the way around you, not be out of breath at the stop of the stairs, maintain your weight loss and not have to have two sets of clothes, and many more! You can do this...and you play it each day. Each day effects the next. If you mess up and eat something not planned (not bad, I said not planned), then you put it on the tracker and remember you need to go back on track right you are not way off, so the next day you are not trying to make up for unplanned foods. It is a new start with each FOOD are always in play! Hey Friends, this is a game! You can do it! PLAY & WIN! There are prizes! Remember, it doesn't is a LIFE GAME! If you mess up, it does matter...but just stay calm and carry on...don't go crazy and say, "well, I blew it, so I should just eat the whole bag of cookies, add ice cream, and what the hell, let's go out to dinner and order whatever I want"! No, no, no, that makes you go back way to many steps, or "tracks", so simply say No! Go to the tracker, put it in, and go from may find the three cookies, that could have lead to an entire bag (and you know it is only the first few that really taste good), didn't even put you over the counts at the end of the day! As you move on you may realize if you trade your planned higher calorie snack for one of a few fresh veggies you are already back on track! Look around, think about it, PLAY THE GAME!!!! YOU WILL BE THE WINNER!!!
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  • LULU8278

    Nice analogy :)
    1638 days ago
  • HEAT7918
    I LOVE this analogy!!

    And everyone is playing the game whether they are tracking their points or not...

    1638 days ago
    So very right on!
    1640 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    oh, honey, so true - such a great analogy - and just what I needed to read. emoticon
    1640 days ago
    Oh, I like this analogy. It is really spot on!!! And it is very obvious that the people on Spark who do play by the rules in this lifelong game win life long rewards. Valuable rewards. Lifelong life enhancing rewards.
    I think playing a game sounds a lot more appealing then changing a lifestyle. At one time or another we were all game players whether during recess or on weekends. It is a lot more fun to think of this as a game. And the rules are very clear. I guess the question that remains is whose turn is it, anyway? Now that really is the question. Hope it is everyone's turn on bat who is reading this blog right now.
    Good luck.
    Great blog.
    1641 days ago
    It really is a game! I'm guilty of not recording the big treat that put me over the top, but I know I had it, it was good, but only once in a while.

    Great blog! We really can win this game! Have a great day!

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    1641 days ago
    Step by step, day by day. Right on, sista! Funny thing - I never realized how competitive I was until I was here, keeping track and competing against mySELF! Thanks for putting my thoughts in words.
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    1641 days ago
    Ooooh I like this!
    Great idea!!!
    1641 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    I have always thought that losing weight was a bit like Snakes & Ladders.....sometimes the scales go up & down for no apparent reason but if we make the correct choices most of the time then we will win the game. emoticon
    1642 days ago
    That is a great analogy! It is a game with many wonderful rewards and many discouraging setbacks (that can be overcome!). Good blog!!!
    1642 days ago
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    1642 days ago
    Since life is all about choices and our choices to stay slim for life occur every day many times, and every choice has a consequence, if we line all our choices up right we can hit the Jackpot every day! And the Jackpot is another day staying slim! Yeah, I am still working on getting the Lifestyle concept to really really sink in. Thanks for blogging!
    1642 days ago
  • MELP06
    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing!
    1643 days ago
    Thanks!! Saw your comment on my SparkCafe posting this morning with your advice to read your blog from yesterday! I 100% agree with your blog. Thanks for the support! I really think rethinking my approach from "diet" to a new way of living is going to be the key to my success -- and I would guess that this is true for many of us.
    1643 days ago
  • 62MOON
    Agreed! I have been fortunate most of my life and never had to worry about dieting. Life can change anytime without warning and it has for me.

    I have never been a snacker but used smoking as my vice instead. Now I don't do either but there has been no changes. I have to step it up.

    So it is about choices. Do you chose to be the same? or do you want to move forward? Together we can and will move forward because if you don't move forward you get left behind.

    As I used to tell my son.."only you can prevent forest fires" Now a days I am telling myself that more and more.

    ".......back in the saddle again!"....Aerosmith!

    1643 days ago
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