Thursday, September 16, 2010

Here's What's Going On

Last spring I participated in the Game On! Diet, which is much more than changing ones eating habits. It's about overall health and well-being. On top of that, it's also a competition. You play against friends, or strangers, or anyone who's butt you'd like to kick. In a totally healthy way, of course.

After completing the 4 week game, I thought it would be great to play with my family. We are spread out from coast to coast and I hardly ever get to see them. I thought this would be a fun way to connect and encourage each other to be healthy. OK, I'll say it: I wanted to lose a few pounds after a summer of copious snacking. (But I only snacked like crazy because I knew I'd be working it all off come September!)

Part of the game requires you to choose one bad habit to get rid of and one good habit to adopt.

My bad habit is spending too much time on Facebook. So I am giving it up for 4 weeks. It's going to be hard because my little fingers sometimes have a mind of their own as they fly across the keyboard. I made it yesterday without checking Facebook once, but I had to catch myself several times when I just reverted to my habit.

My good habit is going to be writing 2 hours a day. Writing has been a goal of mine for a long time and now that all the kids are otherwise occupied for about 7 hours a day, I think it's time to stop making excuses and get to work. Ideally, I will be writing things that could eventually be sold for money, but this blog should expect to see a little more action too.

So, gentle blog followers and readers, I hope you enjoy the increased postings here at OMM. Feel free to leave comments telling me how awesome I am, because, you know, that would totally help me out with this competition. Did I mention there is cash prize at stake? Cash!

My sister in Virginia has a team of 4 players.
My sister in California has 2 teams of 4 players each.
My sister in law in Ohio has 2 teams with 5 and 4 players each.
And I have 2 teams of 3 players each.

Game on!


Senia said...

This sounds like a win-win, all around! Can't wait for more blog updates! I've been feeling a bit deprived!

a said...

LET ME BE THE FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST TO TELL YOU YOU ARE AWESOME! YOUR WRITING INSPIRES ME! YOU INSPIRE ME! I AM AN AFTON WANNA BE! Oh and by the way, since you are one of my best friends, and now your kids are in school full time, I owe you lunch. Name the restaurant and name the date. Let this experienced mom of full time school children school you in how to waste your 7 hours. I am an expert!

Natalie said...

Awesome Afton, I can't wait to read what you write--both on the blog and in print for profit! On with the game.

Jenni Merritt said...


I just scrolled through your entire blog to find out what this Game On thing is.


Hope its all going awesome for you. Miss those posts on facebook...but writing two hours a day is time MUCH better spent. If only I could get myself to do that...

Hey, are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Afton said...

Hey Jenni! I'm not doing Nano this year because I don't really have a plan for anything, and also, I just got invited to join a critique group for juvenile fiction writers. So I will hopefully be spending the next few months working on my first NanoWrimo book, which has not been touched since 2008. I'm also working on my 2009 NanoWrimo book which I never finished, but I know where its going and how it ends. I'm trying to hone the first 25 pages for a contest. I work and work and work and then think, I'm an idiot! I shouldn't be doing this. What am I thinking? Everyone will know I'm a fraud. Ugh. Then I pick it up and start back to work on it again. good times. I'll be back to Facebook in a week. Yeehaw!

Jenni Merritt said...

Go Afton! It will be a bummer to not have you doing NaNoWriMo. I am really going to try it this year. But its awesome to hear you are working on all those other projects. I have been working on one book project the last few months, but am putting it on hold for my NaNovel. Hopefully it goes well!

Catch you when you exist on facebook! If you survive those last few weeks... ;)