Role Mommy Radio Alert: The Game On! Diet

Today’s Role Mommy on the Run radio show was a blast because we featured Krista Vernoff, executive producer for Grey’s Anatomy who has a new book out called THE GAME ON! DIET.
512hzjbRMNL._SL500_AA240_.jpgThe GAME ON! DIET was written by Krista, an Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe winning head writer/executive producer of television’s number-one hit show Grey’s Anatomy and
Az Ferguson the Million Dollar Champion of Body-For-LIFE’s International Health and Fitness competition, and a regular performer on television, in commercials, and in the theater.
THE GAME ON! DIET works like this: You play for four weeks. During those four weeks, you earn points by:
-Eating five small, balanced meals a day (30 points per day)
-Drinking three liters of water a day (10 points per day)
-Sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night (15 points per day)
-Exercising for a minimum of 20 minutes a day (20 points per day)
-Changing an unhealthy habit into a healthy one (i.e.: giving up TV and taking up reading, or giving up computer games and taking up meditation.) (20 points per day)
-Being in contact with at one teammate and one opponent a day (5 points per day)
If you add up the points from a perfect day, they will equal 100 points. If you have a perfect week your score will be 7 days x 100 points = 700 points.
Finally, a way to lose weight and have fun at the same time. Listen in and hear all about it…and we even asked about that crazy Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger too!!! So tune in and join the fun at Role Mommy on the Run!

The Great Spray Debate

images-4.jpegHad an unexpected run-in today at the gym. While I was minding my own business on the elliptical machine watching a really intriguing Michael Jackson special on E!, I was snapped back into my own reality when a woman who I thought was one of the maintenance workers began spraying down the machine right next to me and I started inhaling the fumes.
I gave the woman the dirtiest look I could muster and then flat out said to her – “You know, that’s really dangerous. You shouldn’t be spraying a toxic cleaner while the rest of us are trying to work out and get healthy.” To which she replied, “I don’t care. I got sick twice here and I’d rather inhale fumes then touch someone else’s sweat.”
And that’s when it hit me. That woman didn’t work at the gym, she was about to workout herself! Which means, she took it upon herself to find the spray cleaner and some paper towels and proceeded to spritz down the entire machine until she felt it was completely germ free.
Now I am all for cleaning machines once you’ve gotten your flop sweat all over them, but what I am vehemently against are spray cleaners in public. My own mom has had two instances where she breathed in toxic fumes from spray and aerosol cleaners and actually wound up with bronchitis from it! Would it really be so hard to use an anti-bacterial wipe to clean those machines? Do I really need to be subjected to some kooky woman’s extreme position on cleanliness in my neighborhood gym?
Honestly, am I over-reacting or do you think there’s a better way to clean gym machines that don’t involve toxic sprays? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Meanwhile, over at the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge site, where I’m one of the co-hostesses, we’re in the process of hosting a fabulous cleaning giveaway (how ironic is that?) If you share your best cleaning disaster story you can win the brand spankin’ new Swiffer redesigned WetJet which allows new moms to better clean their floors while the Antibacterial Solution leaves their floors hygienically cleaner. The comments are coming in fast and furious and you’ve got to be in it to win it so hop on over to the SocialLuxe Lounge and start sharing.

The Find’s Fave of the Week

Back-to Cool With a Colorful Pair of Old School Kicks
The beginning of the school year is only a couple months away. This fall my daughter will be starting preschool. Our daughter is excited as is our entire family, she will be making lots of new friends and learning a new language as part of the Mandarin immersion program. There is a lot of preparation and a checklist to attend to. Clothing name tags, BPA-free lunch boxes, Sigg water bottles, and not to mention the potential separation anxiety. Lots of play clothes and shoes are in order.
In particular some really cool sneakers that will not get lost in the sea of toddler-sized shoes at naptime. I’ve spotted a bright colorful pair of Adidas on two different girls at the playground and had to ask where they were from. “Nordstrom and not too expensive about the same as a price of Crocs,” the mom answered. Hmmm, they are so cute so I did some research and found a couple of pair of old school inspired sneakers in neon bright kid-friendly colors that my daughter will love. The adidas-Streetrun-IIIs ($34.99 – $44.90 available in infants to big kids sizes) are my first pick, so cute and in colorful cool girly colors. A refereshing change from the pink/brown/white palette. The velcro is also another must-have feature for Miss independent to put her own shoes on. Two other completely adorable styles I spotted are the Nike ‘Dunk Low’ Sneaker, $35 – $47 walker to little kids sizes. Very sweet, but not so sure about the white and the laces for me to tie every morning as we rush out the door. Lastly, this almost blinding shade of blue is a fun design that will look great on kids but perhaps a little silly on adults. It is the Adidas Originals Infant/Toddlers’ Detroit II Running Shoe, $34.95 infant to toddler sizes.

The Who, What, When Where, How and Why of Weight Loss

tmc_debi01.pngOne of the most common reasons why many of us struggle with weight loss and weight maintenance is because we fail to look at the: who, what, when, where, how and why we actually gained the weight in the first place. Once we’re able to ask ourselves these questions and come up with some insightful answers, we can understand how to finally create a weight loss plan that actually works. The first place to start is with the who of weight loss.
1. Who triggers you to overeat? It can be a boss who triggers us to grab foods to calm or relax us after a stressful day at the office. It can be a friend or partner who encourages us to overeat because they want a “food buddy.” It can be someone who shows their love for you through the food they’ve prepared and we eat to avoid hurting their feelings.
2. What types of foods you are eating? Are you struggling with your food choices, eating too much junk food, takeout, prepared or fast food? Are the foods you’re choosing high in fat and sugar? Are your portions too big and you’re finding yourself “economy sizing”, “super sizing” or “value-mealing?” Are you choosing foods that don’t satisfy or fill you adequately? Are you taking in too many liquid calories?
3. When are you overeating? For many people, weight issues stem from over eating the same foods at the same time. For example, many moms find they over eat their children’s snack foods, between 3-4pm. Others find that late night snacking while watching TV is the place where they’re taking in too much.
4. Where are you doing most of your overeating? Many moms find that they overeat at the kitchen counter while preparing food and snacks for their children. Others find that the living room couch after a long day is where the damage is done and still others can blame weight gain on the Saturday night breadbasket at their favorite restaurant.
5. How you’re over eating? You can be eating socially, mindlessly, binge eating or eating emotionally. With social eating you’re not hungry, but you’re simply eating to be a part of the group or the experience. You may be concerned about being judged, criticized or questioned if you don’t eat what everyone else is eating so you use the opportunity to eat foods you’d normally limit or avoid. With mindless eating, you take in extra food as you’re passing it to others, when you grab something as you see it on the counter or someone’s desk, eating while preparing food or eating while reading, watching TV or doing anything else that takes your attention away from concentrating on what you’re eating. Poor food choices or eating to improve our feelings or mood are the most common reasons for binge eating. For example, a diet high in sugar often encourages binge eating behavior because the sugar provides a quick energy surge followed by an energy crash. That crash encourages a high sugar binge in order to regain that energy so quickly gained and lost. With an emotional eating binge, we overeat to calm, numb, soothe or relax. It’s used as a means to self soothe and self medicate. It’s a technique we use to deal with our stress, fears, anger, frustration or hurt and we eat to encourage a boost of serotonin, one of the body’s “feel good” chemicals.
6. Why are you overeating? Questioning yourself after a binge is one of the best times to ask that question. With compassion and without judgment, simply ask yourself “what do I really need?” or “what was I really looking for?” Rarely is it food and more likely it’s compassion, security, sleep, friendship, a fulfilling project, satisfying relationship, enriching and meaningful job, more confidence or simply a call for a better way to handle your stress.
The more we understand the: who, what, when, where, how and why of weight loss, the better we can create a plan that works for us…not against us. While it may take some effort to come up with the answers, every answer you find brings you one step closer to gradual yet lasting weight loss.
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coachâ„¢ is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science. She’s a Certified Personal Trainer, Whole Health Coach, Lifestyle Expert – just for moms, speaker and the author of The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best (recommended by Parenting Magazine). Debi’s been branded The Mojo Coachâ„¢ because after working exclusively with unfit, overweight and overwhelmed moms for nearly 20 years, she’s discovered the six things every mom needs to look, feel, live her best and “get their mojo back.” Sign up for a free report, a full year of weekly tips and a subscription to Debi’s newsletter Mojo Moments. All free at .