It's time to stop breaking the promises you make to yourself to eat right, exercise and develop healthier habits. For the next three months, from 05 September 2011 to 05 December 2011, MISSION: INCREDIBLE focuses on getting healthier one day at a time. There is only one rule: do a little more today than you did yesterday to keep your promise of taking better physical care of yourself. Follow that one rule - EVERYDAY - and the changes you see in three months will be incredible.

We're all at very different exercise levels and we all have different weight targets, but it's always nice to know you've got company on the journey. We'll focus on three goals as part of our daily check-in: G1 - diet (the good, the bad and the ugly); G2 - exercise (your physical exercise for that day); and, G3 - healthy habits (things we adopt or learn along the way that help). Join us and leave your comments below!

Day 35

There’s nothing like a great football weekend to get you in a good mood. I’m an LSU alumnus and life-long New Orleans Saints fan, so my weekend was fantastic. LSU is number one in the AP poll, number two in the Coaches’ poll and Les Miles’s turf grass diet is gaining popularity. Fiber is good.

The Saints won a 30-27 nail-biter through a relentless and precise Drew Brees-led comeback drive. This guy will not be stopped.  However, I must give Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers credit: I know females don’t have prostates, but I’d swear mine fell out during the last fifty seconds of that game.

Oh, and Jeremy Shockey, if you’re going to talk smack and give people the finger during the game, it’s more manly to take your lumps than to pull a wuss move and slink into the locker room when you lose, Slick. Who Dat.

And speaking of fingers, you’ll be happy to know that there were no chicken fingers, wings or other high-fat, processed poultry parts on the menu during the game. Unfortunately, though, I still ran into trouble. The culprit? Portion control. Again.

It all started so innocently. I put together a great lunch with Classico brand four cheese alfredo sauce, Luxury #4 spaghetti and about a half pound of fresh shrimp. I doctored it up with red bell pepper, fresh jalapeno, garlic, parsley, a little Tony Chachere’s and Old Bay brand seasonings and a bay leaf. Ever heard the phrase, “It was so good it made you slap yo’ momma”? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

I had planned to portion it out. You know, dutifully putting away little Ziploc containers of scrumptiousness for later in the week. That was the plan. I swear.

But what really happened is that I ate more than half of it in one day. I could lie and say that I couldn’t help myself, but I knew exactly what I was doing. And as that blissful feeling of carbohydrate overdose lulled me to nirvana, I thought about the blog. “OMG, what will everyone think?”, I said to myself. But like a good little addict, I didn’t care.

And that, my friends, is why I believe typical diets don’t work. They don’t address the real problem – your head. If you’re like me, you’ve developed eating habits that are emotionally and psychologically linked to “feeling good” – even when you know better.

Pasta makes me “feel good.” Ice cream makes me “feel good.” High-fat foods make me “feel good,” and it’s going to take hard work to overcome that mindset. But I want to be well more than I want to eat myself to death, so I keep pushing. I hope you will, too.

Here is my check-in:

Day 35

G1: Breakfast (9:00 am) – 8 oz. of calcium-fortified orange juice (0g fat/110 cals).

Lunch (12:45 pm) – Three servings of homemade shrimp alfredo. the sauce was about six grams of fat and 80 calories per serving (about seven total servings in the bottle) and the pasta was one gram of fat and 210 calories per serving (about seven total servings in the package). The shrimp were 90-110 count per pound, so a half pound came in at about 200 calories and less than two grams of fat total. Add in the calories from the bell pepper and jalapeno (about 50), and you have a pot of alfredo sauce that equates to about 7.5 grams of fat and 326 calories per serving. Therefore, my three servings would equal about 22 grams of fat and 978 calories. I had water to drink.

Snacks (3:00 pm) – I was in a coma from lunch, so there shouldn’t have been any snacks, but I did have a quarter of a 1.45 oz. Hershey’s special dark chocolate bar (3g fat/45 cals).

Dinner (7:30 pm) – An additional two servings of shrimp alfredo (15g fat/652 cals); two satsumas (0g fat/80 cals); water.

The total for the day was 40 grams of fat and 1865 calories.

G2: Three miles of walking.

G3: Even though I am trying to stay in the 30g fat/2500 calorie range, today’s intake was not a total disaster. I’ll be looking to get back to variety and more fruits and vegetables this week, though.

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