Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 3: Push-ups & being lazy

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He said:

Today was day two of my 100 push-up plan that I heard about from a coworker.  The basic premise is that after a six week program you should (theoretically) be able to do 100 push-ups in a row without stopping (I will be the perfect case study for you).

I could already do 30 push-ups (I have been doing them on a regular basis for the last couple of months, this is not where I started at) and the program suggested that I start on week three, but after the first day on that I realized I should start on a lower week.  Today was day 2 of week 2 and it went much better with me being able to complete the workout.  There is also an app for this if you have a smart phone which I highly suggest, it will count the breaks in-between sets for you and tracks your progress (and it’s free so there’s nothing to loose).

While Alex has a gym membership (I have had them in the past too) I currently do not.  And while I think I may get on in the future I am currently working from a different perspective.  See in the past I would get on a health kick, diet and go start lifting weights.  But after a couple of weeks I would get discouraged that I wasn’t gaining any muscle, this was because it was still burried under layers of fat.

This time around I am taking my old teachers advice (see post in Day 2) and doing mostly cardio (riding my bike and jogging).  But I also wanted to work out some muscles, so I latched onto push-ups and now this 100 day program.  The basic premise behind the program I am working on is the concept that anyone, anywhere could conceivably do what I am doing right now regardless of their circumstances.  I understand that some people can not afford a gym membership, or fancy protein powder.  So this is a simple plan based around using what I already have at hand.

Daily Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Lentil Soup (1g fat, 250 cal.)

Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)

Dinner: Greek Salad + milk (greens, cucumber, 4 olives, vinaigrette 10g fat 410 cal.)

Total calories: 1,020.

She Said:

Today I did not go to the gym mostly because I stayed up too late watching Lord of The Rings and playing paper toss on Nathaniel’s phone. Also – as I reasoned to myself my couch-to-5k plan doesn’t require me to do it everyday.

However I was pondering that if a person walks 4-4.5 miles an hour they will need to walk 20 miles to lose one pound. So while I am lazier less stringent with my workouts than Nathaniel, a very tangible goal for me to set for myself is to do my jogging plan and walk enough miles on top of that to equal at least 20 miles a week until I reach my goal of being able to jog 5 miles at a time.

Saturday we are planning on walking from San Francisco’s Ferry Building to a restaurant on the complete other side of the city for lunch. It should be about 10 miles and have a lot of hills. I am excited because it’s going to be a lot of fun and we might find cool things to take pictures of along the way!

Today’s Food:

1 Siggi’s Yogurt (100 cal.)

1 banana (120 cal.)

1 cup of coffee (10 cal.)

1 bowl of lentil soup (250 cal.)

2 cuties (small citrus fruit) (70 cal.)

1 bowl of carrot ginger soup (145 cal. 2g fat)

4oz milk / 1 cherry cordial (120 cal. 1.5g fat)

Total calorie count: 770


Author: Nathaniel Chaney

Last year was a breakthrough year for me personally, as far as writing was concerned. After years of wanting to finish a novel. Making it a resolution each and every December only to get to the end of the year with nothing. 2018 was the year of change. Two major things that happened. First was to let go of the absurd notion that in order to put words on the page I had to be inspired by my muse. This idea was thrown in the trash where it joined crumpled wads of unfinished drafts. Second was the realization that to finish a novel I needed a process in order to write consistently. There was some initial trial and error in setting up a schedule that worked into my life but by the end of 2018 I had finished two books and was heading into the second round of edits on my first. What I want to do in this blog is share the experience of being a new writer by exploring my writing process as it develops. I’ll also be posting some of my short fiction and possibly book reviews time permitting.

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