Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 8: Reach for those PRs & Oatmeal

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He said:

Today was another great day, not only did my car pass smog (it is a 1993 Accord) but I set a new PR (personal record, yeah I had never herd of this before Alex told me) for jogging today.  I was able to go 2.7miles without stopping and at a pretty decent clip.  Alex rode my bike along side me which helped motivate me to reach deep when I started to feel tired.

This brings me in a way to a general comment and issue that I have wanted to address, how do we stay motivated? In the past I would start a new lifestyle regime with all the gusto I could muster and for a while it would be good, but eventually I would loose steam and fall off my program.

One solution I have thought of is to keep in mind the phrase “this too shall pass”.  I herd this when I was young and it has stuck with me throughout my life.  The basic tenant of this saying is that when things are good or things are bad, we have a tendency to fall into the thinking that it will be forever, but this too shall pass.  I am currently riding high and am super psyched about the program and my accomplishments, but the day will come (maybe soon) where I am not going to feel all that great about it and might even be depressed.  I need save a little piece of what I am feeling now, wrap it in saran wrap, and stick it in the fridge for later.

The other idea I have is that we need to hear from you guys, anyone reading the blog who have stories of successes or are feeling the pangs of loosing steam.  Some people have already told us about there trials and tribulations in trying to loose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, and it has helped immensely.  The e-mail address is  I will check this everyday and offer advice or positive feedback, so drop us a line (comments are always welcome too, we want everyone to share in our successes and we want to share in yours!).

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: Stir Fry + Egg (269 cal., 8.1g fat) + 1 cup milk (90 cal.)

Total calories: 929 cal.

She Said: 

Today I got up early but instead of heading to the gym I headed to my computer and prepared a little more for a job interview I had today at Vespa San Francisco. (I made it to the second round of interviews! Yay!)

I left the house at 11:30 to run an errand at Kinko’s before going to the interview which ended around 1:40ish. Following the interview I ran a few errands and came home.

I was feeling guilty about not getting any exercise today so when Nathaniel went for a run I followed him on his bicycle. It’s a nice loop although the wind was kind of brutal through part of it.

I am apparently really good at not eating crap food if I plan in advance what I am going to eat.

But – I am not so good at making time for the gym every single day.

I’ve made plans and promises to myself in the past that I will start eating healthier but without knowing exactly what you are going to eat I thinks its easier to slip back into poor eating habits.

Monday through Friday every week we know in advanced we are going to eat Siggi’s yogurt for breakfast. My usual breakfast used to be plain oatmeal with raisins… not too bad but still not as healthy as the yogurt we eat.

About Oatmeal- I like many of you I grew up with my parents making oatmeal loaded with butter and sugar on top. Knowing that this totally defeated the purpose of eating oatmeal I slowly weaned myself off of all that stuff till I got to the point that I enjoy plain oatmeal with raisins on it just as much as the sugary buttery stuff of my childhood.

It sounds silly but if you really just can’t handle a cup of yogurt being your entire breakfast you should try and train your taste buds to enjoy plain oatmeal.

I love oatmeal… maybe Nathaniel will be okay with having it for dinner one day this week and our transformation into an 80-year-old couple will be complete!!!

Fitting – because it’s almost his birthday.

Food Today:

Siggi’s Yogurt (100 cal.)

Lentil Soup (250 cal.  1g fat)

Stir-Fry on “rice” cauliflower with an egg: (269 cal. 8.1g fat)

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

Total: 739 cal. 10.6g fat

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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