Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 15: Coworkers & A Paula Deen Rant

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He said:

I have not mentioned my push-up routine in a while and one of the reasons for that is because I had to start over again.  One day into week three and I knew that I needed to go back and start from the beginning, even though I tested into being able to start on week three.

This wasn’t as discouraging as some might think and in starting over again I have made a gentleman’s bet with a coworker on who can be the first one to reach that elusive 100 pushup mark.  I have read many times that it is good to include other people in your weight loss or exercise routines as this will help foster healthy competition.

In this same vein, another coworker and I have planned (along with Alex and his girlfriend) to enter the wharf-to-wharf (a small 6.6 mile race down in my hometown Santa Cruz) race together.  While I am not trying to beat him in the race, this will be the first competitive race I have ever dared to enter.  Seeing as the race is not until the end of July, this gives both Alex and I plenty of time to train, and try to set some new PRs.

Both of these competitions with coworkers I hope will help to motivate me on days when I am not feeling it because I know they will be training trying to get in better shape than me.  The push-ups today felt good, and while I had to start over, I think I am on a better track to reaching my goal, then I was when I started.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Carrot-Ginger soup (190 cal., 3g fat)

Afternoon snack: Pear (103 cal.)

Peridotically throughout the day: handful of dried salted peas (60 cal., 1.5g fat)

Dinner: Mexican Vegetable soup (250 cal., 3g fat)

Total calories: 823 calories

She Said:

I appreciate the irony of 24-hour fitness playing the Food Network on some of its televisions while I run. I’ve gotten some good recipes while working out but today I was annoyed because my least favorite food celebrity was on.

It was none other than the glutinous butter saturated diabetes loving deep-fried Twinkie of a celebrity Paula Deen.

I’ve always hated this woman. Her recipes aren’t recipes. If you put enough butter, sugar or oil on or into something it will eventually taste good.

I would also like to point out that her online recipe for “papa bear oatmeal” does not accurately portray the one she demonstrated on television – the foodnetweork.com recipe excludes butter and doesn’t say how much sugar she verbally told people to put on it.

The woman could make the high protein low carb diet suggested by Jonathan Swift unhealthy.

Anyways – Mrs. Deen has had Type II diabetes for 3 years. She kept it a secret and kept frying her way through paycheck after paycheck – finally announcing her disease along with the fact that she is now a spokesperson for a diabetic medication…

The woman is promoting some of the most unhealthy food on television and selling diabetes medication to the people who eat too much of it – this is the sad hypocrisy that Anthony Bourdain has taken issue with.

It would be as if a cigarette company also sold lung cancer treatments!

Just for giggles here is a video of Paula Deen making a hamburger with a doughnut as the bun (she also puts bacon and a fried egg on it).

Food Today:

Siggi’s Yogurt (100 cal.)

Lentil Soup (140 cal.)

Mexican Veggie Soup (250 cal. 3g fat)

Total: 490 Calories (woops…)

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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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