Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 35: the seven mile run & Feeling Good

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He said:

As days go, sometimes the difference is night and day.  Yesterday it was raining and I had to go to work in the morning, I took Alex’s car (because mine was in the shop) and then got to work without my key to get in, by the time I got back with my keys I was already over it and then there were two doughnuts left over from the day before that people had brought in, even though I brought my own food to work I woofed down those two suckers like there was no tomorrow.

As soon as I was done eating them I felt like crap and that set a bad tone for the rest of the day.  I knew those doughnuts were going to be there and there just seemed to be nothing I could do in that moment to not eat them, so I just had to let it go for that day and not beat myself up too bad about it.

It was supposed to rain all weekend, but to my glorious delight it was sunny when I woke up this morning.  I didn’t get to go for my run on Friday (because of the before mentioned car problems), so I decided that I was just going to go for it and try to do five miles today.  Unbeknownst to me, my pedometer must be broken or needs new batteries because I did a loop around my house and at the end it said 4.1 miles, but was more then that.

I used map my run to map the run I did and it said that it was 7 miles.  Not believing that this could be true I tried to use Google maps and then Alex and I (the nerds we are) drove her car on the route to see how many miles it was…and it ended up being 7 miles.  I was able to run 7 miles without stopping in 1 hour, box checked.

One of my goals at the beginning of this lifestyle change was being able to run 5 miles without stopping, shot that out of the water.  My new goal is 12 miles at a time.

The other goal I met today was, after my run, I weighed in at 174.0…I don’t know if I will weigh this tomorrow, but I am on the cusp of reaching my other goal of 175 pounds (that will put me at 50 pounds lost total).  After looking at charts on height and weight, I think I have to move this goal down to 165, so my goal now is another ten pounds, but after doing 50, that seems like a cake walk.

Gotta stay motivated and watch out for those damn doughnuts.

She Said:

I think I gained a little weight (measured in fractions of a pound) this weekend and I accept it because I didn’t exercise as much as I should have this week!

I however have lost a solid 15 lbs. since Nathaniel and I began our health adventure. It’s so NICE to put on what used to be a tight (to the point of being uncomfortable) pair of jeans and have enough room to stick my arm down into them.  I’ve probably lost 4+ inches off my waist.

Another thing – it feels good going into a GAP and knowing with certainty that I will be able to find jeans that fit me. I tried on a few pairs today just because I could. I am still a size 16 but a much smaller 16.

Knowing we’ve only officially been on this for 40ish days and seeing how I’ve lost 15 lbs. gives me so much confidence in the fact that I will reach my next weight goal of losing another 10 lbs. by the end of April. My goal is to lose a total of 30 lbs. by the end of May.

How many times have I made new years resolutions to lose X lbs. by “summer”? Probably every year since I turned 18.

This is the first time in my life I’ve made a weight loss goal and made measurable progress towards it.

Nathaniel and I ate some hearty and healthful meals today and I am feeling really motivated to kick butt at the gym tomorrow.

Meals Today: (we both ate the same things)

Breakfast –

Mostly egg white omelet with 1 oz. of gouda cheese, ½ cup chopped spinach, caramelized white onions, grilled portabella mushrooms and roasted Yukon gold potatoes with a side of sliced strawberries and bananas. (-500 calories / 41g protein / 13.7g fat)


“Tacos” (using lettuce leaves) filled with black beans, corn, pico de gallo, ½ an avocado, 4 large shrimp. (-400 calories / 19g protein / 10.25g fat)

The shrimp were particularly delicious cooked with a sprinkle of garlic salt, red chili flakes and a squirt of limejuice.

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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