Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 38: Chasing dreams & Skinny Jeans

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He said:

Today I did the second 7 mile run of my life, a little longer on time then the one I did on Sunday and I had to rest for about three minutes near the end, but I got all the way.  I look back on how I got to this point and see that it was a series of baby steps.

The first time I tried to start running (again) I took a completely different approach and just started walking, trying to speed walk and keep a decent pace.  Then slowly starting to jog a little bit at a time with intermediate walking, which went on for months.

It was only Sunday and the 7 mile run that I realized that I probably haven’t been pushing myself enough, but only because I wasn’t approaching running the right way.  I always thought that you just started running and that was the end, but there are many facets of being able to run well.

You have to work on your stance, pace, breathing, stride, etc.  When starting out I was trying to just run without thinking about any of these other aspects, needless to say I would get tired quickly and then have to stop and walk for a while.  It was on Sunday that I finally found a pace that worked where I do not get tired and can stay on track, I have been running now for six months (some of us are slow learners).

I am excited about the fact that a life long goal is slowly being realized, I have always wanted to be one of those people that was able to run everyday for about five miles.  Maybe in another month I can check another box on my list.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Broccoli soup (125 cal., 3.5g fat)

Afternoon snack: Fat-Free Cottage cheese (90 cal.,)

Dinner: glass of milk + Vegan Spring Rolls (594 cal., 16g fat)

Total calories: 1,029.

She Said: 

Today was my first day wearing my skinny jeans out and about!

By “skinny jeans” I mean that one pair all women keep in the back of their closet hoping they will fit into them again someday… Three weeks ago I couldn’t pull them all the way up much less BUTTON them.

So in my skinny jeans I went to GAP and purchased a size 14 pair of jeans in a style I already own.

The “skinny jeans” are still a size 16 but because of their style they fit smaller than the 16’s I have been wearing.

Progress Progress Progress!

For dinner I made Nathaniel and I veggie spring rolls with lettuce, cucumber, carrot, avocado and mushrooms inside. We dipped them in peanut sauce and sriracha and they were delicious!

Monday I ran the week 4 program of couch-to-5k, yesterday I ran 2.5 miles at varying speeds and tomorrow I will run the week 4 schedule again.

Feeling good!


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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