Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy


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Day 100: Woohoo & Onward!

He said:

We made it to 100!!!! And we are still going strong, that’s the important thing.

I want to look back over the last hundred days (wow, still can’t believe that it has been that long) and see how far I have come (trying to leave the ego out of it).  100 days ago I wrote this:

The Goal

My goal, the place I want to be in 100 days is to weigh 175 pounds and be able to run for five miles without stopping to catch my breath.  Keeping the goals simple.

Today I weigh 160 (158 on a good day) and my normal run is 7 miles.  I look at this goal and smile, I am glad that I kept it simple, it made it easier to achieve but also shows me that I was aiming to low (or lower then I knew how to aim) and that in the future I need to open my eyes to bigger possibilities.

At work today a coworker (one that is overweight) came up to me and wanted to know if I could give her the name of my trainer because she wanted to talk to him.  She was astonished to find out that I had done it on my own (with the help and support of Alex, on the days I really needed it you came through for my baby and I really appreciate it).  She went into that she was using a stationary bike at night, which I said that was good non-impact exercise, but she should do enough of it every night to burn some calories.  Then she got done heating her weight watchers meal and went back to her desk.

The sad truth, what no one who is over weight wants to hear, but is the solemn truth, there is no miracle drug, diet, exercise, or food that is going to help you lose weight in the long run.  What will help you is a balanced diet and daily exercise.  This is what most experts say and as we have both found out over the last 100 days, a diet full of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat protein combined with moderate exercise (I am not saying you have to run everyday like we are, just walking three times a week should be sufficient) will help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.  The other sad truth, I believe that a lot of people in America are not willing to make this compromise, denying what they want today for better healthier tomorrow.

Many experts have said it, we live in a toxic environment, with cheap food and beverages that add more calories into out diets then we know what to do with.  And the problem with this is that it is exactly what are bodies want, storing food for a winter that will never comes.  We have to be vigilant to understand that our bodies are constantly wanting what we shouldn’t have. Are bodies want to rest, to save strength for when we have to run from an attacker, our bodies want lots of fatty calorie dense food to store it in case a famine comes.  The problem with all of this is that in the modern day, we have more calories then ever available to us for practically nothing.

I look back on what Alex and I have been doing and the biggest difference I see is knowing every calorie that goes into our bodies (even on free days) and reevaluating the food that we really want to eat.  Alex and I were out to dinner last week, and she looked at the desert menu before we ordered diner, because if there was something she really wanted, she was going to order a lower calorie entre.  This is thinking neither of us would have ever used in the past, I would have ordered the fried appetizer, with a full on entre, and still perused that desert menu.

Slowly, one day a time, one bad habit at a time will get you where you need to go.

She Said:

100 days into the ‘twoahealthylife’ health adventure and I’ve lost about 30 pounds.

30 pounds is a lot of weight to lose, especially in the amount of time I’ve done it but when I look in the mirror I don’t see a difference. I’ve gone from a 16 to hovering in between a 12 and a 10 in my normal style of jeans but when I look in the mirror most days I just don’t see the change.

What makes this funny is when I returned to California from Tennessee in January Nathaniel had lost 35 pounds and I was just shocked by the difference. I felt really self-conscious about it because to me the weight loss was overnight.

I was saying goodbye to him at Atlanta airport when he weighed 225 and the next time I saw him he was down to about 190.

Women have a relationship with their weight that I don’t think men will ever understand.

I am now in much better cardiovascular health than I have been in my entire life… I went for a 5 mile run today and before February I don’t think I had run more than a mile of my own free will – ever.

Something I recently made a goal is to fit back into a summer dress I wore to my cousin’s wedding when I was in my sophomore or junior year of High School. I remember how I felt wearing it and I think it was the first time I knew I looked good and I knew what that meant.

Fitting back into that dress will mean a lot and I feel thankful to still have it because it’s a good measuring stick to hold myself up against.

I don’t think I can ever have the same relationship with food after what I’ve learned over the past 100 days but being so aware of what I eat 5-6 days a week absolves me of guilt when I eat how I please on the weekend.

I am feeling really good about my running and I am excited for our July 10k.

I am hoping I can convince Nathaniel to wear matching running gear with me J

If I stay on my current path I should have met my weight loss goals by day 200 or 250.

Nathaniel met his original weight loss goal some time ago but he kept adjust his goals so I know I will probably have to do the same.

Onward!

 

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Day 99: the Dietitian & 30 lbs. (ish)

He said:

So I ran the numbers today and it says that today is day 99, but if I go by what we were calculating it would be 102, so I will go with 99 and that leaves us one day before 100.

Last week I went to a registered dietitian to get a more complete picture of how many calories I needed to be taking in with the amount of exercise that I do, as I knew that I needed to start taking in more calories.  After a great conversation about nutrition and calorie intake, she concluded that I could easily be taking in 2,500 calories a day with the amount of exercise that I do, but because the diet we have been on is so calorie restrictive adding that many calories at once would be a lot to handle.

We came up with a 1,500 calorie a day diet I am going to be one for the next couple of weeks and if I don’t see any weight gain from it then I can up it again to 2,000.  I read an article in the New York Times a couple of days ago with a mathematician that has made a program to help simulate how much you should weigh for your height and how much weight you could loose depending on how you change your diet.  I played around with it a little and it seems to be pretty good at helping to plan out a schedule for weight loss if you don’t want to plop down the money to go to a professional.

The dietitian also confirmed that I am in the healthy weight range for my height and if I go to 155 I would still be in the normal range.  I am looking to get down to 155 in the next month, focusing on loosing about a pound a week or less as I up my calorie intake.  It is going to be an interesting time trying to get the balance right, but I am looking forward to getting to 155 so that I can simply maintain and not lose weight anymore.

Onward!

She said:

So I wrote a page long blog but in re-starting my computer it was lost!

Tomorrow is day 100 for us and so far I have lost about 30 lbs., which is 5 lbs. shy of my 100 day goal.

It’s a little disappointing to miss my 100 day goal but after all the hardwork I’ve put in and the progress I made I really can’t let it bother me too much.

I am going to keep this brief and write a longer blog tomorrow.

 

 


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Day 95: Catching up & Climbing

He said:

Yes it had been a long time since we have blogged (we kind of feel bad about this), and one of the main reasons for this (no we didn’t fall off the healthy life wagon) was the monotony of writing blogs on a regular basis where you were saying the same thing.  For the most part I have been doing the same routine of what I eat and exercise since the last time I blogged.

Some of the major updates since I last blogged are: on Saturday May 12th I ran my first (unofficial) half-marathon in 1:49:32.  I had done several 10 mile runs and wanted to push myself to make those last 3.1 miles.  It felt great, though the last mile was though, and I am one step closer to a new goal, marathon.

I finally broke down and joined (or rejoined) 24-hour fitness and have begun to add weight lifting to my routine (though I am still running five to six times a week, just trying to fit the gym into this).  The great thing about having a gym membership is that I can add some non-impact workouts to my week in addition to the running I do.  I went swimming last week for the first time in a while and have been doing some upper body work as well, nothing better than muscle confusion.

Other than the workouts, I have continued my diet (though I am reaching the end of this phase) and have gotten down to the 160-162 range (I have been here for the last couple weeks).  I have made an appointment to see a dietitian tomorrow and want to get her advice on how many calories I can consume now based on the weight I should end up at and the amount of exercise that I do.  I know that she is going to tell me that I need to start consuming way more calories a day then I am, but after all this time it is hard for me to think about letting up on the reigns of my diet.  Hopefully she can provide a break down of the amount of carbs, protein, and fat I should be consuming on a daily basis and a calorie amount to aim for.

I am on the brink of a new phase in this program, maintaining.  The bulk of the weight is gone and I feel the best I have felt in years and my confidence has grown by leaps and bounds.  I still am not 100% satisfied with the way I look (this may be the same for everyone), but the person I see in the mirror now, more reflects the way I feel on the inside.  The dreams are coming out of my head and becoming real, time to reach for the stars!

She Said: 

(My 3 mile run today)

Nathaniel and I took a hiatus from writing blogs… it wasn’t planned it just kind of happened but in no way have we stopped living “twoahealthylife” since we last posted.

The biggest change in my routine is the fact I am now running outside and doing it five days a week. I thank couch-to-5k for showing me the way and I had my longest run to date yesterday when I did a total of 5 miles without stopping.

Around mile 4.5 there is a beast of a hill and I was absolutely dying going up it. I was about halfway up panting when two women in sweatshirts and stretchy pants appeared at the top of the hill. In my mind I was like “oh I am so going to look like a badass running up this hill- I can’t stop!”

Of course in reality I probably just looked like a hot mess about to pass out… but I made it up the hill and cruised on home in victory.

Mondays are my long runs because I don’t run on Sundays and I usually have a carb party over the weekend so I am most ready to run longer than I will be for the rest of the week as a result.

Today I did a 3 mile run which is officially my ‘usual’ until I build up more stamina and lose more weight.

In the three months since we stated the blog I have lost a little over 25 lbs. and am halfway between a 12 and a 10 in my regular cut of jeans from GAP. I started off as a 16!

Something I realized only a week ago – there was no way I would be a size 10 if I lost 70 lbs. (my goal).  I clearly had a poor concept of women’s sizes…  After I lose 35 lbs. a 10 might actually be a little big. The idea I might be a 6 before this is all over blows my mind.

Anyways – thank you for reading and be ready readers because we are going to be posting more frequently!


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Roasted Pear Dessert

This recipe is part of a salad recipe I read in Vegetarian Times. I really liked the roasted pear part of the salad and realized it would make a nice healthy mid-week dessert.

Ingredients:

1 pear

1-2 oz. soft goat cheese

Fig Jam

Olive Oil for drizzling

(serves 2)

  1. Preheat Oven to 325°F.
  2. Cut pear in half and scoop out core.
  3. Fill center with 1-2 tsp. of jam (I prefer fig but strawberry is good too).
  4. Top jam with a ½ oz. round of soft goat cheese.
  5. Drizzle pears with olive oil.
  6. Roast 30 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

Serve and enjoy!