Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 100: Woohoo & Onward!

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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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Author: Nathaniel Chaney

Traveling Latin America for the next six months with just a KLR and my girlfriend. Let the adventures begin!

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