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One couple on a mission to become healthy

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Day 209: Maintaining

He said:

So both Alex and I have been bad about updating the blog recently, please don’t be mad.  In part this has to do with a slump that I have been in the last week or so.

Part of this has to do with the whole idea of maintaining versus losing weight.  When Alex and I were both losing weight together it was easy to stay on track and see the result throughout the week and be happy with the loss at the end of the week.  Now that I am in the maintaining phase, it is harder some weeks to belly up to the line and continue eating healthy.

Last week I didn’t fall off the bandwagon but I did not eat the way I have been teaching myself too and I could see the results.  I didn’t feel as good as I do when I eat well, and I got a couple of headaches throughout the week.  That is all it took to show me how the way I used to eat was making me sick and was one of the reasons I wasn’t as happy as I am now.

This week has started off well and I am back down to the weight zone I was in before I slipped.  The whole process has reinforced one important point, that the way I used to eat is what was making me fat.   This may seem like an obvious fact, but when you see it on the scale it is hard to deny.

Feeling good and moving forward!

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Day 200: What’s next? & Onward!

She Said:

Day 200… that’s a lot of days.

Today I weighed in at -48.5 lbs. and although I am sure Nathaniel could make a really good guess at what I weighed when we started TwoAHealthyLife I think I’ve done a good job of keeping the exact number a secret.

However, I promise to tell everyone what my initial weight was when I am “done”.

My parents know, a few chica friends know but I don’t think I’ve told any men.

When I look in the mirror I can kinda tell I’ve lost weight but what really shows me how far I’ve come is seeing my before pictures and the number on my jeans.

I understand this sounds crazy: “Alex, seriously? You’ve lost almost 50 lbs. how can you only ‘kinda’ tell?”

We are our own worst critics. When I look in the mirror after weighing in every morning I still see flab, stretch marks and cellulite. There are less of those things now but I still have them.

Also- the last time I weighed this much I was a senior in High School so mentally that’s what I am comparing myself too. (Now I am laughing to myself) I weigh less right now at 24 than I did at 18.

The biggest difference for me is that when I see those things I don’t care anymore. I feel in control of my health and what my body looks like and I know that eventually, probably within the next few months, all the flab and cellulite will be gone.

So what’s next?

Once I hit -70 lbs. on the scale I am going to hire a personal trainer to help me build muscle.

I find it easier to subsist on a middle schooler’s calorie allotment than to motivate myself to lift weights… I find it boring.

My Answer? Pay someone a lot of money to shame me into it.

Thank you so much to everyone who reads TwoAHealthyLife and gives us feedback! Knowing you all are listening helps motivate us to keep writing and running.



He said:

So I have to start this post off with the fact that I am a slacker (more like I forgot) because yesterday was day 200 and Alex wrote a great blog and I should have done the same, but spaced it out.  So today is our 201st day about the 200th day of our blog / health adventure.

Looking back over it, 200 days seems like a long time, but it has flown by.  For me the adventure started even before that, with October (I don’t remember the exact day, so we will say October 1) being the start date of my diet/exercise program.

Since October I have lost 65 pounds (the scale this morning said 160, so I will go with that), I fluctuate now on a weekly basis between 155 and 160 and I am ok with that.  I am in the best shape of my life seeing as the last time I weighed this much I was in 7th grade (yeah I know).

Some weeks are harder then others, sometimes I don’t even think about being on the diet and controlling what I eat and other weeks it is a struggle.  I still want to over eat on occasion and I would like to delve deeper into this issue and understand where the desire for this steams from so that I can address that problem.

I read Alex’s post and I can empathize with her feelings, as around 185 lbs. I was still looking in the mirror and hating what I saw.  There was still flab and muffin top and I just wondered how much more weight it was going to take for me to be happy with what I saw.

Apparently that was 25 more pounds (and if you would have told me that at 185 I would have screamed), but I just took it one week, one day, one meal at a time and eventually I hit my goal.

For the first time in my life I am happy with the way my body looks (though that doesn’t mean I don’t see areas for improvement) and am confident when I go out.  As Alex said, this whole process has shown me that I am significantly more in control of not only how my body looks, but how I feel on a daily basis.  There doesn’t seem to be a disconnect anymore between they way I want to look and feel and the way I know I can look and feel.

In the end what I have to remind myself on occasion (especially on weeks where I slip on my diet or don’t exercise as much as I want) about how far I have come in such a short amount of time.  It hasn’t even been a year and I am closer then I have ever been in my life to looking the way I want to look.

I am excited about the 200 days and can’t wait for the one year marker to see where Alex and I are.

Thank you everyone for your support, love, and kind words through this endeavor; we hope someone else can see that big changes are possible if you work at it.

With much appreciation,


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Day 199: Getting Motivated and Bag Lunches

She Said:

I have been really struggling to stay motivated at the gym these past couple weeks and of course this has coincided with a lot of excuses to eat out and a slow in weight loss progress… interesting how those are all related right?

To celebrate some really awesome changes in my life (which I will go into in another blog) I booked Nathaniel and I a table at Foreign Cinema for the night of September 14th. My goal is to not eat out at a sit-down restaurant until that night.

This is going to be really hard for me because I love eating out… But, I’ve wanted to eat at Foreign Cinema since 2009 and I feel that it’s going to be all the motivation I need to get back on track with my exercise and weight loss program.

After our dinner at Foreign Cinema I really need to crack down on my rules for eating out – Friday and Saturday only. Weight loss is hard. It’s like a hobby – seriously. It takes a lot of planning to make sure you have healthy foods on hand at all times. Not having a healthy snack on hand when you are feeling seriously hungry can make it too tempting to buy foods that are not calorically efficient… eating too big of a meal can make people feel powerless in front of food hurting their self esteem.

If you are dissatisfied with using Tupperware containers to carry your lunch here are some suggestions:

1. Clean Planetware: metal food containers that are super durable and eco-friendly

2. Thermos: keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. I use the vacuum insulated 16 oz food jar that comes with its own spoon.

3. Canning jars: come in the well-known hipster-iffic screw top style or with a less famous clamping lid.

Nathaniel uses a screw top mason jar to carry his soup to work because the glass is microwave safe. I prefer a thermos because with my job I am not guaranteed access to a microwave everyday.

He also uses empty jam containers to carry extra fruit and veggies to work. We only buy Bonne Maman jams because they are delicious and the labels come off the jars SUPER easily.