Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 199: Getting Motivated and Bag Lunches

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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.

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.

One thought on “Day 199: Getting Motivated and Bag Lunches

  1. Great post and the blog is looking great guys. Keep up the good work!

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