Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

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Day 18: & A day that would make a nutritionist cry

He said:

Sorry guys, I don’t really have a whole lot to say today.  I was able to stick to my plan with no real hiccups and am looking forward to the weekend.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Red lentil soup (145 cal.)

Afternoon snack: Pear (103 cal.)

Dinner: Vegan chili + two cuties (316 cal., 2.5g fat)

Total calories: 784.

She Said:

So first of all I’d like to say what I ate today wasn’t healthy. No part of me thinks it was healthy but I wanted to splurge without going over my daily calorie limit. Without working out I can only eat 805 calories a day to meet my weekly weight loss goals.

To maintain my weight without working out I can eat 1,500-2,000 calories a day at my age, height and weight depending on whom you ask.

For breakfast I had a cup of black coffee, a piece of chocolate and a banana (190 cal.). For lunch I had a California roll and a diet coke (Approx. 300 cal.) For dinner I plan on having vegan chili, which is going to have a lot of protein and veggies in it and I will officially be back on track.

(I am writing this blog in advance because I am going to a photography panel discussion later tonight.)

Because of a comment we received on Facebook about the blog and a comment from my friend Stacie I acknowledged to myself today that I really do have to make more of an effort at getting more protein into my diet and less carbs.

This is what Stacie (lifelong vegetarian) had to say:

I need to work on getting more protein in my diet–it’s always my biggest downfall being veggie and all. BEANSBEANSBEANS. Soy products are so damn expensive, but I’m getting there. I’ve been running every day since the beginning of this year–I’ve missed six days in all. I’m taking a picture every month–I’ve seen a difference since January. 🙂 I think I’m finally in a good place with a lot of things, so it was finally a perfect time for me to start ignoring my excuses.

I am really happy to hear how well she’s been doing working on her fitness goals! She sounds super positive but it’s a reminder that if a lifelong vegetarian has to struggle at getting protein into her daily diet I certainly need to put extra effort into it.

Trust me – I’d much rather eat prime rib than a giant salad and a vegetarian soup. My parents started feeding me steak before I could walk (true story).

A lot of the people that read this blog and re-tweet it are vegetarians. So – if any of you seasoned veterans have tips for us we’d love to hear them.

Oh – the reason I splurged today? I lost 10 lbs. as of today!

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Day 15: Coworkers & A Paula Deen Rant

He said:

I have not mentioned my push-up routine in a while and one of the reasons for that is because I had to start over again.  One day into week three and I knew that I needed to go back and start from the beginning, even though I tested into being able to start on week three.

This wasn’t as discouraging as some might think and in starting over again I have made a gentleman’s bet with a coworker on who can be the first one to reach that elusive 100 pushup mark.  I have read many times that it is good to include other people in your weight loss or exercise routines as this will help foster healthy competition.

In this same vein, another coworker and I have planned (along with Alex and his girlfriend) to enter the wharf-to-wharf (a small 6.6 mile race down in my hometown Santa Cruz) race together.  While I am not trying to beat him in the race, this will be the first competitive race I have ever dared to enter.  Seeing as the race is not until the end of July, this gives both Alex and I plenty of time to train, and try to set some new PRs.

Both of these competitions with coworkers I hope will help to motivate me on days when I am not feeling it because I know they will be training trying to get in better shape than me.  The push-ups today felt good, and while I had to start over, I think I am on a better track to reaching my goal, then I was when I started.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Carrot-Ginger soup (190 cal., 3g fat)

Afternoon snack: Pear (103 cal.)

Peridotically throughout the day: handful of dried salted peas (60 cal., 1.5g fat)

Dinner: Mexican Vegetable soup (250 cal., 3g fat)

Total calories: 823 calories

She Said:

I appreciate the irony of 24-hour fitness playing the Food Network on some of its televisions while I run. I’ve gotten some good recipes while working out but today I was annoyed because my least favorite food celebrity was on.

It was none other than the glutinous butter saturated diabetes loving deep-fried Twinkie of a celebrity Paula Deen.

I’ve always hated this woman. Her recipes aren’t recipes. If you put enough butter, sugar or oil on or into something it will eventually taste good.

I would also like to point out that her online recipe for “papa bear oatmeal” does not accurately portray the one she demonstrated on television – the recipe excludes butter and doesn’t say how much sugar she verbally told people to put on it.

The woman could make the high protein low carb diet suggested by Jonathan Swift unhealthy.

Anyways – Mrs. Deen has had Type II diabetes for 3 years. She kept it a secret and kept frying her way through paycheck after paycheck – finally announcing her disease along with the fact that she is now a spokesperson for a diabetic medication…

The woman is promoting some of the most unhealthy food on television and selling diabetes medication to the people who eat too much of it – this is the sad hypocrisy that Anthony Bourdain has taken issue with.

It would be as if a cigarette company also sold lung cancer treatments!

Just for giggles here is a video of Paula Deen making a hamburger with a doughnut as the bun (she also puts bacon and a fried egg on it).

Food Today:

Siggi’s Yogurt (100 cal.)

Lentil Soup (140 cal.)

Mexican Veggie Soup (250 cal. 3g fat)

Total: 490 Calories (woops…)

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Day 14: The Accidental Hiatus & Birthdays

He said:

It has been a couple of days since we blogged, and this is part and partial because Thursday was not a good night.  Alex was depressed about how the job search is going, and that got me bummed out.  I really wanted to go eat at a restaurant, but ended up eating at home, but still had two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a grilled cheese with a bowl of carrot ginger soup.

While eating a couple of sandwiches is better then going all out on a gallon of ice-cream or some hamburgers, it does bring up a pressing matter of how I deal with eating.  We all know the feeling of being depressed and wanting to eat some comfort food to make you feel better.  The problem is, much like drinking when you are depressed to cheer up, the problem is still going to be there when you’re done.  My goal for the future is to find better ways of coping with being stressed or depressed and to not have my stomach instantly go to wanting to be fed with unhealthy food.

We redeemed ourselves the next day (I had the day off) by going on a 5 mile hike out in Muir woods.  I highly suggest going to this site, there are a ton of great trails and the views are amazing. View of Stinson beach from the top of Muir Woods

We brought some bananas, water, and some roasted peas with us as snacks on the hike, but found out quickly that the peas tasted too good to be legit.  The main issue we had with them is that even though the word roasted is used, they seemed to have a bit of oil on them and looking at the nutrition information they were 3g of fat and 120 cal. per ¼ cup.  This isn’t all together bad (much better then say potato chips), but not as healthy as we would have liked.  Our goal is to make our own, so that we know how much oil is being used to make them.

After the hiatus (and my birthday Saturday) and the carb fest that I had on Thursday night, I have gained a little weight back from where I was, but I am still down ten pounds since we started two weeks ago, tipping the scales at 185 right now.  I am happy with the progress so far, but as mentioned before, need to find better ways of keeping focused when faced with stressful situations.

She Said:

We fell of the blogging wagon for a few days, which I attribute to the 26th anniversary of Nathaniel’s birth as well as my sadness about not being able to find a job yet. I really want to get a full-time job involving journalism, photography or marketing via-social media but haven’t had any luck yet. My mild-existential crisis thursday did not motivate our blogging efforts.

Nathaniel had taken off Friday to go skydiving but when the skydiving company postponed his jump we decided to go hiking in Muir Woods. Muir Woods is only about 45 minutes from our apartment (with no traffic) and after the hike we hung out a little bit at Stinson Beach.

Saturday was a “free day” as well as Nathaniel’s Birthday but I tried to keep myself in check food-wise because sadly I only lost 2 lbs. last week. I also have no doubt that I gained it back on Saturday…

Although I am feeling kind of down on myself for not meeting last week’s health goals I am committing myself to a really strict food week with a lot of exercise.

Tonight – I made a healthy Mexican inspired veggie soup that I am excited to share with all of you tomorrow!

Thanks for reading!

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Day 6: Healthy Date on a free day


We Said:

We went to see ‘Iron Lady’ last night, and it ended up being a double feature with ‘My Week With Marilyn’ meaning that we did not get back home and into bed until late.  The reason this is important is because we had a hike planned for today, and we needed to get up early to make sure it happened.  Many a Saturday starts with the attempt to get up that quickly demoralizes into laziness. Luckily, Nathaniel got up a half hour after he said he would and we made it out the door by nine.

The difference with this hike is that it wasn’t a mountain or out in the forest, but an urban hike.  As a couple trying to loose weight together, it is important to try and find activities that you enjoy that also provide exercise.  We planned on taking a walk/hike from the ferry building at the embarcadero to a restaurant in the Sunset.

San Francisco is roughly seven miles wide with some intense hills so we really had no idea how long the ‘urban hike’ was going to take.

We left the car at the Daily City Bart and took the train to the embarcadero stop, which is about a block away from the Ferry building. Saturdays it hosts a moderate sized farmers market with plenty of food vendors and vegetables.  Seeing as it is our free day, we had a, don’t laugh, vegan doughnut (that was delicious) and a chocolate chip sea salt cookie at the ferry building before taking off.

Our path (see above), lead through the city into Golden Gate park and ended in the outer sunset. We were going to have lunch at Outerlands but it was too busy so we ended up having a delicious snack at Beachside Café.  After Beachside we took muni back to the car.

All in all, we walked 7.8 miles today, while still enjoying the fact that it was free day and we could eat whatever we wanted.

In the past Nathaniel has mentioned that he would push free days to the max (KFC, McDonalds, brownies, cakes, etc) and while the entire idea of the day is to be rewarded for the week’s diet/exercise we try and not go overboard on what we have.

It was a great day full of good conversation and some amazing sites of the city along with a good amount of exercise.

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Day 4: Food rules & Cherry Cordials

He said:

Today was a hard day.  I finished my mid-morning snack and about thirty minutes later I was hungry again.  I only took half a bowl of soup for lunch (all that was left) so I ventured up to the local grocery store near my work and got a protein bar. Not eating meat during the week has one real disadvantage in that it is hard to get enough protein without consuming a lot of carbs.

Thinking that this week I have only eaten vegetables and a little rice, there has been no processed food or any food chemicals, so when I looked at the nutrition information on the protein bar it blew my mind how many ingredients it takes to make one of those (note: most of the ingredients are things that you never herb of).

This leads to a cool book that Alex randomly bought a couple weeks ago, but that I also own as well called Food Rules by Michael Pollan (who also wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma).  Food rules is a great little book you can finish in one sitting if you want (I’m dyslexic and I still finished it in one sitting) that has a bunch of great food adages and advice in it with an easy to read approach.

One of the rules (or several rules put together) basically say that if you cannot pronounce the ingredients or if there are more then five (not including whole foods that would be part of a recipe) then you probably shouldn’t eat it.  I would agree with this and was reminded of it when I was looking at the label for the protein bar.

For years I just put things into my body without really thinking of what they were doing to it.  Growing up I thought I had a mild case of IBS but really it was probably due to the fact that I was putting lots of junk into my system (McDonalds just announced that they would stop putting ammonium hydroxide in hamburgers).

With this in mind, I am happy to say that, other then the protein bar, I have only consumed whole foods this week.  In modern society it is almost impossible to go without eating any processed foods or food chemicals, but it is a lofty goal to try and reduce the amount of these chemicals you put in your body (and most likely you’ll be eating significantly healthier).

Daily Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Lentil Soup + Protein Bar(6.5g fat, 295 cal.)

Mid-afternoon snack: Apple (100 cal.)

Dinner: Carrot-Ginger Soup + Salad (7g fat, 205 cal.)

Total calories: 890.


She Said:

I’d been doing the ‘week one’ part of my couch-to-5k plan for a few weeks as I was establishing a gym routine so today I read the ‘week two’ schedule just before leaving for the gym although I told myself I was going to do the week one schedule again.

However, when I actually got on the treadmill I told myself to stop being silly (lazy) and start the week two plan. Week one wasn’t too hard even the first day I did it… wasn’t hard at all actually but when you are as out of shape as I am switching to week two was a little challenging.

So I did my 5-minute warm up walk and then switched between 90-seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for 20 minutes. The most annoying part of doing this is manually changing the speed on the treadmill that many times. I wish you could program it so switch between the speeds for you!

Mini-topic: Have your cake and eat it too

I think in the long-term my nightly cherry cordial will help keep me on my diet longer than if I wasn’t eating it. During the day when I am hungry and eating yet another banana or Siggi’s yogurt while the smell of grilling meat is floating around outside it’s nice to think about that small indulgence waiting for me at the end of the day.

This idea is supported by a study Nathaniel shared with me the other day which showed that in the long term people who ate a piece of cake in the beginning of their day were more likely to keep weight off than those who didn’t.


Food Today:

1 cup Siggi’s yogurt (100 cal.)
1 bowl carrot ginger soup (145 cal. 2g fat)
1 banana (120 cal.)
Salad – lots of spinach, 5-6 cherry tomatoes, ¼ cup sliced onion, 1oz feta (80 cal. 6g fat), 1 egg (90 cal. 5g fat), balsamic vinaigrette ( 60 cal. 7 g fat)
1 cherry cordial (75 cal. 1.5g fat) (I ran out of milk / sad face)

(I consider the calories in the spinach and tomatoes to be arbitrary… kind of like celery it’s just not enough to worry about)

Total: 670 calories 16.5g fat