Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

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Day 49: the ten mile run & Out running Jay-Z

He said:

Well I made it through my business trip and was able to not gain any weight!  This is a big accomplishment for me, but also puts into perspective that when I get to the weight I want to be at I will be able to maintain it while being looser with my diet as long as I continue to exercise.

With this in mind, I was able to work out every night but one when I was down in LA, and I found out something interesting about myself, I no longer enjoy using treadmills.  When I used to go to the gym I would only use the treadmill, or the elliptical, but never really tried running on the streets because I would become winded too easily and gave up.  Now is the exact opposite, having a machine dictate to me how fast I was going to run just didn’t seem like any fun.  I am sure I should work on one in the future to help me better understand pacing, but for now, give me a run on the streets any day.

Switching gears I did a long run today and broke the ten mile mark (10.5 miles to be exact) though those last couple of miles I was clearly not running at my top speed, though I was able to do the whole run in about an hour and twenty minuets, but that is not a super accurate number as the goal was the mileage not how long it took me and I didn’t bring a watch.  All the experts say that you shouldn’t be adding that much mileage that quickly, so I plan on working on pacing and speed for the next couple of weeks before I try this run again.  I want to gt my 5 mile to thirty minutes, so I need to start picking up my pace.

The other goal I have for this week is to go to a running group that happens every week at the local shoe store.  I have seen it several times on and have never wanted to go because I was embarrassed about my running abilities. Now that I am a little more versed in how it works, I think running with some experienced runners could be great as they can hopefully point out flaws in my running that will help me improve and give me someone to help push me.

That’s all for now, just trying to keep the motivation up!

She Said:

Nathaniel should try running with my friend Billy! Billy did a half marathon recently and they could have some healthy boy competition!

Anyways – I have been feeling kind of down the past week because I wasn’t capable of running the amount of minutes that I should be able to according to the couch-to-5k program.

This and a combination of Texas BBQ and tamales (okay- and maybe a churro) hasn’t helped my self esteem since I have been in Texas visiting family. So, today I told myself I was going to do at least 3 miles on the treadmill and then walk until I finished an hour.

Around the three mile mark of jogging and walking I found it hard to keep a steady pace. As I was walking I kept wanting to jog on the treadmill but I knew I couldn’t keep the “usual” jog pace for more than a few minutes if I tried to jog again. In my mind I was failing again because I couldn’t properly fulfill my jog time quota.

It was a “dur” type of lightbulb moment for me to decided that jogging at a significantly slower pace and doing it for longer would be much better than the jack rabbit yo-yo thing I was doing. That last mile was the easiest of the 4+ miles I did today.

Keep in mind I didn’t have an iPod in high school and in my past attempts at couch-to-5k I gave up before getting to the half way point but… today for the first time in my life while jogging with an iPod I ran through an entire song and kept running. (For the record – it was Jay-Z’s “can I get a”)

I know that sounds like total weak sauce compared to Nathaniel’s 10 mile day but I feel really good about this. I think tomorrow I am going to be able to do some really really good mileage now that I have accepted I just need to run slower (for now).

I ran more than 4 miles but I like to underestimate how many calories I burn and overestimate how many calories I take in. Plugging in 4 miles in 1 hour into my myplate program tell me I burned 983 calories.

This more than made up for the churro and pint of beer I had today.

Can’t wait to take on the treadmill tomorrow!

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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