the day we decided to live differently.

After a fun, white trash-inspired, alcohol- and calorie-filled Fourth of July,

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(did I mention we made a slip-n-slide?), Boyfriend and I have realized we really need to work on being healthy. In a little over a week, we’re running the Color Run with Big Sister and Brother-in-Law, and although I’ve completed a half-marathon, I’ve so not been training for such a long time, running 3.1 miles will be a stretch for me at this juncture.

It’s really sad how long it takes to work up to running, and how quickly it goes away. (Perhaps if I became an all-weather runner, that wouldn’t be a problem…)

So we’re taking the steps to focus on becoming uber healthy. Boyfriend’s stopping drinking (I’m taking a 30-day hiatus, but I’m not sure I’m ready for a complete stop. Hey, I like wine.), we’re doing P90X (the X really is for “extreme.” Ouch.), we’re running three times a week – and even have a little running club with some friends – and we’re focusing on eating healthier, better and together each night.

So here’s the Day 1 shot:

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I’m pouting because we have so much longer to go to get to 90 days.

But we’re not stopping there – we’ve recommitted to going to church each week, and we’re spending more time together in general. Less TV, more books and talking. Taking Preston on walks and generally enjoying each others’ company.

It sounds like a lot – it’s a little intimidating, I have to admit. But it’s a hell of a lot easier to take on when we do it together, I’ve already noticed. (And we’re just a few days in.)

So, dear readers, I need your help! Give me your go-to healthy recipes (fish or vegetarian only, please), motivational tips, general advice – whatever keeps you going that could help keep us going.

And wish us luck.


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  1. Sweet!!! Congrats and good luck! I just made black bean and chopped portobello mushroom burgers, w/ onions, red pepper and seasoning ( turmeric, s+p, cumin, basil, and smoked paprika) and they were delish! Great sides are roasted brussel sprouts or pan-seared asparagus and sugar snap peas! Add spinach to all of your sandwiches and snack on raw or toasted sunflower seeds. Sometimes I buy them raw and toss em in a skillet (no oil or salt) until they’re slightly browned and they are sooo yummy! Got tons of recipes if you need any! 🙂

  2. Love this. Keep it up!!

  3. Good for you! Making a commitment is the first step in improving yourself and having a partner to work through it with you is the best thing you can do to stick with it. I’ll throw in my “recipe” idea for you – not so much as a meal as a snack [unless you don’t need much for breakfast]. I LOVE mixing together a cup or so of Kashi cereal [the varieties that more closely resemble granola work best], a few dollops of *plain* Greek yogurt, and frozen blueberries [because they’re easy and cheap and delicious]. You essentially have all of your major food groups represented, TONS of protein from both the Kashi and the yogurt, plus fruit, fiber, and crunch. Honestly, if I have that in a morning, I don’t even think about food again until at *least* lunch time. Good luck with your positive life changes!

  4. I have felt so sick this week with the holiday food and eating at other people’s houses. We just don’t usually eat junk. I usually always cook at home, so I’d be happy to share recipes. But my go-to side right now is very quick and easy: Just get zucchini and a yellow summer squash, give them a quick chop (slice down the middle and then into bite size pieces), sprinkle with a teeny bit of salt and a generous amount of pepper, add some garlic powder or fresh garlic if you have it, then put it in a heated pan with some olive oil. I turn the heat up so it scorches the chunks a bit and cook until it’s soft but still has a bit of crunch. If you grill it’s even better. It’s super fast and you can serve it as a side or toss it in with pasta if you need something filling. We have kids, so spaghetti is a regular meal; and I always throw it in so the kids get their vegetables. It’s also good on a bed of greens with some chicken or mixed in with quinoa. Quinoa is another staple at our house. It gives you the belly full of pasta feeling but it’s packed with protein. I make extra quinoa and then throw it into different salads throughout the week (think corn, tomatoes, avocado and black beans; or feta, black olives, roma tomatoes and peppers). It’s good heated or cold, so you can take it to work.

  5. Aw, you still look amazing BEFORE the 90s day of P90X (which I hate, by the way. I tried it once and was like, “Nope.”)

    And I call me cray cray, but I could NEVER go without alcohol. When I’m pregnant, head’s will roll! So kudos to giving it up for 30 days!

    And when it comes to healthy eating, the best advice I have is this: NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST. You know all of the reasons why: it increases your chances of binging later, it provides your fuel and energy, ect. Even if it’s something small, it’s better than nothing!

    And I avoid white bread like the plague. Only 100% whole wheat for this girl.

    And recipe advice?, my friend!

  6. Cindy Dashnaw (@cdashnaw) July 11, 2013 — 10:17 am

    You two are so freaking cute! Can I adopt you both?

  7. Congrats you two! Kyle has some bow flex dial a weights that are collecting dust from when he did p90x (pre Lucy). I’m sure you guys could borrow them if you’re going to commit to the challenge!

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