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January 2016



Healthy Lifestyle Weight loss Update and a Cheers to 2016

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So here we are, 13 months into our breakup with sugar. (Don’t worry, we are sweet enough- haha) Today marks our 13th month without sugar. It’s been an express train to the healthy lifestyle, weight loss bandwagon, which is awesome.

The snippet above is a bit of the colorful variety to the foods we do eat- beans, veggies, cheese, vinegar, farm-to-table meat, and cage-free eggs. I’m a huge fan of Kale- kale chips- they are pretty amazing.

I think the biggest key to our success so far (besides the whole no-sugar + no-carbs stampede) has been our morning protein shakes. I’m super grateful for Jason’s obsession with our blender and figuring out what other veggies he can jam pack into our mornings with protein powder.

To date I am down 63 pounds since the beginning of my diet. Yay to being 2/3’s of the way there! Another 32 pounds to go.

After Jason ran far away from Soda…
and potatoes..
and bread…
and rice…
and any other gluten/sugar/starchy carbs,
he is down 50.8 pounds over the past 13 months.  So woohoo! Here’s to 2016 and progress. 😀 Time up our attendance at the gym for some healthy lifestyle goodness.

And just some notes from the past year-

A bit more on our lifestyle change which we somewhat modified from the book “The Four Hour Body”  –

Things we avoid:

  • Sugar – it was a brutal breakup, but had to be done, we were addicted and just doing this alone we noticed a huge difference.
  • Carbs/Bread – we were/are both carb addicts. “Carboholics” I like to call it.
  • Diet Soda – this was the hardest thing for Jason to give up by far.

Things we love:

  • Bacon – nuf said
  • Cauliflower crust pizza – this really helps satisfy a craving and after being off bread it tasted amazing. Jason figured out how to get the ‘crust’ just right without having to add any breadcrumbs.
  • Not counting calories – our new lifestyle is a qualitative one and not a quantitative one. Meaning we don’t count calories, we just only eat certain types of healthy foods.
  • Healthy leafy greens – we eat a TON of vegetables everyday and if you have a cheap vegetable market, like Stanley’s, in Chicago, you can’t beat it. There’s not substitute for fresh veggies.
  • Beans – there’s so much you can do a with beans! Beans are our best friends! Also, the Black Bean Cakes on the weekends at the Flying Saucer in Chicago make you feel like you’re cheating.
  • Water – think you’re hungry, you’re probably just thirsty. Jason tells himself this on the daily.
  • Kale – here’s a recipe for an amazing salad from our friend Tasha that we can’t get enough.
  • La Croix – this really helps satisfy any cravings for soda.



January 2015



Announcement 2- Getting Healthy, A lifestyle Change

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Okay, so this post is a bit harder for me to write. So I’m attempting to rip the band-aid off and let it all out there.

Since Jason and I met, I gained a lot of weight. Just about all of it started from when we began our photography business together, and continued over the past 5 years. Now, when I say alot- I mean A LOT. Over the past 5 years I gained 95 pounds, topping off at 269 in July. Most of it was due to stress, the lack of exercise, and my nightly ‘editing fuel’ (chocolate!!). I was holding myself accountable for being detail oriented about everything except for myself and my body. A change needed to happen.

We realized that it wasn’t a diet we needed, nor nixing specific foods.  We needed a lifestyle change. A slow withdrawal. Instead of viewing it as things that we could no longer eat- we viewed it as all of the things we can eat more of. I needed to stop being tired all of the time. We needed to break up with sugar.

In September, we slowly cut out those 10pm editing chocolate bars that were like crack to me. (Those who will not be named, though I have provided a link.)

On December 4th, 2 days after we got back from working in Mexico- we broke up with sugar. He was like a a bad boyfriend- and I was smittenly addicted to him.

The first week was the hardest, it was like having withdrawal from a drug- I essentially would go to bed whenever it got dark out and sleep through (or cry through) the migraine strength headaches. But 2 weeks later, it was like a switch turned off. Sugar realized that I dumped him, and he backed off.

I’m slightly terrified with this whole lifestyle change, but I feel amazing at the same time. I am now down 27.4 pounds. Jason is down 26.2 pounds, and he broke up with his other girlfriend- Diet Coke.

I am writing this on our blog so that I can be held accountable.  People now know, so we kind of have to do it. Essentially, I need you guys to delete text messages any time my ex-boyfriend, Sugar, texts, and block his number.  Bittersweet indeed. Pun pun pun.

So goodbye Chocolate, Bread, Rice, Noodles, and Soda. Farewell sugar. I look forward to the other 67.6 pounds meeting you someday on the other side. This kind of correlates with my New Years Resolution (though, I’m not one for resolutions normally), which is to let my wonderful husband, a photographer, actually take photos of me. Here’s to 2015 and a “Hello” to Hangover Salad at Bite Cafe, spinach quiche, cauliflower puree, kale chips, peanut butter, pan roasted trout, red cabbage bean salad, and everything else I can focus on eating more of.  : )

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