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What I do to #SaveMyMarbles: Day 1

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So, as some of you following my journey already know, I first noticed my mother had the beginning of her cognitive decline a bit over 8 years ago. From that day forward, I have immersed myself in learning how to prevent it, if possible, so it doesn’t happen to me. Now, while I fear forgetting, what I fear most is my dear family and close friends having to watch me decline and ultimately care for me. A fear that keeps me up and disturbs my slumber.

As a dietitian I knew what I had to do, but the wife, mother, daughter, sister, coach, Girl Scout leader (and every other hat I wear) in me needed validation in the way of research. I know, it can still happen, but I am going down fighting.

So here, day 1, I begin describing how I am fighting and waging my personal battle. This is how I fight. Here is what is most important to me: Physical activity.  Surprised I didn’t say my diet? While that is a part of the puzzle I will discuss, staying active is the core of my plan.

I wear my Apple Watch and track my steps, calories burned, and the hours standing every day. I run on my treadmill most days of the week. I ride my fit desk stationary bike when watching webinars and while on conference calls. FYI I hate running. I mean I loathe it. Despise it. What I do love is how I feel about 20 minutes in and when I get off 30-45 minutes later. That natural lift in my mood and change in my attitude.  To quote the character “Elle Woods” from the Legally Blonde (yes, I am quoting this movie, and I do it all the time in my office):

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”

I choose to be fit. I choose to be happy. I choose to fight to #savemymarbles. At least if it happens to me, I know it won’t be my fault.

Where the running magic occurs: just me, my Brooks sneakers, my ancient iPad Generation 2 (that still works) and my NordicTrack treadmill.


Working Out While “Working”

I present the latest addition to the Nutrition Map office.  The price came down on #Amazon and we promptly snagged one up plus the desk expansion kit. How does it compare to walking while working? I find it easier to get work done on the bike however prefer the treadmill for webinars and lectures. If you find yourself on any device, mindlessly surfing the net, I still recommend getting up and moving. Might as well burn some calories while “surfing”.  

When Sitting Can Kill You (Sooner)

Researchers often aim to “figure it out” or determine the one factor that is the cause of whatever they are investigating.  We want to know the magical component that can be THE cure.  We live in a reductionist culture. This couldn’t be more the case when it comes to obesity and the quest to lose weight and find good health.  There are so many theories surrounding why humans weights are climbing.  Everything from hormones, antibiotics, low activity, stress, vitamin deficiencies (just to name a few) are being investigated. We actually want it to be one single component. We NEED it to be.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.

There are so many roads I can go with this, but I am only tackling one contributing factor today.  Sitting on our bums.  The longer you sit, the more your risk of dying increases (sleeping time excluded, that you need of course).  Now you may be thinking, “I workout most days of the week so I am good” and I am sorry to report you are wrong. The longer you sit without getting up and moving, the worse it is for you.

One discovery I have made in my travels has been converting to a standing desk.  You may be thinking this is an expensive new age concept and my employer will never go for it.  I introduce what my husband came up with.

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My standing desk is made from an old side table we found in the basement in our downsizing quest (that post is for another time). A shelf for the key board and trackpad completes the set up for my docking station.  I sit when I am with patients, stand while charting, and when I need to complete online trainings, back to the treadmill I go.” Even my watch reminds me to stand.

I Was Standing!?

Have you transformed your workspace? We would love to see it!  Comment below or on Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, or Instagram.  I am on Tumblr but have no clue what I am doing there.

Making Fitness a Family Affair.

The Color Run: Finish Line (Photo Copyright Nutrition Map 2012)
The Color Run: Finish Line (Photo Copyright Nutrition Map 2012)

Over the weekend my family and I walked The Color Run in Englishtown, NJ. I would have loved to run the 5K instead of walking, however my husband and I joined a group of friends and our children to walk together as a team.  I am so glad we did.  Eventually we will run some races without them, however this particular event was fantastic for families and I was amazed at the amount of children excited to exercise (and get pelted with color).  How do you implement physical fitness as a family?

Why I Am Running Indoors (For Now)…

My treadmill hideaway.  Photo Copyright Nutrition Map 2012
My treadmill hideaway. Photo Copyright Nutrition Map 2012

The treadmill has been purchased and set up.  My husband and I chose a model that folds up in order to hide it away.  It now resides in the closet in my children’s playroom with a bungee cord for reinforcement (because I am paranoid that way).  Why start on a treadmill when the outdoors are way more economical and much more interesting?  Well, I live in a mountain and prefer to start indoors until I am ready to tackle the hills of Hopatcong.  One step at a time.  I absolutely plan to eventually hit the great outdoors by the beginning of fall when the humidity in New Jersey lets up and is more predictable. Who am I kidding!? The weather in New Jersey is never all that predictable.

Let My Running Journey Finally Begin.

Running Shoes Thanks to Runner’s Haven in Randolph, NJ
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After a few bumps, hiccups and small tantrums, my running journey can commence.  Thank you runner’s havenin Randolph, New Jersey for helping me out with the right shoe. Pictured is the Brooks’ Women’s Adrenaline GTS 12.  Wish me luck and helpful advice greatly appreciated!

Not doing any exercise you say? Get it done!

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It really doesn’t matter where you exercise.  What matters is that you get it done.

It really doesnt matter what you do for exercise.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what your gym looks like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what you do or what you listen to (although it helps).  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what your workout clothes look like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter how “badly” you ate that day.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what you look like doing it.  What matters is that, wait for it. Wait for it. Get it done.

Get it? Got it? Not go and GET IT DONE!

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