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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.


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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Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving means different things for different people.  For some, it is a day full of friends, family, food, floats, and/or football.  For others it signals the beginning of the shopping, I mean the holiday season.

Whatever it means for you and your family, the day usually centers around a carbohydrate parade of dishes from sides to desserts with the guest of honor, the turkey.  The day is a food fest with little consideration for eating healthy.

One of the things that I often hear in my office is “I will start a diet after the holidays”, or “I will start eating healthy during the new year”.  I hate being a “killjoy” but what if

    • eating healthy was part of your everyday life?
    • there wasn’t a time to be “good” or “bad”?
    • you started to realize that you have access to food no matter when you want it and no longer need to gorge yourself excessively?

What if the holidays became what they were supposed to be? A time to be thankful for all you have and the potential to become? A time to be compassionate for those that have less than you do?

If possible keep in mind:

  • Do not starve yourself all day long! Continue to follow the Nutrition Map plan and have breakfast within 1 hour after you wake up in the morning and then every 2-4 hours thereafter.
  • Make fitness part of your day.  Enjoy a morning walk, run or hike with the family or before you leave the house for family gatherings.  Schedule activities or games throughout the day that require physical movement, and no, walking from the table to the couch and back does not count.
  • If you have a juicer consider juicing for the day for breakfast, lunch or snack depending on what time you are scheduled to eat.  No juicer? Do not fear. You can make a smoothie with water or milk (or milk substitute like soy or almond), fresh or frozen fruits and toss in a few handfuls of spinach or kale.  If blended properly, you won’t even know the greens are in there.
  • At dinner time, have a plate and stick to 1 plate only.  Don’t pile the food onto your plate.  You can have more in 2-3 hours if you are hungry again.  Spread out those carbohydrates.  Your gut will thank you for not subjecting it to indigestion (reflux, “upset stomach”, food “not agreeing with you”).
  • As always: Listen to your body!  When you begin to feel full, STEP AWAY FROM THE TABLE!
  • Have plenty of fruits and vegetables:
    • Have at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable with each meal and snack throughout the day.
    • Have at least 2 non starchy vegetables with your main Thanksgiving meal.
    • Be that guest! Bring 1-2 different fruit and/or vegetable dishes to the meal.
  • If all else fails and you overindulge remember that you can jump right back on the eating healthy wagon.