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The Way I’ve Scene ItBY DENISE POYERmay not know that they are a gizmo that looks like a watch but measures all sorts of things like your heart rate, how many miles you have walked or run a day, and it counts your beloved steps. This is handy if you like fretting. My favorite thing that it measures is how many hours I don’t sleep at night. It’s kind of a creepy little devil, don’t you think? I have no idea what all it keeps tabs on behind the scenes, but I sure wish it could tell me what I’m making for dinner tonight, because I haven’t got a clue.I’ve got excuses.Any hope I have of running afterSometimes, I walk with friends, and we know that doing somethingis always better than doing nothing, and we’re moving, so that is a win. Doing nothing is tempting, but the joys of sleeping in are quickly dashed by the horrid thought of starting over, and I suspect my quitting skills far outnumber my starting over skills,so that is to be avoided. Hey, Fatbit! Wanna count something? Count the 10,000 times I have wanted to quit but didn’t.It and the iPhone are like Santa Big Brother Claus... they see you when you’re sleeping, they know when you’re awake, they know that you work out at Hoyt’s house on Tuesdays and Friday’s, so be good, for goodness sake. I only wear the Fatbit, because I am too lazy to document my exercise manually, and more exercise means more financial incentive on my health plan, so a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta is evidently sabotaged by the driver’s seat of my car, for it is there that all of my best intentions areHalf the country seems to be glued to their Fitbit, or Fatbit as I like to call it, freaking out over steps. If you don’t have one, youand it’s too soon for my final rest,so I keep on keepin’ on. Like it ornot, it is good for my body and my brain. I run daily even though age can obviously run faster. You’ d think I’ d look better, but my “Life Coach” Ms. Menopause, has made it perfectly clear that maintaining the same calorie intake and exercise habits I have had for years will no longer yield the same results. Pfft...Mother Nature acts like a jilted, revenge-seeking mistress who is hell-bent on destruction, but I still keep moving. Monday-Friday, I am up at 4:30am, so I can run before work. Think I’m disciplined? I’m really not. It’s just that if I don’t do it then, it won’t happen at all... trust me...thwarted by the mental excuses that start pouring in. I need to make dinner, get some laundry going, and the only run I’ll make is to the store. Reasons to do almost anything else in the world quickly pile into the passenger seat along side of me, and we ride home in peace. It is as mental as it is physical.I hate it, but if I can’t run, I feel like a loser. I have to do SOMETHING!Did You Get Your 10,000 Steps in Today?WelcomesBattle Creek Native – Dr. Lauren VockeTo schedulean appointmentwith Dr. Vockeplease call 269-969-6123Convenient Evening and Weekend Hours – 7 Days a Week: • Monday - Thursday, 7:30am - 8pm • Fridays 7:30am - 5pm• Saturday & Sunday, 8am - Noon Walk-In Hours: M - F, 8am - 9:30amSTART WITH US . . . STAY WITH US, FROM DAYONE363 FREMONT STREET • SUITE 203 • BATTLE CREEK • MI 49017PHONE 269-969-6123 • FAX 269-969-6122What a girl does NOT gotta do is go to the gym. You will never see me in your yoga, Burn, Jazzercise, or Biggest Loser class. You will never ever see me do a burpee (which is a jacked up jumping jack/push up/suicidal combo that NOBODY likes) but you may see me run. By run, I mean jog, by jog,I mean slog, and by slog, I mean a hurried, sort of painful-looking silted walk that makes me look like I am up on a foot that fell asleep. And by like to, I mean I only want to be outside, and I hate the first mile, I prefer perfect weather conditions, and the only really good part of the whole thing is being done. I actually can’t hardly stand it, but exercise I must!Bodies at rest tend to stay at rest,HEALTH ISSUE I SCENE 4409 7

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