standing still for a moment

November 20, 2008 |  Category:   life me


I was at New York Central Artist Supply store today after dropping off more cookies to Martha Stewart and I overheard a customer saying that NY is like a weird time warp – time just moves so fast here. It’s true, you know, that things move fast and each day is so full and busy that it’s over before you realize it. I’ve been needing to take a mental break each day from work and kids, and writing in this blog helps me pause and mull things over, usually done with another cup of coffee.

But while my mind needs to rest, my body needs to move. After finally getting a physical after years of not seeing a doctor other than my OBGYN, my bloodwork came back with slightly elevated cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, which is a little surprising since I don’t eat too many fatty foods, red meat, breads, cheese or pasta, and despite what it might look like at our house, sugar. It’s true that my sugar intake may have increased because of taste testing the products since we started the biz, but I’ve cut that out considerably. It may be genetic as my mom is prone to both those things, and I have had high blood sugar levels before, so I just have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t advance to diabetic levels which the test showed I wasn’t too far from. So what did my doctor prescribe since there isn’t too much sugar or carbs to cut out of my existing diet? Cardio. Sigh. I guess that means I need to get my lazy ass off the couch and actually exercise on a more regular basis. I did walk very briskly about 30 blocks across and down town today between my 2 errands and I think that will be my preferred method of exercise (I’ve quit running years ago as it does a number on my knees and back, and I am so not a gym person). This all goes to show that I am, indeed, getting older.

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  • Grace Sheese November 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    Just wanted to let you know how much I love your sweets and I have really been enjoying reading your blog and looking at the beautiful pictures you take.

    So my husband and I use to live in wonderful Eugene, OR (we moved to Illinois about 2 years ago for his job). While I was there, I had decided that I need to get off my butt and work out. But, running like you said is hard on the body and the gym is just an unhappy place. I ended up taking this class called NIA under recommendation by a friend. It was the best exercise experience I’ve ever had. I started off trying to go 3x a week and ended up going 4x a week consistently for a year until we moved. Admittedly, depending on the teacher, the class may be slightly hippie dippy but after some time, NIA became the place I could go to release tension. It also helped my body immensely (I’m a full time potter which means I’m hard on my back and arms). Small town Illinois = no NIA = sadness. But I’m sure there are NIA where you live in NY. Their website is

  • selkie November 21, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Jenna, I have a leg brace I wear (an unrepaired snapped ACL: waiting for a new knee) and can’t even walk anymore like I could, so started swimming. It is so very luxurious to slip into the warm pool (at a friend’s B&B) and swim laps: a warm form of meditation. If there is a pool not too crowded near you, and the kids are busy for a bit elsewhere, it might help. I go 6 days/week and love it (not to mention working off Whimsy&Spice calories).
    PS: I LOVE your posts, your pics, your sweets… Thanks!

  • Tumus November 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Well the good news you can still prevent your possible onset of diabetes 🙂 I like low impact myself, so biking, eliptical machines, swimming, yoga and general weight lifting have all helped.
    You’d think with all the walking you do up in Brooklyn that you’d be fit as a horse 😆
    As for the cholestrol bit, well if it’s hereditary then you’ll work it out 🙂

    Some things about the ‘Beetus I’ve learned from my fam:

    -even if your carb in take is “low”, consider the KINDS of carbs you ingest and how many a day.

    -exercise can really play a big role in prevention and helping your body maintain a healthy insulin balance. You know, you eat so many carbs, but how much do you burn off? Your body’s insulin can only cover so much.

    -sugar isn’t the devil or the end of your world. In fact most people who have the ‘Beetus can eat small amounts of sugar every day. Just be mindful and NO over indulgence.

    -Red wine and tea (non-caffinenated) may help your body metabolize sugar slower which in turn can help prevent “sugar spikes” immediately following a meal.
    *bet you’re glad to hear that
    But remember that alcohol also has the potential to cause low blood sugar (that’s for everyone not just diabetics)

  • Jenna November 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for all this great advice and encouragement. Grace, the class sounds interesting, but along with gym membership and pilates, which I’ve really wanted to do, it’s not within our current budget unfortunately, which is why I’m looking for free ways to exercise, like walking. Tumus, yeah you would think, we live at the bottom of a long hill and I often walk it daily, pushing a 40 lb stroller, but maybe I have to pick up my pace. Selkie, this is crazy, but I never learned to swim, and it’s been on my long list of things to learn how to do, and also on the list for the kids as it’s just important to learn how to swim…