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Getting in shape + Epigenetics

The recent research about epigenetics has convinced me of the importance of getting in the best shape I can before I have kids.  I used to be in pretty good shape (i.e., 11 hrs, 52 mins finishing time for the JFK 50 mile run), but 10+ years in the startup grinder and the inherent lack of balance in life has left me out of shape.  So, I recently got a trainer (who's been kicking my butt 3 times a week) and I'm committed to making the time to get back into shape.  It's also something that's important to our corporate culture as we grow. One example is ordering healthy food & fruit for the office.

It's also hard for me because I have a very unhealthy relationship with food.  I eat quickly, which means I usually intake more calories than I need.  It's also hard for me not to finish my plate, and it's especially hard not to eat food if it's in the house and it's something I'm craving (does anyone else have experiences where food 'talks to you'? If so, tell me about it in the comments!).  Re-adjusting the relationship I have with food is something I'm working on, but it's not easy.  Hence the epigenetics part:  If I can get into better shape before I have kids, my hope is that my kids won't have to deal with issues like these over their lifespans.

Related: There's a great article in the NY Times titled "Is Sugar Toxic?"  It's worth a read.  Do you agree?  I'd love your thoughts in the comments section.

I'm tracking my progress.  Here's what it looks like so far, with projections for where I want to get.

The recent research about epigenetics has convinced me of the importance of getting in the best shape I can before I have kids.  I used to be in pretty good shape (i.e., 11 hrs, 52 mins finishing time for the JFK 50 mile run), but 10+ years in the startup grinder and the inherent lack of balance in life has left me out of shape.  So, I recently got a trainer (who's been kicking my butt 3 times a week) and I'm committed to making the time to get back into shape.  It's also something that's important to our corporate culture as we grow. One example is ordering healthy food & fruit for the office. It's also hard for me because I have a very unhealthy relationship with food.  I eat quickly, which means I usually intake more calories than I need.  It's also hard for me not to finish my plate, and it's especially hard not to eat food if it's in the house and it's something I'm craving (does anyone else have experiences where food 'talks to you'? If so, tell me about it in the comments!).  Re-adjusting the relationship I have with food is something I'm working on, but it's not easy.  Hence the epigenetics part:  If I can get into better shape before I have kids, my hope is that my kids won't have to deal with issues like these over their lifespans. Related: There's a great article in the NY Times titled "Is Sugar Toxic?"  It's worth a read.  Do you agree?  I'd love your thoughts in the comments section. I'm tracking my progress.  Here's what it looks like so far, with projections for where I want to get.

Speech: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Coffee

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This is the draft for a speech that I presented at my Toastmasters group last week. It was for project three of the Speaking to Inform manual, which is the demonstration speech. I did not actually make Greek coffee during my demonstration, but I pantomimed the process using a pot, spoon and coffee cup. I also brought the ground coffee beans in some snack bags to show to the audience; I wanted them to see just how finely ground the coffee beans really are. This speech was delivered without notes, so I'm sure that the talk that I gave differed from the draft below.

Toastmaster Introduction:

Today, David will be presenting a speech for Project 3 of the Speaking to Inform manual: The Demonstration Talk. Thanks to businesses such as Strarbucks, and products like Instant Coffee and K Cups, we live in a culture where we have quick and easy access to coffee. But how many people even consider that there may be alternatives? Today David is going to tell us about another method of preparing coffee.

Speech Title: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Coffee

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