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Tuesday, June 18 2013, 10:05 AM MDT
Check Their Health: Mary Nickles

Our reporters and anchors spend their careers asking the tough questions. So we decided to turn the tables and ask them the “hard” questions about health and exercise. Our first interview is with 2News This Morning Mary Nickles. 
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Q: What is your favorite exercise?

Mary:  Other than volleyball, my favorite exercise is strength training. I love to lift weights!  I need to get back into shape, and circuit training is what I like because I get a cardio workout in, without feeling like a cardio workout!

Q: Who was your favorite workout video star?
Mary:  I didn’t really do video workouts, but I like everything about what Richard Simmons does.  He inspires people to get up and move even if they’ve never done an exercise before…and makes it fun!

Q: What has your biggest challenge to staying healthy?
Mary:  My biggest challenge is when I get out of the routine of working out.  It’s so tough to get working out back into my schedule!  I always eat healthy, and only eat bad stuff in moderation.  But to be really healthy (and to cut my risk of cancer recurring) I HAVE to work out!  Once I get into the routine again, I’ll be good!

Q: What did you learn about yourself during your battle with breast cancer?
Mary:  I learned that I hate pity, I’m tougher than I thought, and my family is more amazing than I realized.  Now that I’m a year out of chemotherapy, it’s sinking in how horrible it really was, and how bad I was at pretending I was okay.  The wigs, the puffy face, the early mornings… just yuck!  We have very tolerant and patient viewers!

Q: What is one memory you have from playing volleyball in college?
Mary:  Funny…I mostly remember the friendships, not the plays.  Probably the most vivid memory was when I came down on an opponent’s foot (she had come under the net) and blew my ankle pretty good.  My teammates rallied to beat the crap out of the team, anger at that girl for hurting me inspired them to play the best of the season.

Q: What activities do you do outside the gym?
Mary: We have 16-year old twins, so my activities revolve around their activities!  I coach the sophomore volleyball team at our high school, watch my daughter play volleyball A LOT! Watch my son play basketball A LOT! And on weekends, I love to cook and garden.  We’re not very outdoorsy people unless it involves a sport with a ball!

Q: Do you have a healthy recipe that you want to share with our viewers?

Mary:  Recently I’ve been making a chicken or turkey sausage dish, with fresh asparagus and tortellini.  I saute the sausage, cut it into little pieces, add onions and fresh garlic, and some olive oil, then some Italian seasoning, basil, Herbs de Provence, and garlic salt.  Add little piece of the asparagus and it cooks in all the flavors.  I love the little tortellini, and after cooking and draining it, I add it to the big pan of sausage and vegetables so it all gets coated with the oil and seasonings.  Sometimes I add a balsamic vinegar to it, or Parmesan cheese on top.  It’s okay to add even more vegetables to bulk it up.

Q: If you could pick one person to be your fitness partner, who would it be?
Mary:  For a non-celebrity, I would want to work out with my brother, Joe!  He was an all-American basketball player and drafted by the Sonics (years ago) and knows how to get a good workout in, while being hilarious and inspiring.  For a celebrity, I’d have to pick Michael Jordan, probably for the same reasons. Even when he was the best player in the world, he put in extra time to get even better. That’s the attitude I want to keep… working to get better every day!

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