NEW ALBANY — A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from Bill Hanson, my publisher. He'd already left the office for the day, and given our vastly different schedules, I was still getting ready for the bulk of my shift. After we got done discussing something or other about the paper, Bill said to me, "Matt, I've been thinking about you."
"What's on your mind, Bill?" I replied.
Bill asked me if I'd like to get back in shape. He has contacts at the Floyd County YMCA, he tells me, and if I'd be willing to share my fitness journey with the public (like now), then he'd set me up with a gym membership, a dietitian and a personal trainer. It didn't take long for me to get back with him and agree. One Facebook post about our conversation generated around 20 posts worth of peer pressure.
When I tell people I'm the sports editor of the newspaper, the usual reaction is, "Oh, really? That's cool!" Well, it's got its perks, but there are a few major downsides to it, as well. You work a weird shift. I usually show up at work between 4-5 p.m. and I don't get off until around midnight most nights. I wake up around 1 p.m. and I go to sleep around 5 a.m. Nothing's open when I get off work. Most of my friends are still asleep. It's just me. As a result, I've developed some really bad habits over the past year or so.
I don't cook for myself very often anymore. I used to love to cook, but part of what I loved about it is that it's a social thing. You cook meals for your friends, your family, your significant other. These days, I usually eat out, and when you're getting off work at midnight, there's only a few places that are still serving dinner. None of them are much good for you, from a health standpoint. I usually go for cheap and convenient.