When Earl Cox speaks, I listen. We all do at The Voice-Tribune. That’s why when the sports guru summoned me over on Monday afternoon, I literally jogged from my desk to his.
“This,” he said, pointing at a piece of paper he’d printed out. “This should be front page.”
Quickly, I read the article by sports writer Chris Cahill. “Can you fill your sports pages if I take this for news, Earl?” I asked, already knowing his answer.
And that’s how Chris’s story about five Atherton High School students wound up front and center on this week’s cover – exactly where it belongs.
I tell you this for two reasons:
One, Chris is an incredible writer and person. If you don’t follow his work, you should.
And two, this week’s cover story highlights several local high school athletes who are proof that despite the often depressing news we hear about apathetic, entitled teenagers, there are more – far more, I believe – who are doing amazing things, and we need to do a better job of highlighting them.
I have zero desire to be skinny. I just want to be healthy and fit. That’s why this summer, I enlisted the help of Bert Kremer, co-owner of ProFormance and The Voice-Tribune’s Wholly Fit blogger.
In 2008, Dr. Scott Kuiper of Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic repaired my left rotator cuff after I tore it bench pressing. Despite a grueling rehabilitation process, my metabolism slowed down and still I continued to eat the same as I always had. So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that my body fat increased incredibly – unhealthily – over a three year period, even though I still wore the same size clothes.
It was pretty sobering when a doctor friend who knows diabetes and obesity run in my biological family told me matter-of-factly, if I continued on this path, by the time I reached 40, I could be in serious trouble. That was enough for me.
In July, I went to work with my new trainer and made a pact to focus on regaining strength, cardio health and flexibility. I also committed to re-finding my love for physical challenges.
Since working out with Bert, I’ve lost almost 5 percent body fat while maintaining a healthy weight. I also sleep better, I’m happier, my balance has improved and my face has stopped breaking out.
But there is one little problem.
While the workouts are proving successful, sometimes I am not because of an increasingly hectic schedule. It’s a pitfall many people get trapped in, but I’m determined to climb my way out. At least I’m going to do my darndest and try.
I’ll update my progress on occasion in the print version of The Voice, but I also write about it regularly in The Dish online. You can find it under “Columns” at www.voice-tribune.com. If you go to our website, you’ll also find other new daily content not available in print. I encourage you to check it – us – out.
The Voice’s Choices
Among the area hotspots and happenings The Voice-Tribune will be at this week …
We’ll interview and photograph guests on the red carpet for the Kentucky Opera’s beginning to Brown-Forman’s 2011-12 Season on Friday, Sept. 23, beginning at 7 p.m., an hour before the performance of “Carmen” begins at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. (www.kyopera.org)
Then, we’ll hightail it to the Kentucky Center to host a Q&A with Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer,” in Whitney Hall for a show produced by the center and IdeaFestival. (www.kentuckycenter.org)
We may or may not make it to see MTV’s “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D spin at Fourth Street Live! on Friday night, though several of our pals will be in attendance. (www.4thstlive.com)
But we’ll definitely be out in full force at FEAT’s Outrunning Autism 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 24. (www.featoflouisville.org)
And we’re attending the St. James Court Art Show Gala later Saturday night, which will be a beautiful benefit for The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. (www.stjamescourtartshow.com; click on the “Community” subhead)
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.