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Tucker’s American Favorites

Much More Than A Sports Bar

By Angie Fenton | Photos by Jason Applegate

OK, there’s no denying Tucker’s American Favorites is the perfect place to watch sports. The restaurant – which is located at 2441 State St. in New Albany – boasts three 118” big screen TVs and flat screens nearly everywhere you look, all of which broadcast one sport or another. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, especially in the large main dining area, which has tables and booths, including giant half-circle ones that can fit six people or more.

Additionally, the beer is cold, the wings plump and spicy (or not; your choice) and the bartenders, hosts and wait staff attentive and friendly. Plus, there’s an array of food choices ranging from the ooey, gooey and oh-so-delicious Queso & Chips ($6.99) and Tucker’s Beer Cheese ($5.99) to Rib Slabs (1/4 slab $10.99; 1/2 slab $14.99; full slab $18.99) and juicy steaks to Top Shelf Burgers ($11.99) and Fish & Chips ($12.99).

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Tucker’s also is incredibly family-friendly (kudos for the diaper changing station in the men’s room) and offers a menu for kiddos 12 and under, with all entrees priced at $4.45 and served with Fries or Scalloped Apples and Chocolate Pudding.

But what Tucker’s – the consummate sports restaurant with a full bar – also offers is an easy, appetizing way to stick to your diet, if you’re into that kind of thing.

For starters, you can order lunch-sized portions anytime. The Sirloin ($8.99) is oz. of USDA choice beef cooked to your liking and served with one side. Try it with Steamed Broccoli and add a Sweet Potato ($3.29), and you have the perfect mix of protein and carbohydrates.

If seafood is more up your alley, try the Salmon ($15.99 or $13.99 for the lunch size), the Grilled Tuna Steak ($13.99) or the Shrimp Dinner ($13.99), which you can order blackened or grilled (or fried).

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There are a number of salads on the menu: The Tucker’s Salad ($4.99) is a bed of fresh greens topped with vegetables, tomatoes, cheese, bacon and egg. To keep it healthy/healthier, either request the bacon and cheese on the side or request the salad without them. Try the Chicken Salad ($9.99), which is a portion of grilled or blackened (or fried) chicken, or the Salmon Salad ($12.99), both of which are served on a giant – seriously – Tucker’s Salad.

A word of advice: Don’t overlook the Burgers & More portion of the menu. The Wild Alaskan Burger ($10.99) is a delicious, house-made salmon burger. The Bison Burger ($12.99) and Veggie Burger ($8.99) are both scrumptious. The Chicken Sandwich ($8.99) is, too, and can be ordered charbroiled or blackened (or fried).

If you’re one who believes in moderation, try Tucker’s Ice Cream Cookie ($4.99) at the end of your healthy meal. Added bonus if you share the giant, fresh, baked-to-order chocolate chunk cookie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate and caramel sauce with a companion or two or more. You’ll cut the calories and your tablemates will be thrilled.

Tucker’s American Favorites

2441 State St. | New Albany

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From the Editor | June/July

I GREW UP in a family where there were three things you rarely – if ever – talked about: religion, money and politics.

My father was a Methodist minister for several years, but when he divorced my mother, who was awarded full custody of all five of us kids, we quickly joined the Baptist church that was literally located next door to where we had previously worshipped in our rural Michigan town.

I don’t recall much of anything – I was six – except a bit of guilt for preferring the cushioned seats at our new church over the pews we used to sit in. (I figured God was so big and great, surely He’d know I was praising him in a new location and wouldn’t hold the comfy seating preference against me.) But my family never talked about what the change in churches meant or how any of us felt about it.

Nor did we talk about how little money we had, especially once my father left us, though, of course, it was obvious. Thankfully, our mother worked hard – and not just at her job as a full-time nurse – to teach her kids the value of being grateful for what we did have, and we knew enough not to ask why our father seemed to have more as we struggled with less.

I also still have no idea how any of my parents – grandparents, stepparents and Godparents included – have voted or vote in elections and would never think of asking. That was considered rude and, frankly, very personal. It was a conversation you simply didn’t have.

Oh, how times have changed.

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I now understand religion – and faith – in a way that allows me to accept and appreciate others beliefs, even when they differ from mine. And I want to talk about it and hear others talk about it, too.

I’m still uncomfortable talking about money, but I don’t (fully) avoid discussions anymore. I do, however, find myself bewildered by the power – both positive and destructive – money can have in myriad aspects of life. I know people with wealth who are the poorest people I’ve ever met, people with nothing who have the richest lives and lots of people who fall somewhere in between. Thanks to my upbringing, I am still far more grateful far for what I do have than I long for what I don’t.

But politics? Ugh.

I loathe talking about it, feel anxiety when others do, tiptoe around sharing how I really feel and usually refrain. Because when you do talk about politics these days, it almost always seems to evoke confrontation – or worse – instead of discussion, unless you only seek opinions from those whose opinions are aligned with yours (which research shows most of us do).

But just because we’re uncomfortable about a subject doesn’t mean we should avoid it. That’s a life lesson I continue to learn again and again.

In this issue of Extol, you’ll find a diverse collection of stories about people and places connected to Southern Indiana: WAVE 3 mainstay and community advocate Dawne Gee shares her inspirational story about finding hope after having a stroke. Our explorer JD Dotson travels to Tell City. Writer Miranda McDonald explains what is “fast fashion” and why you should care. Ray Lucas may evoke a tear or two the next time you see a robin in the yard in his A Life in Progress column. Longtime education reporter Toni Konz, of WDRB, offers 10 ways to mesh education with fun this summer. And Hoosier Mama columnist Farrah Alexander shares how she has opted to explain how she feels about President Donald Trump to her child.

I hope you’ll take the time to read the stories and columns we feature in Extol – and then, I invite you to respond by sending an email to angie@extolmag.com.

If you like what you see, let me know. If you don’t, let me know. Because goodness knows, we all could benefit from a bit more discussion and discourse with one another about what connects us AND what makes us uncomfortable.

As always, thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol. I hope to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief

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From the Editor | April/May 2017

THE FIRST TIME I attended the Kentucky Derby was in 2001, a year before I moved from Michigan to Louisville. For the first time in my life, I donned a hat that wasn’t a ball cap or winter beanie and enjoyed the hoopla, but it wasn’t until I saw the now-late actor James Avery — who was best known as Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring Will Smith — seated at a table near where I walked that I realized whatever this was, it must be kind of a big deal.

Several years later, I worked as the entertainment columnist for The Courier-Journal and soon was also hired by Churchill Downs Racetrack to interview celebrities on the red carpet on Derby Day.

The week leading up to the first Saturday in May was hellacious (in terms of workload), amazingfte1 (thanks to the people I worked with and for) and awe-inspiring, because no matter how many celebrities came to town or how many parties I covered, I fell in love with the spell that seemed to have been cast over the community for that brief time and occurred at the same time year after year. I also quickly saw that the real stars are locals who go out of their way to ensure everyone, whether from near or far, feels like they’re part of something special during Derbytime.

My job, back then, was to dish about the glitz and glamour, and the occasional mishap.

[For the record: Hugh Hefner was always very kind and sweet, though one of the gals from his former trio of girlfriends was most definitely not; Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame was, let’s just say, one of my least favorite interviews ever; Brooke Shields is as beautiful inside as she is out; Martha Stewart is hilarious…and imposing; Bill Belichick does smile; both Rick Pitino and John Calipari are a lot of fun but definitely remain on your toes when they’re in the vicinity; Travis Tritt should be given a key to the City of Louisville, as should Joey Fatone formerly of *NSYNC; Danica Patrick is fierce and fun; Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. treats people like they matter; so does Diane Lane, who starred in “Secretariat,” and happily took a pic of partygoers at Churchill Downs when I watched in awe as they didn’t recognize the acclaimed actress but instead asked her to take a photograph, which she did; and the first year Louisville’s own Larry Birkhead was invited to attend the Barnstable Brown Gala as a guest, he received the loudest applause from onlookers and has remained an oft-silent but incredible father to his daughter, Dannielynn (her mama is the late Anna Nicole Smith) and is as good of a person to those around him as he has been philanthropically (and quietly) to our Louisville and Southern Indiana community.]

As fun and interesting as the glitz and glamour was, year after year, I always left the track by myself – utterly exhausted – before the Running of the Roses and would drive to a neighborhood bar to watch the Kentucky Derby with those who made Derbytime so special: those who live here year-round and love our community regardless of the season. Sometimes, I’d drink a beer at the bar surrounded by a throng of individuals. Other times, I sat by myself as torrential rains poured outside and the staff and I watched the race in near silence.

Then, on Sunday, I’d meet up with friends and enjoy brunch, a Bloody Mary or two and rehash the past week before heading to bed well before the sun went down.

Times have changed, for me at least.

I’m married now, my professional obligations are different and I have a daughter who isn’t yet old enough to understand what it means to Do Derby.

fteThis year, I’m going to emcee the Boys & Girls Haven Oaks Day Brunch – featuring Linkin Bridge – with my husband and our daughter, Olive, in tow. After that, we’ll most likely return to our home in New Albany and, weather permitting, do yard work and enjoy the day until watching the Kentucky Oaks on TV. The following morning, we’ll probably get up, eat breakfast, maybe attend a Derby party for a bit, watch the race on TV, and then rise on Sunday morning, gather together for brunch and prepare for the week ahead.

This is how we — it’s no longer just about me — do Derby SoIN style, at least in 2017. Here’s to a winning Derby season, no matter how you spend it.

Yours truly,

Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief

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Off The Page with Extol | March Sports: Bad Call?

Off the Page with Extol takes a timeout to talk to our March Sports cover referee, Eric Ballenger.  During the NCAA Basketball tournament, the refs took a beating.  How does our favorite ref see the call?

There’s always more to the story. Find out more when you listen to Off The Page with Extol Magazine.
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Eventfully Yours with Christy and Laurie | Episode 8: Tips for (Wedding) Trips

Wedding trips, either for destination weddings or for the honeymoon, are blissfully made easy with Bliss Travel. In this edition of Eventfully Yours, Christy and Laurie sit down with Mark Bliss, owner of Bliss Travel, to talk tips and what a travel expert brings to the table. When planning the honeymoon or that special destination wedding, you will be intrigued on just how many things you can make easy by reaching out to a real, live person instead of searching online.

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From the Editor | February/March 2017

THE EXTOL TEAM debuted our first issue — featuring WHAS11’s Chief Meteorologist Ben Pine on the cover — in February 2015. Thanks to you and our advertising partners, over the past two years, we’ve increased in circulation, distribution locations, pages, scope and the size of our own team. To say we’re grateful is an understatement.

In addition to continuing bimonthly production of Extol Magazine and hosting regular Extol events — which included the Extol Sports Inaugural Benchmark Mile presented by Norton Sports Health on the morning of Dec. 31, 2016 — in January, we debuted Extol Sports, a monthly publication dedicated to fitness, health and sports in our community, which spans both sides of the Ohio River and has allowed us to welcome a bevy of writers talented in this arena. To say we’re growing is an understatement, too.

So, what comes next? Plenty, and we hope you’ll stay with us on this exciting ride.

But, that also means we’ve decided to take a break from our bimonthly launch party. We’ll be back with more in-person events, but for now, we have focused our time on relaunching a revised www.ExtolMag.com and launching www,ExtolSports. com for your viewing and reading pleasure. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks and start delivering much more content on both platforms and our social media channels, too. Soon.

As far as this issue of Extol is concerned, inside our pages you’ll find a myriad of stories, tips, features and coverage I hope offer at least a momentary reprieve from the overwhelming negativity that seems to surround us these days. Yes, it’s important to be informed about what’s happening daily in our world, but the Extol Team works hard to bring you positive stories we think are just as important and lasting.

As always, thanks for taking the time to pick us up. I hope we do the same for you.

Yours truly,

Angie Fenton 

Editor in Chief

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Going Under The Needle – 32 To Be Exact

Extol’s Editor tried out Vivace at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa and walked away a believer

By Angie Fenton

I turned 42 on Jan. 20, but well before that milestone, I’d already decided Botox and fillers weren’t for me. Yes, I have plenty of friends who love the results – and they do look amazing – but “that’s not my thing,” I said, and I mean it.

But, what about the, um, opportunity to experience getting poked in the face thousands of times by tiny, gold-plated needles with a bit of heat added on? I said yes. But let me explain.

Needles equal pain, right? And this was something that had to be repeated at least every two weeks for three weeks or more to get results. What if it hurt? What if I hired someone to undergo this needles-in-the-face treatment and they couldn’t endure it past the first session? What then?

I’ll do it, I agreed, a tad reluctantly. And I am so glad I did.

Introduction to Vivance 

Nervous and quite skeptical, I might add, I walked into Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa ready to try Vivace, a state-of-the-art microneedling device that delivers pulses of heat while puncturing the skin with 32 gold-plated needles to create an intentional injury. These minute “injuries” would promote the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, I was told by Audrey May, RN, BSN, PCCN.

After taking photos of my face from every angle, Audrey applied a numbing cream to my face and neck. As I waited the 60 minutes it would take for the cream to work, I sent emails and edited stories. I also made the mistake of allowing my robe to cover part of my neck. If you try Vivace, don’t err like I did. My robe removed some of the numbing cream from the sides of my neck, and I paid for it later.

An hour later, Audrey began the Vivace procedure, working in sections, each of which was treated with the wand-like device containing the needles and heat. Most parts were fine during the first and second pass, but by the third pass, treating some parts, especially bony parts of my face, were uncomfortable. Not unbearable, but uncomfortable. Not so on the sides of my neck. Thanks to my error of unknowingly allowing my robe to rub off some of the numbing cream, I couldn’t take the third pass.

After the procedure was over – it took a little over an hour and a half – my face was slightly pink and felt warm and still numb, but that was it.

My neck had a few visible bumps – a reaction that is normal for a few people – but within 24 hours, it was fine.

I was sent home with a post-procedure recover kit and instructions to refrain from putting on makeup until the morning. The kit contained a thermal spring water gel, an aerosol can of thermal spring water, restorative skin cream and an ultralight, hydrating sunscreen (SPF 50). I used the water spray and gel for the first 24 hours any time my skin felt warm from the inside out. I applied the skin cream for three nights and used the sunscreen each morning.

The next day, I looked like myself (save for the bumps on my neck) and no one had a clue I’d done a thing.

About 12 days later, I felt my skin start to slough, though I couldn’t see anything. The next day, it felt smoother than it had in years and I swore it looked more radiant.

I’m a believer 

At my next appointment, I made sure to not allow the numbing cream to rub off and strategically placed my robe around my shoulders so it wouldn’t touch my neck until the hour of numbing was up. This time when Audrey began the Vivace procedure, I barely felt a thing. Part of that was most likely the numbing cream, she explained, but it was also because my collagen had begun building up, too.

Terry Ely, RN, performed my third and fourth procedures, both of which were a piece of cake. Honestly, the worst part about them was the hour of numbing, though I did get work done, and the 1.5 hours or so of not being able to do anything but have the procedure done. But that’s a personal issue; I feel like a jerk for complaining that I had about 90 minutes to do nothing. I so need to chill.

After treatments two, three and four, I didn’t have any visible issues like I had on my neck after the first one, but somewhere in between there, my mother-in-law asked if I’d lost any weight (I hadn’t at that point), and Sam, one of my WHAS11 colleagues, noted that I looked like I have been working hard to meet my goal of getting fit after having a baby. I don’t usually allow writers to use all caps, but I’m making an exception: I HADN’T LOST A POUND AND PEOPLE THOUGHT I DID BECAUSE OF VIVACE!

img_1223When I looked at the before and after photos, I was stunned. Absolutely stunned. Jowls run in my biological family and I’d never realized how much my own cheeks had started to sag until I saw the photos. I hadn’t given a bit of consideration to my profile until I noted how much the skin under my chin had tightened. Pores were smaller, my skin was brighter, makeup went on smoother, my skin was softer.

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Final Take 

Both Audrey and Terry explained that the results I’ve already seen will be maximized three to four months after my final Vivace treatment as collagen continues to grow. I can’t imagine seeing even better results but look forward to it. They also recommended getting a maintenance treatment once a year or so.

While the Vivace is pricey (see pricing info below), if you have the cash, it’s well worth it.

What is Vivace?

Vivace is a state-of-the-art microneedling device designed to deliver pulses of radiofrequency energy in measured doses to the deeper layers of skin, creating tiny areas of controlled damage that help stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes. Each tiny “injury” promotes production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, all vital components for firmer, more resilient skin.

How Many Treatments are Recommended? 

Three to four treatments are recommended for best results.

What is the Cost? 

At Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa, the cost per treatment is $800 for the full face (or one area), $1,000 for face/neck (two areas), $1,200 for face/neck/chest (three areas). If you prepay for a package of three or more, you’ll get 20 percent off.

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How Can I Make an Appointment? 

Contact Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa, 4702 Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, at 502.425.5200 or schedule a consultation online at  www.itbecomesyou.com.

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Future Doc?

Eva Bass is only 8 years old but don’t be surprised if she helps shape our future

By Angie Fenton | Photos by David Harrison

Eva Bass was 6 years old when she took an interest in the medical field. A serious interest.

After watching episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” with her mom, Ysha, “She started asking me questions about why they do that to the body and asked if there was anything for kids to learn more,” Ysha said.

doc2But Eva didn’t want just anything – she wanted the real thing, so her mother ordered a dissection kit containing a cow brain and pig’s heart.

“(Eva) was munching crackers in one hand while dissecting the heart with the booklet that came with it in the other,” recalled Ysha with a laugh, noting that her son, Eva’s brother Ashton, “wanted to throw up.”

To be fair, Ashton, 10, a fifth grader at Highland Hills Middle School, favors hockey, baseball, golf and collecting baseball cards to his sister’s passion. “I know I stay away because I hate blood,” he admitted. “They’ll turn on surgeries on TV, and I have to leave the room. I feel nervous around it, but Eva loves it.”

And once or twice, Ashton continued, “I got to scrub in.”

At first, Ysha and her husband Bobby treated Eva’s fascination gingerly. “We didn’t want to make it super gruesome to her,” Ysha explained.

So, the parents created a corner in Eva’s room that emulated the look of an operating room, ordered kid-sized scrubs and actual tools and utensils – microscope, arm sling, crutches, scalpel, clamps, scissors, stethoscope and more – a surgeon would use. (“She knows how to handle all of them,” Ysha said, “and when her cousins come over to play, the first thing she does is put them up.”) They made Jell-O molds containing objects for dissection practice and helped Eva find online videos to further her instruction.

Last Christmas, Eva asked for a medical doll to practice her surgery technique. Despite Ysha’s research, “The only things that popped up were dummies real surgeons use and a doll from Sweden, “ which was inadequate for a kid as genuinely interested as Eva was and is. So the Greenville Elementary third grader doc1decided to make her own. Thus far, the Bass family has met with a patent attorney and Eva is on her third design of the doll, which will eventually be produced and available for purchase.

Recently, Ysha caught Eva reading an anatomy book by flashlight under her blankets as she took notes.

“I think I was shocked at first – I’d told her to go to bed – but then again, what do you do? You can’t get mad. She’s such a good kid. She just really wants to learn,” Ysha said.

“It’s pretty incredible,” said dad Bobby. “If she ends up being a surgeon or something else, great, but the root is the same: Eva wants to help people.” For now, that desire is more specific: Eva wants to help people by becoming a neurosurgeon.

“I know that I have to study to be a good surgeon,” said Eva, who hopes to one day adopt the motto of her favorite “Grey’s Anatomy” doctor, Dr. Derek Shepherd: “It’s a great day to save lives.”

Petite, polite and a bit reserved – at least during her interview – Eva, who has started doing videos to teach other kids interested in medicine, offered a bit of advice for others her age: “If you’re a kid, never do it (dissecting and using medical tools) without a parent. Oh, and start trying different stuff to see if you like it.”

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Eventfully Yours | Episode 7: Him and Her

Kristy and Laurie dish Him and Her. From drinks by the Exchange to fashion by Him Gentleman Boutique, Weddings and what to wear and how to wear it. Ross Wallace (Parnter, Him Gentleman Boutique) and Matt Simpson (Marketing and Sales Manager, The Exchange) sit in with the dishing duo adding the ‘him’ to their ‘her’.
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Sunday, January 29 – Dress Appointments each hour from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Building A Dream

Photos by Tony Bennett

Extol staffers JD DOTSON and ANGIE FENTON have decided to compete in the men’s and women’s physique categories of the Kentucky Muscle Bodybuilding Championships in October 2017. An avid runner, JD is already in good shape but will need to build muscle and control his sweet tooth. Angie, who gave birth to her daughter in January 2016, is in the worst physical shape of her life and tired of feeling, well, tired. With the help of their coach, RYAN SCHRINK, owner of Schrink Personal Training, the pair are ready to begin what will be an arduous journey in their quests to get fit. But what will it take to reach their goals? In this first installment of what will be a 10-month series, JD and Angie share where they are now, what motivates them most and any pitfalls they see ahead.

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Ryan Schrink was born and raised in Seymour and played football for Ball State before graduating with a bachelor’s in exercise Science. He also has a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of Louisville. The owner of Schrink Personal Training, Ryan averages 45 training sessions a week with clients who vary in age, ability and goals, and has worked with individuals from age 7 to 92. Despite his busy work schedule and fatherly duties – he has four kids, including Brooklyn, 15; Olivia, 12; Rylan, 9; and Gia, 6 months –Ryan fits in five to six lifting sessions a does cardio three to four days a week. A respected bodybuilder with several championships under his belt, he’s also made a name for coaching others who aim to compete and is ready to take on Extol’s JD Dotson and Angie Fenton. “JD’s challenge is going to his social life and transitioning from a runner mentality to a lifting mentality,” he said. “Angie’s challenge is going to be about busyness. She’s going to have to set aside some time for herself and feel OK with that.”

ANGIE FENTON, 41

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GOALS

I want to compete in the physique category of a bodybuilding competition this time next year when I’ll be 42. Pregnant at 40, gave birth the day I turned 41 (Jan. 20), compete at 42 – that’s my goal. I’m out of shape, weigh far more than is healthy. I am an “old” mom and, ultimately, want to be strong and fit so I can be there for my daughter, Olive, for a very long time. I also wouldn’t mind if one of the major benefits is my husband feeling proud of what his wife has set out to accomplish. But at the end of the day, this is mostly for me. I’m better in every way when I am physically fit. It’s time to make a change.

POTENTIAL SETBACKS

I’m a mom, a wife, owned by four dogs and two cats and work two jobs — I’m a reporter for WHAS11 every weekday morning and am editor in chief of Extol Magazine. I also commit much time to charity events and volunteering in the community. Juggling it all while training will be a struggle. But, I am tired of being unhealthy and lacking the strength, stamina and confidence I know is possible. I want this so much.

DIET

My diet currently varies. On good days, I eat mostly protein and low-glycemic carbs: baked chicken, lean cuts of pork, some seafood (fish and shellfish) and roasted or steamed vegetables. On not-so-healthy days, I’ll eat whatever is in front of me: pizza, a grilled chicken sandwich from a fast food or fast-casual restaurant, grilled chicken or chef salad with ranch. I drink a large coffee with cream most mornings (made at home) and rarely take time to eat breakfast — except on weekends when I love egg scrambles. I’m not a huge fan of bread or pasta but will eat them on occasion. I eat sporadically and will sometimes go a whole day without eating anything except a very late dinner just before bed. I drink a ton of water. I don’t drink full-sugar sodas and rarely drink diet sodas because of the aspartame but have craved Diet Coke a few times lately for some reason. I know how to eat multiple meals but don’t do it. I prefer to have a protein shake for breakfast if I have to eat breakfast, though — again — I rarely eat breakfast. Or lunch. Or snack. I enjoy wine and beer, especially at the end of a long week.

EXERCISE

I am currently only walking my daughter in a stroller about 3-4 times a week and usually for no more than 20 minutes. I live on a hill and have four dogs. I could be kicking my own butt every day for their sakes and mine but haven’t taken the time. But it’s time. I am a new member of the LAC in New Albany and already appreciate the supportive environment of the staff and my fellow members.

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GOALS

I want to naturally compete in the physique competition in October 2017. At 47, I guess my main goal is to be as healthy and fit as possible, to push myself into new territory, new challenges.

POTENTIAL SETBACKS

For sure it will be tough. I’m not worried about the food or working out. I’m a former smoker, and I survived teaching junior high and high school, so I feel like I can do anything. I guess I am worried about failing due to health or injury. But I am a fighter and really excited and grateful.

DIET

This is the part that probably worries me the most. I don’t generally eat anything fried, fast food, processed meats. I eat fairly well, but always succumb to sweets. I drink coffee, cream, agave to sweeten in the morning, usually toast and soy “butter”, jelly, usually a banana, sometimes a smoothie. Lunch is Veggie Sandwich, turkey sandwich, probably chips of some sort, Jonny cooks dinner, always good meat, chicken or beef, always a veg, sometimes pasta, meat tomato sauce. I crave sweets and try to rustle up ice cream or a bowl of cereal, skim milk. I barely drink alcohol or beer, stick to unsweet tea.

EXERCISE

I work out a minimum of four to five days a week, including doing abdominal exercises and lifting, at the YMCA, where I’ve been a longtime member. I run five days a week five to 12 miles each time and average about 35 to 40 miles a week. I also ride my bike to work a few times a week and socially around town after work.

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