Matt’s fat: Today’s the day

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series columns chronicling Pioneer Sentinel publisher Matt Kelton’s participation in the Clay County Memorial Hospital’s Biggest Body Fat Loser Challenge. The series will consist of eight segments, that is if he doesn’t get too winded to write the remaining columns.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel 

Today, I am going to work out.

That’s easier said than done for someone that hasn’t stepped foot in a weight room or exercise facility since his freshman year in high school.

Okay, so that’s not exactly true. I have “stepped foot”, but only as a sports writer looking for an interview. Then it was back to the office, usually after a stop at Allsup’s for a coke and candy bar.

So it’s on to the Forrester Wellness Center, where I have signed up to participate in Clay County Memorial Hospital’s Biggest Body Fat Loser Challenge. At least there will be doctors nearby.

The thing is, I never considered a need to work out. I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound.

I’m not a big guy. At 5-6, I weighed maybe 120 pounds when I graduated high school. That was 15 years ago. I needed to put on some weight, and it came slowly. I married Sasha in 2003, weighing in at a healthy 145, with a 30-inch waist. That’s about right for a mid-twenty-something of my height and build.

It was the next nine years that got me.

Sasha is a wonderful cook. When we were first married, I worked for a short time at Silver Creek Homes in finish plumbing. I spent days lifting toilets and fiberglass tubs onto a floor that set about level with my chest. I ate big meals, and I ate them fast. I was in the best shape of my life. Strong and fit.

Then it was back to newspaper work, and the somewhat sedentary lifestyle, not completely void of physical activity, but pretty close to it. Now I way 180 pounds with not much to show for it. I’m not as strong as I once was, nor am I the same shape.

Of course the problem is not just the belly I have developed, or the jowls, double chin, or the fact that I have to hold my breath to tie my shoes. The problem is the sense of fatigue I have developed. I get tired easy, I get worn down and all I want to do is take a nap. A lot of that has to do with having an unusual work schedule. But my work schedule can’t account for getting winded easily. That is just plain old being out of shape.

So, I’ve decided to participate in the Biggest Body Fat Loser Challenge at Clay County Memorial Hospital. Maybe this will be just the motivation I need.

Today I’m going to work out. It’s my first time. Wish me luck.

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