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We‘re done (and eating doughnuts)

We got the March issue out on Tuesday, so it should be arriving at your club and here on this Web site in a couple of weeks.

This was my maiden voyage into the production of a magazine. I had written for a magazine before and I've read parts of other magazines before, but I had never before seen the completion of a monthly issue from start to finish.

I would put the magazine publishing process somewhere between working on a newspaper and working on a book. To put it in fitness layman's terms, if a newspaper is like a sprint and a book is like a marathon, then a magazine is more like a 5K or a 10K. I have never entered a sprint, a marathon or a 5K or 10K, but that's the best analogy I can come up with at this time.

The good thing about this process was we didn't have any all-nighters. That was in large part to the hard work of everybody in production, especially Jen Shaver, Jen Ray and my boss, Pam Kufahl. Today is Pam's birthday, by the way, and she decided to take the day off. We celebrated yesterday by giving her a bunch of unhealthy food, which is still on her desk. I've already raided her stash this morning and maybe later today I can rummage around the rest of her office to see where she hides the really good stuff.

My contribution to the foray of goodies was a box of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts. I didn't tell anybody in the office this, but I also bought a couple of whole wheat Krispy Kremes, which may be the best invention since Tylenol put both daytime and nighttime cold medicine in the same box.

I wouldn't advise your club members to start pounding down the doughnuts, but if they do indulge, tell them to go whole wheat. After all, they're only 180 calories each. Actually, you really have to take that with a grain of sugar, because that's just 20 fewer calories than the original glazed doughnuts, and the fat content is still sky high (17 percent of the daily value, according to the nutritional facts on the Krispy Kreme Web site).

That should give your members all the more incentive to work out even harder. Right?

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