I gained 7 pounds over the holidays. Wow! That’s easily the most weight I ever gained over such a short period of time. Those palmiers, pound cakes and rib roasts sure do hurt a waistline. So I’m taking control again by training for another half marathon. I ran (OK, slowly jogged) the Mardi Gras Half Marathon back in February, and at the time, I was in pretty good shape. My weight had dropped from an all time high of 240 down to 210. I plodded along the streets of New Orleans at a snail-like pace of 11:20 per mile, but I ran the whole damn thing. I then developed plantar fasciitis soon afterwards, stopped running, and started eating poorly again. My wait jumped up, but only to about 220 pounds. That was until the holidays hit, and I ballooned up to 227 pounds. Oink, oink, oink.
I’m always going to eat, so the only realistic solution is to exercise. So, I’m officially training for the Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon on April 5, 2008. I’m announcing this on my blog simply to ensure that I actually do this, as I don’t want to embarrass myself by wimping out.
Also, we foodies are known to be a bit — ah, er, well, out of shape. Particularly those of us who write or read food blogs, as we sit on our butts in front of a computer all day. So I challenge any other food blogger or any of our readers to commit to running this race. Or walking it. Just do something! And commit publicly, as that WILL motivate you.
I promise I’m not turning this blog into a health advice center. But if I don’t run this thing, y’all are free to chastise me as long as you want.