This post is not about Public Health

…So it doesn’t violate the “gag order“. Ha!

Anyway, I’ve been absent from posting much on the interwebs because I’ve been busy. I’ve been busy at work. I’ve been busy running more and more to lose some weight. And I’ve been busy at home, helping my wife get through some tough times at her own work. She’s working a lot of hours, so there are a lot of things for me to get done around the hacienda.

Speaking of losing weight, it turns out that our health insurance offers some incentives if you are within certain parameters. I’m within those parameters when it comes to blood pressure and cholesterol levels. I attribute that not to my diet or lifestyle but to my age. I’m still (relatively) young. My weight, on the other hand, is a whole other thing. I am way above and beyond my “fighting weight”. I don’t fit into my fighting trousers anymore. Actually, it’s been a while since I fit in said trousers.

Yes, I was able to complete the New Orleans Half Marathon in February, but I didn’t finish it running. I had a lot of problems for about half of the race. That’s not good for my self-esteem, and it is definitely not good for my heart. So I am in week 2 of a 16-week plan to run and finish running a half marathon. I plan to run in Chicago. (If you are REALLY interested, you can follow me on runkeeper.com.) Let’s see how that works out.

(Also, the rule is that the wife doesn’t get pregnant until I lose some weight because, well, there wouldn’t be enough room in this house for two bellies.)

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I hope you don’t miss me much.

But I hope you do miss me.

I'm a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen