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LA Weekly Food Blogger Trying to Shed Excess Pounds

In what is perhaps the alt-weekly equivalent of embracing the joys of home cooking, an LA Weekly article today about the workout regimens of seven LA food bloggers is most appetizing when focused on the publication’s very own Elina Shatkin.

Never mind that the byline of the person interviewing her is “Caroline on Crack.” Shatkin’s comments are the piece’s most colorful and candid; she says field work for the recent feature “30 Burgers in 30 Days” is responsible for half her current excess poundage, even though she has written earlier about how friends were surprised the assignment did not take more of a personal toll. Explains Shatkin:

“Since I started my LA Weekly job, I have gained 15 pounds… Not only is working out good for all the obvious health reasons, it’s good for creativity. I am undoubtedly a better writer when I am exercising consistently. “

And here’s the kicker. This food writer says that she only considers her three-to-five-times-a-week workouts a success if they leave her “almost but not quite at the point of vomiting.” Shatkin also never reads–her own stuff or anyone else’s–while at the gym.

[Illustration taken from Shatkin's Twitter profile]

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