May 16, 2005


A capital idea: The Arkansas governor put his mind to the task, and lost 110 pounds. Now he's guiding state and national wellness projects. (Daniel Costello, May 16, 2005, LA Times)

Mike HUCKABEE knew it was time to lose weight when his chair gave way beneath him during a meeting — at the Arkansas Capitol in front of more than 100 people.

In the last two years, the Arkansas governor has transformed himself into a much leaner and healthier version of the 280-pound man who suffered that embarrassment. He's lost 110 pounds, sticks to a diet that could make Oprah proud and, in March, finished his first marathon in 4 hours, 38 minutes and 11 seconds.

One might think that the rigors of his job would keep him from sticking to his new health plan. But the 49-year-old "lifelong couch potato" says he has never been happier or had more energy.

"I finally got it. It isn't about losing weight, it's about nutrition and fitness," he says.

Huckabee's weight loss is raising his national profile. Earlier this month, President Clinton asked Huckabee to join his new national campaign against childhood obesity.

If you find a copy of the LA Times where they still referred to Richard Nixon as President after he resigned I'll eat the article.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2005 10:15 AM
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