Excuses have been plaguing me this week. There have been many. "I can't run today because my knee is starting to hurt." Or, "There is a big blister growing on my right foot, I don't want to irritate it more, cause what if it gets really big, then I won't be able to run tomorrow, and what if it gets infected, what if, what if, what if!" I do need to be careful about my knee, but I also need to be careful about being careful about my knee, let me explain: If I let one little fiber of doubt wind itself around my will to be fit, then another fiber will easily wind around that one, until I am a big fat bug stuck in a web of self-doubt ready to be eaten slowly by a lanky spider--a snotty marathoner, with a Paris Hilton laugh. "What is she talking about!!?" I am talking about not letting little setbacks get me away from my goal of losing weight and being healthy. Also, the food this week, THE FOOD, oh where do I start. We celebrated Valentine's day at Macaroni Grill, and I ate EVERYTHING: the bread, the dipping oil, the fatty-shmaty pasta, and the crown jewel, pictured above: the drenched cake with chocolate genache, caramel, whipping cream, and a garnish if mint leaves--I hope to someday be greeted with this dish at the gates of heaven. Then the chocolates. My husband got me a box of my favorite gourmet chocolates, not Russell Stover! "Who do you think I am, achhh!" (valley girl voice). So when do I turn the naughty-food switch off? There are so many reasons to eat poorly, and as you can see from my thought bubble, I think of the lamest. But there are also many more IMPORTANT reasons to eat healthy, and my health is reason enough.