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Mayor Credits Yoga, Meatless Mondays, and Lu for His Well-Being

Villaraigosa beaming at last week's dineLA launch party (Elise Thompson/LAist)
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In a candid interview published in today's LA Times, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa shares his reasons for his current well-being, citing changes to his diet, personal life, and career. Villaraigosa says he now practices yoga regularly, makes his Mondays meatless, and believes "his decision to forgo a run for governor this year," has helped make him more at ease at City Hall and at home.

"I'm at a great place with my family and kids, my sisters, and you could put Lu in there as well," he said, acknowledging his relationship with KTLA reporter Parker, with whom he appears in public frequently.

Although during the course of the interview he "shied away from talking very much about," about their romance, he does sometimes broadcast their outings via Twitter, like when he and Parker attended the U2 concert last year in Pasadena. Notes the Times: "Many of Villaraigosa's Twitter messages are written by his City Hall aides, but the mayor has said he did that one himself."

With his 57th birthday coming up this week, and much scrutiny long upon him for his second term as Mayor of a struggling city, Villaraigosa seems focused on taking care of his health and his personal happiness. However, the extent to which he's able to apply these improvements to "steering L.A. though the difficult terrain ahead" remains to be seen.