I Play With My Food, Part IV: Cantaloupe Construction!

September 30, 2014

I spent a half hour cutting an entire cantaloupe in rectangular planks. I tried to make each one the exact same size.

Cantaloupe-Planks-Close-Up

Have I officially gone mad? Probably. Was it an enjoyable activity? You bet! Cutting the planks was one thing…but what I did with them next is what’s really exciting! Read the rest of this entry »


Looking Forward…to TWO Races in Chicago!

September 29, 2014

It’s been over a week since my last stair race (my very successful ascent up the US Bank Tower). This past week has definitely been an “off” week for me. There was lots of food I wouldn’t otherwise eat. (I even visited a drive-thru. Or two.) I skipped workouts so my body could recover. I’m just now starting to get back into the swing of things. I worked out both days this weekend, and ate great as well. I’m starting to get focused again… and I have a LOT to focus on, because my next race is a little over a month away! And it’s in a completely different time zone!

I announced last month that I’m heading to Illinois for SkyRise Chicago, the stair race at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. And now I have another exciting race announcement: I’m Read the rest of this entry »


Cherry Mustard Broccoli Salad…OR SIDE!

September 25, 2014

Here’s a good, easy, versatile recipe with lots of wiggle room for substitutions and customization. I used that wiggle room a couple times while putting this together! It’s called Cherry Mustard Broccoli Salad, and it starts with… broccoli.

steamed-broccoli-cauliflower

All of you with keen observation skills have noticed that there is also cauliflower in that steamer basket. I was gonna just use broccoli, but Read the rest of this entry »


New Roommate AND Recovery Time

September 24, 2014

I have a new roommate. In the past, I’ve been known to make this pronouncement whenever I find Brussels sprouts on the stalk, but this time around, my roommate is a living, breathing thing. Meet Luna:

David-Luna

I’m watching Luna for a couple weeks while Read the rest of this entry »


Race Recap: Stair Climb For Los Angeles 2014

September 22, 2014

At one point during the day on Friday, I collapsed onto the floor, and, for a few minutes, I couldn’t have gotten up to save my life.

David-collapsed-roof

Every muscle burned. My heart was pounding close to 170 beats per minute. I could have filled a bucket with the sweat dripping down my face and soaking my clothes.

This is what happens to me at the end of a stair race, and on Friday, I raced up the tallest building on the west coast. The building is Read the rest of this entry »


Box Jump Challenge

September 17, 2014

Have you heard about this heat wave in southern California? It’s been over 100 degrees in my next of the woods for the past week. Good times. Welcome to September! The ridiculous heat thwarted my workout plans the other day. I was planning on doing my final stair workout before my next race on a new-to-me public stairway in the Hollywood Hills (that ends down the street from a big time celebrity’s home!), but I didn’t wake up early enough to go before it got too hot. And it got too hot at, like, 9am.

So, I had to improvise. Read the rest of this entry »


Keep It Up, David… Now in YEAR FIVE!

September 15, 2014

Saturday was a great, big, awesome day.

Happy-Anniversary-To-Me-Graphic Four years ago, on September 13, 2010, I launched this website and published my very first post. Holy guacamole: FOUR YEARS! Since then, I’ve written 875 posts (this is #876) about my efforts to be healthy, eat well, keep active, stay positive, work towards my goals and better myself. I’ve celebrated my accomplishments, been truthful about Read the rest of this entry »


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