July 2012 Progress Report

August 5, 2012

Let’s start this post off with a photograph:

A photo of a calendar can only mean one thing: time for a MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT!

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June 2012 Progress Report

July 2, 2012

Yesterday, I updated my weight loss chart.

Now it’s time to my monthly exercise progress report!

Let’s take a look-see at the ol’ calendar, shall we?

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May 2012 Progress Report

June 1, 2012

It’s already the sixth month of the year? Are you kidding me? This year is flying by.

At Keep It Up, David, the start of a new month means one thing: time for my monthly exercise progress report! I put these together at the beginning of every month (check out April, March, and February). Every workout I complete gets noted in my calendar, and once a month I use magic to transform those notes into facts and figures. I dig facts and figures. They motivate me.

Here’s my May calendar:

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April 2012 Progress Report

May 2, 2012

I’m injured. Again. My foot is completely better, but I’m pretty sure I bruised a rib towards the end of last week. And unlike my foot injury, which was a complete surprise and mystery, I know exactly when and where I bruised my rib: while using a row machine I wasn’t very familiar with at the gym. I’m not using that row machine anymore. Like my foot, there are no external signs that anything’s wrong: no swelling, bruising or redness. But it hurts, and I’m staying off upper body weights this week. I’m still fine to do cardio – and I’m most certainly NOT postponing the big stair climb this weekend (by the way, I reached my fundraising goal this morning – WOOHOO, and thanks Heidi and Tom!) – but this is my third week in a row of nursing an injury and I’m tired of it.

But there’s good news, too. Since May has begun, it’s time for my monthly exercise progress report! I do these at the beginning of each month (check out March, February, and January). Every workout gets noted in my calendar, and once a month, those notes get turned into facts and figures. I nerd out on facts and figures!

Here’s my April calendar:

  • A dot = a workout (with notes that remind me of what the workout was).
  • A circle around the dot = a class at Slimmons. I only took 2 classes there this month, because they’re very high-impact, and after my foot injury I didn’t want to risk aggravating it with all the jumping around.
  • A triangle around a dot = a different type of class (this month, I took a Zumba class and a TRX class, both pre-foot injury).
  • Since I use this calendar for everything, I blurred out information that doesn’t pertain to exercise.

April was a busy month! My new gym opened, Richard Simmons introduced me to a couple ’90s sitcom stars, and my foot injury forced me to postpone my stair climb by two weeks (it’s this Saturday). Last week, I swam laps for the first time in months, and because I liked it so much, I went back a few days later.

In total, I worked out on 26 of the 30 days in April – a 86% success rate! I’m especially proud because I could’ve used my foot injury as a reason to stay home for a week or so, but I got creative and stayed active (lots of seated upper body weights that put no pressure or weight on my foot). In total, 17 of those 26 workouts had an emphasis on weightlifting, which is my second-highest number ever (behind July of last year, when I had 20 weightlifting-focused workouts).

Here’s April compared with the 5 prior months:

  • November 2011: Worked out 23 out of 30 days (76%), including 6 classes at Slimmons. 9 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • December 2011: Worked out 23 out of 31 days (74%), including 5 classes at Slimmons. 15 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • January 2012: Worked out 26 out of 31 days (83%), including 7 classes at Slimmons, and 1 class at Crunch. 12 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • February 2012: Worked out 23 out of 29 days (79%), including 4 classes at Slimmons, and 1 yoga class. 13 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • March 2012: Worked out 27 out of 31 days (87%), including 5 classes at Slimmons and 1 spin class. 14 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • April 2012: Worked out 26 out of 30 days (86%), including 2 classes at Slimmons, and 2 other classes. 17 workouts had a weightlifting focus.

So far in 2012, I’ve exercised 102 out of 121 days (84%), including 18 classes at Slimmons.

Keep it up, David!


Tia & Tamera

April 13, 2012

Happy Friday! Take a look around – I’ve made a few changes to Keep It Up, David, to help you access your favorite types of posts more quickly and easily. Basically, the My Favorite Posts page was getting way too big and unwieldy (there were over 85 links on it!). So I split it up and created a third row of header links:

  • The Produce Aisle: You know I love to try fruits and veggies that I’ve never tried before (like in yesterday’s post, with the pepinos!), so this page archives all those posts. I separated the list into two parts, fruits and veggies, and you can click on any of the links to learn more about the unique and rare items I’ve found, like Buddha’s Hand or Dragon Fruit.
  • What’s In The RediSetGo?: All the installments of my popular little blog game are archived here. Haven’t played yet? Check it out, it’s easy and fun!
  • My Incredible Shrinking Clothes: These posts really motivate me – they’re about how I’ve needed to buy smaller and smaller clothes as a result of my weight loss. There’s nothing cooler than seeing a 3XL t-shirt next to a Large, and knowing I’ll never need that 3XL ever again!

With these three new pages, that still leaves about 12 or 14 links on the My Favorite Posts page, and they truly are the posts that I’m most proud of.

MOVING ON…

Remember the TV show Sister, Sister? It was a sitcom about twin girls, separated at birth, who get reunited as teenagers. It ran for 6 seasons in the mid and late ’90s, first on ABC, and then on the WB. Maybe the theme song will jog your memory:

The reason I bring it up is that I met the show’s stars, Tia and Tamera Mowry, last night at Slimmons! They currently have a reality show on the Style Network, appropriately called Tia & Tamera, and they’re filming their second season right now. Last night, they filmed during one of Richard Simmons’ classes at Slimmons.

This was a complete surprise to me, but not an unexpected one. It’s maybe the fourth or fifth time (at least) that I’ve walked into Slimmons and seen a film crew there – whether it’s for the Today show, The Doctors, or a local news piece. This was the biggest crew I’ve seen at Slimmons (I wonder how it compared to the film crew for Khloe and Lamar, which also filmed at Slimmons, although I wasn’t there that day): two cameramen, a sound guy, three or four producers, and two or three assistants.

Tia and Tamera looked exactly how I remembered them from Sister, Sister. The cameras shot them meeting with Richard before the class started and then Richard introduced them to a bunch of his regular students, starting with me. I met them, briefly, while the cameras were rolling, so there’s a chance I’ll be on their show! I’m not holding my breath – they got a LOT of footage during the course of the evening. They were both very nice, and their jaws dropped when I shared how much weight I’ve lost.

I worked out next to them during most of the class, and you could tell they were having a great time and working hard. One of them (I’m not sure if it was Tia or Tamera, to be honest), said goodbye to me on the sidewalk afterward, and I waved and said goodbye back.

When I got home, I sent a tweet to both of them:

And within a half-hour, Tamera tweeted back!

And, a few hours later, Tia responded too!

And then she sent a second tweet!

That means we’re new best friends, right?

Richard’s class was really good last night, regardless of the presence of celebrities. Lots of friends there wanted to touch my head – it was the first time I’ve been to Slimmons since getting my haircut. I also worked my ass off… and I was soaked with sweat by the end!

Keep it up, David!


My New New Gym

April 9, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was busy… I went to two parties and saw four movies (three of those movies were watched at one of those parties, so there was definitely multitasking going on).

It was also a noteworthy weekend because my new gym opened! You regular readers know that, a few months ago, after lengthy consideration and thorough analysis, I bit the bullet and switched gyms. My new gym, Crunch, was opening a new location near me (in Burbank), and offered great pre-enrollment rates (but I ended up lucking out and winning a free year-long membership in a drawing!), and part of the deal was that I would have access to their other location (in West Hollywood) until the new location opened.

I’ve been working out in West Hollywood for about two months, and I really like it (I posted a couple photos from there on Friday). I’ve mentioned it in posts, referring to it as my “new gym.” On Friday, the Burbank location finally opened for business – so it’s my “new new gym.” And it is a beautiful gym. I took a bunch of photos (which, generally speaking, is frowned upon in gyms, so don’t do this at home).

It’s on the second floor of a building, above a Barnes and Noble, and there’s a 6-screen AMC movie theater in the basement. The front doors are accessed from the roof of the adjacent parking garage.

And guess what’s right across the street?

Between the gym, Barnes and Noble, the movies, and Ikea, I could easily spend an entire weekend within a 500 foot radius. All that’s missing is an arcade with a Ms. Pac-Man machine.

I arrived at 10:30 on Friday morning, to find the front doors barricaded by yellow caution tape. Turns out the gym wasn’t quite open yet – they couldn’t officially open until they got the all-clear from the fire marshall, and they were waiting for him to make an appearance. I had to come back later in the day, but it was no big deal – I’ve waited two months for this gym to open, I could wait another few hours.

Inside, everything was brand new and shiny. The gym is enormous, with high ceilings and lots of natural light, and there’s tons of equipment: rows and rows of cardio machines, and every type of weightlifting device imaginable. This photo’s a little blurry, but it’s the best I got:

The gym was also empty, although I suspect it won’t be for long. I was one of maybe 10 people working out when I got there – the staff outnumbered the clientele. I loved that my lock was only one in the entire locker room.

On Friday, I warmed up on the treadmill for 6 minutes, then spent 35 minutes lifting weights. I felt like a kid in a toy store – every time I looked around, there was something I wanted to try out or play with. I alternated between trying new-to-me equipment and doing things in my regular routine, and had to keep reminding myself that there’d be plenty of time to try everything I wanted to try.

After finishing up with the weights, I wanted to end my workout with a little cardio, and I picked a machine I had never seen before: a seated elliptical.

You position yourself on it like you would on a recumbent bike, but instead of pedals, there are big elliptical-like pads. The machine has all sorts of programs and ways to adjust your workout, and I ended up going for 17 minutes, and I selected a program that ramped up the resistance to high for 15 seconds of every minute, so I was combining cardio with leg presses – multitasking rocks!

I went back to my new new gym on Saturday, and took a Zumba class with my friend Natalie. It was only the second Zumba class I’ve ever taken (I tried it for the first time about a year and a half ago). Zumba is fun – it has great music, and it’s high energy cardio dance. It’s also really hard for me, because the choreography is based around a lot of belly-dancing-esque hip movements and shimmying that I just can’t do. But I do what I can and have a ball anyway. This class had a great teacher (a woman named Miracle) and I was the only man in the class.

One more picture: The Burbank location, like the West Hollywood location, has a mountain view (although they’re different mountains):

When I first joined Crunch, I planned on using West Hollywood until Burbank opened, and then I planned on using Burbank exclusively… but now I’m thinking that I’ll revise that plan, and alternate between the two gyms. I like that plan – I know I have successful workouts when I switch things up. And I like knowing that I have two gyms, in two different parts of town, that are there for me to use.

Keep it up, David!


March 2012 Progress Report

April 4, 2012

I’d like to start with a big thank you to everyone that reached out regarding yesterday’s post. Based on my through-the-roof blog hits, I’ve learned that people are quite interested in reading about plastic surgery, and I appreciate all the comments here, and through Facebook, Twitter, and email. If you missed the post, click here – it’s about the consultation I had with a plastic surgeon, and whether or not I’m ready (physically, mentally, and emotionally) for a tummy tuck.

Since it’s a new month, it’s time for my monthly exercise progress report! I do these at the beginning of each month (check out February, January and my ginormous 2011 Year-End Report). Every workout I complete gets noted in my calendar, and once a month, those notes get turned into facts and figures, because I just love facts and figures!

Here’s my March calendar:

  • A dot = a workout (with notes that remind me of what the workout was).
  • A circle around the dot = a class at Slimmons.
  • A triangle around a dot = a different type of class (this month, it was a spin class).
  • Since I use this calendar for everything, I blurred out other information that doesn’t pertain to my exercise.

March was an excellent month for me, exercise-wise, and I have my own birthday to thank. It was on my birthday that I decided to challenge myself with two big stair climbs, and training for those stair climbs fueled me all month long. I set personal StairMaster records twice (climbing the equivalent of the Willis Tower, and then, two weeks later, climbing the equivalent of the Abraj Al Bait in Saudi Arabia). March ended with the first of those two stair climbs – I ascended the 63-story Aon Center in just over 15 minutes! – but I won’t take a rest from the StairMaster until I complete my second challenge in a few weeks (it’s a fundraiser – click here to learn all about it!)

In total, I worked out on 27 of the 31 days in March – a 87% success rate! I’ve only reached a percentage that high once before, in January 2011 (the first month I started tracking my workouts), so I’m thrilled to have tied my record! Some additional figures: Five of those 27 workouts were Richard Simmons’ classes at Slimmons. I also took a spin class during my whirlwind trip to Illinois. Lastly, 14 of those workouts had an emphasis on weightlifting (I wish that number was a bit higher, but I’m nitpicking).

Here’s March compared with the 5 prior months:

  • October 2011:  Worked out 23 out of 31 days (74%), including 3 classes at Slimmons. 11 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • November 2011: Worked out 23 out of 30 days (76%), including 6 classes at Slimmons. 9 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • December 2011: Worked out 23 out of 31 days (74%), including 5 classes at Slimmons. 15 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • January 2012: Worked out 26 out of 31 days (83%), including 7 classes at Slimmons, and 1 class at Crunch. 12 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • February 2012: Worked out 23 out of 29 days (79%), including 4 classes at Slimmons, and 1 yoga class. 13 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • March 2012: Worked out 27 out of 31 days (87%), including 5 classes at Slimmons and 1 spin class. 14 workouts had a weightlifting focus.

So far in 2012, I’ve exercised 76 out of 91 days (83.5%), including 16 classes at Slimmons.
My ultimate goal for 2012 is to work out more times than I did in 2011, and now that the year is one-quarter gone (shocking, huh?), I went back and calculated that in the first quarter of 2011, I worked out 75 out of 90 days (83.3%) – so I’m reaching my goal (by two-tenths of a percentage point)! Woo-hoo!

Keep it up, David!


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