November 5, 2013
Yesterday’s post, about my stumble and fall off the wagon, was pretty depressing, but one of the best ways to get back on track is to focus on the positive. And I realized recently that I’ve been kicking ass and taking names in regards to one little component of my workouts, and now I’m really motivated to keep going!
Even though I’m currently training for two upcoming stair climb races, my exercise is pretty varied. That’s how I like it! In addition to stair climb workouts, like this one, I take exercise classes, lift weights, and do other types of cardio. I’ll often start my workouts with a 10-minute warm-up on the StairMaster. And what I can complete in 10 minutes has improved dramatically!
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November 4, 2013
Check out what I got in the mail over the weekend – my first ever Keep It Up, David t-shirt!
I designed it myself and ordered it online – primarily because I have two big, exciting stair climb races coming up, and why not do a little self-promotion? Turns out the shirt arrived at a good time. I was in dire need to be reminded of my own motto, because last week was bad. Some things were out of my control, but I made plenty of bad choices too. I needed to get back on track, pronto. Here’s why:
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October 24, 2013
I took a picture earlier today. Looks like a parking garage, right?
Well, guess what? It IS a parking garage! Yesterday, though, it served another function… as my gym.
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October 17, 2013
Who wants a quickie?
I wasn’t planning on blogging today, and waking up with a pounding headache sorta cemented that plan. But then, on a whim, I got on the scale, liked what I saw, and decided to put together a quick post, headache be damned! Read the rest of this entry »
October 3, 2013
I’m won’t even try to build the suspense: I MADE IT TO LAS VEGAS! Goal… COMPLETE!
OK, OK, I’m not actually in Las Vegas. I’m writing this post from the comfort of my own home. But, for the past few months, I’ve been working on a cardio challenge that’s basically a virtual run to Vegas. Here’s how it works: I’ve been logging all the miles that I complete doing any kind of cardio (bike, run, elliptical, etc.). My goal? Log 274 miles, the distance between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. As I accumulated those miles, I plotted my progress on a map, and found fun, interesting, or bizarre facts about the places I “reached’ along the way. These are some of my favorite posts, and you can read them all on my CARDIO TO VEGAS page.
My last CARDIO TO VEGAS post (which shared the story of a notorious bootlegger) was almost a month ago. Since then, I’ve been Read the rest of this entry »
September 25, 2013
I slept terribly the other night. Why? Because I’m so incredibly sore. I’ve been pushing myself hard lately, in preparation for my climb up the stairs of the tallest building on the west coast, and I’m feeling it throughout my body. Most of the time, I don’t mind feeling sore. In fact, I like it – it means I’m doing something right. But last night, I was so sore that every time I shifted or turned in my sleep (and I toss and turn a lot), my entire lower body would starting aching, and I’d wake up.
It began late last week, a day after my brutal (and wonderful) workout on the public stairways in Silver Lake (read about it here). In total, I ran up over 1,800 steps, and ran down them too.
I followed it up, the next day, with Read the rest of this entry »
August 28, 2013
I make a lot of hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes I get on kicks where I’m boiling a dozen eggs a week. Hard-boiling eggs isn’t a difficult task, but here’s a way to make them that’s even easier. Did you know you can bake whole eggs in the oven?
About a year ago (or maybe longer), a high school friend posted a link to my Facebook page about baking eggs. I wanted to try it at the time, but one thing led to another and it never happened, and then I forgot about it. In recent weeks, I’ve stumbled upon a couple more articles and posts about this method, and decided to give it a try. I consulted a few websites, but they all basically say the same thing. It’s so freakin’ simple.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Put your eggs in the oven. I did a dozen of them:
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July 29, 2013
My goodness…It has been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe! The last recipe I shared featured my cousin Macrae’s spaghetti sauce, and that was two months ago. (I’m still getting compliments about that sauce, by the way, so you should definitely try it if you haven’t already!)
Over the weekend I was invited to a potluck pool party, and because I knew there would be grilling going on, I decided to contribute a healthy and fresh salad. I looked up a bunch of recipes online, and pulled elements from a couple of them, and ended up creating my Double Lemon Vegetable Barley Salad. It got lots of compliments, so try it!
The star of the salad is barley, primarily because I had a lot of in the house. Barley is a grain that needs to be cooked, much like rice or quinoa, and it’s a healthy little bugger. Studies have shown that it can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and, because it contains a slower-to-digest fiber, it can keep you fuller for longer, thus leading to the consumption of fewer calories during the course of the day.
You can get quick-cooking barley, which takes 10 minutes on the stove, but I wanted to use up some regular pearled barley, which takes 45 minutes of low simmering. Because it takes so long, I cooked 1 cup of dry barley the night before, using the instructions on the package. Instead of water, I used low-sodium vegetable stock. After letting it cool, I stuck the whole pot in the fridge. In the morning, it was ready to use!
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July 5, 2013
I wasn’t planning on posting during the long holiday weekend, but I couldn’t sit on this post any longer. I had my once-a-month weigh-in at the beginning of the week, and the results were fantastic. I postponed this post so I could share my Fitbloggin recaps (read them here, here and here), but I can’t postpone any longer! Here’s what the scale said:
Down SIX POUNDS during the month of June! I tend to make Read the rest of this entry »
June 26, 2013
My efforts to get back into shape continue. A huge motivating factor has been the Double-D Workout Challenge that I’m doing with my friend Debbie – there’s nothing like the threat of owing someone money to get me moving! The Double-D Workout Challenge is pretty simple. Basically, we each committed to 5 workouts a week. If you miss a workout, you get a strike. Three strikes, and you owe the other person money (in the form of a gift card). For more details, check out this post.
We’ve been doing the Double-D Workout Challenge since the beginning of May, and so far, I haven’t missed a workout. Except, of course, Read the rest of this entry »