March Workout Calendar and April Weigh-In

April 3, 2014

Physically speaking, March was a very successful month for me. It started with a very challenging stair race in Las Vegas, and ended with another stair race, equally challenging, in San Diego. All in all, I exercised 25 out of 31 days in March, and I know this because I log all my workouts on my calendar.

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My Week in Review… PLUS, Fun With Maps!

March 24, 2014

It’s the start of a new week! I’m feeling pretty good, although last week was kinda… well, I was going to say ‘difficult,’ but that’s not quite the right word, so let’s go with ‘challenging.’ It started off rough. I was continually feeling Read the rest of this entry »


2013 Year-End Progress Report

January 16, 2014

Time to close the books on 2013! Because I’m a big nerd, I log all my workouts in my calendar. I notate how long I exercised and what I did. This easily allows me to keep track of how many workouts I’ve done in a given week, and reminds me of which workout (weights or cardio) I’m due to complete next. Every day that I exercise gets a dot on the calendar. Here’s my December ’13 calendar, which I accidentally photo-bombed with my own toes:

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2012 Year-End Progress Report

January 14, 2013

We’re already halfway through January? 2013 is just flying by! At the moment, I feel like I’m finally free and clear of the cold that I’ve been fighting for about 2 weeks now, but I won’t feel that way in the morning. Every morning I wake up stuffed up and snotty, and by the end of the day, I feel much better. Then, I wake up the next day feeling stuffed up and snotty again, and the cycle resumes. I’m tired of it.

I haven’t been letting my cold affect my routine too much. I’ve still been working out 3-4 times a week, which has become my norm, including a workout today, and another one yesterday, too. And I’m still logging all my workouts in my calendar (8 so far in January), and brings me to the focus of today’s post:

My 2012 Year-End Progress Report! Even though I haven’t posted a monthly report since July, I’ve still been tracking everything, and it’s time to summarize my year in exercise.

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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!


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!


February 2012 Progress Report

March 2, 2012

Happy March, everyone! I get excited when I get to turn the page in my calendar, because that means it’s time for one of my favorite recurring posts… it’s Progress Report Time!

You’ve seen these before, right? I do one every month (check out January and November, and for December, I did a monster 2011 Year-End Report). Basically, I track all my exercise in my calendar, and then, once a month, I process the cold hard data into interesting (to me) facts and statistics, because I’m a nerd like that.

Here’s my February calendar:

Each dot represents a workout, and the scribbles next to the dots describe, briefly, what I did. Some dots have other shapes around them: a circle around the dot represents a class at Slimmons, a triangle around a dot represents a different type of class (in this case, my first ever yoga class), and I started marking workouts at my new gym with a square around the dot. I did this because my gym memberships overlapped for a little while, and I was going to both, and I wanted to demarcate which workouts were done at which gym. My membership at my old gym is now expired, so for March (and beyond), no demarcation is needed.

February got off to a rocky start. I let some depression get the best of me, and during the first five days of the month, I only worked out twice. I rebounded nicely, and during each of the remaining weeks, I met my weekly workout goals. During the last 12 days of the month, I worked out 11 times.

Another noteworthy accomplishment is that I did three workouts on the StairMaster, which might be a monthly record, as I don’t love the StairMaster. In fact, I beat my own StairMaster record on the first two of those workouts (I conquered the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and the Empire State Building). As for the third, well, it just happened the other day, and I haven’t blogged about it yet, but that’s coming (along with an exciting announcement) in a few days.

Let’s crunch some numbers, huh? In February, I worked out 23 out of 29 days, which is a 79% success rate. That’s slightly below last February’s percentage, which was 82%, but I worked out 23 days during both Februaries, so my lower percentage this year can squarely be blamed on leap year. Curses, leap year!  I also took 4 classes at Slimmons, the aforementioned yoga class, and 13 of my workouts had an emphasis on weight training, which is pretty damn good!

Here’s February compared with the 5 prior months:

  • September 2011:  Worked out 24 out of 30 days (80%), including 4 classes at Slimmons.  11 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • 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.

So far in 2012, I’ve exercised 49 out of 60 days (81%), including 11 classes at Slimmons.

Keep it up, David!


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