My As-Seen-On-TV Workout! I Climbed the Giant Stairway Featured on a New ABC Comedy

April 19, 2018

Have you seen the new ABC comedy “Splitting Up Together”? Only four episodes have aired, on Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30 central. Last week’s episode featured three actors climbing an enormous stairway, and as soon as I watched, I knew I had to climb them myself!

Here’s the same stairs on “Splitting Up Together”: Read the rest of this entry »

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Finger Sporks!

April 18, 2018

I have finger sporks and you don’t!

Well, maybe you do. I’m not sure. Regardless, using two or more fingers to hold an eating utensil is for suckers. Because all you need is one finger. Read the rest of this entry »


“Made It To The Top!” (2018 Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 15, 2018

I competed, on Saturday, for my seventh consecutive year, in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles. The title for this post comes from a sign I saw on the roof after the race, which echoed exactly what I was feeling after a particularly tough climb.

The race was up 63 stories in the stairwell of Read the rest of this entry »


I Swore I’d Never Return to This Store Again. Here’s Why I Came Back, 8 Years Later

April 12, 2018

I hated clothes shopping when I was 400 pounds. I hated how much I had to look in mirrors, I hated the shame I felt every time I was bigger than the largest size available, I hated every step of the process. It was the worst.

At the time, I wore size 56 pants and either 3XL or 4XL shirts. Because of Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Just Like Seabiscuit! (Derby Day 5K Race Recap)

April 9, 2018

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a 5K race that starts by running through the very same starting gates that horses use at one of the most famous horse racing venues in the country!

The race was the Derby Day 5K, held at Read the rest of this entry »


Five Races Under My Belt So Far This Year… and Five More in the Next Five Weeks!

April 5, 2018

I’ve been thinking lately about my very first stair race, at the Aon Center in Los Angeles. It happened six years ago, and while I can remember it vividly, it also seems like a lifetime ago.

I’ll be returning to the Aon Center a week from Saturday, for my seventh consecutive year racing up the 63-story stairwell. It will be Read the rest of this entry »


April Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report

April 1, 2018

Hope everyone had a hippity-hoppity Easter! The Easter bunny didn’t leave me one piece of chocolate or a single jelly bean – awesome! I owe him a thank you note. I don’t want that stuff in my house anyway.

I spent part of my Easter climbing stairs with friends Dan and Juliana.

We spent two hours walking around Beechwood Canyon, a neighborhood is Los Angeles that’s loaded with stairs. Six public stairways, each one ranging from 118-178 steps, including the Woodshire double stairs, above. We climbed each stairway three times. That’s 2,580 total steps up! (And 2,580 steps down.) That’s 1.5 times the Eiffel Tower!

For more information about the stairs of Beechwood Canyon, check out this blog post, and this one, too – one of them was a filming location for “This Is Us”!

Time for my various monthly check-ins and updates. Because I’m a nerd about many things, including my health!

Let’s start with my weight loss chart. I updated it with my April 1 weigh-in results, and…

I stayed the same! Maintenance is always a win. I’ve been very consistent lately – my weigh-ins, for months now, have been within a few pounds of each other.

And, of course, the big picture is still equally impressive. I used to weigh 402 pounds. Now I weigh 253, and I’m in my seventh year of weight loss maintenance!

Moving on to my workout progress report. I’m trying something new this month. I keep a calendar where I write down all my workouts, and normally I post a picture of it every month (like I did in last month’s post), with all the non-workout stuff blurred out. But blurring out everything else is a hassle, so instead I’m posting a much simpler version on here.

This is much easier to see, don’t you think? Every purple dot is a workout. Dots with circles around them are group fitness classes. The letter ‘W’ refers to it being a weight-lifting workout, and ‘R’ refers to there being a race that day. Some notes:

  • Four rest days. Two of them were travel days, getting to and from Paris, and while I didn’t have a dedicated workout those days, I was still active (apart from the 11 hours I was sitting in an airline seat). I think we can all agree that traveling is exhausting, and you cover a lot of ground walking around enormous airport terminals!
  • 10 group fitness classes! That may be an all-time record. Six of them were at-home classes that I did with LIFT Session (read about them here); one was a cardio-aerobics class that my friend Anne teaches that I’ve taken for years; three were at another group fitness place that I’m going to be blogging about soon. Stay tuned!
  • Six weightlifting workouts. I try for one a week, so this is a great monthly number.
  • And FYI, the two races were the Eiffel Tower Vertical, and the Tustin Hangar 5K that I did a day before leaving for France.

Finally: Cardio Miles. I track the distance I cover during my workouts, and keep a running tally. I’m inching closer and closer to hitting the 4,000-mile mark. This month, I crossed the 3,900-mile threshold, so I’m within striking distance!

I crossed the 3,900-mile mark by going on a 30-minute walk after taking a LIFT Session workout class.

And here’s the chart for the whole month:

I started March with 3,838.3 total miles, and ended it with 3,912.7 – so that’s 74.4 new miles covered during the month! and 30% of those miles happened during five days in Paris – lots of walking!

Keep it up, David!

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