Trying New Foods: Healthy Snacks Edition

November 16, 2017

I love trying new things, and while in Chicago I was able to try five new varieties of healthy snacks, all found in the snack aisle. I’m gonna cut to the chase and say that (spoiler alert!) all of them are delicious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Take the Keep It Up, David THANKSGIVING PLEDGE! It’s Your Ticket to a Guilt-Free Turkey Day

November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! I’m ready for it. This will be my 8th consecutive year taking my Thanksgiving Pledge, which gives you the freedom to enjoy whatever you want on Thanksgiving, without feeling like you’ve completely abandoned your health or weight loss program.

It’s so easy to overeat on Thanksgiving, and for many people, it kickstarts an entire month (or more) of senseless, uninhibited consumption. But I work way too hard on my weight loss maintenance (160 pounds lost and kept off for nearly eight years) to see it go out the window.

So, back in 2010, I created my Thanksgiving Pledge. It’s my way to Read the rest of this entry »


Six Days of Eggs: Eating Well and Staying Fit During My Week in Chicago

November 14, 2017

Pucker up!

I passed by this giant dear sculpture while on a walk in Chicago, and couldn’t resist giving it a smooch. I did a lot of walking – and other exercise – during my week in Chicago, and am proud of the healthy choices I made. We all know it isn’t always easy to stay healthy while traveling! Read the rest of this entry »


Milwaukee CF Climb Race Recap AND Photos From My 17 Hours in the Badger State

November 12, 2017

Milwaukee is COLD! I was only there for one night, but the temperature, with wind chill, was in the single digits. Brrrr! Preparing for my latest race in my hotel room meant dressing for the race, then layering on a hoodie, two jackets, plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

I was staying in a downtown hotel (more on that later), and I walked to Read the rest of this entry »


Chicken Bacon Zucchini Twists

November 8, 2017

Look, I went grocery shopping!

I didn’t really buy three party-sized bags of Cheetos. I actually bought four!

Kidding, kidding. What I really bought were ingredients for a delicious and healthy dinner that my sister Laura and I made at her place in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »


One Morning. Two Separate Stair Races. My First Triumphant Double Header! (2017 SkyRise Chicago and Chicago CF Climb Race Recaps)

November 7, 2017

There are many reasons why I love competing in stair races, but the very first thing that hooked me was the overwhelming feeling that comes after I cross a finish line – a one-of-a-kind swirl of pride, accomplishment, invincibility, pain and exhaustion. Prior to my involvement in this sport, I had never felt it before, and now I can’t get enough of it. This picture, taken moments after crossing a finish line on Saturday, is the closest I’ve come to capturing that feeling:

Now, when I look at it, I can see every component of that feeling pretty clearly: Read the rest of this entry »


November Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

November 4, 2017

Time for my monthly update involving my scale and my charts and graphs and data analysis and YUP, I’M A NERD AND I LOVE THAT ABOUT MYSELF! I step on the scale at the beginning of every month, then immediately walk into my closet and update my weight loss chart. Let’s check out that chart: Read the rest of this entry »