A Cardio Challenge Three Years in the Making

October 16, 2017

Three years ago this month my Bowflex Max Trainer M5 showed up at my door. I’ve blogged about many times, and it really is a remarkable, challenging machine. It’s kinda like if an elliptical and stepmill had a baby… that was much better than both of its parents.

The Max Trainer is the cornerstone of my at-home workouts, and I’ve used it every week since I got it. So, in honor of the anniversary, I’ve come up with a challenge designed to see how far I’ve come on this machine, and then push me further. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trying New Foods: Chips and Sauce and a Beverage (But Not All At Once)

October 11, 2017

I’ve tried three new foods over the past couple weeks, and they’re all things you should keep your eye out for while shopping! Here we go: Read the rest of this entry »


October Weigh-In And Workout Progress Report

October 8, 2017

I updated my weight loss chart with the results of my monthly weigh-in:

After holding steady in September, I was down one pound! The one-pound loss is excellent, and Read the rest of this entry »


There’s a Shipwreck Near Los Angeles… and You Can Hike To It!

October 5, 2017

South of Los Angeles is a community called Rancho Palos Verdes. It’s a beautiful, affluent area, built on big bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And, at the base of the bluffs, there’s a shipwreck that dates back 56 years!

It looks like I’m standing on a rusty tank, but it’s actually the Read the rest of this entry »


Trying New Foods: Iceland Edition

October 4, 2017

I love trying new foods. During my recent half-day visit to Iceland, I bought myself two souvenirs, both Icelandic food items. And this should come as no surprise: I loved trying them!

The first was fjallagrasasȳróp – a syrup made from Iceland moss. Iceland moss (that’s what it’s actually called) is technically a Read the rest of this entry »


Five Stair Races in the Next Three Months… I Need Your Help!

October 2, 2017

The end of the year is coming soon, but there’s no time to rest. I’ve done seven stair races so far in 2017, and I’ve got five more lined up between now and the end of December!

Photo from the US Bank Tower race a week and a half ago, taken on the final flight of stairs, 75 stories up!

I’ll be racing in four different cities – including two I’ve never raced in before. I’m Read the rest of this entry »


My Fifth Race Up the Tallest Stairwell in the West! (Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 26, 2017

Last weekend was the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA’s annual race up the stairwell in the 75-story US Bank Tower, from the sidewalk to the tallest roof in Los Angeles!

This was my fifth consecutive year competing, and while I was excited to attempt a new personal best, I didn’t have Read the rest of this entry »