2014 Year-End Progress Report

We’re already almost half a month into 2015 (can you believe it?), but I need to do one big, final reflection on 2014. I’ve already shared my January weigh-in, but I never published my December Workout Progress Report. That’s because I’m rolling it onto a much bigger update: my 2014 Year-End Progress Report!

Breaking news! I’m a big nerd. One of my nerdier endeavors is to log all my workouts in my calendar. I notate exercise duration, activities, and the distance I covered (if applicable). On a week-to-week basis, it makes it easy to keep track and plan so I can meet my weekly goal of 6 workouts, as well as reminding myself what I’ve done, so I can keep switching it up. Then, at the end of the month, I can look back and see how I’ve been doing.

Sidebar: I’m now on Instagram! Follow me! I’m “keepitupdavid” (d’uh)!

Because this post will have info on the entire year, I’m going to keep the part about December short and sweet. Here’s the breakdown:

  • I worked out 27 out of 31 days.
  • 10 of those workouts involved weightlifting.
  • I took 1 class at Slimmons.
  • I took 2 other classes: a spin class and a boot camp, both at the gym I went to while I was in Michigan for Christmas.

It was a great month. I’m especially proud of not letting myself slack on account of the holidays. 27 of out 31 days is an 87% success rate – and my monthly goal is between 85-86%, because that’s what working out 6 days a week would equate to. Yup, it was a great month.

Next up: The Year In Review!

I set an annual goal for myself each and every year: to work out more days than the year before. First, let’s look back at my history:

You eagle-eyed readers may have noticed something. Ever since I started tracking my workouts four years ago, I’ve never once reached my annual goal. Every year had less workouts than the one prior.

Well, that’s how it goes. I’m not going to bore you with the reasons, both legitimate and not, that those numbers dropped (that why I included links up there to my previous Year-End Progress Reports)… I’m gonna forge ahead.

How did I do in 2014?

My 2014 planner has a nifty page where you can see an entire year at a glance. I inserted all my workouts from the year, and this is what it looks like:


Every square with an “X” is a day with a workout; every blank square was exercise-free. The two longest stretches without workouts correspond to injuries that sidelined me: my hip in mid-June, and my foot in late October.

I’ll save you the trouble of counting up the my workouts, because I’ve already done it.

I worked out 296 times in 2014! TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX TIMES! That’s an all-time record – 12 more workouts than my prior best, in 2011.

296 out of 365 days is an 81% success rate – the closest I’ve ever come to my 85-86% goal.

Some other 2014 stats:

  • I attended 35 classes at Slimmons. Only 6 were led by Richard Simmons. The rest were led by Anne, who has subbed for Richard every Thursday since Richard went into seclusion last February.
  • 109 of my workouts involved weightlifting.
  • My workouts average around an hour each. In total, I spent 12.3 days in 2014 exercising!
  • Combine my workouts from 2011-2014, and I’ve worked out 1,066 times in the past four years! That’s equal to 44.4 days.

I’m grateful for a lot of things, and I love when that list grows and evolves. Today, I’m grateful for my nerdiness, and the diligence required to notate all my exercise. I’m re-reading this post, and damn – these numbers are impressive! I’m so happy to know that, as I move deeper into 2015, I come back to this data whenever I want, so I can be reminded and inspired by what I’m capable of doing.

My 2015 goal shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s to work out more than 296 times. There’s only one thing more exciting than setting a personal record: the prospect of beating it!

Keep it up, David!


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6 Responses to 2014 Year-End Progress Report

  1. Sarah Van Houten says:

    WOW! Great year. Keep it up!

  2. Jeff Dinkin says:

    Great work, David! In addition to the increased number of workouts, I believe your strength and endurance have also increased dramatically from previous years – something your data doesn’t take into account, at least from what I can see.

  3. Coco says:

    Super impressive! I keep track of my runs on a Google Docs spreadsheet and enjoy tallying my miles at the end of each month and the year.

    • David says:

      Thanks! Your comment reminded me that I forgot to tally up my cardio miles for the year. Oops. Oh well, I’ll save it for another post 🙂 I’m glad you have a system… what was your mileage for 2014?

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