January 31, 2016
At the end of December, I started a Personal Trainer Food program called RECON. They provided me with a four-week supply of food, and I followed their program diligently. On simple terms, it’s a very low-carb program (no grains, no sugar, almost no fruit), and I was eager to switch up my eating. So for the past month, I’ve been enjoying their food (which is basically all proteins and veggies), and having meals like this:
Italian Style Meatballs with Omaha Vegetable Blend
The month flew by! It seems like it’s only been a few days since Read the rest of this entry »
January 28, 2016
I must’ve written reams about my three days in Seattle and Portland (case in point: this post and this post), and I’m almost done, I promise. Just one more post, because this was a successful weekend in addition to my stair racing endeavors. Why? Largely because of snacks.
My trip fell during my final week of my month doing the Read the rest of this entry »
January 27, 2016
I woke up in Portland on Sunday with a very peculiar combination of feelings. I was still riding high with pride, thanks to my record-breaking performance during the Seattle Fight For Air Climb just 24 hours earlier. I was was also sore, achy and stiff, also thanks to that Seattle race, because racing up 160 stories is, to put it mildly, difficult. Then, when I flung open the curtains in my hotel room and saw the race venue right across the street, I started feeling really, really nervous.
The US Bancorp Tower (which the locals call ‘Big Pink’) is about the Read the rest of this entry »
January 26, 2016
WHAT. A. WEEKEND. You wouldn’t guess it from the pain and misery on my face in this first photo, but this weekend delivered outrageous amounts of happiness. I wouldn’t be surprised if my blood was currently comprised of red and white blood cells, plasma, platelets, and PRIDE.
You may already know the headlines if you follow me on social media (find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), but here’s the nutshell: Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2016
My car has been in and out of the shop for the past week. I have my car now, but it’s been a super frustrating experience, and an expensive one, too, but this isn’t a blog about auto repair, is it? So instead of boring you with details about alternators and poor customer service, I’ll share the details about how I turned a shitstorm of a week into a healthy one. Read the rest of this entry »
January 19, 2016
Whatcha doin’ tomorrow (Wednesday, 1/20/16) at 11:30am EST? I’m gonna be on the radio! I’ll be chatting with fitness expert Tom Holland on “The Burn: The Bowflex Radio Show.” We’re going to be discussing weight loss, stair racing, and more! You can listen LIVE by going to www.wgch.com, or, if you’re in the Greenwich, Connecticut area, just tune your radio to AM 1490! Read the rest of this entry »
January 18, 2016
I had to clean out my freezer a few weeks ago to make room for all the Personal Trainer Food that arrived, and in doing so, I found something I forgot I had: KANGAROO MEAT!
I bought this a while back – a year or two ago, perhaps – at Sprouts. They have a small selection of frozen game meats, like Read the rest of this entry »
January 15, 2016
Six years ago this month, I weighed 402 pounds.
Six years ago this month, Richard Simmons reached out to me, after meeting me in person only a couple hours before, and offered to help me lose weight.
Six years ago this month, and after 2 or 3 weeks of hemming and hawing, I took Richard up on his offer.
It’s been six long years that I’ve been working hard to get my health under control, and the end result still astounds me: I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off!
Left: Me in 2007. Right: December 2015, at the Hike the Halo race.
I’m so proud of Read the rest of this entry »
January 11, 2016
Two weeks ago, I started on a new food program called RECON from Personal Trainer Food. They very kindly shipped me a month’s worth a food, and I’ve been eating it! I wanted to do a little update, since I’m about halfway through the month. Read the rest of this entry »
January 8, 2016
Smoothies are usually a let’s-see-what-I-have-around affair. I’ll put in a little of this, a little of that, whatever fruits and veggies are about to go bad, or whatever, and I never measure or even jot down how I made them. That makes mediocre smoothies easy to forget, and great smoothies difficult to replicate!
Recently, though, I started paying attention, and through trial and error, I refined one of my recipes to the point where I can say that Read the rest of this entry »