June 29, 2016
I’ve been staying with my sister Laura ever since I arrived in Chicago six days ago, and while I shared many of our adventures in my last post, there’s something else I want to share: Laura has lost 64 pounds over the past nine months, and I’m so proud of her!
What’s really great is that Laura has lost it in a completely healthy, sustainable way. Her main method is Read the rest of this entry »
June 27, 2016
I was about to start this post by inviting everyone to guess where I was, but I already blew it, thanks to the title I chose. So… Greetings from Chicago!
That’s the rooftop deck in my sister’s building. And if you’re thinking it’s completely awesome, well, you’re 100% correct!
After Maude’s death, I really wanted to get away from Los Angeles, and Chicago was the perfect choice. I was already Read the rest of this entry »
June 26, 2016
Look, it’s the headless stairclimber!
Here’s the original image: Read the rest of this entry »
June 22, 2016
I had to put my dog Maude to sleep this morning. She had advanced kidney failure, and she deteriorated suddenly and severely. The downturn started Sunday, when she stopped eating and drinking, and four days later, she was gone.
My time with Maude was devastatingly short. She was put down four months, to the day, after I brought her home from the rescue. But it was such an immensely rewarding, love-filled, jubilant time.
We were still getting to know each other, in many ways, although we Read the rest of this entry »
June 21, 2016
When it’s come to athletic endeavors, I’ve spent most of my life with an “I can’t” mentality. That’s the sort of thinking that accompanies morbid obesity, and I used to weigh over 400 pounds. Thoughts like “there’s no way I’m fit or strong enough to do XYZ” where pretty commonplace.
Now that I’ve lost around 160 pounds and kept it off for over five years, I love doing things that weren’t even a remote possibility when I was heavy. That part of the appeal of stair racing. It’s a brutally challenging sport, and I still get overwhelmed after a stair race with a wave of emotions, a mixture of shock, disbelief, and pride.
On Saturday, I competed in the San Diego TOWERthon, and it didn’t end with a wave of emotions. Instead, I was hit by a tsunami of empowering feelings that, days later, still has me choked up.
Me and my bib – lucky number 161!
The TOWERthon is a beast of an event, where you are challenged to climb the stairs to the top of a 20-story building as many times as possible in two hours. That’s 120 minutes of nearly non-stop stair climbing – excluding elevator time to get back down – and if that sounds like a terrible way to spend a Saturday morning… well, I used to think that, too. Not anymore. Read the rest of this entry »
June 17, 2016
If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for someone to release a workout video with drag queens. The wait is over. Check out “Workout’s A Drag“!
This was a project I supported on Kickstarter. My friend Craig Ramsay created it – he’s a personal trainer, author, and fitness expert, and five years ago, I was taking his boot camps left and right, and doing personal trainer sessions with him, too. This is us, back in 2011: Read the rest of this entry »
June 16, 2016
I realize this is going to make me sound like an arrogant jerk, but I’m totally awesome at counting. I know all the numbers… and what order they go in… AND I don’t even need to rely on my fingers at all. Try not to be too jealous. Unfortunately, thanks to what’s in these boxes, all that hard work is for naught.
Introducing… the Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells! They count your reps for you. I haven’t counted a rep in weeks. If I knew this product was going to be invented, I wouldn’t have Read the rest of this entry »
June 14, 2016
Quite a few people have asked me what I thought about the current issue of the National Enquirer – the one with the cover story that says Richard Simmons has transitioned into a woman. “Do you think it’s true?” I’ve fumbled my way through some answers to that question, but really, the truest and simplest answer is this: Read the rest of this entry »
June 7, 2016
I competed in my 8th stair race of 2016 on Saturday (and my 35th overall!), and it was a unique experience for me. There were TWO buildings! The race was called Tower 2 Tower, and the start line was at the base of the City National Bank building in Oxnard, California.
First we raced up 14 stories in this building. Then we ran to a different stairwell, and ran down. Then, we ran about a quarter of a mile across a parking lot, through an obstacle course. Once we got through the obstacles, it was Read the rest of this entry »
June 5, 2016
If you happened to be in Griffith Park this morning, you may have seen a guy running by in a neon green tutu. That guy was me! I competed in the Pride Run 5k, and the costume was in honor of my friend Richard Simmons.
Richard was in the news again this weekend, reportedly hospitalized on Friday night. It was a Read the rest of this entry »