A New Hike Adventure: Exploring Vanalden Cave!

July 30, 2017

I learned a few months ago that there was a cave, accessible by hiking, not too far from me, in the Santa Monica Mountains. Heck yea! Let’s go check out that cave! It’s completely awesome… but kinda hard to find.

It’s called Vanalden Cave, and it’s in the mountains just south of Read the rest of this entry »

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A Very Vertical Weekend

July 25, 2017

Three days, three great workouts – and all three had a big vertical component. Going vertical is hard work: you’re lifting your entire body weight, whether it’s up stairs, a hill, or an incline on the treadmill. It’s great for your legs, and great for your heart.

It all began on Friday night, when I went shopping for Read the rest of this entry »


I Paid How Much For This Mango?!

July 23, 2017

I suffered major sticker shock the other day. I made a quick stop at a supermarket, to pick up a watermelon to bring to a get-together. While looking for the melons, a lady offered me a free sample of a mango. Yes, please!

It was delicious. She pointed to the Read the rest of this entry »


What Has 6,210 Teeth and Feels Great on Your Skin? A Spoonk Mat!

July 19, 2017

I’ve been using a new product to help me relax and ease muscle soreness, and I wanted to share it here. It’s called a Spoonk mat, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried before.

At first glance, it may look like a yoga mat, but nope! It’s not. It’s covered in Read the rest of this entry »


I’m a MACHINE! I Calculated How Much Horsepower I Generate, and You Can Too!

July 18, 2017

I watch a LOT of game shows. One of my favorites is (and always has been) “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” – I even auditioned once, a few years back! So I was giddy when they had a stair-related question on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” My love of game shows and my love of stairs, finally united! Here’s the question:

It’s really not that hard a question –  even if, like me, you’re not Read the rest of this entry »


June and July Weigh-Ins and Workout Progress Reports

July 14, 2017

This one falls in the ‘better late than never’ category. I weigh myself at the beginning of the month. This month’s weigh-in was delayed, because I was in the midwest for the first week of July, and even though I weighed myself last month, I forgot to blog about it. So today, you get a double dose of stats and graphs! Here’s my weight loss chart:

I’ve kept this baby for over seven years, and Read the rest of this entry »


Workout Torture: Sand Dune Edition

July 12, 2017

Does working out on a sand dune sound horribly difficult? Guess what… IT IS! But I’m a guy always on the lookout for a new workout adventures, and this one certainly qualifies.

That’s me, in the dark blue shirt, trudging up a 100-foot sand dune. The dune is in Read the rest of this entry »