July 7, 2016
I hope everyone had a great Independence Day! I’ve been traveling all over the midwest since my last post, going from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois (I have a special post coming about this stop) to St. Joseph, Michigan to suburban Detroit, where I’m writing this now. I spent the actual holiday in St. Joseph, where more than 20 members of my family congregated. Fun at the beach…
That’s my sandcastle!
…a selfie with my sister Sarah and a Read the rest of this entry »
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 »