I Just Had My Ten-Year Anniversary of Starting My Weight Loss Journey… and I Forgot All About It!

January 26, 2020

How’s this for embarrassing? On Thursday, January 23, 2020, I celebrated ten years of healthy living. Ten years that began with losing 160 pounds, and then keeping a majority of it off ever since. It’s a huge, impressive milestone… that I completely forgot about. 

What an awful oversight! Halfway through that day, I Read the rest of this entry »


I Went All Out For My Parents’ 50th Anniversary Dinner. Check Out What I Made!

June 16, 2019

My parents celebrated 50 incredible years of marriage recently, and my gift to them was a very fancy dinner that I made myself. How fancy? Well, it was the first time I’ve ever bought lobster tails!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with these expensive little buggers. Grill ’em! I looked at a few recipes online, and then Read the rest of this entry »


My Strange Richard Simmons Anniversary AND February Weigh-In Results

February 5, 2018

I came across a photo of me and Richard Simmons that I haven’t seen (or shared) in years.

This was taken after one of his classes at Slimmons, and Richard was obviously in a punk rock mood. Richard would often create themed music playlists for his classes, and then dress up accordingly. It resulted in fun (and sometimes outrageous) costumes!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Richard the past couple weeks, as I always do this time of year, because Read the rest of this entry »


Holy Crap, I’M GOING TO PARIS! I’m One of Three Americans That Were Selected to Race Up the Eiffel Tower Stairs This Year

January 23, 2018

Bonjour, je m’appelle David, et je vais en France!

I’m so honored and excited to share some extraordinary news: I’m competing in my first international stair race, and it’s in one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower!

I’ve been sitting on this news for almost two weeks. I shared it on social media, but held off of posting it here until the race organizers published it on their website. And that finally happened today!

La Verticale de la tour Eiffel is one of the Read the rest of this entry »


It’s My Anniversary! Here’s the Realization That’s Been Seven Years in the Making.

January 23, 2017

It was seven years ago today, at Richard Simmons’ suggestion, that I started logging my food and emailing him the logs. That marked the beginning of my long, extremely rewarding journey that has resulted in a weight loss of 160 pounds – which I’ve kept off. I thought it’d be nice to mark the occasion with a new ‘before and current’ photo comparison!

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The photo on the right was Read the rest of this entry »


It’s My Anniversary… And I Know Exactly What You Can Get Me

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!

Before-And-Current-Anniversary

Left: Me in 2007. Right: December 2015, at the Hike the Halo race.

I’m so proud of Read the rest of this entry »


A Little LEGO Present… For Myself

January 23, 2015

Despite the mixed feelings I’ve been having about my 5-year weight loss anniversary, I did splurge on a little special something as a present to myself. A little special something… made of little LEGO bricks!
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I Met Richard Simmons Five Years Ago This Month…

January 19, 2015

…so some sort of celebration is in order, right?

Left: Richard and me in January, 2010. I was 402 pounds. Right: Richard with me weighing well over 10 pounds less.

Left: Richard and me in January, 2010. I was 402 pounds. Right: Richard with me weighing well over 100 pounds less.

I don’t really feel like celebrating, though. I don’t know what I’m feeling, to be quite honest, and, to paraphrase a song lyric, I don’t know how I feel about that.

There’s a lot to celebrate, and muddled emotions aside, I am still very Read the rest of this entry »


Keep It Up, David… Now in YEAR FIVE!

September 15, 2014

Saturday was a great, big, awesome day.

Happy-Anniversary-To-Me-Graphic Four years ago, on September 13, 2010, I launched this website and published my very first post. Holy guacamole: FOUR YEARS! Since then, I’ve written 875 posts (this is #876) about my efforts to be healthy, eat well, keep active, stay positive, work towards my goals and better myself. I’ve celebrated my accomplishments, been truthful about Read the rest of this entry »


St. Andrews Stairway (x4) PLUS Weigh-In Update

February 6, 2013

My legs are still sore from last night’s workout. It was the best workout I’ve had in a while, partly because I pushed myself, and partly because it happened in a very cool new location. That location is called the St. Andrews Stairway, and it’s actually not very new at all.

Back in the 1920s, a public stairway was built up the side of the Hollywood Hills, to allow residents on higher streets an easy way to come down to catch the streetcars that used to zip around Los Angeles (hard to believe, but back in the day LA used to have one of the largest public transportation networks in the country). The stairway is cleverly called the St. Andrews Stairway, as it starts at the end of St. Andrews road. Despite it being there for nearly 100 years, I didn’t know it existed, even though last fall, I ran right past it during an evening run. It didn’t catch my eye during that run because it wasn’t lit at night, but that changed last month.

I read online a few weeks ago that some 8 or 9 decades after initial construction, the city of Los Angeles finally made good on their promise to install streetlights on the St. Andrews Stairway, and I realized that it was relatively close to my office. So last night, I laced up my running shoes and went for a run. And even though I’ve only been twice (once last night, and again today to take some photos to share here), I’ll come out and say it: I love the St. Andrews Stairway!

There are 153 stairs (I counted myself). That’s basically a 10-story building! Here’s what they look like from the bottom. The arrow is pointing to the wall at the very top of the stairs, all the way up on Tryon Drive.

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