The Post-Race Blues

December 11, 2019

There’s been a lot of excitement in my life recently. I finished my 40th and final race of the year a few weeks ago, had a great Thanksgiving in Colorado, and reveled in some incredible #40years40races statistics. And now that all that’s done and over with, I find myself struggling with some depression.

Depression, like obesity, will likely be something I 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!

anniversary-before-and-current

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


Time to Start Ramping Up the Workouts

May 16, 2016

My plan, after my disastrous race in the Aon Center last month, was to take a breather from intensive exercise. I was due. That race was my seventh stair race in 2016 (so far). Tack on the four races I did in the fall of 2015, and I’ve had at least one major race every month for the past eight months. That’s a lot of racing… and a lot of training. I was feeling overtrained and exhausted, and the Aon Center race triggered some depression that hung around a little longer than I would have liked (although any depression is more than I would’ve liked, so that’s not saying much).

A few weeks ago, I looked at my calendar, and decided Read the rest of this entry »


September Weigh-In and August Workout Progress Report and, What the Hell, How About A Mental Health Update, Too!

September 9, 2015

We’re already over a week into September, and I’m just now posting my first-of-the-month weigh-in results. There’s some shame involved, and some depression, too, so let’s just spit it out:

september-weigh-in

Up Seven Pounds. Ugh. I try to remind myself of the big picture – because it is an awesome big picture – but it’s hard. I try to emphasize my new way of thinking about weight loss maintenance, but that is also hard. And it’s because Read the rest of this entry »


Inside A Mental Health Mini-Breakdown

August 27, 2015

Here’s a behind-the-scenes tip from a veteran: When a blogger disappears for a while, unannounced, something is going down. And it’s likely not good.

I haven’t posted in about a week, and I can tell you right now that, in this instance, I definitely wasn’t in a good place. I was feeling depressed and worn out. I was having a What’s the point? moment. Dealing with depression isn’t easy. It never will be. Read the rest of this entry »


Dealing With Depression By Doing Two of My Favorite Things

May 29, 2015

I’ve been blue the past week and a half. I often get this way after big races, and the One World Trade Center event in Manhattan certainly qualifies as a big race. I’ve been good about exercising since I’ve been back from New York, but other things have suffered. My eating, for one, hasn’t been great, and I haven’t been productive with other things I have going on.

This post isn’t about depression, though. It’s about getting over a depression. I was tired of feeling unmotivated and lethargic. I was tired of being the guest of honor at my own pity party. So I thought about what I could do that would make me feel better. And I came with two activities, neither of which I had done in a long time, that might just goose me out of this funk. Then I decided to do both in one day.

Here’s a hint about the first one: Read the rest of this entry »


Take the 2014 KEEP IT UP, DAVID Thanksgiving Pledge!

November 24, 2014

It’s almost Thanksgiving! Holidays can sometimes make me anxious. I know I can eat sickening amounts of food (and I spent years doing exactly that), but I don’t want to do that anymore. On the other hand, holidays are built around food traditions, and I’d like to partake in them.

So I created a simple pledge that gets me through Thanksgiving Day. Read the rest of this entry »