There’s plenty I need to update everyone on, including not one, but two race recaps (!), but that’s something for another day. Today is a quick post about a challenging workout I created that’s quickly becoming something I look forward to every week. Read the rest of this entry »
When I moved to Michigan, I didn’t bring tons of stuff. I sold a few things, tossed out a few things, and donated a heckuva lot to thrift stores. I didn’t bring any furniture – just clothes, books and knick-knacks, and kitchenwares. The biggest items that went on the moving truck were my exercise equipment. I’ll need to work out in Michigan!
That’s my Schwinn Classic Cruiser. It’s an exercise bike, but with some really fun features and qualities. Read the rest of this entry »
Problem: I have stair races coming up in a few weeks, starting with a climb to the 103rd floor of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. I haven’t been in a stairwell since my last race, at the US Bank Tower, a few weeks ago. I need to train!
Solution: Time to find a skyscraper to train in! The other night, I did just that.
This is the Read the rest of this entry »
I got a new toy that I’ve been using lately, and it’s totally awesome. I’m now the owner of a…
Perhaps you’ve seen these in stores, or Read the rest of this entry »
I’m writing this post from an entirely new-to-me location – the Los Angeles Central Library! I jumped on the Metro this morning and headed downtown for a change of scenery, and ended up here, in a building that dates back almost 90 years.
I could hang out all afternoon in the rotunda (except there’s no seating in there):
To get to the library, I walked past a building that’s very familiar to me. Do you recognize it? Read the rest of this entry »
I thought I’d start off today with some BIG NEWS, so big all capital letters are required!
My appearance with Richard Simmons on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is getting rebroadcast next week! Woo-hoo! Tune in Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (go to www.ellentv.com to find out when it airs in your town).
Here’s what I want you to do: Tell someone that’s important in your life and is struggling with their weight – family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, whoever – to tune in on Wednesday, or set their TiVo, or you set yours and invite them over, or met up at Sears and watch on 40 TVs at once (however you want to do it!) and then direct them here, to this blog. Tell them to just check it out. I’m not selling videos or supplements or pills – I’m just proof that anyone with hard work, discipline, and the right attitude can make healthy changes and lose the weight. I have good days and bad days, and I share it all here.
Tons of you have stepped forward, in emails, comments, Facebook posts, and tweets, and have very kindly shared what an inspiration I am. I don’t tire of hearing it, even on days when I don’t feel it, mainly because my readers have become a huge source of inspiration for me. All of you encourage me to keep it up, and I listen, and it helps. So tell your friends to watch me on Ellen, and tell them how much you enjoy my blog (which hopefully is true, or you wouldn’t be here right now), and give them the URL (www.keepitupdavid.com), and point them towards my Facebook and Twitter pages, both of which are great ways to hear about new posts. Are you clear about your assignment? Good!
Since Richard Simmons was in New Zealand all last week, I was really looking forward to taking his class last night at Slimmons. I had every intention of going, too, but life got in the way. And by ‘life’, I mean ‘my air conditioner was broken and the repairmen needed 10 hours to fix it.’ It’s a big mess that I won’t get into here, but when they showed up at 9am, it never occurred to me that they wouldn’t be finished in time for me to make it to Richard’s 6:30pm class. They left at 7pm. And they’re back this morning, to do more tests. Good times.
After their departure at 7pm, I was already dressed to go exercise, but one thing led to another. Oh, I should watch the news. Oh, I’ll just send some tweets first. Oh, maybe after “The Big Bang Theory.” I’m sure you know how it is. It wasn’t until after 9pm, when I caught myself absent-mindedly taking off my gym shoes, that I finally sat up on the couch and forced myself to go workout, and I was grumbling the whole time.
I decided to run. Since my new running rules dictate heading to different locales other than my dreary neighborhood, I headed 10 minutes away to my old neighborhood on the edge of Burbank. The streets are wide, empty, and lit, and I’m familiar with all of them. While driving there, I decided on a route – a big loop that, when I drove it in my car, measured 1.5 miles. My plan was to run it twice, and hopefully a third time:
I felt good during most of the first loop, but towards the end of it I was noticing my grumpy factor rising, and the fatique already setting in. I pushed through it, and by the middle of the second loop I was feeling a lot better. By the time I got to the end of the second loop, though, I was ready to stop, and so I did. Two laps is 3 miles, and that’s a good run. Time to update the chart:
- 9/21/10: Distance: 3.1 miles. Time: 41 minutes. MPH: 4.53
- 9/27/10: Distance: 3.3 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 4.4
- 10/5/10: Distance: 3.2 miles. Time: 40 minutes. MPH: 4.8
- 10/12/10: Distance: 3.8 miles. Forgot to note time and MPH
- 10/16/10: Distance: 2.9 miles. Forgot to note time and MPH
- 11/1/10: Distance: 3.1 miles. Time: 36 minutes. MPH: 5.16
- 11/6/10: Distance: 5.1 miles. Time: 60 minutes. MPH: 5.1
- 11/14/10: Distance: 3.9 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 5.2
- 11/28/10: Distance: 4.2 miles. Time: 46 minutes. MPH: 5.47
- 1/4/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes. MPH: 5.3
- 1/24/11: Distance: 4.4 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 5.86
- 2/1/11: Distance: 1.9 miles. Time: 20 minutes. MPH: 5.7
- 2/9/11: Distance: 3.5 miles. Time: 38 minutes. MPH: 5.52
- 2/16/11: Distance: 2.9 miles. Time: 33 minutes. MPH: 5.28
- 2/27/11: Distance: 5 miles. Time: 60 minutes. MPH: 5.0
- 3/3/11: Distance: 5.4 miles. Time: 57 minutes. MPH: 5.13
- 3/10/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes. MPH: 5.29
When I got back home, I jumped on the exercise bike with the intention of pedaling away for 15 minutes to supplement my run, but I ended up pedaling away for 30 minutes. The bike in the little gym in my building has Tetris on it (well, it has a very-similar-but-different-enough-game that doesn’t infringe on copyright), so I played one game, and did really well, and that led to 30 minutes. I made it on the leader board, but I’m the only one on the leader board (I guess it’s not very popular amongst my neighbors, or they all suck).
I’ll end with a weight loss chart update: I weighed myself this morning, and DOWN 1 POUND! Awesome! That puts my weight at 238 (18 pounds away from my next goal), and my weight loss at 164. Here’s the chart:
KEEP IT UP, David!