A Hike to an Illegal Teahouse High in the Mountains

July 29, 2015

I’ve gone on some pretty fun hikes with my pal Jeff. We’ve crossed the Bridge to Nowhere, ascended to Inspiration Point, and walked the very same road Charlie Chaplin once famously walked. A few days ago, we went on another fun hike, to find a beautiful piece of art high up on a mountain. And we got awesome (and smoggy) views along the way!

david-griffith-park

Our goal was to find a little Read the rest of this entry »


Three Workout Videos That Kicked My Butt

July 24, 2015

One of the awesome friends I saw last weekend at the IDEA World Fitness Convention was my friend Leslie.

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Leslie recently gave me the chance to try out a new service she works with, called AcaciaTV. It took me a while to learn how to pronounce it (“a-kay-sha”), but I won’t soon forget it, because it’s very cool. You can try it too – keep reading for a coupon code!

AcaciaTV is a Read the rest of this entry »


Richard Simmons Hasn’t Been Seen in 18 Months… But Here’s Why I’m Still Going to Slimmons

July 14, 2015

Last Thursday night marked the first time in over a month that I took an aerobics class at Slimmons. A busy travel calendar kept me away, and I was excited to return. The Slimmons classroom has a long history, and it’s a very important place for me. And the reason why is evolving.

slimmons-sign

Richard Simmons opened the doors at Slimmons 41 years ago. He wanted to create a Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Ready for the #SummerStrong Challenge! Are You?

July 9, 2015

I just did Day Two of the Bowflex Summer Strong Challenge, and that meant push-ups. Lots of push-ups.

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Let me back it up a little but, shall I? I learned about the Bowflex Summer Strong Challenge at exactly the right time. It’s designed to Read the rest of this entry »


Sweden, Part Three: An Exercise Adventure!

June 22, 2015

Months ago, while talking to Katherine about my upcoming visit, I casually mentioned how cool it would be to climb the stairs at Kaknästornet, the tallest structure in Stockholm. I could be an international stair climber! Kaknästornet is a TV satellite tower that stands 509 feet tall, with a restaurant and bar at the top, and Katherine wanted to climb the stairs, too!

kaknastornet

It’s hard to compare height with nothing nearby, and there is literally nothing nearby. Kaknästornet was built in a forest a few kilometers from the center of town.

Even though it’s open to the public, the stairs are not, and I mentioned it to Katherine as a joke, knowing full well access would be impossible. To my surprise, Katherine and her husband Peter actually know a guy that knows guys at Kaknästornet, and they offered to make a call! Perhaps this wouldn’t be impossible after all!
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June Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

June 3, 2015

Remember the depression I mentioned last week? I’m feeling much better (thank you for all your messages and encouragement!), but I gotta address that depression one last time, because it had an effect on my weight. I do a weigh-in on the first of every month, and this one came after nearly two weeks of feeling kinda low. As a result, this is what I added to my weight loss chart the other morning:

June-Weight-Loss-Chart-Update

It’s a bummer. Two months of 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 »


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