My New Hiking Goal, Plus StairMaster, Meal Prep, and Other Successes

February 28, 2021

In 2020, I set a goal to walk one long trail from end to end. I broke it into chunks, and did a different portion every weekend, ultimately completing it in August, walking 102.6 miles in the process. Now I’m back at it!

JJ and I went for our first hike of 2021, and it was the first leg of my 2021 hiking goal: to Read the rest of this entry »


2020 Year-End Progress Report

January 4, 2021

This is typically one of my favorite posts of the year. I’ve done a Year-End Progress Report every year for ten years, and use it to crunch numbers and check in on all the awesome progress I’ve made over the past 12 months, in regards to my health, fitness, and weight loss.

To be honest, I’m dreading it this year, because I haven’t made any progress. I’ve actually gone in the opposite direction. So I’m rethinking this post. This year’s report isn’t about progress, it’s about taking stock of my circumstances and setting a new baseline, from which I can make all sorts of excellent progress in 2021.

And I’m going to highlight any successes that I come across, so I don’t lose sight of them. I need all the motivation I can get! Let’s practice: Read the rest of this entry »


Sand Dune Adventures Up North!

October 18, 2020

Get ready to shake sand out of your shoes for weeks, because… Sand Dune Alert!

I came back earlier today from a great weekend excursion – an overnight trip up north, designed with one goal in mind: to have an excellent, unique workout experience.

One of the things I miss most about living in Los Angeles Read the rest of this entry »


My First Stair Workout in Seven Months

September 20, 2020

Woohoo! I’m back on the stairs!

It’s been, oh, seven months since I’ve had a good workout on the stairs. I’ve missed it. When the pandemic first started flaring up, all my upcoming stair races got cancelled. All the gyms in my state were forced to Read the rest of this entry »


It Took More Than 100 Miles, But I’ve Finished My Hiking Challenge!

August 30, 2020

Here’s the face of a happy camper, standing in a park in Richmond, Michigan:

How did I end up in Richmond? I walked there! It as the end of a months-long pandemic challenge – a quest to hike the entire length of a trail that spans two counties. And I made it! Read the rest of this entry »


My First Post… From My New House!

July 26, 2020

Hello, everyone! Greetings from my new home!

I moved in a few weeks ago, and between preparing for the move, and all the stuff that’s come after, it seems like I’ve been busy forever. Earlier today, my father and I removed the bathroom mirror in the above photo from the wall and rehung it ten inches higher, because that bathroom was not designed for Read the rest of this entry »


JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »


The Saturday Morning Workout That’s Been Kicking My Butt

May 25, 2020

All I wanted was a simple post-workout photo, and JJ photobombed it!

And then, seconds later, JJ landed a kiss right on my lips, complete with tongue! Read the rest of this entry »


I Was Dreading My First Run In Six Months… And The Outcome Surprised Me!

May 10, 2020

It’s been a good week, and I want to share my successes. That’s right, plural! Not one success, but two!

WHOA! I need a haircut!

I’ll share one of those successes in my next post. This post is about a huge exercise win: I went running for the first time in six months! After Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Adding Hundreds of Miles to My Cardio Miles Total

May 4, 2020

I want to get back into monthly weigh-ins. And since a new month began a couple days ago, I stepped on a scale, and was down another pound! I had weighed myself midway through April, for the first time since I began working from home, and had lost 9.2 pounds at that point. That’s now a total of 10.2 pounds lost in the seven weeks that my state has been under a Stay-at-Home order. (Here’s how I’m doing it: Part 1 and Part 2)

Getting back into monthly weigh-ins means I should Read the rest of this entry »