May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 4, 2016

The new month began when I was in Arizona, so my monthly weigh-in had to be pushed from the 1st of the month to the 3rd. Here’s my Weight Loss Chart…

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…and my weigh-in results:

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Down 1 pound. I’ve been within the 2-pound range for 4 months now – and maintenance is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS a good thing!

Weighing 252 means I’ve lost and kept off 150 pounds total, and that is incredible. It’s been over 6 years since I started losing weight, and I need to remind myself that, despite my ongoing desire to try to push that number even lower, I’ve done something that really is extraordinary, and I can’t lose sight of that. 

A very interesting article was published in the New York Times a couple days ago, which discusses the results of a study of all the contestants from a season of “The Biggest Loser,” most of whom regained most or all of the weight they lost on TV. Read it here. The article is depressing. It suggests that their metabolisms, which had slowed down during their dieting, never recovered, meaning their bodies were working harder, against their own efforts to stay healthy, to add on the pounds.

In one sense, the article confirmed what I already knew from experience: Maintenance is just as hard as losing weight to begin with. In another sense, it sorta dashed some hopes in my head that this process would slowly get easier over time. It won’t. I’ve already known I’m in this for the long haul, folks, but this article reaffirms I’ll always need to just as conscious and thoughtful about the choices I make and the daily battles I fight as I am right now.

I’ve gotten over the depression that was hounding me after my last race, and while the article didn’t send me spiraling downward, it did give me pause. I suppose I’ve always thought that it’s the external forces that would create the biggest problems – temptations at restaurants and grocery stores, scheduling issues that make exercise difficult – but I have to fight my own body, too. I guess deep down I already knew that, but the article puts that idea front and center.

I won’t stop, though. I’ve worked too hard and come too far.

Plus, I had an awesome workout month! You all know the drill: I log my workouts on my calendar. Every day that I exercise gets a dot (and a scribbled description of what I did). In April, I worked out 26 out of 30 days!

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That’s an 86% success rate – a hair higher than my 85% monthly goal (which is based on a weekly goal of 6 workouts and 1 rest day). Ever since my knee flared up, I’ve been conscious to take it easy and give it time to properly recover, so during the last two weeks of the month I’ve been mainly walking. But exercise is exercise – it all counts. I also took one class at Slimmons, and devoted 3 workouts to weightlifting.

Because of all the walking, my Cardio Miles monthly number is by far the highest of 2016. In April, I traveled 87.1 miles during my workouts. (My previous 2016 high was 56.7 in February.)

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I’m only a couple hundred miles away from reaching my goal of exercising my way across the country, from ocean to ocean! (I’m at 2,281.2 miles now, and my goal is 2,500.)

I’ll get there in a few months time!

Keep it up, David!

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There Were Nazis In These Hills! (A Los Angeles Hike Adventure)

April 28, 2016

My friend Jeff and I took Maude for her first hike the other day, and it wore her out. It wore Jeff and me out, too! It was the most challenging hike I’ve done, and to a very memorable destination: We hiked to an old Nazi compound, right here in Los Angeles!

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Jeff and I have been talking for months about hiking to Murphy Ranch, in Rustic Canyon, above the Pacific Palisades. Murphy Ranch is where, in the ’30s, a couple of Nazi sympathizers built a compound, possibly under the influence of Read the rest of this entry »


A Very, Very, Very Long Walk Around Redondo Beach

April 26, 2016

First things first: I totally have to brag about a friend. CNN ran a great story on Friday about stair racing, and it stars my friend Lisa. The video is simply stunning. Beautifully shot, a wonderful message, totally inspiring. Read the article and watch the video here.

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That’s Lisa and I before the San Francisco Fight For Air Climb last month.

I’ve made so many incredible friends through stair climbing – supportive, motivating folks that I’ve learned from and grown with – and Lisa is one of them. It’s exciting to see her recognized in such a major way. Keep it up, Lisa!

Moving on… I met up with a couple friends over Read the rest of this entry »


The Most Painful Race of my Stair Climbing Career (Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 19, 2016

This weekend’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles, benefiting the American Lung Association, was the single toughest stair race I’ve ever done. For the first time in my 34-race career, I questioned whether or not I could finish. It was challenging, yes, but also excruciatingly painful and downright frightening.

The morning began wonderfully. I arrived at the event when plenty of time to prepare, warm-up, and stretch. Even though the 63-story Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles is a tall, monolithic structure, I feel quite comfortable racing there. And I should: this was my fifth consecutive year doing this race.

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The building and race has a special place in my memory, because Read the rest of this entry »


My PR Streak Continues! (San Diego Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 12, 2016

No point in burying the lead: I set a personal record at the Fight For Air Climb in San Diego! Here I am, seconds after the race ended. On the outside, it looks like I’m exhausted and hurting…and I am. But believe me: my insides were bubbling with joy, excitement, and pride.

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I’m especially happy with the results because I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a PR at this race, for a couple reasons. The first is that Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Racing This Weekend Whether I’m Ready Or Not…

April 8, 2016

…And I’m as ready as I’m going to get!

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, ever since I stopped exercising to let my knee get better. But last night I attended the final stairwell training session in the Aon Center, and I feel pretty good. And exhausted.

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I was skeptical about what I’d be able to do in the stairwell without aggravating my knee, but Read the rest of this entry »


No More #BirthdayBurpees – I’m DONE!

March 26, 2016

Three Saturdays ago I gave all my friends and readers a chance to give me a wickedly awful birthday present: burpees. I promised to do burpees for every like, share, and retweet of my #BirthdayBurpees posts on social media. And you guys didn’t mess around. I ended up with 1,085 burpees! And, the other day, I finished them all.

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I’M DONE WITH BIRTHDAY BURPEES! Let’s break down how I did them. Read the rest of this entry »


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