These Songs Helped Me Power Through My Races – They’ll Help You Smash Your Workouts Too!

November 29, 2017

About two months ago, I added a bunch of new songs to my iPod. And I started getting huge PRs at my races: I shaved seven minutes off my time in Palm Springs, and nearly four minutes off my times in Chicago. Coincidence? Maybe! (I’ve also been training like a madman.)

I know for sure that the songs keep me moving, keep my spirits up, and keep me motivated, and those are three things I need during a long and challenging race. Maybe these songs will help pump you up during your workouts, too! Read the rest of this entry »

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3WAYS2 Pump Up Your Running Playlist… with Songs that Have ‘Run’ in the Title!

September 16, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve shared songs from my workout playlist. It’s the perfect topic for 3WAYS2, my new recurring post featuring tips, tricks and suggestions across the entire health, fitness, and weight loss spectrum. Today’s topic is (obviously) workout music. Good music makes my workouts (and races!) fly by, and here are three songs that I currently love to play while Read the rest of this entry »


My Current Favorite Workout Songs – April 2016 Edition

April 15, 2016

Gosh, I haven’t done one of these posts in a while! Music is an important part of my exercise program. I listen to it as often as I can. I tend to get in little ruts, too, where I find something new, listen to it again and again until I get sick of it, and then move on to something new. Am I the only one that does that?

Time to share some of the songs that I love right now (and will be sick of in a few months).
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The Latest and Greatest on My iPod

September 11, 2013

I love listening to music while I’m working out, and I love adding new songs to my workout playlist. It’s always good to switch things up. And it’s been awhile – over a year – since I’ve posted about what I listen to while working up a sweat, so this is long overdue. Check out some of the latest and greatest additions to my playlist (with links to buy the songs on iTunes), and pipe up in the comments section with the songs you love to work out to!

For more workout playlist posts, click here and here.

My workout playlist runs the gamut from hip hop and dance music to classical to showtunes to rock. And my newest favorite songs are quite the eclectic bunch. I got turned on to Rodrigo y Gabriela a few weeks ago, when a friend lent me a CD of theirs. They’re a duo, from Mexico, that write and play energetic, instrumental acoustic guitar pieces. “Santo Domingo” because a quick addition to my workouts. The version I listen to is off their Live in France CD.

The newest rap song that I love is by an artist named Read the rest of this entry »


Push That WHAT Away?

December 9, 2011

It’s Friday. The weekend is right around the corner. Do you have some killer workouts planned? Are you gonna hit the gym, go for a bike ride, or go mall-walking? Do you need some new music to help you get through your exercise?

As we head into this fourth-to-last weekend of 2011, I thought I’d share the music that’s been getting me pumped lately. There’s an album that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with over the past few weeks – and “in love” might be an understatement: I’ve listened to it nearly nonstop since I bought it in mid-November. You know how iTunes counts how many times you listen to songs? Well, I’ve listened to a couple songs on this album over 60 times already. It’s ridiculous how much I love this album.

The album is called Tiger Suit, and it’s by KT Tunstall, a Scottish singer-songwriter. Perhaps you’re familiar with her: she had a big hit in 2005 with her Grammy-nominated song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” and in 2006, her hit “Suddenly I See” was the girl power anthem of the year, appearing in The Devil Wears Prada, the very first episode of Ugly Betty, and, two years later, during events for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

I’ve been a KT fan since the beginning. I own her first two albums, but for some reason, it took me over a whole year to purchase Tiger Suit, which originally came out in September 2010. I finally downloaded it last month and started listening incessantly, and the first track to stick in my head was the third one on the album. I listened to it a number of times, and found it to be a great workout song – it has a great driving beat and a positive message about staying positive. After a few listens, I was certain the song was called “Push That Thought Away” – and the title and lyric resonated. I can be really good at harboring negative thoughts, and no one is as hard on me as I am on myself (two things I’m trying to change), and the idea that you can just push that thought away… well, it’s a simple thought, but a powerful one, and one that I’ve found helpful to reinforce during my workouts.

Except… that’s not the lyric. I heard wrong. The song is called “Push That Knot Away.” The positive message of the song isn’t affected, but the word “thought” is now burned in my head. Listen for yourself. Doesn’t it sound like she’s saying “thought” half the time? Here’s the music video:

The whole album is wonderful, but there’s a few other songs that have wormed their way onto my workout playlist: “Uummannaq Song” (about a town in Greenland, watch her perform it with a looper and a two-string guitar here); “Fade Like a Shadow” (which she performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), and “Come On, Get In” (which also has a positive message; listen to it here).

You can purchase Tiger Suit on Amazon or iTunes.

What songs help you power through your workouts? Share in the comments section – I’m always on the prowl for new music. You can also read this post about “Open Your Eyes” – another song that I play during my workouts that really hits home.

I haven’t figured out what my weekend workouts will be quite yet – but the plan is to exercise on both Saturday and Sunday. You should too!

Keep it up, David!


Listen To My New Song! (Plus, Welcome!)

March 16, 2011

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about my amazingly talented musician friends Kristy and Mike, who wrote a song (!) based on me and this blog?  They recorded it, and it’s beautiful, and now you can hear it!  More on that in a couple paragraphs…

…I wanted to start with a greeting to everyone visiting Keep It Up, David for the first time:

Super clever, I know… It’s the best I could do at 11pm!   Seriously, though, I’m so glad you’re here.  Please take a look around!  The menu along the top of the page is a nice introduction to me and this blog. The Story So Far chronicles my history with obesity, with more on how Richard Simmons has helped me.  There’s great Before and Current photos in the Photo Gallery, and My Favorite Posts is, well… that’s pretty self-explanatory!

I try to post something every day, so there’s always something new for you to check out (my most recent posts are collected in the “Need To Catch Up” box along the right side of the page).  I love connecting with my readers, so follow me on Facebook and Twitter (both are also great ways to learn about new posts), leave me a comment after any of my posts, or shoot me an email – you’ll find my email address if you click on Contact at the top of the page.  You can also subscribe to receive new posts via email – check out the “In a Nutshell” box along the right side of the page!

Now that you’re all settled in, let’s get back to my song!

To catch everyone up, my friends Kristy Hanson and Mike Chiaburu just formed a band called East Paris, and wrote a bunch of songs based on the writings of some of their friends.  They wanted to write a song based on my blog, and I suggested using my post “One Year Ago Today” as a jumping off point.  They got to work, and a few weeks later, they premiered my song, which they titled “Today’s The Day”, at a show in Hollywood, and it practically had me in tears.  They finished recording it this week, and I’m proud and excited to share it with all of you!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “TODAY’S THE DAY.” They’ve also provided Keep it up, David readers the ability to download the song for free, so take advantage of the “Free Download” button on that page!

I suspect you may fall in love with Kristy Hanson’s voice, like I did when I first her sing over 10 years ago.  So check out her website, and sample her other music at her iTunes page – her newest album, Into the Quiet, is simply stunning.  You should definitely buy it!

Every time I listen to Kristy sing, whether it’s live in concert or on one of her albums, I’m reminded of how special and extraordinary she is.  I’m lucky to have Kristy and Mike in my life – they’re tremendous friends and unwavering supporters, and this song is one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given, and I’ll never forget that.

I can’t sign off without including my Food Log for the day, since I’ve committed to including, on this blog, every single thing I eat this week.  Here’s my…

Food Log for Tuesday, March 15, 2011:

–Breakfast:  2 packets instant oatmeal; 1 banana; 1 box raisins
–Lunch:  Big Salad Bar: mixed greens, carrots, peas, tofu, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, white beans, roasted beets, balsamic vinegar (no oil); 6 saltine crackers
–Dinner:  Leftover Black Bean and Corn Salad; Leftover Sweet Potato and Squash Soup (from my freezer, I forgot I had this!); 1 veggie burger patty w/ 1/2 cup sauerkraut
–Snack:  100 calorie pack Lorna Doones; bunch of grapes
–Beverages:  2 water bottles (64 ounces each), 2 liters water, 1 glass hot tea, 1 liter sparkling water

Keep it up, David!