I Love My New Stair Race Map AND My New Lego Skyscraper!

March 20, 2017

I realized the other day that I’ve now done a stair race in 17 different cities. SEVENTEEN! I think that warrants a new stair race map, don’t you think? Check it out!

(You can click on it to see it bigger.)

This is the version 2.0 of this map, which is hand-drawn. (Full confession: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Wickedly Difficult Birthday Challenge: Five Runs. Five Counties. One Day!

March 7, 2017

My birthday was on Sunday, and I celebrated by undertaking a big fitness challenge: by going on five runs, in five different counties, all in one day! This idea has been rolling around in my head for a few years. It was a different type of running challenge – one that would push me, and, at the same time, introduce me to new areas of southern California. This year it was time to finally bite the bullet! I gave myself a couple rules: Read the rest of this entry »


2016 Year-End Progress Report AND the Debut of My Brand New Weight Loss Chart!!

January 4, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the post I look forward to all year long. Every month I share my weigh-in results and workout progress report. But at the end of the year (or, actually, the start of the year, since this is January 4th) I take a step back, and instead of focusing on one month, I focus on the whole goddamn year. 

And, in order to do that, I’m going to need an assist from…My brand new weight loss chart!

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This chart has been desperately needed for a few months, ever since I Read the rest of this entry »


2015 Year-End Progress Report

January 5, 2016

Time for one of my favorite posts of the year! (And it’s only January 5th!) You all know that every month I share my weigh-in results and workout progress report. Well, once a year, I take a look at the bigger picture and do a Year-End Progress Report! This will be the fifth year that I’ve crunched the numbers, and I’m excited to see what they say.

First up, though, my weigh-in results from January 1st. For that, let’s turn to my trusty weight loss chart:

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Down one pound! After two weigh-ins at 257 pounds, I was happy to Read the rest of this entry »


A Little LEGO Present… For Myself

January 23, 2015

Despite the mixed feelings I’ve been having about my 5-year weight loss anniversary, I did splurge on a little special something as a present to myself. A little special something… made of little LEGO bricks!
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Nerd Alert!

December 17, 2012

NEWS FLASH! I’m a nerd. A great, big, Urkel-sized nerd. Well, thanks to my weight loss, I’m not as big a nerd as I used to be, but I’m still a nerd, and I’m proud of it. I don’t consider ‘nerd’ to be a derogatory term – I just think it means that I know what I like and am not afraid to express it, embrace it, learn every little thing I can about it, and share it with others.

Long-time readers know one of the things I nerd out about: charts, graphs and statistics. This weight loss journey I’ve been on has been well documented by all of these things: I have a weight loss chart that I update once a month. I have a running chart (more on this later). I track StairMaster workouts with a chart that I call my Skyscraper Collection (more on this later, too!). Even though I haven’t blogged about it lately, I keep statistics on my workouts in the form of Monthly Progress Reports. Long story short (or is it too late for that?), if I can monitor what I’m doing and how I’m doing it in a fun, interesting way, than I’m all for it.

I find all these charts incredibly beneficial. They provide concrete evidence of my improvement in areas like running and stair climbing, both of which are still rather new to me. They allow easy ways for me to look back at where I’ve been, and help me project where I can go in the future. They assist in the setting of both short-term and long-term goals, whether it’s training for a big race or event, or helping me plan my week so I get in enough workouts. They give me a reason to pause, smile and congratulate myself on a great week or a great workout, and offer the opportunity to immortalize that feeling of pride and accomplishment by creating a permanent record of it. They fuel me. They push me.

There’s a new chart in my life, and I’ve kept it a secret from you for months. I keep it on the wall in my office, and it occurred to me the other day that there’s no reason for it to be a secret anymore. Here’s the story behind this new chart, which I’m going to unveil today.

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