Bad News and Good News and One Brief Shitty Moment at the Gym.

December 17, 2013

This post will be a combination of many things. There’s good news. Yay! There’s bad newsBoo! There’s more bad news. Double Boo! And there’s a lot to catch up on. Let’s not waste any time!

First and foremost, I’m back to exercising…. for now. (Cue foreboding music. That ‘for now’ will be explained later.) Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2012 Progress Report

February 7, 2012

Shall we start with a little update? Yes, let’s do that! I felt much better on Monday than I did over the weekend. I ate much better, and had a good workout. I actually had a great workout. One of the things that I didn’t mention in my last post was that, in addition to taking to my bed and not exercising, I also didn’t bother showering. At all. Yep, I’ll admit it. So when it came time to get my Monday workout rolling, I opted not to go to the gym. I felt a little too disgusting to be seen in public, and I didn’t feel like taking a shower just to go work out and shower again immediately after.

It’s days like this that I’m thankful for the little tiny gym in my building. It’s not very impressive… there’s an elliptical, a treadmill, a recumbent bike, some free weights, and a bowflex-type dealie, all in a room that can barely contain it all. I only use the gym occasionally, but a vast majority of the time I’m the only one in there. The ceiling is low, so when I’m on the treadmill and especially the elliptical, I feel like I’m inches away from a major traumatic head injury. The bike, though, is perfect – and it’s my favorite bike, because it has games that you power by pedaling! There’s a game called Fat Blocker, which is basically a rip-off of Tetris with enough small changes to avoid copyright infringement. I played Fat Blocker during my entire workout – 66 minutes on that bike – and, in the process, set a new high score! I beat my own record – in fact, I’m the only one on the leaderboard, so I beat all my previous records. I burned more than 450 calories and became a puzzle game champion – that’s a productive 66 minutes!

It’s now February 7th, and I realize that I completely forgot about one of my favorite posts: my Monthly Progress Report! This marks Year 2 of these reports (see my 2011 Year-End Progress Report here). Here’s my month of January:

January was a long month! When it began, I was still in the Caribbean, working out every day on a cruise ship. January also marked my first trip to Disneyland, my first trip in a decade to a nightclub, and the biggest addition ever to my Skyscraper Collection. That last link is also where you can read about the big gym decision that I made, although that story isn’t quite over yet – more news on that in an upcoming post!

Each dot marks a workout. January has 31 days. Count up those dots, and I worked out 26 of the 31 days – an 83% success rate. That’s down slightly from my January 2011 total (27/31 days = 87%), but this year, I took 7 of Richard’s classes at Slimmons, and that’s more in one month than during any month in 2011. I also took a class at my new gym, and completed 12 workouts with an emphasis on weightlifting. A very successful month! Let’s compare it with the past few months:

  • August 2011:  Worked out 25 out of 31 days (80%), including 5 classes at Slimmons, 3 Boot Camp Classes and 4 training sessions. 15 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • September 2011:  Worked out 24 out of 30 days (80%), including 4 classes at Slimmons.  11 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • October 2011:  Worked out 23 out of 31 days (74%), including 3 classes at Slimmons. 11 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • November 2011: Worked out 23 out of 30 days (76%), including 6 classes at Slimmons. 9 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • December 2011: Worked out 23 out of 31 days (74%), including 5 classes at Slimmons. 15 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • January 2012: Worked out 26 out of 31 days (83%), including 7 classes at Slimmons, and 1 class at Crunch. 12 workouts had a weightlifting focus.

January 2012 had my highest percentage in 6 months!

Keep it up, David!


BIG NEWS! Run! Chart Update!

March 11, 2011

I thought I’d start off today with some BIG NEWS, so big all capital letters are required!

My appearance with Richard Simmons on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is getting rebroadcast next week!  Woo-hoo!  Tune in Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (go to www.ellentv.com to find out when it airs in your town).

Here’s what I want you to do: Tell someone that’s important in your life and is struggling with their weight – family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, whoever – to tune in on Wednesday, or set their TiVo, or you set yours and invite them over, or met up at Sears and watch on 40 TVs at once (however you want to do it!) and then direct them here, to this blog.  Tell them to just check it out.  I’m not selling videos or supplements or pills –  I’m just proof that anyone with hard work, discipline, and the right attitude can make healthy changes and lose the weight.  I have good days and bad days, and I share it all here.

Tons of you have stepped forward, in emails, comments, Facebook posts, and tweets, and have very kindly shared what an inspiration I am.  I don’t tire of hearing it, even on days when I don’t feel it, mainly because my readers have become a huge source of inspiration for me.  All of you encourage me to keep it up, and I listen, and it helps.  So tell your friends to watch me on Ellen, and tell them how much you enjoy my blog (which hopefully is true, or you wouldn’t be here right now), and give them the URL (www.keepitupdavid.com), and point them towards my Facebook and Twitter pages, both of which are great ways to hear about new posts.  Are you clear about your assignment? Good!

Moving on….

Since Richard Simmons was in New Zealand all last week, I was really looking forward to taking his class last night at Slimmons.  I had every intention of going, too, but life got in the way.  And by ‘life’, I mean ‘my air conditioner was broken and the repairmen needed 10 hours to fix it.’  It’s a big mess that I won’t get into here, but when they showed up at 9am, it never occurred to me that they wouldn’t be finished in time for me to make it to Richard’s 6:30pm class.  They left at 7pm.  And they’re back this morning, to do more tests.  Good times.

After their departure at 7pm, I was already dressed to go exercise, but one thing led to another.  Oh, I should watch the news.  Oh, I’ll just send some tweets first.  Oh, maybe after “The Big Bang Theory.”  I’m sure you know how it is.  It wasn’t until after 9pm, when I caught myself absent-mindedly taking off my gym shoes, that I finally sat up on the couch and forced myself to go workout, and I was grumbling the whole time.

I decided to run.  Since my new running rules dictate heading to different locales other than my dreary neighborhood, I headed 10 minutes away to my old neighborhood on the edge of Burbank.  The streets are wide, empty, and lit, and I’m familiar with all of them.  While driving there, I decided on a route – a big loop that, when I drove it in my car, measured 1.5 miles.  My plan was to run it twice, and hopefully a third time:

I felt good during most of the first loop, but towards the end of it I was noticing my grumpy factor rising, and the fatique already setting in.  I pushed through it, and by the middle of the second loop I was feeling a lot better.  By the time I got to the end of the second loop, though, I was ready to stop, and so I did.  Two laps is 3 miles, and that’s a good run.  Time to update the chart:

  • 9/21/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 41 minutes.  MPH: 4.53
  • 9/27/10: Distance: 3.3 miles.  Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 4.4
  • 10/5/10: Distance: 3.2 miles.  Time: 40 minutes.  MPH: 4.8
  • 10/12/10: Distance: 3.8 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 10/16/10: Distance: 2.9 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 11/1/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 36 minutes.  MPH: 5.16
  • 11/6/10: Distance: 5.1 miles. Time: 60 minutes.  MPH: 5.1
  • 11/14/10: Distance: 3.9 miles. Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 5.2
  • 11/28/10: Distance: 4.2 miles. Time: 46 minutes.  MPH: 5.47
  • 1/4/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes.  MPH: 5.3
  • 1/24/11: Distance: 4.4 miles.  Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 5.86
  • 2/1/11: Distance: 1.9 miles.  Time: 20 minutes.  MPH: 5.7
  • 2/9/11: Distance: 3.5 miles.  Time: 38 minutes.  MPH: 5.52
  • 2/16/11: Distance: 2.9 miles.  Time: 33 minutes.  MPH: 5.28
  • 2/27/11: Distance: 5 miles.  Time: 60 minutes.  MPH: 5.0
  • 3/3/11: Distance: 5.4 miles.  Time: 57 minutes.  MPH: 5.13
  • 3/10/11: Distance: 3.0 miles.  Time: 34 minutes.  MPH: 5.29

When I got back home, I jumped on the exercise bike with the intention of pedaling away for 15 minutes to supplement my run, but I ended up pedaling away for 30 minutes.  The bike in the little gym in my building has Tetris on it (well, it has a very-similar-but-different-enough-game that doesn’t infringe on copyright), so I played one game, and did really well, and that led to 30 minutes.  I made it on the leader board, but I’m the only one on the leader board (I guess it’s not very popular amongst my neighbors, or they all suck).

I’ll end with a weight loss chart update:  I weighed myself this morning, and DOWN 1 POUND! Awesome!  That puts my weight at 238 (18 pounds away from my next goal), and my weight loss at 164.  Here’s the chart:

KEEP IT UP, David!