October Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report

October 3, 2018

The start of another new month means… time to update my weight loss chart and dive into my workout facts and figures! Here’s what my weight loss chart looks like, more than eight years in:

And here’s the close-up of the newest update: Read the rest of this entry »

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September Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report

September 3, 2018

Hello there! This is my monthly dive into the facts and figures of my healthy efforts. Normally I start with my weight loss chart, but this time around I’m going to save that for later and start with my workout calendar. Check it out: Read the rest of this entry »


August Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report – and July, Too!

August 5, 2018

I’m a few days late with my August weigh-in post, because my LASIK surgery has been top of mind this week. And I’m over a month late with my July weigh-in post, because I jumped on a plane to Michigan the day after my weigh-in and didn’t have time to write that post. Let’s tackle both months at once. Ready for a two-fer? Read the rest of this entry »


May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 3, 2018

Before I begin my monthly deep dive into stats and charts and other general nerdery, I wanted to quickly share a couple more things that I’m celebrating. As you’ll recall from my post earlier this week, focusing on my successes is a great way to quiet the negative emotions that have surfaced since I began my little exercise break.

So here’s something awesome: Read the rest of this entry »


April Weigh-In and Workout Progress Report

April 1, 2018

Hope everyone had a hippity-hoppity Easter! The Easter bunny didn’t leave me one piece of chocolate or a single jelly bean – awesome! I owe him a thank you note. I don’t want that stuff in my house anyway.

I spent part of my Easter climbing stairs with friends Dan and Juliana.

We spent two hours walking around Beechwood Canyon, a neighborhood is Los Angeles that’s loaded with stairs. Six public stairways, each one ranging from 118-178 steps, including the Woodshire double stairs, above. We climbed each stairway three times. That’s 2,580 total steps up! (And 2,580 steps down.) That’s 1.5 times the Eiffel Tower!

For more information about the stairs of Beechwood Canyon, check out this blog post, and this one, too – one of them was a filming location for “This Is Us”!

Time for my various monthly check-ins and updates. Because I’m a nerd about many things, including my health!

Let’s start with my weight loss chart. I updated it with my April 1 weigh-in results, and…

I stayed the same! Maintenance is always a win. I’ve been very consistent lately – my weigh-ins, for months now, have been within a few pounds of each other.

And, of course, the big picture is still equally impressive. I used to weigh 402 pounds. Now I weigh 253, and I’m in my seventh year of weight loss maintenance!

Moving on to my workout progress report. I’m trying something new this month. I keep a calendar where I write down all my workouts, and normally I post a picture of it every month (like I did in last month’s post), with all the non-workout stuff blurred out. But blurring out everything else is a hassle, so instead I’m posting a much simpler version on here.

This is much easier to see, don’t you think? Every purple dot is a workout. Dots with circles around them are group fitness classes. The letter ‘W’ refers to it being a weight-lifting workout, and ‘R’ refers to there being a race that day. Some notes:

  • Four rest days. Two of them were travel days, getting to and from Paris, and while I didn’t have a dedicated workout those days, I was still active (apart from the 11 hours I was sitting in an airline seat). I think we can all agree that traveling is exhausting, and you cover a lot of ground walking around enormous airport terminals!
  • 10 group fitness classes! That may be an all-time record. Six of them were at-home classes that I did with LIFT Session (read about them here); one was a cardio-aerobics class that my friend Anne teaches that I’ve taken for years; three were at another group fitness place that I’m going to be blogging about soon. Stay tuned!
  • Six weightlifting workouts. I try for one a week, so this is a great monthly number.
  • And FYI, the two races were the Eiffel Tower Vertical, and the Tustin Hangar 5K that I did a day before leaving for France.

Finally: Cardio Miles. I track the distance I cover during my workouts, and keep a running tally. I’m inching closer and closer to hitting the 4,000-mile mark. This month, I crossed the 3,900-mile threshold, so I’m within striking distance!

I crossed the 3,900-mile mark by going on a 30-minute walk after taking a LIFT Session workout class.

And here’s the chart for the whole month:

I started March with 3,838.3 total miles, and ended it with 3,912.7 – so that’s 74.4 new miles covered during the month! and 30% of those miles happened during five days in Paris – lots of walking!

Keep it up, David!

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March Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

March 6, 2018

There’s many numbers to crunch today, but before I start, check this out!

I’m in the paper! An article was written about me in the Oakland Press, a hometown newspaper that covers Oakland County, Michigan. Read the article here. (It also ran in Read the rest of this entry »


My Strange Richard Simmons Anniversary AND February Weigh-In Results

February 5, 2018

I came across a photo of me and Richard Simmons that I haven’t seen (or shared) in years.

This was taken after one of his classes at Slimmons, and Richard was obviously in a punk rock mood. Richard would often create themed music playlists for his classes, and then dress up accordingly. It resulted in fun (and sometimes outrageous) costumes!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Richard the past couple weeks, as I always do this time of year, because Read the rest of this entry »