November Progress Report

December 4, 2011

It is now the 12th and final month of the year. Can you believe it? Time to partake in my beginning-of-the-month ritual: tallying my exercise from the prior month! Gathering statistics and sliding beads on my abacus always makes me happy, and I make it easy on myself by tracking my exercise on a daily basis on my calendar. I’m old school – I use an actual calendar printed on real-life paper: no fancy-pants websites, gizmos, or apps for me! Here’s my November calendar:

It was a notable month, workout-wise. I ran in my first two races EVER – a 10K and a 5K (on Thanksgiving morning). I got back in the pool for my first swim in a few months. And I was also sick for a while, which resulted in a few more rest days than normal.

Each workout gets a dot on my calendar. Each class I take with Richard Simmons at Slimmons get a dot with a circle around it. If you break out all your fingers and all your toes and starting counting the November dots on them, you’ll end up with 23 (and if you have 23 fingers and toes, could you please send me a picture?). Twenty-three workouts during the month of November! Since November has 30 days, that’s a workout-success rate of 76%. Six of those workouts were at Slimmons, and nine of those workouts had a heavy emphasis on weights!

Let’s add it to my 2011 Progress Report Chart!

  • January 2011:  Worked out 27 out 0f 31 days (87%), including 6 classes at Slimmons.
  • February 2011:  Worked out 23 out of 28 days (82%), including 5 classes at Slimmons and 3 Boot Camp Classes.
  • March 2011:  Worked out 25 out of 31 days (81%), including 5 classes at Slimmons and 4 Boot Camp Classes.
  • April 2011:  Worked out 20 out of 30 days (66%), including 5 classes at Slimmons and 3 Boot Camp Classes. 4 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • May 2011:  Worked out 24 out of 31 days (77%), including 3 classes at Slimmons and 0 Boot Camp Classes. 13 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • June 2011:  Worked out 22 out of 30 days (73%), including 4 classes at Slimmons and 2 Boot Camp Classes. 10 workouts had a weightlighting focus.
  • July 2011:  Worked out 25 out of 31 days (80%), including 4 classes at Slimmons, 2 Boot Camp Classes and 5 training sessions. 20 workouts had a weightlifting focus.
  • 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.
  • TOTALS:  So far in 2011, I’ve worked out 261 out of 334 days (78.1%), including 47 classes at Slimmons and 17 Boot Camp Classes.

I’m excited because the next time I update this chart, it won’t be a monthly update – it will be a year-end update!

Keep it up, David!


400TH POST! Plus, Other Reasons I’m in a Good Mood.

October 20, 2011

I’ve been in a really good mood the past couple days, for a variety of reasons.  Wanna hear ’em?

1) 400th Post!  No typo there – this is my 400th post!  Keep it up, David!  This blog has become a very important part of my life.  First and foremost, it’s become a great tool to keep myself on track and accountable, but it also provides a therapeutic way to process my feelings, figure out solutions, and track my progress.  The fact that it’s become a daily destination for so many people looking for a little inspiration, honesty, laughter, or whatever…  well, it astounds me.  It’s a great source of pride.  Thanks to this blog, I’ve been able to connect with and learn from so many wonderful people all over the planet, and that astounds me too!

In honor of my 400th Post, I’m hosting a giveaway… that I’ll announce tomorrow!  Sorry to be such a tease, but you should definitely come back tomorrow and enter.  It’s gonna be good!

2) Produce Truck!  A few days ago, I saw a produce truck in my neighborhood.  I’ve never seen before, although they’re catching on in cities across the country.  I read an article about one in Detroit a few years back, and thought it was a great idea.  Basically, vendors sell produce out of the back of a truck (like ice cream), driving around neighborhoods where residents don’t have easy access to fresh, healthy food, usually due of a lack of grocery stores.  My neighborhood isn’t lacking in supermarkets (there are three within walking distance of my place, and two of them have low produce prices), but it’s a concept that I think is wonderful, so when I saw the truck a few days ago, I decided to stop and buy something from it the next time I saw it.

Tonight, I saw it again, and I had time to stop, so I did.  It’s a nondescript truck (a little signage or artwork would go a long way, in my opinion!):

The back slid up like a garage door, and inside were boxes and shelves of produce and goods.  You don’t really wander through it, you tell the guy what you’re looking for, and he brings it to you.  There were boxes and bins of fruit and veggies, and other staple foods like milk, eggs, and juice, and there was also some junk food (like Cheetos and soda), which, to be honest, bummed me out.  Some of the fruit:

I tried to ask the guy a few questions, like where the fruit came from, but there was a language barrier – my Spanish wasn’t good enough, nor was his English.  I brought home three bananas and three peaches:

Total price? $1.60 – not too shabby!  I was reminded of my challenge last fall to buy as much fruit as I could for $2.

3) Celebrity Tweet!  I got a tweet from a celebrity!  Any Top Chef fans out there?  Fabio Viviani competed in two seasons:  He came in 4th (and was voted fan favorite) in Season 5, and came back for the All-Stars season, where he came in 8th.  A couple years ago he opened a restaurant, Firenze Osteria, in my neck of the woods, and I’ve been three times and had a great meal during each visit.  Oh, and you can currently see Fabio in Domino’s commercials.

I started following Fabio on Twitter a while ago, mainly because he occasionally offers cooking classes at his restaurant (which I thought might be fun to go to… but I haven’t gone yet).  Yesterday, he sent me a tweet!

Very exciting.  It seems like he’s writing in response to something, but I can’t figure out what.  I tweeted him back, saying “Thanks! Have any healthy recommendations? You’re the chef!”  No response yet, but will keep you posted if I get one!

4) Gym!  I had another great night at the gym.  It was Day 3 of the Burpees Challenge, so I did my 17 burpees, before moving on and spending 35 minutes lifting weights, and 10 more minutes on the recumbent bike.

Keep it up, David!