JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

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I’m Adding Hundreds of Miles to My Cardio Miles Total

May 4, 2020

I want to get back into monthly weigh-ins. And since a new month began a couple days ago, I stepped on a scale, and was down another pound! I had weighed myself midway through April, for the first time since I began working from home, and had lost 9.2 pounds at that point. That’s now a total of 10.2 pounds lost in the seven weeks that my state has been under a Stay-at-Home order. (Here’s how I’m doing it: Part 1 and Part 2)

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I’ve Lost Nearly 10 Pounds Since the Lockdown Began – Part Two

April 20, 2020

I’m making the most of the stay-at-home order in my state, and the scale is proof. I’m 9.2 pounds lighter since I began working from home! In Part One, I talked about my food choices. In this post, I’m tackling exercise. And to sum it up, I’m exercising a lot. 

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My Week With ’80s Fitness Legends!

March 29, 2020

I’m thankful to have gym equipment at home, because with the gyms being closed due of the lockdown, I can still have a nice workout. But last week I needed a little motivation, so I gave myself a challenge to workout, all week long, with fitness icons from the ’80s!

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Still Breaking Records on My Bowflex Max Trainer!

March 25, 2020

I’ve had my Bowflex Max Trainer for five and a half years. You could technically round that up to a decade! (But I won’t.) It’s an excellent piece of cardio equipment, and I love it as much now as I ever have. It’s a cross between an elliptical and a stair machine, and it really gets my heart rate going and engages all the muscles I use during my stair races.

One of my favorite Max Trainer pictures, from 2015.

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I Felt Like a Total Moron At My First 2020 Race… But At Least I Have a Good Story to Tell! (Bop to the Top Race Recap)

January 30, 2020

My goal for 2020 is to compete in five stair races I’ve never done before, in cities where I’ve never raced before. I’m already 20% done with my goal, because on January 18th, I competed in the 37th annual Bop to the Top in Indianapolis. It’s one of the oldest stair races in the country, in the second-tallest building in Indiana, OneAmerica Tower.

OneAmerica Tower is 38 stories, but the race is 36, with a total of 780 steps. When you register, you can sign up for a Single Climb, or the Triple Step, which is three climbs. I signed up for both. If I’m driving five hours each way to compete, I want to compete as much as I can! Add up the two events, and that’s four climbs up the stairwell. 144 floors. 3,120 steps. But, due to a ridiculously stupid and completely avoidable mistake on my part, I ended up climbing even more than that! Read the rest of this entry »


Some New Group Fitness Classes Have Me Pumped For 2020!

January 14, 2020

I mentioned in my Year-End Progress Report that I haven’t been taking as many group fitness classes as I have in the past. But I want to change that, so on the first weekend of 2020, I went and got super sweaty at a fitness class I was trying for the first time.

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