Monthly Archives: April 2013

My love and hate for stairs

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I hate stairs. I would do everything possible to get around them. I know I am not alone everyone hates stairs, right?

I travel a lot for business so I get to see lots of different flights of stairs. The stairs that tell you the most are those in airports…they are always empty. I know the escalator is easier with bags, kids, injuries, etc, but what about those of us that just choose the escalator for no other reason than we are lazy. Yep I said it…lazy.

I have to admit stairs are a great workout. I used 12 floors of them in college to drop my freshman 15. That was about the last time I used stairs other than if I was forced to. I don’t feel forced anymore as I seek stairs out. Each morning I try to get in 20 floors during my workout. At work I get in another 4-7 floors in the parking garage after work. I haven’t taken the elevator in our parking garage (up or down) since December. While in airports I am now the guy buzzing up the stairs (bag permitting).

You don’t have to run up the stairs…if I did that I’d probably pass out and never get anywhere. I just focus on a nice pace that elevates my heart rate a bit.

I have learned that those things I avoid while trying to drop the weight are usually the things I need most. Let’s see if the same holds true for spinach (don’t bet on that…I am not Popeye).

What are you avoiding?

Disclaimer – My doctor has cleared me for all types of exercise. He also cleared me to eat less, but that never stuck…until now.

I had to make some changes

On Christmas Day last year my life changed. My wife got me a fitbit. Anyone who knows me knows how much I like technology, but also knows my days of being fit were pretty much behind me. Well that all changed on December 25, 2012. I still like technology and now I am equally as fond of getting fit because I was able to merge the two passions into one. I have worked out every day and I am down 18.5 lbs since jolly old St. Nick visited the house. I am actually down 30.5 lbs from my highest point, but those initial 12 lbs were lost over two+ years of start and stop spurts of eating better.

Moderation and clean living have really helped me. I am not changing my diet much, but I did drop drinking diet pop. I felt like I was going to die at times without the diet soda, but I pushed through and kicked it. Outside of that everything is now in moderation. I eat the same, but less. I take every chance I get to walk, use the stairs and get outside. I am not a runner, never have been and never will be. Everything is now measured in steps. I don’t have to be fast, I just need to be burning calories with each and every step.

Somewhere along the way I realized I push people all day long to be their best, but I wasn’t being my best. I was cheating myself of time by sitting around and not enjoying life. That has all changed. I have a long way to go, but I am focused and have found support in my family, friends and colleagues.

I am going to be the best possible ME each and every day (or step)!

Decide to dominate!

Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 251.5 lbs