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.
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