Stairs and breakdowns

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My school is on the 5th floor of a building with no elevator. There are 26 stairs per flight. I feel like death when I go up them each morning. I am typically carrying over 25-30 pound of guilt grading in my backpack and huff and puff to get up the stairs. I realize that this year as I gained weight, it got worse and worse. I am making it my goal that by June 28th **the last day of the school year** I will be able to make it up the stairs without feeling so terrible. Some days I have to stop and rest, some days I make it without stopping, but am completely out of breath by the time I reach the top. Hopefully, consistent exercise will make them easier.

Today, I ate over my calories, carbs, and fats. I am disappointed in myself for not being consistent so early in my restart. But when I get stressed out, I eat, and this math test might have been the death of me the past two days. At least when I craved something sweet I went for fro-yo instead of the 400 calorie chocolate bar I was eyeing at the store. I hope that tomorrow I will make better decisions and follow my range.
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    some days i climb a few flights at the hospital and i do take it slow first thing i keep hoping it will get easier or better
    2447 days ago
    The stairs will get easier as long as you let them know who's boss. The eating you just need to forget about and move on. You are being active by taking the stairs, that is definitely a point in your favor. You will get to your goal in the stair challenge, I have confidence in you.
    2447 days ago
    There are a ton of really good articles that were coming in the "Best of SparkPeople" emails. They were written by Coach Dean that cover emotional eating, called "The Mind and Body Series." Maybe some of them would help? I dunno, they didn't do me soooo much good, but he's so inspiring, so...

    There's also that "Two steps forward, one step back" article. Don't get down on going over...otherwise, we'll both be depressed after my yesterday and your today!

    Aye, when I gained 7 pounds, my left knee started to hurt on stairs. Losing it made it stop hurting, but now it creaks. 28 with arthritis. Niiiiiiiice.
    2448 days ago
    Dont worry about your overeating..let it be what it was. Now, focus on making this healthy eating streak last longer than your previous one! Thats what I'm doing! I recently had a restart and a week later, I had already fallen back off the wagon. But instead of staying there, I made the decision to get it back together. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! And, I love that you have the challenge of the stairs. Soon enough, they will be a cinch!
    2448 days ago
  • BLEIGH711
    So you went biggie. I wont even tell you how bad I was yesterday....I was a total hog. But everyday is a new day. Keep on trucking. You will see a difference and those stairs will be nothing before too long. I used to huff and puff walking up 5 or 6 (no joke) and the other day I ran some for fun while working out. Forgive your mistakes, focus on your strengths. You got this
    2448 days ago
    I hope you will soon find the stairs to be less exhausting. I remember how I huffed and puffed climbing the two flights of stairs at my son's home 25 pounds ago. What a difference just the loss of those 25 pounds have made! I can't wait to see what the next 25 lb. loss does for me!

    Keep up the good work!
    2448 days ago
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