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Stairs, stairs and more stairs

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I woke up this morning with 10,172 stairs left to climb to reach the top of Mount Rainier. So, what did I do? I climbed stairs of course.

And set another PR in two climbing sessions today - 5,568, which beats my previous personal best of 3,336 by more than 2,000. I climbed stairs for 2 hours this morning and broke 4,000 stairs and then I decided to do a few more this afternoon - for 50 minutes.

So, that leaves me with 4,604 stairs to the top of Mount Rainier. I doubt I will have time (and perhaps ability) to finish it up tomorrow, so Monday is my goal. If I finish up Monday evening, my sister can take a picture of me after our strength training session with our trainer.

I think my next goal will be somewhere in the Canadian Rockies in honor of our current destination in the Spring into Summer 5% challenge.

I've been reflecting on how easy I may be making this sound for me to do... I just checked and thought I'd share that before May 11th when I reset my Striiv and recorded how much stair climbing I'd done so far in all of 2013, this is what I logged -

"Stairs - 45,557 (I've climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest - 38,705 stairs and Mt. Fuji - 16,520 and I've climbed the 16 times Eiffel Tower - 1,665 stairs in a week) "

So, reality is, that in 22 days I've climbed more stairs than I climbed in the previous 4-1/2 months!!! I'm at a total of 53,312 stairs right now since May 11th. My daily average is 2,273 stairs. Wow! Wish I had recorded what my average was earlier in the year. I'm climbing stairs for 45-50 minutes a day now. Amazing! I occasionally tried to get some stairs before, but reality is, I wasn't getting many each day. (I just figured out Jan 1-May 10 = 130 days, which means my average # of stairs per day was only 350!)

So, what did I learn this week? I got lots of stairs in and worked out with my new trainer twice, too... but I lost zero, zip, nada this week. Why? Because you can't out exercise a bad diet. I went out to dinner on Wednesday to celebrate a birthday, I went out to lunch on Thursday with a co-worker, and I went out to dinner on Friday night with my kids and my parents. Too much sodium for sure, but also too many calories and not enough veggies. I did track it to the best of my ability, so that's a positive.

So, I will work to make better food choices this week, get my sleep, drink my water, climb my stairs and recognize that slow and steady will win the race.

Happy Sparking!

Eiffel Tower Climbing Streak - 22 days
Exercise Streak - 62 days

5/30 - 2,385
5/31 - 2,001
6/1 - 5,577 PR
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  • EJOK170
    Really incredible! What an inspiration. emoticon
    I think that's a climber:-)
    1754 days ago
    Great achievement! Keep it up! :-)
    1754 days ago
    What you are doing is amazing! So awesome!

    Does you striiv tell you how far you are climbing or can you find those steps online somewhere? It sounds really motivating

    I'm spending most of my time counting steps - don't have a lot of stairs to go through (except for one flight in the house).

    You are AWESOME!

    1755 days ago
    emoticon I am exhausted just reading that!!! Congrats. I am with you though, the food is hard to conquer with life happening. At least you did not gain. That is always a positive.
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    1756 days ago
    You are amazing! Keep up all the stairs work. I know you are so right about the nutrition that is needed to actually lose weight. But, you've got this exercise part of it nailed! One step (one stair) at a time.

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