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2/26/09 1:11 P

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Good on ya! What a great time too!

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2/23/09 10:21 P

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I am so very proud of you!!!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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2/23/09 8:09 P

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Way to go SeeJane... That is just awesome terrific!!
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2/22/09 10:46 P

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Hi everybody!

I'm so so sorry that I've fallen off the map a bit. Time constraints meant not working out or not using sparkpeople for a bit so I'm glad I chose to keep working out. I miss it and will hopefully be back soon.

The stair climb was today I had a goal of doing all 41 flights under 15 minutes and I blew it away by getting 12 minutes and 26 seconds! I wasn't the last person up by far, so yay! And I raised just over $300 for the American Lung Association for research, asthma camps for kids, and clean air initiatives.

Thank you for all your advice and tips while I was training. You all added a little fuel to my flame and a lot of motivation when I had very little. I think I'll try it again next year and aim for being in the top 40%. I'm giving myself a week of lower instensity working out for recovery and hopefully by next week will have identified my next challenge.

Thanks again fr all your support. You've all been wonderful and I love this team!

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2/12/09 12:57 A

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Wow SeeJane... I just found this thread and just had to read all the posts! This is awesome that you're doing this and all for a very worthy cause too!
I've never done anything like this before but I'll for sure join in on your cheering squad!!! I have 13 stairs in my house and I use them all the time. It's much harder than just walking and is better for your heart!
You go girl and keep up the good work!!
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2/11/09 9:44 A

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Yes inquiring minds want to know!!

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2/11/09 7:32 A

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SeeJane... How is your training coming? I am still cheering you on!!!

Jennifer:)

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1/13/09 8:13 P

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I am not sure what the best exercises are for the front of your legs. You might try going to Healthy Lifestyle, Fitness, and in the section under Fitness Information, I saw several items that might help, like the workout generator, and exercise demos/videos that focus on the lower half...

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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1/13/09 3:59 P

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You are all awesome and I love you all! Thank you a thousand times for all your help.

Trip to Vegas was a huge success. (Exercise-wise, anyway. Gambling, not so much, I'm horible at table games.) I went jogging a few days on the strip. It was beautiful and a nice change from the cold weather here. The hotel stairs were emergency use only, but luckily I wasn't too far from the overpass walkways over the strip, so I ran those 7-8 times a day in addition to taking the stairs every time I needed to go up. My friends think I'm crazy, but I'm ok with that.

Plan for this week is changing again since it's neg 20 again. (Yay! My body works just to keep warm!) I'm doing low impact cardio with DVD's this week then, in addition to squats and lunges and Spark bootcamp.

I'm experimenting a bit, I'm starting rapid step-ups for 5 minute sets, as many sets as I can. The thing that's limiting me now is that the muscles on the front of my legs are getting tired quickly, so I'm hoping the intervals will help break through that. Any ideas?

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WOW Curls. That was an excellent idea!

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1/13/09 2:56 P

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So yesterday to mix up my routine a little bit I thought about this post and decided to climb my gyms steps for a bit. Went up and down 3 times for 372 total steps up. How is your training going?

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1/9/09 11:41 A

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I am so happy to see that you are sticking with your schedule! This is exciting! We don't have these types of charity events where I live. It's mainly 5k's that are done here - no stair climbs. LOL



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1/6/09 11:52 P

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Ah yes! Great minds think alike. We're staying at the Monte Carlo, so there will be stairs abound! And me abounding on them!

And I'm bringing my trusty yellow jumprope. Yay!

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1/5/09 10:06 P

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I'm thinking there are these things called hotels there. Hotels have stairs. I'm almost sure of it. ;)
Have fun in vegas!

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1/5/09 4:57 P

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Ah SeeJane... I have total faith in you! You will be as ready as you can be when Feb 22nd rolls around. Remember, the goal is completion. And doing YOUR best.

Now as far as Las Vegas goes. Your assignment as soon as you get situated there is to seek out exercise facilities. Even if you have to run up and down stairs while you are there! Pack some comfy exercise clothes, and fav tennis shoes, and exercise first thing so you can enjoy the rest of each day!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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1/4/09 11:56 P

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Thanks! I love finding stairs on trails. They're always so picturesque.

I, unfortunately, don't have a lot of stairs around. I'm now realizing I live in Iowa and with abundant land we are building out, not up.

However, I've been using my step areobic platform regularly. I've also added repetitions on the steps up to my second floor apartment. I've started putting my stopwatch on the top step and I hit lap every time I get up there so I can even see my lap and total times. On Tuesday I'll be at my office building so may be able to take more flights at a time (hopefully if I can get into the other wings with longer stairwells without setting off alarms).

My next big obstacle is that on Thursday I'm leaving for a trip in Las Vegas. Not really sure how I'm going to maintain a workout there or if I'll be anywhere near steps. I'm mentally planning now though because I remember hearing "failing to plan is planning to fail".

To be honest, I'm a little scared I won't be ready by Feb 22nd. I'm doing ok, but feel I haven't really pushed it yet. I'm going to have to step it up (Pardon the pun) if I want to make this. I AM really excited though that I've found tremendous support here. I wouldn't be able to do it without you all!

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1/1/09 8:28 P

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I like your story Lycee!

I was thinking of you SeeJane when we went on our family road trip Monday... we had to climb down three long sets of stairs on the way down to a waterfall, and then later and climb right back up! It was great exercise... if I was planning to do the challenge you are going to do, I would climb stairs every day!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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There is even no question wether you'll succeed or not ! But practice =)

At school, we had a test we had to succeed to receive our diploma, it was climbing stairs so we practiced by climbing stairs !

We tried to go up one step at a time, after two steps and then 3, after jumping from another step to the next one. Mostly, we were training going up !

Am I making any sense ?

I'll cheer you too !

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I haven't been on lately due to the holidays, so I'm just now seeing this. I don't have any advice, but just wanted to let you know that I'll cheer for you all the way! I think it's great that you're doing this, and what a great thing to do to make sure you're getting that exercise in. I will train with you if you send me your training plan. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! We'll all be with you every step of the way!

Shari :)

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I've walked 40 miles towards my 500 miles by May 1st goal!

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12/28/08 11:05 P

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Hello, all! I've almost made it through the holidays! I'm exhausted! Happy to say that so far only my blogging has fallen off the wagon.

Although I have not been able to fit in extra training over the holidays as I was hoping, I am sticking to the plan I created. I've been able to get great cardio in, even outside as it's been warmer here and I've gotten warm gear. Have not done well at eating at all. (My goal for eating right now is only to minimize weight gain, not to lose. But I'm also trying to focus on making choices that will help my body "burn cleaner" and feel better) Much too much making buttery pasta sauces and cookie dough.

I am very grateful this holiday season for great family and friends. We've managed to eat fairly well, veggie appetizers even if they are served with ranch dip, and some have offered to babysit so I can get out for my jogs. They've also helped me exceed my goal for fundraising for the American Lung Association already! Yay! Looks like I'll be adusting a few of my goals sooner than I thought!

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12/23/08 3:22 P

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I know right where you are...as i've done the big climb for leukemia here in seattle our building is a little taller than yours 69 flights of stairs,1,311 steps, 788ft of vertical elevation. But its doable. The way I trained for mine (i've done it 3 times now and got faster each year, last year I got up those stairs in 14 minutes and 24 seconds!(thats 5 flights of stairs per minute).

Anyway. Stairs. My gym is in a building that has 7 floors. I walk up and down the stairs. I found it easier to "practice" on real stairs than on a stairmaster cause you actually are using a full range of motion and actually climbing stairs.
As my trainging progressed. I did my normal workout.. and added a stair climb to my end of my workout. The next week I did the stairs twice. Next week 3..so forth and so on til I got to the exact amount of stairs I would be climbing the day of the event.

Leg workouts=Calf raises, leg presses, leg extensions.

Dont forget those arms either... my first year my legs were like jello towards the top, and if it wasnt for my arms pulling me up using the railings. I would be done for.

But i highly recommend you find a building in your area that has some stairs (maybe an office building or an apartment building a friend lives in) to practice...its very helpful for the experience.

Hope that helps some. And good luck

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12/23/08 9:01 A

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I was doing an "early" Walk Away The Pounds video last night and thought of you. Leslie kept saying to really lift those feet while marching in place, "like you are climbing steps," and then on the knee lifts she was also saying to really lift them high!

This is missing from the more recent videos and now I know why so many "old-timers" showing in her videos are lifting their feet so high.

So I thought I should tell you, it will help your training.

By the way, just FYI, I can feel it in my thighs today!
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12/22/08 11:14 P

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Good for You! What a lofty goal! I suggest you do some interval training. Walk/run as fast as you can for a minute then slow for 2 or three minutes, repeating for however long you are working out. This will build endurance and get you fit faster!

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12/20/08 9:18 P

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I am glad you have a training plan. It makes a huge difference when you go to do the actual event!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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12/19/08 11:33 P

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Hey everyone,

Thanks! This is exactly what I need. I'll try to keep my sparkpage blog updated too, but for now here's what I've got.

For muscle preparation I'm doing the list of exercises the American Lung Association recommended. Basically wall squats with the ball, lunges, stretches, and a few others. I'll have to list it on my blog and add it to my exercise tracker.

For cardio/endurance, I'm hoping to start training as if I'm doing a 5K. I know I could walk that at a fast pace with few problems, but I'd feel more comfortable doing this if I could run that with no problems. The only problem so far has been the weather lately. It's been so icy that schools have closed and my gym policy is that they close if school is closed. So for now I've brought out my platform from step aerobics and have been doing step ups on that while I watch tv or whatnot.

This weekend if we can get out (there's supposed to be another (yikes!) storm tomorrow night.) I'm going to try and find a better pedometer. Mine does fairly well for walking, but after doing the step for 20 minutes yesterday it said I had gone 18 steps. V irritating.

Ok, 65 days (9 wks 1 day) and counting down!

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For some reason every time I reply it is giving me an error message and not posting my reply....okay back to my original message:

emoticon I am so glad to see you decided to go through with this! Just think of the bragging rights you will have when this is all said and done!

You have plenty of time to train. Have any stairs that you can practice on? I think the best advice is DON'T GIVE UP! I agree with the not stopping because then you lose your momentum!

Please keep us updated on your progress!

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12/18/08 9:25 P

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I agree with Linda, you should be training in some way for this... do you have stairs in your house that you can work out on? Do you have a tracking system to log your progress?

As far as support goes... Yes! I will cheer you on! You can do this! But make sure you prepare yourself, and see it through to the end...

Keep this thread updated, I want to know how this is going!

Jennifer:)

Getting started is only part of the journey, the rest is never giving up, no matter what!!! -JH

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12/18/08 6:53 A

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Don't stop. That is really the best advice I can give you.

When I climbed the Statue of Liberty I remembered those very words and just kept going. Speed isn't the issue. There are landings where I saw people sitting. They never made it to the top. For some unknown reason, if you stop you've had it.

So just keep plodding along and you will make it to the top!

Are you walking or running right now? If so, 1000 steps isn't that much so if you get in shape with walking or running 3 miles or more at a stretch you should be able to handle this.

Good luck to you, I am proud of you to have signed up for this!

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Hey team,

So I got a little excited about all these changes I'm making in my life and now I'm a little worried that I've bitten off more than I can chew. So I need your help.

I've signed up for a "race" to the top of the tallest building in my area to raise money for the American Lung Association. It's February 22nd. It's 41 floors, (but somehow 45 flights of stairs?) and about 1000 steps.

It didn't look so bad as I was viewing the photos of the winners last year, but this weekend I was downtown and saw how big that building really is...and thought about how easy it would be just to stop now.

Here's what I need from you: If you have any tips, if you have words of support, if you'd like to be a cheering section until Feb 22nd, if you can suggest a training program, if you can train "with" me even if you're not doing it with me, if you can do anything at all to help me keep from quitting, I would appreciate it.

Thanks to everyone! You all Rock!

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