Thursday, August 4, 2011

Do you dread stairs?



What do most people think of when they see stairs? Most probably don't think twice but being overweight changes all that.

Three years ago I dreaded stairs! My knees just couldn't take them, they would crack, they hurt and going up a small flight of stairs felt like I was running a marathon. At the time this was a huge problem considering I was working as a onsite Construction Project Engineer and I was constantly out in the field going up stairs and climbing ladders. Most of the time I had to do stairs one at a time because of my knees.

 I remember one day my Project Manager told me I needed to set up a punchlist walk with the Owner's Representative for one of the buildings we were building. Now mind you this wasn't a normal building, it was a massive 30 story warehouse type building that housed extensive mechanical systems that are supposed to help the power plant reduce emissions from burning coal. The walk through included checking every door in the building to make sure they worked properly and that they weren't damaged. My stomach was in knots because there was doors all over this building, it wasn't like you just go straight up a flight of stairs and check each one. The stairs winded throughout the building with all kinds of cat walks and platforms. I swear I thought I was going to die that day! I lugged all 480 lbs of me up, down, and across that building for almost 3.5 hours in the middle of the summer. I felt so embarrassed inside because I knew the people who were with me that day knew I was struggling. What was I supposed to say to by boss thought? No I cant because I am too big? 


I look back on that day and find myself thankful that I went through it, its helps me appreciate today a lot more. Reason being that even though I am still in the low 400 lb range I can RUN upstairs now with no pain at all, I might be breathing heavy when I get to the top but I still can do it.

And actually you know what I would love to do one day that involves stairs? I want to take the stairs to the top of this beautiful building in Chicago. Who can arrange that? :-)


Willis Tower aka Sears Tower


What challenges have you over come lately? What challenges are you working on overcoming?









15 comments:

sharla @ 262milejourney said...

You know they do a stair climb event there every year. And it's right around our birthdays. You know. Just sayin'. I'm serious.

Carbie Girl said...

I would SO take on the same challenge... though I don't like stairs any more than I once used to, I'm glad my knees no longer crack when I go up or down em!

Emily Sandford said...

I'm totally in if you all do SkyRise Chicago! Um, I probably won't be ready in November though. http://ric.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=event_information

Mike said...

That would be cool to do the stairs there. I used to avoid stairs like the plague. I came to the realization early on in one of my posts that I had it all backwards.

Would be a cool blog material to do the stairs. I wonder if they have a day like that for the Wells Fargo building in SLC.

Lily Fluffbottom said...

I had a rash of realizations when I started to lose weight. One of them was holding off on using the restroom because it was upstairs and I didn't want to climb them.

oh_mg said...

They do a stair race there! I did my own mini-stair challenge in my office building last year and felt incredibly proud when I finished 26 floors ... I can't imagine doing the whole Sears Tower! I'm going to look into the price and if it's feasible, I might see ya there...

revitaffirmations said...

here is the link to Sky Rise - http://ric.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=home

It is on Sunday November 6th.

Sprint, jog or walk to the top of Willis Tower on the world’s highest indoor, urban stair climb. Don’t be daunted. From the start line, you’re just 2,109 steps away from SkyDeck Chicago featuring The Ledge where you can take in panoramic views of up to four states.

Pam said...

Good stuff!! So have you dominated the stair climber at the gym yet?

A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes said...

Lately, I can definitely say I've been tackling emotional struggles instead of physical struggles in my journey.

Mike said...

At my biggest I will say I hated the stairs, but honestly I can say thankfully I was forced to do them, and I could do them. Now that I'm losing weight (not at this exact moment) I will be able to do them easier and will never even have a second thought about doing them. In recent months ive put some weight on and I can definitely tell :X

David H. said...

Tackling stairs is awesome. I led a "take the stairs" mini-campaign at a job a few years ago and was amazed at the excuses. It's one of the best ways to get a little bit of exercise every day without really thinking about it.

Ragemichelle said...

I'm still learning to run..I can't wait until I'm no longer doing my little old lady shuffle. :)

Patty @ A Day in My NYC said...

Awesome goal! :)

Tiffany said...

You should totally do the Hustle Up The Hancock--make a weekend out of it!

I hate stairs, even if it's just one flight. I've never liked them and prefer to walk up a hill instead. I went to college in WV so it was very hilly and there would be options to take stairs up the hill or truck up the hill and I always chose the latter.

Mich9 said...

google knows it :-D