Aug 26, 2010

First Day of School, Last Day of Elevators

6:00 AM
  • phone alarm starts playing the theme song to "Air Wolf" to wake me up, I hit snooze.
6:05 AM
  • Airwolf...Snooze...Repeat (3 more times)
6:25 AM
  • Finally give into the alarm, roll outta' bed, pee, do an ABC shower
6:35 AM
  • Grab meals my wife lovingly prepared to get me off to a good caloric start
7:02 AM
  • Arrive at work after blazing through traffic at speeds that are more fitting to a bullet bike than a Honda Element

I am now confronted with 2 options:
  1. Take the elevator, maintain composure, and be ready to get on the phone with a customer
  2. Take the stairs, start sweating & breathing like I just gave birth to a 10 pound kid, log into my phone and wait about 5 min. to get my breath back, then start my calls.
I chose the second.

4:00 PM
  • Leave work and head over for my first day at school
4:30 PM
  • Take a pretty good hike from parking to the building.

My classroom is one above the main floor. I took the stairs ... but only because the elevator was far enough away that it was actually easier to take the stairs.

6:50 PM
  • First class lets out, second class is on the other side of campus, no time to walk so I drove. (P.S. first class had chairs and desks I can fit in, hallelujah!)
7:05 PM
  • Late for class 2 walk fast to the building.

Same scenario. I took the elevator.

Now, if you are in the lobby of the empire state building, and you have to get to the 30th floor, take the elevator. But how dumb is it to schedule a time 3 days a week to force myself to exercise when I won't even walk up one flight of stairs?

Which is more important to me? Composure and the assurance that no one will look at me as I gasp for air at the top of the stairs or the benifits that 3 flights of stairs, 3 days a week for the next semester will have on my heart, my health and my weight.

No more elevators for me!

Side note: Dodged the gauntlet of free crap food being given away by vendors for the first day of school kickoff. Surprised how it's becoming easier to pass stuff by.


  1. Way to go with passing up the free food that's tough to do especially when you're feeling frazzled about the first day somewhere. Glad to hear you're going to take the stairs too the little things really do add up. In no time you won't be out of breath from doing it either especially with the gym workouts in between. Glad the table and chair was good too I remember college days and those darn little attached desks, ekkkk. You are doing great!!!

  2. the mental connection you made about what is MOST important to you was dead-on. Awesome!

  3. Used the stairs this morning. Was actually not as bad as I thought and got a small victory that helps me make more good choices today!

  4. If you wanted to post what you ate today, I'd be happy to give it a once over for you. I saw your post yesterday...congrats on the exercise and eating! It sounds like you are off to a solid start. Great job choosing stairs over the elevator.

  5. Good point about the gym / elevator. I hated taking the stairs at work too because of the heavy breathing/sweating, but I just thought screw it and I would take my time. It's amazing how forgiving the body is and how quickly it will respond to exercise - once you start. Good Job!