What I Learned from my 2nd Challenge

For the last 13 days,  I have been climbing stairs.   I’ve learned a few things.

1. Take one flight at a time

It is pretty easy to get discouraged when standing  at the bottom of 13 flights of stairs. The trick is to get started and only focus on one small step at a time. The first few days of climbing stairs were really hard. I wanted to quit after flight four. This leads me to the second thing I’ve learned.

2. It easier to do something hard with another person.

I was lucky, because my hubby came with me. He also did the 13 day challenge and  climbed 13 flights of stairs each day beside me.  When I got tired, he would tell me to keep going.

3. Some people are going to laugh at you. It happens.

Some folks will look at you funny when you are trying to improve yourself. The trick is to ignore them. We had more than one person tell us where the elevator was while climbing up and down the stairs at the hotel.

My new challenge starts tomorrow. It will be another 13 days to a better me. I’m excited.

Climb the Stairs

Quote of the Day

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
– Albert Einstein







I’ve been climbing stairs for six days now. I’ve defiantly become more aware of stairs. They seem to be everywhere. Any time, I see a pair of stairs I make a mental note. I might want to come back and climb them. For example, we had to go to a large sporting good store. They had a lovely set of stairs with a large aquarium  to look at while you climbed. I climbed up and down 13 times while the hubby looked for his item. In the end, he decided it was too expensive, and I got to know the fishes in the tank next to the stairs very well. In case you are wondering, no one ask you what you are doing when you climb up and down and up and down.  It is very large sporting store and folks are too busy looking at their tents and fishing bait to care.

The View from the Top

The fun thing about walking flights of stairs is you can find new places to walk. So far,I have climbed  stairs at my in-law’s house, a local high school, the mall and a fancy  hotel. My favorite place  has been the fancy hotel. The Accountant and I just walked into the hotel like we belonged there.  The lobby was beautiful with fresh flowers and plush furniture. The hotel staff was friendly and the decor was modern.  However, the stairs were a different matter. They were kind of hard to find and were painted in that 1970’s red color you see in old photos.   We had to walk down several hallways before we even found the stairs. The stairs were located inside, but did not have heating. They were very cold. It was like they cut the heating to save a few dollars.  Apparently, people who pay $200 a night for a hotel room take the elevator.  The view was nice at the top of the stairs. It was a fun adventure.


Day Two

The climb

Today the Accountant and I did our stair walking outside.  After the third flight, I thought about picking something different for my 2nd challenge.  The eye patch idea my brother gave sounded very appealing when my legs started to burn.  I have defiantly not climbed stairs in a while. I survived the 13 flights today, and I have wobbly legs to prove it.

My 2nd Challenge: An Introduction


When you tell people you have started a challenge blog, they give you all kinds of suggestions for your next challenge. My favorite idea came from my brother. He wants me to wear an eye patch, and look like a pirate for next 13 days. No offense to pirates, but I have a hard time imagining myself as a sword fighting buccaneer on the hunt for gold. I’ve decided to walk up flights of stairs.  13 flights each day to be exact.

Why Stairs?

The Practical Reason

According to my fitness book, you can burn 470 calories per hour walking stairs. Walking up and down stairs seems like a good place to improve my physical fitness. Physical fitness is a key component of most self-help books. You must master your physical body in your quest for success.

The Philosophy Reason

Stairs take us places we want to go. For example, if I am at the book store at the mall buying another self-help book, I need to take a flight of stairs to get the department store to buy a lipstick. Stairs represent change and growth. Artists paint stairs in pictures to make us ponder and think about a journey. Stairs can be a metaphor for something that is hard but achievable.

Wish me luck on my 2nd 13 day challenge.