One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: It’s All About the Stairs

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Did I ever tell you about my 5 Story rule? I think I did waaaayy back when in my 10 Stay Active Tips! In short, I have a personal rule to always seek out stairs in any building 5 stories or less.

I’m still and will always be, a stair taker. I even recently trucked up 14 flights at a conference I was attending. Boy THAT was a workout!

Anyway, when I saw this quote it made me chuckle.

“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.”
Joan Welsh

Are you a stair taker?

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    February 27, 2010

    No, but I’m trying to become one.

    Luann Abrams

    February 27, 2010

    Yes! I wish we had some skyscrapers where I live because I’d love to climb to the top. But I have plenty of trips up the stairs just in my house each day. In fact, I think I may need to count how many times I go up and down for a future blog post! I will think of you when I’m next taking two at a time!

    Amber Lynae

    February 27, 2010

    I could be better. But I did choose to take the stair up the Eiffle tower instead of the elevator that was a hike. But I need to do better on everyday choices.

    Krista S.

    February 27, 2010

    I’ve always been a stair-taker, but not always for fitness reasons. Elevators make me woozy.

    shandy (@webgals)

    February 27, 2010

    I take the stairs sometimes…but it depends on the shoes I have on. My fear of falling down the stairs is stronger than my hatred of being fat. :) My active imagination gives me visions of falling down the stairs way too often.


    February 27, 2010

    shandy – So funny. That’s why I can’t run in the snow when the side walks aren’t cleaned. If I have to go in the street all I keep imagining is a car coming by and clipping me. I desire to live is stronger then my need to run. lol

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    February 27, 2010

    I love that quote! I am always a stair taker. I hated having to take the elevator when I had back problems.


    February 27, 2010

    YUP – While I work on the second floor in my hospital, I have to go check in and out on the 8th floor so I take the stairs to begin my day and end it. And if I work later in the day then the garage is pretty full and I end up on the 8th or 9th floor and take the stairs down and then back up.

    I started this a few weeks ago – it KILLED me at first, I was huffing and puffing and looking awful the first few times. Still hard but I dont look like death anymore.


    February 27, 2010

    I always try to take the stairs. Even if others are not. When we went on vacation a few years back I took the stairs down to the gym. We were on the 8th or 10th floor. I decided at the end of my workout that it would be great to climb back up the stairs…Not so easy. It was a good end to my workout but I ended up wheezing ( a problem I have developed in the last year after I work out). I was a little scared as I did not have my cell phone and I was worrie I would not make it back to my room. I did make it OK and I will take the stairs all the time when I can. I will just be more conscious in certain circumstances.


    February 28, 2010

    as long as i feel like i’m in a safe environment, i will take the stairs. i love to burn some extra calories (and burn my quads!).

    J Renee

    February 28, 2010

    We went on a week long cruise and I insisted that we take the stairs everywhere we went. By the end of that week my legs were very toned and strong. It was the healthiest cruise I ever took! I even ate well.


    February 28, 2010

    I’m a stair taker! I think it’s because I only recently got a car… before that, I took public transportation everywhere… and hated being stuck in line on escalators, etc… so I would take the stairs because I was impatient! Maybe that’s why i walk faster than most of my friends LOL. Even now, at work, I get around our buildings by taking the stairs instead of the short-cut elevator routes!


    February 28, 2010

    I usually take the stairs. I work in a hospital that has 17 floors… so when I have meetings on the 17th floor I show up sweaty and out of breath it’s not the best impression, but I usually do it anyway. It’s a good way for me to get my heartrate up in the middle of the day :)


    February 28, 2010

    Yes, I am. I started doing stairs whenever possible quite a few years ago. Sometimes I have the stroller so the stairs aren’t an option. That’s the one thing I miss about working in the office (I work at home full time) is all the exercise I got at work with the stairs. :)


    February 28, 2010

    I’ve actually started applying your exact rule – the 5 stair rule – simply because of that post you mentioned! Thanks again for the idea and inspiration Roni!


    March 1, 2010

    I often take the stairs because I am just generally impatient and don’t want to wait for the elevator. I am going to start applying your rule and always look first for the stairs.


    March 2, 2010

    If by myself or with my older kid only, I take the stairs. With two kids, if I carry nothing but the carseat, I still walk one flight of stairs. But when I have more to carry (carseat, my bag, diaper bag) I use the stroller for “storage” and and we take the elevator “for the stroller”.

    Roni, you brought up an interesting point. I never thought much about this habit – but I think it would be nice if I keep “modeling” it for my daughter, she may end up finding stairs “the natural approach” :). Or maybe not, but it is worth a try :).


    March 2, 2010

    I’m a stair taker so much that it usually annoys the people I’m with. I think it’s funny when I will walk up the stairs right next to my husband as he rides the escalotor at the mall.


    March 2, 2010

    irina – I totally agree. I do the same thing for my son. We walk, take the stairs and sometimes even race “daddy,” the “lazy one” lol


    March 2, 2010

    Erika – I do the same thing! Hubby always takes the escalator and I race him on the stairs. lol