Daily Archives: October 7, 2010

STAIRway to hell

I don’t know about you but I’ve always hated the stairs!!! It’s one of the exercises that I so dread yet see so many good results from.  My trainer always said “Sandra, if you want that big butt you better do them stairs”.  Something about a big butt and stairs just didn’t seem quite worth it to me.  Growing up in Brooklyn, I lived in a four story building and what do you know, I lived on the fourth floor.  Living on the fourth floor meant two things.  #1 when I leave the house in the morning, I need to make sure I get everything done because I’m not walking back down those stairs to walk back up and #2 if I was already in the house, it better had been a damn good reason to make me walk down to walk back up.  As you can see…even when I was younger I hated them.  Today I can finally say I have a love hate relationship with the stairs.  And because I know I hate them way more then I love them, I make sure I include them every chance I get in my life.  For the past two years, I can say I have been honored and very proud of myself to participate in the Bank of America Fight For Air Stair Climb.  What this is is, I participate in climbing the stairs of one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco.  52 flights of stairs, 1197 steps!!! You might be thinking…”girl…you are crazy” and I promise you every year at about the 11th floor I think the same thing but it’s my challenge!!! I climb the stairs during this challenge for two reasons. #1 I climb it for all the lung cancer people, for all the smokers and for all the people who don’t have good lungs as I do and #2 I climb it because it’s the one thing that I hate to do that I need to love more.  Year one of my climb I finished in 61 minutes.  Felt like HOURS.  Year two, I finished in 33 minutes.  YAY for me!!! Next year I hope to do better 🙂

Stairs has not only help shape my thighs but it’s also yes ladies and gentlemen helped curve my nosatall!!! I’m currently walking the stairs with co-workers twice a week.  We walk down from the 1st floor then up to the 16th floor then back down to the 10th.  And while I huff and puff in the stairwells I’m happy to say…at least I can do it without having the paramedics being called 🙂 When I go to the gym, bet your bottom dollar I’m doing the stairmaster.

And while I don’t have the attitude of stairs being hell, I can say I’m starting to love them more and more 🙂

Here are some pics of me in 2009 Stair Climb! A picture of me in 2010 can be found to the right :o)

Bank of America building – 52 flight, 1197 stairs

2009 – 61 minutes


My Collage Masterpiece

About a year ago I coordinated a team building event that consisted of everyone in my department getting together and making collages.  The collage was supposed to reflect where you are in your life, where you would like to be in life, what your passions are, and anything else that represents “YOU”.  The directions were for us to get into groups, cut out a bunch of pictures and text, glue them to picture boards and explain your story.  Simple huh…NOT!!!! As I was going through magazine after magazine I couldn’t come up with a suitable story for the work environment.  I mean come on…does anyone really want to hear about how I love to sleep or about how I love hip hop and can probably sing word for word on many songs or what about how I hate horror movies?!?! As I got passed the frustration of “why the heck are we doing this stupid project” it finally came to me.  I wanted to tell a story of things I liked and things I’m aspiring to achieve.  I’ve decided to share this collage and story with you!!!

Let’s start pic by pic and text by text 🙂

*Who do you want to be – I ask myself this question almost daily.  Being that I’m 34 now, I can honestly say, I don’t actually wake up feeling like I’ve conquered my world…or not yet at least.

*Brighter days ahead – I remind myself this phrase every time I feel things aren’t going my way or when things seem to be getting a little negative.

*Learning from a pro – At work I’m all about developing myself and I feel the number one way to get where you want to go you need to learn from a pro.

*AHA – I constantly have AHA moments.

*Here, passion knows no limit – I have no idea why I picked this.  Guess it just jumped out at me at the moment.

*What do you love about yourself? – Huh…what don’t I love should be the question. I definitely feel you should always love everything about yourself even if sometimes you’d give anything to trade in those faults.

*CUPCAKE – There’s a reason why this bad boy is the biggest thing on the page.  I can’t say anything less of I LOVE CUPCAKES 🙂

*Cat with head in fish bowl – I chose this picture for a number of reasons.  I have a new found love for cats and at the moment of this team building, I was trying to decide was I the cat or was I the fish in the bowl at my position at work.  HMM…still a question I ask myself.

*Eli Manning – GOOOOOOOO GMEN!!!!!!!!!!! What can say…being that I’m a New Yorker, born and raised and a die hard football girl there’s no one better than the NY GIANTS and no one better than Eli Manning (be quiet you Peyton fans!!!).

*I’ll keep running and runners – My dream is to become a runner.  I can only do about 2 minutes at a time without wanting to die from exhaustion but I’m determined to make this goal.

*Give Get & Go – This feels like my work mantra!!! Give me what you need, I’ll give you what I have, and GO…wherever that is 🙂

*My true self – One can only dare to know what it is but I know!!!

*Happiness – At the end of the day, when the lights go off, when there’s nothing but silence I am…HAPPINESS 🙂

What would your collage be??????