March 2, 2015

1215 Steps

We completed the climb this weekend.  1215 steps in total in a little under 20 minutes.  I stopped at both rest stops and caught my breath - or at least attempted to.  Considering I didn't do anything to "train" for this event, I was pretty happy.  Plus, we raised over $2000.00 and the donations keep coming.  We are so incredibly grateful.

The event was organized really well.  I was really worried about being stuck on the stairs with hundreds of sweaty people, but we were released one at a time within our time slot.  The stairs were wide, clean and the perfect temperature.  They had lots of snacks and waters at the top and the bottom.  But the highlight was the view.  I love that view of the city - it's one of my favorites.



Our start time was before 7:00 AM and we had to get there early, so we were out the door by 5:30 AM.  The city is a pretty amazing place that early in the morning.  Rockefeller Center was quiet and empty and we had 6th Ave to ourselves on our way there.


We took our before picture and got lined up to make the climb.  I was anticipating at least 45 minutes in the stairwell.  I had no clue what normal was and I figured my legs would be crying about halfway up, but we just powered through and felt pretty good.  The trick is to chew gum or a hard candy because it is extremely dry in the stairwell.



And obviously we had to take a few pictures with our "first place medals" at the top before heading down to stuff our faces with bananas, granola bars and juice boxes.



We had epic naps when we got home and relaxed the remainder of the day.  

This was the perfect way to kick off our March.  We are starting a 21 day cleanse today (not to be confused with the 21 day fix.)  We have read the book Crazy, Sexy Diet and it has guidelines at the back for a 21 day cleanse for your body.  We are cutting out gluten, caffeine, dairy, animal products, alcohol and processed sugars as much as possible.  We are sticking with the 80/20 rule to allow ourselves some normalcy, but will be upping our vegetable intake and making lots of quinoa and rice dishes.

Being a girl that lives for a beer, a stick of cheese, coffee and cupcakes, this will be challenging, but we've been cutting things out over the last week to reduce the risk of headaches and crabbiness.  We aren't doing this as a weight loss challenge, in fact, we will be watching our calories closely to make sure that we are taking in as much as possible over the next few weeks.  Our goals are to feel good and reset a little bit.  I have no intention to make this my lifestyle in the future, but I'm excited to try some new foods and challenge myself a little bit.  What perfect timing to link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Erin.

Love, Fun & football

14 comments:

  1. That climb is absolutely awesome- and you raised so much money!! Go you guys!! :) I would love to be out in the city that early in the morning I think... but then again, I'd just like to see it period! Good luck with your cleanse! We have been cutting back slowly but surely on sugar and dairy -it's tough, but so worth it!! Thanks for linking up :)

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  2. Dang girl - get it, get it! I would love to know how the 21 day cleanse works for y'all!

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  3. that climb is incredible! get it girl!

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  4. I seriously am a beer/cheese/cupcake girl at heart, but when I tell myself "I don't NEED it", and truly believe it...it is a little easier. I think the 80/20 rule is super necessary or you'll go crazy!!! Go you guys on the climb! That's amazing!!!

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  5. Sooo awesome, congratulations! And what an amazing cause, plus how much you guys raised. The views over Central Park look so amazing, even in the wintertime. I can't wait to hear how the 21 day cleanse goes for you guys.

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  6. Way to go! I can't imagine doing that many steps with NO training! You're a rock star...and all for an awesome cause!

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  7. Good work on your climb! I am so interested in that 21 day cleanse. I will definitely have to look into it. Happy March!

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  8. You go on your stair climb! You guys rocked it. I missed the pics on IG but just went to like it.

    I love early morning in most cities, hell in most towns. It feels like you have it all to yourself.

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  9. Great job! I bet that climb was so tough but it looks so worth it from the top. Good luck on your cleanse! I'm cutting out alcohol for the next few weeks and would love to do as much as you, I just don't think I'm strong enough! I'll start with the beer for now ;)

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  10. You had me at beer, stick of cheese, coffee and cupcakes. Wait, those are leaving? What?!

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  11. Way to go! You two did great and collected an AMAZING amount of money! I'm wishing I was in the NYC area cause this sounds like a really fun and charitable thing to do!

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  12. Seriously so proud of you guys!!! Sounds like you rocked that climb! And even more awesome job on the donations! $2000 is A LOT of money! Wahooooooooooooooooooo!

    Good luck with the cleanse! I'll eat an extra cupcake for you this week ;)

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  13. That climb is awesome! And in my favourite city on earth no less! I'm a little envious right now... haha

    Good luck with your cleanse!

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  14. Wow! Good for you! Seriously, so awesome. Thanks for linking up with us!

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