Reader Inquiries

I was going to call this post something cute and catchy, like “Viewer Mail”, but somebody already took that. :)

Top of the World Challenge
The lovely Shanna asked (and quite politely, I thought) if I would share my unpatented Top of The World Challenge. Now why didn’t I think of that? Thank you, Shanna! Your wish is my command. Here you go:

For every story we climb, we earn an equivalent story in (or on) a national or international landmark. Reach the top of one landmark and earn a sticker. Then start over to scale a new landmark. The landmarks:
St. Louis Arch – 60 stories
Eiffel Tower – 75 stories
Empire State Building – 102 stories
Sears Tower – 110 stories
Grand Canyon – 800 stories (400 down, 400 up)
Mt. Everest – 2040 stories

(Note: these numbers were not computed by a mathemetician or scientist or even someone who did better than barely pass those subjects in school. They’re meant to be representative of the landmark heights.)

A “story” is the two flights between floors. You earn a story by going up; going down doesn’t count for the purposes of this challenge. Even if it’s just one story, add it to your daily total.

There is no time limit or guideline. The goal is to challenge yourself, andf or some of us, that means starting off slowly and building endurance.

On a personal note, I managed 45 stories this week! We’ve got two climbers who have already climbed the St. Louis Arch and are on their way up the Empire State Building. Even better news, I added four new climbers today!

Getting There
Another question, this time from the always delightful Katschi:

I noticed, Cammy, in your blurb in your profile that you “doubt you’ll ever get there”. I don’t believe that YOU believe this anymore, do you?

Excellent observation, Katschi, and I thank you for the huge compliment! I’ve toyed with the idea of rewording that little bit, to better reflect what I’ve learned, but so far I haven’t come up with the right words. Although I didn’t know it at the time I wrote the blurb, those words hold (for me) a fundamental truth about fitness. I sort of figured it out earlier this year, when I
discovered that there will be no finish line, no magical moment when I’ll be able to declare myself “there.” Those small, gradual changes that were my initial goal will continue for the rest of my life. The joy of that is not only in the improved fitness (and lower weight), but in the journey itself. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I’m eagerly anticipating more achievements in the future. In the words of one of my favorite BTO songs, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! :)

So I guess the literal answer is that I don’t believe I’ll reach the finish line, but to answer the intent of your comment, I absolutely believe I will continue on the journey!

Thank you again, Katschi! Now if you could just reword it for me? (I know, I know, if someone else does my work for me, how will I ever learn?)

That’s it for me tonight. It was a lonnnnnngggg week, and I think I’m going to put my feet up! I hope you all have a most wonderful weekend. Remember the sunscreen!


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