Friday, January 8, 2010

The Climb....

Hello bloggies!! Wow!! What a fabulous and exhilarating week!! I am so excited and nervous and happy and excited (oops, already said that one)!! I am so thrilled for having decided to take on this new goal in 2010!! I can't believe I am going to attempt....uh, actually CORRECTION, I AM GOING TO CLIMB THE CN TOWER in April!! It was such a quick thought process was simply, "Wow, 1776 steps, climb it and it's for charity - okay I'm doing it!!" That was it and I signed up. I feel great about it and can't wait to start training for it!

One of my girlfriends (we were really close friends in Junior high school and we haven't seen each other in probably 20 years but have since reconnected via facebook), follows this blog and has decided to do this climb as well. I can't wait to see her! I'm thrilled to bits that she wants to do this to support me and I appreciate it so much. At the same time, we will be raising money for charity.

A few bloggers in the Toronto area are thinking of doing this as well and all of us meeting up at the end of it for a "Celebratory Dinner and Fun Night!" I think it would be awesome and if I get enough interest, I will certainly organize it!! YEAH!! Lets do it bloggies...even if you don't want to do the climb...we could all meet at a nice restaurant for dinner that night(even though I may not be able to walk!!) :)

If you're a blogger or anyone for that matter, in the Toronto area (that includes the surrounding areas - YOU know you can easily get to downtown T.O.), and you would like to take part in the climb and possibly a dinner afterwards, please let me know!! :)

I'm still working on convincing one of my friends to do it with me and the other has agreed!! So I'm really starting to look forward to it!

My trainer Rob, told me that he will help me to prepare for stair climbing. He used to do stairs 2 steps at a time, for 1 hour every day and he says that it got his glutes ripped! Well, there's a MAJOR plus in doing this to have some nicely defined glutes!! I'm IN!!! I can't wait to start the training. In addition to the nice glutes, I've read that stair climbing is an amazing workout.

There are quite a few benefits of stair climbing as well. Stair climbing uses the muscles of the legs, in particular the quadriceps (front of the thighs) and the buttocks (GLUTES). It can be an intense activity both for the heart and leg muscles because you are carrying your body weight against gravity.

I've mentionned before that my lower body, specifically my butt and thighs are my problem areas when it comes to weight loss. I am anxious to see the changes/results of this new addition to the program! :)

When I did the TV commercial for ParticipACTION last year, my tag line was, "I'm Joania and my ParticipACTION is keeping things fresh!!" Well, that's what I intend to do this year, is keep things fresh by challenging myself with new physical goals and attempting things I would not even have dreamed of doing in the past!! I have been to the CN TOWER so many times before and never once did the thought of climbing it ever enter my mind - and I'm certain if it did, I would have split my mouth laughing and look at me now!! I am about to start training for it! Just incredible!! You see why I'm on such a high??? Embarking on this journey more than a year ago, and more importantly SEEING IT THROUGH, has been one of the best decisions I've made in my life!

So that's it for today!! IT IS OFFICIAL!! I have registered and I would love the support in efforts of raising some money for a very good cause. All donations will be in support of World Wild Life Canada (WWF). For more information, visit their website.

If you would like to sponsor my climb, please click HERE!!! Any amount will be appreciated! THANKS!!

Until next time.. (BTW, tomorrow, I will post my food and exercise details from Wed, Thurs & Fri)


Natalia said...

I wish they had stuff like that in NY... I'd love to climb the CN Tower. Have a GREAT time doing and, and have fun training too! :)

Anonymous said...

wow, that's SO EXCITING! Makes me wish I still lived in Buffalo so I could join you! And I'm THRILLED that you're supporting the WWF, one of my favorite organizations!

TC said...

Your enthusiasm just JUMPS off the page! I am very excited for you! I had to comment today because I JUST saw your commercial! I was sitting on the couch with my hubby, and there it was. I smacked his arm and said, "Hey I know her! Ok, not "know" exactly, but I read her blog!"

Very cool. :)

I am now tempted to do the stairs training thing to get some nice glutes. I have a sad, non-butt.

Good luck, and wish I lived in TO, now! Oh, except for the horrible snow you guys get. Ick!

cmoursler said...

well, I know the stair climber kicks my rear end. Nothing gets my heart going like the stairmaster. It's fun to come here and glean some of your enthusiasm for life.

Anonymous said...

Your enthusiasm makes me smile just reading it :)

The stair stepper is one tough machine, but it works wonders. I've started working out of this new machine called the "arc trainer". It really hits the glutes too. Good luck with your training.

Sharon said...

Joania, I might just have to take you up on this offer! I have to say, the thought of climbing scares me to death, but I am going to think about it for a couple of days and make a decision so I can start training. :)

Lori said...

Ooooo - how exciting! Do lots of squats, that will get your legs and glutes in kickazz shape :D

Anonymous said...

The first time I lost weight I was rocking the Stairmaster...let me tell you, my ass went into full retreat.

My aunt hadn't seen me for a long time and the first thing she said to me was "WHERE IS YOUR ASS?" Can't wait to get back to that point.

You are going to rock the Tower the same way you rocked 2009!

Anonymous said...

Did you see the pic of "the steps" on my site??? A-MAZING workout!! Go for it!!!