Well, guess what I decided to do today. This morning, during my usual 4 flights up the stairs in my office building, I thought perhaps I should try for that 5th flight and see how it goes. Then I chickened out and just did the usual 4 and rode the elevator up the rest of the way to my floor.
That bugged me a little. I started doing the 4 flights of stairs last February, when I was awarded a garage parking space that was near the stairwell for a full month. I figured I'd make up the walk from the parking lot by going up some steps, even though I could only do about half the way up to my floor before my legs seized up. It was a great habit that stuck with me even after my month of privileged parking was up. It became stranger for me to NOT take the stairs than to just take them. I have also read that it takes about a month to develop or quit a habit, so that makes sense that the habit stuck. But I'd become frustrated in my limitations and not being able to progress as I expected to, over time. Here it is, 7 months later, and I was still only going up 4 flights at a time.
Well, today, when lunchtime came, I took the stairs up to get back to work and just decided I would have to finally try to do 5 flights today. I went slowly and took a break at 3 flights, then at 4. Then I continued, finally, to the 5th. Yay! Then I took a break and just kept going. Why not? I rested a few seconds at each floor and kept going up until I made it to my floor on the 8th floor, which totals 9 flights (from the garage level). I did it! I am stronger than I gave myself credit! Whoohoo!!!
That's all for now. I'm doing things and watching how I'm able to handle things, pushing myself and taking breaks. I was totally prepared to be wiped out after doing 5 flights today, and I was not too bad after 9. I guess tomorrow might feel differently, but for now, I'm good with just enjoying the super feat I've accomplished.
I will definitely have to keep trying to do that 9 more regularly, starting tomorrow.