Can’t Seem to Fit in Your Workouts? Meet Jeanne Stawiecki

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In this time of financial uncertainty and job insecurity, it’s extra crucial than ever to match common, stress-reducing, health-promoting exercises into one’s schedule. Worcester, Massachusetts’ Jeanne Stawiecki reveals that it may be completed. In her inspiring story you will see how she was ready to squeeze a lifetime or extra of thrills and main achievements — AND EXERCISE — into comparatively brief intervals of time.

Jeanne’s story, for us, goes again to 1988 when the then 37-year-old, two-pack-a-day smoking nurse anesthetist was working two jobs simply to make ends meet. There was her common Monday via Friday nursing gig at one hospital after which her night shifts throughout weekends at one other. Jeanne had no pursuits or hobbies exterior of labor and apparently little time or power for them, anyway.

When a continual cough and hoarseness prompted Jeanne to attempt to give up smoking — for the seventh time — little did she know that her life was about to dramatically change. Not wanting to placed on weight when she stopped the smokes, she determined to take up operating. She instantly hit a little bit of a snag when her first try at operating ended after simply half a block, together with her feeling like she had simply «coughed up a lung.» So she scaled again her plans and began strolling on a treadmill. Gradually she constructed up her lung energy and health till she was ready to run for miles at a time. In the following years, Jeanne was ready to wedge three 4-mile runs throughout weekdays and longer runs on weekends into her 60-hour work week.

Not solely did the operating assist her maintain the burden off (now, a few many years later, she weighs in at a trim 112 kilos), nevertheless it additionally turned her into an athlete. Jeanne ran her FIRST race, in 1994, at age 44…the New York City Marathon, no much less; her time of three:36 was good sufficient to qualify her for Boston. In the method, she discovered that taking up such a lofty purpose, operating a marathon and qualifying for Boston, was completely «intoxicating!» This led to her operating the following seven Boston 26-milers (together with the 100th anniversary occasion — one in every of her targets in the primary place).

By age 52, Jeanne was prepared for a brand new problem; subsequently, when a colleague at work urged that she take up his sport of mountaineering, she jumped on the probability. Despite a minor downside, her concern of heights, in comparatively brief order she was climbing a few of the tallest, most difficult mountains in the world. By 2004, she had scaled the best peaks on 4 of the seven continents.

All, nonetheless, was not success; two occasions she had to flip again in makes an attempt to ascend Mount Everest. In one in every of these makes an attempt her vocal cords had been broken so severely that she had to take speech-therapy periods to be taught to use her throat muscle tissue in a unique means so she might once more breathe and speak usually. Despite this setback, when Jeanne came upon in 2006 that she may very well be the primary lady to run a marathon and climb the best peak on every continent (7x7x7), she was keen to go for it.

With the help and cooperation of her supervisors at work and a versatile work schedule, she was ready to devise a really bold itinerary that may make it attainable, if all went as deliberate, for her to full the daunting 7x7x7 — in an action-packed, travel-weary 8-MONTH PERIOD!

To make a protracted story brief, Jeanne efficiently accomplished the problem proper on schedule when, on May 22 of 2007 and now 57, she reached the summit of Mount Everest, making her, Jeanne Stawiecki, the oldest lady to climb the best peak on every continent.

In addition, she set the next FIRSTS:

  • Fastest mixture time of the 58 ladies who’ve run a marathon on every continent
  • FIRST lady in the world to full this daunting 7x7x7
  • FIRST American (man or lady) to accomplish the 7x7x7
  • Shortest time span for operating the seven marathons on seven continents — 141 days

As bodily demanding as these challenges had been, shortly after finishing the 7x7x7, Jeanne emphasised the psychological facets of those achievements by saying the next:

«The means you suppose makes all of the distinction in the world. If you suppose and consider you’re a success, you may be.» She additionally stated, «I would like folks to know I’m an peculiar particular person doing one thing extraordinary.» Almost two years after having stated these phrases, she confirmed to this writer that she nonetheless stands by these phrases.

If a nurse anesthetist, Jeanne Stawiecki, might match substantial train into her 60-hour work weeks and climb the three tallest mountains and run marathons on the seven continents over an 8-month interval whereas holding down a full-time job, then perhaps, simply perhaps, we  can get to the gymnasium or out the door a few occasions per week for a very good exercise to cut back our health-depleting stress in these unsure occasions.