Life + Faith

Big Girl Stuck In an Elevator

That’s the view from my office. It makes me smile every single time I remember to look out a window.

Normally, it’s fun working in the sky, but today I got stuck in an elevator between the 34th and 35th floors for 30 minutes on my way home. You’d think I would have thought to take, oh I don’t know, PICTURES, but alas that is not top of mind when fight or flight kicks in — which I guess is a good thing.

Today, I learned that I’m really calm when stuck in an elevator — even after it drops 2-3 floors, then tries to go back up the other direction but jolts to a stop. My boss (who was in the elevator with me, along with a painter who is sprucing up our office) did not have the same reaction.

Fibs she told the security guard over the intercom as she was ranting about the ‘stupid’ elevators:

  • There are 17 people in here! (Three.)
  • Okay, there are only three, but two of us have asthma! (No one has asthma.)
  • There’s no air! It’s so hot! (It was fine.)
  • I’m busting out the ceiling – this is your five-minute warning! (Actually, she probably wasn’t lying about this one.)

The painter and I just made jokes and waited to be rescued (by what I was hoping would be a terribly handsome fireman who would take one look at me and fall madly in love… sadly, this did not happen. #sadface )

Instead, I had to be hoisted up three feet (in what I can only describe as a terribly awkward cheerleading move) by two men who, combined, probably only weighed a little more than me. The nice Painterman did a squat and interlaced his fingers for a “step” to help lift me out of the elevator, while one of the (cute) security guards took both my hands to help pull me up.

It sort of worked. Enough for me to smash my shin into the corner of the 35th floor, anyway.

At this point, I would like to remember myself as doing a swift tuck-and-roll out of the elevator, and popping effortlessly to my feet in front of the three looky-loos from the 35th floor and finishing it off with a curtsey… but I’m pretty sure I just crawled a few feet then did the big-girl-twist to get off the floor. Either way, I’m just incredibly thankful that my pants didn’t split open in the process.

After finally getting to the ground floor (via a different elevator) I realized that what would have mortified me 5 years ago, is something I can’t stop laughing about now. Seriously. It’s taken me an hour to write this because I can’t stop laughing! I think my abs are the real winners of today’s shenanigans.

I’m not sure if it’s some new level of self acceptance I didn’t know I had inside me, or if I was just so happy to be rescued that I didn’t care. Either way, I’m feeling pretty good right now — but this experience still makes me want to kick my weight-loss into high gear. I hope I never get a chance at a repeat performance, but if for some reason it happens again… I’d like to be able to easily tuck-and-roll.


Have you ever had a weight-related fear ‘come true’? Was it as bad as you thought it would be?

PS: The car we were in is labeled, H, which I have jokingly called the Hellevator for the past 5 years. I guess I had this coming. :)


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  • Reply Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean May 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

    eek! my hubby just got stuck in an elevator last night on a work trip. they had to have the fire department come get them out. pretty sure i woulda freaked out!

    • Reply Tiffany May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Wow, yesterday was a bad elevator day! Glad he got out okay! I think I might have started to freak out if we’d been in there much longer.

  • Reply Tara @ WorthEveryOunce May 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Love it! Not that you got stuck in an elevator…..that you enjoyed the journey. As soon as you mentioned being rescued I imagined me being lifted out…..ugh…then you described it. Absolutely adore you. I live through your words. Crisis is always a great time to see who we are.

    • Reply Tiffany May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I can’t wait to give you a big’ol hug at FitBloggin’!!! :)

  • Reply Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Oh my gosh! So happy you got out unscathed! I got stuck in an elevator with about 10 people when I was younger, but they were able to get it moving and get us out. We didn’t have to be hoisted out. That’s crazy! Something I feel like you would only see in a movie!! So glad you made the most out of it! Hilarious!!

  • Reply Jamie @ Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. May 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I may have been panicking like your boss. I’m not a fan of tight spaces. Airplanes even freak me out.
    I’m glad you made it out safe and sound and are able to laugh about it. Sounds like you have a great outlook on life. :)

  • Reply celeryhills May 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I admire you for not coming unglued. I would have freaked out. Don’t do heights or closed in spaces.

    I work in a five story building on the ground floor. I don’t have the view you do (is that Mt. Rainier in the background?) but I don’t have to worry about getting stuck in an elevator.

    • Reply Tiffany May 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks! It’s Mt. St. Helens, but I think Rainier and Adams are peeking out in the background! Are you in the NW too??

      • Reply celeryhills May 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Yep! Live in Vancouver WA and work in Lake Oswego! Hi neighbor!

  • Reply Abby May 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I’m deathly afraid of getting stuck in an elevator thanks to The Tower of Terror. I’m scared I’m totally going to plummet to my death. I didn’t even think of having to be rescued. I’m glad you got over your fear. . but not glad it had to happen. Glad you’re ok!

    • Reply Tiffany May 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you! Funny, (not funny?) Tower of Terror is the very first thing I thought of when we first dropped! Not cool.

  • Reply E @ adventure of E May 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably remain calm, but internally be thinking about all the horror movies involving elevators!

  • Reply Kristin May 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am so glad you got out and you are ok!

  • Reply Patty May 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I’m so glad you are ok! I got stuck in an elevator two weeks ago in my apartment building as it was coming down the othe first floor. I was fairly calm. Still not something I’d like to have happen again!

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