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Panic in Atlanta

Monday, August 11, 2014

So this weekend my brother and I decided to take the kids to Atlanta for the weekend. We decided to drive. Since we were traveling from Chicago this was no easy feat! But what the heck! You only live once. I tend to be a very last minute planner...The first thing that came to mind was how am I going to get in all my walking???? (This is not the reason for the panic though). Just the fact that I thought that to myself is a curiosity in itself. I just can't believe I was thinking of not going because I wouldn't be able to get in all my exercise! This is so not the person I used to be! Exercise has become my drug. I feel I need that fitness high daily. If I don't get it I feel the guilt roll in. So after succumbing to the idea that I might not be able to get in 10000 steps and it would be OK. I decided to go for it. Packed my luggage in an hour, packed a cooler, and left. All the while during the drive I was going over in my head how I would get in fitness minutes. I had downloaded some new songs on my IPod and was looking forward to listening to them in the early morning walk I had planned. Got to Atlanta without incident and had a jam packed day the first day. Walked everywhere logged 17673 steps for that day. The kids wanted to go to the fitness room so I took them down at about 11:30 pm...and that's when the panic set in. I could not find my IPod anywhere!!!! My love of walking comes hand in hand with my love of the music I am hearing on my IPod. Not having it was the equivalent of having a foot cut off and expecting to walk! I called home and had them check to see if I had left it behind...and I had not! Walking on vacation was one thing but what would happen when I arrived home and went to the track on Monday? How was I going to be able to get through my hourly walk??? Real panic ensued for me. Should I run to Target and get a new one? I decided to wait until I got home on Sunday. Well it's a good thing on the way back home from Atlanta my phone slipped on the side of the seat...I couldn't fit my hand there so I asked one of the kids to pull it out for me and guess what they pulled out! Yes my beloved IPod! emoticon I am now trying to decide how to prevent the horror that I went through from happening again! Meanwhile with all the crazy thoughts going thru in my head we did have a wonderful time! We went to the CNN tour, Atlanta Falcons game(had 2nd row seats!), Atlanta Aquarium emoticon , and the Martin Luther King house, church and center! We ate at the Atlanta Fish Market which was simply amazing! I didn't need to worry about exercise at all because we walked to pretty much everywhere except out to dinner. I even got to see an Indian wedding ceremony outside our hotel and wanted to break out in my Zumba moves! The kids quickly put a stop to that! All in all a great time was had by all!
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  • KALISWALKER
    I have audio books on my MP3 player. My MP3 is like a body part. I listen to it all the time - when I am doing things around the house, when I walk, when I am going to sleep. I have misplaced mine a few times and it stops everything till I find it.

    I can understand why you would panic.
    2213 days ago
  • PATTISTAMPS
    What a great trip! Glad you found the I-Pod - I know it is necessary for me at the gym. I don't have to have it if I am walking outside - I like to listen to the birds and stuff. But at the gym.. whole different story! 17K steps is amazing! I've only done that many once, and still paying for it with my heel spurs, but hope to someday get 20k steps in. Have a great day!!
    2233 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    Good for you! I have two iPods (guess why?) and two Fitbits (again, guess why?) I don't care; my gadgets make my exercise FUN and like you -- that's SOOOO not how I used to be!

    Glad you all had a wonderful time in Atlanta. We've never done anything but drive through it!
    2234 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. I have found that changing things up is the way to start weight loss. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. music and exercise go together for me as well. So I understand your panic. Good job. Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    2235 days ago
  • CATTUTT
    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend, and WOO HOO for finding the iPod!
    2235 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    When you lose something important to you, it is such a dire feeling. I'm glad you decided to wait until you got home so you could have the pleasure and relief of finding your beloved gadget. I know the times when I have gone to the gym and forgotten my music it feels so dry and uninspiring. I need it as much as a good pair of shoes.

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    2235 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    I am glad you found your ipod, I love going for my early morning walks too and I have to have my music, great motivation. I agree on vacations, I too get a ton of walks in. I hope to bring my pedometer with me next time I go.
    Glad you had a fun vacation. emoticon
    2235 days ago
  • DENNIS2014
    Walk without my iPod - Can't be done.
    2235 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Glad you had such a good time, and that your i-pod turned up

    Have a great day
    2235 days ago
  • 4ANEWME2DAY
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    2235 days ago
  • CHARITYAK
    I totally get it. I am a music fiend too. Find it very hard to motivate without something playing...
    2235 days ago
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