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If I quit now....

Monday, October 26, 2015



If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started
And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now!

No, I'm not quitting...are you kidding me! I am at the foothills on the downward slope of a BIG hill!!

Thank you all so much for all your well wishes yesterday. You OVERWHELMED me! I laughed at some of your comments and some of you made me cry. It was an awesome day, and I couldn't have thought of a better way to celebrate this than with you, my Sparkfriends.

For a challenge in the BLC, I had to do something I have not done and "challenge" myself. Yesterday, I went walking in the Mall of America (MOA to us locals). For those of you that don't know this mall, it's the biggest mall in the United States. It is about 10 minutes from my house in Minneapolis. I have not really walked in about four years, with all my knee issues.

I went to the always crowded mall, armed with sneakers and my headphones. Each level is about a mile around. I started on the third floor, where I parked my car. I made it around, and my knees hurt, but I kept going. I went to floor two, looked at all the crazy stuff for sale that I didn't want in the windows, and kept walking, and yes, singing to myself. About halfway around this retail extravaganza, I realized that I hurt, and hoped I could finish this trip around. I did, but my body was not happy with this new exercise. I did skip the three food courts, the myriad things I could have purchased to eat, stopped twice to drink water, and just kept going.

So, I did it. I walked two floors of the Mall of America. I didn't spend a nickel, unless you count the gas it took me to get there. I am not a retail shopper. If I want something, I go thrifting!!

So, challenge yourself today. Don't do so much that you hurt afterward, but do something you are not sure you can do. Even walk a wicked mall. The Mall of America, I found out, is open early in the morning and late at night before the stores are open for "mall walkers". It is an interesting place to walk, simply because we live in Minnesota, and when Winter comes...and it's zero degrees outside, a warm mall that has a "mile long track" is a pretty alluring place to exercise.

I told my Daughter I went to the "MOA" and she said "YOU? What did you buy?" "Nothing". "Why did you go?" "I walked it." "Mom, I would have gone with you." Yup, and we would have stopped in every single cool store. Better she goes without her shopping adverse Mother.

To fix my aching self, I went swimming. Now, THAT'S an exercise.

Spark on.

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