So now here I sit in the Sky Club in Concourse E in the Atlanta airport waiting to go to the gate. To be completely honest, the travel is getting a little old - it was really cool and fun at first - and while I am still being honest - it is fun....I just wish my family or at least my little dog could come with me. It gets really lonely when I don't have someone to eat with and talk about why people decided to wear what they did that day. This is off topic but people - first rule of fashion- ALWAYS look at what you look like in the back! But I digress....I was inspired to write a blog today because I accomplished something. Something that might not be big to most people, but to me is HUGE...I walked from ticketing in Atlanta all the way to Concourse E - no train! I have been trying to walk to my gates from connecting flights but it is usually only 1 or 2 concourses over. This was my first chance to walk the ENTIRE length of the airport. I was determined though - I put my ipod in my pocket and plugged in. I passed concourse T - looking good, feeling good...on to A then B.....still ok - but started slowing down and the back was hurting from a fairly heavy backpack by the time I got to the half way point. I think I would have been totally fine without the backpack. If you know me, you know that music is my thing and it just does something to me...well, as I passed the train in terminal C - seriously considering getting on- "Brown Eyed Girl" started playing. Well that's MY song - so I had to keep walking - I straightened up my back - which goes a long way when you are walking with a backpack and moved on. Before I knew it, I saw the escalator up to Concourse E - end of the line - you can't walk any further at that point. I had made it! Cool beans!!!
Now some of you may be asking why that is such an accomplishment, but this time last year, I could not have done it. I was WAY too overweight. Today when I stepped on the scales, I realized that I was only 17 pounds away from losing 100 pounds - that's the most I have ever lost at once. (over the years, I am sure I have lost THOUSANDS of pounds). I am pretty proud of this - so proud that I am never going back - I have given away all of the big clothes where in the past, I would box up the sizes that didn't fit and keep them - just in case. So walking that far and not sitting a couple of times totally made my day. The best was I could still ask for orange juice when I got to the Sky Club - I wasn't out of breath and I kept up a pretty good clip - right in step with the music.
Walking is the only exercise I have done in this process - I don't believe in exercise :)...I rank it right up there with housekeeping. Walking I can do - I can listen to music and walk and walk. So I thought I would share some of what I believe are MUST HAVES on your walking playlist. My playlist is HUGE, so I won't share them all just my faves. If you are a 70's child like myself, you will like these.
- You Can Call Me Al - this may be my all time favorite song - yeah go ahead and laugh - but you will be surprised because this song will make you want to spice up your steps with a little dance step. The song make absolutely no sense (it's about a man in mid life crisis) but the music and the beat are amazing. I love Paul Simon for this one!
- Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood
- Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland
- Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
- Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles (most of all of my playlists have to have something from the Eagles)
- Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
- Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
- China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
- Brown Eyed Girl - Jimmy Buffet
- Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers
- Drift Away - Dobie Gray
- Smile - Uncle Kracker
- You Are the Woman - Firefall
So happy Monday people! Have a great week!