Oh to be 18 again. No Thanks! The words young dumb and naive come to mind when I think about when I was 18 years old… but that is not what I am referring to ladies and gents. Today I went to the Mall of America… And here is my adventure!
I was a woman on a mission. Mostly on a mission anyway. I only worked out one day this week at the gym. My body has been a hellish place to be the last few days, which of course leaves me feeling like crap. If I don’t move I feel worse but if I do move I hurt more. Double edged sword. So today I decided I needed to head out and get at least a little holiday shopping done. Some walking, stretching, standing all in the climate controlled shopper filled holiday atmosphere of the mall.
A few months ago Groupon had a deal for The Body Shop, spent $20 get $40. Pretty good deal if you ask me. So my goal was to head there. I know where the store is located from where I park… the other side of the mall. This is good news!!! This means I will have no choice but to get some walking in.
So I was greeted with the ear-piercing sound of the bell-ringers after parking my car, and made my way into the rotunda where there was caroling going on. Awesome! I groove on holiday music. Yes I am guilty there are carols on my iPod that I do listen to when I work out this time of year. I also sneak in a listen when I am bummed out. (James, Mary, I guess that is part of my Nourisment Menu right?)
Anyway I made my beeline to get my task done, and made a killing stacking my Groupon with a Buy one get one free coupon! Heck yeah! After that I headed to Harry and David‘s To stock up on some more Sahale Snacks I have an order in with the SnackShack.com but you can never have too many of these tasty treats! I first found them from PriorFatGirl’s event and have been addicted ever since. (There are Still Tickets Available for the next Event!!)
After going through a few more stores, feeling like a teenager bounding from store to store, I headed to Lane Bryant to check out the clearance racks. I don’t buy full priced clothes while I am still shrinking, at least not unless I need something specific.
So I tried on a 24 which is what I was sporting… Too big… I strutted back out of the dressing room and back in with a 22. Back in with a 20, and back out to grab an 18. The 18 was a bit loose but OMG IT ZIPPED… I grabbed a 16 and it zipped too!!! I was muffin topping something awful, but it zipped too! I will always muffin top I am sure, the way I am shaped it just works that way.
But did you read that The size 18 ZIPPED. Now I have clear memories of it being the summer before 6th grade and I could not fit into the 18/20 pants that I had. We had to go and buy me new jeans. It was that year that I broke my hip the first time, that year that they told me I was not allowed to participate in gym or exercise. That left me with a lifetime really of, You cannot go near a gym or you will hurt yourself forever fears.
It has taken a lot of work to overcome those thoughts. I know I still need to be careful with the activities I do. But My goodness, what an amazing feeling sitting the tag on what had to be a generous cut but an 18 none the less. I bought those pants! Slowly I am Shrinking as I grow. Progress in the right direction.
Shopping bags in hand I walked around the mall a little bit more, knowing I would not make it to the gym tonight because I had work obligations. I held my head high knowing how far I had come. I am still a work in progress, we all are. My journey is not over, it has only just begun. But Santa… don’t look for cookies this year… remember those carrots I leave for the reindeer? You’re getting them too! Hummus is in the fridge to dip with and the Brita Pitchers full of nice ice cold filtered water!