"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

W is for Walking (and not quitting)

As I see the end of the A to Z Challenge in sight, I balk every day about writing one more post and I just want to quit. Which is really stupid, because I've made it this far and it's not even that hard compared to all the hard things I have done and am still doing in my life.

Same with walking. I set a goal to walk 30 minutes a day. I'm finally getting around to starting, and have enjoyed it so much that most days I walk an hour or more. But do you know how easy it is to just quit? I keep making excuses for myself to either not step outside or to cut my walk short.

The weather. My mood. Fatigue. Too much else to do. My clothes. My shoes aren't right. Traffic bothers me. Too many people out. Dogs barking at me.Thirsty. Hungry. Tired. Bored. Need a kleenex.

Okay, I'll stop now, I'm sure nobody wants to hear the my list of excuses. As my mother-in-law used to say, "Excuses are like armpits. Everybody has them and they all stink." Another W word that inspires quitting is Writing. I make excuses for not doing that, too. Don't worry, I won't list them here, I've told you enough already about my inner dark side. 

I am not a quitter! I will keep walking! And writing! And finishing the A to Z Challenge! So there. W is for Walking and doing all that other stuff and NOT QUITTING.


  1. I love your mother-in-laws saying. I just love it! We have made it this far Karen..the end is in sight.

  2. Waaaaa!! I want to quit...This is too hard...Wait. This blog is about not quitting. Now I feel all inspired to go to the gym and finally get out of my robe.

  3. I have two dogs who ensure I get out every day for at least an hour in the morning but it is fun.. much much harder to do without them as the joy is lost as I know when I lost Sam (my 17 year old terrier) three years ago and hardly walked until we got Jasper and Murphy. Good luck with the walking xx

  4. I've heard the "Excuses are like..." before, only with an alternate body part referenced. ;)

  5. hehehe armpits! When a-z finishes I will start exercising again!!!! promise!!!!


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