Shop ’til you drop …… and give me 10!

December 5th Holiday Challenge

Those of you brave enough to tackle the shopping mall this weekend will find ample opportunity to increase your activity level for the Holiday Challenge.
I thought my peeps at Fiesta Friday could use a laugh. They’ve been working their brains to come up with fabulous recipes to share at the virtual block party. Party on and enjoy the mall.
Join us at The Novice Gardener.
Shopping Tips

Here’s a few suggestions.

1) Find a parking spot located farthest from the food court. If it makes your kids scream, “Can we get a cab from here Mom?”, then you know that you’ve found the perfect spot.

2) Seek out the hidden stairs and climb them unless they smell like urine and the lights bulbs are missing, then don’t. You don’t want to be forced to run for your life. Be reasonable, shopping is supposed to be fun. Right?

3) Practice your football moves on the kiosks barkers. “Hey unsuspecting mall shopper, got a minute?” If you hear them coming, begin evasive moves, stat. You don’t need another cell phone case with sequined skull and crossbones or hair extensions that look like rodents. You just don’t!

And what’s with the Dead Sea Anti-aging, Anti-oxidant, Anti-wrinkle Face Regenerating Serum being sold by the gum chewing 12 year old? “But ma’am it’s from the Dead Sea, get it?” Block and pivot. “YOU SERIOUSLY NEED THIS!” Keep moving and avoid desperate urge to tackle.

4) Do you even know how many calories you can burn wrestling with a bargain savvy senior who also wants the last size XL glow in the dark Hello Kitty footie pajamas? A lot, just saying, hold your ground, she’ll eventually cave.

5) Carry your own bags and do 10 biceps curls every time you see red. Ignore the stares. People are just jealous of your muscles.

6) Buy power tools for your Mother-in-law.  Carrying them is a weightlifting opportunity and she secretly wants a chain saw.  But only if she’s forgiven you for taking her son from her. Ok, maybe not something sharp.

7) Do triceps dips while your teen tries on every frigging %#%# party dress in the mall, twice.

8) Do 10 jumping jacks every time your husband asks, “Are we done yet?”

9)  Moon walk past every Cinn-a-million-calorie-Bon, Mrs. Anyone’s Cookies, and the scary clowns at The Coney Island, where you can eat a deep fried hot dog on a stick, as if hot dogs alone weren’t a nutritional nightmare. “Do you want fried cheese in gravy with that?” Put down the stick and dance away.

10) Wander aimlessly through every parking lot, preferably in the dark because fear burns more calories, while you try to find your car because you’ve been in the mail for what feels like 3 days and you’re hangry because you avoided all fast junk food and never stopped for the salad you meant to have at lunch because you were dodging kiosks and wrangling your family and going hand to hand with other bargain shoppers.

Good workout Mon’Amie

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. LOL, it’s true though anyone brave enough to hit the malls during holiday shopping season gets a workout. Dead sea anti aging, 12 year old, LOL!!!

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  2. Suzanne, it’s funny now but a version of that story really happened. I didn’t tackle her but I did ask if insulting shoppers was in the customer service manual. A girl my age has earned every wrinkle. 🙂
    Do you ever sleep? You’re always on top of the blogosphere.


  3. Hahaha this post is perfect! I think shopping at this time of year is a work out in it’s own, but with your very handy tips you could probably lose 14lb in a day!
    My defence for those badgering sales people is to have my headphones in and point to them while mouthing “I can’t hear you” as I rush past! It works most of the time!
    I have to ask though, have you completed all these challenges in one trip before??

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday, the laughing will definitely burn off a few of the calories we’ve gained drooling over all the yummy recipes!!

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    1. True confession. Not all of them, no. No daughters to shop with and my MIL never got over me stealing her son’s heart 37 years ago, God bless her, so no sharp objects were every given as gifts. And I really am afraid of clowns. Thanks for hosting FF and for keeping me entertained with the most gorgeous foods.

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      1. Snap, I have a massive phobia of clowns, I would definitely avoid that one!
        aw thank you 😀

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  4. My daughter is joining me to take in a Holiday market. Any shopping with her is an olympic event! Great post Tracey!

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    1. Julie, you better do a few pre-game warm up stretches. Sons never want to shop. 😦

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      1. That’s the truth. My son would have rather gone barefoot than going to the mall for a new pair. 😀


  5. Tracey – excellent post and so true! I make sure I get to the stores when they first open so I am a little ahead of the majority! I laughed at the power tools for MIL – Gene bought me tools too, for the garden – rototiller and other things that were “woman sized” and easy to start 🙂

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