The day after Thanksgiving, a friend and I made the decision to support each other by going to a Cardio Conditioning class at 5:30 a.m. instead of sleeping in.
It was a tough call but somewhere between running stairs with sandbags on our shoulders, lunging around the gym track, and racing the treadmill on an insane incline, I turned and thought, I could never do this without friends.
Upon completion of the class and realizing that it was still really early, we indulged in a hot cup of coffee and some long overdue conversation. It was so wonderful to catch up, to laugh, to share stories and to remember that while we rarely get one-on-one time, when we do, we're not so far apart.
We both want to be more physically fit. We both yearn to spend more time with our husbands. We both find it challenging to manage our families, our personal goals and our desire to just relax.
That experience helped me to decide that "Black Friday" should really be spent enjoying time with our loved ones and maybe (at least for me) not inline at WalMart.