The long And Winding Road..

Real Estate Agent with Crown Key Realty

The long and winding road that leads... in a big circle around West Valley mall in Tracy California. OK, not Lennon and McCartney but it works for me.


This winter my weight crept up to a new high if 211 lbs. Not wanting to go to the expense of installing an early warning system in my pants to alert me and those close by of an imminent explosion of the front button, and preferring to fit into some of my other clothes I decided to embark on and a walking program. I have a slight damaged leg (titanium rods and screws) and need a flat surface to walk comfortably. The local mall was the perfect place for me. At first I would arrive at the mall around 7:45 and join the “mall walkers” in walking the inside perimeter of the mall. Each lap past each store took about 15 minutes and countless waves and nods to the other walkers. We were a cult!


One day it occurred to me that I could arrive earlier (about 6:40 AM) and have a much more enjoyable walk OUTSIDE in the early morning sun. A drive way circles the mall and at that time there is very little traffic if any. I have been walking now for about 5 weeks and have seen a marginal improvement in my diet also. Studies have shown that people who engage in a regular exercise program naturally trend toward better eating habits as I have.

The results so far as of this morning walking is 7 or 8 pound less of me and far more comfortable pants. The walk outside is far more enjoyable, refreshing and interesting. I now walk for and hour or a few minutes more and really look forward to it. My incessant talking about weight loss has prompted at least one other of my office mates to begin a serious diet program of their own.


So, for now I will keep walking, the long and winding road.


My name is Dale E. Bledsoe of Crown Key Realty and as always I may be reached at 209-481-6031. You may also visit me on the web at

Comments (2)

Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Exercise is what I need, too. Baseball season has started and with 2 playing I go to work, come home, eat and go to games. I guess I am going to have to get up at 6 each morning. Tried that before and woke the kiddos up and miffed the wife off.

May 16, 2012 11:02 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Dale, you are smart to walk for a better health and loss weight. I have a neighbor he is 90+ and he used to walk about 8 miles a day, now he reduced to 3 miles. 

May 16, 2012 12:21 PM