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Fitness Victory Snatched From The Jaws Of Defeat

Washington DC boasts some of the longest escalators in the world.
I’m not sure who decided to build all these extra long escalators
(maybe an escalator manufacturer had some political friends?) but the
very longest one is at a subway station in Bethesda. One evening my
husband and I happened to be getting off at that subway stop to see a
play and were curious to experience this marvel of human engineering.
As we rounded the corner to the beginning of the escalator, we
encountered a very long line of people. I wondered what they had all
lined up for in a dingy subway station – surely no one was giving out
free country club memberships. As my cogs and wheels turned, I realized
that there was one tiny elevator at the very front of the line. As I
inspected the escalator more closely I realized that the stairs were
not moving. Ugh.

I looked at my husband, I looked at the elevator
line, I remembered my weight loss group, and I hiked up my coat and
began the very long journey to the top of the stairs.

Of course,
when it was time to return home after the play the escalator jubilantly
moved us from the top of the stairs to the depths of the subway
station. Murphy’s Law – it was working for the descending phase of the

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, please
share your small victories here or join a couple of hundred people trying to do the same. Have you resisted
temptation or gone the extra mile to lose weight and get in shape? I’d
love to hear about it!This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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2 Responses to “Fitness Victory Snatched From The Jaws Of Defeat”

  1. kgbailey719 says:

    Impressive! I live in woodley park, which has a huuuge escalator as well (wheaton actually has the longest, or so says wikipedia).  My roommate calls it the “woodley challenge” and we try to walk up it every day after work.  It’s usually moving though, so that’s a little boost…

  2. PearlsAndDreams says:

    I would take the stairs …if my choice was an elevator or escalator or stairs … for energy conservation … not to mention balance safety, I usually take elevator. But if my choice was stairs or escalator ..stairs … I’m escalator phobic.  I will go to great lengths to avoid the usage of one. And ..many times ..have walked great lengths to avoid the usage of one.

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