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Just Keep on Swimming!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Back in my youth, (grammar school through college), I was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, water safety instructor, and swim team coach. I did it all. I was always more comfortable in the water than on land. Since I put on weight it has kept me out of the pool. Just the thought of putting on a bathing suit for the past 3+ years has kept me from the pool.

I am fortunate enough to live in a community where we have two Olympic sized outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and two beaches on the lake. Opportunity was not the issue. Well, 3 weeks ago I decided that the only way I am going to start moving was to get back in the pool. I have osteoarthritis in my knees, and 3 herniated discs in my back so I knew I had to start with low impact and nothing is better for that than the water. I convinced myself that I really don't care what other's think and if they are going to talk about the "fat" lady in the pool, at least I was doing something about it!

My first day I started out with some warm-up laps...and then took to deep water aqua jogging. I read up on it and saw that being vertical in the water burned twice as many calories as being horizontal. Also water jogging was actually a better workout than running on land (which I can't do anyway- well not yet anyway!) I alternated between jumping jacks and jogging and before I knew it two hours flew by.

For the first week I was doing 2-4 hours of aqua jogging, water aerobics, and laps each day. Those hips that were barely allowing me to lift my leg to get my underwear on were now moving freely. I was sore for the first few days but now I am feeling so great! I invested in some aqua delta-bells and paddles for resistance and I'm really giving my arms a workout now as well.

People at the pool are now coming over to me and saying they are watching me everyday and can't get over what a workout I'm doing. They are asking questions about my equipment and routine, and even asked if they can join me. I now have a following at the pool that has started working out with me!

Three weeks into this routine and I definitely have lost some inches. I am seeing it in the way my clothes fit and just how I feel in my own skin. To think that less than 6 months ago I was walking with a cane and even using a mobility scooter at times. I am feeling so strong and my joints are moving freely again. I am so glad that I overcame my insecurities about getting back in a bathing suit and back in the water.

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    Good for you! It's so liberating when we finally get to that point where we don't care what others think, we're doing this for ourselves.

    2347 days ago
    I'm glad you overcame the fear of what other people will think and got back in the swim of things! I think you have found your passion.
    2347 days ago
    I'm so happy for you! A few years ago I was going to the pool 3-4 times a week and yes, I was the fat girl in the pool. One of the lifeguards said to me that she really admired me for coming and working out at the pool. Made me feel really good and less self-conscious. Keep up the good work!

    2347 days ago
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