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The Prize

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Since numbers dwindle during the summer months, the Recreation Center I work out at is having an awesome contest the next four months. To encourage members to continue their workouts and keep the numbers up in various fitness classes, for each class or visit of at least 20 minutes, you get a special stamp on a calendar at the front desk. Each month features different contests and prizes.

At the end of the summer, they'll put all the calendars of the people who participated in all four months contests into a drawing for a years membership pass. Now that's a prize I can get excited about! It beats the heck out of the usual prizes of t-shirts and water bottles!

May's winner will be the person who has the most stamps for attending classes and working out and will receive a free months pass to the center. I'm doing pretty well this month and am hoping I'm in the running for the pass. But still I would really like the year long pass!

Here's the rub for me; for June the contest involves water classes or swimming on your own. I'm a non swimmer. As in I can't swim a lick. I can float, well, I can sort of float. Flounder may be a better description. To be honest, I'm afraid of the water and um, yeah, drowning.

I'm a bit frustrated with this aspect of the contest. I really want to participate enough to keep in the summer long contest and get my name in the drawing for the year long pass, but I don't know how I can. I think I'd look kinda foolish showing up at the pool wearing a life jacket! And my word, putting on a swimsuit! Yikes!

I don't know yet what the requirements will be for July and August, they may be something that's out of reach for me as well, but still at this point I'd like to keep trying.

So, fellow Sparkers, give me some advice about how to handle this; should I be satisfied with competing for the May month pass or can you give me some advice for getting in the "gasp" water and going for the big prize?
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  • CAROL_31649731
    Wow, Cindy... I dropped by tonight (to thank you to commenting on my blog) & saw your wonderfully written & heartfelt blog. This would be a real tough one for me, too. I can swim, but dislike the feel of being in water (stemming perhaps from being self-conscious in a swimming suit, deep down).

    All good comments here. Always good to get out of your comfort zone & try new things...as long as it doesn't stress you out. Then it's counterproductive. Like Nillaspepsi said, go with your gut.
    636 days ago
    I'm with NILLAPEPSI - maybe try a class to see if you might like the water once you've learned some basics that help you feel safer. In many ways it's no different than trying a Zumba class or giving hiking a try; give a shot to something outside your comfort zone to see what you think, and then you can decide whether it's for you or not. Keep us posted!
    638 days ago
    Have you considered swimming lessons? I took them when I was a kid & before that, I was afraid of the water, too. They teach you how to breath as you swim.

    Swimming is incredibly good exercise & is always recommended for people with arthritis & other joint issues. I love it because you don't sweat while you're doing it & it is amazingly great exercise.

    But, if you decide not to do it, that's fine, too. Go with your gut.
    639 days ago
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    My personal opinion? I would look at this as a challenge from the Lord so that you can stretch your comfort zone. Maybe He already knows that you will love the water , so I say, try it once and see how you feel. No need to make any big proclamations, just take it one class at a time.

    639 days ago
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