Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I smell like chlorine!

So, I'm pretty happy with my workout today. I went to my water workout class, then went over to the lap pool. I've been wanting to try swimming laps since my knee has been hurting so much. So, last night Terry and I went to the store and I got a new swimsuit that fits a little better and a pair of swim goggles. They worked great! I think I'm also going to go back to the store tomorrow and get some ear plugs and a nose plug. I kept getting water down in my left ear today and by the time I got out of the pool today it was hurting a bit. I got it to come out, fortunately, so I don't think it's going to cause an infection. I mostly swam a backstroke today, and the water dripped in my nose a few times, which was not pleasant either.

I was really wanting to try swimming laps, but was hesitant because I've never been a really strong swimmer. I can swim, but I'm not real confident about whether I'm doing the strokes correctly. There's also the fact that I don't have much endurance or strength anymore, so I wasn't sure how I would do. But last night I did alot of praying that I would stop being so self-conscious and just try it! So, I did. At first I had the lap pool all to myself, so I didn't have to wonder if anyone was watching me and wondering what in the world I was doing. Then, 2 other women came, but I realized that if you're swimming, you can't really see what the person in the lane next to you is doing. That made me feel alot better. The main thing was, I just did it. I had to stop for a minute or two at each end, but I finished 10 lengths of the pool. 18 lengths is 1/4 mile, so I did just over 1/8th of a mile. It took me about 30 minutes, but that's okay. I'm very happy with what I did today. And if 10 laps is all I can do for now, that's okay.

When I met with the trainer on Monday, one of the things that we talked about was the fact that I have no real strength or endurance right now and that is a big part of what I am going to be working on with my workout routine. My water arthritis class meets every day and it really helps me to keep my joints loosened. And I feel so much beter after I go. And now that I'm going to the 11:30 class, it's easier to get up and get around and make it on time. I meet with my trainer again next Monday, when we'll go over the exercise program that she has come up with for me. I'm really looking forward to it, even tho I know that once I start working out on the weight machines, I'm going to be sore for a few days. That's one reason I think it's so important to get into the habit of going every day, so that when I really don't feel like going, I will be in the habit of going and that will keep me motivated.

I am very glad I have gotten back to my class and am getting moving again. I just want to feel good again, and to have some energy and stamina. And I want to not be embarassed to have my picture taken or to see myself in the mirror. And more than anything, I want to feel like my old self again!

I'm off to a good start....even if I do smell like chlorine! :-)

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