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Hi from Beautiful British Columbia CANADA

The other half of MY family is my husband who takes all the pictures of me with my eyes closed-but he is a great guy and my hero-a great support which we all need to get back into fitness and healthy eating.
I worked as a Social Worker/Therapist for a number of years and am now enjoying my freedom from work years-retirement. But retirement doesn't have to mean retiring from life!
The greatest steps to change have come very slowly-it takes time to form healthy eating patterns and to incorporate fitness as a daily, weekly and monthly habit. But once I do so many things are possible. I bought a plaque that says "Change is Good" and it is going to be my motto.

When I started swimming lengths the biggest fear I had was putting on a bathing suit and walking past all the beautiful young people. Honestly I put my head down so no one could see my eyes. There were days when I put on my bathing suit and just cried because I looked in the mirror and couldn't face what I saw.
But then, the minute I was in the pool I felt great! What I couldn't do on land became insignificant-I could swim like a fish-
I kept swimming and one day I saw an advertisment for the BC Senior Games and I thought-I wonder if I can go there and swim in a competition? I thought about it for a long time and thought "Next year" and I then I thought "Just do it"-
The long and short of it is-I am going in September to the BC Senior Games!!!!!!!I may not be a winner but I am going to be a competitor.
I am practising a backstroke flip turn and it is coming along-
One thing I noticed was there was an age category for every senior age to 100-and many many people were swimming throughout their lives and competing for life.
Now I am swimming about an hour 5-6 times a week. I am not afraid to walk into the pool or how I look in a bathing suit because what I do when I get into the pool feels good.
I have lost 23 pounds to date and that is a slow process but not impossible. I keep working at it chipping away the pounds and saying I can do this-and I am starting to do this every day-and every day working consistently on this project of self-renewal in fitness and weight loss.
Wishing you all good luck on this great journey-you will discover what you are made of and you will get going -no negotiating with self-just go out and do it!!!!!!!!!!anybody can make changes and I see women of all sizes coming into the pool now-so some message is getting out there-
Have a great day
Gail

PS I just got back from the BC Seniors championships and I came home with6 silver medals and one gold medal-I am so happy and excited-I am going to go to a Masters swim meet in the fall of 2010-It is good to have a goal to work towards -so I really really understand all the people that want the goal of doing a marathon whether it is walking or running...
OK I am ready for more although I am so sore and I ache all over-but I feel good that I went and it is nice to get a medal but it was not the most important thing. The most important thing was that I did not back down. I didn't get sick and not go. I didn't get ashamed by my big body in a swimsuit (mainly because everyone looked old and fat in one way or another-even anorexic women had bellies-so never let anyone laugh at you again!!!)


Member Since: 4/10/2010

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1. To lose weight
2. To eat a healthful way all the time
3. to exercise at least 4 times per week in the pool
4. To be free of guilt and doubt about


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Damn the torpedoes-full steam ahead!

You know in a war when ships were surrounded by the enemy-the brave said forget those torpedoes aimed at you-just keep going
-and that's how I see my challenge-I have to work through the "I quits", "I'm tired" "I want that ice cream cone" to finally make it through the war to win a healthy lifestyle!




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