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What I Hate About Swimming

Friday, February 07, 2014

As a kid, I lived at the pool all summer. I was that kid with the white-blond hair tinged with green from the chlorine. Sunburned skin. Bloodshot red eyes. Happy, happy kid!

I took swimming lessons from an early age until I was 16 or so, and even worked as a lifeguard.

I loved everything about swimming. I fantasized about someday having a pool.

Now, here I am middle aged, and I have not swum for many, many years. Well, that's not entirely true. We've visited water parks.... that sort of thing.

But for years, I've thought I really should try swimming laps again. It's great exercise and easy on the joints. Yadayada. Never got around to it. Until now.

I signed up for this indoor triathalon and have to swim 2.4 miles by the end of February. I figured out that's basically 5 times in the pool. No biggie. I just completed my 3rd time tonight.

But here's the thing. I no longer love swimming! Here's what I hate:

The smell of chlorine. It's just... yuck! I also hate the drying effect on my skin.

Water in my ears. Seems like once it gets in there, I'm waterlogged all night.

Water in my eyes! How on earth did I swim with my eyes open as a kid -- no goggles! Just swam with the burn and went home and put Visine drops in. So, so, so painful. But somehow at that age, it was all worth it to me.

Goggles. Is there such a thing as goggles that actually keep the water out and don't fog up? I've been struggling with this. At one point I had the straps so tight that the surrounding area around my eyes got all puffed up and bruised looking. Attractive! Actually, no -- painful! So tonight I gave up on goggles and just swam with my head out of the water, which made for some slow swimming.

Lastly, those few laps before the dang goggles fill with water, when I'm swimming a crawl, I get soooooo winded! I just don't have the breathing thing down. I hold my breath too long and then get out of breath.

Oh, one more, I'm also not a fan of all the rigamarole with clothes and showering and changing again. It's just too much hassle.

Some of this would be surmountable (get better goggles) if I were actually enjoying it, but I think what this long list of complaints is proving to me is that I'm not going to be swimming laps anymore after my triathalon laps are done. And that's fine by me. There are so many other forms of exercise that I would rather do!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/10/2014 7:23AM

    I understand - I even have a noseplug - How's that for attractive!

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    Better goggles (and NOT super tight) and ear plugs.

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/8/2014 10:36AM

    At least now you know : )

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KNYAGENYA 2/8/2014 9:04AM

    When I was in high school I swam competitively, Well, fast forward 18 years and I decided to start doing laps again. Needless to say the 18 year old me was not happy with the 36 year old me. I had horrible form, my breathing was horrible and I was a mess. I was able to get back to my high school swimming days and even lost a couple of seconds on my splits. I hated the chlorine, the itching and the dry hair as well. Here are some tips I learned along the way. Put conditioner in your hair before you put your cap on. My hair dresser told me the hair can only soak up so much so if you soak it up with conditioner the water can't get in. I also had to spit in my goggles to stop them from fogging up. Gross I know but it worked. I also spent money on getting some higher end goggles. Good luck.

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TATTER3 2/7/2014 11:21PM

    I don't do the laps and love the aerobic pool. Just hang in there...Keep Sparkin'!!

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IAMBIZI 2/7/2014 11:14PM

    just keep swimming! finding nemo....
hate it too! used to swim in high school on the swim team, was awful then too but at least I stuck with it.
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Weight Stagnation

Friday, February 07, 2014

Well, all I can do is stick with it and not throw in the towel.

I've lowered my calories. My range is 1200-1550, but I wasn't seeing any progress eating at the top end of the range. So I'm eating around 1250-1400, and drinking A LOT of water.

I've increased my exercising. I was doing about 30 minutes of cardio a day, and now I'm doing 40-45. And I'm doing more strength training -- nothing heavy duty, just increasing gradually.

But my weight is stuck. I was down to 130, and then it popped back up to 133... 132... I think I am "shrinking" -- I can tell in my clothes. So I guess I'm building a little muscle.

I still have a fair amount of pudge to lose, and I'd really like to see the number go down because I'm competing in a Biggest Loser Challenge. I mean, if not for that, I would take muscular and trim over any magic number on the scale. I've had my sights on 120 for so long, it's hard to toss that aside.

I'm not giving up. I'll keep eating light and working out. Like I said, I'll take smaller over lighter, but I'd sure like to be lighter too!

Any advice on getting this weight OFF?

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    You are doing everything right. I found that when I was doing my weight loss phase that I would have one of those periods every few months. Keep at it and you'll see a change!

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CAROL_31649731 2/7/2014 9:54PM

    Don't throw in the towel. It DOES sound like you're doing everything right. You're probably gaining muscle right now. The scale should catch up eventually. Stay healthy! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 2/7/2014 8:25AM

    Muscle is good - the number doesn't matter if the mass is better!

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Deep Thoughts About Mean People

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I watched The Biggest Loser last night and have many thoughts about it percolating in my head that I just need to get OUT. I will try to be coherent.

First off, I was as shocked as everyone by how thin Rachel had gotten. She was the picture of health and fitness in that last episode on the ranch, and I thought, "Wow, she'll have a tough time beating David when she doesn't really have anything left to lose." Boy, did she prove that theory wrong.

We don't know if Rachel took her weight loss to such an extreme to win the money or if she has an eating disorder. Of course, there's concern for her health. I hope she just really wanted the money and plans to gain some back.

But I'd actually like to take this in another direction and talk about the comments I've seen online about Rachel. Do people not realize that people in the public eye are just people too? When I went online looking to see what others were saying about the finale, I guess I felt validated in my opinion. But that quickly turned into WOW are people mean!! Can you imagine how you'd feel if you stumbled upon a website where people are ragging on you? People really should think about that before writing such rude things, things I'm guessing and hoping that they would never actually SAY to someone's face.

It's like some of the mean and nasty comments I've read about Philip Seymour Hoffman, since his untimely death. Me, I'm sad that such a talented man succumbed to his demons. It's heartbreaking, no more heartbreaking than a non-celebrity facing the same end, but naturally it gets attention when someone famous dies. Half the comments online have been along those lines -- "how sad." But the other half are so mean-spirited, I just have to wonder why. Have some people lost the ability to feel sympathy for people who face problems that they can't relate to? Oh! Drugs are evil, so only evil, nasty people do drugs. That seems to be their line of reasoning.

I just want to be around NICE people. People who think before spewing their vile thoughts all over humanity. People who have empathy and compassion. NICE people like me.

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IAMBIZI 2/6/2014 9:43PM

    you are nice! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/6/2014 10:59AM

    Great thoughts - I agree!

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BILLTMAN 2/6/2014 9:38AM

    I agree. People have become so detached from reality with their electronic devices. Many choose to say things on line that they would never say to someone in public. We need to remember some of the old slogans like "Make love not war" from the 60's or the old WAR tune from the 70"s "Why can't we be friends," There's just too much ugliness in this world. Let's all make the decision to spread a little love.

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CAPECODBABE 2/6/2014 8:18AM

    I can tell what a nice person you are.

Sometimes people have to put others down to make themselves feel better.
I want to know where all that extra skin went emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 2/6/2014 8:09AM

    I couldn't agree with you more! This is actually my first time commenting on either of those events for this exact reason. People have been downright mean! I always think, 'what if that had been my family member. What would I be thinking/saying then?'
I agree with FENWAYGIRL that people seem to be more open to saying mean things because they're behind the mask of technology.

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KNYAGENYA 2/6/2014 7:45AM

    People can be really mean.

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FENWAYGIRL18 2/6/2014 12:04AM

    People have become so desensitized by computers and cell phones that they don't know how to talk or act anymore. They say things behind a mask (tweets, computers) that they'd never say if they were face to face with a real live person.
I think it's sad about Philip Seymour Hoffman, he was such a talent but just because he died of an overdose doesn't mean he was a bad person, he was just conflicted. I feel for his gf and kids, very sad.
On the biggest loser, she lost a lot of weight which made her look very unhealthy and I think Jillian's face said it all when she walked out...
I hope she just did it to win the money and will find a comfortable weight for her now, hopefully she doesn't have a eating disorder now.
But your right people can be mean

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JACKIE542 2/5/2014 10:08PM

    I agree, I just can't stand it when people get so vicious and do not care about another persons feelings. You know the old saying if you don't have anything nice to say than say nothing at all.
I just want to be around nice people too, and since you are, well I am in the right place. emoticon emoticon

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January / February

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Whoa! Where did January go? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to be that much closer to spring!

Let's review. If I do say so myself, I ROCKED January. emoticon

* I lost 7 pounds!
* I overcame anemia. I'm feeling 100% better.
* I've been really committed to running, cross-training, and strength-training.


Now, onto February. I'm excited to keep moving toward better health and fitness! (And a smaller pants size.) emoticon

* I signed up for a month-long sprint triathalon at the Y. I've been biking and running, and now I'll get back in the pool. It's been ages since I swam laps!

* Lose another 7 pounds. I'm getting so close to my goal weight!

* EAT LIGHT! This is the biggest challenge for me. In case I haven't mentioned this before... I LOVE FOOD. I keep learning and relearning this lesson that I have to eat on the low end of my calorie range if I want to lose weight. I know it's do-able, it's just a matter of tweaking my diet and letting myself actually be hungry now and then. That's not so bad. I CAN do this.

One little update... If you read my last blog, you saw that I made a chocolate chip cheesecake for my son's birthday. His birthday was yesterday, and he had a bunch of friends over. I picked up Domino's pizza... IT SMELLED SO GOOD. I did not eat it. I had my light supper instead and then went to the Y. When I got home, I saw that they had cut into the cheesecake. IT SMELLED SO GOOD. I was not about to blow my day of light eating. I took a teaspoon-sized bite and savored it like crazy. Oh yeah. It was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. That was all I needed. That taste.

So, today, I swim. I tidy up the house. I grocery shop. I finish the amazing book I'm reading (And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini). Sounds like a full day -- I better get a move on!

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/3/2014 4:52PM


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KALIGIRL 2/2/2014 10:27AM

(I too find a reward in just taking in the aromas of food - especially warm donuts...)

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KNYAGENYA 2/1/2014 2:32PM

    Keep up the good work.

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JACKIE542 2/1/2014 1:33PM

    emoticon You are doing great, sometimes I just need a taste too! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 2/1/2014 12:17PM

    what a wonderful and inspiring post from you today!!!!!!
one bite of cheesecake you are awesome!

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CAPECODBABE 2/1/2014 12:01PM

    WoW!!! emoticon
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emoticon on the weight loss!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/1/2014 11:16AM

    You are awesome!

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CAROL_31649731 2/1/2014 9:53AM

    Nice blog. I'm kinda glad January's done, too. Here's to a great February (fresh start!). emoticon

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Friday, January 31, 2014

I've been on track all week (since Sunday's piggy day), and the weight just isn't dropping! Tomorrow is our Biggest Loser weigh-in day, and it looks like I'll be holding steady again.

So I'm looking at my current efforts... reevaluating. Can I eat a little less? Can I work out more? Yes, I can... Here I was feeling so proud of myself for staying in my calorie range and working out pretty much every day. But it looks like it's not enough. Eat less. Move more.

I'm holding out some hope that maybe, just maybe, it's water retention. My weight jumped up a couple pounds today, and I had a Panera salad last night, which, as it turns out, was rather high in sodium.

I can do better. I just hate getting into that extreme black-and-white perfect eating. It's not sustainable. Mentally, I just can't maintain that forever. I'm doing well with my occasional little treats. They're more rare now. Shouldn't that be helping? The only little treats I had yesterday were... Natural Bliss low fat creamer in my coffee in the morning. Flavia creamer and one sugar packet in my coffee in the afternoon. And then last night as I was making a chocolate chip cheesecake for my son's birthday (his request), I had like 5 mini chocolate chips. Ugh. I just hate the thought of even attempting to go treat-free!

So... I need to trim some calories from my daily intake and amp up my calorie burn. Baby steps. And NO more piggy days!!! Maybe just one teensy widdle itty bitty TASTE of the birthday cheesecake?!?!?!?!


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OLIVIANIGHT 1/31/2014 2:16PM

    I hope it works for you!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/31/2014 12:57PM

    You know that happens sometimes, to EVERYONE. And then one day, with no reason, the scale moves.

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BILLTMAN 1/31/2014 10:21AM

    Stay focused you'll make it!


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CAPECODBABE 1/31/2014 9:42AM

    Baby steps is the way to go!!!

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IAMBIZI 1/31/2014 9:39AM

    eat less move more is such a simple one liner to write on our mirror in the bathrooms. ( or just to remember) emoticon
keep up your good work that you are doing.

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JAROL7 1/31/2014 9:33AM

    The scale owes you. Hang in there on the hard weeks with the right decisions. DECIDING is 90% of the struggle. Now the last 10% is faithfully following your plan. I am on Day #175 of a 218 day journey to get to and stay at goal weight. Write everything down. Check the SP tracker to see if you are getting the right nutrients.

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KAZZYP 1/31/2014 9:17AM

    Hang in there. Frustration is absolutely normal on your weight loss journey. Sodium is a real killer-it holds your water weight. Remember all the things you are doing to be healthier, they will add up, weight WILL come off.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/31/2014 9:12AM

    I understand your frustration, but one week of being good without seeing loss isn't really that long and probably was affected by the sodium content of that salad.

I once went for 3 weeks without a drop, not even a tenth of a pound.
I prefer moving more to eating less as a strategy since I like exercise and unfortunately also like eating.

Hang in there! It will come.

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2014 9:08AM

    Here's to your plan! "Eat less. Move more."

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