Sunday, November 18, 2012
For those of you who have known me for awhile know that I am a happily retired teacher! 42 years in the classroom was great but ENOUGH!! So I've been volunteering some, sitting some, visiting some, sitting some, reading some, sitting some.....well you get the idea! When I started my commitment to myself 'challenge'.....I knew I wanted to say what I do - and do what I say...and to keep myself HONEST aboveall to MYSELF!! So I started all this on Sept 16 and as my last blog said - it continues! But I wanted to post (for myself for future reference ) some things I've noticed
I've decided that for now - swimming is my new job! Me who so dislikes exercising has found something that is relaxing, motivating, peaceful and hopefully burns a few calories!! Now before you say OF COURSE you'll burn calories swimming -- I am NOT a strong swimmmer - I float on my back and I glide through the water at a slow, but steady pace. The gym I go to is having a 100 mile swim challenge - it takes 35 laps to make ONE mile (makes me tired even typing it) The challenge goes til June 30, 2013 and I just joined so I'm behind. But that's ok...this challenge is a continuing of the commitment to me. So my goal is to see how close I can get to that 100 miles by June!! Who ever in their life KNEW that I would make a challenge like that??? That is just soooooooooo not me! But I"m happy I have....and will update my blog from time to time to reflect my progress. As of today -- I have swum 30 laps (took 3 different times of going to the gym but I do what I can) Soooooo I am getting close to my 1st mile !!!! Isn't that so cool?? In between laps I jog in the water or do some of my aquasize class movements...so for a full 90 minutes I"m moving!!! Afterward - I feel great!!
More progress -- I did measure when I first started back again on SP last December -- and I hadn't measured since - was only using the scale and since it's not moving right now -- I thought hey it's time to measure yourself and see if all this swimming (for almost 2 months now) is doing anything...I'm happy to report --
Waist -- DOWN 2 3/4 inches
Hips -- Down 1 inch
Thigh -- Down 1 inch
Calf -- Same
AND the weight is coming off slowly in that year I've also lost 17 pounds....so yep I'm a happy camper!!!
I want the momentum to stay -- know it'll slow down once the weather gets bad and I won't want to drive in the snow just to get to the gym but this is giving me a good start!