Wednesday, December 12, 2012
So I decided to take a few private swimming lessons at my gym since I've never taken swimming lessons and I'd like to be able to use proper form to swim for exercise. I took my first lesson a few weeks ago and focused on freestyle and my second lesson tonight and practiced my breathing on freestyle some more and learned the back stroke and a few other things like treading water, the dead man's float and sumersaults.
I'm pretty impressed with my instructor, she swam competitivly in high school and played water polo, she explains things very well, and she knows how to break it all down so I can learn it.
Likewise she seemed very impressed from the first lesson that I wasn't fearful of putting my face in the water, caught on quickly and that I was very strong.
Tonight after our lesson we sat in the jacuzzi for a little bit and she told me again how strong I am, and that she almost thinks I could be faster than her. But what really made my days is that she told me that I was a natural and that I could have swam competitivly.
I did not come from a family that really put a lot of value in playing sports. Although my brothers and I often whated to, my parents could never make the finiancial or time commitment necessary to let us play sports in school. They did, however take us camping almost every weekend in the summer where we "swam" and rode our bikes all day long. We were very active growing up, but I never really thought of myself as athletic. So it just made my day hearing it from her tonight!
I have heard it several times as an adult. During my bootcamps, I've surprised my trainers with my strength, and when I started and fell in love with weight lifting in college I realized I l that I build muscle well.
I am strong. I'm even athletic. I don't know why I let myself forget that sometimes. I'm so grateful that she reminded me.
I don't think she knows just how much she encouraged me tonight. I signed up for a pool lane for tomorrow morning, came home and had a light snack (fruit salad and decaf black coffee). I feel rejuvenated. I don't feel tempted at all tonight to make a bad food decision. I feel great.
Advice to myself and to anyone reading this: The next time you feel the tug to encourage someone, give them a little helpful advice or let them know that you noticed they are doing a good job at something - DO IT. Depending on the situation it can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it's totally worth it. It could even change someone's life.