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I Frightened a Man!!


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In the gym this morning! I was waiting for a coffee with the other ladies that do Tai Chi, when a man of about my age, with not a drop of sweat on him, came up and asked me whether Id enjoyed my workout. I explained that I hadnt started yet, and he asked me my routine. So I told him what I usually did, and how I finished with a swim and the walk home. Oh, youre local then he said. So I casually said it was a 5 mile walk, and he kind of goggled at me and scarpered!

So still amused, a bit later on I was swimming up and down the lengths, when it suddenly occurred to me, firstly, what a good strong body Id inherited, and secondly, how much had changed in a year.

Because my weight has gone up, rather than down, which had been the intention, I tend to forget the other improvements that have happened. So when I stopped for a quick rest, I thought Id list them.

This time last year, I was having problems with all my joints. Shoulders, hips and knees, especially the knees.

I was trying to get back to swimming, but I could only swim one length at a time. I needed to stop to get my breath back, I kept getting cramp in my calf muscles, my neck didnt like it much, and the flicking motion that you do in breaststroke legs was hurting my poor knees.

I went for a walk with friends about then. We only walked for an hour, on the flat and it felt like forever, I really ached the next day.

If you had told me then that I would be going to a gym, I would have laughed in your face.

I found out in the last year, that the aches in my joints were mostly caused be sitting too many hours on the sofa! I still have problems, especially with my knees, but nothing like I had then.

I found out, when I met up with some other sparkfriends, and had a walk along the tow path, that I could walk for pleasure. Now I regularly walk 5 miles, and have done as much as 10, and often meet with friends to do so.

When I stopped for my rest, Id swum 30 lengths. I often swim 50, today, I swam 60!!

An incredible amount comparatively speaking.
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BEACHBOUNDGAL 1/17/2013 5:59AM

    Wow the changes you have made in a year are amazing! What an inspiration!

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JENNIEQKA 1/13/2013 10:20PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 1/13/2013 8:15PM

    You've done amazingly! It's great to look back and see how far you've progressed. Keep it up =)

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ALICIA214 1/13/2013 7:53PM

 

You go girl That is awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 1/12/2013 1:39PM

    Impressive indeed, emoticon
It is a great feeling is it not, when we realize the change that has occurred
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and then to scare a man to boot , emoticon

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MELAYAHM 1/12/2013 1:04AM

    Wonderful! You give me hope, that I can keep on improving like you have.

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EABL81 1/11/2013 10:39PM

    Wow! That is impressive. Congratulations on all of the progress you've made in just one year.

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NOTSPEEDY 1/11/2013 10:54AM

    You're amazing. Congratulations on all the changes - especially in only 1 year.

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IAMWINNING 1/11/2013 10:17AM

    WOW! You are strong! Congratulations on keeping on with things until you're able to do abundantly more than you could a year ago. I had to laugh when I read that the man who approached you was amazed and beat a hastly retreat. emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/9/2013 10:22AM

    WOW...your fitness routine is how I wish I was! You are very strong and that is something you should definitely be proud of!
My goal is to get in the pool, but I need a gym membership or access to a pool to do so. I like to walk, but running isn't really and option for me since my back injury, doc keeps telling me to get my butt in the pool. So with my tax return coming up, I am going to buy a one year gym membership and get my butt in that pool. I hope to be where you are in a year and I have to say you are someone to look up to!

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-POOKIE- 1/9/2013 9:31AM

    Your fitness improving is an amazing achievement, and I bet some of that scale is certainly muscle replacing fat.

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PINKANGEL73 1/9/2013 7:49AM

    You should be really proud of yourself. What a fantastic level of fitness you have achieved. I'm absolutely certain that a big part of the reason for your weight going up is all the muscle you must surely have gained in the last year.

I really need to take a leaf out of your book. I have lots of stiffness and pain in many joints and especially my lower back which makes it impossible to walk for too long but I think it would be good to start small and see if I can build up the time before my back seizes up!

Thanks for the inspiration.


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ROSE284 1/9/2013 6:17AM

    Brilliant!

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STFRENCH 1/9/2013 4:35AM

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ADELE66 1/9/2013 4:01AM

    Superhero!!

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CIPHER1971 1/9/2013 12:49AM

    You are amazing and an inspiration emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2013 10:06PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2013 10:06PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up.

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GOLDENRODGIRL 1/8/2013 7:04PM

    Hee. I love scaring the manly men in the gym.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/8/2013 5:47PM

   
That is fantastic! So great to hear that you turned things around and are doing so well.

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PRINCESSAMY 1/8/2013 5:19PM

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MARYDSAN 1/8/2013 5:16PM

    What accomplishments! And less pain to boot!

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YAYUMZMUMZ 1/8/2013 4:03PM

    That's fantastic! I hope I can be as non-achey and active as yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/8/2013 3:38PM

    It's good to see how far we've come. Congratulations on a "non-scale victory"

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CHICCHANTAL 1/8/2013 3:23PM

    Am glowing with pride that I walked your legs off in Epping Forest the other week.

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LEFLOWER 1/8/2013 3:11PM

  WTG!! Keep up the reat work!!!

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/8/2013 3:07PM

    When I started exercising this fall, everything hurt. I could only swim twenty minutes or so. I now can swim an hour. I can walk for hours at time. It's a great feeling getting stronger. emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 1/8/2013 2:51PM

    Knees and sofas!! I know the problem so-o well but am working at it - at lease I also discovered the cause and can tell myself it was my fault but not too late to fix it.
Could say I'm envious of the progress you've made - but I totally know what hard work that must have been and want to say how much I admire you for it. You're an inspiration.

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JLPEASE 1/8/2013 2:51PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! I hope 2013 is a great one for you!
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KIWIANN 1/8/2013 2:50PM

    That is an impressive list of accomplishments for the last year - you are amazing!!!! emoticon

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MARUKI52 1/8/2013 2:37PM

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If I could only do half of what you have done I'd be one happy bunny!

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ALIGIRL07 1/8/2013 2:35PM

    Wow way to go!!! I hope one day i will be that fit as well. Keep up the good work!

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