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First swim

Monday, March 18, 2013

The water was clear and beautiful, 84 degrees. It was so good to see all my locker room friends again. I am so used to swimming being the go-to exercise when I am injured, I was surprised at what happened when I got in the pool. I dropped in the shallow end, like I usually do. I walked half a length several times with my friend Lisa and got caught up on what all is going on with her. I got my goggles on and dunked to get wet all over. I launched from the side of the pool and took my first stroke. OH MY GOSH. The pain took my breath away.

My chiropractor warned me I might be able to swim yet. I did not take him seriously. The rest of my time in the pool was spent cautiously testing what I could and could not do.

Everything on my stomach except slow breast stroke is out. Front crawl is the worst. Using a kickboard is out. I can't do backstroke. Anything that involves reaching and stretching my arm over my head is a no no.

I can float on my back with my arms at my side and kick.

I was in a lot of pain the rest of the day. I went to the chiropractor the next day and almost cried when he adjusted me.

Since the adjustment I have progressively had less pain. I had a good work day Sunday afternoon. I did cooking for the week and cleaned up the kitchen. I baked some bread. Saturday I cautiously raked leaves off our irises and daffodils. I even burned them. Activity is less painful than sitting. I just need to be careful what activity I do and how fast I do it. No zipping around getting things done.

So, here is my plan: Go to the pool two times a week and do the following workout.
20 minutes water walking - Alternate forward, backward, and left and right sides.
Back kicks. Start with 100 meters. See how you feel after your workout before you increase.
Slow breast stroke. Start with 100 meters.
10 minutes of strength and flexibility exercises on the side of the pool.

It looks like for awhile I will be joining my 70 and 80+ year old friends for their workouts rather than swimming laps.

I seem to have made the adjustment to eating less calories. My appetite is somewhat suppressed, so hopefully, I won't gain weight. I am hoping for really slow, steady loss. I will be happy if I get through all this without gaining.

We still don't know for sure how my ribs got bruised. No big accident or fall.....Weird.
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 3/18/2013 7:12PM

    As happy as I am for you that you got to go to the pool, I'm so BUMMED for you that your ribs are keeping you from being as active as you want.
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I'm glad you see your appetite has adjusted to your exercise level. You hang in there. It will all work out.

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