This is kind of huge for me, I earned a sweet little steel blue tee shirt for participating in a group challenge at my gym. I have never, ever in my life participated in ANY athletic competition or challenge and that is why this is such a big deal for me.
So I have been swimming 5 days a week for 4 months now, from 90-120 minutes each time, including an aerobics class in the pool and then exercising on my own too. This comes up to about 80 sessions or roughly 150 hours I am guessing. I have been keeping track of it on the fitness counter here but that is approximately the amount I have been working out in the pool. That combined with a strict food plan and a great support group and I have lost 29 pounds to date, after about 10 years of not losing any weight and trying quite a few different diets.
But why is this little tee shirt such a big thing? Its because I am not an athlete, I never have been, I rock the couch as a general rule, and no one gets much exercise that way. In fact I was sort of an anti-athlete, not that I don't appreciate others who can do this stuff, it was just never me.
Oh I swam alot before, but it was mostly for fun and frolic, in the ocean or in a pool, just playing, now I am gaining muscles by working out in the water. I run in the water, and jog and build muscles with the various tools we use too, on Tuesday I do tabata training in the water, this stuff is hard. I had muscles that had atrophied before from lack of use.
So what was the challenge I did to earn the tee? I had to register, get a card, go to 15 classes and get my card stamped. Doesn't seem like a big deal, I mean I have been to about 80 classes anyway, but I got something for my effort this time and that was so cool ! I have gotten lots for my effort, I no longer inject insulin, my blood pressure med is lowered significantly and then there is the feeling of well being, happiness and oh that weight loss.
My health is improving, exercise really does work. I will keep this blue steel hard as nails tee shirt for all time. I feel like I am hard as nails now too, but you couldn't tell to look at me, I am calm and relaxed these days, no drama mama, no stress, nothing and no one can take this away from me.
I have earned it ! ! !