I have been a competitive swimmer since childhood, I played water polo in high school on the boy's team because back in the early 80's there were not womens water polo teams in the high school, I also swam in college :)
I became a nurse started working night shift for 10 years and basically stopped swimming. I went on to gain 200 pounds, so now I am a 400 pound woman who can barely work much less exercise.
I have since lost 200 pounds and kept it off 12 years. I usually would zumba, spin, or do jillian michaels body revolution. I tore a lateral ligament in my left knee almost requiring surgery. So I went back to my true love of swimming. I jumped in the 25 yard pool and could barely do 2 laps without huffing and puffing. I decided to learn a new technique of swimming to keep me from getting bored with the difficult laps, it is called Total Immersion, totalimmersion.net it has totally changed the way I focus on swimming now!!!
I now use a Finis Snorkle like the person commented on earlier, and I can EASILY swim 3 to 4 hours on Saturday, and 1 to 2 hours during the week. I swim about 4 days a week and I am back in LOVE with swimming.
I do miss squats, and kettlebells and weight lifting but, I am going to give my body a complete rest for 6 months and just swim but I will then incorporate the weight training slowly.
One thing I can tell you is that in the last month that I have been only swimming for my work outs, I see more of a over all change in appearance in my body shape and more inches lost!
| current weight: 224.0