I'm okay with wearing my bathing suit : ) !

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The last time I wore a bathing suit was in 1982. That was, until last week.

I have wanted to learn how to swim for quite some time now, but.....I just couldn't fathom wearing a bathing suit in public! emoticon emoticon Just thinking about it terrified me.

I purchased a couple of nice bathing suits a few years ago - took the tags off, washed them and put them away. Out of sight, but....not out of mind.

An opportunity came up for Ben and I to join a swimming class, so we signed up. With the classes all paid for, there was really no way for me to back out.
I tried to fill my head with positive thinking, but only negative thoughts popped in.
I couldn't stop thinking how 'out of place' I was going to look.

On the day of our first lesson, I put my bathing suit on four hours earlier -- just to get used to it. It's one of those "Miraclesuits" - They claim: "When a woman puts on our suit she appears to lose 10 lbs. in 10 seconds."
In my case, it's a miracle to get it on in 10 minutes !! emoticon

To make a long story short, there really was no reason for me to have been so nervous about this experience. First of all, when I looked at myself in the mirror at home, I wasn't so horrified at the woman looking back at me. In fact, I thought that I looked really good emoticon
When I walked into the class, I was among several women who weren't any different from myself. I immediately felt at ease.

Our first two classes have been fun and we're getting a good workout. My goal with swimming is to increase my aerobic capacity so that I can swim laps for a good cardio workout.

Thanks to those of you who have read my blog post.

Wishing you and yours much peace & happiness!
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    Congratulations Denise! You have taken a great leap forward. I am so glad you are enjoying it and that you feel good in your swimsuit and look good too. Keep up the good work.
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    3762 days ago
  • BEN1126
    Hi BW,

    You looked fantastic in your bathing suit. There was nothing to fear.
    I am sorry you have felt self conscious wearing it.
    I am proud that you put your shoulders back
    kept your head up and just flounted it! emoticon emoticon
    3763 days ago
    You go girl and congrats on the weight loss too. I too want to learn how to swim but I know that I have to get rid of the excessive loose skin so that it does not poke out and say hi to all the people. emoticon emoticon
    3763 days ago
  • SUNNYH99
    Denise, you go, girl! Good for you for pushing ahead, even when your fears told you to forget it. I'll bet this new effort will really pay off for you, and not just in terms of physical fitness.
    emoticon Sunny
    3763 days ago
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