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!
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 !!
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
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!