Yes, I purposely skipped any swimming pictures because I have gone months now without swimming. The college pool has been closed since May of last year and the city pool has been closed since August and won't open until the very end of May or the first of June.
Since I have been unable to swim I really started hitting the weights and I have seen some definite results. My biceps have increased by an inch and my chest has increased by 4 inches, (NOT that part of my chest)! I have not really lost any weight until these last three weeks.
I have basically quit worrying about "how" my body looks and I spend a great deal of time relishing "how" my clothes fit instead. Several things I have learned, one being that the more I cycle the larger my thighs get. My legs might look like a linebacker's, but I am happy with them. I have come to accept that I can't run but I have increased greatly the time and the distance that I can race-walk, and I am happy with that. I still have good days and bad days with my knees but if something hurts a little I don't automatically panic, and I am happy with that!
Fox Field, pictured above is my running area and my gym for my P.E. classes I teach. It certainly has NOT been an easy year at school. I no longer have the drive to be a teacher. In fact I drag myself out of bed to go to my job everyday. I hate it! Yes, education is broke in a lot of ways. Yes, some things can be fixed. My biggest complaint is that students never have to accept responsibility for their actions! Parents cover for them pushing all the blame onto teachers. Students don't want to be at school, don't want to learn, and seem to take the "make me" attitude overboard!
I now need three classes to apply to go to school to be an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant! I have spent all my free time taking classes, observing and working with a physical therapist and next week I start a shadowing program at an Orthopaedic office with a group of outstanding doctors. My motto (or one of them) is: If you don't like something, change it! Currently I am working on it.
I truly live breathe and eat cycling. My massage therapist is a retired professional cyclist. She has started riding again. For her 60th birthday we did the Desert Springs Physical Therapy Gila Monster Challenge. It was the first time this race had happened and it includes one of the toughest stages of the Tour of the Gila. We had a blast. I completed the Tour de Safford as well, and might have been in the top three had I not had a flat in the first three miles. I am looking forward to several cycling events this year, the first being the Santa Fe Century in a couple of months. I also plan on doing the citizen part of the Tour of the Gila. I might get a triathlon of two done once the city pool opens.
This summer? Cycling, classes, shadowing--not necessarily in that order, are all in order. I average at least 300 cardio minutes a day currently and I plan on keeping this a constant. I have lost seven pounds in the last three week. I feel great, I am told I look great (please don't ask me if I agree), and then just for my personality--I AM GREAT! Just ask me--at least that is the attitude I try to adopt. I know it is not always so! LOL
Real Cowboys Show No Fear--I am trying to adopt the same attitude in the midst of a major career change!