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Taking it for granted: Day 7

Friday, December 07, 2012

I did go for my swim tonight.  It was a workout and a lesson.

There was one other woman there; it turned out she was working with a private swim coach.  As I started my first lap and her coach was getting kick boards and stuff, like a jerk I was thinking "...greaaat.  I'm going to look like a real out of shape butterball next to this woman taking private lessons. She's probably a superstar."

Yeah...  it quickly became apparent to me that this was a woman just learning to swim. In her entire life, she's probably been swimming for a matter of weeks.

And wow, what a shift in perspective.

I've been swimming my whole life.  I can't remember a time when I couldn't swim, or was afraid to be in water above my head. 

I never really thought about how hard it must be to learn to swim as an adult.  You've got to find the time and place, go out of your way.  You have to WANT to learn.  And without that fearlessness we have as children.  It must be scary, and the motions must feel so foreign. 

I spent my swim admiring her bravery and perseverence, and reflecting on what I take for granted.

She fought for every length of that pool.  Losing her rhythm, losing ground.  Looking scared, going under.  She never quit.       

For me it's like... do I feel like swimming for an hour, or just 40 minutes?  Will I be disappointed in myself if I'm too out of breath on my crawl and do 1/4 of my laps backstroke?  And here's this woman who's working her butt off to swim one length of the pool without stopping.

And this is a tiny shortie pool.  It wouldn't even phase me to get in an Olympic size pool "gee I hope I can make it all the way to the other side!"  Nope.  I don't know why, but it never really occurred to me that that's hard.  I never bothered to appreciate that I can Just Do That.

I think it's a good reminder.  Maybe a little more often I should take a break from thinking about the things my body CAN'T do, how it DOESN'T look, how I WISH it was...

and appreciate what it CAN do.

So, Day 7.

~*~***~KICK AUGUST~***~*~
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-7)


Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 7/7 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 6/7 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 6/7 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 7/7 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 4/7 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 6/7 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 4/7 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 3/7 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 4/7 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 7/7 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 7/7 so far

Intake (other):

Total cups of water 152 – 58 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 8.3/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 41 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 5.9/day so far


Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 3x for week 1
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 4 so far
569 fitness minutes – 166 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 1 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 2675 so far 
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - 1824 for week 1

I think I need a new phrase, something besides "crushing it," but there it is.

I hate that calories burned count, though.  Hahaha.  Can't help it.  Swimming is too fun and feels too easy... It's hard for me to believe I really burned 900-something calories tonight.  Though I did swim for like 50 minutes...
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    Wow 900 calories i need to start swimming i can't imagine learning how to swim as an adult either. My mom did when she was 19 but that made her get swimming lessons for me and my brother when we were young. emoticon
    3081 days ago
    The calorie burn combined with the FUN of it is why I love swimming! It feels like cheating!
    3082 days ago
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    Now THAT was an EXCELLENT reminder. I used to hate the fact that, due to ridiculous hilly-treks my mother made me walk with her from about 7th grade till 10th, I have large muscle-y calves. I think they're the only part of my body that is mostly muscle. Until, that is, I realized that I should be grateful for them and for their ability to carry me through crazy 2 hour cardio sessions-especially at this weight. It was a nice shift in perspective. =D

    I'm so proud of you, Kate! Look how well you're doing! I love all of your numbers and how you quantify everything. I think I need to do that. I really would like to sit down and go through the numbers and charts again. I think I'll do that this weekend. WOOHOO!!! I'm weird, I know. My brother has even made fun of me in the past for taking notes for fun. *sigh* I can't help it!!!!

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    3083 days ago
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