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I didn’t feel like going to the pool but.........

Friday, January 04, 2019

A friend suggested going to the pool together. It’s twenty minutes’ walk from here and going out early in the morning in just above freezing temperatures and getting wet felt like the last thing I wanted to do.

I walked briskly in beautiful sunny weather and met her there. I think restarting strength training has increased my energy levels and I feel more relaxed. There are usually mainly elderly people at the pool on a weekday, but the holidays are not quite finished and there was more of a mix. People are friendly and greet each other, a bit less reserved than usual in Japan. I always feel uncomfortable that I can’t see enough without glasses to make proper eye contact or to see people’s facial expressions. I’m probably just not used to it because I didn’t need to wear glasses all the time until late middle age.

As soon as I walked into the warm pool area, I felt I’d made the right decision in coming. I love getting into the water as long as it’s not shockingly cold, and the water was nice and warm. I spent more time swimming and less time walking than usual - high energy today. Then my friend wanted to go to the gym. In Japan, that involves a lot of putting on and taking off of shoes - mine all with laces. I thought, “Oh what a bother!” but I haven’t been to a gym in a few years. That sounds bad, doesn’t it?

Using the machines feels like playing with toys. I love it once all the shoe lace stuff is done. Then we went to a hotel which is rather like a hostel and serves dishes from many countries. I had Greek food and she had fish and chips.Then a brisk twenty-minute walk back, followed by an afternoon nap.

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  • CHERYLHURT
    Lovely
    359 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    Gosh - this sounds like a perfect day - a girlfriend, good food and lots of exercise. Yay on 3 counts.

    When do the holidays end in Japan?
    377 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Now that sounds like a lovely way to enhance your distress tolerance!! So often if I ask myself BEFORE exercise if I wanna, the answer is No no no. But afterwards? Then I'm inevitably glad I did!! The motivation is after-acquired every time!!
    377 days ago
  • MICKEYH
    Glad you’ve enjoyed the pool.
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    379 days ago
  • SERENASEA
    What a great day! I would have the same problem as far as not seeing well without my glasses. The warm water, the play time at the gym, and lunch with your friend -- despite having to talk yourself into going, it sounds as if it turned into a really good day.
    380 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    What a great day you had! It's good that your strength training is making you more energetic and wonderful that you were able to enjoy the warm pool on cold day and then go "play" with the machines at the gym (I love your exuberant attitude!). You must feel very good in every way after all that activity.

    By the way, did you know that you can get prescription swimming goggles here? A few years ago, when I was a member of a gym, I felt the same discomfort you describe here, of not being able to see properly while in the pool area, and my daughter told me I could get prescription goggles. So I went to my glasses shop (at the time, it was Megane no Miki) and ordered the goggles, which were ready in a few days and cost only about 5000 yen. It was worth it to me to be able to see the aquatics instructor as she led the class, and to avoid collisions when I was swimming. I ended up losing one of the lenses somwhere, though, and never found it. Anyway, if I do go back to having a pool membership, I'll get some new goggles so as not to feel so handicapped.

    Hope you're enjoying your vacation to the fullest!
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    380 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
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    I understand the thing with the glasses; I have the same problem. (You won't find me at t he pool, usually.)
    Happy New Year!
    Keep up the good work!
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    380 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Sounds likke a perfect day! And you let go of the "I don't wanna" and powered thru it. Good for you!
    380 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    Sounds like a great day!
    380 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon How wonderful you convinced yourself to "just do it" ( like the Nike ad)! I love swimming and go as often as possible. Maybe find some slip on shoes to ease that particular frustration?
    380 days ago
  • GREENEMERALDGRL
    Have another fun day
    380 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon glad you enjoyed it!
    380 days ago
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