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  Week of 8/20/2009 - Featured Board Post

I've Been Inspired!

Yesterday, I was so stressed. I had the biggest pile of laundry in the laundry room. I had to work from 11p-7a. I had promised the kids that I would take them to the pool. I wanted to study for my CEN...and I needed to either walk on the treadmill or I needed to find a new exercise to do instead of the treadmill. So with all of this to do I needed to find a way to combine things.

I was getting my bathing suit on (not to go in the pool but to lay out once I got there) and I decided that I would take my CEN books and study while the kids swam. Okay, so one combination done. Then I thought to myself "Wait a second. Why not swim a few laps and count that as an exercise?" So I looked it up and it would take 64 laps to make a mile, and I decided that I probably couldn't do a mile but I could do a 1/2mile.

When I got to the pool I thought to myself "I don't know if I can do this. People are looking at me." My kids decided that they were going to swim with me which felt good. Since I have so many kids the lap lane was a little crowded but it was okay because I had a team! The first 2 laps I thought I was going to die! But then after that I started feeling great. I lost my "team" after about 5 laps but it was fine. They kept coming back to visit. I did it! I did 1/2 mile in a 1/2 hour and felt great!

I have decided to get up to a mile before the end of the summer. I am so proud of myself. This journey for me started out as a way to donate my kidney and has become so much more. I feel better about who I am, more confident, and for the first time in my life I like to exercise. I have never ever felt the way I feel about my body. Am I happy with how I look? Well, no, but am I happy that I am becoming healthier. No matter how this journey ends I am going to be healthier and happier than I have ever been and I will be a better wife and mother.

Who would have thought that swimming 32 laps could bring me to such huge realizations and make me feel so wonderful!

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