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When I started
January 23, 2010
How I started
I just said to myself, Self, it's now or never. So I signed up and did it.
There is an element of severe embarassment going to a swim class as an adult unlike going to say an aerobics class, but my mindset was I want to learn how to swim more than I care about what a complete stranger thinks about me.
The first two or three classes were brutal. I had noodles wrapped all around me and I still could not float. There were a million people there with their kids or it least it seemed like a million but I just blocked them out.
One of my classmates thought I was going to quit thats how bad I was but I came back each and every Saturday and was the first one in the pool.
When I finally put it altogether and was flying through the air off of that diving board smiling from ear to ear, I could see the looks of amazement in the faces of a few of the people in the stands.
A couple of the parents later admitted that they could not swim either but they just didn't have the courage to come to a class, i
Why I love it
Swimming in deep water is absolutely the most exhilarating thing I have ever done! Man, I should have been a fish!!
How I stay motivated
It is an awesome way to stay fit and you sleep so good!
I can dive (feet first right now) into ten feet of water and I'm still living!
I hope to compete in a triathlon someday. If I am somehow able to complete the swim portion of it, I just may pack my bags up and call it a day because me swimming a half mile would be a flippin miracle in and of itself !
I was just sitting at my desk one day and the idea of running a 5 k popped into my head!
Love it?! Puleese!
I like challenging myself and the pressure of wanting to do well.
As a kid I once "ran" over a spider while on my bike, does that count! :-)
The only thing more difficult than running is trying to tip toe through a forest full of sleeping wolves wearing nothing but six inch stilettos and underwear made out of cooked bacon!
I was trying to deflate that air bag from around my stomach and walking just wasn't cutting it.
The freedom. The wind. The music. The looks of bewilderment I get from people driving in their cars as I am trying to race them. It gets even funnier when they mash the gas pedal and leave me in the dust, and I'm like really?? :-)
When it is something you love, it's not hard to stay motivated trust me.
I rode to and from work (14.2 miles each way) five days straight once.
Man, my thighs & ass were sore for a week after that!
I'm not a cyclist perse. I do it mainly for fitness. I don't have one of them fancy smancy racing bikes.
I paid $350.00 for my bike but you know what, I love it and it always gets me home.
Someone took a picture of me and in it my stomach looked liked an air bag.
I said to myself, self; you're fat!
It's weird but I actually inspire a lot of people. I think that is really cool!
I read once that excess abdominal fat can inhibit sexual performance. When I read that I was like sheeit, where the tread mill at!
My Personal Bests:
Two and a half hours on the elliptical (crazy I know).
Two hours on the tread mill (BORRR-ing, ZZZZ's).
The longest I ever ran was seven miles (I really hate jogging).
My longest bike ride is 24 miles twice a week (My favorite workout).
The Craziest Thing I Ever Done:
From October 29, 2009 until January 28, 2010, I worked out every day for a total of 92 days straight. Most of the workouts were in the morning but a few were in the evening.
I actually started it as a 30 day thing to see if I could do it but once I made it to 30 days I just kept going.
Everything was fair game during that streak: free weights, the tread mill, the elliptical, the exercise bike, jogging, bicyling, and towards the end swimming.
I worked out at home, at work, the gym, and even while I was out of town which is when I jogged because there aren't many gyms in Charleston, West Virginia!
Hey but they are a bunch of good ole boys and let me tell ya, seeing a black dude joggin through the streets there, there were a lot of jaws dropping, lmao!
I probably won't ever be able to do 92 days in a row again. There was a lot of luck involved juggling work and personal crap for three months and two days in a row.
If you ever want to push yourself, to see how mentally strong you are, try something like that. Even for just two weeks.
We've all been in that "zone" before. You know, when nothing else matters except working out and not eating junk food. I was in one for 92 days straight, imagine that! It was really fun.
Fitness is 90 % mental and 10 % physical. Given the proper nutrients and rest, the body will do whatever the mind wills it to do.
The same can be said for for diet, it usually comes down to discipline and will power.
I look at Junk food like this; I've eaten a million donuts, candy bars, and cup cakes in my life, it's not going to kill me to go a year without any.
That thinking actually works! :-)
Beware of the FFC; friends, family, and coworkers. They are not happy unless you've got a jumbo sized twinkie stuffed into your mouth!
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