18 January 2006


So I go to the gym, decide to do my swimming first and then the machines (cuz I gotta do the machines, it's Wed and I do them Mon, Wed, and Fri).  When I say "swimming", I mean moving in the water.  Because, as odd as this might sound, I don't know how to really swim.

I can do a sort of modified doggie-paddle (I learned it from watching Shaddow, my black lab) and a bizarre form of a side-stroke.  Mostly though I flounder and end up snorting water and hacking to breathe.  That's what happens when you never take lessons, or at least that's MY story, and of course, I'm sticking to it.

I might be able to take swim classes, but they fill up fast and no one seems to be sure if they are going to continue offering them after the next 8 weeks (which are already filled).  So anyway, I can float on my back.  And if I absolutely, positively had to, I could probably get from point A to point B using some weird combination of moves.

On Tuesday and Thursday there is a water workout that is pretty good.  So, I thought I'd do some of that on my own today.  No one else was in the lap pool and I got so caught up in what I was doing that I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings.  I didn't realize that I'd been doing my own workout for an hour til a few folks started to join me in the pool.

I decided to join in with the water workout class that was being offered (instead of climbing into the whirlpool).  SO, that meant that I did water workout for two straight hours.  I did tire toward the end and start to flag a bit.

After a brief dip in the whirlpool (aaaaaaaahhhhhhh), I dressed in my shorts and t-shirt, grabbed my towel, water, and workout sheet (cuz I can't remember all the settings for the machines) and headed out to the gym area.  Even though I had been swimming, I opted for warming up on the recumbent bike.

Again, I went a tad bit overboard.  See, I wanted to finish the book I was reading and so I wasn't paying attention to time.  30 minutes later, I realized I was sweating profusely and was sufficiently warmed up.

Then I worked my way around the 8 machines I do.  There was only one I had some problems with, the lateral pull-down.  I think it might have been because of having worked those muscles in the pool so much.  I was able to add some reps to some machines, but I didn't increase any weights.

Oh!  By the way, I weighed myself yesterday...since the holidays, I've lost 10 pounds.  I know that it is due to the exercise and improved diet.  I just hope that I don't lose motivation.


  1. Good for the 10 lbs...don't do that again.  Unless you wanna come up here and sit by me.

    GO SLOW.  How long have you been sedentary? (truthfully).  Yeah...so don't overdo, or you WILL hurt yourself.  

    Speaking of which...bathtime...swimming, that is.


  2. great workout and that's great about the ten pounds lost. Exercise is so good for the body and mind in so many different ways. Do be careful, though, to take care of your body and not overdo so you don't end up hurting yourself and then having to be out of commission for a bit.

    Have a good Thursday.


  3. C'mon you can do it...stay motivated!



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