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
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
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.