Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Demise of "Wonder Woman"

This morning I stepped on the scale and saw that I have lost another pound and a half.  That makes over four pounds since I broke through my plateau just a few days ago. Now, clearly that four pounds is not the result solely of my efforts over the past few days - it is the result of the cumulation of work I did over the past few days plus the work I did during the two weeks or so while I was busy kicking the scale every morning at my plateau. That said, I was pretty certain this morning that I was Wonder Woman. After my celebration, I proceeded to get ready for my morning workout.

I decided to try swimming this morning. About 20 years ago (has it really been that long?!) I was a lifeguard and I swam every day. I loved it, but then I went to college and then law school all the while working in offices and, long story short, I have not been swimming regularly for at least 15 years. That said, I was eager to get back into the pool and back into swimming - particularly this morning, since I was feeling like Wonder Woman and was quite certain I was going to go to the gym and swim 300 laps or so without breaking a sweat. Yeah, I swam three laps - yes - that's right "Wonder Woman" swam THREE laps and was so exhausted she nearly drowned. I stood at the side of the pool, cursed my out of shape body, and resolved to swim five more. I did, without need for lifesaving measures or rescue of any kind...barely. Wow.

Now I have another goal in addition to my weight loss goal. I will get back into swimming shape. I may never be as fit as I was when I was a 19-year-old lifeguard, but I will get as close as I can. I love swimming, I will do it well again. I'll be back at the gym pool bright and early on Tuesday morning to swim 10 laps. I'll start from there.

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