So, what else has been happening since I moved? Well New Years of course. And new years and new beginnings is when we traditionally make resolutions. And here are some of mine for this year.
· Consistently complete a food journal – including calorie counts.
· Attend dance lessons twice a week
· Walk to work at least once a week
· Lose 20 kgs by the end of the year
· Maintain work-life balance
I’ve managed to make a head start on some of these already and have plans in motion for more as the year progresses.
A few days into the New Year, I decided that I would try out some swimming. I've always hated swimming, hate being wet, I even have short showers so I don’t have to be in water for very long! But given that my legs and feet have still been giving me grief, I knew that it was only going to get worse, the more weight I put on. And especially after moving house, I found my feet and ankles just swelled up. It was remarkable – I actually developed cankles. There was no pain, no heat or inflammation, so I put it down to simple fluid build-up. Swimming seemed like a good way to increase my circulation and start up some low/no impact exercise. So I found a local council pool and went along. (After I spent a day shopping, in order to purchase togs, towel, goggles and boardshorts. I really haven't been swimming in ages).
That first day I went swimming, I decided to take it at my own pace and just see how far I could swim. I hadn’t been swimming like that, in laps, for over 10 years. Well, to my surprise I swam 600m. To clear things up – I did not do this non-stop! I’ll take this opportunity to point out I had to stop after every lap to catch my breath. Each lap was 50m. I should also point out that I swim breaststroke, so it’s not technically as aerobic as freestyle. I was still very surprised though to find out I could swim that far. I may not ever be a fast swimmer, but I may turn out to be strong swimmer. J
Since that time I have gone swimming again 5 times and each time I have swum 600m. I think I will try to keep it up when I start work again and swim in the morning before work. That way I’m not getting in the way of squad training in the afternoons. In fact, last Wednesday, I signed into a swim correction class, so I could make sure that I was swimming properly and not going to pull any muscles from bad technique. The coach was actually really impressed! She was very happy to hear that I can swim 600m as a beginner and even gave me a sample training program in order to pick my fitness up:
Staying with the 600m for now, I should start with a 100m warm-up of kicking – no arms, to get the blood pumping. Then, try to swim 100m breaststroke without stopping (2 laps). Then one lap, rest, one lap, rest, then try to swim two laps without a break. Then, because I’ll probably need it, swim the lap four laps with a break at each end.
The coach is confident that if I keep going everyday – which is probably going to turn into every second day, once I start work and dance – I’ll soon be able to do the whole 600m without breaks at the end of each lap. Once I get to that point, I should start to increase my distance bit by bit. I think when I’m at that point I’ll make another appointment with her and get another training program.