1/17/13

A workout that works

I am trying to be better this year about losing weight and getting into shape. I would like to lose 100 pounds by my 40th birthday, which is in June, so it may or may not be a realistic goal. I have also committed to do Warrior Dash this summer with a group of teachers at my school.

The problem is twofold- I'm basically a lazy person, and I really like food. I know, overeating is really an emotional issue and we have to identify our triggers, blah, blah, blah - I like food. Food is awesome. Especially good chocolate. Not Hershey's, or cheap chocolate, but rich, creamy, thick tasty chocolate. Yum. I truly enjoy that. Or good pizza. Or ice cream. or a really good IBC root beer.

Well, that's probably why I need to lose about 100 pounds.

And it's not that I'm lazy, exactly, but life is busy. And working out takes time away from naps. I love naps. Nothing like cuddling up under a nice fluffy blanket, and hello, dream time.

Working out is sweaty. I don't like sweating; it's messy and smelly. And it's sometimes is painful. And really, really boring. Walking on a treadmill is extremely dull. Walking, walking, walking - not getting anywhere. I can't read on a treadmill - too bouncy. And my treadmill doesn't face the tv, so that doesn't work either. And t.v. time isn't meant for walking, it's meant for cuddling up on the couch with a nice fluffy blanket and some really good chocolate.

You might see why I have a problem.

But - I may have found a workout that will work for me. Swimming!!!

First, you have to know that I am NOT a strong swimmer. I can propel myself through the water, but it is NOT graceful, and it is NOT with any sort of technique. I also do not like putting my head under water. This is probably much to the dismay of my father, who is a great swimmer, and was a lifeguard for years.

But, who cares about technique? The point is to get moving, and keep moving. If I'm in the deep end, I can't stop moving or I'll drown. This is pretty good incentive! (Although, I don't think I could actually sink. As my husband pointed out, we are very buoyant - extra 100 pounds will have that effect)

Swimming doesn't hurt. Except for the charley horse I got when trying to do the butterfly kick. Good thing I'm buoyant, or that could have gotten ugly!

Swimming isn't sweaty. Or, maybe it is, but I was already wet, so who could tell?

When swimming laps, you are at least going somewhere. Maybe not too far, but it's farther than on a treadmill.

The main issue with swimming is that I look like hell in a swim suit. But, the whole point of exercise is to eventually look better in everything, so anyone who is judging me can just get deal with it. And since I'm swimming while little kids are taking lessons, all the grown ups are watching their kids in the other pool anyway.

I swam laps for about 50 minutes last night while Tanis had swim lessons. (he's a really good swimmer. Far better than me, with actual technique and stuff.) I would have made it an entire hour, but a kid threw up in the pool, so we all had to get out. (I asked Tanis, he assured me it wasn't him. He said it looked cool, though!)

Pushing myself to swim for an hour (okay, 50 minutes, but that's not MY fault.) wasn't even hard. I was dying at the end, but I actually wanted to keep going. I have never said that about a land based workout. And, according to my fitness app, I burned about 700 calories!!

So, yes, I might not look great in a swim suit. And it might be expensive to go to the rec center each week. But I think swimming just might be the workout that finally works for me.

4 comments:

Cheryl said...

I have all the same problems as you, chocolate and I have a serious love affair, love me a good nap and worse than anything I don't like any food that is good for me. I have every vegetable! Oh and sweating EWWWW!! I do love to swim, the gym I use to belong to has a pool and also classes they have in the pool, it would be me and bunch of old ladies but that wouldn't be so bad. I just may be able to do this too. You might have inspired me, that isn't easy to do. Good luck to you, I hope you meet your goal, I also will be 40 this year but in April, maybe I can set a smaller goal for myself.

Crystal Freeze said...

If swimming works for you, do it! I am a serious homebody that likes to spend a lot of time at home, I don't like having to drive to a gym so I had to find something that worked for me. This is the key to success....finding something that works for you and your lifestyle and routine and when you do this, you are more apt to stick with it!!! Keep it up girl. I am gonna post what my routine is later tonight. I have been extremely busy here at work so I can't post yet.

Carrie said...

I love this post! It is very entertaining! We are similar when it comes to working out. When I work out I need to do something that I like to do. So, I dance. Olivia and I LOVE 'Just Dance', so just about every night we turn on the Wii and dance for at least an hour..sometimes more depending on our moods.

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