I decided in honor of the Olympics I would swim today. I consider myself a pretty good swimmer considering I have never participated in any organized swimming, but I just don’t like doing it that much. One reason I don’t like swimming for exercise is I don’t like the whole process of being wet and getting out of the pool and having a wet bathing suit and changing and showering and all that makes me grumpy. I hate lugging shower stuff there, but changing and then showering at home takes so long. Another reason I don’t really ever swim is I get so bored. Even with routines I have from when I was a lifeguard and immobile from foot surgery, it’s just kind of boring. I always feel like if I’m going to get all wet I should do it for at least 45 minutes or so, and that’s always a big time commitment with no entertainment (magazine/TV/music). Another reason I don’t swim is I don’t have a one piece and I always think people will look at me fully with a bikini and a swim cap! Lastly, I hate taking a towel and having to wash it. I hate washing towels.
But today I decided:
1) I would just bike home in my suit and shorts/t-shirt and shower at home.
2) I would only swim for 15 minutes if I felt like it. The second I got bored I could get out. Kind of that “I only have to do it for 10 minutes” mentality
3) I thought: screw anyone who makes fun of my bikini!
4) I just got over the towel thing.
So I dusted off the swim cap and goggles and hopped on my bike to the gym. I started with some dry cardio – 22 minutes on the Stairmaster. Then I did abs. Then I went and put on my suit. I swam for about 28 minutes. Pretty good! My heart rate averaged about 110 but I wasn’t really pushing myself (yes, you can wear your Polar F4 HRM in the pool.) So I was pleased with myself.
Once home, showered, towel in the wash, I started on a big vegetable salad for lunch. TOO BIG AGAIN!! I’m stuffed with plants at the moment.
I grilled: corn, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, a green pepper piece, 3 tiny parsnips.
And made a homemade lemon dressing with a tsp of one of my favorite mustards combined with the juice of half a lemon, half a tsp of honey, half a tsp of EVOO, pinch salt.
Also included: a huge base of romaine, 1/2 a cup or so of chopped mango, a few raspberries, and a little President Fat-Free Feta. (I like the texture of this feta way more than any of the creamy full fat kinds I’ve had).
And on the side I had a Food for Life 7 Grains English Muffin with some Smart Balance and Jam –
I am biking to EarthFare (about 4 miles, one way) in a bit to volunteer with Girls On The Run as we serve root beer floats and get the word out about the fall season!
This time tomorrow I’ll be gearing up for my Microbiology class!!