I have been so busy in the past week I haven't had time to get on here. I have started swimming again, my mother is so proud. For those of you that don't know I was a competitive swimmer for 11 years, it was such a huge part of my life and my identity for so long. I stopped swimming my junior year of college and have never really got back into it until this week.
I have to say my first day back in the pool was a bit depressing. I didn't know what to expect ability wise, so I aimed to do 1000 meters. When I started to swim I found I was focusing all my attention on my right arm (gympie) how she couldn't quite get all the way out of the water, she couldn't pull. I, to say the least, was getting very frustrated and feeling a bit down, it was one of the first times it really hit me that this is all happening. I was so used to swimming coming easy that it was a real shock to the system. Then I pulled my head out (as my husband would say) and said to myself "Why are you only focusing on what is not working? What about the things that are!" After that I thought wow, my left arm is still doing great, my kick is strong, and my breathing is the same as it always was. It's amazing how strong the mind is and how it can dictate our feelings. I am really working on the PMA (positive mental attitude) I am certain it will see us through this.
I went two more times this week, each time with my friend Richard who is hilarious and almost drowns me because I am laughing so hard and lose all control of my body. It was great to have someone there. I feel that I look ridiculous in the water, Richard assured me I looked normal so that was a relief.
I will definitely keep swimming, I am sure I will keep getting stronger. Thanks for all the love and support!