Thursday, February 4, 2010

friendly.giving.motivator

I just had to let you all in on my new adventure. Not new to most of you, but something I have not done in several years and I am picking it back up. Swimming Laps..... I love it. There is this girl back home in UT, we use to be friends. She is a GREAT swimmer. We fell out of friendship love, and we don't really care for each other anymore. So every time I would think about swimming again, I would talk myself out of it, thinking..... "I don't want to be like her, nor do I want her to ever think I am trying to be like her". Well, I live 1500 miles away and I have also come to a place where I just don't care what she or anyone else thinks of me. (well I do, but I kind of don't) So with the new thinking of "Who gives a crap" I started swimming again. It has helped that I really really want to do this indoor Tri here at our YMCA. It is in about 5 weeks and I thought I had better get swimming. It's 20min swim, 20 min bike, 20 min run... hey I can so do this. So I started swimming last week. I am in heaven. Last week I swam Mon and Thur and it was tough. It took me 25 min to swim 1/2 mile. (I have to stop to catch my breath a lot) Monday I went again and I am not sure how long it took me, but I know it was closer to 20 min. YAY ME! Going to hit the pool again tomorrow. I might even push it and go 3/4 mile. :)

So, for the title of this post. Today was yoga day. I love yoga. It is very challenging for me. I can't really reach my toes and I hurt and shake and it just kills me to get through the 75 min. I do it for the stretching part of it. I don't really care for the head stands and funky upside down poses and things... I can't do them anyways. I still go and I feel as though it has helped. At one point in today's session, she had us meditate for about 2 min on 3 positive attributes we have. WOW.... I didn't realize how hard that was going to be for me. By the end of the 2 min I was tearing and runny nosing it a bit. It felt good to think about me, for a min. I came up with.....
Friendly.Giving.and Motivator.
I feel as though I am a friendly person, always willing to meet new people and except new friendships. I enjoy learning about other people and I try to show kindness and sincerity. I also feel as though I am a giving person, of my time, friendship, and anything else someone I care for might need or want of me. Sometimes this is not a good thing, but I feel as though I have controlled it pretty well. Lastly, Motivator.... I have been told by many, that I am a motivating factor in their decision to run a 5k or to even just start exercising. WOW, how nice of people to tell me this. But I have found it to be true in other ways as well. I am always the first one to push someone to try something new. A new hair cut, new outfit, new workout, and to motivate to push through the hard parts of life. I think today, I need to take my own advice. :) It's been a long week, and all I can think about is when I will be able to visit my friends and family next in UT. Not sure when that will be, but until then..... I will 'just keep swimming.'

15 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

I wish I had access to a swimming pool. I have been doing 20 minutes rowing, 20 minutes biking, and 20 minutes treadmill in the gym and it has been great. I really want to become a better swimmer!

jacqueline said...

wow! i just came upon your blog and i find you very inspiring!!! thank you so much! i just started running and i love it! i am one of your followers...and i put you on my blog list for inspiration. thanks!

Marlene said...

What an uplifting and inspiring post! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you in person, but from what I "know" of you, I definitely consider you to be friendlt, giving AND motivating!

Conrgats for getting back in the pool!

Kristi said...

GREAT post!

The Bensons said...

I am racking my brain trying to figure out who the great swimmer was! :)
BTW- You are friendly, giving and motivational. Awesome post

utmomof 5 said...

Swimming is such a good add to any workout routine. I need to get back into the pool but I don't have one close so it is easy to avoid it :)

I am always repeated that line from Nemo in my head while I am swimming!!

Diana said...

I am kind of in the same boat with that friend issue. I hate it, it's really just a negative energy that I really shouldn't be wasting my time on since I'm sure the other party isn't worked up over it!
Will you run into her when you go back to visit your family??
Either way, enjoy the water, it's a great place to be! Spoken from a true Pisces!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Do what you want to do and DO NOT let negative people take it away from you. I spend far too much time in my life dwelling on what others think of me, to heck with it.. Life is too short.

Anne said...

Good job on the swimming and chosing to do this for yourself. Sounds like yoga ended on a positive note :) ...You are definitely inspiring!

Jill said...

That's great you're doing laps! I find it a great muscle stretcher for achy running lets. Happy Almost Weekend!!

Alicia said...

Good for you for getting back in the pool!

Rookie on the Run said...

I'm glad you got back to swimming, in spite of your estranged friendship with the swimmer girl! That tri sounds like a lot of fun.

It's good to take some time to think positive things about yourself. I may have to try that... I'm very critical of myself.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Denise said...

You can tell by your posts that you're a very friendly, giving person. The world needs more people like you.

D10 said...

Good for you. Nobody should ever prevent you from doing something you enjoy. I can't wait to read all about the tri! Have fun swimming!!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I am very excited to swim more this summer, since our pool is outside.

meditation is a crazy thing, but so good for us...now if I could get my brain to slow down!