Friday, September 21, 2012

Swimming When You're Not Young and Skinny

I went to the gym for the first time last night.  I don't have my goggles or my cap yet but I did get my swimsuit and I gotta say, I love this swimsuit.  It was only $30!  With free shipping!  I can't remember the last time I had a swimsuit that didn't have an underwire so that was weird but I never had clevage issues because the neck comes up pretty high, so that's good.  They have different colors so I think I'm going to get at least one more swimsuit.

The last time I remember swimming laps I was in college and I was thin.  I can't remember how old I was or what weight exactly but if I had to guess I'd say I was about 24 years old and 150 pounds.  And I could swim laps, like real laps, freestyle and everything, for as long as my little heart desired.  I guess I thought you never lose that.  I was wrong.

I'm not even halfway down the pool and I'm thinking to myself, holy cow, I can't get enough oxygen when I go to take a breath to last to the next breath.  What's the deal with this?  The second thing I think is OH MY GOD THE LIFEGUARD IS GOING TO THINK I'M DROWNING!  And the very very last thing I want is the lifeguard to look at me, I just want to be invisible in the pool.  It's the only thing that someone watches you.  No one watches the treadmill walkers or the basketball players.  I hate this about swimming at the gym.  There were no lifeguards I can remember in college.  I almost didn't want to join because of it. 

I switched to breast stroke.  And I felt like a failure.  But I breast stroked in that pool for 45 minutes and I wanted to give up after 10.  I kept trying to swim freestyle but I could only go a couple of times, not even half a lane.  I'm going to keep working on this and working on not freaking out just because there's a lifeguard.

In hindsight however, I'm kind of glad I had trouble with freestyle because my eyes are burning today from the small bits that I did try to do.  Googles are a must in the pool.

Other musts:
I need a freaking coverup.  The towels are very small and I don't like walking from the locker room around the first pool to the big pool trying to hid my waist with a tiny hand towel.

I need shower shoes.  I don't think I have to go into details but the showers stay wet all the time and it doesn't feel right to just stand in that stuff.

I need a change of clothes that aren't yoga pants. It's very hard to put on clothes when you are slightly wet and standing on a wet floor especially when you are dealing with 8% spandex..

I need a better gym bag than one those fold up totes you use for shopping.  And I need a lock so I can put my stuff in a locker.

I need shampoo and A COMB.  Duh.

I think once I get past my insecurities I'll like swimming more.  It was my first time and I was already nervous and then I felt really let down by my body.  I felt very strong after swimming, I feel like I hold in my stomach when I swim naturally so my stomach felt stronger.  I also realized they have floaty things so you can use them to practice kicking or leg things to practice arm strokes.  I frog kick when I breast stroke and I got very sore, it would have been great to use the floaty thing to do regular kicks across the pool to change it up.  I also think I'll really like water aerobics.  When we get back from vacation I'm going to figure out the schedule so I can try that out. 

Also when you are swimming you are really alone with your thoughts.  When I work out I always have music or television, sometimes both, I used to read sometimes too, and when you swim you don't get any of that.  If I'd stop counting my strokes I could really use that time to think about things, besides, you know, not looking like I'm drowning.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Plus Size Swimmer

We joined the Y today. I mentioned to Brian a while back that I've been trying to think of some sort of sport that I like to do and I kept coming back to swimming. So today we went and had a tour and signed up. I realized when we were touring the pool that all the ladies had caps and googles and suits that don't weigh 20 pounds (thanks for that Lands End). So I spent the afternoon trying to find the items that I think will work best for me. I have a giant head so it took some searching to find a cap for a big headed person like myself, I actually bought 2 so if the other one works better I'll let you know. I also have color treated hair so I knew I needed something to help with multiple swims a week. Everyone seems really into this kid's shampoo for that purpose. We'll see how it goes.
Plus Size Swimmer

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Laudry Room Mockup

Laudry Room Mockup

I really want to add pantry cabinets to the laundry area side of the kitchen. I've been playing around on polyvore to see the mockup. I have my Samsung stackable and a pretty close representation of my kitchen paint color and the best I could do to represent my zigzag curtains. Looks pretty good. I would have to move the washer/dryer about 3 inches more closer to the wall and that would be a tight fit especially having to manage the curtains in the same area. I'm going to go with one cabinet now and maybe add another later. It's pretty pricey anyway and we really need to do the front porch flooring. The best part of this change is the pantry cabinet is 24 inches deep. I'm going to fit a litter box in the bottom and cut a hole. No more litter box right out in the floor. This is the main reason I'm doing this. Maybe I should have cut a cat hole in one of the cabinet doors. ;-)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

New Island

I really want to replace the kitchen cart we have.  I bought it in a hurry at Ikea and it was never meant to be permanent.  The one I've wanted all along was from Crate & Barrel and it's around $1000.  But now that I've had my cart for almost 12 months now, I'm realizing that I have enough open storage in the kitchen and open storage on the cart itself is a dust collector, cat hair collector, and all around mess.  I was checking out my pinterest (have I mentioned how much I love pinterest?) and someone was pinning a few kitchen islands and I clicked over and began looking around myself.  It was here that I saw a kitchen island from for $408.  I've also been coveting these barstools from Home Decorators.  The $25 shipping really hurts along with sales tax, boo.  But this island, this island I really want...

New Kitchen Island

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Indian Summer

It's that weird ready for summer to be over time when summer is just not ready.  Spiders are plentiful and I'm just not happy about that.  If two cats are focused on anything it's a bug or spider so I pretty much panic when I see two cats looking at anything.  Most people get their taxes done in April but we do the extension thing so this is basically tax season for me and it sucks every year.  Every year I claim next year I'll be more organized.  Tomorrow will be another day pouring over the same spreadsheet multiple times wanting to kill myself.  But next year, next year I'll be ready.  I'm going to be so organized!

I'm also already sick of dealing with this B&E thing.  He had first appearance but his bond is unsecured.  This made me mad and is just the first thing in a long series of things that is just going to make me mad.  And I don't want to be mad.  This guy does something to me and now I have to waste my time being mad at him?  I found his twitter account and have been hooked, reading it everyday.  This guy is all for show, it's such a joke.  He talks about all this money he has all the time and yet he has a court appointed attorney and lives in the projects.  Dude, you do not have any money.  You don't even steal the remotes when you take televisions, what kind of a jack ass does that?  How do you get any money for televisions this way?  Why aren't you wearing gloves, this is Break-In 101.  And he's going to get away with it.  He will not have active time, I already know this and I can't let it go.