Where to start, where to start...I guess I should start with an apology for my lack of bloggingness lately! Things have been crazy the past few months with a change in work duties, parental health issues and just general overall life, and I seemed to have lost my mojo for blogging. And I have to apologize to all those amazing bloggers out there for my lack of commenting...I've been keeping up on blogs through Feedly and there's no ability to comment easily, so I read and don't comment and I feel awful, like some creepy lurker. Ha! But I'm still keeping up on the goings on, and sending my support and love to you all.
So what's new with me? Still at the swimming...I am determined...determined...to learn how to do the front crawl if it kills me! I fully admit that I was getting incredibly frustrated because I was not getting it. What has me stumped? How to roll my body when I swim so I can breathe, which is a very important function when you're in the water, hee hee. After trying and trying and swallowing more chlorinated water than I care to admit (ick) and getting frustrated beyond belief, I decided to pull things back and work on breathing until finally the last class I was able to sorta kinda do it! Third time is the charm...this is the third time I've taken the beginner swimming class and hope with a little extra practice, I might go into the deep end for the first time, ever. Eeeee.
The other thing that's new? I finally bit the bullet and have signed on to work with a personal trainer! I know myself and I work way harder when I'm working out with an instructor so figured this would keep me on track with building up my strength...left to my own devices, I'm way easier on myself than someone else would be. I'm back at PISE, and actually had my first session tonight. We mostly chatted to get a better idea of where I was at, even though I had sent the poor guy an extremely verbose email about my current physical pursuits and goals for these sessions...while I'm not looking to lose any weight (and am OK with gaining weight even!), my main goal is to improve my strength and become more muscular overall. I'm back to being a bit "soft", shall we say? I really enjoyed strength training last year with Josh and loved being stronger overall. Anyways, my trainer Graham and I did some strength assessments tonight and I came up excellent in grip strength and flexibility (not surprising as I'm hypermobile) and very good for my age group as far as push ups...somewhere, somehow, I was able to pull off 21 good form full pushups from the toes and needed to eke out 3 more for excellent...not bad for an old bat like me! We did a few other exercises like deadlifts and squats just so he could get a rough idea of where I was at with things and we dive in with an upper body workout on Friday. Woohoo! I'm pretty excited about these sessions, so look out for lots of verbose (tee hee!) updates on what we're up to.