Goodness me – almost being banned from the swimming pool is not the way to go…especially when I want a long and fruitful relationship with a swimming-toned body!
Perhaps threatening to fecking drown a rather ‘splashy’ swimmer if they splashed me again was not one of my better ideas. Thankfully, the chap didn’t hear me. Not-so-thankfully, the lifeguard did…but he seemed to have a sense of humour!
I remember the swimming lessons I had at primary school. I also remember the giggles over the ‘refrain from…petting’ sign! You know the one – it said, “Will patrons kindly refrain from running, pushing, acrobatics or gymnastics, shouting, ducking, petting, bombing, swimming in the diving area, smoking…thank you’. The fact that people used to smoke in swimming pools makes me cringe now – have any of you ever done this?! As for the heavy petting in a pool…the only things that should be petted in a pool is a dolphin – then again, if you’re into animal rights then that’s not a goer either.
Whilst having my little pootle around the pool, I wondered about swimming etiquette. I was well aware that I was slow – so I would stop at each end, before swimming on in the clockwise direction indicated, to see if people wanted to overtake me, and to ensure that I didn’t cross paths with someone swimming backstroke. I tried to be considerate. Not everyone did this though. I was splashed, kicked in the stomach, almost swam over…and generally overwhelmed by the thirty or so other swimmers.
Yes – I went in a pool on my own, for just over an hour, whilst there were about thirty other people in there. I walked around the pool in all my glory and was not in the slightest bit bothered! Get me – I am really putting it out there. Talking about putting it out there, one of my little boobs almost escaped today…I hadn’t realised they were quite so buoyant!
So pool etiquette – I do wonder what the rules are? I would have thought that you have fast lanes and slow lanes…but our pool just has a clockwise swimming sign. I would also have thought that you would have some sort of person who tapped idiot swimmers on the head and warned them. Seriously – trying to do butterfly stroke when you have the coordination of Bambi on ice is never a good look…you might be enjoying it, but when your fingers are poking eyes out, and your flailing limbs are splashing water on the high vaulted ceilings, something needs to change.
Then you have those people who clear their noses in the pool and then swish their hands around…leaving a snot trail behind them. Most annoying of all for me today though was the group of people – two ladies and a man – who just stood at the end chatting and not swimming. It really annoyed me as I am someone who likes to touch the edge of the pool to make it a proper length – so they buggered up my length count today!
Oh well. The pool antics are nothing compared to the hygiene habits in changing rooms and showers. I do wonder what the weird smears and stains are up the walls! And who leaves clumps of hair on the floor? As for the old codgers todger that was proudly on display…no need. Use a private shower cubicle if you want your bits on show…we are supposed to be reserved in Britain!
It was a great day. I felt so free and alive in the pool. The weightlessness meant that I could do a lot more than usual. An hour of cardio work outside of the pool would leave me nearly dead…yet I felt so good today, although a little lead weight-like when I got out. I do need to work on my style though…my arms were doing breaststroke and my legs were kind of crawling / doggy paddling! I did to the breaststroke legs but I was so slow…and I can’t do front crawl arms as I hate putting my face in the water! I am a strange one…and I did see a swimming instructor come to the same conclusion whilst he was watching me!
When I first got in the pool there was an aqua natal fitness class going in…yet all of the participants were well past their reproductive years – a few over 60′s and a couple of octogenarians! – so I enquired at reception and was told that they rarely get pregnant people in there and that I can happily join in.
This is excellent as my plan now is to work out at the gym on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday to get my cardio and weights in. On a Tuesday and Thursday I will do the aquafit. I am also contemplating a couple of evening Pilates classes for the flexibility and core strength work too. I am likely to build up to that though and want to see how the next couple of weeks go.
So other than my busy swimming session, I did some project work this morning before heading out. I then went to the big Sainsbury’s store to stock up on the syn free Quorn sausages before heading to the horses. My Mum wanted to take our mare for a short walk. It was more eventful than I had anticipated. My naughty Welsh Cob knocked my Mum over in the field – he can be a bugger with other people at times, regardless of the fact that he has been taught his manners! She was okay though – I get a bit stressed at times with her around the horses as I worry about her hurting herself. Our mare was on her toes a bit. It was the first time since being back that she went out…and the others were calling to her – probably worrying that she would disappear for months again! So it was a short walk along the lane and back and we will build her up from there. We need to head to the horse supplies shop for stirrups and stirrup leathers…Mum won’t be getting very far without them! I then headed to see my sister and the kids. A friend of ours is due to have a baby later in the month, so it was nice to catch up with her – she was having dinner with my sister. A night of Prison Break is looming…the perfect end to the perfect day.
Breakfast: Banana porridge (5 syns).
A lovely food day today. Brekkie was my nice and filling porridge. Lunch was lush – I had saved some celeriac from yesterday and grated this along with an apple. I added some lemon juice, cracked black pepper, a bit of mayo and some chopped onion…it was so nice. I added some cherry tomatoes and Quorn too. Dinner was also lovely. I did the potatoes and onions baked in chicken stock, but added carrots too with some Worcester sauce. I finally managed to get hold of the Quorn roast and had this with some broccoli…it was so good.
Exercise: An hour of swimming!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx