First off, I would like to say I actually followed through with plans to go to the gym this morning! Yesterday, I made the plan to go to the gym and do my jump box workout (in a somewhat diminished capacity…instead of 3-4 sets of 15 reps of all but box jumps where I would only do 10, I did 3 sets of 10 reps of all but box jumps…those I did 10, 8 and 6 reps) and then swim as many laps as I could in the lap pool. I did a total of 5 laps (5 down-and-backs) in the pool. I didn’t do it anywhere near fast. In fact, it took me 10 minutes to do those 5 laps. The first lap I did without stopping, but after that, when I made it to each end of the pool, I had to stop and catch my breath. But I did it and that’s the important part! I even stopped on the way to the gym to buy a new swim cap since the one I bought last year tore.
When I was going from my gym workout and getting ready to hit the pool, I discovered that it is really hard to slip on a really tight swimsuit over super sweaty legs. Almost didn’t happen. Maybe I should go to the store this weekend and buy a better fitting swimsuit? Ha! Yea, I’ll do that this weekend. I mean, the suit I have right now fits fine if I’m putting it on when I’m dry. But then, sort of not because there’s a fastener between the shoulder blades and I had one heck of a time fastening it this morning. There was all sorts of contorting going on in the locker room.
When I got to work this afternoon I had 2 emails waiting for me. One was from a supervisor that edits and publishes the quarterly “Fit For Duty” newsletter that I have been featured in 2 times and will be featured in for a 3rd time when the summer edition comes out. Well, she knows I’ve been super active and working on bettering myself and wants me to share my story!!! I’m super excited about this, but a little nervous because I have gained back some of the weight I lost. I wish she had asked me like 2 months from now. Or that she wasn’t going to need the information for another 2 months. Why? Because then I could kick myself in the pants and lose about 15 or so pounds. Oh well. I mean, I don’t look bad right now, but I definitely don’t look as great as I did last year. Sigh. It’ll work out though. This is something I’ve wanted for a long time. For someone to take interest in my journey and want to share it with others to inspire them! This is definitely an opportunity I do not plan to pass up. I’ve still be hugely successful. I’m still about 70 pounds down from where I started and that’s a really awesome accomplishment. I should in no way put down what I’ve done just because I’ve gained back some of the weight.
The second email was from one of the counselors inviting me to be on her team for the Austin NAMI 5K walk in September. Registration is free, but if you want a shirt beyond your team shirt, you have to raise a minimum of $100 in donations (I’ve already had 3 people tell me they would donate something and one more tell me maybe!). Plus, that minimum of $100 in donations also gains you access to the post walk BBQ party. I’m totally going to reach that $100 goal…hopefully I’ll surpass it. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. They are a grassroots organization that advocates for mental health reform and offers help to mental health consumers and their families.