Nutrisystem Day 20 - Swimming
Today's Nutrisystem Tips:
* Pay attention to each little exercise victory. Going from a couch potato to a moving human being--period--should be a great feeling!
* Ignore old Middle Eastern guys when they publicly analyze your flexibility.
And now, here are the details of my 20th day on NS...
What I Weighed Today: 200.2 lbs. (8am)
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Millies Turkey Bacon & Egg Breakfast (2 slices Turkey Bacon, 2 eggs (scrambled), 2 slices Whole-Wheat Toast) – 500 calories
Lunch: 10oz. Non-Fat Yoplait Yogurt Smoothie, 1 cup Cucumbers, 1 Starbucks Iced Venti Skinny Latte – 218.5 calories
Snack: Banana – 105 calories
Dinner: NS Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables & Gravy, 3 cups Mixed Steamed Vegetables, 2 tablespoons Light I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter, 2 oz. Low-Fat String Cheese – 536.7 calories
Dessert: NS Chocolate Crunch Bar – 140 calories
TOTAL CALORIES: 1500.2
Swimming, 1 hour (24 laps/ ¾ mile)
I swam ¾ of a mile in the pool today!! I feel like I could fly! I wanted to do a mile but my legs started cramping. I will work up to a mile, I know it.
For the pool at my gym, a mile is 64 lengths (32 laps) of the pool. If I didn’t stop in between it probably wouldn’t take me that long but after each length I take a little breather because I am so out of breath. When I try to do a lap without stopping I always feel like I’m going to drown on the way back. So I take my time for now. Just like the treadmill: Distance first, then speed. My hope is to switch between swimming and running each workout.
I decided to do some stretches in the dry sauna after my swim so I could make sure my muscles were warm while I stretched. I made sure to put my back to the wall, in a corner, so that I wasn’t bending over in front of anyone. Didn’t want anyone regurgitating in the dry sauna.
Anyway, as I am bent in half this Middle Eastern guy starts saying, “Wow, wow, wow!” I look up and he says, “I wouldn’t tink you could do dees. You know someone weet boe-dee like yours. Ees ah-maaaay-sink!” As he is saying this, he is holding his hands and arms out in front of him in a circle and then dropping them in a round shape out to his sides. The universal sign language for ‘fatty.’
I had an urge to school this "gentleman" about the fact that there are lots of obese people who are incredibly active and could probably run circles around him. Instead, I simply told him that I stretch every day. He thought he was giving me a compliment and he was old as water, so if he hadn’t learned what is insulting by now it wasn’t my job to educate him.
At first, it made me feel a little bad. I felt like I would never escape the ‘fatty’ experiences and stereotypes. But I am moving on from that. No matter where my body settles, I will be healthy and happy and ions away from my highest weight (341 pounds in 2002). My accomplishments are my own and I am moving away from the idea of needing approval or validation from anyone else as to whether I have done enough or AM enough. Only I know where I’ve been and where I’m on my way to. Everyone I encounter in between is just a cobblestone on the path. Once I pass them, I will never see them again. Not while walking or swimming.
* NS Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables & Gravy – 270 calories
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