Friday, 27 May 2011

new personal best!


I swam seventy laps this morning.
yep. seven - oh. :)

I'm just so totally amazed at what I can do. Yay for my perseverance!

Day off from swimming tomorrow, Sunday perhaps I'll swim 30 laps to keep those muscle fibres in line.

Gosh, I just am smiling all over, inside and out!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

A day at the beach

Picnic & swim at Telok Batek, May 2011


Thanks to lovely Stacia at swimming it off, I have the courage to post this here.

I had this pic taken last weekend on a beach in Malaysia. I was out on a picnic with my mum and her friend, neither of which like water, getting into the sea or swimming!

But I got into my suit under a sarong on the beach, and trekked off into the sea amidst a load of young people, who amazingly to me didn't comment once on my size or even pay me much attention, which was great. Yay for the self-confidence to do this - I certainly wouldn't have attempted this last year despite being smaller then! The undercurrents are a little treacherous in this area of the world, as the beach shelves very quickly so swimming out to sea wasn't an option, but treading water for about 40 minutes and a little leisurely breast-stroke was do-able. And gosh, were my arm and shoulder muscles sore the next day!

It's lovely and sunny here, and I get to use the pool at my mum's condo most days which is great. The last three weeks of swimming have paid off already - I wore a top yesterday that was tight around the hips two months ago - hurrah!

Still no idea what I weigh, and actually it doesn't matter. What counts is that my general outlook is positive and happy, and that I eat healthy stuff on the whole, and that my body likes to move. I've decided to focus instead on how much smaller my waist and hips are becoming, and dropping dress sizes :)

Still missing my dad - mum & me talk about him often which is really good. I allowed myself to feel my feelings of grief yesterday and indulged in a few tears, and kept away from the fridge. Self-help reading this week: Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Tropical days

Happy Mother's Day! I'm spending a month with my mum in lovely super-warm Malaysia. My mum hates to cook, so I'm on kitchen detail which is great. My mum has been really pleased with my efforts so far - some great salads and pasta and soup.

I'm also swimming. The condo has a pool, fringed with palms and exotic huge plants. I go down there in the mornings when the sun is just breaking out over the pool, so part of it is in the hot sunshine and part of it is still in the shade. Last week I managed a 40 minute, a 50 minute and a 12 lap session that was terminated by rain - yay for me.

I don't know how much I weigh right now. All I am trying to do is to eat as well as possible and to keep doing exercise whenever I can. One plus to me so far is that I've refrained from my usual gorge on all my favourite Malaysian delicacies. Mum & I have instead opted for getting ourselves a huge amount of fruit - mangosteen, longan, papaya, watermelon, grapes, mangoes, guava, durian, pears, oranges and apples. My mum also loves junk food, by which I mean stuff like sweets, peanut brittle, bombay mix, tapioca crisps, prawn crackers, fried nuts, murukku etc, so the house always has this stuff which is a big temptation for me. I've allowed myself to eat them this past week, however this coming week I'm going to get with the eat fruit instead, or drink some water plan instead of reaching for those crunchy munchies!

Perhaps tomorrow I'll do a walk as well as swim. :)