22 June 2013

My Favorite Things: Fitness Edition


In Februrary, I "retired" from swimming after my very last college conference meet.For 12 years of my life, I was a competitive swimmer. I started when my family lived in Australia, and fell in love with the sport! I swam both short and long course seasons with my club team and spend most of my summers (and school years, actually...) doing two-a-day practices once I moved to Texas.




For some reason there are tons of horror stories of ex-swimmers who gain tons of weight. Maybe it's because they've never seen going to practice as a "workout" and don't see a need to schedule time to exercise, maybe it's because they don't adjust their eating habits (which is crazy hard- when you go from burning 1200+ cals a day in the pool to a measly 300 on the elliptical, a BIG adjustment has to take place)... Regardless of whether or not the rumors were true, I was absolutely certain those stories weren't going to include me! 

So, 6 days after my last swim meet, I joined a local gym and started taking their classes. I knew that I couldn't work out on my own- for 12 years I'd been told what to do! So, my first favorite thing is: group fitness classes. I've taken yoga, spin, Pilates, YogaFit, step, and cardio circuit classes. I like to switch it up so I don't get bored. ;)

If I can't make a class, I get on the elliptical. My second favorite thing, my iPhone, is essential because I get bored easily on that machine, so I listen to music, watch Netflix, read blogs...  Basically anything to distract me from stopping.

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My last favorite thing is this guy:

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I looooove my water bottle. I found it on Pinterest and actually bought it on Amazon. It hold so much water AND my keys and ID/gym card, and it was pretty inexpensive (*edit- looks like the price has gone up. It was only $12 when I got it!). Getchya one. You will thank me.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm always so jealous of swimmers. I decided that when I have kids they are going to swim team. It's such a life skill!

    I love taking group fitness classes too!

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    1. It is definitely a life skill, and teaches lots about perseverance, time management, dedication... haha, my list could go on forever! I really believe it makes excellent people- most of my besties are/were swimmers. I'm even married to one! (:

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  2. Thanks for linking up! I think it's amazing that you were such a hardcore swimmer! My parents had high hopes for me in that arena, but I didn't pursue it!

    Love that water bottle!

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

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    1. It's such a fun summer linky! Thanks for organizing it, Halle. (:

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  3. Found you through Across the Hall's linky--

    I played soccer and did gymnastics for most of my life, and when I got to college, I coached gymnastics and did intramural sports.

    Once college was over... I totally dropped the ball on being active (except playing on the playground with kids I worked with at a daycare center after school). Super proud of you for thinking ahead and jumping right into something new--it took me almost three years to find something to do to keep me really active!

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    1. It's really difficult somedays, but I'm trying! I'm not sure what it'll be like once school starts. Hopefully good habits die hard...!

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  4. I swam competitively too from the age of 5 til 20. It was my favorite sport! I met my husband when we were 9 on the same swim team. Both of my kids swim on a swim team and enjoy it as much as my husband & I did.

    Marissa
    WILD About First Grade!

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    1. That's so funny- I met my husband via swimming as well! I'm sure we will strongly encourage our future children to swim. (:

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  5. So glad I found your cute little blog!! I admire you for being such a dedicated swimmer..both of my brothers swam competitively! I love that water bottle.. great for someone like me who is always losing things at the gym!

    Ashley
    That's SO Second Grade!
    www.secondgradeparadise.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by girl! I wouldn't say "cute", but a design is in the works. ;)

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