Over the last two weeks I’ve tried to get back into the habit of swimming laps at least three times a week. To be honest, the best so far has been two laps as opposed to three but this week’s yield was 1250 yards of swimming. When I do swim, everything is working well enough, which is a good thing. Still, the days of the 1200 yard swim without rest are behind and ahead of me.
The other element of my fitness plan seems simple enough. I’ve started to do sets of pushups during my work breaks. Push ups have never been my favorite thing to do, in fact I hate them, to be honest. However, starting off at ten reps per set at a time seemed reasonable enough.
In two weeks I have managed to bulk up my upper body considerably without the pain that normally comes from weight training. My face has thinned out a bit and my pants fit better. When I swim, that added muscular power propels me along at a pretty good pace if I do not push myself to hard.
I still weigh around 207 to 208 pounds. I feel thinner but I weigh the same.
So I suspect the rest of the weight isn’t going to come off until I’ve been standing on a pool deck lifeguarding for about a month.
A couple of other things I have considered. One is the possibility of getting a punching bag for The Garage Office. This might help with my eye hand coordination, my fitness and my temper. The other possibility is to purchase a bicycle. The only problem with the bicycle is that there is nowhere that is truly safe around the house for bike riding.
Summer Fitness Goals
1. Swim one kilometer without rest comfortably. If I get assigned to the same facility I worked at last summer, this should be no problem since it has a fifty meter lap lane. Ten laps equals one kilometer.
2. Drop body weight down to 195 pounds. 190 if possible.
Simple enough, right?
Steven Francis Murphy
Author of The Limb Knitter and Tearing Down Tuesday
Kansas City, Missouri