What I just accomplished is something I have wanted to do ever since we moved to Grand Junction in August of 2003. However I had a “weight number” I wanted to be, before putting on a swim suit and getting in the water in front of other people. Today I am still 75 pounds away from that “weight number,” but I did it anyway. Me swimming the 500 free today is due in a very large part to a group of people that a year ago I didn’t even know. These are trainers and friends that I have met while on my fitness journey. They do not see me as a number on a scale. They daily help me paint a better picture of myself in my own mind. They instill confidence in me where once there was no confidence whatsoever.
|The goggles stayed on!|
Yes I have a ways to go still, but I am focusing on how far I have come. I need to do that. I need to daily change the image I hold of myself.
So today, after 34 years of not swimming for competition, I swam the 500 free. I swam the “time” I set as a goal for myself. And yes it was very hard, and yes I wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I am humbled by those who took time out of their morning to come to the pool to watch me. I am so thankful for you all. And I’m thankful for all of you who couldn’t make it, but encouraged me along the way.