Thank you to everyone for lovely comments about the funeral post. Some made me cry but in a good way. I had a very down day on the day after, and it didn't help that the weather was really cold and wet but have climbed back on the surviving road now.
About 3 months ago I said to Col that I really wanted to get back to swimming........... I prefer swimming to any other sort of exercise. There is a pool 11 miles away but I'd never driven there and had only been to the pool once and that was about 30 years ago...................and I hadn't been swimming at all for about 15 years maybe even more.
Colin said we would go that way sometime so I could see where it was. But we didn't get there.
So I put on my grown-up head and drove cross country to their 50+ swimming session. Filled in a form for an active fitness card which takes £1 off each swim so only £2.10 a time. The lady showed me where everything was and I found I hadn't forgotten how to swim!
Might take me a while to get back to doing the half mile I used to do in Leiston pool way back in the late '90s but at least I've got started again.
I loved the comment by Lisa R on the last post I did when she said I might be able to fit in a new hobby between gardening, baking, reading, car-booting, grandchildren cuddling, sports watching and blogging. Now I can add swimming to the list because I'm determined to keep going.
Thank you Sue! I went swimming quite a bit last year but then stopped when school holidays meant that the pool was too full of children. You've inspired me to get the swim suit out again.ReplyDelete
This pool keeps it's over 50s sessions even in the school holidays which is good newsDelete
Good for you! I know exactly what you mean about putting on your adult head! XReplyDelete
I'm 63, I ought to be able to do anything! but sometimes I still feel 16 and nervousDelete
good for you Sue. Nothing would get me in lycra in public, so I am full of admiration! xReplyDelete
You would be horrified at me in a swimsuit but I'm past caring!Delete
That's brilliant Sue, well done. I like the adult head idea, we call it putting on your big girl's pants here. And I need to do it.ReplyDelete
I have Big Girl Pants on all the time! Need them for the big bum!Delete
Good for you Sue!!! I found that taking up new things, walking and exercise classes in my case, really helped after the sudden hole that the death of my fil left in my life and I have met new people and got fitter and it has really helped me to move on with the new stage of our lives. I wish I had the confidence to swim, but I need to lose a bit more weight before I think I can bear to be seen in a swimming costume. I am glad you have found and enjoyed something new in your life.ReplyDelete
The lady showed me the dry-side exercise room too but I'm not sure that sort of exercise ..treadmills and the like is really me.Delete
Well done Sue. Onwards and upwards. xReplyDelete
Well done Sue, little changes.ReplyDelete
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Yes thats the way forwardDelete
You really are a star Sue even though some days you won't be able to shine as brightly as others. You've done something new to mark day 2 of your new normal and, what's even better it's something you'd talked about with Colin. Maybe in time you'll be taking grandchildren too!ReplyDelete
I'm sure you'll soon be increasing the distance you swim. You can get rid of a lot of anger and “It's not fairs” thrashing the water.
2 Year old Jacob is having toddler swimming lessons already! so he'll be better than me soonDelete
You're a brave woman (do you say that about women?). I like swimming as well but these days it's hard to find a time that you can actually SWIM. At least where I live. There are always women (never men), talking to each other in the middle of the lanes so you can hardly pass.ReplyDelete
It was nice a quiet at the pool, only about 8 other people swimming and not too much nattering, although they did all seem to be regulars who knew each other.Delete
Well done with the swimming, I'm glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
It was a good experienceDelete
Great exercise, Sue, as it supports your body as you work out. I love swimming because I’m not good at it so have to really work hard to power through the water. The only downside for me is that it makes me sleepy afterwards but maybe that’s the relaxation part.ReplyDelete
Swimming makes me hungry and thirsty which rather defeats the objectDelete
What a great idea. Water is invigorating and relaxing. Sounds good that there are not many in the group. It will be good to keep up with the grandchildren. I really should go. I used to hate getting my hair wet. I haven’t any hair now to speak of so no excuses really.ReplyDelete
Its open to anyone over 50 so numbers vary, I think there might be more people at other times of the yearDelete
This post made me smile, brave of you to get back into the water again after a long time of not swimming. You go girl xxxReplyDelete
I'd only done a few strokes in the sea a couple of years ago and can't remember the last time I swam in a pool, but it's like riding a bike and I hadn't forgotDelete
You are brave. I'm not sure I could pluck up the courage to be seen in a swimsuit these days.ReplyDelete
I'm not a pretty sight myself, but past bothering!Delete
Glad you have took up swimming again , It's my favorite form of exercise too but i don't like having to swim around the other people at the pool too so i am doing yoga at the moment xxxReplyDelete
I'd like to find somewhere to do pilates I thinkDelete
Attagirl. Learning to live a single life is a bit daunting but you are doing well so far..........Love and best wishesDelete
I haven't been swimming for years even though we live by the sea. I remember doing 50 lengths on my 50th Birthday, Phew, I must have been fit them, and I used to ride my bike there and back.ReplyDelete
I expect your days will be a bit up and down for a while but I know your will be okay. I look at Tom sometimes when he isn't so good and wonder how I will cope when the time comes.
Keep trucking Sue.
I'm sure you will be OK and hope you don't need to find out for many more yearsDelete
That is amazing, well done you 😊ReplyDelete
Pleased it made you smile, it made me chuckle!ReplyDelete
Forgot card crafting from that list!Delete
You are an inspiration and a role model. I wish you much peace and joy in the future.ReplyDelete
I have a swim group at my local YMCA...I don't get there often anymore as I ride my horse with a friend in the mornings, but I love the ladies who go and they're a great group...I'm glad you've gone back to an old passion, to make a new " normal". Much love.
You really are inspiring. I admire how well you are doing with everything right now. I'm glad you decided to return to something that brought you happiness in the past. -JennReplyDelete
Never been called inspiring before - thank youDelete
You'll be doing that (very impressive) half a mile again before you know it!ReplyDelete
I was much younger then, sounds like a long way now!Delete
Swimming is excellent for the body and mind. I am so impressed with all the things you do.ReplyDelete
Very good for the joints...I really should go myself...good idea to buy a pass...you're not going to let it go to waste. xReplyDelete
Not too expensive at all I thought, pity it's several miles but an easy driveDelete
I love swimming but haven't been either in many years. Good for you!! We don't have a public pool to swim in but there is a private club that does but it's quite expensive. I was walking everyday, but recently had a lot of foot pain and found out it's a stress fracture. Maybe time to check out the pool...ReplyDelete
It's good to try new things during this difficult transition period.
Hope you give it a goDelete
No point in standing still is there Sue.ReplyDelete
Got to keep going forward it's the only wayDelete
Well done you! Wish I could swim.ReplyDelete
Never too late to learn. Lots of pools have adult lessonsDelete
You keep those big girls pants well and truly in place, life is hard but we have to carry on. Well done. I've promised myself I'll re-join the gym next pay day!ReplyDelete
The machines in the gym looked like hard work!Delete
Good for you! I have not been swimming in many years but as a child it was my favorite activity. I wish they had an over 50 swimming session here. I might feel a little better about it if not surrounded by the 20 year olds! I know the exercise makes a difference. Congratulations on getting out there! You are my hero!ReplyDelete
Goodness, never been a hero before!Delete
Good for you. Just remember to be gentle with yourself about the bad days. I lost my husband 18 months ago after 40 years of marriage and I'm just starting to really feel normal again. My daughter had days of what she called "radical self-care" where she would come and get me and take me to a used bookstore, or for a massage or to lunch. It helped, especially since the person who had been taking care of you, when you didn't, isn't around any longer!ReplyDelete
So sorry to hear about your husband, I guess I will have lots of down daysDelete
Well done on the swimming. I don't like indoor pools but might if we had an over 50's session.ReplyDelete
Too chilly for outdoor!Delete
I hope to see many more pictures of your cossie on the line Sue.ReplyDelete
I hope so too!Delete
Well done Sue, like you swimming is my favourite exercise. Always worked for me in times of stress,sorrow,and low points in life. I find the water somehow uplifting. Keep at it you will be swimming your half mile in no time xx aReplyDelete
Wahoo! I'm proud of you! I'd love to see a photo of your pool. I swim 3 times a week for an hour each time and I know my heart is happy about that. So, it's neat to know you're a fellow swimmer now! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)ReplyDelete
Good for you. The perfect way to get out and meet people, get exercise and, well, add another hobby to your list.ReplyDelete
I think this a very good start on the road to recovery. Its funny how we know we can do something for ourselves but if the other half usually does it we soon get out of the habit to the point we don't think we can do something so well done you for going back to something you loved and it will be a good distraction of everything else you have been dealing with of late.ReplyDelete
It sounds as though you're very busy already and have loads of hobbies, but yes it will be nice to start something new to maybe help you through the tough times. I didn't know Col personally but I felt I got to know him through your blog and he was an amazing man.ReplyDelete
Now that I'm 65 and have medical insurance again, they add in Silver Sneakers which is free gym memberships. The gym I've chosen is 5 minutes from home and they have swimming and yoga for seniors. Next week I'm going over.ReplyDelete
The funeral sounded wonderful, We had Lord of All Hopefulness sung at my moms funeral in February. There is a Green Hill Faraway was one of my first organ pieces as well.
I hope your garden overflows and you have more than enough to keep you busy.
I love swimming , just the feel of the water, the ripples on the surface and the constantly changing shapes on the bottom of the pool . Doesn’t matter how tired I am, if I go for a swim I feel absolutely energised .ReplyDelete
Good for you, rediscovering swimming xxx