It seems summer has finally decided to stick around awhile in our area and great timing, too! My MIL (mother in law) and niece are in town and she (niece) is obsessed with swimming! We have gone swimming all but one day over the last 8 (I sat out a day)! It is incredibly fun, great exercise, fun playtime and generally relaxing. This is movement I enjoy completely. I feel more mindful of my body, more connected. I love to float around for about 5-10 minutes before we get out of the pool. I love to float, period!
Saturday when the subject of going swimming inevitably came up, I was hesitant because it sounded like a ton of people were down there. So my MIL and Niece went down awhile before us and quickly came back up to tell us that the pool was empty. Woo hoo! So we got ready after a few quick Mario Kart races (we’re trying to unlock everything, it’s a fantastic if not highly addictive game) and by the time we got down to the pool it really was full of people! People of all colors and ages and shapes…and that was pretty dang cool, y’all!
The best part of it though, was when I decided to just jump into the pool. I stepped up to the edge, looked around, readied my fingers (to dive) and just dove for it! I decided that I would leave any weird self conscious feelings on the edge of the pool and just enjoy myself. And I did just that! I mean, it sounds mega-simple, and maybe it is, but I visualized sort of a see-through slippery skin that I could peel off and leave by the edge of the pool. Does that sound weird? Ha-ha!
I had a blast! Though there were many very little ones running around the edges of the pool seemingly unsupervised (gave me terrible anxiety for awhile) we did, in the end, have the pool to ourselves. Which is how it’s been for us all week. It’s a glamorous feeling to have an entire heated and good sized pool to just you and some family. The only bummer of course is sunscreen. I bought a spray can of SPF100+ the first day we went swimming and it only lasted a few days. Tried my nieces SPF 30 (or was it 50?) and got sunburned. Boo! So we went back to the store and bought a bottle of the lotion-y SPF100+ and my husband lovingly called me a “water baby” (the brand of the sunscreen I bought).This stuff smells better, feels better and I think works better. The spray stuff felt like lacquer! Blegh!
I made a bit of a silly comment to my husband last night about being 30 and just accepting your body as it is. I meant it in a positive way, but he quickly insisted that anyone can change their body and blah blah swimming blah blah blah. I know! I know! I wasn’t thinking…I was just trying to encourage some self-acceptance in him, but phrased it wrong and wsertgyhuijmok! So then he says if we swam everyday for a month we’d literally see the results in our bodies. He still wants to put on weight and be more toned, but when he weighed more he thought he was too heavy?! I just want him to love and accept himself. He encourages me to do so, ya know?! Ack! I know I walked right into that one, but it caught me off guard completely. I enjoy swimming, but I don’t like doing something everyday for the sake of it. If it stops being fun I will stop or even resent it. I don’t wanna do that to swimming when I’ve just re-discovered it’s fun! So that ain’t happening. But I am considering a less bulky/modest swim suit sometime soon, if I can find one.
How was your weekend? Anything fabulous happen? *Hugs* Rock on!
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