I'm on a fitness kick right now after taking a year off to try to start a family. We decided to hold off on the baby goal until 2008 so I'm giving myself some space to pursue the things I love. Throughout the fitness time-out I continued to swim, although I only participated in about 1/2 of the class. I still have a bulging disc in my neck and problems with arthritis so I took it easy in the pool for quite a while to see if it helped. It didn't. When I don't swim my upper body gets tense and I'm genuinely uncomfortable.
Despite all of the excuses the fact is that I was just wimping out in swim class. If the sets were too hard, I shortened them. If there was too much fly, I swam free. I got used to taking the easy road so I decided that now is the time to stop being a wimp. I'm staying at class until the end and doing as many yards as possible and the strokes the coach calls out. I'm going to swim in the next meet and hopefully I will PR (shouldn't be too hard considering how slow I swim). Time is not the goal though, being mentally stronger is. When I got out of the pool today, I was exhausted and I felt awesome. I love that feeling!
Happy thought for today: I requested a raise and it looks like I'm going to get it. I've worked for 6 years at the university and had only small raises, this could be a bigger one. I'm so happy I stayed at my job through some rough times, I think it's going to work out.