FIT CHALLENGE: Wessels gets back into the pool

Jun 19, 2012


It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a month from the end of the competition.  It seems like just a few weeks ago that I got started on this journey, but lo and behold, we’re almost done.  All three of us have made remarkable strides in the direction of a healthier lifestyle, and it’s something we should all take a great deal of pride in achieving.

While I’ve been at the gym quite a bit recently, I’ve not been there as often as I would have liked the past couple weeks.  I could give you several excuses (baseball, weeds, appliances, more weeds, more baseball), but the bottom line is that I haven’t been there as much as I need to be.  Good news though, I’ve been busting my hump when I am there.  That being said, my “two-a-days” haven’t happened as often as I’d like, but Friday was a busy day.

Let me backtrack to Thursday though, as I spent the entire day working in the garden tackling the aforementioned weeds.  Fortunately most of them are gone (for the time being.)  Friday morning was supposed to be my second day of working with Patrick Carmean, my NOMS personal trainer, but I got out of bed unable to lift my left arm above shoulder level.  To say that would make it difficult to lift that morning would be an understatement.  Patrick was very accommodating, and had me focus on my legs and some balancing activities.  After we finished, I knocked out 4 ½ miles on the treadmill.  I was tired, but I headed out for the second half of my “two-a-day.”

My family has been members at Briarcrest Swim Club for a good number of years, but Friday was the first time that I felt comfortable getting into the water.  When I was younger, I used to spend quite a bit of time swimming, but let’s be honest, I just didn’t feel comfortable traipsing around the pool, so I generally sat there, listening to the radio, while my kids enjoyed themselves.  That changed on Friday.  I spent almost two hours in the pool, swimming laps or at least my version of swimming laps.  I did my best to dodge kids, so I’d get one half of a lap in, turn around, then make a right turn and swim along the wall before making another turn.

When I finished at the pool, I headed back over to NOMS to get on the scale.  I ALMOST got to my first goal.  300.4 lbs.  I can’t believe that I’m this close to formerly weighing 300 pounds.  I guess I should have stayed away from the donut I got my hands on Thursday morning.  I guess it was a good thing that it was the donut tire on my car.

Thanks again for your support everyone. “If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” ~Chuck Norris 

If you are sitting at home reading this, and you feel as though you might be in a position similar to mine, apply for the FIT Challenge.  If I can accomplish what I’ve been able to accomplish, I’m willing to bet you can achieve your goals as well.