i’m like a cute little fish, just with more hair

I’ve been swimming since before I could even walk. Pretty sure I went off the high diving board at the Sedalia Middle School’s indoor swimming pool (it may or may not have been involuntary depending on who tells the story) before I finished Kindergarten. When we were kids, my mom took my brother and I to the swimming pool as many days a week as she could. We swam in lakes, jumped off fishing docks, floated around in anything we possibly could. As an adult, I’ve abandoned that hobby quite a bit and the extent of my swimming has been floating around for hours in a Caribbean ocean in the middle of winter. While I’m certainly not complaining about that, that type of swimming’s main focus is making sure salt water doesn’t get in your rum-based drink, you know what I’m sayin’?

The gym I’ve belonged to for the past five months has a gym. I’ve been super hesitant to use it because, hi. Who the heck honestly likes to wear a swimsuit in public? Nobody I know.

Last summer, we were in Chicago and I was almost more excited about swimming every night than I was about our daily 7-11 Slurpee/Big Gulp stops. Then sometime this fall, we stopped somewhere in Iowa, and I woke up at 6am just to swim before we drove the rest of the way to Missouri. And then we joined a gym finally in February and I’ve been talking myself into swimming every day. It was only recently that I did and, man, am I glad I did.

I hit the treadmill, the elliptical, the stationary recumbent bike super hard every day. I’m proud of that. But I’ve realized that swimming is the way to go. It uses muscles I didn’t know I had. I breathe harder after doing some laps that I do after doing the C25K plan. I might smell like chlorine next time we hang out, but rest assured, it’s going to be worth it.

I have a cousin who swims 3000-5000 meters a day. That’s NUTS (in a good way) and is beyond even the slightest level of comprehension for me. I’m gonna be super stoked when I eventually get to 500 meters (I’m up to ~450 now!) doing all of these strokes that I’m pretty sure are made up, because that front crawl WEARS ME OUT.

Anyway. Mainly, I needed to write this post because I took the above picture. But I also wanted to write it because, hey, if you have a pool nearby you, GO SWIM. It’s super good for you and it’s a whole heck of a lot more fun than pounding your knees on the treadmill or having your butt slide around in someone else’s sweat when you ride the bike at the gym!


  1. Yes, you definitely should! There are classes at our community center that are full of adults! And they even offer one-on-one swim lessons for people, too. Just as an option. :)

  2. Sara

    I wish I had a pool and I could swim. I am using you as my motivation though. I have started eating better, drinking more water and I started walking. I keep reading your accomplishments so I keeping telling myself I can do it too! Thanks Wendy!!

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