Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

LJ remembers even when I don't...

My swim this morning was filled with thoughts of my history of swimming. I tried to remember milestones and could only guess. When I got home, I went to the Windows computer to check with LJ Archive which is perfection for searching past entries. Only, it turns out, no LJ Archive on that computer. Yikes. Found it, installed it, found the latest data file I had, updated it and started to search.

My journal only goes back to 2002 but that really covers most of what I wanted. I spent most of my summers from the age of 6 until the age of 18ish in the pool. I took all the lessons available and was a master at Marco Polo. And then I probably spent a grand total of 30 minutes in the water over the next 44 years.

At the age of 62, I found the water again. I had been forcing myself to go to the gym across the street for all of 30 hated minutes every other day. I spent way more time thinking up excuses to avoid it than actually working out. And then one day - September 7, 2011 - I went to my first aqua fitness class. I loved being in the water. I gave up the gym. After about a year and a half, I was drawn into lap swimming. I took a lesson and figured out the ropes and gave it a go.

On August 9, 2013, I swam a mile for the first time and there was no turning back. The only thing standing in my way was pool availability. Finally, in 2015, I switched from the city pools to the gym and was able to swim any time I wanted. On June 3, of 2015, I started swimming every single day - at least a mile. I missed Christmas Day and New Year's Day and 3 days when my brother was here. Otherwise, I'm a daily swimmer now. On March 14, 2016, (first day of Pebble watch when I could actually track real time while I swam) I started swimming 2,000 yards every day and have kept that up ever since.

Thank you, LJ Archive!!!

Also while searching I looked up when Amira - my housecleaner - first cleaned my house.... 7 years ago this week! wow.

It's supposed to get hot here today and stay hot until Wednesday. :(

No baseball but absolutely some doll making. Off to do that now.
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