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Going to the gym to exercise.
Exercising by doing laps in an Olympic-sized pool when you haven’t been swimming in years AND you’re not a great swimmer to begin with.
Everyone talks about the benefits of swimming as exercise (and by everyone I mean both people who routinely talk with me). They talk of the great job it does exercising the entire body, and because I want my entire body in shape, I decided to swim. Like most things I do, I went a bit overboard with the swimming. My thinking went something like this: What’s the point in trying out swimming for a few minutes to see how it feels, when doing SEVERAL laps would get me in shape QUICKER?
That was back on the morning of July 5. I am still in pain. I must have injured myself in some freakish way because I get this blazingly painful blow to my back whenever I do simple things that I previously took for granted (like standing…or sitting…or thinking too hard).
Get this…I have even resorted to taking ibuprofen on a daily basis. (Those who have known me for years understand that this is a big deal because I never learned how to swallow pills, and so everything gets chewed.)
I’m in some serious pain. I now bring ibuprofen to work in my lunch everyday along with a multi-vitamin (chewable), extra vitamin C (chewable), and some (chewable) Fiber Choice tablets the size of half-dollars. (Ahhh, fiber…nature’s broom.)
I’m getting old.
I just realized that in only 3 months I’ll be a dozen years away from my 50th birthday!
Here are my symptoms of early aging:
Somehow today’s blog post took a left turn into my increasing age when it all started with my good idea/bad idea. I’m thinking of making this good idea/bad idea an occasional category here on the blog. I’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, check out this “Good idea/Bad idea” video clip from one of my favorite ‘90s cartoons.