C – Can’t Move My Arms

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Help, I have exercised and I can’t move my arms.  Remember that commercial – Help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.

I have been swimming for the last 2 days.  I did find a swimming suit that fit – barely.  I went also went to the swimming store and purchased a kickboard, goggles, training fins, hand paddles and a pull buoy.  I know it seems like a lot of equipment just to get in the pool and splash around, but it is all stuff I need to train, and get my muscles back in shape.

The first day I got in the pool, it felt like being back home.  As I have said, I love the water.  Must be the Australian in me.  I swam my first 2 laps of Freestyle and really thought I was going to die.  My heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest and I couldn’t catch my breath.  In an effort to keep my heart rate up I turned around and did 2 lengths of breaststroke.  That wasn’t so bad, but my stroke felt clunky and uncoordinated.  I could hear my old swim coach in the back of my mind shouting, “Kick, stroke, glide, don’t put your head all the way in the water…and so on.”

I then got out my kickboard and fins, and kicked for 4 lengths.  Oh, that was painful.  And I could feel every ounce of fat jiggle with each kick.  Then to the paddles and the pull buoy.  2 lengths of Freestyle, 2 lengths of backstroke.  I could feel muscles contracting that hadn’t been used in years.  And finally, I finished it off with 4 lengths of a slow stroke, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Freestyle and a length of Sidestroke.

All of that took me about 40 minutes to do.  And honestly, I felt rejuvenated.  I went home, fed the dogs, cooked dinner for my family, ate and collapsed into bed.  I slept like a baby.

I did the same thing yesterday, but things felt easier, not so strained.  I finished in under 30 minutes.  My strokes felt smoother, I felt stronger, I felt like I was going faster.  A lady in the pool asked me how long I had been swimming for, I said just for two days, and she said “Oh you are such a good swimmer.”  I thanked her and said I was completely out of shape, but that would change.  She said, “I can’t wait to see how fast you swim when you are in shape.”  We laughed.

I went home, fed the dogs, cooked dinner, folded laundry, and collapsed into bed.

I woke up this morning, and I can feel the muscles in my shoulders and in my arms.  This is good.  It is a good pain.  I am bummed I can’t go swimming tonight.  I am on call and I just don’t see how I can make that work.  Perhaps I will walk the dogs.  They will probably walk me.


I wrote this post several weeks ago.  I thought I should give this all a trial before I started blogging about it, just in case I said to hell with it, I can live with being fat.  Well, I haven’t given up, I am plodding along (or maybe it is sloshing along).  Yesterday, I completed 36 lengths (900 yards),  just over half a mile.  My goal is a mile, for each day that I exercise, so that is 70.4 laps.

I definitely feel stronger, I can see the biceps in my arms.  Someone at work told me I looked thinner, and they didn’t even know I had been exercising.  So, that is very exciting.  They said I looked shorter too – which is weird, why would I be shrinking with exercise.  I have been 5’ 9” forever, I don’t want to be any shorter.


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19 replies »

  1. Wow! That’s a lot of laps. PS, I had 5’6” on my driver’s license for years and years until recently when visiting my doctor. The nurse laughed and said no way, measured and I’d lost 2 inches. WTF! She went on to use the dreaded phrase “as we age.” She’s lucky to still be alive. LOL

    • A pull buoy is this styrofoam thing , one use to keep their legs afloat while doing only the arm stroke. It creates great resistance and builds super arm muscles. You can use hand paddles that increase the resistance even more.

      • That is SO not what I pictured, but it sounds awesome! It’s so great you found something you enjoy, that’s so key.

      • I think you are right, because I definitely do not dread going to the gym. And the great thing about swimming is you aren’t sweaty when it’s done.

  2. Hahaha. Great photo and your description of how you felt after your first two laps was very funny. I’m sure it wasn’t at the time though.
    Well done. I hope you keep it up

    • Thanks!!! Swimming is the best. I love it. I feel free and weightless and it is really the only sport I am actually super good at. Boy is it a shock when I have to hoist myself out of that water, after being weightless.

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