Teach Me How to Swim

March 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm 14 comments

Things I learned today:

1. I do not have time to eat, swim, and shower during my lunch break. Duly noted.

2. Mom may have been right about not swimming after you eat.

More on that later.



I had another True Delights, this time in granola bar form. I say Quaker sticks to the granola bars and forget those jokes of a snack they call a cafe square.

These were the toasted coconut banana macadamia flavor. (What, is there a prize for the longest name?!) Still a little sweet for my liking, but a huge step up from the last one I tried. These are weird though- I had two: one was disgusted and tasted like fake banana flavor, and the other one was pretty good. Hmm.

true delights bar

Then more vegetarian meatloaf. Goodness gracious. This is the last time you’ll see this. It’s finally finally gone. It looks a little gross I know, but I had to do something to change it up a bit since this is the 800,000th time I’ve eaten it. I dumped some mashed sweet potatoes, pasta sauce, and roasted red peppers on top. lentil loaf

As much as I despise mixing my food together, this was actually really good. The sweet potatoes moistened up the on-their-last-leg lentils pretty nicely.

veggie loaf and sweet potatoes

Swim Time

After I crammed some food in my face, I dashed over to the pool to get in a swim.

I admit it; I don’t like swimming when everyone else is swimming. I don’t like sharing lanes with lots of people. I don’t like feeling like I need to swim faster, or slower, or stop, or don’t stop just to stay out of people’s way. I swim for me, not them, so I hate when they interfere. I admit I’m being a pool snob, and it’s not really a big deal- I put on my big girl panties and swim anyways, but it’s more fun to whine about it 🙂

It’s the clearly the most crowded before and after work, so I figured I’d try in between. Yeahhh I told I was bad at math- my lunch break is not long enough for that. Nice try anyways, Heather.

To make matters worse, as I walked into the pool area, there were two ladies standing in the pool chit-chatting, with one lane in between them. As I went to grab a kickboard they started giving me nasty looks and whispering.  Uhh, really?

Turns out they thought it meant a class was starting. Apparently by telling them no, I was just there for a swim, I really meant “Hey let’s hang out and chit chat.” They kept asking me how to use the float-y dumbbells and when different classes were and what exercises they should do based on this and that injury and blah-di-blah-di-da. I was polite at first, answered what questions I thought were appropriate, then continued swimming.

I kid you not, the one lady tapped me on the shoulder to stop swimming to ask me more questions!!!! In my head I said “While I’m at it, should I teach you how to swim too?” But I didn’t say it out loud because I’m not ugly like that. And they’d probably have said yes.

Needless to say, I probably got a whopping total of 500 yards in. Oh well, at least it was entertaining.

And now I know lunchtime is not the time to swim. No time to shower, and momma was kinda right- swimming after eating may not make you drown*, but it might make your tummy hurt 😉

*K, theoretically, it could, but come on now

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    i’m the exact opposite! i mix EVERYTHING together. i love a big bowl o’ mush!

  • 2. Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    That veggie meatloaf sounds awesome! I definitely bookmarked it to try 🙂

    Too bad the swim didn’t work out! Does sound entertaining though, lol

  • 3. Anna  |  March 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Oh man…swimming is so hard for me! I totally lack whatever the skills are that are needed for regulated breathing. 🙂

  • 4. marathonmaiden  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    swimming with other people in my lane bugs me too. i feel all claustrophobic! unfortunately i had to face that fear when i was on a swim team haha. guess it didn’t work because i get all anxious in crowds ha

    • 5. Heather  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Ironically I was on swim team too and it never bothered me….but now I think everyone deserves a private lane haha

  • 6. Abby  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a day! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  • 7. Kelly  |  March 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Want to hear something crazy…I have almost fallen alseep while swimming laps. I get into such a rhythm and the nose just kind of becomes melodic…yeah puts me to bed! Random…I know!

  • 8. theprocessofhealing  |  March 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Wow girl… haha. Sometimes old ladies.. well… you just have to laugh and love them anyway 😀

  • 9. todayslady  |  March 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I’m not into swimming with other people. I would even compare it to trying to run on the treadmill with 2 people. Ok, maybe it wouldn’t be as bad as that but you know what I mean.

    That meatloaf still looks good!!

  • 10. Leslie @ Chomp  |  March 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    ahahaha thats a funny pool story. did they think you worked there? i go into the gym with my mean face on. it works! people don’t talk to me and i like it that way… that being said, people don’t talk to me… 😦 hahahaha

  • 11. Lisa (bakebikeblog)  |  March 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    oh my – I can understand your feelings exactly! I have tried to fit in lunch time swims too – and it is soooo not enough time! I always get back to the office feeling flustered!!!!

  • 12. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday  |  March 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I can’t be bothered to talk to other people when I’m working out. I’m all business. Usually my body language give it away.

    But if people are tapping you on the shoulder mid-stroke, I’d say they’re ignorant

  • 13. Jess (Fit Chick in the City)  |  March 10, 2010 at 7:28 am

    That totally stinks! People are so funny sometimes. Its one of the reasons I rarely workout at the gym I work at.

  • 14. Kelly  |  March 10, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Wow, i dunno if I would have been able to restrain myself from making a snarky comment. I hate the gym so much sometimes when people just want to stop and have conversations with you.


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