It’s my birthday. I wrote about turning 55 in the past few weeks so that is no surprise. For a few weeks I have been thinking about what I would do for my birthday that was a multiple of 55. I considered 55 miles on my bike but who could have predicted a 70 degree day today? I also didn’t really have the time to take off to ride 55 miles. I thought about 5500 in the pool but the farthest I have done is 3300 and not often. Again, time was a factor with work, the hours the pools are open and my schedule but I know I could do it with enough time. Earlier this week I asked Sam for suggestions and told him I was thinking about 55 laps. After he thought about it and we texted, we decided 55 laps was good.
So this happened after work. At first I was going to do 55 lengths – around 1300 yards. Then part way through I started having the length v lap debate in my mind. (Swimmers understand.) I stopped at the end of the pool and asked one of the lifeguards what time it was and determined that I did have time to swim 55 laps or 110 lengths = 2750 yards. It felt great. And strong.
After I wrote the blog about turning 55 one of my cousins wrote me and said to remember that I was younger now than I was 5 years ago. It’s true. I am. My health has vastly improved, even with some slight setbacks over the past few months in my weight. I am working on changing that. I never ever would have imagined or predicted that I would be swimming 25 yards on my 55th birthday, let alone 2750. I am quite blessed.
I have also written a little bit about the changes I am making in my diet and I really will write more soon. Since it is my birthday I wanted some kind of cake so stopped at a bakery on my way home. No cupcakes. They had these things called cake shots. They were pretty small so I bought two – one chocolate and one red velvet. It was basically lump of frosting and some cake. I am glad it wasn’t bigger because after a month of virtually no sugar in my diet, I just about went over some edge on my way to the pool. I am also happy they didn’t have cupcakes because that would have really shocked my system. I want to clarify I am not saying anything against the bakery at all for those of you who can figure out where I stopped. It’s me. My body has changed the way it processes sugar – or doesn’t process sugar. It’s a very good thing and this just reminded me to continue on my path.
The last thing I did today was meet with my financial adviser. It just happened to fall on my birthday. It was a good meeting and I am pleased. Let’s just say I am not going to go anywhere for several years based on the calculations we did this afternoon.
It has been a good day. I’ve done some things I wanted to do. No big parties or anything that looked like a big celebration. I really do celebrate what I can do, however, and how far I have come in many areas of my life. It is an amazing journey