Karen learns to swim

I learned today that I’m not a good swimmer.  It didn’t help that I was wearing my contacts and didn’t want to put my face in the water.  Swimming is a pretty good workout though and I was grateful to be off my feet which are hurting.  We’re swimming again on Friday so I’ll be sure to leave the contacts at home.

I’ve been able to up my speed on the treadmill and I burn more calories when I run so that is what I’m working towards.  Even if I can run for 5 minutes it will be helpful.

I’m worried that I’m still not losing anything.  I’m eating between 1200 and 1500 calories a day but I need to make those calories work for me.  I’m trying to get off sugar completely and it’s tough because there are sugars in everything.  I also need to eat fewer carbs and am finding that to be a challenge.



  1. Teresa Said:

    I’m glad you had a good swim workout. I’ve found that I prefer to wear goggles rather than go without my contacts. I just don’t see very well without them. I recently purchased goggles at the Sports Authority for $6. We’ll be doing enough swimming things for this competition, that it might be worth investing in some.

    Good luck on the running. I’m struggling there too. Every day it seems to get a little bit easier.

  2. Julie Q Said:

    Swimming is so good for you and good for us big girls. It is not so hard on our bodies. You are doing a great!! I have some recipes for you if you would like. I am doing a different program than you but very similar.
    One recipe that I really like as an evening snack is orange sherbet.

    Crush ice in a blender(it calls for 1/2 cup – I never measure – about 4 cubes)
    1/2 cup total of frozen peaches and strawberries – blend with the crushed ice until crushed up.
    Add 1/3 cup egg whites (from the box – because they are pasteurized)
    1/2 tsp sugar free orange Tang
    Blend well and enjoy. It is a great treat.

    I have also found a brown sugar substitute that is fab. you can order it online at http://www.vitacost.com It is called DiabetiSweet. I use it in recipes and on oatmeal (which I have learned to like as long as I have my brown sugar sub.)

    You are doing great. I wish I was still in Logan and we could work out together.

  3. Pi-man Dave Said:

    Keep up the hard work. We’re pulling for you.

  4. Kstevensfam Said:

    Good for you!! And keep it up. The weight will come off. Maybe your not eating enough calories 12-1500 doesn’t seem like enough, you don’t want your body to go into starvation mode and horde. Maybe ask your trainer what he thinks. LOVE YA!!!

  5. Loralee Said:

    Jon has a pair of good swimming goggles you are welcome to borrow if you want! I don’t like swimming, either.

    1200 to 1500 was what my dr and nutritionist had me on when working off weight before surgery.

  6. mok Said:

    At first the good thing about a low carb diet is all the meat you get to eat! It gets boring after awhile, but that first few days with bacon and fried chidken is great! I suppose you have to not eat them too! Swimming is a good exercise I just never could get myself into a swimsuit. I;m glad you seem more upbeat!

  7. MaryEllen Said:

    do not forget to drink a lot of water. It really helps. I am supposed to drink 8 glasses a day, and 5 of them need to be straight water. Very hard to get down for me. Do make sure that you are getting 5 total servings of fruits and veggies, not each, total. I have learned to like Splenda. Adds the sweet without the calories. It also does not leave that funky after taste. When I get in the water and the fruits and veggies, I can really cut down on wanting the carbs and all the sweets. You are doing great. Once your body gets over the shock that you want to be in charge instead of it being in charge of you, I know you will see inches and pounds fall off! You are so awesome!

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