Operation Engine Rebuild…

“Operation Engine Rebuild” is a title I gave a fitness
project about two or so years ago when I grew increasingly frustrated by my
increasing weight and decreasing energy. 
As part of the strategy I joined a gym, met with a nutritionist and re-joined
a weight loss programme.  Little did I
know at the time but that my problem was not one of fitness/diet or the lack
thereof but was in fact the start of my chronic fatigue.  This problem gradually and slowly grow
worse and there was little I seemed to be able to do about it.
Over the past two weeks but something has shifted,
something is different.  Granted it’s
fragile but I have a little more energy, focus and motivation. Now this illness
can be cruel as we have spoken about in previous posts so over the past number
of days I have been a little suspicious of this development.  However I’ve had this weird idea to return to
Taken jumping of Portnablagh Harbour, Donegal 2 summers ago!
Back in the day my dad and mum insured that all 3 of their kids
were all competent swimmers. It was one of the best gifts they gave us and one
I have always treasured. 4 years or so ago I was swimming 35 lengths or half a
mile 2-3 times a week.  I could have done
more but actually I find swimming lengths mind numbingly boring and 35 is my
boredom threshold. I’ve had this yearning to restart and over the past few days
I have been mulling over where I would go, how many lengths I could/would do,
could I cope with swimming in public again when I am the size that I am.  Actually that last point took more processing
than I was expecting.  In my 30s I wouldn’t
really have cared what others thought but now in my 40s I seem to have
developed a sensitive side. Who knew?

Anyways this morning I took the plunge (genius pun) and
took myself down to the local pool. 12 lengths later and I had had it.  I got out of the pool as proud as punch and tingling
all over with the rush of pumping blood and endorphins raging around my body.  By the time I got changed and to the front
door I was sweating like a water fountain and shaking like Elvis, I knew I had
called it wisely when I had called it quits at 12 lengths.  This really is going to be a major rebuild
and there is a big journey a head, one that if handled right and with patience
should be fun and leave me fitter than I was before the illness. 

2 thoughts on “Operation Engine Rebuild…

  • 21st September 2016 at 5:02 pm

    You should do a prayer swim. That's what I do on holiday. 1st length Thank God 2nd Thank Jesus 3rd Thank n invite the Holy Spirit then continue through your prayer list ?

  • 24th September 2016 at 1:32 am

    You're making me jealous. I'd love a swim. Enjoy. Hope it ups your energy levels a bit.


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