It’s been a long week. Yeah, I know it’s only Tuesday, but I mean the past seven days or so. After going way overboard on adding new pool exercises last week, I’m left with the after effects, which had me wondering for a few days if I hadn’t done something I couldn’t  remember-resulting in a fractured rib or two.

I told one friend the pain was ‘breathtaking,’ and it was. And still is too much of the time, but I’ve found if I keep my back perfectly straight, it’s not as bad. The only problem with that is, apparently my posture isn’t as good when I’m sitting at my desk as it is when I’m standing. I have to consciously think about it…constantly. At least it keeps me from being comfortable. I mean from slouching.

The worst, though, is trying to get some sleep. All I can say about that is ouch! Or OUCH!!!

But it is finally easing up a bit, for which I am very grateful. It’s tough to think clearly when you’re waking up fifty times a night, like every time you move. Guess I must be a pretty restless sleeper. Or at least I am at the moment!

One good thing has come of this. I’ve learned a great lesson. No matter how fun it is, and no matter how easy it seems, you can really hurt yourself in the water. So after three days off, I’ll be heading back tomorrow, certainly unable to do all the things I was doing before I got hit with a major case of stupid. But I’m still looking forward to finding out what I can do until whatever happened goes away.

Because you know what? I like working out in the pool. And I’ve missed it, even though it’s only been three days since I was last there. It just feels wrong now, and I never thought I’d see the day when I’d feel this way about…exercise.

I always enjoyed dance and gymnastics when I was in school. And for many years, I enjoyed bike riding (the kind with pedals, not a motor). But that’s been a long time and I honestly never thought I’d change my mind.

It just goes to show you that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. In my case, I had a little more motivation than most, which you can read about in my book, The Stranger In My Head, which should be available Friday.

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