After several years I finally got back to swimming for my exercise routine. But, as with most things in my life, my pursuit of good exercise does not come without obstacles. It took three weeks but I was finally able to speak to the membership person at the gym and sign up! We kept playing telephone tag, or he wasn’t in when I went for my morning swim, blah, blah, blah. Nevertheless I persevered and signed up for a six month program to start.

I was a bit excited to get back into my routine with the water. But due to my work schedule during the week, I must get up early in the morning and be in the water by 7 in order to get the swim done, shower, and get to work on time. That’s a huge challenge for me, since I am not a morning person at all.

I set up the coffee pot the night before and also set the timer. Knowing that I will have my coffee ready after the swim is almost enough motivation to get going in the morning. I wake up, wash my face and brush my teeth, put a hat on my head (not because it’s cold out, but because my hair sticks straight up in the mornings and there’s nothing I can do about it, but calm it down with a hat). I grab my duffel bag with everything inside and drive to the gym. After swimming for 30 minutes I shower, get dressed for work, and then head back home to hang up my swimsuit, and grab that cup of freshly brewed coffee that is waiting for me. Following that I complete the final touches on my wardrobe and head off to work. Phew!

Since I have such a tight routine to adhere to and I don’t do mornings well to begin with, I don’t enjoy talking to anyone until I am officially at work. So I give a nod of the head or a curt “good morning” to the staff at the gym. I’m not there to make friends, I’m there to get through my rigid routine. Yet each morning it seems that someone wants to engage in a conversation with me.  Really, people? Can you not see that my eyes aren’t fully opened, I’m walking slower than an 80 year old, I have a ridiculous hat on my head, and I’m not making eye contact.  Which one of those tell-tale signs are you not getting?

Still, through it all, I continue to press on. I am determined that over time I will be able to conquer this morning routine with more energy. Each day is another step closer to victory. And now the second phase in my personal improvement phase begins: the diet!