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Love hurts, love scars…

Love wounds and mars

Any heart not tough or strong enough

To take a lot of pain – take a lot of pain

Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain.  Love hurts.  (Nazareth, 1974, “Love Hurts”)


Yeah, yeah, I know.  I don’t get that cloud thing either.  BUT be that as it may.  I had been stuck in this plateau for awhile.  Then alpha hubby comes up with a great idea last Sunday.  And it hurts while it is also the best thing ever!

He loves me passionately.  I know this ‘cause I asked him.  I said, ‘Honey, do you love me passionately?”  He said, “Is this going to show up on the internet?”  I said, “Eeeenh, wrong answer.”  Huge *sigh* then he replies, “Oh, all right, I love you passionately.”

I also know this because he has done everything I could possibly need to help me reach my goal weight.  He’s bought equipment, help me learn how to eat better, supported me, put on a cutesy little cheerleading outfit, gotten out the pompoms and cheered me on.  Oh OK, maybe not that last bit.  But you get the point.  He’s been there for me, big time.

He also has never, ever, one time expressed disappointment when I failed a plan, program, or goal I set for myself.  He just keeps working to find ways to help me.  He’s like the energizer bunny that way.  They say men are very visual.  Ya think he has a hidden agenda?  Me, too.  Works for me!!

If you’ve read my bio, you know I was in a car accident in 1972 that injured both my knees.  You also know that I had a lot of trouble with the knees in the past couple of years due to the excess weight on them. I recently tried to do many different types of cardio programs but inevitably, I end up stressing the knees either by doing too much or because what I’m doing is too much.  So I’ve been stymied.

One thing the doctor said a few years back was that one of the best exercises I could do is swimming and those aerobic water exercises.  Of course where I live, the nearest city swimming pool is miles and miles away and there is NO way I’m going there anyway.  It is a haven for many many rug rats.  NO way, thankyouverymuch.

Anyway, here’s what Alpha Hubby came up with first.  This is the fountain he built me several years ago when I had a hankering for the sound of babbling brooks and frolicking water.  It’s in three parts, top running through the middle into the bottom which flows back up to the top (click to enlarge).

So his idea is this – since the center of the big part (bottom) is about 2.5 feet deep, why not try some form of exercise in the water.  OK.  Umm, sounds like… ? 

But you know what?  IT WORKED.  I can balance myself in the water and kick my feet.  I can lie on my side and do side scissors.  I can sit and move my arms through the water using the water as resistance.   I can also, after 6 days, want to smack my loving Alpha Hubby upside the head BECAUSE EVERY MUSCLE I HAVE IN MY THIGHS AND ARMS HURT LIKE HECK.  Not my knees tho so how cool is that?

But here’s the coolest part of all.  Because I really, REALLY enjoy swimming so I really enjoy this type of exercise and do them – he bought me this so he could work out too:

It’s 16′ wide by 48′ long and 52″ deep.  It will be here next week.  I am so psyched.  I haven’t been swimming in years.  It is a salt water pool so I don’t have to worry about green hair (chlorine, bleached hair?).  Oooooo, I am so very, very excited.  Of course, I will let you know in 2 weeks or so just how excited I am after doing some laps in this pool.  I know swimming is an overall exercise that works the entire body so I’m suspecting that his love is going to hurt me even more than ever after a few evenings of laps. 

Ya gotta love it!  Getting to go swimming in my own back yard – I am so blessed.  I fully expect this to amp up my weight loss so stay tuned for results and whining. 

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