I did it! I really did it!
I had a good night sleep with no coughing and only one time of having to sit up due to my back pain. I got up at 7:30, had a banana and my morning pills, then got dressed, packed my gym bag, got to the van and drove away. I arrived at the YMCA just before 9 and was in the pool at 9am on the dot.
I made up my mind and I stayed positive and achieved my goal. I was careful not to make note of it here, on FB or even text TB. I wanted to make sure I could do it before setting myself up for failure.
I had no expectations on how far I would walk in the pool either. Each length is 15 meters and goes from 4 ft deep to 5 ft. I started with 10 and did them in around 5 minutes so I did another 10, this time a little slower. I ended up doing 30 total in 20 minutes which is just under a kilometer. I then spent 10 minutes in the hot tub. I also had some social time with some ladies who remembered my from the arthro-fit class that goes on at the same time. I am not ready to go back to that and actually like doing my own thing. I did some stretches in the water before and after the walk as well.
If I can keep this up, I know it will help everything. I am actually crying tears of joy right now because this is such a major accomplishment for me physically, emotionally and even spiritually. I think what really gave me the push I needed was at my follow-up appointment the doctor who removed my gall bladder said that water exercise is the best thing to tighten the abdominal muscles and keep the scare tissue from mucking up my insides again. So, it is good for every part of my body and is not a difficult thing to do...get into a pool and walk!
I have decided I am not going to focus at all on weight. I want to feel better in all senses of the word and I want to be more fit. My eating habits right now are not totally conducive to weight loss but I know as I turn fat into muscle and open up my lungs so I can breath better, the weight/eating thing will take care of itself.
Any feedback (positive or negative) on this is welcome and wanted.
I don't usually like this word, but I am proud of myself.