This week, I was at the APWA-SC Summer Conference at Myrtle Beach, an event I’ve attended every year since I’ve been in Public Works. I always enjoy the educational sessions, the networking and the beach, but this year, I also celebrated a major non-scale victory (NSV).
Last year’s conference was held at the same hotel, the Hilton Myrtle Beach. For the first time in years, I felt comfortable enough in a swimsuit to venture out to the pool. It was such a nice night, and the water was so warm; it was a wonderful swim. When it came time to get out of the pool, I wondered if I could pull myself out of the pool like I did when I was a kid. After all, I thought, I was significantly lighter and had been working out for a year. I put my arms up on the side of the pool and tried my best to pull myself out, but realized very quickly that I was not a kid anymore. I took the ladder.
This year, I felt even better in a swimsuit. We’d been out on the beach all evening, and we were hot and sandy. The pool was nearly empty, warm and so inviting. After a swim, I remembered last year, and wondered if I dare even try to pull myself out of the pool again. Just as I headed for the ladder, I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained and headed to the side of the pool. I put my arms up and pulled. Before I even realized it, I was out of the pool. I was a little stunned for a second, then felt like jumping up and shouting hooray! Instead, I just shared my success story with my sister, who was there with me.
I looked back in my online weight tracker and was surprised to see that I was only about 8 to 10 lbs. heavier last year. It was the strength I’ve built that helped me pull myself out of the pool, I would think, and not that weight loss. And surprisingly, although I’m only 8 to 10 lbs. lighter now, I look totally different. Another shout out to the strength training, and my wonderful trainer, Daniel.
When I return to training on Thursday, I’ll do so with a real life example of how it’s impacted me, as well as a renewed enthusiasm for doing it. As simple as pulling myself out of the pool must sound, it’s really given me a huge rush!
Have you ever had a similar experience regarding your training and/or weight loss? Please share your successes so we can help you celebrate, too!