I took the plunge!

Well, I got to the pool yesterday. I want to say God Bless my friends, Diana who went with me, Pat, who helped me get ready, Linda and Liz for your sweet prayers. It took a small army to get me there, but I got there. I am so happy I went through with it. I wanted to back out, I had a melt down right before, but I went. I know it would be find once I got there. And it was. I even made some new friends. If you know anything about me, I love to make friends, and will chat with anyone willing to talk. It’s actually something I sometimes have to put a restrain on. But I love people, I can’t help it.

Seriously, the power of friendship can move mountains. In my case, 300 pounds. I could not take this journey alone. I had someone recently tell me that I was building an army around me of supportive people who would go with me on my journey, I totally believe that. I took a big chunk out of Diana’s day yesterday. She could have gone to the Y alone and been done in half the time, but she was so generous, patient and merciful. I believe Diana will have so many beautiful jewels in her crown in heaven that she will need a wagon to carry it around. We went to beauty school together, our friendship has gone through a revival in the last year, and I am so grateful for her.

There are a lot of Meme’s on Facebook about friends still being there even when we do not see each other for years,, bla, blah, blah… I do not like that theory about friendship at all! I believe we should honor and cherish relationships, which includes nurturing those relationships we love the most. I regret the years I was to “busy” to chase Diana down and spend time with her. I know I will step on a few toes here, but the older I get the more I realize who I value most in my life, and I do not want a funeral to be the next time I see someone who has meaning in my life. Having Diana back in my life has made me realize how I want to start honoring and nurturing relationships that mean most to me.

I am very sore today. Much more that I thought I would be. It’s ok, I know it is temporary, but honestly, I did not expect to feel this much pain. I am going to take today slow, really slow. I will be getting back in the pool on Monday, then Wednesday, and Friday. In a few weeks it won’t be such a big event in my life, just part of my week. I believe this is a big corner I am turning in my journey to good health.

So my message to you all today, is to be brave. Take a chance on yourself. Go do something you fear doing even a little bit, that you know would be good for you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Get support from those who love you most. There are no words to say how good it feels, and you won’t believe the pay off. These are the giant steps in our lives that can make you achieve things you never imagined before!



Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

28 thoughts on “I took the plunge!

  1. Deb

    Good job, girl! Water activity is so great since it allows a lot of movement without so much joint stress. Plus, it’s fun when things float. πŸ™‚ Keep it up, and take an ibuprofen for the soreness. Ain’t no need to be a hero, ha! I also hear foam-rolling is really helpful, but haven’t tried it myself. Keep it up! Deb

  2. Linda Campbell

    Yeah! I have been absent for awhile and need to catch up. You look great Kathy. Working out in the water is the best exercise ever. Did you know swimmers have the strongest stomach muscles of all sports. Exercise is a game changer. Now you will see a difference in your weight loss (plateau less) hopefully and body shape. Clothes will fit differently. Girl, you are my INSPIRATION. Sending you much love and energy. Linda Campbell

    • Kathleen

      Wow Linda, I did not know that! I need stronger core muscles, thats for sure! Thanks for always cheering me on! I love you, my friend!

    • Kathleen

      Thanks Rose! There comes a time when being brave is the only choice we have. I was miserable enough to take the steps to change. Thanks for reading and the kind message! blessings!

  3. Jean Collier

    Good for you Kathy! We are often afraid to “take the plunge”. You are an encourager. You have many cheering you on. Keep the goal in mind. God bless you,

  4. Alison C.

    Yay!!! I am so proud of you!! And so glad that you went through with it! Any kind of movement in the water is such good exercise, and gentle on your body. It’s a wonderful way to take care of your body – the vessel that God has blessed you with for this short time on Earth. This is so wonderful – many hugs to you!

    • Kathleen

      Thanks Alison! It feels good to move muscles I have not used in years. I’m finally realizing what a gift good health is. Blessings to you, my friend!

  5. nixpix

    Way to go Kathy and what a blessing to have a friend like Diana : )
    I really enjoy your blog and hearing about your journey. You are a great role model for all of us.

  6. Jeanette

    Way to go. I’m proud of you and know this is just another step to a better future for you. You have a beautiful smile. God bless.

    • Kathleen

      Thanks Jeanette! It’s really fun, and once I get in the water, all my worries float away. I’m so glad I pushed past my fears!

  7. Greta

    Good for you! I’ve been trying to overcome the self-consciousness to get to the pool for the last year but haven’t made it yet. Seems like you’re truly on the right track.

    • Kathleen

      It really get’s better once you go a few times. I go during the day, it’s mostly older or middle age folks. No one there looks like a model. I have been making friends and we encourage each other. I can actually see a time when I will look forward to it. You can do it Greta!

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