Back in November, I bought my first new swimsuit in three years. The difference between my old suit and my new one was striking (see the photo for yourself here – it’s very cool), because the old one was size 3XL, and the new one was size XL – I had lost about 145 pounds at that point.
I bought the new suit because I was going to Colorado for Thanksgiving, where my sister Sarah and her family lives, and I wanted to go swimming with them – there’s a kick-ass pool they go to all the time at their community center that has a three-story slide and lazy river (photos here). So I bought a casual truck-style swimsuit, and it served me well.
Being in that pool at Thanksgiving reminded me how much I like swimming, and what great exercise it is. So in December, while in Michigan for the holidays, I drew upon the 10 years of competitive swimming from my childhood, and started swimming laps at a local pool.
I’ve now gotten into a rhythm of swimming here in LA about once a week, and I love it. But I’m still wearing those non-aerodynamic trunks. It’s time for a new suit for my workouts!
Growing up, I used to practice and race in the standard, skimpy, 3-inch men’s Speedos that left nothing to the imagination. I’m so glad that styles have changed, and now Speedos can be found that look like bike shorts, that go from waist to just above the knee. A big improvement! I found a simple black suit that I liked, and because of a birthday gift card from Sarah and her family, the suit didn’t cost a cent. Thanks, Sarah, Justin, Sam, and Allison!
Here’s the new Speedo, next to my old trunks:
What’s that? You want to see a picture of me wearing the swimsuit? Um… No. That’s not gonna happen. I’m not ready to share that much of me on the World Wide Interweb! If you want to see me in aquatic apparel, the closest you’re gonna get is me in a wetsuit, which you can see here.
OH! I nearly forgot! Whereas trunks are sold in standard sizes like M, L, and XL, Speedos are sold by inches, like pants. That Speedo is a size 36″. It’s the first 36″ anything I’ve bought – all my pants right now are 38″. I’m not ready for 36″ pants yet (I want a Speedo to be super snug, and that’s not how I like my pants), but that’s still totally something I’m proud of!
I blogged yesterday about how I’m going to share everything I eat this week, as part of my return to Food Logging, so here’s my…
Food Log for Monday, March 14, 2011:
–Breakfast: 1 packet instant oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 apple
–Lunch: Leftover Black Bean and Corn Salad, sliced roma tomato, big bowl of raw broccoli
–Snack: 1 apple
–Dinner: Egg Scramble (2 handfuls spinach, wilted, 3 egg whites, red pepper, mushrooms, scallions, herbs); 2 pieces dry wheat toast; big bunch of grapes
–Beverages: 2 1/2 water bottles (64 ounces each), 2 glasses hot tea, 2 liters sparkling water
Keep it up, David!