New Swimsuit

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?  UmNo.  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!

7 Responses to New Swimsuit

  1. Karen says:

    Fabulous, David! There is nothing like the feeling of knowing you really measure less after all that effort! Well done!

  2. Marcy Fabian says:

    Fabulous is right…12 more pounds for me and hoping I can wear a nice bathing suit and not feel self conscious this summer.U go David!!!

  3. Cheri says:

    Congrats to you on your new bathing suit!!!!

  4. thelindz1 says:

    That’s fantastic, David! I can’t wait to see what weight/size I’m in by the start of summer – it’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time as I’m sure you know – and your confidence is so inspiring in helping me get to my weight loss goals! 🙂

  5. Libby says:

    Hi David,
    I just wanted to say thank you for blogging and sharing your stories. You have been a great motivation to me. I have had to struggle with my weight since my childhood and hearing your stories makes me motivated to do something positive for myself. Actually, since I subscribed to your website in January I started incorporating more fruits and veggies to my diet and keeping a food log. I was feeling great and healthier. However work got the best of me and for the past couple weeks I started reverting to my old habits of eating when I felt stressed out. The idea of the snickers bar will help me get through this crazy project started coming back. However, I turned 30 today and I read your blog and just like that I feel motivated to be healthier again. i just wanted to say thank you and that you truly are helping tons of people just by sharing your stories. I don’t have a website or anything like that but thank you again. It helps to be able to know that there are people out there who share my struggles and who are succeeding. Thank you a billion times!

    • David says:

      So glad to hear you’re eating more produce and logging your food! Thanks for the great comment, and so glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog! KEEP IT UP, Libby!

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