Monday, January 05, 2009

Breaking the pool barrier: The power of bribery

I have been trying to get myself back into the pool for a while now. I finally talked myself into going for a swim today by promising myself a tall (it's still annoying that this is what they call the smallest size) Peppermint Mocha Twist from Starbucks (I got mine with soy milk, light on the whip). By the way, when did they add "twist" to the name? I thought when I ordered one last year, it was just a Peppermint Mocha.

Estimated burn: 370 calories
Input from Bux: 330 calories

This may not seem like the best strategy in the world, but I have been craving this for a while, and I really needed to get into the pool for the first time. It would be a bad strategy to buy myself a fancied-up coffee every time I went to swim, but I think it was a good way to get myself there. I got myself a schedule (defeating excuse #1), figured out that no one else bothers with a lock either (excuse #2), and figured out that I still could swim without feeling completely incompetent (excuse #3). I am going to try to make the swim part of my Monday morning routine. I do need a swim cap, though (excuse #4), because even with my best attempts to contain it in a ponytail and swim without one, my hair was getting into my face and making it hard for me to breathe. My shoulders felt pretty good, too, so maybe my rotator cuff injury (excuse #5) has gotten better from all the yoga and Pilates.
The most interesting thing? The mocha tasted good but it wasn't the spectacular treat I remembered. I doubt I'll want another anytime soon.


  1. I completely get your logic. it's spectacular that the bevy did not hold the same joy for you. Just a matter of time before you start craving spinach and broccolli

  2. I know it's weird to say, but I love it when food gets demystified for me. Just makes life easier. I dislike raw onions, and for the longest time when I was a teenager, I would get ONE raw onion bit in the LAST bite of every Taco Bell burrito I ordered. I don't know how this is possible! What if I had started at the other end!? Yet there it was, in the last bite, spoiling the experience for me. Now I look back on that with gratitude.

  3. I agree about the holding food up so high that when you do let yourself have it - its not as good. There is a holiday ice cream that I felt that way about until I had it last week and I have no desire to have it. Yippee for us!

  4. Oh I like your logic here :) Sometimes I think you just have to do whatever it takes to get you moving.

    How did you feel when the mocha wasn't as good as you thought it would be? Sometimes that really makes me cranky when that happens and I have to go sniffing round for something else to obsess about :P

  5. I am heading to my first aquafit class tonight - last time I donned a bathing suit was... a really long time ago. I am using the buddy system and we are taking the plunge together. Sometimes getting there is the hardest part... but I know once I get in and get going, I will be happy I went :)

  6. I like your thinking. And I wish the Starbucks in Hobart hadn't just closed! I went for a swim yesterday for the first time in ages, and I worked out that I haven't been for so long because I hate those first few seconds after landing in the tepid water. So I swam in the shorter, warmer pool. If that's what it takes to make me go...
    Have you seen the website for "If not dieting then what?" I love the philosphy behind it.

  7. DennyDenise, thanks for the tip on the "If not dieting..." site. I just poked around a little, and it looks good.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07