Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cold War

I did something I haven’t done in about a decade today. I did the polar bear swim! Oh my, is that water ever cold!!! It was so great to go running down to the water and into the freezing waves, a huge grin plastered across my face as I debated my own sanity. And then I gulped in a deep breath a moment before plunging my head under the surface of the cold, cold water only to shoot back up a second later and to turn tail and retreat to the much warmer embrace of the shoreline. Yeah… it was that good!

It was significant too. The reason I haven’t done the dunk for at least the last few years is because I was scared. I know that I can be a hypochondriac at times and I am fully aware of the fact that this fear was based on nothing but my own insecurities, but I was genuinely worried that my body – specifically, my heart – wouldn’t be able to handle the stress and shock that goes along with throwing oneself into such chilly water.

It may be unfounded and silly, but it’s true. I was convinced that I had a real chance of suffering some sort of damage, such was the state of decline I had allowed my body to enter. But today I knew that I would be fine. Today I was confident that everything I have done over these past few months has left me fit and strong. Today I faced more than just the cold water!

- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 4 cups Caesar salad with bacon pieces, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and light dressing
- 1 mug gingerbread steamed soy milk
- 1 cup broccoli with dill dip
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 cup vegetable and chicken stir fry
- 1 slice homemade zucchini bread with butter
- 1 small mug caramel spiced apple cider

- 50 sets of walking up and down stairs (not all at one time)
- 25 minute workout video
- 5 sets of 25 side lying leg raises for each leg


  1. Good for you for changing your thinking. It is as simple as that!! x

  2. Wow - I wonder if that shock to the body burns calories? I've NEVER been tempted by the Polar Bear occurs in our area too. Too cold for me!

  3. WOW!! That's amazing. I would be such a chicken!

  4. Okay, I'm saying this with a smile on my face, but you're crazy.!!

    Crazy brave!!! I couldn't bring myself to do that. LOL!!!

  5. Way to go - I could barely watch it on the news last night - almost 2000 people joined you!!! Good for you for conquering your fears!!

  6. What a great way to start hte year!! :)

  7. HOLY CRAP! Way braver than I am!!!! I saw a bunch of these polar things on the news! You should really be proud as you said: Today I faced more than just the cold water!

    I am in awe!

  8. Craaaazzzyyyyy!!! But it certainly sounds like fun.

  9. You are a brave soul! Hoorah! What an extraordinary way to start a new year.

  10. omg....
    holy crap.
    Glad you made it back.
    exercise should be nothing after that.