A quote from Jen Lancaster’s book, Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer, “As I paddle along, I slowly become aware that it’s been fear keeping me out of this pool for so many years. I never came here before because I was afraid I’d make a fool of myself by not having the endurance to complete a lap. The swimming wasn’t what scared me; failure was. My fear locked me in a state of arrested development for so many years. Fear kept me from tackling my weight, which I understand has simply been symptomatic of my greater fear, growing up. I glide down the lane on my back and reflect on how good I feel right now. It’s not because I’ve lost more than thirty pounds. I feel incredible because I’ve stopped being afraid.”― Jen Lancaster,
Okay, fess-up. Is there a particular TV personality, author or public figure that you believe, if they could meet you, would immediately feel an AMAZING connection to you, as you already feel towards them? Some people might consider my feeling towards the author, Jen Lancaster, a form or stalking, maybe a fixation; I prefer to think of it as a telepathic friendship, albeit one-sided.
Jen is real and she is funny and it shows up in her writing. I love what she says about her weight loss journey and about getting back to the pool after being away from swimming for a long time. Do you notice how she doesn’t mention setting any predetermined and/or measurable goals? No heart rate taken, no laps counted. “I glide down the lane on my back and reflects on how good it feels right now.”
I can’t help think if we got rid of all the extraneous rules we imposed on movement, on exercise, we might just do more of it.