Well two days ago I made a really difficult decision to end my rather expensive membership to the gym near my work which has the pool. Despite classes being over I realized that I have been dragging my feet at going to swim; at going to do something I really have been enjoying! That was my cue that it was time to bow out graciously and recoup the funds dedicated to that.
On the happy end though; I’ve found another belly dance (more tribal/fusion focus) class which is far closer to my house and really nicely priced. I’ve been once and really enjoy the vibe of the teacher (who is a large and vibrant woman with incredibly sultry moves!) and the energy of the other women in the class.
So, I’m putting my focus on dancing right now in this post-MLIS classes bit of life. Who knows. Swimming might come up again (I have awesome prescription goggles!! Must find use for them!!!) if/when I can find a pool closer to home with a far cheaper cost per month than I was paying. I’m looking into the local “Y”s (none of which are really convenient to home or work though) and other options. We’ll see. If not, maybe I’ll send a few feelers out to local horse farms who offer lessons to find out weight limits and get back into riding!
Not that I need another hobby with expensive costuming…
Anyway, that’s the latest update from April D on the exercise front. The main point of which is to highlight that, despite all my work at being self-accepting, I STILL hesitated to post this acknowledgement of dropping swimming (for ANY reason); because it felt like I was slipping into becoming a “Bad Fatty Stereo-trope StrawWoman” or something.
Took a couple of days to shake myself and realize that 1) I haven’t posted anything in a while and this might just be a good topic (ie: Lingering Guilt over actions perceived as performed by “Bad” Fat people) and 2) I’m better than that sort of guilt. No one has to defend their personal health/fitness regimes or reasons for changing it up (whether that means ramping up or scaling back). 3) I’m actually really excited to have another dance class and wanted to share the excitement!! 4) I wanted an excuse to show more pictures of a happy fat woman! To that last end; I’m ending with a photo of my fairly recent 32 yard skirt purchase and new tribal outfit 🙂