Being from the South and over 6’ tall my choices were limited to Basketball or Football, I went with football but turns out I really wasn’t that great at either. Weighing in at 250 lbs. it was the better choice at the time. We would ramp up the caloric intake to gain size and hit the gym to make the new addition do what we wanted it to.......then I graduated and stopped playing......but never really backed off the intake part. The result is my current 300+ lbs. self but it is decreasing weekly due to time at the YMCA and new portion sizes that match my fourth grade daughter’s plate. It was on one of those trips to the "Y" that I discovered the drop 10 lbs. in 2 hour process.
I’ve been going there to swim since I got into diving and wanted to get in better shape. My first goal was the 800 yard swim in under 20 minutes that I read somewhere was a good indication of fitness for diving. It took a while but no problem now. The "Y" can be a bit of a strange place to go, I get there about 8ish in the morning and the median age drops about 30 years when I walk in. I usually swim in a shorty, with my mask and snorkel to get more of the diving feel, but today I brought the whole enchilada.
3mil full suit, check, mask, check, bcd, check, regulator & computer, check, new AL100 cylinder, check, weights, check and with fins in place and all the jiggly onlookers incased in a rebellious layer of spandex watching I boat stepped into the deep end of my lane. Once I broke the surface again and after a brief pause to explain to the life guard what I was doing, I began the process of swimming laps underwater. Now admittedly, given that I was in the pool and the youngest by far in the building, things to look at were limited to the occasional lost hair pin, various bandaids and my fellow swimmers, who, from my new perspective were going to require a serious mental erasure to forget but back and forth I went. Pausing every three or four laps to remove or replace some weight, test for buoyancy, adjust were the weight was placed, I continued. After Ethel’s Water Aerobics class in the warm water pool ended I noticed several new observers through my watery perspective but opted not to surface for closer look but simply continued the process I had started. The end result was I discovered that a little more that half the weight I felt I needed at my previous months check-off dives would do just fine. So, after a process that consumed a total of about two hours, I managed to drop about 10 lbs. and can honestly say it was the most fun I’ve had loosing weight that I can remember.