Swimming… or at least not drowning

Poor diet and lack of sleep does a body bad.  I don’t know why my legs felt so tired and heavy yesterday, but perhaps the weekend’s treats had something to do with it.  Thankfully they didn’t feel super tired until after I hit the pool.

Speaking of nutrition…

I made two healthy sides for the weekend’s various outings.  First, I made these jalapeno corn muffins with a blend of whole wheat flour and cornmeal.  They weren’t spicy enough, but they still had a great flavor and texture.  Needless to say, they didn’t last long.

muffins

I also made this broccoli salad. I actually changed up the recipe a little bit, and it didn’t turn out so well.  As you can imagine, raw broccoli doesn’t go over as well at a party.  I had these leftovers for snack yesterday with my protein shake.

broccoliNow… speaking of swimming…

I’m not so awesome at swimming, but I managed to complete 10 minutes of light swimming, 5 minutes of walking in the pool (great for stabilizer muscles), 10 minutes swimming, 5 minutes walking, and then 5 more minutes of swimming.  That’s huge for me, y’all!

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But I still have this lingering pool issue.  I finally bought a swim cap, but I can’t figure the darn thing out.  I think my hair makes too large a bun; I can’t get the cap to cover my ears.  Poor cap coverage = chlorine hair = dry strands/ruined highlights = angry stylist = broke Tiff.  As you can see, this is a problem.

  • Any swim cap tips would be appreciated!
  • Cook up anything good this weekend?
   

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19 Responses to Swimming… or at least not drowning

  1. Those muffins look delicious! I’ve been a bit unmotivated in the kitchen lately… I need to get cooking/baking again!

    Also congrats on your swim! :) I’ve never worn a swim cap, so I’m not sure, but what if you try braiding your hair, then tucking your braid into the cap?

  2. Awesome job with the swim! I enjoy swimming but rarely do it for some reason. And it’s always a challenge for me as well. I’m not sure about the swim cap thing. I’ve never worn one!

  3. Way to go on the swim! You’re a better woman than I.

    I’ve been making lots of good stuff this week… to make up for all of the restaurant gluttony this past weekend. :)

  4. I wish I could help you with the swim cap, but I’ve got nothing!\

    I am feeling sluggish this week too!

  5. I really need to make cornbread again. I have so much cornmeal and really need to use it!

  6. Lindsey says:

    Love cornbread muffins! They don’t last long here either.
    I put up hair in a mid height pony tail then use my thumbs and fingers to spread the cap wide and over my head. It always takes some adjusting after to tuck hair in and pull the cap over my ears.

  7. Nichole says:

    Jalapeno corn muffins are so good! I have Paula Deen’s recipe so I should probably look around for a new one:)

    I did Google swim cap tutorials for you but I’m laughing too hard to share any with you, please have a look. I know that you always try to make your goggle straps go around your hair knot- one above, one below if that makes sense:)

    • Tiff says:

      I’ll have to look them up, and thanks for the goggle tip. I suppose I should have guessed that but didn’t think of it.

  8. Swimming is something I definitely want to start doing for a great workout that is easy on the joints. I’m not sure about the swim cap though, sorry!

  9. I’ve been meaning to start swimming too. I just need to get a good sports/gym appropriate swimsuit. I kinda suck at it but at least I’ll try haha

  10. Jalapenos in corn bread is so tasty. Especially with some cheddar cheese in them. : )

    I made my favorite potato salad for my best friends birthday @ the river.

    I wish I had a place to swim! Well, I do but it’s never heated!

  11. Kacy says:

    I’ve never really been a swimmer, especially not athletically, but there’s a mini lap pool on the roof of my apartment and I’m considering giving it a go. I have no idea what I’d do though besides splash around and look ridiculous.
    I didn’t cook a think until Monday and then just threw potatoes and brussels sprouts in the oven and had Tom throw pork chops on the grill. I ate out wayyy too much.

  12. Okay so I was just recently in your position. I had knee surgery and wanted to work out without the impact so I jumped in pool head first. No knowledge of what to do or how to do it (I still don’t have much of that but I will share what I learned!)

    So the cap – I’ve never been able to get mine to cover my ears. I just have it cover up to my hairline. Yes, my hair gets a bit wet but generally, it’s pretty dry when I get out. (My hair is past shoulder length too) However, if you’re worried about the chlorine damaging your hair, get your hair wet first in the shower. This saturates the cuticle so the chlorine can’t get in.

    I have the big hair bun problem too and 2 things that I’ve found to work: instead of leaving my hair as a loop (not all the way pulled through ponytail, if that makes sens), I wrap it around similar to what ballarinas do. Also, I french braid my hair and tuck the tail back up in the swim cap. Less bumpage for sure.

    I also use Macadamia Nut Oli (sold at Target, like $20 but WORTH IT! Lasts a really long time) after swimming – Shower & wash hair then add the oil when hair is still damp. Helps keep it from drying out!

    Hope that helps!!

  13. That is awesome that you swam because I honestly am not a huge swim fan! I like it leisurely, but for exercise I don’t. I think maybe I just don’t really know how to get a kick butt workout although I know you can!

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