The Joys of Swimming–Minus the Stares!!!

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If someone had told me a year ago that I’d be swimming in a public pool, in a bathing suit, I’d have told them they were nuts….BUT…it’s happening. Every Monday and Wednesday from 1:15 onward, it’s only $2.20 to use the Olympic complex next to the Nat Bailey Stadium.

The first time I walked in I was sure people were going to stare at my legs–legs that never saw the light of day for decades. It felt weird. And I felt awkward.

But nobody stared. I was just one of a bunch of body shapes sharing the sauna, the steam room, the gravity pool, the hot tub, and my favorite pool where you don’t have to do laps or anything…you can just play in the water. What a joy it has been! And so relaxing.

Now I can’t remember where I read it but someone talked about how their skin got better after they spent time in a pool. I don’t know if was the chlorine or the fact that swimming and sitting in a sauna is a wonderful way to de-stress. Either/or it does seem to have a positive effect on my skin.

I always take a little container of the magnesium chloride solution and another container of glycerin (I’m a big fan of glycerin after reading about it’s positive effects on the skin). After showering I dry off and put the mag on my underarms and calves (the always-spotted part of my body…at least in the past).

I never forget that gal called Flintchick whose post I read when I was at my lowest point (90% of my body covered with a mix of plaque and guttate psoriasis). I swear if I didn’t have my dog, Lucky, I would have jumped off a bridge. Flitchick got me started on the K2 and D3…I did exactly what she was doing. And it worked!

I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think of her contribution to this protocol. She was the pioneer. She changed my life. For that, I will be forever grateful.

dakota

Author: dakota

I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, on the West coast of Canada. I share my apartment with a little Brussels Griffon called Lucky. I like to read and watch movies and draw cartoons and write. Mostly I like to putter. And fix things. And think.

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