Kim Nguyen

musings of a single parent-developer/designer hybrid

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Chasing after a Sunset

Today was a beautiful day. Mid 60s with a soft breeze and big puffy white clouds. After dinner, I looked outside and wonder if there would be a sunset.  The past few days, the skies were covered with grey clouds.  I saw some pink and yellow in the horizon through the trees in my neighborhood.  I knew there was a sunset.  So I grabbed my camera and started to dash down my street in hopes that I can catch the remains of the pink and yellow sky.  Here is what I was able to capture:

Chasing after a Sunset

Chasing after a Sunset

Chasing after a Sunset

Healthy-ish books

Lately, I’ve been reading “healthy” books.  Categories include fitness, diet, and nutrition.  So far this year, I have read:


  • The Big Book of Juices by Natalie Savona – excellent recipes for those who are starting to juice.

  • Born to Run by Christopher MacDougall – inspiring book on running (barefoot) and a tribe in Mexico who is pretty much badass.  I’ve already ordered a pair of casual Merrell barefoot shoes.
  • Wheat Belly by William Davis – fascinating book on wheat and why it sucks now.  I’ve actually have started to cut out wheat to see if some of my energy levels and my stomache problems go away.
At the beginning this year, I made a commitment to myself to be healthy.  This means being more active and eating healthier.  I’m not focused on the number that is displayed on the scale.  For me, it’s a lifestyle change. And so far, I’m enjoying it. 😀

Last swim lesson of the session

Monday, June 11 was my last swim lesson of the session.  Christina was an excellent teacher and I wish I can have her again, but she’s moving to NYC.  Prior to the last lesson, we began to dive into the deep end.  First, was a kneeling dive.  Eyes close. And go! Totally committed.  My husband was there for that lesson.  Next, was a squat dive.  Repeat from before. Eyes close and go! Crap! Goggles slipped, paused for a moment and closed my eyes and than swam up.

This week I tried to dive with my eyes open.  Not as smooth, a little more flop.  Treading water is hard.  But I can do it!

I still need to work on being more comfortable in the deep end.  I seriously just need to grab a floatie, and just chill on that end …and stick my face in the water.  Adrenaline still kicks in when I start to swim to that end, and I have to focus on keeping my breathing even and forcing myself not to panic.  Hopefully, by end of this summer/next year – I will be more comfortable with it.

 

Just keep on swimming

My instructor, Christine asked what I wanted to work on today. I told her I wanted to not only work on the breast stroke, but also the deep end as well.  She was excited and was happy that I said that.

She had me practice my strokes for the first part of class.  I totally suck at the front stroke.  Towards the end of class, she asked if I was ready.  She wanted me to swim the breast stroke from one end to the other and that she would be right by myside.

And so I began. Kick and breath.  As I started to swim closer to the line that marked the deep end, I kept mentally telling myself that I can do this.  A few strokes passed the deep end, the fear slowly started to settle in.  My heart started to pump a little quicker, and the adrenaline was kicking in.  I kept telling myself to breath bubbles and kick, doing my best to push the fear aside.  When I finally got to the wall, I grabbed the wall and took a deep breath.

“You did it!” says my instructor and reaches over for a high five.

I told her that I started to get nervous after I passed the line and that I kept telling myself to stay calm.  She told me that I was doing good and that my breathing was good and that I did a good job.  I asked her if I was supposed to tread now.

She said “Well class is almost over, how about you do the back stroke back?”

And so I swam.

First day of swimming class

Look at your toes, blow bubbles, kick with your hip, turn and breathe.
Damn I suck at this. I forgot everything. But it’s okay. I’m learning and will get better. I WILL CONQUER my fear of the deep end.

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