And it's the last of my "Reader Asks a question" series - Remember, if you've got a question, you can email it to me, or leave it in the comments - and the beautimous Megan asks:
I've got two activities, figure skating and swimming. I started swimming essentially because at the time I wanted to lose weight and improve fitness, and I couldn't afford to skate enough. Almost three years later, I've gotten a lot better at swimming, but I've started to hate it. Around 3:00 on my swim days, I start dreading it, knowing I have to get in the pool in a couple of hours. Lately, I've just given up and not even gone to the gym about half the time when I intended to.
I'm really not enjoying it, but I've got a few things keeping me from quitting. Part of it is that I'm only 3 months into a year-long gym membership, which I'll pay for no matter what. I'm reluctant to lose the progress I've made -- going from barely being able to swim the 25 yards across the pool, to swimming 1650 yards without stopping. (Although the doubter in me says this isn't really that impressive.) I'm PARANOID of gaining weight, even though my BMI is on the low end of normal and I skate several hours a week.
None of the other activities that other women are so into -- zumba, martial arts, pilates, yoga -- appeal to me. I don't have the money for classes, anyway, and I'm scared of starting something new and being horrible at it.
So, should I keep dreading my time in the pool, or throw in the towel, no pun intended? I'm really only swimming an average of 1-2 times a week at this point, so cutting back isn't really an option.
I think I'd say stop the swimming, but I'm wondering if you all have some greater words of wisdom.