Growing up surrounded by the ocean on a small island doesn’t mean that you can swim. In fact, most islanders go to the beach to dip,not swim. It’s just recently that people have been enrolling their children into swimming classes. I was one of those kids who never learned how to swim. It might have been because I left Barbados when I was seven and migrated to the United States,particularly New York. This wonderful city is not known for it’s pristine beaches. The pool was also a let down in comparison to what I’m used to. Do I sound like a beach highbrow ? Far from. I just can’t help it,I was raised in the Caribbean,where you can literally see the bottom of the ocean and the water glistens in the sun.
I wanted to loose weight and get my health on track so I enrolled in a local health club. I knew that the typical gym wasn’t going to work for me. I can never keep up with boring workouts like running on the treadmill overtime. I was thinking,who could invent such a boring piece of equipment?It’s to repetitious for me. I enjoy doing fun things like swimming. Activities that don’t feel like a workout but really are. I think I found my calling Ya’ll.My swimming instructor’s name is Charles and he’s really good. With one lesson and two times in the pool by myself,I’m a swimmer ! I’m so excited. However this accomplishment didn’t come without some major to moderate over-comings. I’m plus size and that is the reason I went raw vegan and then vegan.
Before I went to the pool, ya girl was nervous. Although my upper body is small and I have a flat stomach,my lower half is huge. I knew that this pool was open to many people including kids so I had to cover up. I decided that my swim suit was going to be biker shorts and a tight shirt. Or biker shorts a swimsuit and a button down cover-up. It worked for me however when I got in the pool a kid innocently gazed at me and said,is that a bathing suit ? I laughed and said,not really. About thirty minutes in,another kid bobbing up and down in the water,looked at me and causally and asked, how big are you ? I said,pretty big. I think he meant how old was I ? I could be wrong though. This all still makes me laugh. I love kids so much.
Swimming mirrors real life in so many ways. It teaches you to keep floating,keep breathing and keep going,no matter what life throws at you.
When I get back from the pool,I am really hungry and need to eat something right away. So I developed this fast and easy recipe. It’s really simple but satisfying and low calorie. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- ½ cup black eyed peas
- 3 beet tops washed and thinly sliced
- ½ avocado sliced
- ½ lemon juiced
- Small piece of an onion sliced
- Small piece of a purple cabbage sliced
- Salt to taste
- 2 tostadas
- Place all the ingredients into a medium bowl and toss.
- Distribute the topping evenly onto each tostadas and serve.