Excellent. I just got a call today from the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre letting me know that their Adult Swim Classes are starting back up again. I was a little hesitant to spend the money ($200 for ten lessons plus unlimited use of the pool over those ten weeks) when we’re so broke, but I rationalized it to myself and the Snook thus: I am giving up Diet Coke. I know I tried that once before, but I’m serious this time. I spend at least $10 a week on Diet Coke, so I figure it’s a good sacrifice for the class. I start a week from Thursday! (But the Diet Coke prohibition starts NOW.)


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  1. I am half way through my 10 swimming lessons at USyd and enjoying myself. Just before my lesson tonight it was interesting to watch my swim coach give a nervous 3 year old her first swimming lesson. She was right next to the fast lane which was filled with swimmers gliding up and down the pool at amazing speeds. After my lesson all I could manage was a 100m in the slow lane. Hope you have fun…

  2. WOW. I replaced Diet Coke with sparkling water earlier this year. Still costs money, but definitely healthier. Ideally, I’d like to give up all bottled beverages because I’m trying to reduce my use of plastics, but I’m not quite there yet.

    good luck!

  3. AWESOME! I’ll spare you my soda-of-all-stripes rant and instead send all kinds of will powery goodness your way. Good luck and enjoy your classes!

  4. I know, B. I was actually already getting to the state of not liking the idea of drinking it. I mean, it’s a bottle of brown chemicals. Intellectually, it’s not appealing to me. I’ve gotten into the habit of using it as a reward and a pick-me-up though, so there’s still quite a bit of physical conditioning to break. At this point, I’m telling myself that the ban is only for the duration of the ten weeks. I’m hoping to therefore trick myself into giving it up forever… 🙂

  5. We weaned a colleague off it at work by adding fruit (Lemon and lime) to her water…and alternating with homemade ice tea…in a nice flavour.

    Good Luck

  6. i love the ITAC 🙂 before we moved out of the city, i swam there every second night for about 3 weeks. have fun!

  7. mmm I love ITAC too. As does my wee bub. It’s the minimum use of pool Chemicals which wins my vote, that and the fact that it’s new and hence still grime free. How do swimming pools get that icky griminess. Is your adult swimming class a stroke correction or basic swimming lessons?
    Good luck with the diet coke free life. I have a daily coffee requirement that I just can’t shake.

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