Bucket list: Surfing Lessons

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to surf.  My mom and I watched the movie Gidget and I was hooked.  She could surf, she could hang with the incredibly handsome boys, and she just made everything look so easy (minus her approach to snagging her crush).  So at 28, I still hadn’t tried surfing, and that was about to change.

The last leg of our honeymoon had us staying in Noosa Heads.  We follow the Starwood Hotels, what can I say?  Noosa, known for being the Hamptons of Australia, is also known for some of the best surfing spots in the country, so we had to sign up.  As part of our surfing lessons, we spent some time on shore learning the proper stance, how to jump on the board, and just get our muscle memory going.  Our group consisted of a few girls from New Zealand, and a young boy who took lessons a few times a week.  After some time on land, it was time to test our skills in the ocean.

The waves were about 4-6 feet high, and were so hard to navigate.  Half the battle with learning to surf is just actually getting out far enough.  Once we made it out, the instructor helped us get on board, push off and would scream “STAND!” when the time was right.  Stand I did not.  My husband on the other hand, stood up on his first try and gave everyone the peace sign as he rode on by.  I’m competitive, and I was pissed.

So after riding the surf in on my belly, I gathered the board and battled the current again in order to catch a wave, shoot the curl, hang 10, etc.  Again, I didn’t stand.  And again, I headed back into the sea, battling the waves, and the exhaustion that comes with it.  With each time I got closer and closer to standing and staying up, but each time I failed.  After what seemed like hours, the lesson was done, and I had not stood on my board.  I was disappointed, but more completely sore and exhausted.  And so was my husband.

The result: cocktails in the hot tub at the hotel.

At the next opportunity, I fully intend on trying surfing again, and at least this time I will know it’s not nearly as easy as Sandra Dee and the green screen made it seem.  At least I already have my Moon Doggie. 😉

I mean look at these men! Who wouldn’t want to learn to surf if this was at the end of every lesson??

How to stay fit on vacation aka live life to fullest

There are people who are natural runners and regardless of where they are in the world, they will wake up, strap on their sneakers and run.  I am not that person.  I love dessert, and I love to eat carbs.  I’m going to Italy in a few months and my mouth has been watering at the very thought of gelato and pizza. Real, full blown Neapolitan style pizza. Also, full disclosure, I am not a thin person.  I’m currently 15 pounds overweight (working on it), so staying fit on vacation is not something that comes naturally for me.  Staying fit in general is a chore, so when I sat down to write this post I wanted to be as transparent as possible.  This post is not going to include instructions or maps of great running routes all over Europe, or a great playlist you can listen to, it’s going to be simple and honest. On every single vacation I’ve gone on with the exception of one (and I only gained .2 pounds (that’s 2 tenths of a pound)), I have managed to lose weight. My secret?  Enjoying every single last moment of my trip with zero regrets. hike antelopeIt sounds simple enough, because it is.  Think about when we take vacations.  If you live in the Northeast like I do, vacations are often taken in the winter.  We escape the cold to either go enjoy the sun, or we escape to go skiing.  In both instances, we’re outdoors and active.  Being active is key – even if it means just a walk along the beach.  Whenever I’m on vacation I rarely stop moving.  My husband, a human fish, has me in the water constantly snorkeling and exploring its depths.  Or if we’re exploring the wild west – while we may be in a car for part of the road trip, the rest of the time we’re out hiking.  When you’re constantly moving instead of sitting at a desk or bundled up in sweats due to the weather, it’s easy to see how just a one week change in lifestyle makes a difference and revs your body up. We also take vacations in the summer time, and the same rules apply.  When you’re on vacation you’re not chained to a desk, you’re enjoying life and the outdoors.  If that’s not a recipe for success and/or a treatise to quit your job, I don’t know what is. hike maineTo the people who are able to take advantage of their surroundings and live their fullest life every single day, I truly tip my hat to you.  I always come up with excuses not to go for a walk or a run or whatever the case might be, except on vacation.  If I started to live my vacation life daily, perhaps things would be different. When I think about my upcoming trip to Italy, gelato is 100% on the itinerary multiple times.  However, I’m not worried.  I’m going to indulge and enjoy all the wonderful food that country has to offer because I know I’ll be walking around, hiking, swimming, and sightseeing. And even better, I know in my itinerary I’ve carved out time to just lay on the beach and relax.  When in Rome, right? pizza