In honor of my birthday month, I’ve constructed a filling and festive smoothie! All of the ingredients are easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store. If you are using an individual serving blender, like a Nutribullet or similar, I blend for 15-30 seconds and then stop. I take the sealed container and shake it up vigorously. It mixes up the ingredients that may be stuck at the top or bottom. Then blend for another 15-30 seconds. If you are having trouble blending or it’s too thick, add more coconut milk!
Vacation should include an adventure. An adventure that lets you escape from normal life. Siren Surf Camp with Farmdog Surf School in Nags Head, NC was the perfect addition to a family vacation and to having an Adventurous August.
I’ve never worn a wet suit. I felt like I was a sea mammal with my extra coating of blubber, I was so warm and it made me fearless of cold water and wipeouts. I could throw my body into the surf and I had this amazing protective layer to make sure I stayed warm and scratch free. It was a hot mess to get on though. Skinny jeans are nothing compared to the dance I did to get my wet suit on!
We met our instructors. The knowledgeable and teacher-esque, Skyla. She is also a ocean lifeguard so if was a very safe feeling knowing if something happened that she was already in the water with us. Hannah was all surfer girl-cool in her trucker hat. Then Hailey who was super bubbly and I loved her energy! Each of them were in the surf with us, pushing us into waves, cheering us on and giving us tips and pointers before and after wipeouts!
Each day of camp began with a picturesque yoga sequence facing the Atlantic. Bailey taught our class and was all warmed up because she taught a sunrise class right before ours. We all had a large piece of canvas that we shared. I expected sand to be flying around vigorously during any transition between a warrior and a downward dog; that was not the case at all. She had us do a number of yoga poses specifically for surfing. Hips and shoulder opening. Lots of child’s pose and a little bit of balance. Her voice was clear and likeable, always a good thing for a yoga teacher. There is no equivalent to being able to sit in the sand with your eyes closed, the morning sun on your face, the sound of waves smashing and hustling into and away from shore, and the clarity your mind is able to regain.
Getting zipped up, ankle strap attached and picking up your board lets your body know “get ready!” The water is shallow enough to wade out with your board but the waves are strong and our boards were easier to control while on them and paddling. Can you say shoulder workout!? I loved the challenge of paddling out into the water and digging in and picking up speed to catch a wave. Your focus shifts you are now in surfing survival mode; float and wait for a wave, scan the horizon for a set, pick your wave, paddle for your wave, catch a part of that wave, wipeout, tumble under the water, grab you leash and board, paddle back through waves out to the flat water and then catch your breath. I wanted to catch as many waves as I possibly could which equaled a massive workout for me. Pretty sure my lungs were still being tossed around in the surf for most of the session! Standing up on your surfboard is like standing up on top of the world. It is exhilarating! All the ladies were cheering each other on, we were so excited when we caught waves and just as excited for the wipeouts. At the end of Siren Surf Camp I felt so accomplished and adventurous! It was the perfect addition to summer. For more information, check out www.farmdogsurfschool.com or follow Farmdog Surf School and PlayHardGetFit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Sundays are my preparation day. I make my lunches/dinners for the week. Sometimes that just means making sure I have all my ingredients for a crock pot meal on Tuesday to go along with the lunches and dinner I make ahead of time. I know I have to make 10 meals and I mix it between hot meals and salads. I try to give a variety of food combos and themes so that I don’t get bored with my food during the week and crave other foods that aren’t beneficial to me.
I lay out my clothes for work for the whole week. I got the idea from a friend of mine who works in an office and has a lot of components to getting dressed in the morning. I’ve found that it works for my work clothes and workout clothes. Having all pieces ready to go in a folded bundle, neatly on a chair means I don’t have to think about clothing in my nightly routine or in getting out the door in the morning.
I check my agenda planner at the beginning of my work week. As much as everything is digital, I keep my written agenda my main go to and then sync my digital to that. Sometimes writing things down helps me remember my week better. I want to make sure I have my workouts written down. I also include any fitness classes that I plan on taking. I shuffle and schedule anything else I have to do around work and my workouts. This makes them the priority. If I were to schedule workouts around the things I want or need to do it would allow for too many variables and for me to make excuses. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to go food shopping and workout. If I go food shopping first I don’t get to my workout but somehow when I get an hour in at the gym, I get through my grocery list as well. I am much more productive when I get my fitness sessions in.
Make your fitness journey a WIN. No matter the goal, weight loss, marathon, batting average, you need to equip yourself with the Tools of a Success.
Schedule. Schedule work outs like you schedule meetings with your boss or doctor’s appointments. They are important commitments to yourself. You don’t miss appointments at the auto body shop or the hair dresser so you don’t miss appointments with your fitness either. You are booking time with your body. Set alarms in your phone, reminders and update your calendar.
Logistics. Take into account everything that may effect your workout. Book time for the work out AND for travel to and from the gym. If your going to the gym or if your running outside, take into account the weather and time of day you are training. Peak hours at the gym might mean you don’t get a piece of equipment you want and you’ll need to be more flexible. Also, pack clothes for whatever you are doing after the gym, work or a date. Just in case you run over time.
Gear. Lay out your workout clothes for the week. Pack your workout bag. Anything you may need keep in there all the time. Deodorant, pre-wrap, tape, padlock, or a snack for example. Having everything in one place all the time will help dwindle your excuses and help keep you focused and motivated.
Stats. Take your measurements. Know your short and long term goals. What is your waist and hip measurements, weight, BMI, body fat percentage, blood pressure, 40 yard dash speed, 1 mile run time, and/OR vertical jump height. Track your stats regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Your stats should coincide with your goals. Don’t drive yourself nuts and weigh yourself everyday.
Do Work. When you get in the gym don’t just walk around aimlessly. Having a plan for your workout will ensure you get in the most sets and reps for your time. Plan your workouts. Write down all of your exercises for each day, and your theme or goal for the week. Capitalizing on the time you have with lead to results.
Make your workouts a priority. Set yourself up to succeed at each one of them. It is understandable that things change and need to be adjusted. When you have a basic schedule shell, the things lower on priority should be what is moved or cut out of your day. Your workout should not be on the top of your cut list. Make time for your life between workouts not time for your workouts in between your life.