My family owns a boat. My parents *purchased* it back when I was in high school, and we spent our summers out on a perfect little lake. My brothers got real big into wake boarding, but we also had a few pairs of skis, a couple of knee boards, half a dozen tubes, and other water sport equipment. Back in the day, my big thing was the skis.
Because of the nature of my personal life, however, I wasn’t able to get behind the boat for four years. Three of those summers I was actually pregnant, and even though it probably would’ve been ok (at least for my third pregnancy when I was still in the first trimester, my first two I was 7-9 months pregnant, and probably should’nt have even been out on the boat…sshh!), I wasn’t willing to take that risk. Last summer I wasn’t pregnant, but I was 30 lbs overweight and a bit *lazy* from being pregnant for so long. I didn’t trust myself out there, I was real unsure of my ability to control my body.
However, I am going to toot my own horn a bit right now, and say how impressed I was at the ease, and the fun with which I experienced water sports again this summer! Not only did I manage to get up on the knee board first time around, I did a surface 360, and even managed to get a bit of air while jumping the wake. I was excited about the simplicity of all of that, but something even more exciting for me, personally, was a personal first. I have
never even tried to get up on the wakeboard before. tried once before, probably 7-8 years ago to get up on the wakeboard. Just attempted to get up only once. After using the skis for a while the wakeboard just felt too weird, I didn’t like it. However, I decided I’d give it another go just recently, and popped right up my very first attempt!!
THAT is the difference that 30 lbs, a little bit of muscle, and some self-confidence in my body’s own ability has made! If for no other reason, THAT makes all of the sweat and sore muscles totally worth it! I am not a puny little wuss of a woman. Having children has not made me weak and lazy. Being a Mom does not mean that you can’t have fun and enjoy extreme sports!
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- 5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Boat (allstate.com)