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The difference that 30 lbs, and a little bit of muscles can make!

Italiano: Un atleta che pratica wakeboard, fot...

Italiano: Un atleta che pratica wakeboard, fotografia amatoriale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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.


Wakeboarding (733262124)

Wakeboarding (733262124) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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!










Yeppers, I’m a newbie excersizer

Chief Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Jose Casti...

Chief Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Jose Castillo, a fitness instructor, leads a step aerobics class on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)


I’ve taken excersizing classes before, but it was six years ago and never with any fancy equipment or really anything beyond a few light weights. The time period (and three pregnancies) leave me at super beginner level. I try to remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere, and at least I am starting now while I am still young and not fifteen years from now when my body will start to really rebel.


My newbie moment this past week happened in an aerobics class. We were suppose to be using steps, and instead of grabbing a couple of risers to go under the steps (like your suppose to do), I grabbed two of the steps. Yes, that’s my level of newness. I’m sure I would have noticed my mistake before getting started, but I am thankful the instructor stepped in to help me out before I injured myself. Hahaha! We all start somewhere, and now I know…don’t be the first one to grab equipment if I don’t fully understand what I’m doing 😛




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