Week 8 of trying a sugar free lifestyle is officially up! And I celebrated by devouring a huckleberry cream cupcake at Cody and Elaina’s wedding and found my taste buds overwhelmed with the sugary goodness filled inside of it.
I also finally tried the (in my humble opinion) over glorified cronut. The hottest pastry on the market here in NYC with its deep fried layers similar to a croissant, filled with crème and disguised as a donut.
After going through those 8 weeks of limiting my sugar intake and not including artificial sweeteners in my day to day diet, I’ve found I really don’t crave sweets. Which says a lot coming from a gal who used to think every meal had to have something sweet to top it all off. Things that do have sugar in them taste a little too sweet now and I crave the natural sweetness in blueberries, bananas, and my favorite, watermelon! I think I gorged on 3 whole watermelons during my trip back home this past week.
I also tried something while I was home that I have been biting at the bit to experience. I’m lucky to have been raised in a family where spontaneity is contagious and stepping outside one’s comfort zone is highly encouraged. This has helped me to always be on the look out to try new things and constantly keep moving forward, avoiding becoming stale in life.
That’s right, momma and I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time! Or as I later found the hip way to put it, SUP. Both my mom and I have a slight fear of deep water because of experiences we’ve each had dealing with being caught in fast moving water making water activities a little intimidating to try. In our family though, we try to avoid allowing our fears prevent us from making the most in life. We pushed our fears aside, said “Hey, ‘sup?” to our SUP’s, and headed out into the water. After moving around and figuring out our balance a bit, we both were up and standing like this wasn’t our first rodeo and found ourselves madly in love with the rejuvenating rush of calmness that took over our bodies as we stroked from one side of the board to the next. I found that if I looked out onto the skyline of the Boise foothills and mountains, it almost felt as if I was gliding above the water. I also found myself dripping with sweat and my arms, torso, and legs feeling a little sore with each stroke that I took. Was I getting a workout in all while feeling relaxed at the same time? Whoa, watch out hot yoga, you may have a little competition for my new favorite workout!
Source: Go Tahoe North
Why try saying “ ‘Sup ” to Stand Up Paddle Boarding
1. It is a phenomenal workout, without really recognizing that you’re working out because it’s both enjoyable and a relaxing activity. SUP combines aerobic activity simultaneously with strength training all while enjoying a beautiful scenery to distract you from the fact that you’re actually burning calories.
2. And it has a fast learning curve, making it something relatively easy to pick up on. I was afraid I would constantly be falling in when in reality, mom and I didn’t fall in once! Though it was hot enough we wouldn’t have minded falling in the cool water. Start off on your knees and work your way up to get comfortable and figure out your balance.
3. Focuses on core muscles, an area that many people try to engage in their workouts. Because you’re on an unstable surface, your lower body and upper body have to work together to maintain balance. As you use one side of your body to paddle, the opposing side has to maintain equilibrium and you’ll experience a rotation in your core as well.
4. You also may feel the burn in other areas, including your
5. The Low Impact from this activity makes you less prone to injury and is a less painful option for people with achy joints to still remain active.
6. Many health benefits come with this activity including
-Improvement on your balance
-Potential weight loss which reduces the risk of heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and other health costs related to being overweight
7. You don’t need a lot of gear to enjoy SUP. Once you have the board and paddle, you just need a body of water!
(*Tip for first time buyers. Look for a board that is a little wider and work your way to a more narrow board with the more experience you get. Also look for a paddle that is roughly half a foot taller than you are.)
I’m no pro on SUP, but the best advice I can give is to simply go out there with your head held high and enjoy it! Even if you fall in a few times, keep getting back up and going at it. Your body will thank you and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and hopefully on a SUP high!
Have your fears ever almost prevented you from trying something? How did you overcome it?