- Usually your local beach break will offer up some fun body surfing waves.
- Put your fins on near the shore or in the ocean to avoid looking like a fish out of water!
- After you have your fins on, kick hard with your legs to propel yourself through the water. This swimming will help work your quadriceps, calf muscles, abs, biceps, triceps and deltoids. To get past the waves, always go under them, not over.
- As the wave approaches, swim into position, placing yourself as near to the peak as possible.
- Put your head down and swim hard using freestyle strokes with your arms and kicking powerfully with your legs.
- For starters, once you feel the wave pushing you, you can practice riding straight towards the beach on your belly, arching your back to keep your head up out of the water and kicking your legs in the wave. Once you feel more comfortable, you can ride onto the wave’s open face, extending your leading arm out in front of you and into the shoulder.
- Feel how the wave is pushing you to decide if you need to speed up or slow down. The more drag you create by trailing your hands behind you or plowing your hands through the water in front of you, the slower you will go. The more you can plane onto of the wave by streamlining and planking your body, the faster you will go.
- Picture your body like the rail of a surfboard; set it in the wave’s face.
- As you continue to do this workout out you will see noticeable differences in your overall strength.
- Have fun out there and be safe! Don’t forget to protect your head and neck in shallow waters.
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Hey guys, while we’re on our way home from the lake, I wanted to offer this rad giveaway from Dot and Army. I have been a big fan of Jennifer’s store ever since I first heard of it. We stopped using paper napkins and towels a few years ago and haven’t missed them one bit. We use cloth napkins at meals and sponges and rags for big messes (since you asked :). I love how the Dot and Army napkins aren’t just for fancy occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving (although she makes some for those too). They’re for everyday use and they make meals seem special and fun.
I think sometimes people worry using cloth napkins might be a hassle, but it really isn’t. A lot of times I use them for a few meals at a time if we aren’t being too sloppy and once they get dirty (taco tuesday), I just toss them in the wash with the clothes and they come clean. Obviously a main perk of using them is that they are way better for the earth than paper which is always good in my book.
Today’s giveaway is for an eco friendly kitchen starter set of your choice and color! This is a set of 24 cloth napkins in a mix of prints all in one color (worth about $75).
In so many ways I can’t believe it’s over, but I think it’s about time to wrap these tales up; to get back to the present, to make new adventures. I’ve really enjoyed sharing this these with you, this wonderful little community on the web. It makes me feel like I get to bring you with me in a some way. Here’s my last journal entry. Hopefully you enjoyed our little journey.
Two weeks isn’t much time really, but cuts and scabs healed in this time, the moon waxed and waned and I was changed, even if only ever so slightly.
I thought about this now as I watched the clouds pour over the cliffs surrounding the harbor on our last night. If anything, I know now that I’m more capable of patience in times of frustration and stress than I ever thought I could be as a child laying in my room crying hysterically over some tiff with my parents or fight with my sisters; breaking the shoe phone I earned from selling gift wrap because of my bad temper. I know more of what my family members need and have more clues that show me how I can help them to be their best.
The most important lesson from this trip? Be willing to help, be capable of letting things go.
Sometimes I wanted to sleep in later, eat dinner earlier, not hike to the next beach over.
One morning Scott and I lay half asleep in each other’s arms talking about the details of our dreams. Next thing I know, my dad needs help with the kayak and Scott leaves our sleep soaked state to assist him. Then the engine’s on and diesel fumes are climbing into my lungs like hungry monsters. While I’m in the bathroom shaving the boat flies and dives over the waves on gusts of air like a tern hungry for her next meal. There’s a squall and huge swells and other boat words for rough barf-a-licious seas. I cut my armpit and want to throw up everywhere. I don’t. I go upstairs. I want to complain, so I do. But not in a this is everyone else’s fault, I want to go home kind of way, but in a this is a funny adventure, we will always talk about these trips, kind of way.
I’ve tried to learn that you have to look at it this way. You have to laugh when you can. And not just because my family members aren’t immortal vampires who have all the time in the world to be together like I sometimes wish, but because it helps us grow as individuals. And while we’re doing that, we’re growing together.
So you mostly don’t say “You cleat this!” or “I want my playlist!” or our personal family favorite “Sucks to suck!” or maybe sometimes you do, but you smile and you hug and you remember to say sorry and then you write it all down so you can remember what makes you a family.
24 kalamata olives, pitted (who counts olives? I’m guessing that’s like 1 1/2-2 cups?)
1 cup chopped, drained oil-pack sun-dried tomatoes
8 ounces of feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh basil, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh italian parsley, chopped