A couple of posts back I came up with a list of non-scale victory goals. I was caused to reflect a bit this morning while I watched an episode of Extreme Weight Loss (Chris Powell!). Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece showed up to mentor a woman going through a big weight loss in her goal to get back into surfing. Like, OMG. If Laird Hamilton were to mentor me with his super-amazing-Olympic-wonder-wife Gabrielle Reece… I’d probably pee myself with excitement in the ocean!
Anyway, the lady who was working on her weight loss said to Laird something about having injuries and how they totally caused her to gain a TON of weight. And Laird was like (paraphrasing), “Yeah, I’ve broken so many bones, but I got back on that surf board. It’s how you deal with injuries that makes you blah blah blah.”
As I said, I was paraphrasing, okay?
It just so happens that I’ve always wanted to learn to surf. I live less than 2 miles from Venice Beach. I experienced an ankle injury recently which I blamed for myself gaining 20 pounds (not exactly true).
My previous NSV goals:
- Feel comfortable wearing a pair of shorts.
- Waist: <32″ | Hips: <40″
- Wear an actual swimsuit to the actual beach.
- Waist: <30″ | Hips: <39″
- Get up to Skull Rock at the top of the Temescal trail with less than four breathing/water breaks.
Revised NSV goals:
- Take at least one private swim lesson to get back into the swing of things.
- Get up to Skull Rock at the top of the Temescal trail with less than four breaks.
- Take first surfing lesson by beginning of summer.
Back to what Laird said (damn, he’s good looking! he should be in the new Point Break movie. not those lame kiddos): IT’S HOW I DEAL WITH THE INJURIES. I’ve been dealt some seemingly bad cards, but that doesn’t mean that I have to fold. If I treat myself like an athlete and know my limitations and work hard within them, the comfort wearing shorts and smaller waist/hips… That’ll happen.
Photo courtesy of Neerav Bhatt on Flickr.