My Big Beach Problem

I’ve been excelling at keeping up my physique with exercising and a consistent, nutrient rich diet.   Ok, maybe excelling is a little overzealous.  I’m thankful for a high metabolism, and the tiny bit of willpower I possess to go along with it, since I haven’t exactly been killing it at the gym. (More like lounging on the beach.  It’s the life, I promise!)

Good news that goes with that – I’m not in this video:

Anyways – my lack of exercise plan and/or nutrition plan aren’t what’s plaguing my inability to put on my swimsuit and hit the beach.

It’s the body hair.

There, I said it.  Who wants to be the hairy freak on the beach that everyone is pointing and laughing at?  Certainly not me!

I’m not talking about a little bit of body hair, but actually I have quite a bit to a lot, and that is the problem.  So me avoiding a swimsuit is for the safety and protection of others, but also for myself.  I don’t even want to see myself in a swimsuit

But I also don’t want to spend hours painfully removing every last unwanted hair from my body.  I’m not strong enough for waxing.  I always cut myself shaving.  Every grooming ritual I’ve found takes FOREVER.  In addition, none of them are really effective at removing all of the hair.  Even if they do remove the hair it will always grow back.  So now I have the repeated problem of having to remove hair over and over again.  And when I’m spending most of my time on the beach, I’m not willing to sacrifice the time when my toes should be in the sand with getting rid of body hair.

But, I don’t want to be seen in public with all the body hair everywhere.  I’ve got some crazy family genes to thank for this.

Dilemmas, dilemmas.  The struggle is so real, people.

As I said before this “lovely” hair problem is a genetic issue.  It runs strong in my family line.  So at least I am not alone and my sisters and mother can understand my difficulty and frustration.

Luckily for me  I have a great mom who loves to send me care packages.  In my last care package I got chocolate (screw the diet plan) and an iTunes gift card. Those gifts are great, but this care package also had the coolest thing.  My mom also included this super weird laser looking home electrolysis hair removal thingie called Flash and Go.  Thanks Mom!  (I’m guessing she feels bad that she blessed/cursed me with this problem.  Totally don’t blame you, Mom, and won’t hold it against you until the end of time.  Whatever.)

So, there’s that.  Maybe it will be the end to my hair removal woes.  I haven’t mustered up the courage to take it out of the box yet.  It really does look strange, people.  I’m also terrified of electrocuting myself.  You know, if the converters don’t work and all.  Whatevs.  I’ll update you if and when I give it a go.

Maybe staying out of the gym and playing another round of beach volleyball is what’s keeping me awesome?  I’m voting for that.

Do you have any good tips for getting rid of unwanted body hair that don’t cost a fortune or hurt like the devil or take a million hours away from my lounging on the beach?  Ever tried the Flash & Go to get rid of your hair?  How did it work for you?  Talk me in to it, peeps, or it’s going to be a huge waste, I’m afraid!

Other than the pesky hair problem, life is going swimmingly (pun intended!)!  Love it here.  Join us soon – for reals.

‘Til next time!

My Newest Beach Hobby

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The beach life is grand.  No pressure to be anywhere, to be someone your not, to dress up, or to talk the talk.  Just relaxation, lots of vitamin D, leisure reading, and escape from the rest of the busy world.  Ahhh, paradise.

As much as I love to lay around on the beach with a drink in my hand soaking up the sunshine, it does get a little boring so many days on end.  I’ve read everything on my Kindle, I’ve tried all the tropical drink specials, and I’m turning a shade I like to call “Burnt Turkey.”  Also known as shoe leather.  A little too much sun soaking may have occurred.  Oh well.

As I was getting restless one day, I noticed a group of people on stand up paddle boards, riding the waves.  While I don’t love getting wet with salty ocean water, I knew this was something I could get behind, as they were entirely out of the water, fully standing on the board, and paddling around.  I knew I had to give it a try.

I found a spot to rent an inflatable board, and in a flash, I was out in the water.  It was a blast!  I paddled around everywhere. It was a bit humbling at first, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me.  I made some great friends along the way who had been doing this for a lot longer than I had.  I took the advice of these enthusiasts, and I was able to stay up most of the day, without getting in the water, and MAN was it a workout.  I was so sore the next day, especially my core.  I’ve decided to cancel my gym membership that I never use anyways, and just stick to stand up paddle boarding for the rest of my life.  I know I burned a ton of calories, as I was famished afterwards and ate most everything in site.  I haven’t had that much fun in a long time.  Especially if it could be considered exercise.  It was an awesome way to spend the afternoon, that’s for sure, and I’ll be doing it again soon.

I’m wondering now if I should buy one of these things, and if I would get enough use out of it.  Anyone with any experience on stand up paddle boards out there?  Weigh in with your opinion – I seriously need to know over here! Thanks, and have a great one!

Staying Beach Ready

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With all the enjoying of the beautiful scenery around here, I like to make sure I’m keeping my physique ready to hit the beach anytime, anywhere.  It’s important to me to not only look my best in a  swimsuit, but to feel my best so I can truly enjoy all the fun and wonder the beach has to offer.  Not only does it take some fitness to get our gear out to the beach, I’m an active person, and don’t enjoy just sitting around.  I want to have the energy to play!  The beach is nature’s playground, and I want to make sure I’m ready and able to enjoy it to the fullest and not have to miss out on the adventures to be had.  Be it kicking the ball around with friends, catching some waves, or spiking the volleyball over the net – count me in!

There are some things I make sure to do, whether I’m on or off the beach, to make sure I’m ready for all this, though!  It definitely doesn’t just happen naturally, and it takes some effort on my part, but it’s truly worth it to feel and look my best.  I’m confident and ready to put myself out there to have some fun!

So… what are the steps I take to be ready?

First- get moving!  It doesn’t matter how or where – just get off the couch and move.  The more I move, the better I feel.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a marathon runner or anything, but I do get off my tush and get active a little every day.  Sometimes, this means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking a little bit further away from the store and walking in.  Sometimes I hit the gym, and other days, playing on the beach is my exercise for the day.  Who says working out has to be boring?!

Another thing I’ve taken to doing is drinking skinny shakes, like IdealShape (read this IdealShape review here!), between meals to stay full.  I know, I know – it seems a little crazy.  I don’t replace meals with these, but I use them as fillers between meals to stay full, alert, and at my best.  I get crabby when I’m hungry – so this makes sure that EVERYONE is enjoying my company because it’s enjoyable!

Lastly, I’ve been practicing being confident in my own skin.  Instead of pointing out all the things I see that are “wrong” when I look in the mirror, I spend some time celebrating myself!  We’re all made just a little bit different (otherwise the world would be a pretty boring place!) and I’m learning to embrace that.  I may not be as skinny as my neighbor on the sand, but I’m strong.  I have great qualities.  I like who I am.  And I believe that shines from the inside out.

 

Ready to join us on the beach?  It doesn’t take much – just make sure you’re feeling your best, and come join in the fun!  There’s enough beach for us all, and the more the merrier!

 

Sources:

www.healthandfitnessmag.com

www.skinnyshake.net

You Found WHAT on the Beach?!

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It’s no secret that we love to spend time on the beaches of DaNang. They are the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and enjoy a beverage and some great company. And since they aren’t very well known, we often have the place mostly to ourselves.

We’ve also come to love walking the sands looking for treasures. While we have yet to strike gold, we have found quite a few interesting things along the shore. Our favorites, like the whole conch shell and perfectly shaped message bottle are prominently displayed on our shelf at home. But, we’ve also found a few noteworthy items in the sand that are worth mentioning, even if they weren’t worth keeping, just for the strange factor.

You might not believe us, but these are honestly the three weirdest things we have ever found on one of our treasure hunts!

3. A matchbox car. Of all the choices for sand toys, this would have not even come close to one of the items we would think about taking to the beach. But sure enough, we found not one, but THREE of these bad boys! Either a frequent beachgoer has a thing for these miniature cars, or someone is playing a trick on us!

2. An anti snoring mouthpiece, called Good Morning Snore Solution. Not only does the shape look like an alien octopus with only two arms, the beach is the LAST place you expect to find something like this! The germ factor skeeved me out a little bit (the human mouth is a breeding ground for illness), but even though we didn’t touch it, it still deserved a mention in the strangest items ever to be found in the sands of DaNang.

1. A rusted cell phone. There was no way this baby was ever going to work again, so I’m sure it had been lost for a while. It made us scratch our heads though- what do you have to be doing on the beach to not only lose your cell phone so much that you can’t find it again, or not even notice it was missing enough for it to get buried in the sand? What an expensive mistake!

If you ever decide to come take our word for it, and visit the beaches of DaNang, be sure to keep an eye out for some special items of your own. After all, one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure.. or just a good story to tell!

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