Monday, June 24, 2013

Out of my little box

On Friday I announced Allison, Shannon and I were headed to the Panama City Beach to take in a little relaxation and a Stand Up Paddleboard class. I shared with you that I was very nervous about this class. 

Friday evening we enjoyed a lovely seafood dinner at Captain Anderson's. The fresh Peel and Eat Gulf Shrimp, the fresh Gulf Scallops and the homemade Oreo cheesecake were all simply divine and worth every calorie! We capped off the evening with a little people-watching shopping at Pier Park

Captain Anderson's 

Saturday morning I woke up earlier than the girls and decided to hit the hotel fitness center for a little quiet time. I was able to push through 25 minutes on the elliptical before they joined me for our Day #3 of the Solider of Steel workout. As we were completing 110 Burpees I began to wonder if that was such a great idea leading up to our paddleboard experience. 

We arrived at the Carillon Beach Resort Inn about 30 minutes before our class was to begin. We explored the town center and immediately fell in love with the area. Our class started promptly at 10:00am. We met our instructor Laura Lynne at Yoga Elements. She could tell that Allison and I were a little unsure of this adventure; therefore, she provided us a little extra time for us to become comfortable with just paddling and figuring out the board itself. 

Once the class began Laura Lynne remained extremely patient and helpful to each of us. She seemed a little shocked that Allison nor I had taken a full yoga class and even more shocked that we decided to try both activities at the same time. If you know us, we took this as a challenge! 

Half way through the class Allison and I had mastered the paddling and mastered a few yoga poses as well! Yep, that's right! We didn't land in the water when we perfected the Warrior Pose or the Camel. Unfortunately, we don't have a photo of ourselves in the Camel Pose but we did it!! 
Proof is in the picture :-) 

This class provided a chance for me to see how strong I have become in the past 6 months, especially the past 6 weeks. It also provided a chance for me to watch my fitness mentor face a pose and conquer it even though she has struggled with that same pose on a mat. It was awesome to cheer her on for a change! 

You go girl!!!
(Her feet did come off the board but we don't have a photo of it!)

I was a little sad that the hour and a half passed so quickly! I wanted to keep going, I think we all wanted to keep going. We spent the remainder of the day sitting by the water on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Panama City. We laughed and shared our thoughts going into the class. Each of us were nervous to varying degrees; however, we all felt more confident afterwards. We even checked out places a little closer to home so we could take on this adventure again! 

Paddling back to shore

I am totally hooked on Paddleboarding and Yoga, if they happen to occur at the same time again that would be fine with me, too!  If you haven't considered getting out of your box lately then I strongly suggest you grab a few friends and take on a new adventure! This is an experience that I am forever thankful to Shannon for convincing us to try! 

What's next for the Badass Babes?? Peachtree Road Race in HOTlanta! We will be focusing our training on preparing for the " Heat, Hills and Humidity". 



  1. Oh my gosh that is CLASSIC. First full yoga class AND on a SUP board!! You guys rock! ~ Paula

  2. I am SO jealous of your surf yoga!!! I need to come down there with you clearly. I've paddle boarded before and loved it (mostly because I was too scared to go out that far and swim)!
    emma @ a mom runs this town . com