I had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.
- All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
- The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
- The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
- Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.
I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.
I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀
You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.
The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.
Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef
From the first minute or actually before I ever arrived I’ve had some weird connection to Bondi Beach and last year when I went their the first time I felt so at home and fell in love with the place. As I got to know the area I’ve expanded it to the area from Bronte and the whole costal walk to Bondi.
Today the weather was amazing so I got up early to take a SUP lesson with Dean and I made a photo rapportage to show why I love this place.
Already before the sun is up there is local people on the beach training, surfing and getting a morning bath. Some mornings there are photo shoots, preparations to parties, couples lying together and waking up etc. About 9-10 in the weekends or holidays the families and tourist arrives, and I just love watching the families because I see so much joy. Beside that every time I’m on the beach I see new things and I get a calmness and joy especially if I can get on the water.
The water is my meditation – I’m in the now and I get a time-out from life and I love it – Some days my dyspraxia in the legs are controllable and I stay on the board. Other days like today I had to have help to get to shore and I fell into the water 4 times – but in the end it’s not how many times I fall – it’s how many time I get up again that counts 😉
I’ve experienced so much from I left Darwin and arrived in Sydney and I’ll about it in due time but the internet here is slow so I’d to wait until all my pictures was backed up before beginning to edit with them.
I arrived in Sydney Wednesday and have been busy spending my time with exercising, spending time with Fuzz on Bondi Beach and finding information for my future.
The sun is very strong in the morning so got my first sun burn from the chest and up even with 50+. The bnb I’m living in is so nice and relaxed and I love my butterfly/flower bed.
But! I had to make this post because these last days I’ve had some really amazing experiences:
- Friday I was on the SUP board again and I didn’t fall into the water at all and there were waves = major progress in body control and strength – woo hoo
- yesterday I wanted to buy a juice and it was a cash only place so while I went to an ATM a lady paid for my juice.
- I learned that it’s pretty easy to get a student visa here in Australia, so tomorrow I’m going to Sydney to talk to three schools that teaches academic english. If I’m accepted I’ve a place to stay already.
- I got my new swim suit today and it fits perfectly
- today my flat mate told me to use her spices so I don’t have to buy new ones.
- today I took a day off from boot camp and I’ve been working on my pictures and especially on starting my little side business on redbubbles selling my pictures and designs. Therefore I’m begging for help to spread the word. You don’t have to buy anything but please help me promote my stuff.
- I’ve found three organic shops in Bronte/Bondi where I live and spend most of my time.
Things are lucking a little brighter so I’m very happy and grateful.
I woke up this morning totally stressed out because how do I maintain my body while traveling for such a long time? and more important how do I increase my muscle power while traveling so I can reach my goal? I’ve come so far with my PT and throwing the hard work away is not an option.Yes I’ve to increase my budget for food and exercise but I’m used to from my daily life now 🙂
So what to do?
- I’ve prepared a little by packing a separate bag with my exercise clothes, swim wear, running shoes, TRX, a trigger ball and a double trigger ball and 4 cloths. When I arrive in Sydney I hopefully will get a lightweight full body wet suit too.
- This morning to calm my brain down I went on the internet and as always I found a lot of pages of various quality. In all this will be my plan:
I have made a pact with myself:
Yes I made a pact with myself about committing to the exercising. I probably will miss doing it so not a problem.
Food is very important:
Priority every day will be to eat well. You can’t build muscles without eating well and even though I’m booking hostels and bnbs with access to kitchens/barbecue areas I actually don’t know what to expect before seeing it with my own eyes.
- Breakfast will if possible be
- banana pancakes with veggies and fruit
- scrambled eggs with bacon and veggies
- overnight oat with nuts and fruit (if nothing else is possible)
- chicken or fish salad
- sushi (I don’t use the soy and wasabi)
- overnight oat with nuts and fruit (if nothing else is possible – many airports allow me to bring it in to the airport)
- chicken, fish or meat with veggies etc. (If I’ve access to a kitchen I can make it myself. If not and the days I feel like treating myself I’ll find a good place to eat)
- in Australia they’ve some amazing bars in the health stores
- dried meat (organic)
- overnight oat with nuts and fruit (as a last resort) – oh man I’m going to be so tired of that one 😀
- Getting enough fat:
- Getting enough fat can become a challenge, so I just have to buy a bucket of good olive oil and a jar of coconut oil and some raw cacao, nuts etc. and mix together and eat every day.
- During the flights:
- I’m so lucky I’ve a note that allows me to bring food with me into the airport and on the flight, but I never bring fluid stuff to avoid trouble. So I bring nuts, fruit or bars in a good quality. Some of the airplane food works for me but that’s because I never travel with the cheap companies.
I might find other alternatives while traveling but I let you know if I do 🙂
This is the hardest part but I got it turned around to become the fun part. Because in Darwin and Sydney I’ve arranged a PT so I can get roughed up a little but that is not enough. I need a daily routine and I hope to be able to bring my TRX, trigger balls and 4 cloths. So what to do:
- In front I google where there are places for street-workout and routes for running with exercise stations on the way.
- When I arrive I’ll take a walk and check the area out for good places to run and exercise.
- I’ll take a workout every second day.
- Every day I’ll keep active by taking a swim, hike, walk etc. (no heavy duty stuff). This is not a problem for me since I get bored after a couple of hours on the beach 😀 and I’ve the ginger skin, so the sun burns me if I’m not careful and in Australia it burns.
- In the airports while in transit I’ll be the crazy lady making body weigh exercises and strolling around to keep my body active.
- In advance I’ll have made some programs and hopefully my PT will help me. + I’ve downloaded an app with TRX exercises. I just want to be sure to cover the whole body the right way to avoid damages, over training or to fail some muscle groups.
(made as a page at this link)
Life has its ups and downs and being single means that I’ve to be my own hero therefore I’ve made a happy list. – why because when the downs are worst it’s hard to remember what is good so by having a list I can go and get ideas of what to do and shift my mood to happy. It doesn’t take a lot you know, that is why I’m sharing my list so you can get som inspiration to make your own.
I actually did it in spite of obstacles 🙂 I ran my first official 5K – Color Me Rad (Oslo) last weekend and I loved it.
My time was 29 minutes and I’m proud because I started in the back a field of almost 2000 people, so I had to worm my way though the walking crowd. Then halfway we got a cup of water to drink and it was really cold so my stomach felt like it should explode but I ran. The only times I didn’t run were on the very steep hills so I’m very happy 🙂
I started running in the spring and if I can do it with challenges like dyspraxia you can do it 🙂 You just need to find the things that motivates you. For me it was the thought of being on the SUP board again on Bondi Beach with my surf trainer and learning to ride the waves without taking a bath 😉 Who know I might even get strong enough to surf a real wave.
Another thing is to find the right race to be the first one and in my opinion Color Me Rad is a really good race to start in because I didn’t just watch a lot of bags in front of me. Beside that it’s really funny to participate.
One goal reached and one thing more on my bucket list done 🙂 Now I’ve raised the bars and going to run for a serious 5K and later a 10K 🙂
When I returned from Australia in February I knew I had to change my life and one area was to get much stronger. In the autumn I was 2 months in bed and 3 months on crutches because of the shingles and it cost me a lot of strength. I needed that strength back and build an even stronger body than that. Therefore I got a PT and did the impossible possible 🙂 – read more about my experience and advice on getting a PT when you live with dyspraxia