I usually hate January. It’s so depressing and the weather’s usually varying shades of grey with lots of rain and wind thrown in the mix. I’ve usually failed on all my resolutions by the second week and spend the rest of the month beating myself up.
This one’s been a bit different. Whilst I’m not all smug and saying I’m smashing it (because let’s face it I’m human and everyone has off days), my determination to look after myself more in 2017 has primarily kept me on track.
Here’s a few things that’s helped to keep me motivated and made January pretty awesome…
In between the grey we’ve had some gorgeous sunny days. Not just the cold frosty ones but some pretty warm Spring like days. It’s been a great excuse to get outdoors, explore and stomp along the south west coast path. With Ste recovering from his broken foot, we can’t do mega walks yet but the beauty of the coast path is you don’t have to do huge hikes. There’s usually places along the way that you can hop on and off if you want to.
We love the walks from Mawgan Porth to Bedruthan Steps, and from Watergate Bay to Beacon Cove.
Clean sunshine surfs
I thought surfing in Autumn was awesome, but then the winter swells arrived…
There’s nothing like hitting the surf on a sunny winter’s day when there’s a clean swell and January certainly delivered the goods! I’ve stuck to my guns and only gone in when it’s clean and around the 2-3ft range when I know I can get out back and I won’t crap myself. My first surf of the year at Watergate was unexpectedly good. I was proud of my efforts and it motivated me to keep getting in and keep that surf goal in mind!
Last week I surfed at my favourite spot, Polzeath. The conditions were perfect. 2-3ft of mellow glassy awesomeness on a bright sunny day. Sitting out back watching the waves peel off down the line, it reminded me of similar surfs at Watergate last Summer. Ok so the temperature wasn’t as warm but at one point I got too hot and had to ditch my hood! With confidence levels at an all time high, I deliberately waited for some of the bigger set waves to roll through. I wanted to be on those waves! My wave count is starting to increase again and if I get a couple of decent waves each session where I trim along the open face, then I’m a happy girl and one step closer to that shoulder high consistency.
Hitting the gym
When I moved to Cornwall, I naively thought that surfing on its own was going to keep me fit and I would naturally improve. The truth is, if I was surfing every day that might be the case but it’s just not possible to get in every single day.
During the winter months, I don’t surf as frequently and it’s more of a physical effort being clad in 5mm neoprene. It’s really highlighted how bad my fitness levels are and if I want to take my surfing to the next level, I’ve got to get fitter.
I’ve been going to regular gym classes combining cardio and plyo with weights based sessions and I’m loving it. It’s just what I need to motivate me and it’s had a big impact on my overall wellbeing. Sure, I still have off days but it’s helping me feel strong, more confident and better about myself. Self care was top on my list for goals this year and what better way to work on this by taking care of myself physically as well as emotionally!
For someone who spends too much time on their phone and generally being distracted by social media and internet ‘noise’, I’ve done a pretty good job of switching off and unplugging. Facebook became a big bug bear for me last year so I decided I was only going to use it for business, my blog and to message people. I’ve saved hours of time by avoiding the endless scroll and even on my preferred platform of Instagram, I don’t use it as much as I used to. I kinda like flying under the radar and prefer to have a meaningful conversation about what I’ve been up to instead of posting the detail for everyone to see.
It’s also given me more time to blog, read, hit the gym and generally do more of the things I love!
February, I’m coming for you and I’m determined to build on what’s been a great start to the year!