SUP brah

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope you had an amazing one!

Ours was fantastic: relaxing with lots of fun adventures sprinkled into the mix. Most notable? We went paddle boarding! 

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I’ve been wanting to go pretty much since we found out we were moving here. Our friend Lindy was in town, so we packed up our gear, headed to Coronado Bay and rented a couple of boards.

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(When she’s old enough, I think Livi will LOVE riding out there with us! The guy at the board house recommended six years old to take her out on the board.)

At first I was a little apprehensive about actually standing up on the board, but once I got the hang of paddling I decided to go for it. It wasn’t nearly as challenging as I thought it would be. (This means I didn’t catapult into the ocean headfirst like I did in my imagination haha.) It was an awesome bonus core and quad workout, too.

The guy at the boat house gave us some great tips:

-Paddle on your knees until you get out a little farther. If you try to stand right away, the water is choppier near the shore and you could fall more easily

-Hold the top of the paddle with one hand and the middle with the other

-Make small paddle strokes

-Take the paddle out wide to turn

I was surprised at how meditative it felt to be out there paddling. It felt so peaceful and serene; I was instantly hooked. Can’t wait to go back!!

Some more weekend adventures:

Takeout from Tender Greens. So many healthy and delicious options!

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(I got the salt and pepper chicken with kale salad and mashed potatoes)

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(the dessert isn’t too bad, either heh heh)

some amazing skeletons in Old Town


and a stroll at the Hillcrest Farmer’s market.

The grapes were INSANE.

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We picked some up, along with Pacific Beach peanut butter, some organic grassfed butter, Asian pears, berries,

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and the glorious mango chili lime drinks. 

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Always necessary 🙂

Hope you had a happy weekend, too! Apparently the Kardashians were here in town. I admit that I was on the lookout, but no sightings 😉

Have a happy Monday!



What’s your favorite type of “accidental” exercise? Club dancing totally counts 😉 

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  1. Brynn on August 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    How fun! I’m dying to try SUP – it seems so peaceful to be out on the water like that. I actually saw a girl doing yoga on her board the other day.

    • Amanda on August 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I tried to do a head stand on my paddle board and it was an epic fail. I’m so impressed by people that can do it!

    • mary on August 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I saw a yoga class on boards in CA recently!

      • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

        we have a few here! i think it may need to happen 🙂

  2. Anne @ on August 25, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Ahhhhh how fun!

    I really, really, really want to go paddleboarding! I grew up on the beach in Florida, but paddleboarding was not so big until right about the time I moved to North Carolina about three years ago!

    I’d love to try it!

  3. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run on August 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Paddle boarding looks so fun! I think I’d definitely face-plant into the water though. And that drink looks amazing 🙂 Looks like a great weekend!

  4. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on August 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Wow, it looks like a fun weekend with great visits, fun finds, and above all…GREAT EATS!

  5. Kirtley Freckleton@ The Gist of Fit on August 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’ve been wanting to go paddle boarding for awhile! Looks so much fun! I love how you TWO are active–great team ya know? 🙂

    Always love places with tooons of good fruit. You’re awesome, have a great day!!

  6. Ella @ Ellaphant Eats on August 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I have always wanted to try paddle boarding! I was walking my doggie by the water here in Pittsburgh over the weekend and the girls on the water looked like they were having a blast with it.

  7. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on August 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I totally would have been looking for the Kardashian sisters! I am a *secret* fan haha

  8. Britt@MyOwnBalance on August 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Love SUP! I wish I could own my own board and do it everyday. Maybe someday!

  9. Allison T. on August 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Tried SUP the first time this summer and loved it too! This weekend we got abunch if people together for sand volleyball… 3 hours later and I’d call that a fun accidental workout 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

      that sounds amazing!

  10. Amanda on August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I tried some yogi poses when I went paddle boarding and it was ugggglayy.

    Trampoline jumping with the little one is now my new favorite “accidental” workout =)/

  11. Chelsey on August 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Your fear of falling off a paddleboard actually happened to me haha – my friends and I decided to schedule a 7 am SUP yoga session while on vacation, then threw back a few too many the night before. We woke up with the worst hangovers but didn’t want to cancel on the (very sweet) instructor we’d spoken with. We were bending over in the middle of a sun salutation when I completely lost my balance and flipped headfirst into the water, knocking the side of my head against the board! There ended up being way more laughing than meditation, but it was a very memorable workout 😀

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

      hahaha oh no! that sounds like a blast though 🙂

  12. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on August 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Love paddleboarding at the lake near our house. Especially if you go early in the morning, it’s almost more calming than a good yoga practice. Although if you try to do yoga on your SUP and fall in after an attempt at crow, not so much…not that I would know…. 😉

    Is it bad that I would have been stoked to see the Kardashians? (I mayyyy watch reruns of their show when I work out at home.) Happy Monday!

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

      heh heh. i totally thought about trying crow but was like “you haven’t fallen in today, let’s not ruin that” haha
      (not bad at all. i watch it during the day sometime too. i can’t look away)

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    How fun! I love SUP! I’m trying SUP yoga this Wednesday and am litttlee nervous. haha

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

      don’t be- you’ll love it!

  14. Mary Jane on August 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Accidental ab workout – laughing my face off with friends. The can’t breath, crying (or peeing) a little, chuckle just thinking about it kind of laugh. 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

      that is the best ever 🙂

  15. Megan @ Piece of Kake on August 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Paddling boarding is soo much fun! I did it for the first time last year in Costa Rica and I immediately became addicted!

  16. Paula on August 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I went stand-up paddleboarding for the first time this weekend, too! Except I did it on a river by some of the beautiful springs here, so balance was less challenging. I loved it but got SO HOT and SO HUNGRY after the 2.5 hour trip down the river. Definitely want to try ocean SUP next.

  17. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on August 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Your photos of paddle boarding brings me back to our SD vacation a couple weeks ago! Miss it so much. I’d love to try paddle boarding one of these days too. I’m glad to hear it’s not nearly as challenging as you thought. Like you did, I have visions of myself going head first into the water. Haha! It’s especially crazy to me seeing all those people doing YOGA on the boards! They make it look so easy…

    Favorite “accidental” exercise: boogie boarding and water skiing! Both are SO much fun, but can be quite the workout!

  18. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on August 25, 2014 at 10:57 am

    i love stand up paddle boarding. it really is a great workout!

  19. Crystal on August 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Looks like you had a fun weekend! We went paddleboarding when we were in Maui last year, it really is so relaxing once you get a rhythm going. I remember my buns were super sore the next day, hehe.

  20. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

    What a fun weeekend! I love SUP…I thought it would be really difficult, but it was only challenging in a good way. My accidental workouts are cleaning…boring, but I like the results!

  21. Heather @fitncookies on August 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love SUP! It’s such a fun and peaceful thing to do, like you said. I did Yoga on it with my cousin while in Deep Creek, and it was just as fun, though I fell in the water a lot! ha Other than that, I didn’t have any wipe outs. My husband busted out a headstand on it, without falling!

  22. lucie on August 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    It really looks peaceful and beautiful out there paddling! I never did it before, but I would love to try.

    That mango drink looks amazing.

  23. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on August 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    That drink looks amaaaazing! I am going stand up paddleboarding this coming weekend and I am SO excited about it! Now I am just praying that it doesn’t rain/storm.

  24. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on August 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

    So glad you finally got to try paddle boarding! Fun, isn’t it? It seems like it will be difficult to balance, but it’s really not bad. We take the kids on it with us for a ride and they really enjoy it too. They usually sit, but sometimes my 21-month-old stands because she’s crazy like that. 🙂

  25. Laura @SheEatsWell on August 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I have always wanted to try SUP! Unfortunately the water is wayyy too cold in SF. But, I feel like it is a great core workout too since you have to focus on balance. So fun!

    • Laura B @ FitMamaLove on August 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      You should try it! Only your feet get wet as you get on the board and it’s unlikely you’ll fall in. They have rentals in Jack London Square, which is a calmer channel of water, so that might be a good place for you to give it a go. I’ve also done it on Lake Tahoe, which is quite icy. As long as the weather is warm, it’s lovely!

  26. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try this, but scared I would plummet into the ocean. Did you find it hard to balance?
    OMG what would you have done if ran into the Kardashians? I have no idea what I would say or do.

    • Fitnessista on August 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      it wasn’t nearly as hard as i thought it would be, but i was also using a giant board. the smaller ones are apparently harder
      hahah i have no idea! “hi! i love your show! can i take a picture for my blog?” they would probably say no

  27. Julie on August 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Our accidental workout was 9 holes of golf (no cart) in 98 degree heat yest. Fun but schweaty! 😉

  28. Tracy on August 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Love the title! You’re so clever!

    I love the bonus workout you get at wedding receptions… along with the cake! Ha!

  29. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on August 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    What fun! I was also shocked at how easy stand-up paddle surfing was for me. It takes a lot of balance and core stability, so perhaps all of my teaching group fitness gives me the necessary tools to SUP with ease. I tried it on my honeymoon in Jamaica with my husband and he wasn’t nearly as good as me. We finally found a sport I can beat him at! Too bad it isn’t actually competitive. Happy Monday!

  30. Christa @ Living Unbalanced on August 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    LOVE paddleboarding! It’s kind of “the thing” to do right now in South Florida! Next you have to try SUP Yoga and do it at sunset – so peaceful.

    My favorite accidental exercise is probably rollerblading…or laughing so hard that my abs hurt 🙂

  31. Kim on August 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    They were here! I got a text from a friend who was having dinner at Alfonso’s in La Jolla on Friday night saying they were having dinner there.

  32. Blake on August 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    My favorite accidental exercise is probably hiking. I just love being outside in the woods and breathing in all the mountain air! Taking a walk while the kids ride their scooters is a close second!

  33. Alex @ True Femme on August 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I really wanted to do stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii this summer–and then the hurricanes were going to hit the *day* before I was supposed to leave so I didn’t get to go to the beach. So sad. However, I will keep those tips in mind when I do get to try it! I love the Coronado bridge in the background! That area is so gorgeous. Have a great Monday, Gina!

  34. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on August 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Omg that takeout looks so good! I wish we had healthier takeout here. The south has not yet caught up to that healthy life!

  35. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on August 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Friday was technically my rest day, but I went to the indoor trampoline park with a group of friends — it’s so fun & a great workout, too! 🙂

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