So over the last 4 weeks, you’ve discovered that:
- I don’t know how to swim
- I’m aquaphobic (and now you know why. Lol)
- I’m not a big fan of the sun, sand and sea.
- I’ve never been disciplined enough to stay on a diet program. Ever
- The fundamentals of owning a beach-ready body in 28-days lies in the simple THEF formula
- Consistency is the best policy for this lil’ mission of ours ;-)
- Super-cikgu made all the difference with #2 above.
You probably also know now, that I’m currently enjoying the luxury of having a “plus one day” within the GMT-10 time zone (18 hours behind Malaysia, 23 hours behind Auckland); at the very birthplace of President Barack Obama. *grin*
Named “The Sandwich Islands” in 1778 by James Cook, Hawaii is the only state in US that is composed entirely of islands. Right now, I’m writing this blog post from the capital of Hawaii – Honolulu. *big-grin*
I’ll share more about this trip to Hawaii in my next blog post, but for now and in conclusion to my 4-week series on “How to get a beach-ready body in 28-days”, I thought I’d share my journey of overcoming item #2 above – my very apparent phobia of water (I know it’s really silly, but even big bathtubs and shallow pools scare me).
Nevertheless, before we get into all that, here’s an update on my progress with the 4-week program:
In terms of measurements, I managed to cut off 2.5cm of my waist, 0.8cm off my arms and 1.8cm off my thighs; need I mention that I feel firmer, not to mention more toned now? Hehe. I know it may not sound like much but it’s between a 3% to 4% difference within the month with:
- No crash dieting, and
- No crazy exercise routines (well, at least nothing I can't maintain for the next 1 year at least)
In fact, the 15 to 25-minute workout that I commit to isn’t even dependent on any exercise equipment, which is perfect amidst the travelling; so I must say that I’m quite pleased with the progress. Happy-happy Panda~ *pat-on-the-back*
Of course I have Super-cikgu as well as my ever-so-supportive #babybaby and encouraging family to thank. #blessed.
In keeping up with the current momentum, I’m even thinking of continuing my swimming lessons with Super-cikgu when I get back to Malaysia. For one, it’s great exercise; but above all, I am determined to get over my phobia of water. Completely.
Sure, I had 3 lessons last month before leaving Kuala Lumpur, but that's definitely not enough to help me overcome my fears. Nevertheless, despite the lack of time for more swimming lessons in KL, this maiden trip to Hawaii has given me an opportunity to embrace my fear of the water by:
- Swimming in the sea (I have never dared to do this by choice. Ever.)
- Swimming in a 30-feet deep pond to get under the very chilly Waimea Falls (I could never imagine myself doing something as crazy as this. Lol)
If you asked me, I’d probably describe the Hawaiian sea as beautiful and ummm… very blue. That, to me, also means that it’s very deep. Most people would add the word “inviting” to that list of adjectives, but for an aquaphobic like me, it just stops at those first two.
So in my first attempt to overcome my fear of water, I took the plunge with my very supportive family this trip…
1) The sea
Although I’m not a big fan of the sun, sand and sea (as mentioned in item #3 above), I am more than happy to opt for that as opposed to actually stepping IN to the water, let alone submerging my entire body in the sea (at my own will, mind you). This trip, I did all 3. Yeah. As I stepped onto the sand, my heart was beating so fast; and when I entered the salty sea-water water, I almost died. Lol
Thankfully because the water was so clear, I could see the bottom of the sandy sea. So, that was comforting, and it definitely made all the difference.
However, as much as I tried to keep my mouth closed throughout the whole process, I did somehow manage to catch some sea water on my tongue and without thinking, I accidentally said something REALLY stupid out loud,
“It’s so salty”
only to realize that I wasn't alone. OMG. So embarrassing. Lol. My brain must’ve shutdown the minute I stepped into the water. *laugh*
Anyway, to cut the long story short, I basically survived the sea. So the next challenge was...
2) The waterfall
To be honest, I never considered going in. I thought – ok, just dip my feet in, take some pictures and enjoy the view – how bad could it be right? Well, to begin with, the water was really chilly, so THAT didn’t help.
Secondly, the water in the pond looked really dark. I mean how would you know what’s in that pond to start off with????!!! There could be some really creepy, slimy, scaly creatures lurking beneath those dark waters. Or maybe some pretty nasty fishes with sharp teeth too. Gosh, I didn't even want to think about it. So freaky!!!!
However, for some strange reason, when I was asked for the second time if I wanted to go in, I said okay; and the rest is history. Looking back, I reckon I may have just mentally blacked-out in pure shock at that time.
I must say that the walk towards to the border of the pond was one of the most nerve-wrecking moments of my life. The lifeguard on duty offered me a life jacket and kickboard, so that really helped; but if I’m at all honest, with every step into the cold chilly waters of the pond, I wanted to just turn back and say
“maybe not this time”.
My heart was pounding so fast and every part of me just wanted to retreat to safety soooo badly. PLUS, the fact that I had no clue where the 30 feet drop was, didn't help one bit(that suspense almost killed me before the water did lol~). I was shivering (can’t decide whether it was because it was so cold or because I was just plain scared) and as it got to waist deep, I told my chicken self
“DON’T THINK, JUST SWIM TOWARDS THE WATERFALL AND SWIM BACK ASAP. GO!”
So that’s what happened. I think for the next 3 minutes or so, my brain must’ve just blacked out. Before I knew it, I was back at waist-level-deep waters and slowly made my way back to the comfort of my towel. I did it.
I don’t think I’ll ever do it again, but I grateful that I can eventually conclude this trip to Hawaii with no regrets.
I can’t say that I’m not aquaphobic anymore, but I’m glad I took the first step; and I’ll keep trying until I overcome it, so God help me. Lol