This isn't really about greens. In fact, I'm almost out and will be taking a trip to the store to restock today. This is about perseverance. I heard on the news today about an X Games freestyle skier named Sarah Burke, who is in a medically induced coma after crashing on a training run in Park City. I shook my head and thought, "Crazy!" and then I nodded my head and thought, "Rockstar!" I bet she is going to get back on the slopes as soon as she can. Any woman who has the gumption to compete in the X Games has a strength that the rest of us likely don't have.
Usually when I am working out, I am totally on board on Mondays. It's a life-long commitment to the "My diet starts on Monday" concept. My uncle used to say that every week at Sunday night dinner when I was in college. It would have made a fascinating graph if we had marked the time that he said it. Anyway, at the beginning of the year when I had that mental shift from "Am I going to work out?" to "What is my workout going to be today?" I realized that I was excited to try new things just for the sake of trying them, and not because I was obsessing over calories or weight loss.
For example, my local rec center teaches a Turbokick class on Friday mornings at 9am. Last Friday I picked up my friend Melissa and we headed over. I knew that I had a commitment to my bestie later that afternoon to workout, but I wanted to try the class. On Saturday I was craving bread, pasta, potatoes, and anything else starchy. I realized it was because this is what my workout schedule had looked like Thursday - Saturday:
Those are some serious workouts in about a 40 hour time period. Not something I would ever recommend to someone who hadn't already been working out for a consistent period of time. I was tired, but I loved all of the workouts because they are things I love to do.
I imagine it is the same high for Sarah Burke. When she gets out there on the pipe she is in a different world. With my dog and kids running around while I workout, it isn't exactly another world, but I have found a sense of accomplishment that comes from doing really hard things and not backing down. Maybe it is because I turn 40 in about seven weeks, but I am very committed to keeping my body in shape to play with my grandkids someday. I don't want to be old before I start, and having kids later in life means I will be an older grandma.
My mom pushed oat bran and tofu and she can hike up the hills surrounding our neighborhood like nobody's business. And yes, she frequently says, "I told you so."