This entry, like most of my entries, is being composed at the end of the day. This day was an unusually trying one. I’m in front of the computer, finally eating dinner and asking myself where I found the strength.
I woke up sore and tired after sharing my bed with the little one during the early morning hours. Then I faced the usual stream of soiled diapers. I sat patiently as she pushed spoonful after spoonful of cereal away. I rescheduled plans three times trying to work around her day. I bore through the escalating teething cries. I took a deep breath after misplacing the Anbesol. A deep, deep breath. I gave into her need to be carried all day. I withstood the evening onset of cabin fever. I quietly wiped away the bedtime projectile spit up. I held my love tight until she fell asleep.
I had to muster all my strength today. As an athlete, I’ve mustered before hee hee, great word! I’ve pulled it together in the third set of a volleyball final. I’ve forced my lactic acid-filled legs through hill sprints. I’ve dug deep to workout on a 900 calorie/day competition diet. The strength I found today, is the same strength I’ve tapped into before.
Reflecting on the day led me to draw parallels between motherhood and fitness. I realize that the will I have as a mother is the same will I have as an athlete. It’s the same dedication and commitment to a goal that get me through the tough moments.
And that folks, led to this piece of brilliance. These are my thoughts on motherhood, well-being and will power:
- If you can abstain from alcohol, you have the will to abstain from soft drinks
- If you can change a dozen diapers a day, you have the will to drink one litre of water a day
- If you can tolerate teething, you have the will to make it through a series of bootcamp workouts
- If you can commit to breastfeeding for one year, you have the will to eat clean for three months
- If you can stand by as baby “cries it out”, you have the will to do one more set of any exercise
- If you can host a weekly playdate, you have the will to attend a weekly cardio class
- If you can carry baby on a walk, you have the will to do full push-ups
- If you can wake up for a 3am feeding, you have the will do wake up for a morning run
- If you can withstand baby’s hair-pulling, you have the will to withstand the burn of a strength class
- If you can haul a stroller on and off a bus, you have the will to do bicep curls and bent over rows
- If you can survive labour, you have the will to accomplish anything you want!!!
There’s a quote I love. I wish I knew who said it. “The difference between the attainable and unattainable lies in a person’s determination”. So I ask you, ladies: Are you as determined to care for and nourish your body as you are your child’s?