Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Stamina


I've never been athletic. I'm not BAD per se, just not good. I can catch a ball, run, jump, skip, but although my family were always a very active family, that didn't include team sports for me. My three brothers played cricket and soccer and we played a lot in the backyard. When I was younger we were always outside playing tippity cricket, we had a badminton court and there was a lot of rough and tumble.

I mention the lack of sporting motivation because I would never have thought I had any real stamina. I always marvelled at marathon runners, still do, for I wondered where they got the drive, the endurance, from. Since having children, however, I feel I certainly have more stamina.

Mentally I think I'm probably more fragile, or perhaps just more addled. Patience, not sure whether you'd characterise me as patient, but I can endure a lot, as I believe all mothers can.

I may be hungry at 10am because I only had coffee for breakfast, but I can fight the hunger until the girls are fed and Leila's napping and not eat until at least 2:00pm.

I can be bursting to go to the loo but I can hold on until I can just finish the vacuuming, make that night's dinner and finish helping Ella make a cardboard box town.

I can try and sneak reading a page of a gripping novel that was so hard to put down only to be interrupted and not go back to it until I'm in bed some 8+ hours later.

Being a mother, has helped me realise that I actually do have very good stamina, that there's a heck of a lot I can achieve in one day. I can't take all the credit though - Quists espresso blend has a lot to do with how I keep going and I would never downplay what an important part of my life, my every day, it is.
What vice keeps you going throughout the day?


11 comments:

Christelle said...
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Soo said...

definitely a hot strong coffee in the morning is needed to wake me up in the morning!

Little Min said...

I too need a caffeine hit in the morning to lurch me from slumber into the day. Why do small people wake so early?!
I'm also quite passionate about dark chocolate and i'm eating ALOT of it these days. I wonder if these vices are contributing to my sore knees? They may help me get through the day but possibly with consequences...

Lindsay said...

Gosh you've summed this up so well! I didn't appreciate how much mothers' put their own needs last until I became one myself. Does this change the older they get, I'm not sure yet!

My vice throughout the day is definitely chocolate, preferably Green & Blacks. I eat way too much of the stuff. Grab a quick square instead of breakfast, a few more as my energy sags mid afternoon and even the rest of the bar as a stress reliever! I know that I should be replacing it with something more healthy, but it is an instant mood booster!

SadieandLance said...

Coffee. Only I've complicated my life by insisting my first coffee must be esspresso (flat white to be exact). I think it stems from living in great proximity to fabulous Northcote cafes for a couple of years.

I do find that a cup of strong tea can carry me for a while until I get that cardboard cup.

Sandy said...

iced mocha. not regularly though. only on rough days. it's scrumptious, but way too decadent and fattening!

Christelle said...

A good breakfast and an expresso when I get to work. I wonder how you can start your day with an empty stomach?! I would faint!

dearmolly said...

now I'm going to sound like I'm preaching, but with 3 little kids (youngest 10 months) I was doing the same thing as you V on the eating front, and seriously lacking energy - I didn't have your stamina or bladder! I have started eating whole foods every 3-4 hours and cannot believe the difference. I still have my sugar and processed foods when I want (usually when I'm out) but otherwise I'm not hungry and am not getting the highs and lows from my old diet of milo, choc chip cookies and toast.

Having said that, coffee is not negotiable. I'm putting a bit of effort into researching the semi-pro model I want plumbed in for my 40th birthday Cheers, Lynda :)

Sarah said...

I dont drink coffee or tea or have chocolate drink regularly. Like you I just get through the day. Mine are now bigger which gives us more space and energy.

I am really looking forward to making your sponge tomorrow - first time LOL 'typical Aussie'

Blogging Molly said...

i could have sworn i was reading about myself here :)

p.s. hessian sounds much prettier than burlap. i'll have to ponder that one.

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