When my mother was very young she was hit by a car. A hit and run. The driver never came forward and my mom spent a very long time in a children’s hospital in recovery. Because of that accident she has two very bad knees.
My mother is a hair-stylist which means she spent most of her day on her feet for many years. Because of this it has caused her knees to worsen and she’s often in a lot of pain. She’s had minor surgeries which are likely, leading up to an inevitable bigger surgery.
A few summers ago my mom fell off the deck at our house (home will always be home) and landed flat on her face with her arms underneath her. She broke her nose, both arms, a wrist, and broke her elbow completely off (*barf*). She had several surgeries and now has a prosthetic elbow. Unfortunately, her jackass surgeon “fixed” one of her arms wrong and now she has very limited mobility in that arms and has to hold her fork/scissors/toothbrush like a wingnut.
Aside from all that, she’s doing great. She started walking every day in the fall and continued through most of the winter. Y’know, except on the days that Nova Scotia was completely-friggin’-buried under snow.
A few weeks ago I had a free class for people to come try out the boot camp before the new sessions started. My mom came.
I really didn’t want her to come because I worry about her and I was worried about her limitations with her arms, and about her getting hurt. I never want to see my mom in pain. But she fought me on it and came (and I took great care of her). “I want to come out and support you.” She said. (Uh, so you come to the free class? Thanks Mom!!)
Mom did great at the class. We worked on modifications and she didn’t push herself past her limitations. But she came and she worked her ass off! I was very proud of her. And she was extremely proud of herself.
The point of this little anecdote is that we need to stop making excuses*. If my mom, after all she’s been through, can get through one of my kick-ass classes, then we should all be humbled and get out there and take advantage of gorgeous weather or fitness classes or gyms or sports teams and have ourselves a great workout and better our health.
Let my mom be your inspiration today. She’s been mine.
(*Please note that an excuse is not the same as a legitimate reason. If you have health issues or injury, etc. be sure to contact your physician before beginning a workout program.)