When I was a kid, I hated vegetables. They were ALWAYS the last thing I ate. Salad consumed last. With lots of milk. I always ate the most enjoyable stuff first, while it was warm and yummy. If the veggies got in the way, I just pushed them around the plate – you know – to the edge – falling off on to the placemat.
But the problem was, Mom would never let me leave the dinner table until I ate the nasty things, so I was only making things worse for myself in the long run. Mom knew what was best for me and she wasn’t about to let me off the hook because she knew I’d suffer for it in the long run.
Today, I have usually between 1-2lbs of fruit and veggies a day. Veggies now get mixed in with the food (frozen spinach is awesome for this) and when my wife cooks dinner, I usually eat the veggies first. (Last night we had salmon and green beans sauteed in olive oil and they were gone before the salmon.)
Training is a lot like eating vegetables.
We usually only do the things we are good at or the things we like to do. All that other crap – you know, the stuff that’s actually good for you, that you body needs, gets pushed to the end of the workout or not done at all. This isn’t really a “problem” when you’re younger. But man, just like not eating your veggies for a long time and waking up fat with diabetes, you are going to run into some problems.
For the longest time, I hated ab work. Then I found an excuse not to do abs because “so-and-so” the “expert” said doing them is a waste of time. Ah, yes, the expert.
Here’s the deal.
Your “weak spots” – those are your vegetables.
You can ignore them, pretend they don’t exist, or use some “expert’s” opinion as justification for not addressing them.
But just like that fat guy, you’re going to pay for your short-sighted ignorance.
I know I have.
And it sucks.
It sucks to be in “the Game” for over 20 years and have to still learn this stuff the hard way.
Ultimately, we get to choose if and how many vegetables we eat. It’s funny to see myself become “that guy” – the guy who suddenly wakes up and starts caring more about his health than his performance. When you’re young, you think you’ll always be young. And you’ll always “perform.” But only if you eat your vegetables your entire life.
If you don’t, be prepared to go on a “vegetable fast” – because in order to perform again, you’re going to have detox and reload your system. The longer it’s been since you’ve done this, the longer the process is going to take.
Right now, my “vegetables” are regaining “core stability” (apparently it is a measurable quality and it does exist) and learning how to generate tension again. Yeah, weird I know, especially with all this talk about people worrying about generating “too much” tension. (That’s another post altogether…)
What are your “vegetables?”