The frustration of making changes

This week my undefeated team goes to Districts. I play singles this weekend even though I’m primarily a doubles player. I’ve won my last 9 matches in a row, and have been logging hours on the court with my ball machine, correcting weaknesses, evaluating my play.

Last year at this time, I went to Dictricts after a nearly undefeated tennis season. I’d won 13 of 15 matches, in league play and tournaments. My one league loss was in a tiebreaker, and the other was in the finals of a tournament.

And then my partner and I got clobbered in the final match of a tournament, 6-3, 6-2. The women we played were slumming it—they really played at a higher level than we do.

But I found myself suddenly humbled and motivated.

I went to my coach, and I said, “I know you’ve taught me a great serve before. But I haven’t learned those habits. I didn’t want to, because my serve was accurate, and it worked. But now I want a GREAT serve, whatever the cost.”

She taught me 5 aspects of mechanics that my serve needed, and that day I COMMITTED to them.

I wrote all the parts down. I practiced them over and over. The next day I had a league match, and I didn’t use my “old” serve at all. (In fact, I’d so committed to the new “right” way of doing it, I found that I couldn’t even access my old serve.)

Consequently, my serve looked pretty.  (My coach had filmed it and showed me.) But the power was GONE. I was frustrated.

So it is with a commitment to a new dietary lifestyle.

I remember being so frustrated—frightened, even!—when I threw out all the processed food and committed 100% to the change to a 60-80% raw, mostly plant-based diet, 17 years ago. I had no good habits in place.

My serve got better within a week. I learned to jump and twist in the air, use my quads, to bring the power back to my new “good-technique” serve.

So, too, my uncomfortable, initially time-consuming efforts to eat right became habits I now LOVE. They now cost me minimal time in the kitchen, and I’d never do without sprouting, kefir, green smoothies, my early-morning green water, or daily salads, for instance.

Stay the course! If you’re new, it’s hard or frustrating because it’s NEW–not because it’s hard or bad. Have a little faith and keep on, with the step you’re on. You’ll be so glad you did.

Tomorrow I tell you about the Menu Planner tool we’ve developed.

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  1. I don’t recall having seen anything in past blogs about ‘early morning
    green water’. Please tell me more.

    I am using kefir, green smoothies, lots of salads, and renewing my
    interesting in sprouting. The addition
    of big, big salads with lots of fresh, raw vegetables made a BIG difference
    in energy levels and sense of wellness and health!
    Thanks for all your information. Looking forward to your trip to DFW area.

    vj

  2. People! If this post speaks to you, don’t even wait to hear about the Menu Planner! Go to the website and BUY IT NOW, it is AMAZING! I am 3 weeks into it, and my whole family has loved it so far-even my five year old and stubborn husband are saying “yum!” about our whole food meals! Thanks Robyn, for making things easier for us “beginners”… You are doing the world a great service!

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