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1.10.2011

i know you've been waiting for it. so without further ado...


green monster


i finally broke down and tried the green monster last night. because camilla's been raving so about it. and because during our phone conversation yesterday she delivered a swift blow to my achilles heel: i feel like my eyelashes have gotten longer, she said.
eyelashes? longer? oh man. 

and so i tried it because what i've really learned in the last three months is that all of this--health and nutrition and happiness and well...life is one grand experiment. trial and error. figuring out what works for you. 

there was a point just after thanksgiving when i wanted to stop physique. i'll just go back to the gym, i thought. the commute is too long. i'm getting worse! 

but i continued on. because in a moment of uncharacteristic wisdom i knew those thoughts to be passing. i'd hit a little wall. but soon enough i'd just plow on through it. 

and i did. 

i love going to class because for one hour each day nothing else exists outside that room. it is a time to be selfish in the most productive of ways. 

and yes, i imagine i look a little different. not impossibly so. but enough. 

but like i've said before, it's the benefits to my health, the desire to get better and stronger that keep me going back again and again. it's the fact that now when we get to the abs i can keep up. and the fact that i no longer struggle with pain in my back. it's increased bone density (and while i can't see or feel this i'm told that it's true). 

after three months i don't have the body of kelly ripa. but then again i've got like a foot on her, so i probably never will. 

i'm stronger and happier. and so i'll continue on (even if i risk standing next to a radio city rockette and feeling....just so much less). it's the mental end that really does it for me. the gift of getting better and ticking off small accomplishment after small accomplishment. 

24 comments:

Taylor Yves said...

congratulations! i'm glad you feel so well. i did a few sit-ups the other day and man am i feeling it :) you're inspiring me to make my muscles a priority. also, you take such unique photos, i really like them. it's been a joy to be on this journey with you.

Alex said...

Woohoo!! Good for you for sticking with this and recognizing the amazign benefits. I wish I had the fortitude to do something like this. Congratulations!

Ana* said...

Congrats. I finally started attending to the gym before work. Waking up at 6am wasn't easy the first day but the invisible results "aka extra-energy during the day," are starting to pay off.

Camilla Leila said...

you're motivating me to get my lazy bum to the gym. or to do yoga. or something.

ps i LOVE that picture.

Erin said...

I hope you never look like Kelly Ripa. She is scary skinny, in a way-too-sinewy way... You, on the other hand, are gorgeous!

Jane's Next Door said...

I'm going to try the Green Monster. I love almond milk and bananas and don't eat enough spinach so all signs point to good inner health.... :)

Neely said...

I drink a green monster everyday and it has completely changed my life!

SARA REDD said...

Dear Meg,

I'm a new follower [literally, as of this morning!], and I just have to say it - I love, love, love your writing. It is so beautiful and so fluid, and an absolute pleasure and delight to read.

And, congratulations. Congratulations for conquering Ned, I applaud you for all that you've done with your physique 57 challenge. :)

Your new follower,
Sara

Chelsea said...

yah for you! I wish I could come to your class too. it sounds like a lot of fun!

I make a veggie/fruit smoothie almost every morning and it's a yummy way to start off the day. Plus, it's the only way to get spinach in my toddler!

forefrontfash said...

i want to drink that.

dull boy said...

you have inspired me to give that green monster a go.....

(though i can't promise it'll be free of vodka)

Brittan said...

i want to go to physique with you! just stand next to me and i'll make you feel like a rockette. (i will probably just end up sitting and/or crying at some point.)

you're doing awesome. keep on keeping on.

pepper said...

Just found your blog and it is lovely indeed- I just featured you as my blog love- http://pepperstitches.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-love-brunette-bombshell.html :)
Pepper x

nicole said...

i need to try this! sounds a bit more tasty than my usual kale, lemon and apples ;)

...like a rolling stone. said...

man. tempting.
i'm especially tempted by the potentially longer lashes!
i'll let you know how it goes...
xo.

Ashley said...

First of all, you rock! You rock for conquering Ned and for being a physique goddess.

Secondly, I read this at work today and stopped at the store for spinach on my way home. I'm trying this tomorrow after my morning run. It's a scary color, but I trust you. ;)

Emily said...

yes! you go girl!

p.s. i LOVE your nail polish and i will definitely try the green monster!

heather said...

good work! i love going to classes to work out. they are so motivational & i just don't push myself enough when i go to the gym alone. you are awesome.

also, i believe camilla's raving about the green monster has convinced me i need to try the green monster as well!

Jackie said...

I started the Green Monster last night too....
Also because Camilla's eyelashes got longer.

Libby said...

The Green Monster sounds yummy in a odd way! I`m going to try it out.

Jessica said...

Brava! I really need to consistently take such steps to care for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

jenn said...

I keep hearing about the green monster movement. I think I'll have to give it a try! Sounds good!

Brittany said...

i'm intrigued. i think i'm going to try this green monster and see just what happens to my eyelashes. ha.

Kelly said...

So inspiring!! Great job!!! I'm buying a pass to group exercise classes at my college rec center for this semester. I plan on doing some rotation of Zumba, spin, abs, and yoga. So excited : )