Usually, I enjoy riding my bike to work. As you pull around a corner and head down a hill, there's no better word than freedom. Do you remember biking around the block as a kid? Just free to roll? Why leave those moments to the kids? When it's Friday afternoon, and you roll out of the office parking lot, the wind in your face, you'll know what I mean.
I'm writing this post because a few weeks ago I took a spill that landed me face first on the pavement. The asphalt ripped through my (brand new) down coat, my gloves, and scraped up my arms. My helmet saved my head, my sunglasses saved my face -- thank goodness (not to sound all "mom" on you, buuuut Wear your helmet!!).
A lot of people offered me a ride home that day, and I almost took someone up on it when, after getting so many offers, I started to wonder if maybe I shouldn't ride home. The lazy little voice inside of me liked the sound of a warm car, and someone else at the wheel. The more I thought about it, the more my apprehension grew, until my lazy voice was coupled with my what-if voice, and suddenly I could hear nothing in my mind but whispers of "Warm caaaar..." "Nice and safe...." "Warm car....." "Don't you fall agaaaaain".
Here's the thing: they offered me a ride because I was flustered, and they care. And that was really nice. But what no one can know, unless they can hear your thoughts, is the power of getting up and starting again. When I was a gymnast, this was the golden rule: if you fall, you get right back and try again. Otherwise, that what-if voice will only gain power and become a tyrant you can't ignore.
At first, I rode terribly slow and cautiously. My eyes analyzed every bit of pavement in front of me: Is that the rock I hit? Oh! don't hit that rock. Go way over there, away from that sand pit.
And then, anxious to get through a green light before it turned red, I cautiously peddled a little faster. After a few blocks, I realized I was free again -- all of that negative energy leaving my body with each exhale. It's just my bike. I know how to bike. I love to bike.
And hey, on the bright side, that crash motivated me to finally get a massage I've desperately been wanting. (Thanks, whiplash!)
When you fall, get right back up. Find glory in that freedom. And then, find something delicious to eat -- something like this moo shu. 😉
Serves: 4 | Total Time:
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1 x 1/4-inch strips (ask your butcher to do it for you!) Stir Fry:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
- 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix the first three ingredients for the pork in a shallow pyrex or ziplock bag. Place the pork in the marinade, and either close the ziplock or cover the pyrex. Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
- When ready to prepare the stir fry, remove the pork from the fridge and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once oil sizzles, add the pork the pan. Cook on pork pieces on one side for 5 minutes, stir and flip on the other side until the pork is cooked through. Remove pork from pan.
- Heat the additional tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the garlic, ginger, green onions, and mushrooms to the pan. Allow to cook for 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and the bean sprouts. Stir, and cook for 3 more minutes.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add to the pan, and use a wooden spoon to stir the eggs occasionally, just enough to scramble the eggs.
- Add the pork back to the pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce. Drizzle the sauce into the pan, and stir everything until it was well coated. Cook everything for 5 more minutes.