Turn Your Struggles Into Personal Victories

This year, I will be turning 30 years old and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that the thought of turning old didn’t scare me just a bit. When I turned 20, I thought that I was invincible and that my future was bright with endless possibilities and adventures. But as I am approaching the big 3 – 0, I feel like there are still things that I am not satisfied with in my life.

I have had asthma since I was a kid; it went away when I was in my teens, only to come back again in college because I wasn’t taking care of myself all that well, living by myself in the dorms. Over the past few years, my asthma has been manageable, but it still prevents me from doing any cardio related workout. I am fortunate enough that even with my asthma, my high metabolism always helps me to stay lean – all i need to do is to lift weights. Because of that, I have had no desire to keep working on improving my cardio endurance…. but I had a change of heart when the calendar page flipped over to the year 2014.

“Don’t say I can’t. Say I presently struggle with”
~Tony Horton

Just past December, my friend, Dove, posted on Facebook saying that he’d be doing a charity run for the Childrens Tumor Foundation during the Valentine’s Day weekend. But here’s the twist – it was organized by Cupid Undie Run, which means that the runners are encouraged to run in their underwear! I thought it was funny, and I figured I’d join him, for the good cause, and for the humor.

But as the day approached, I found, I was reluctant to do the run and almost skipped it. But I realized that few of my friends has already donated a couple hundred dollars for my charity run; and the thought of finally conquering my weakness drove me to start training to build up my endurance.

cupidundieLuckily with the help of Obamacare and my new health insurance, I got my asthma inhaler in time for a very affordable price. And there I was running on treadmill. The first 5 min on the treadmill was the hardest; I was wheezing and panting but I manned up and kept on going. Before I knew it, I was already hitting 10 min on the treadmill with over a mile on the odometer. It may sound silly, but I cannot remember ever running more than a mile for any reason or anything, so that was a huge step for me.

I could have stopped then, but I soon began to understand the term “runners high” as I was started to feel it . So I kept on going and finally stopped after 20 min on the treadmill, running a total 2.25 miles.

Of course on the day of the charity run, it was a breeze! The run itself was only 1.5 miles, so it was already nothing for me.

The moral of the story is, we tend to quit before even making the attempt. Remove the phrase “I can’t” and replace it with “I presently struggle with”. If you’re brave and very determined to conquer your struggles, you will be very successful. I know a lot of you who are reading this are currently struggling with your own fitness journey, whether you’re working on improving your size & strength, or working on reducing your size. Do not give up!

Summer is just around 100 days from now. Give yourself this time to improve your current fitness struggles, and I can assure you that you will have a fun summer looking fit and healthy!

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p/s: Next on my bucket list…. to improve my surfing skills.. Currently I’m struggling with surfing and am still the rookie on the surf.