What I Learned on My Fitness Journey #7

Make the Most of Your Health and Vitality Because You’ll Never Know When It’s Gone.

I think people don’t know how precious their health is until they have to fight with their every might to walk, or to stand on their own two feet.  I know I talk a lot about getting ripped abs, toned legs, firm bum bums, and so forth….but that’s not really the reason why I work out.  They are just goals to help me push myself further, to challenge myself!  I’m happy to set goals as such, but a firm bum bum is not necessarily the best reason to exercise every day.

At the age of 24 I was hit as a pedestrian by a careless driver in Toronto.   It took me six months to learn to walk and regain mobility again. I could not eat, sleep, shower, or even hold a glass of water by myself.  Compared to that state I was in, working out is easy!!  Doing pushups, pull ups, and crunches to keep my body strong and healthy?  Nice! I can get better with enough practice and effort and time? Count me in!

Friends often ask me how I can possibly workout every day.  It’s actually quite a blessing that I can.  While going through my rehabilitation after my accident I had to work harder just to get on my feet without assistance.  Day in and day out for many long months.  What was my goal then?  To successfully hold a glass of water without dropping it, or take a shower independently again.  In my twenties, I thought that I had my whole life ahead of me to enjoy, be free, and explore.   I never expected my life to come to a standstill, but it did, and I learned an important lesson from it.

After all these years, I haven’t forgotten those feelings of frustration and depression during the dark winter days of my rehabilitation.  I still remember feeling as if the world was moving ahead without me.  I remember lying in bed and wondering when my appetite, sleep and mobility would return to normal.  I dreaded those rides to the physical therapy center.  It was lonely and tough.  However, I kept returning because I knew that if I didn’t put all my faith into those exercises, then I would not walk normal anytime soon. I wanted so badly to be pain free, to be able to run, skip and dance again.  I wanted to laugh and move beyond the things that had gripped me–insomnia, pain, and depression.  It was horrible having to pop over 50 pills a day just to help my body sleep, eat and stay regular.  I was even on antidepressants.  The drugs made me bloated and that in turn made me feel worse about myself.

The nightmare seemed never ending.  I couldn’t have done it without the love of my family.  Their support in helping me with that transition was awesome. My mom and sister were there as much as their work schedule could allow. But, it was up to me to believe in myself and keep pushing for my physical independence and freedom again.  As painful as it was to rise, get dressed, and get myself to the curb in front of the therapist’s door, I did so every winter morning. Because I felt that I deserve a second chance.

Today, I’m so thankful that I am ABLE to workout, and I will not take a single day for granted!! It’s a celebration of my mobility, physical independence, and strength.  Exercising also nourishes my mind and spirit.  That’s why I am passionate about health and fitness.  I am passionate about it for myself as well as others. I have many friends who have had tougher experiences and are still fighting for their health and mobility. Their journey remains close to my heart, and they inspire me each day!

So if you are feeling like you need a little motivation to change your life and start investing in your health, or if you are looking for a program and guidance, I hope you will reach out for help.  Nobody can do it alone.  We can all support each other to stay on the right path–one that helps us enjoy a beautiful quality of life.  I am here to help you in any way that I can.



About Jade Nuyen

You know the people who tell you that life goes downhill after 40, or after you've had children? They're full of crap. I prove it to myself every single day that life begins after 40 and you don't have to accept being a frumpy out of shape mom as a lifestyle.
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8 Responses to What I Learned on My Fitness Journey #7

  1. Ryan Olson says:

    Jade-

    You are an amazing person and a wonderful friend. Thank you for your help and motivation over these past months. You are awesome and I celebrate your triumph of the adversity in your life. Thank you again for your friendship!

    Ryan

    • Jade Nuyen says:

      Thank you Ryan : ). For your friendship and encouragement, I am blessed. You too have taught me that even when life is most challenging -we CAN rise again and thrive. Furthermore, you have exemplify helping your friends along the way. Together we are all stronger.
      Jade

    • Stacy Stearns says:

      Thank you Jade for sharing your amazing story. I am truly inspired by your zest for life and health and have been hitting the gym as often as I can.
      It has made a difference not only from a physical standpoint but emotional as well. I feel sooo at peace and much more patient with my kiddos!
      Luv u sister.
      Stacy

      • Jade Nuyen says:

        Stacy!! : ). Wow! That is so awesome! I had no idea you have been keeping it up- you’ve just made my day! : ). I agree wholeheartedly, exercising consistently does improve our mind and spirit as well as our bodies. Much love to you and the family, Jade

  2. Quynh says:

    You are awesome! Thanks for always pushing us to be the fittest that we can be. I’ve always appreciated life and P90X helped me appreciate it more as my body grew stronger.

    • Jade Nuyen says:

      Thank you for sharing that Quynh!! Yes, P90X has changed both of our lives : ). It is very exciting to know that you can keep training to get stronger. When our bodies are strong we want to live life to the fullest and are more willing to step out of our comfort zone. I’m so happy that you took the P90X challenge and are now doing round 2!! Congratulations!

  3. Anita says:

    Thank you for telling your story. Since I have reached the “wonderful” fifties, I realize more then ever not to take anything for granted. I have seen so many people in the last year, that have had things happen in their life that they never even imagined would. Hopefully getting healthier and more fit, isn’t too late for me, even at my age.

    • Jade Nuyen says:

      Hi Anita,
      It is never too late for any of us! : ). Keep up the good work with eating clean, exercising, and getting enough sleep- and you will certainly see results. It’s all about being consistent and persistent. Congratulations on making that commitment to your health and fitness! Kia Kaha!
      Jade