What Cancer Taught Me About Diet, Training and Discipline

Last day

 My last day of chemo

Motivation to stick to a diet and make it to the gym regularly can at times become a bit daunting. Mix in a few bad days stuck in traffic, bouts of bad eating and a few skipped workouts and you may quickly find yourself thrown from the motivation train.

A few years ago I made a promise to myself to never be tired again. Let me explain.


After undergoing nine months of  chemotherapy treatment for cancer in 2004 I swore I would do my best to never make an unjustified excuse for missing a workout again.


You see, there are the justified excuses we all can relate to such as serious family obligations, medical reasons or prior-made plans with family or friends among others.


I am speaking here of the unjustified kind: laziness, over sleeping, too tired, weather… you fill in the blank.


The reason I came to this conclusion was that after becoming so fatigued, tired and feeling an overall exhaustion form chemotherapy I started to think about how easy it was to just get up, get dressed and get my butt to the gym. At that time, I was unable to make it up a flight of stairs without getting winded.


I vowed I would never take my opportunity of health for granted. It didn’t matter if I had gotten only a few hours of sleep the night before, if I ate like crap that day or if I had the worst day at work and just needed to unwind.


If I was healthy and capable I would muster my second, third or fourth wind and get going. All I have to do is remember those days of treatment and how I felt – no energy, no appetite and a damaged spirit. That gives me the motivation to look at my current situation, assess what really matters and move forward.


We all have more opportunities than we realize. Sometimes the facade of laziness and comfort creep into our lives jeopardizing our paths to success. Learn to sense and identify what’s holding you back from seeking what you really want.


Is it a significant reason preventing you from moving forward or is it simply the perceived need to remain comfortable and give yourself yet another break?


We aren’t all perfect and that’s okay. I still have my difficult days and need a reminder of those challenging times. But I do my best, muster my energy and press on.


All we can do is put in motion our best efforts and build on that day by day until we have a better grasp of identifying our thoughts and motivations so that we can make better decisions.


Don’t waste another day…

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  • J Flexin


    This is an incredibly inspiring and motivating post. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day BS and feel bad for yourself but I think you captured the feeling perfectly and your story will truly help push others to reach their full potential. Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.workoutlab.net Brad Borland

      Thanks so much. I am truly happy you found it motivating.