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Personal Thoughts: Gratitude & Embracing Your Current Situation

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is keeping well.

Sorry for the lack of “fitness/running/health” related posts lately. I have a few posts under “draft” that never seem to pass the “publish” stage. Procrastination at its best.

I know my blog is “adeleruns” but I don’t always want to talk about running. I like to share my personal thoughts (and life) and what I think/feel on certain matters in life.

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Living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind, body, soul, balance and so much more. Running/fitness/health is just ONE small part of it! I want my blog to be a little more dynamic and interactive.

I am someone who likes to think…… A LOT! My head is always bursting with thoughts that sometimes I wish I could download it onto a hard disc.


Today’s thought:

“You need to not have a reading light in your room to appreciate it”

HAHAH. Yes. Today’s thought came from something as simple as that. I did not have a reading light in my room for the past one week because we didn’t realise that the lamp was not included in the box.

Tip: If you buy anything from IKEA, CHECK the box to see what’s included and what’s not!

“You need to have bad coffee to know what GOOD coffee is”

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What I’m trying to say is that you wouldn’t know how good/blessed/happy/grateful/lucky you are until you lose something/not have it. This also applies to tough/shitty/difficult situations in life. You need to be in a really unpleasant, dreadful and horrible situation to know how pleasurable your normal day-to-day life is.


Blessed

I’ve always been told that I’ve got the best and most supportive parents. Because I always had that, I don’t appreciate it as much as I should! Also, I’d think that everyone has awesome parents.

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You need to actually BE in the situation and SEE it for yourself to FEEL what other people go through. In this case, my eyes have opened. And I know JUST HOW BLESSED I am! I thank God everyday for awesome parents.

What are YOU thankful for?


Tough Situations

Embracing the bad

I’m not exactly in a tough/shitty condition. But I’m definitely not living the life I am used to. The kind of life where you have everything provided for and where things are easily accessible.

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But I’m learning to love these situations. Because instead of dreading them and complaining, I’m tackling the situation.

I am constantly learning, growing and adapting. And that is what life is all about!

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Experiences, doing new things, learning, falling and getting back up!

I am actually quite happy about the dengue experience last year. In terms of my fitness, I didn’t think that I would ever crawl back up. BUT I DID! And I have gained SO MUCH confidence in that. I know that whatever happens, I will have the strength and capability to do it all over again. And that is very reassuring. Of course, with GOD behind my back. 😉


So the next time you are in a tough situation, THINK about how you can use it to shape your character or add experience and a pinch of “fun” to your life.

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What’s life if you’ve always had it easy? There’s nothing juicy or interesting about an easy life. 😉

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Time for an adventure.

Happy Monday!

xoxo

Reflection – 2015

Once again, another year has come and gone. Where did it go?!

“New Year, New Me”?

I don’t believe you need a new year to start/stop something. But it does give a timeline for a fresh start. A new beginning, a clean slate. It is also a good time to sit down and reflect on the year that has passed – 2015.

Take some time to evaluate what has happened or did not happen. What worked and what didn’t. Then, start writing down your goals. Pen them down in ink on paper.FullSizeRender_1

I like how the new-year sparks new goals, ideas, inspirations and perspectives. Take this opportunity to allow for change and improvement.


2015

2015 was rather different. I was not tied to a rigid 9-5 job. In fact, I quit my job at the plastic surgery clinic (which I enjoyed too) to pursue my heart’s desires – health, nutrition and fitness.

I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. I signed up for the intensive one month Personal Trainer Development Programme at Fit Malaysia to obtain the necessary certifications. I passed the ACE theory exam, FIT Malaysia theory and practical exam, the CPR exam, managed a total of 4 certifications and the rest was history.

Looking back, I did not put much thought into it. I jumped straight into the unknown. Thankfully, it was without regrets. Yes, I faced many roadblocks, crossroads and other times, I was unsure of what I was doing.FullSizeRender_4

But that’s life. It was not without challenges. I learned to deal with the current situation and take things a step at a time. There were a lot of experimentations, research, readings and self-teaching involved. Having the discipline and determination to press on (on your own) was tough.

Was 2015 THE year for me?

Nah. There were many highs but there were just as many lows. For me, it was a time-out to discover what I really wanted to do in life. And I think I have found it.

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2015 running/fitness related highlights in no particular order:

– Quit my day job

– Studied part time while managing my own “business”

– Pursued/pursuing my passions (Nutrition, health and fitness)IMG_9552

– Recorded mileage stats! Yes, it is a big thing for me (never had any). Clocked 2629.65km

– Competed in 22 races with many DNS-es and my first DNF! (Finished within the prizes for all except my Cambodia run-cation!)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset– Became a DOTCOM! www.adeleruns.com

– Started blogging/writing which opened up many doors for me (I didn’t think I’d like writing)

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– Featured in health magazines/health websites

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset– Managed a PB across 5km, 10km and the Half Marathon

IMG_5299– Conquered my first Climbathon, finishing in 3rd place (Elevation: 1451m)

IMG_1694– Together with the pacers, we grew the Puma Night Running Club from about 30 to 70-80 membersIMG_3741

– Conquered my first towerthon!IMG_4557

In terms of running and racing, I took a more conservative approach. I felt stronger and better rested. I was definitely more active last year with many back to back races and racing almost every other week.

Take good care of your body! Listen to those red alerts.

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God, Family, Friends

God has been there through thick and thin, through my lowest and highest times in life. I still struggle with my walk with Him but he has never failed me.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

He has blessed me with everything I need. And MORE.

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“Count it all JOY when you fall into various trials James 1:2”

“……but we also glory in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4″

Sometimes it takes looking back on those situations to see how our faith has grown during trials and doubts.

Patience, Gratitude, Appreciation, REST

A few things that I had to learn the HARD way.

Yep, you guessed it – dengue. It deserves another mention! I was hospitalised and immobilised for 2 weeks! THAT IS 14 DAYS! It was also my first time being hospitalised.

As a physically active person, I cannot do nothing for 2 days. It was a real test of patience on so many levels.IMG_5873

I had to give time for my body to recover and when I did get out of the hospital, I had to give my body time to bounce back! My fitness level was back to when I started running 1.5 years ago! It was HORRIBLE. You can imagine how demotivated I was.

It took my body 6 months to fully recover, during which I suffered from severe hair loss and fungal skin and ear infections.

But I knew that slowly and surely, I would be back. What doesn’t kill you, REALLY MAKES YOU STRONGER!FullSizeRender

At the same time, I realised just how amazing my body is. How it works in harmony just to keep me alive. I now have a new level of appreciation just by being able to run and move. One word – AWESOME!

Solid Relationships and Connections

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I am working on connecting a little more with the people around me. I’ve always been very reserved. I prefer to keep things to myself.

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I tend to shy away from meetings/people and would think that it is a total waste of time. Oh, how things have changed!

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Having connections and a wide network is key in the business world. I learned how to expand my network and create avenues for business opportunities.IMG_7282

In general, I’m not a people person. But in 2015, I learned how to become a people person. Make sense?Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

I truly appreciate all the meaningful and strong connections (not only for business) that I have built along the way. Of course, I lost some but I have gained so much more! So blessed to have so many of you around me.IMG_7046 IMG_7684 FullSizeRender(3)

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Supporters

I feel so blessed and undeserving when I see so many of you supporting me and my journey. It still amazes me and never fails to leave me speechless.

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I know you guys have taken the time to verbally encourage me, leave me with comments, texts, emails, calls and coming up to me at races…… THANK YOU! It is still very hard to swallow when people tell me how much I’ve inspired or changed their lives. WHAT?! It truly means the world to me.IMG_0451

In fact, it works both ways. You guys have motivated, inspired and pushed me to become stronger and better. I would not have done it without you guys. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

My Sponsors

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In 2015, I managed 4 new sponsorships. It may not be much but I am very grateful for all their help.

I can now track my runs, run in style, recover well and run pain free.

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THANK YOU for all the support.

Overall

2015 has pulled me out of my comfort zone. I had many JUST DO IT moments. And I did.IMG_4967

It was bitter sweet with many new experiences, failures, discoveries, appreciations, realisations, pain, tears, gratitude, losses, triumphs and celebrations. Much like running – bitter sweet.FullSizeRender(1)

I have learned to be a little more spontaneous and to take life a little less seriously. Life is filled with spontaneity and natural changes.

Change is good. Go with it and don’t resist it. Let it flow.FullSizeRender_3

2016 will be a BIG year with MANY changes. I can’t wait to share my journey. You’ll know what I mean…… SOON!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetReflect, pray, let God plot your next move and move on! Time to take on new challenges and adventures! LET’S DO THIS!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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*I have SO many things to say. SORRY if I’ve left anything or anyone out. I didn’t mean to!*

New Year, New Resolutions?

We’re into our first week of 2015, the first Monday, Hump Day, TGIF and the weekend!

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So, what’s up for this week?

Everyone is usually HIGH and MIGHTY during the first week of the New Year and then when the flame burns off, it goes downhill from there (I hope not!).

I started my Monday with a BANG! Woke up early in the morning to put in a tough core workout session followed by 20 minutes of stretching. I ate clean and healthy for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. In the evening, I took my brother to the park to run his first 5KM. Now, I’m feeling SORE all over! I hope I can keep this up, no downhill from here *fingers crossed*.

Oh, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a DOTCOM now! WHOOP!

As we step into the new year, did you manage to make a list of your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you achieve any of your 2014 resolutions? I don’t know about you but I’m still struggling to figure out my 2015 resolutions!

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Resolutions are just dreams and goals that you set for yourself. They mean nothing if you’re not willing to commit to them. In order to achieve them, you have to go into it with the right mind set, you need a plan. If you’re jotting them down for the sake of it (because the whole world is getting in on it) then you’re going to be in for some disappointment at the end of 2015.

If you haven’t written down anything, let me help you out! I’ll make it simple, PROMISE!

But before you start,2Let go of the past. Let go of anything that is/was holding you back. Learn from your failures and start the year without carrying any excess baggage.

Roll your shoulders back, take 10 deep breaths and READ ON!

  1. Stay Healthy, Get Fit

Have you been putting off your 2014 fitness goals? If there was ever a time to get rid of your bad habits and excuses, the time is now. And no, I don’t expect you to go cold turkey. Go for gradual change. Start with baby steps. Make a simple change in your everyday routine. Throw in a healthy snack, take the stairs and start working out at least 30 minutes a day (3-4 times a week).

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I WISH!

Sign up for that bootcamp session, dance class, group training, road race etc, that you’ve always wanted to explore. If you want to start somewhere, join the Puma Running Club for our weekly training sessions every Wednesday, 7.15pm at Desa Park City. A group of us will help you achieve your goals!

Soon, moving your body and eating healthily will come naturally. Your body will thank you for it!

My goal: Focus on strengthening my CORE, resting when needed and cutting out the sweet stuff.

  1. Family Time

Spend more time with your family. They are the ones who will be by your side through thick and thin. As the years pass, I noticed how much my parents have aged. And when you’re busy making a life for yourself, you tend to forget to spend time with them.

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My goal: Spend more time with them and attend all of our family gatherings!

  1. Get Organised and Get to it

Your life can be a big ball of mess when you’re not clear about your goals. Write them down! I got myself a physical diary (the good ol’ paper and pen!) to jot down my plans for 2015. It is easier to achieve them when you can SEE them. Try not to keep a digital record. Do away with the technology (we don’t need more of that!).11

I have a bad habit of putting things off for a “later time” which usually never happens. And I have suffered many missed opportunities because of it.

My goal: JUST GET IT DONE!

  1. Save Up

Save some money and spend wisely. Most importantly, spend within your means. With the GST rolling in, everyone will be feeling the pinch.

Set up a budget list and stick to it.

You can start by:

-Eating in, preparing your own meals (you will realise how much you can save in a month!)

-Switching off the lights etc and reduce air con usage (Save the earth! GO GREEN!)

-Walk instead of drive (If it is near)

-Recycle whatever that can be recycled (Paper, glass)

-Cut out unnecessary spending (bags, clothes, shoes, unhealthy snacks etc)

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I have come to realise that material stuff brings no value to life. Spend the money on somebody who needs it or use it to travel to a new place, a new country! The adventures and experiences gained are always PRICELESS! Life instantly becomes more meaningful.

  1. Be Kind

Be kind to others. Regardless of how others treat you, a speck of kindness and courtesy is the minimum that everyone deserves. Compliment rather than criticize, you can never give too many. A kind word can change someone’s life.13

Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Accept your flaws and work to improve on them (if you can). Accept you, for who you are. Once you set that straight, no one can use it against you. Don’t always try to please other people, you can never satisfy everyone. There will always be people discriminating, criticizing, disagreeing and judging. Just BE YOU! Keep an open heart and mind.

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Remember to appreciate the little things. The beauty of life and its simplicity is right before our eyes. You just have to SEE it!

To me, a new year is only a new day. However, you can take this opportunity to start over, a clean slate and use this as a tool for motivation. Just keep striving for your own taste of greatness. Keep pursuing your dreams! And surprise the world with what you have!

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I hope this helps! What have you got on your list?