Fitmark Ambassador Jenny Phantharath talks motivation
My motivation to work hard, train, be positive, and love life is because of sacrifices my parents made. I believe everyone has a choice and we should never compare ourselves to another person.
In April of 2010, I got a phone call from my dad that he was not feeling good and was in extreme pain. Picture a 5’6” 120 Laotian man who never complained about pain in his life (even when a hood of car slammed down on his hand and cut off his finger or even when he got shot during the war in Thailand). When I heard those words I knew I had to drive home.
I remember sitting at the hospital room as the doctor told me my dad had three months to live. I was supposed to interpret this to my dad, I looked at him and he smiled. He knew and I didn’t have to translate. My dad made it a year before cancer took him up to heaven. Every single day he fought the pain. He was mobile and continued to participate in the community, keep up the garden he made for the family, play with his grandchildren, and repair the house.
My motivation to wake up in the morning and deciding before I walk out that door that I will prep my things, workout, and be positive goes to my dad. I believe my dad survived as long as he did because he told himself he was not going to give up. He was physically active, ate healthy, and did not let anyone or anything get in his way. He showed me it didn’t matter where I was born, how poor we were, it was motivation that gets you where you want to be.
During the duration of my dad battling cancer I told myself I won’t let his cancer be an excuse for me to let things go. I drove home every weekend to take care of my dad, I worked an average of 10 to 12 hours a day as an auditor, managed to spend time with my boyfriend at the time, keep up my household chores, run my dogs, and smile. I wanted my dad to be proud of me before he left this earth. Everyday I woke-up at 4:30am, everything prepped the night before the week began and drove an hour to train with my coach and friends, and then another hour to work.
My point is there can be a million excuses, but I made being healthy a lifestyle. I found it also saved me from depression. In May 2011 when my dad passed away, I decided to obtain my Pro Card. I flew to Canada three months later and placed third out of 35 girls around the world. I got there due to being consistent in everything that was required to step on stage. I put 100% mental effort to everything I did. Anyone can do this as long as you decide you’re going to do it and work on it daily.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013