Everyone has a dream. Some look to their dreams as just dreams and dreams alone. Never thinking it could amount to anything therefore never taking the steps to possibly achieve that dream. Others look at their dreams as goals. They not only dream about it, they let the dream take root within themselves. They realize that the dream goes beyond just thinking. They start looking at the steps needed to achieve such a dream/goal. They visualize themselves achieving that dream and finally they believe they can accomplish it. But what happens when something or someone happens to cause you to doubt this dream. Whether it be a setback, or someone telling you that you can’t there is one and only one word that comes to mind….. Persevere! Perseverance definition: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. No matter what the obstacle, no matter what others say this is when we reach down deep, we discover new strengths and set new limits. It was May 2012 that I was faced with not just one major setback but two. I had come off of 3 bodybuilding competitions and after months of dieting and depleting water 3 times in the matter of 5 weeks my body rebelled on me. I gained 17 pounds of water retention in just 4 days. I was in so much pain and discomfort from the swelling it took me into the doctor’s office which led to me getting on a very intense diuretic to try and shed the water. While it helped some after the 10 days my body still rebelled and I needed to go on a diuretic that I could take for a longer period of time in hopes that my body would somehow normalize. My severe edema led into my body going into a state of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is when your body is unable to produce the adequate quantities of hormones leading to adrenal insufficiency. On top of my battle with adrenal fatigue, I was outside running one day at lunch and while in a crosswalk I was hit by a car making a right hand turn. This accident led to a sprained ankle, multiple contusions, pulled quad and groin muscles not to mention my back was really messed up and still is to this day. I was in the process of an offseason training through all of this. My goal was to switch from being a bikini level competitor to a figure level competitor. I needed to add a good amount of muscle to do this. While the process of ‘bulking’ to begin with can lead to mental anguish in itself top it off with these two setbacks and I felt lost. I hit a complete low. I questioned myself daily. I found myself is a state of depression and felt like I hit bottom. Although I was having these thoughts and quite discouraged I still was determined to make my goal come true. I was on crutches for about a month. I still went to the gym and trained my upper body through it all. I couldn’t train legs nor do cardio but I was hell bent that I was NOT going to let this stop me. Even though I still trained as best I could I found myself still gaining weight and still flare ups of swelling. I had reached a high in my weight that made me so uncomfortable in my own skin I started to pull away from others so I wouldn’t have to feel insecure. It wasn’t until a weekend spent with my team that my trainer saw how much I was struggling and we decided at that time after the trip it was time to switch things up. My cardio endurance was low considering not being able to do cardio for about 2 months. I slowly started to get my endurance back. Cardio was increased and training was getting easier. I was able to lose 10 pounds in a month. That help to build my self-confidence back and helped me to gain sight of really accomplishing this goal. I fought hard, I was determined, and I disciplined in every possible way I needed to be. I PERSEVERED!!! In about 6 months I was able to add 12 pounds of lean muscle mass and lean out. I competed in my first two figure shows on March 2013 & April 2013. I did it!! Just switching divisions alone is a task at hand but being able to switch divisions faced with setbacks makes my goal a VICTORY!! If you are truly passionate about something NEVER give up! Keep fighting, Keep believing, and Keep going. I turned my setback into a comeback and you can too.