Testimony: Dusty Dills

One of the biggest struggles I’ve dealt with growing up was severe exercise induced asthma. It hindered me as a child, and even on up into my 20s.

If you’ve never had asthma, the best way to “experience” it is to run enough to elevate your breathing, grab a straw, and try and breathe only through the straw. It’s a scary feeling and you’ll find out real quick what suffocating feels like.

I was never good at running in school, couldn’t really participate in sports that involved a lot of running, and yes, you guessed it, this usually meant I was at the tail-end of the pick for kickball. I was that kid.

I remember one day in high school when it all went wrong. I was in weight lifting class when we were doing some sort of “Iron Man” competition. After the running portion, the next thing I remember is waking up in the middle of the road, flat on my back. I just couldn’t do the things I so badly wanted to do! It was so frustrating!

I wanted to workout, be active, and take care of myself, but I never could stay with workouts long enough. I honestly didn’t think I could. I was always worried about going too far and either passing out or fearing that I couldn’t get to my inhaler fast enough and might die.

Fear was literally choking the air out of my lungs.

I truly believe that God is the one who heals us. I also believe that we can’t always just expect God to hand us stuff. Sometimes, if we see something, it takes a little bit of effort on our end to get it. Don’t mistake this for meaning salvation or things of that nature, but I mean losing weight, being healthier, and things along those lines.

“If praise demands sacrifice, and our health is a means of praise, then what’s it gonna take for us to be healthy?”

When Colby asked me to start coming to workouts, I was hesitant. Fear had a hold on me. Nonetheless, I showed up one morning. I ‘d like to say it was easy, but it was far from that. I didn’t even complete half of the routine that morning. I didn’t let that stop me though. The next morning I was back at it again, more determined than ever.

That was 6 weeks ago (as of October 29th, 2012).

Since I’ve started, everything has changed! I feel better, have lost 10lbs, and have begun to shape up! I’ve almost met all of my short term goals and it’s not even January yet! I’m starting to see the muscle gain I want, and I even ran 2 miles of hills the other day without getting out of breath! That was something I could never do before, or at least I thought…

One thing I’m learning the more I do this is that a lot of it is in our mind. We are so afraid that we often times allow fear to stop us. Sometimes all you’ve gotta do is believe you’ve got it in you and you can do whatever you set your mind too! It’s also a great plus to have people that believe in you behind you too!

Thanks Triumph Fitness! I couldn’t have done this without you all!


“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” -2 Timothy 1:7

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