Now, the idea of cardio and exercise has always been an enchanting idea to me. Always a new years resolution that I promised myself to start. Now that 2017 was here, it was time to turn this idea into reality. So for 30 minutes a day, I forced myself out of the house at 7 pm to start my night jog. At first, I would run with my ears plugged in concentrating on how hard it was to breathe and the cold sweat that I’ll break out into in the chilly night air. The next day was the same. I probably looked like a pale, sweaty mess with my hair plastered to my face. But that night when I came home, I felt energy pulsing through my veins like I’ve never felt before. After a nice shower, I started homework and to my surprise, the problems that I’d previously struggled in became an obvious answer. Because of that, I was able to sleep early and wake up ready to start my day. Like a domino effect, the results of just 2 days of running were amazing. The third day became even easier as running was no longer exercise; it was a routine that looked forward to relax at the end of the day. By the fourth day came, I couldn’t help but realize that just as the rapper Logic was addicted to his “Nikki”, I was addicted to the sweat and energy after a run. By the time the weekends came, I went out of my way to be sure that even if there was work, I would somehow squeeze in time to run. It was well worth it because as I ran, I looked up into the the beautiful night sky and saw the full moon rising above the veil of the clouds. Surrounding the moon were stars that twinkled so beautifully I was breathless. And for the first time, I took our my earphones and instead of listening to Logic or Asap Ferg, I listened to the sounds of the breeze that whistled through the bamboo leaves in my neighborhood and crickets as they whittled away. Somehow, it felt like being in a Buzzfeed video minus the embarrassment I’ll feel from being recorded. Forcing myself to run has created phenomenal results not only on my physical health, but also my mental health as well. During that time, my body became less bloated and I was reaching for fruits in place of chips. Although it’s only been a week in, I know that running will truly transform my 2017 into the year that I can be proud of.