You see the workout photos on my blog, Pinterest, Twitter. I preach to friends around me how therapeutic exercise can be. Don’t even get me started on the benefits of yoga!

I never regret a workout. I sleep better, make better food choices, have less stress and am generally more content when I exercise. I KNOW this! and yet I avoid it.

I have to work late… It’s the holidays… I’m too tired, stressed-out, hungry, need to do X. Excuses! Excuses! Why do I sabotage my efforts to exercise when I know it’s so good for me?

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Ouch. That stung a little. “I don’t have time” is an excuse. “It’s not a priority” is a choice. The reality is that every time I don’t make it to the gym, I choose to not make myself a priority.

Dare to Put Yourself First

Fellow blogger jlstanding gave me that amazing advice.

Dare?! That word really lights a fire under me. Dare. Double Dare. Double Dog Dare! (This is where my competitive streak kicks in. I will always take a dare, and I will win!)

What would happen if I used my competitive side for good and dared to make myself a priority? A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be to punish myself, but to fully embrace the me I know I can be – the fit, strong, charismatic gal who enjoys a full energetic life.

 

I’m ready. Fo’ realz. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m done starting new workouts, preaching its benefits, and subsequently bailing on it – bailing on myself. They say if you’re tired of starting over, don’t quit. I’m not quitting this time.

I am great at keeping my promises to others, but terrible at keeping promises to myself. So, I’ll add a health update to each of my posts going forward. This will be to keep me accountable. Your encouragement is welcome!

Today’s fitness update:

Strong is the new skinny. My uber goal is to live a balanced lifestyle that includes regular exercise, healthy nutrition and plenty of rest. Good energy will follow.

My fitness goal is to exercise a minimum of 4 days/week, never missing two days in a row. I will build strength through HIIT-style workouts (ToneitUp!) including cardio and yoga. I also have roughly 20 pounds to lose to achieve my ideal weight. I will follow a low-carb, low-fat eating plan to support my goal, and aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.

Humming The Snail is part sharing and part therapy for me, so thanks for listening. I hope this very real conversation will help me stay on track through the challenges and perhaps help someone else find a “dare” for themselves.