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I am not Wonder Woman

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 28, 2013 07:10 AM

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I hear the question on an almost daily basis: How do you do what you do every day?

I could write you yet another blog post about how I find time in my life for exercise, or give you a slew of healthy recipes to answer that question.

But my honest answer? Somewhere along the course of writing this blog, my healthy lifestyle changed from something I knew I *should* do to something that I *wanted* to do. The want, the desire to do *something* (be it running or helping someone in need) overrides almost any obstacle that comes my way.

When I want to do something, I will do it. Because as much as I joke that I am Wonder Woman (only without the bronze chest plating), I'm not. I'm just a gal who has a list of things that mean something to her.

Spending time with my family is important. Running is important. Eating healthy is important. Writing is important. Laughing with friends is important. And since I don't want to give up any of those important things, I just have to figure out a way to make them all work together.

The "how I do it" part is not nearly as important as the why.

Think about the last thing you really, really wanted to do. Did you give up when something didn't quite go your way, or did you figure out an alternative path to get you to where you wanted to end up?

My life is all about those alternative paths. Despite being extremely organized and planning, oh, just about everything well in advance, life is not neat and tidy that way. I expect things to go wrong. I expect things to get in the way of my training runs, or my healthy dinners. I expect traffic to make me stress about being late to pick up my kiddo. But some way, somehow, I still manage to get those things done. Because I want to.

If I truly want to exercise or eat right, I will find a way. It may mean waking up at 4 a.m., or it may mean becoming best friends with your Crockpot (as I have) -- but it has to work for me or else I won't stick with it.

I can explain my habits and routines until I'm blue in the face. But the truth is that one of the best weapons Wonder Woman had was the "lasso of truth." Every day I'm honest with myself about what I want from that day. I just have to be truthful with myself to see if what I'm doing at that exact moment is going to help get me there.

If I'm not figuring out a way to make something happen, I really don't want it that badly in the first place.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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