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Improving my health by saying 'no'

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  June 19, 2013 12:37 PM

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I am so sick.

Not just like 'oh I have a cold' sick. Sick as in I had a fever for two days. I have no energy. My get up and go has gone.

Water. Saltines. Fruit. That has been what I have been able to keep down.

Why?

Well, first, the obvious: My adorable toddler gave me his crud (he's soooooooooooooo good at sharing though, on the brightside!).

But also, I have a habit that affects my health in sometimes negative ways: I can't say no.

Or, it takes a LOT for me to say no.

When someone asks me or challenges me to do something I have this need to say yes.

Part of it comes from my love of doing a million things at once (I am the worst at being sick because I cannot just lie in bed all day like one really should to rest.) The other part of it? Well, I don't know what it is but starting today I am going to practice saying no. Loudly. And with authority -- not just in the question-markish kind of way I usually say no.

Sadly that means I am bagging out on a race for the first time EVER. I was supposed to do the corporate challenge race Thursday where a group of teammates and I from the Globe race against other companies.

But being as sick as I am, and given my desire to do really well for the BAA 10K I have to say no to this race.

If I want to get healthy, I have to start moderating what I can and can't commit to better (seriously, who trains for an obstacle race, triathlon, 10K AND full marathon at the same time? Oh yeah, I do.)

Do I feel badly about bagging out of this race? Well, I.... NO. My health depends on those two letters right now.

Do you have a hard time saying no? Why?

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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