When I went for a walk yesterday, I noticed a little yellow flower growing out of a crack in a concrete wall. I have always been fascinated by the life force that enables a plant to grow in the least favorable conditions.

However, I looked at that little plant a bit differently as I compared it to my own situation. I realized it will not thrive in that environment for very long without adequate soil, water and fertilizer – just as I won’t thrive if I don’t get back into my exercise routine.

My work, travel and family schedule has been extremely hectic for the past few months, and I’ve let self-care slide. I started back to my exercise class on Monday, and it is kicking my butt!

There are so many other things I would rather do at 6:30 a.m. than exercise, but I know in order to maintain the physical strength and flexibility that I’m going to need to continue doing the things I love to do, that I am going to have to keep it up.

I no longer worry about the size of the bumps on my nose (or my chest). Vanity isn’t my motivation at this point. The only thing that really matters now is that my body works. But just like the little plant growing out of the crack in the concrete, my body will only stay strong if I give it what it needs – like good food, adequate rest and regular exercise.

So today I’m back on track. I’ve made a commitment to force myself to make the time to take care of myself. I hope you’ll do the same!