About Dare You To:

When we were kids, any time a seemingly absurd idea came up, a challenge was extended. "I dare you!" was right up there with "I know you are, but what am I?” and “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” Further, once that dare was out in the open, the recipient had no choice but to comply. (Well, unless he “double-dared” them back, of course.) When and why did this bold behavior stop? Now, we just stick to our routine, in our comfort zone. As adults, we don’t challenge each other—or challenge ourselves—enough. My goal is to change that.

It’s time to try new things! To get healthy, to get fit, to get happy. Is there a food you’ve wanted to cook with but didn’t know how? Maybe a fitness goal you want to achieve but have been afraid to try? Want to pick up a new hobby, or maybe return to an old hobby you used to love but lost time for? Maybe you’re like me, and have been encouraged by others to start a blog for a long time, but were too afraid to do so. You see, I’ve already completed my first dare! Off to a great start.

Whether our goals or desires involve big or little changes, why don’t we just go for it? Most of the time, it’s only our mind holding us back. We blame it on lack of information, time, or responsibility, but the truth is, if we just set a goal and hold ourselves accountable to it, we can do anything. Henry Ford once said:

Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t, you are right.” 

True? Yes! The only way to achieve a goal is to set one!

On this blog, I'll share any and all ideas I find worthy of exploring, discussing, trying, or keeping for improved health and happiness.  Everything posted to this blog is something I, personally, believe in or have tried and will share both the good and the bad.  

Just to be clear, I’m no doctor, psychologist, chef, or personal trainer. I’m just a girl who likes to learn how to be my healthiest self, and share tips and information with those I love. So welcome, my friend! Follow my journey as I seek to improve myself, try new things, and live well. I hope these challenges will inspire you to live a happier, healthier life! Just give it a chance – I dare you!

About Me

I love new experiences!  Whether it's a new recipe, a new fitness class, or a new city to explore, you can count me in.  Years ago, I was a picky eater who couldn't run a mile, but I grew up and learned that change is possible.  After years of studying up on healthy living and becoming a better me, I hope to share what I've learned to help you become a better you.

Throughout my teen years, food and fitness were not a concern.  I was pretty unaware of all things nutrition- and gym-related until I got to college and put on a few pounds freshman year. That inspired me to start learning what's healthy and what's not, and also to explore the campus gym.  Over time, it became a hobby to keep learning and growing, and then sharing my acquired knowledge with family and friends.  

In recent years, I've come to adopt an ancestral approach to health, doing my best to eat real foods and engage in functional fitness.  Via the blog, I also share the latest news and research about nutrition, fitness, and happiness.  Dare you to read along and stay informed!

Today, I continue my quest to treat my body well, with foods and activities that will keep it healthy and strong, all in a busy time schedule and tight financial budget.  Here, I'll report my progress, challenges, and questions.  Feel free to comment with feedback, suggestions, questions, advice, or dares for me to try!  I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

For more information on the writer behind the blog, check out This Special Post.
To browse recaps of different types of exercise, see the Fitness Page
For an explanation of my nutrition research, please visit my Paleo Page

Thanks for stopping by! Come again =)


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Email: meredith (at) dareyoutoblog (dot) com
  • Blogging at "Dare You To" since November 6, 2011
  • FitFluential Ambassador since: December 2011 
  • Greatist Ambassador since: November 2012


  1. Loved meeting you in person this weekend!! :)

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    1. No, I am not ashamed to admit I have not. I have neither the time nor the money to travel and accomplish such exciting feats. This blog's dares are not full of grandeur, but are rather--as written above--for small changes that will add up and lead to a healthier life.

  3. What a great concept, too often we can rest on our laurels because it's damn scary moving from there, love this. Especially the quote that's always been a fav of mine, you certainly have me inspired to make sure I continue setting my goals.
    I recently ran a half marathon (first time yay) and knew I would do it without stopping, because I was determined to.
    It was lovely to connect with you, found you through the greatist ambassador list, look forward to connecting more in the future x

  4. Hi Meredith! I just found your blog and so glad I did! I used to be one who was somewhat afraid to try new things for fear of failing. I've changed that recently! I little over a year ago, after watching my brave, fearless daughter (she's 10 and a first degree black belt!)go to karate class six days a week, I dared myself to join! It looked like so much fun and a great addition to my fitness regimen, so I did it! I was sooooooooo nervous my first class but I got through it and had a blast! It's super hard work! In December, I earned my Junior Black Belt and will be testing for first degree black belt this coming fall! I have also been asked by my Sensei to begin shadowing so that I can teach classes myself! That was quite encouraging to know that he feels I have real potential as a martial artist! All it takes is one small step to make BIG changes! If I had not dared myself to do it, I'd still be watching my daughter instead of experiencing karate with her!
    I also invite you to come over to visit my new blog! :)

    1. Wonderful!!!! Trying new things can definitely be scaring, but it's almost always worth the result :) So nice that you two can share that, now. Thank you so much for sharing!


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