Dara Young

To me, Competing Every Day means: to not allow uncontrollable factors affect the outcome of your day and life; to pick up and move forward from any setbacks; to give your best and push through all obstacles, whether physical or mental.

I’m Dara Young, a native Texan and a police officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I have been on my health and fitness journey for almost five years now and although I’ve found my groove in weight lifting and IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), I love trying new things!

2. What’s a typical day look like for you?

 

A work day for me has me wake up at 0415 hours to cook breakfast, prep my meals for the day and get ready for work. Since I work twelve-hour shifts, I utilize my lunch hour to get in a quick workout; it keeps me on track and helps motivate my fellow officers to do the same!  A day off consists of the gym, errands and any possible friend/family time I might have planned!

3. What’s one goal you’re currently pursuing outside of fitness?

Stepping way outside my comfort zone to find my true purpose and passion and to live it – Every. Single. Day.

4. What’s one goal you’re competing to achieve by the end of this year?

One life goal I am currently pursuing outside of fitness is reconnecting with myself and important friends and family whose relationships I have let fall by the wayside over this ever-changing year of 2016.

5. What does it mean to you to Compete Every Day?

To me, Competing Every Day means: to not allow uncontrollable factors affect the outcome of your day and life; to pick up and move forward from any setbacks; to give your best and push through all obstacles, whether physical or mental.

6. What is one obstacle you’re proud you’ve overcome?

I overcame extreme anxiety about participating in the first Texas SealFit 20X Challenge in October 2016; it was the hardest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done… And I finished! I learned a lot about myself, and had to face the fact that I often give up before I reach a monumental breaking point.  I work daily to change that.

6. What/who do you compete for?

Aside from my own personal health and future, I Compete: for everyone who can’t, due to disabilities or ailments; for everyone who is looking for inspiration; for all women to know they can be strong, too; and for anyone I may have to defend one day in the line of duty.

Connect with Dara: Instagram

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