Jill is in much better shape than I am right now.
She tends to keep the weight off and lose it more quickly than I do.
This is partially because I eat too much and partially just body type.
My dad has a belly and my brothers seem to have the same body type that holds that fat if we don’t eat healthy, exercise and take care of ourselves.
It is what we are born with but it is not an excuse.
It is a motivation.
That is how Jill and I see life: You can either use what you are given as an excuse to fail or as a reason to try harder and succeed.
Think about this: Jill has run a website, about travel and tourism in San Francisco, for the last 1.5 years in Beijing, China.
There is a reason she’s succeeded in this endeavor: She did a massive amount of groundwork before she came over. She took so many pictures, visited so many places, and talked to so many people that she had a huge collection of information to keep building her site and her business while not being anywhere near it. That takes skill and dedication.
Then, even with the daunting task of dealing with China’s “Great Firewall”, she continued to work and not give up, so that when we finally would come home, she could build the business into exactly what she wanted and make it possible for us to succeed and prosper.
We are building our second site, right now, and are looking forward to sharing that with everyone by the end of January. I will also be selling my first ebook on it and we think it will be a fantastic new beginning for us as we continue to build the SF Tourism Tips site at the same time.
That is where exercise and Just Run… comes in for both of us.
Just Run… is a group that my friend, Bonnie Vasquez, put together for people that are inclined to get in shape and start running again. She just decided she wanted to make a change and did it. No excuses, no waiting until tomorrow and no other reasons needed. Her choice. Her change.
It isn’t for hard core runners, although they are welcome, it is just a group for us average folk trying to do a half marathon in the next few months and lose that extra weight, gain that extra confidence, and build a better mind and body.
Jill and I went for our first run a few days ago and I did 2.65 miles and she did about 2 miles. She had a lot of lower body issues and so she took her time and rested so that she doesn’t injure herself. I walked a block or two with her, in the middle of the run, and then took off by myself to finish it.
I felt great, other than a stitch in my side, but that is probably because I’m so out of shape and haven’t been drinking enough water. So, when I got home, I drank a bunch of water and had a very healthy salad for dinner. Jill and I made it together and it was a wonderful way to start a new year and start being the new people Jill and I want to be in 2015.
My plan is to do push ups in between the days that I’m running. I’d like to get up to around 200 push ups a day doing 4 sets of 50 at a time. This may take longer than 12 weeks but that is fine. I have a plan and will stick to it as much as possible. If I need to adjust it, I’ll do that. A plan is just that: A plan.
Keep building your dream, working hard, and it will happen. One never knows the path to a dream but it will be paved by you.
In case you are wondering what the 12 week week half marathon plan is, and want to join along, I’ve posted it as a picture here: