>Start where you ARE

>Starting at the beginning:  This blog is about getting fit, staying fit, enjoying a long and healthy life – and starting from where you are today.  Right now.  This very minute.  After all, how could you possibly start from anywhere else??

Are you as healthy, fit and energetic as you want to be?  For most of us the answer is no, no, and NO!  Get ready.  That can all change if you decide you want more AND if you are willing to take action on that decision.

Here’s my story, going back just a few years.  At age 50 or so, my daughter signed me up to run Bay to Breakers with her.  This was on Mother’s Day – one week before the 7.5 mile run.  Uh oh.  How many women of 50 or so can just go out and RUN 7 1/2 miles?  Well, I was not one of them : ) 

After Bay to Breakers (which we walked due to my lack of fitness), said daughter told me she had always thought of me as active and fit.  And, she continued, I’d better get busy and get back in shape! . . . and by the way, I was getting fat and should do something about that too.

Ouch.  So what did I do?  I started walking around the block a few nights a week.  Then I started running a little bit, maybe 100 yards here and there during my walks.  Then I joined a gym.  The next year we really did RUN Bay to Breakers together – my Mother’s Day gift to my daughter this time.  And, on the way home, we (including three 20-something friends of Kristi’s) made plans to run a half-marathon later in the year.

I was scared to death!!!  RUN 13.1 miles??  Me?  I tried to play the age card – after all, the others in the group were more than 20 years younger.  No go.  Yikes.  So, I got busy and worked harder at being in shape.  We RAN the San Jose Rock & Roll half-marathon in October 2007.  Wow!!

A year later, I ran my first full marathon, the San Antonio Rock & Roll.  After running my 4th full marathon in San Francisco in July 2010, I started having severe pains in my left foot.  Turns out, I have a neuroma – an inflamed nerve – that makes it painful to run.

Doctor said, find a new sport.  I said . . . I will find my own ways to stay fit and healthy and to continue the activities I love.  Last weekend I walked the Malibu half-marathon.  Next year, my plan is to run the Detroit Free Press marathon! 

From starting to walk around the block until the first full marathon was about 2 1/2 years.  Along the way I discovered I had a food sensitivity and should not eat anything that contains wheat, rye, barley, or oats.  My diet has evolved and I am healthier for it.  I discovered an incredible company called Beachbody, producers of P90X, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, and Shakeology – among other fitness products.  More to follow on these things.  And, I found new friends who are on their own fitness journeys.  We support and encourage one another, and also have a good time along the way!

My message to you is, no matter where you are starting from, just start.  There is a huge amount of help available to you.  Talk to me about your story, your challenges, your breakthroughs.  You can find me here, and you can find me on my Beachbody coach web page, http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/gailschal.

Parting thought for today:  Who will you be one year from today?  You can choose to take action and be more than you ever thought possible if you are ready to get started.  Time will continue whether you make a change or not.  What is keeping you from moving toward your goals?  More to follow!



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