I ran a mile for the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE last night.

I have never made it without stopping – even briefly – to walk. I made it this time, though.

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Then I walked for a few minutes and did it again.

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A little slower, BUT I DID IT. I’m seriously very shocked.
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I was supposed to do the 2 miles on Saturday, but I skipped Body Flow and did it last night instead because I spent Saturday in a car.

There’s really very little that will motivate me to spend 14 hours in a car on my precious 2 days free from work – but my mom got married, so ….

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We decided to leave on Saturday morning vs. Friday night because the long drive after work is miserable. It proved to be a mistake this time because we wound up sitting on the interstate for a couple of hours before being diverted into the middle of nowhere.

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We later learned that a woman’s body had been found in the median and that I-40 – our route across the state of TN – shut down for 6 hours.

I was starving by the time we started moving again (since it was around 2pm) – so we stopped and picked up a few things. The plan had been to eat lunch with my mom, but we were still a couple of hours away, so we had a picnic in the car instead.

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That night, we went to my mom’s church for a Valentine’s party.

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The next day, she got married.

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I know I posted here when my step-father, Ron, suddenly died (brain aneurysm) when they came up to Michigan to visit when I was in grad school. She decided to start dating about 2 years later, so I encouraged her to check out online sites. She did – met someone – and now they’re married.

I’m very happy for her.

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It was a whirlwind, but I’m glad we were able to make the trip.

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Fun time.

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Here’s something interesting: all weekend people commented about my weight loss, asked how I did it, made reference to not recognizing me, etc. It hasn’t been THAT long since I’ve seen been there – and I haven’t lost any weight – but it was nearly constant.

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I don’t know if it’s just that I was so different when I lived there that they’re all still surprised to see me so changed – or if they all expect me to gain weight and are surprised when I show up looking the same as last time.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing – I certainly don’t mind the compliments and the curiosity. It’s just interesting. I think I typically forget that I used to be so different.
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Jon had another quarterly check-up with his oncologist last Friday. He’s fine!

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Nothing new to report. The oncologist said there’s a negligible chance of recurrence at this point.

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I will never get used to the stress associated with those appointments, but I am SO THANKFUL for them.

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