First, I had to swipe this awesome photo of Shannon and her sister, Helen (who's an awesome runner herself)... absolutely love this pic.
(Photo by Sapphyre Photography)
And here's the next update:
So, I'm a little late getting this to Lesley to post. I kept trying to write something, and just never came up with anything. Mostly, I guess I've had a good month. I've lost 52 lbs total since I started working on losing weight back in June, probably around 20 lbs of that since I started working with Lesley to add exercise to my routine. I had a follow-up appointment with my oncologist a few weeks ago, and found out I'm still cancer-free (more than four years now!), and he was really impressed with my weight loss. He's been telling me to exercise and lose weight for a few years now. You'd think that having an oncologist say, "the best way to keep this cancer from coming back is to exercise and be healthy" would have been motivation to do this a long time ago, but at least I'm doing it now. And today, finally, I managed to walk more than a 5k in distance. It took 90 minutes, but I did it.I don't think Shannon has any idea how inspiring she is!!! Congratulations, Shannon, on your journey so far. I'm amazed and proud of how far you've come. You have already reduced your mile time by 8 minutes. Progress is one-day-at-a-time.
Next month, Lesley is going to have me start adding some running into my workouts. That's sort of exciting, but also very, very scary. I have this image of me stuck on the treadmill like George Jetson, or flying off the back of it because I can't keep up. I know she's not going to ask me to run super fast, but I'm still a little worried. I've always felt a bit clumsy, even though really there's no particular reason for me to feel that way. I've fallen a few times in my life, and when I have fallen, some of those falls have been pretty spectacular, but I don't think I'm any clumsier than the average person. I've never broken a bone or anything. So why am I so convinced that I'm too clumsy to try to run? Sometimes I think this would be easier if there were a way to shut my mind off, and just have my body do the stuff it needs to do without all the doubt and fear and worries and all the other stuff my head seems to be filled with. So, you know, if anyone figures out a way to do that, please let me know.