Thursday, November 19, 2009

Must I weigh in?

I was recently at my OB's office for my fun Yearly appointment.

The first thing the nurse wanted to do was get my BP and weight. I didn't feel like letting them get my weight this year. In a bad mood I guess, but I figured, it's not like I'm pregnant and I weigh in twice a week anyway for the Plasma center so I know my weight.

I asked her what my weight was last year and then I told the nurse, "Great, my weight hasn't changed and I'm not getting on the scale."

The nurse looked at me like I was crazy, rolled her eyes and then directed me to the next room.

My doctor who happens to be in our ward, so we know him pretty well said, "I heard you are giving the nurse a bit of trouble. " and then he started laughing.

What I learned from all this is, they really don't care if they get your weight or not so if you don't feel like getting on that scale, DON'T.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Step Aerobics Launch

This past weekend we had our Step Aerobics Launch, this means we present a new release of 12-13 songs to our classes.
The pictures didn't turn out that great, but you get the idea.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Several Inches

I teach aerobics classes at two different gyms. One gym is called Ladies Workout Express. It is a small all Woman's gym.

I started teaching Zumba last November for two days during the week. By December the night Zumba class was thriving, but the morning class wasn't going so well, just not enough interest.

That was a bummer, but I continued to teach once a week. In January I decided that it would be great to teach something else there. I really liked the gym and the people. I presented my idea to the owner. I told her I wanted to do a Body Sculpting type class. I did a sample class and it was a hit. All the women seemed to love it and several signed up to come back. Since then I decided to call my class Total Body Sculpt. This is a class I have totally made up and it's different every time. I really enjoy it and my class does too.

Here's the coolest thing about this class:

Once a month the women get their measurements done, along with weight and body fat compositions. Every woman that has been faithful about going to class at least twice a week has been loosing inches. Lots of inches. Today one of the girls told me that she has lost 3 total inches in the last month. I was so excited for her. This is one story out of many that the woman have been reporting to me. I'm glad they are getting such great results. I hope it continues.

Friday, June 26, 2009


The MRI results came back and I have a ganglion cyst in my right ankle


Ganglion Cysts form when tissues surrounding certain joints become inflamed and swell up with lubricating fluid. They can increase in size when the tissue is irritated and often can "disappear" spontaneously. These masses or cysts appear to grow sometimes but they are not tumours or cancerous.

I asked the doctor if I can continue teaching classes and she said, I can teach as much as I want, the problem is the more I teach the more I will hurt in my ankle. When I do too much the ankle will get really large, then with rest and ice it will go down again. The doctor said if it gets too painful they can go in and take all the fluid out, but most times they don't get it all and then the cyst will come back.

So basically I'll have pain forever. Bummer for me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

ankle injury

There won't be a 10K as planned.

Jason decided against it and I have hurt my ankle. When I get out of bed every morning it feels sprained and kills me. Sometimes during the day it swells up too. I have wrapped, iced, elevated and I'm not sure what else to do but see a doctor and find out what is really going on in there.

I have been teaching my aerobics classes still like Zumba and Body Step and that doesn't seem to aggrivate it much, it hurts, but doesn't kill me. However running on it does hurt, so there's no 10 K and won't be for a while.

Bummer cause I was really looking forward to it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

10 K

Jason and I have decided to run a 10K on June 13th. We figured it would help us towards our fitness goals. The great things about this particular race are:
It's right here in Iowa City
It's on a Saturday.

Most races are on Sunday so we never sign up for them. Also so close to home, can't get much better than that.

I just hope we can both survive through the entire race and finish. It will definately be a challenge for both of us since neither of us like to run.

Jason wants to loose 15-20 more pounds and I want to loose at least 10 more pounds so hopefully this month of training will help us with that weight loss goal as well.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

another week gone by

This week I tried hard to eat right, except for today (I'll post that in a second) anyway for entire week I did well and as a result lost another pound. So I'm down to 144. Wahoo!!

Now about today. Jason and I went to Burger King, neither of us had been there for a long time and a burger sounded good, so we went there.

1410 calories later for just me (I kid you not) we left.

I had a double whopper with cheese and just that has 1010 calories, can you believe that? I had no idea. I was just super hungry for a big cheeseburger. Then of coarse I had fries and fully leaded pop and I never do that. I only know the calories because they had a huge chart on the wall by the registers which I failed to look at before I ordered. Otherwise I would have ordered around 500-600 calories which is more normal for me. I'm usually a kid's size hamburger type girl with diet pop and no fries, but today I went all out.

Thank goodness I did an hour of Step aerobics earlier today, that will help with the huge amount of calories.

Anyway a good week with a pound loss. I'm doing well emotionally and getting lots accomplished at home and for Pampered Chef.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Doing Better

Weight loss isn't fun for anyone, but I have lost another pound so I'm down 3 since my original post called "Fallen off the wagon" a few posts back. I weigh 145 and that's great for now. Would love to get back where I was in October at 137, but if not, it's okay cause I know that I still look good, and I'm happy with my body. So many people are not happy with themselves. I am thrilled to be a size 6 and sometimes a size 4. I must just be more muscular than some. It just can't be about the number.

My emotions are better, the new Birth Control Medicine, Yasmin, must be doing something for me since I'm happier overall and I want to go teach aerobics, and do parties for Pampered Chef, and I can't say that I've been happy since last August. I've had many up and down moments, more down.

I am eating less and trying to exercise better. I guess we will see how the next week goes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Climbing back on the wagon

It's been a couple weeks and I haven't updated. I have lost 2 pounds since my last post and I'm working on more. My emotions have been much better lately than they were in October through December. I think my new BC medicine is helping my moods.

I will update in a week or so. Hopefully I'll be well on my way to recovery with emotions and weight loss by then.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fallen off the wagon

Here it is the beginning of a new year and I've literally fallen off the wagon. With weight loss that is. Here's the story:

I was doing well in October with keeping off the weight, exercising regularly and I was super happy. Many things happened after October 16th. First, I was fired from Core Fitness in Iowa City. It was a shock to my system. I had worked there for 4 3/4 years. I loved being a fitness instructor there. I knew everyone in my classes. I also tried to learn everyone's names in the gym itself. I put my heart into that place. I felt that I'd have that job for a really long time, it was awesome. I seriously loved to teach fitness.

Then one day, My husband looked into a new gym opening up in North Liberty, Iowa. He wanted to teach there because the pay was better, plus he felt he would be treated better overall. Long story there, but basically the fitness coordinator that took over last Nov. wasn't nice to Jason. She was rotten and talked behind both our backs. (it was like High School all over again) Jason was eager to leave Core for the reason of poor management from the Owners (who fought constantly in front of gym members and staff) and for the reason of the fitness coordinator who seriously didn't know what she was doing and her unprofessional behavior was just bringing the gym down.

One day the entire fitness staff was e-mailed and in this e-mail it stated that we all had to give our availability to the fitness coordinator and also state whether or not we were looking into that new gym.

Jason being the honest guy he is, told the F.C. that he was indeed planning on leaving Core, but not for 5 more weeks and he still wanted to teach at Core.

You would think that a gym management team would want to keep an instructor like Jason. He had the highest number of attendees than any morning class ever. His step class was super popular. So you would think that the management team would offer Jason more money to stay there. Because as it was we got paid crap. We taught because we loved to teach. Definitely not for the money.

However it wasn't like that. Two days after Jason wrote his letter to the F.C., he was fired. Then I was fired.


I struggled for that for quite a while.

So that's the beginning of the story.

Then we went to Utah for Jason's brother's wedding. I didn't want to go. Well I did, but I didn't. See it this way . . .

Traveling by Van loaded with 6 children all smashed together in the back. Fighting almost the entire way and on top of that, we really didn't have the money to go on this trip. Several financial things had happened to us that same week.

However I knew that since his parents hadn't visited us in Iowa since we started living there and it had now been 8 years that if we didn't make the trip to Utah, then our children may go another 2-5 years without seeing their Grandparents. That's not fair to any child.

It ended up being a very depressing trip overall. I was suffering emotionally over being fired just the week before and I was crushed more than I thought. Then my mother-in-law asked if I was going anorexic. By the way I'm 5 foot 4 inches tall, so 137 pounds (which was my weight when I was there) is far from anorexic. Still totally within normal range. I really don't understand why she asked me that?????????

I was also on 3 medicines (Allegra, Premarin, and a B.C. pill) Apparently I was taking too much estrogen, and it messed with my system. I became super depressed. I think between the combination of being fired and emotionally drained, and then the trip to Utah I didn't want to make but did anyway, then the medicine I was on that wasn't right for me is what made me stop caring for a while.

I became more and more depressed. I recognized this one night and called the hospital. I just wanted to talk to a nurse. All said and done, I have now seen my doctor, gotten off all the medications I was on, started on a new birth control pill called Yasmin, saw a psychologist, talked to a really good friend, journaled my emotions, exercised more and I feel 8000 times better.

Between October and now I have eaten so many sweets and bad things for my body it's completely crazy. I have not been nice to my body. I have let my body gain 11pounds. Today at the plasma center where I donate I weighed in at a whopping 148. Just 3 months ago I was 137.

Time to recover emotionally and physically.

I am ready to start over. Next week I will blog how my week has gone and hopefully I'll report at least a pound gone and still happy emotions.

Everyone deserves a new start. Here is mine . . .