Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weight Loss and My Challenges

If you shared my clean eating post {HERE}, thank you so much! If you forgot, can you go back and do that for me? One of my goals is to help as many people as possible lead healthier and happier lives and you all help me do that by sharing my posts. I seriously cannot do it without you and all of your help and I want to take the time to thank you. You make this all possible.
2015 was a tough year for me. A lot of you may be new here. I struggled with weight gain last year and I was diagnosed with chronic migraines, BPPV (an inner ear disorder), premenopause (yes, at 31), and carpal tunnel in both wrists. I was a really tough case and I was misdiagnosed. I ended up in the hospital and it was just miserable. I gained weight and lost my confidence somewhere along the way. But I found a really intelligent, amazing neurologist who didn't give up on me and cracked my case. I am now managing things much better and getting it all under control. Now I absolutely have to take care of myself through nutrition and exercise!

At the beginning of 2015 I weighed 153 pounds and I was content with that. I honestly carry my weight very well for being 5'5" and I have a lot of muscle. While I was battling my health issues this summer, my weight crept up to 173.8 and I was so upset. I felt sluggish and retained a lot of fluid. Everything swelled, none of my clothes fit and I lived in yoga pants. Since my diagnosis and finally being treated for the right conditions, I am very happy to announce I am 153 pounds today! Breakin' even, baby! 

In my mind I can erase the failures of last year. We can just start over and move forward. I can put the nightmare behind me finally. It's time to put in the work and carry on!

I am so excited and ready to have new goals. My Zumba® girls have started a Biggest Loser Challenge with me. We are measuring and weighing once a month for 90 days and tracking our progress. I cannot wait to see what we can do. 

Speaking of Zumba® class.... Oh my goodness, y'all! I prayed for a large Zumba® fitness class for the new year because everyone comes back pumped up with resolutions and goals. Then it dawned on me about halfway through my Monday that there were going to be a bunch of new people. If you know me in real life, you know I am really shy in a large group of people I don't know. Isn't that hilarious??? I am an extremely shy Zumba® instructor.

My sweet friend, Brandy, took this before class started. That wasn't even everyone!!! 

Yeah, I didn't find it very funny about 5 minutes before class either. Instead I got so stressed out that I saw the room tilt while talking to one of my sweet friends and then my voice started to crack as I began talking to the large group of half-strangers standing in front of me before class. I spent the first five minutes praying I wasn't going to pass out in front of all of these new people. I prayed, "Dear God, please do NOT let me trip all over my feet and please do not let me pass out in front of these people and then let them think I am some complete weirdo Zumba® instructor. I mean, I am crazy, but please don't let them really think I am that crazy....Amen!" All while just dancing along, doing my song. He heard me. I did not pass out in front of the packed out room. And I have to do it again on Thursday night. You can pray with me around 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Even though I struggle with a large class, I would much rather have it packed out. This ministry is very dear to my heart. I get to dance, work out, spread the love of Jesus, be with my best friends, make new friends, help others lose weight and be healthier, and share what God has done for me. I will be uncomfortable temporarily (because we know I won't be a stranger for long) if I can help others. I thank God every day for placing me here. I ask Him to use me any way He can and it blesses me so much. I have so much joy just knowing these ladies and loving them. If you are local and you have never been to a class, please come see me! Email me for more info at and I promise we won't be strangers for long. 

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I've got some super exciting things coming up and I will share them as soon as I can!

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