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Life… or something like it.

I’m going to be real with y’all… I’ve been avoiding a blog post over the last few months. I seriously didn’t want to get into the drama of the last couple months, and I didn’t want to write about my depression which turned into mood instability. Not because it’s private – at this point, I don’t really care who knows. The principal at my school knows...

Time sure flies.

I will be 28 this year. About 10 years ago, I was a freshman in college. A journalist for the school asked me to complete a survey of 20 questions. I thought it might be fun to reflect on my answers from then and now. You’ll know my answers now because they’ll be in italics. Me then: Me now:  Name: JD Age: 18 / 27 Major: Undeclared / I received my...

My constant variable.

It’s time for another blog post. I thought I was going to write about my engagement. Yes… after 7 years, my boyfriend and I are getting married. Here are some FAQs: How did he do it? He ordered a ring online, stayed up all night on Christmas Eve, and cut out letters for our (first) Christmas tree. I woke up to the ring on the tree. Were you surprised? I...

Confessions of a Saddened Mind

I fully understand that when I say things publicly, they can come back to haunt or bite me… that my freedom of speech is not a freedom from consequence. I also understand that I never know who might be reading my posts and if something I say or experience helps another person, well, then the blog has really served its purpose. The past few months I...

Suck it up…

Today I taught half a BodyCombat class and attended a BodyPump and BodyStep class within a 3-hour timespan. The BodyStep instructor called me a good woman… and I was doing my third set of pushups for the day…on my toes Four years ago today I decided I’d had enough of being fat, tired, unhealthy, and displeased with my life. I decided to do something...

Wake up and be awesome…

My friend Michelle bought me a little plaque that says that. Here, I even took a picture of it. It’s good advice to follow. November was a difficult month. I didn’t really experience anything too devastatingly stressful, but there was a lot of stress that went with the different facets of my life. I can tell just by reading Facebook that several of...

Do you remember?

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? I remember my two favorite playground activities: swinging on the swings, and swinging on the monkey bars. I would stay on those monkey bars for all of recess, challenging others to play chicken with me or see if I could beat them across. I’d experiment going from bar to bar or jumping from one to the next....

Fitness Update

When I started my journey in December of 2010, I weighed 220 pounds. My waist was 40 inches, my hips 48 inches, and my thighs 27. Since that time, I have lost 65 pounds. My waist is now 31.5 inches. My hips are 39 inches, and my thighs are 24 inches. I’d like to lose another 10 pounds, just to get to a leaner and more toned goal. I have some areas I’d...

Free Your Mind.

I don’t want this to be a blog where I post about students. For one, that can get me into world’s of trouble. I could lose my job, my teaching license, and pretty much my entire career. So FYI, although I’m talking about school, please try to read the message behind it and take it in a positive way. /end disclaimer. Today my students gave speaking presentations...

I want to see you be brave.

I know who I am now… or rather, I know who I want to be. The funny thing about my certification into BodyCombat is that I failed what I am a natural at and I passed what I was told I need to work on the most. Is that the definition of ironic? I focused so much on fixing myself that I lost myself. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is saying, “Don’t worry...

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