One Way to Be Happy

NOTE: This post is written in a rush, but I am so elated that it can not wait until tomorrow.
My toddler is begging me to go outside and go swimming or to the playground right not so let’s hammer this one out. Fast fingers please.
Shit just got real.
I just posted this on our local community centre facebook page:
SMLXL

BACKSTORY:
I actually left my television production job twice.
My husband went to work out west for a few months and I quit my job in 2011 and became a Zumba Fitness instructor.
I had been working on myself for over a year at that point and had lost about 40 pounds and just wanted to bring some fun fitness to people in my area.
It was awesome.
I was teaching six classes per week – including a set of back to back classes.
This went on for over a year and I met so many amazing people and networked with so many awesome instructors in my area – it was honestly one of the most rewarding and fun times in my life.
I just didn’t realize that it is also easy to burn out when you are going at it so hard.
I fell out of love with the Zumba brand at around the same time that I started teaching other varieties of classes.
I had decided to get my Canfitpro certification and to really make a go of being a professional instructor and I taught some pretty badass classes.
I also got to work with some awesome and inspirational people.
It was also exactly what I needed for myself.
Then my husband came home from the oil fields and we decided we needed to actually have a steady income.
(With teaching fitness classes, the income can be sporadic. I mean… some months I paid for my people to come to class and other months I felt like I was legit money making.)
So, that’s when I went back to the exact same job in television production that I had previously.
Literally I took over the position from the person who had taken it from me.
I wasn’t there long before I got pregnant and the rest is history.
Or is it?
During my pregnancy I developed hypothyroidism and I had no idea what havoc it would send my body into.
I had the worst symptoms:
Headaches
Poor concentration
Diminished motor skills
Fatigue
Hair, skin and nail dryness (I literally had scales on my forehead around my scalp)
Hair loss
Weight gain
Signs of depression and anxiety
Moodiness
etc.
I literally could make this list pages and pages long.
I have been through so many rounds of bloodwork that I think I have permanent needle hole in my arm.
It took almost two years for my bloodwork and thyroid levels to even out.
I started taking some natural remedies as well – vitamins and supplements – and I finally started to feel a bit like myself around the same time we moved into our new home.
I could progressively feel myself feeling better and better – so I started going to some fitness classes being offered at the hall near my house.
These were the most difficult classes of my life.
The first few weeks I was still battling fatigue and brain fog, because even though I was feeling better, not every day is 100%.
I can still have my off days even now.
But I could progressively feel myself getting stronger and stronger.
For about seven months I went to these classes twice per week that made me feel like I could do anything and it made me feel like I
could beat this thing inside of me that made me feel like crap.
At the end of the season our group was told the instructor was moving.
We were all devastated because this had become a little social gathering as well.
There was no way we could let these classes go.
Our community needed something like this.
What if there was someone out there just like me who’s only hope was to come to classes like this and finally feel strong again?
So, I stepped up.
Now in the excitement of it all, I am also a little nervous.
I have to rewrite my certification exam and prove myself all over again.
But, man I am so game for this.
It is exactly what I need, again.
Love Yourself,
Allison

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