One Step Forward And Two Steps Back

So, my iron levels have been extremely low. I had some testing done and a uterine biopsy done before I left for PCC. I got back from PCC and had a follow up appointment on the 18th. Well, there was something in my uterus so she wanted to do an exploratory surgery and see what it was and then she would do an endometrial ablasion as well and hopefully eliminate a lot of bleeding.

Fast forward to May 27th, the day of the surgery. I was extremely nervous as I have never had any kind of surgery or anesthesia. I had to be at the hospital at 6 a.m. to get checked in and ready to go. Ready to go was 6:30 a.m. They were surprised it went so fast. It is because I take no medications and have no health problems. So now we sit and wait for the doctor to get there, which is around 7 a.m. Doctor gets there and goes over how everything will go. They take me back to the operating room…FREEZING COLD. Holy crap! They get me all set up on the bed and the mask goes over my face. I think I made it four breaths and I was out.

Came to okay and felt okay. I didn’t feel sick or anything, so I was happy. Hubby told me that during the surgery the doctor came out becuase the mass in my uterus was a lot bigger than she thought it would be and she wanted to make sure it was okay to get it out of there or to just abort the surgery and wait until another time. She was 99 percent sure it was not cancer, so they decided to remove the mass. I do recall her talking to me when I woke up and telling me that everything went well. WHEW.

Had to sit around for a wihle and then Tayler took me home. Now just to wait for the results of the biopsy, which should take about a week. It is really strange, but I can already tell a difference in how I feel. The body is an amazing thing.

Now we move on. I am starting my new program on June 1st and hope I will feel okay. I know I will need to start light. I will share my training here as well. I will also be starting a WHOLE30 on June 1st, so if anyone wants to tag along let me know. I will set up a private Facebook group to share thoughts, recipes and just general feelings.

I am also very excited for Monday, becuase my Kids Bootcamp starts. Ten week summer program using bodyweight, kettlebells and resets. It is going to be so fun.

Back From PCC and On To The Next…

So, this past weekend I flew to Dallas, Texas, for the PCC workshop.  I have been looking forward to this for a while. I was excited that my friend from Level 2 Kettlebell Cert was going to be there.  In fact we roomed together, which was really nice.  It is great to have company.  I have not been feeling the greatest for the past few weeks and found out that  my iron levels are extremely low, so I was nervous about how the weekend was going to go.

I arrived in Dallas on Thursday, and Rene and I met at the airport.  We stayed in Garland at the Holiday Inn Express.  Very nice hotel.  We hit the grocery store and then grabbed some supper.  I didn’t sleep the greatest in anticipation of the day to come.

My buddy Rene – We look ready, no?  She rocks, by the way!

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Friday – Up for breakfast and then we head to Rockwall, to Britt’s Training Systems.  Greeted by Mr. Britt himself.  So nice to see him again.  I was a little disappointed he had no bullet proof coffee.  He apologized.  LOL.  I survived.  Soon the Kavadlo Brothers and the man, Mr. John Du Cane, himself arrived.  It was great to finally meeting Mr. Du Cane.  Such a nice man.

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The Kavadlo Brothers were so personable and fun to be around.  Introductions ensued and we got started.

We started with the push up module.  We learned all kinds of different push up variations.  Fun Times.  Here is a pic of my archer pushup.  Getting there.

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The next module consisted of the pull-ups.  Who knew there were so many variations.  It was fun.  Then moved on to muscle ups.  It is amazing how strong everyone is.  Next up was Al with the story of how he got involved in calisthenics.  Great story.

End of Day 1

Saturday

Everyone was much more relaxed, yet ready to work.  Still no bulletproof coffee.  It really is okay.

And we squat.  Tons of squat variations.  Pistols are fun.

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Bridges were next.  More fun.

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Moving on to ab work and levers.  Who knew?  So many options.  So much fun.

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End of Day 2

Sunday 

Of course the nerves start right away in the morning.  Everyone starts to get anxious for the testing.

First up was more lever work.  Way cool.  Danny and Al and Robby are all AMAZINGLY strong.

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Moving on to headstands and handstands. Another fun module.  Everyone pretty much nailed this stuff.

Danny then went over programming and then it was time for lunch.  Don’t eat too much.  Testing is coming right up.

After lunch everyone was pacing and stretching and stretching and pacing.  It was actually so typical and so funny to watch.

We all did it.  No escaping the nerves.

It was time.  It was announced that Al would start with the guys and Danny would take the girls.  Who wants to go first?  Of course I raised my hand.  Let’s do it.  1, 2. 3. GO – 40 squats, 30 push ups, 20 hanging knee raises, 10 Aussie pull ups.  DONE – PASSED- YES!!!!

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And… The Group Shot – HA

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I got to spend the night and next day with very important people.  Rebecca and Breck.  We went to the park and the museum and the giant tower where you can see the whole city.  Got to eat from a food truck..um yeah!!!  We also went to Whole Foods, which had a BAR.  Seriously.  We got to drink and grocery shop!!  So much fun.  I love them.  We had so much fun.  They even set me up with a date for the evening.  He was waiting in my bed!  His name is Cal.

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What should be next.  Time to lean out a little and to build my blood iron levels back up.  Still tired…and so it goes.

Today is May 13, 2015

Today is May 13, 2015. I fly out tomorrow for the PCC cert in Dallas, TX. Five days ago I felt like saying *uck it. My iron levels are still low, I am still tired, I have zero strength, and I have a LOT of heavy stuff going on right now. This is probably the worst time to leave, while at the same time, the best time to leave. This will be a nice distraction.

I have not done a training session, since the last time I posted. I feel better, but definitely not 100 percent. I hope everything goes okay this weekend. Like always before any cert I feel nervous and anxious. I am always nervous about flights being on time, etc.

I will post how it all goes when I get back.

In the mean time, enjoy this little dude. He is soooo yummy!!!
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Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Today's Training (May 8, 2015) and I Feel A Little Better

Today’s training was done over the course of about an hour. I took it very easy and had a ton of rest between these rounds.

Seven Rounds

Chin up – 1
Hanging Knee Raises – 5

That’s it. Slow, controlled movements. Nothing huge here. Just wanted to do SOMETHING.

I feel a little better today. I think the iron supplements are kicking in. I no longer feel my heartbeat in my head when I walk up the stairs and don’t feel as tired. Woo Hoo!

Hope by next week I feel energetic and ready to kill it for 3 days. Even if the weekend doesn’t go as planned, I get to see one of the most important people in my life. We met online through an exercise forum and then just started conversing back and forth on our own. We have known each other for a very long time, but never officially met in person until last year. I love her and can’t wait to see her next Sunday. Her husband is pretty awesome too.

I've Lost My Super Powers and The Saddest Thing I Have Seen In A Long, Long Time

So, I have been feeling “off” for the past few weeks, maybe a little longer.  I told John something was just not right.  I went and had blood drawn and found out my blood’s iron levels were extremely low, as in possible transfusion low.  WTF??  No wonder I just want to sleep all the time and have been feeling generally like crap.  I have PCC next week and am worried about being able to endure the three days of intense training and the century test.  The problem with the low iron is that it can mess with a lot of things, one being the heart. Because the blood and oxygen are trying to do their thing the heart has to work extra hard to do the job. So I need to take it easy.  It can take up to three months for my iron levels to get back to normal.  I am taking iron supplements and am trying to eat foods that are high in iron, such as greens, eggs, prunes, etc.  One of my clients also suggested chlorophyl, which is a great idea.  I believe I have some on hand too, so will start taking that as well.  I have a constant dull headache and whenever I walk up the stairs at my house I can feel my heartbeat in my head.  Very weird.  I feel like I lost my super powers.  Sucks.  Loading up on probiotic products as well.  My pineapple water kefir tastes AMAZING!!

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THE SADDEST THING

Caveat – This might offend some people; however, I am not judging anyone, and if someone does get offended, well then…

The other day a person came to work out at the studio.  Not my client.  She brought her child, who was probably around 10 years old.  Absolutely adorable.  I was training my client and was constantly distracted by this child.  Not because the child was  misbehaving or being disruptive, but because of what the child was eating.  I was sickened by this to the point of telling my client about it.  I was so sad.  It was so unfair to this kid.  I wanted to scream.  People/parents need to wake up and realize what is happening to their children.  They need to be diligent in how they care for their children.  Again, I am not judging.  It is the world we live in.  I want so bad for people to start changing this.  I bet you are wondering what was going on.  I can still picture this child’s face in my mind…the blank, spaced out stare, and then the fidgeting and playing with a hoodie string and getting a little agitated.  This kid sat there,  in a fitness facility mind you, and ate a bag of Cheetos.  Chester Cheeto.  The cool cat.  Full of all kinds of dyes and preservatives and zero nutrition.  A giant Butterfinger candy bar.  Full of sugar and who knows what else.  AND a giant bottle of Dr. Pepper.  I am sure this was this child’s supper.  I wanted to cry.  I felt so bad for the kid.  I am truly sickened by the “convenience” products that we are putting into our bodies and the bodies of our children.  Please, please, please take the time to make your child healthy food.  It is amazing how much better they function and how many fewer health problems they will have.  Rant over.

Time for a nap.

Today's Training (May 4, 2015) and I Still Feel Like Crap

Today’s Training

Five Rounds

Chin Up – 1

Handstand hold – 30 seconds

Bottom of push-up hold – 20 seconds

Goblet Squats – 10

Finish

Farmer’s Walk – 2-44, four passes

20 Jacks

Farmer’s Walk – four passes

fast feet – 40 count

2 rounds

Stretch

I Still Feel Like Crap

I have been feeling extremely tired the past couple weeks.  Still feel that way.  Don’t feel very strong at all.  I just want to sleep.  Hopefully, this week will be better than last.  Will try extra water, magnesium, Vitamin D, and rest.