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Nov '09

Good news, bad news


I got a new job teaching aerobics at BYU starting winter semester. I’ve been subbing there for a year, but now I’ll be teaching four classes a week. Aerobics at BYU is open to anyone in the community (not just students) and it’s the cheapest deal around: $44 for a whole semester (3 1/2 months) and you can go to any of the cardio classes. Here’s what I’ll be teaching:

M/W 6 a.m. (step aerobics)
T/Th 5:30 p.m. (Zumba)

Other cardio classes you can attend:

M/W 5:30 p.m.
T/Th 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.

So if you’ve been looking for a new workout class, especially once the new year hits, come check it out.


Sort of bad news. I guess it depends on how you look at it. I’ve had four miscarriages this year. Four miscarriages is not usual, especially not four in a row. But hurrah for insurance, which will cover 100% of the recommended tests. Without insurance each test would be $250-$570, and there are eight of them. If any of you have had recurrent miscarriages and actually found out what the problem was let me know.

On the bright side, I like not being pregnant because I can enjoy teaching aerobics and Zumba without the inconvenience of morning sickness, varicose veins, or a big belly.


Speaking of which, I’ll be teaching a new Zumba class in Springville at the Academy of Ballet (200 South Main) tomorrow (Thursday Nov. 12) at 8 p.m. Cost is $3.50.

I’ll also be teaching another 8-week Zumba session starting in January 20th on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. My current session just ended last night. I gave my class a survey at the end to see how to make it better next time. They were a subdued class, so it was hard to tell how into Zumba they were. Turns out they loved it and only wished they could make the class longer than eight weeks.


I’ve lost weight since I started teaching Zumba/aerobics last year. I’ve gone down about a size in both pants and shirts. So I have all these old t-shirts and tank tops that I used to workout in that I never wear anymore because they’re baggy.

This week I pulled out one of my old tank tops and took a scissors to it. First I cut off the straps in the back and tied the straps together behind the neck (halter top fit). Then I cut straight down the back and took out a few inches of material to make the shirt less baggy. I saved the material to use for ties. I punched holes down the back side and used the extra material to tie the shirt back together.

It was a good practice attempt. I’m going to try it again on another shirt I actually like. If it turns out well I’ll post pictures. Have any of you done this before?


4 Responses to “Good news, bad news”

  1. mom Says:

    I am SURE I’ve never tried that with ANY of my clothes. Where did you come up with that idea? It actually sounds really cute. Yes….pictures of a success would be fun!

  2. Josh Says:

    This is Hannah-
    Yay, for insurance. Sorry, about your miscarriages. In Colorado, they just started a study about the effects of low dose aspirin on reducing miscarriages, but the results of the study won’t be out for a couple of years, so I’m not recommending you start an aspirin regimen.

    The only case I’m somewhat familiar with of repeat miscarriages is an incompetent cervix. But the miscarriage usually happens in the second trimester (not sure if it applies). Treatments involve stitches and often bed rest. Feel free to delete this post if it is TMI.

  3. tara72 Says:

    aw Shannon, I’m sorry about the miscarriages. mom and I were reading a blog post a few weeks ago and noticed you said “miscarriages” plural, but didn’t want to ask. you sure are good at keeping your spirits up. I could learn a thing or two from you. :) it’s good that insurance will cover some tests – from what I know, the cause might be something that can be fixed with some surgery? you’ll have to keep us posted and let us know if we can help at anytime.

    the shirt thing sounds creative. post a pic – I can’t quite envision it. :) oh, and congrats on the zumba classes! hopefully I’ll chat with you this week and be able to hear about the one in Springville – I’m curious how it will go.

  4. alicia Says:

    Wow, you are busy! I wish i didn’t live so far from BYU, I’d totally go! It just isn’t worth the drive though- not when the hubby is at home counting the minutes until you get home to take care of the baby. :)

    I’m really sorry about the miscarriages! I hope the tests find something easy to fix. I have heard a lot of people who had miscarriages had low thyroid or low progesterone. Could just be a hormone imbalance.

    I totally want pictures of the shirts. You are creative!

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