11 Workouts In

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroid, an auto-immune disease that caused my body to start attacking my thyroid gland.  The thyroid gland controls a lot of really important functions of your body including – metabolism, making proteins and how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. When I was 18 and heading off to college I started to gain weight drastically – putting on 30 pounds in my first semester of college. My parents thought I was eating too many bagels. I thought I was just getting lazy and being an overachiever on the Freshman 15.

Alas, that was not the case. Three years into college and at an annual exam my doctor thought my neck looked swollen. She felt around and was pretty sure that I had a goitre. I had blood work done and it came back that I was hypothyroid. Off to the endocrinologist I went.

Years went by and I tried my hardest to lose that 30 pounds that had now become more like 50. I’ve written about some of my attempts at weight loss before so I was a little hesitant to share my new endeavor with you. After all, what if I failed? What if I wrote another post about eating vegetables, going to meetings, jumping on the scale and you thought, “Oh here she goes again talking about losing weight.”

Instead I’ve kept this latest try a secret. Until now.

Camie Cragg About four weeks ago I started working out at a place called MRI. My friend Jill had been attending boot camps there and she really recommended it. I could tell from her results – she looks A-mazing (shout out Jill!) that it was a different kind of place.

And after four weeks of the hardest training I have ever done I can attest to it. I’ve been working out with Camie Cragg, who is one of the most beautiful people inside and out that I have ever met. I’ve tried the personal training thing before and I have to say that this is the first time I have felt like I have a Champion who is as invested in my health and fitness as I am. She is always available when I need to ask nutrition or fitness questions, she’s positive and there is just something about her spirit that makes me feel excited and privileged that I get to work out with her. She really makes it fun and the variety is what keeps me going back. I never know what the next day is going to bring!

Anyway, now to the guts of it. I’m working out four days a week in the morning. I get up at 5 a.m. and haul my butt to workout. I’m going to state this for the record – it is NEVER easy to get out of bed. I NEVER think, “Oh I can’t wait to go and get my butt kicked by Camie.” But I do it – every morning. I have not skipped a single workout yet. And it has paid off.

Here are my RESULTS after 11 workouts:

Measurement 3/10/10 4/1/10 Change
Chest 43 inches 42 inches 1 inch
Arm 13 3/4 inches 13 1/2 inches 1/4 inch
Waist 40 inches 40 inches None – whatevs
Hip 47 inches 45 1/2 inches 1 1/2 inches
Thigh 28 1/2 inches 27 1/2 inches 1 inch
Calf 17 inches 16 inches 1 inch
Push Ups 29 37 8 more!
Sit Ups (the real kind) 22 26 4 more!
Mile Run 13:55 minutes 11:45 minutes 2:10 minutes faster!

I’ve also stayed fairly true to the Eat to Live philosophy, although I have been craving more meat. I’m being really careful about what goes in my mouth, which means when the office is swarming with sweets I have to be THAT girl. Yep, the girl who says no. Sometimes multiple times. Sometimes in a very firm way. Sometimes using swear words. Meh.

One more thing – in the four weeks that I have been working out at MRI I have met some of the most amazing people. First, Camie, who is so awesome. Then I meet my friend Page’s mom, Martha, and she became my new workout partner since we are both preparing for weddings (her daughters are getting hitched, not to each other of course, shout out Page!). In addition to these lovely ladies I also have become gym friends with a few of the people who work out at the same time as me. They are so motivating and friendly, which helps when the sweat is pouring and  you can hardly breathe.

Sometimes I’m in the middle of doing some new torturous fabulous fitness move and I look around the gym. I see athletes, moms, dads, high school students, girls like me and I think, “Wow everyone in here is sweating and breathing hard. Everyone is working it.” It motivates me more than anything to see the people who are true athletes in the same kind of pain I am. Is that sick?

What are you doing to stay in shape? Do you ever WANT to get out of bed to exercise? Do you have gym friends?

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9 thoughts on “11 Workouts In

  1. Jill says:

    Jenny! I am very proud of you and appreciate your blog shout out. It’s my first appearance on a blog. My 15 minutes of fame has come and I thank you for that! You are rocking it in the gym. I am also so happy to see you in there in the mornings. Yep it’s hard to get out of bed but it’s worth it! Look at the inches you’ve lost. A big “you go girl!’ to you!!

  2. jdurnan says:

    Thanks Jill! It’s so nice to see you there too! You are such an inspiration!

  3. thedurttybride says:

    I should Fact Check before I write blog posts – it has actually been 13 workouts. Oops.

  4. Diana Bailey says:

    Jenny! I really enjoyed reading your blog, you have a unique ability to put your true emotions into words. I appreciate your honesty! I too struggle with eating right and staying in shape; everyday I make the choice to be active and eat healthy! Some days are easier than others, but in the end I realize that if I am fat and unhealthy I have NO ONE to blame except myself. The opposite is also true; if I am in shape and I feel great I can truly be proud of myself and I love the self-confidence this gives me. I am in complete control of my physical well-being! (to a certain extent) Isn’t this just a metaphore for life though? We get out what we put in. If I am unhappy with myself or my circumstances I can change them! Thanks for the inspiration….I’ll be thinking of YOU while I’m sweating at the gym tonight! Love ya, keep up the good work!

  5. thedurttybride says:

    So true Diana! We do get what we put in. There are a couple of philosophies that my trainer always says:

    Be better than average and Living an Internal Well-Being to an External Well-Being.

    It is so true that taking charge of my health and giving all that I’ve got really makes me feel more confident and proud of my accomplishments.

    I really have you to thank though – I was so inspired by your P90X Facebook updates and your help with diet stuff. Travis and I really have adapted to Eat to Live and it has been fantastic!

  6. Page says:


    YOU GO GIRL! My mom is so happy to have you there and I’m stoked that you two have each other. So happy for the both of you and Camie IS great!

    Hope to see you soon,

  7. thedurttybride says:

    Page – I love your mom! She is so motivating and gives me just one more reason to get out of bed and get my butt kicked.

  8. […] still working on my fitness and I should have new results for you soon. I still feel great, even though our wedding is now 2 […]

  9. […] headed back to MRI to workout with Camie Cragg, the genius trainer who helped me before our wedding. I’m also committing to training for the Race for a Cure 5k […]

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