2 years of Jazzercise

March 4, 2008

Last night was a sweet night. It marked 2 years of offering Jazzercise to our missionary women here at work.

One of the best parts of the 2 years has been how God raised up my friend, Kristina, to become an instructor alongside me.

See our group picture from last night.


1,095 days as an instructor

October 10, 2007


Three years ago today I was certified as a Jazzercise instructor. (3rd anniversaries involve leather, I see. Not sure if that applies to Jazzercise anniversaries, but feel free to send me a purse.)

Last night as I was teaching our class for missionaries here at work I thought, do I remember life before teaching?

Sure I do, but I was oblivious to the fun I was missing.

A big reason I got into it was for the health benefits as an insulin-pump diabetic.

Here are a few other highlights of the 3 years:

  • It’s free karaoke. I mean, I have the microphone and the music’s blasting and who’s gonna stop me from singing?
  • I’ve met Campus Crusade women I’d never have met otherwise. We laugh. A LOT.
  • It fulfills the young-Angie dreams of high school dance squad and stand up comedy, all rolled into one.
  • Have a platform to talk about health and see women’s lives change for the better.
  • See the dream realized of offering a free class for our missionaries at work.
  • See the dream realized of another Campus Crusade woman joining me as an instructor — and Kristina did just this spring!

diabetes anniversary

May 2, 2007

Kind of odd.

This pseudo-celebration.

Sorta like saying, “15 years ago I got hit by that car.”

But it’s not just about the disease and the forever-life-changes it brings.

It’s about the life God has breathed into mine these last 9 years.

How has it been 9 years since the doctor looked at me and confirmed my fear?

I had type-1 diabetes. And now joined Dad as a card-carrying member of the club no one applies for.

There have been days it’s been rough. That unapproved tears rise up and I think, Enough of this. I’ve had enough of this.

It’s scary. I can’t even remember the days before insulin and blood-testing strips. It’s like a fog.

But then most days I can appreciate:

  • the insulin pump
  • that I had a dad who modeled that diabetes doesn’t define my life…it is part of my life
  • that God loves me enough to use my non-functioning pancreas to teach me a huge life lesson–I need people.

Asking for help and needing others has never come easy to this girl.

Read the article I wrote for Worldwide Challenge about that battle.

Thanks, Jesus, for being the Hero of my in-process battle.


April 24, 2007

I pulled both items of the fridge and left the room to get something.

When I came back I realized the sad, sad dichotomy.

Yet it didn’t stop me from swilling the diet Pepsi with Cherry amidst bites of carrot sticks double-dipped in PB.

If I believed in yin and yang this might totally work in my favor.

celebrating a year

March 6, 2007

Monday marked a big day for me…and for a roomful of sweaty, smiling women.

In some ways it feels like just yesterday I got the green light to begin teaching free Jazzercise classes for women at work. In other ways, it feels like I’ve been doing it forever.

I absolutely love 5:30-6:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

These women are the reason.

Thanks to all who’ve encouraged me along the way! A special shout-out to Ben & Kim Ford, Dr. Rundlett, Erin Hamilton, Rich & Kourtney Street and Ron & Lisa Britzius, Jennifer Abegg, Virginia Wear, Amanda Stephens,  Jodi Wallace, Deb Shipley, BSue Goodwin, Tracy Moffet and my fam.

After making fun of Jazzercise in college (sorry about that, Erin!), God sure has a sense of humor. He’s used Jazzercise to teach me an incredible lesson: He’s wired me…and He knows me better than I know myself. I can trust Him for plans He has for me.

And then strap in for the ride. What an adventure!

saturday morning Jazzercise classes

April 5, 2006

Live in Orlando and free on Saturdays at 8:45 am? Come to Jeanine's Jazzercise classes–I sub two times a month for her and would love to see you.

sweat and smiles

March 31, 2006

A highlight twice weekly for me has been these staff women in my Jazzercise class. This was our fourth week together, working out after work at the Campus Crusade headquarters.