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Banned from Barre! What?

I’ve been doing barre-style exercise by going to studios directly and through an aggregator in the Bay Area called Class Pass. One of the local barre studios is a place called Alkalign. I had a bad experience with an instructor that didn’t choreograph or syncopate her workout with the music. Instead, the instructor just played an Internet pop radio station and it was difficult to hear her instructions over the singing and rock ballads and there was no cadence for the workout.
     At the end of every class, the instructors solicit feedback, “if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please let me know after class.” My feedback has always been good, but short, like “thanks for the great workout.” But this instructor didn’t give a good workout and because I had obtained coverage for my daughters, paid for the class and invested time in the effort and I felt that I wasted the time, I gave feedback. Politely. I told the instructor that she should use music intended for this ki…

My Keto Diet

Why am I on a ketogenic diet?

By 2014, I had enough.  I didn't know what was wrong with me, but I was experiencing pain in all my joints.  Getting out of bed in the morning became a chore.  It took about 10 minutes for me to move without a limp because of painful plantar fasciitis.  At that time I was 46 years old and my cholesterol levels were off the charts.   I was on track for Type II diabetes, my blood pressure was consistently pre-hypertension and my doctor had made me promise that I'd try the medications if my numbers didn't change.

A bunch of other really weird things happened around that time.  I almost went deaf (twice!) because of a phenomenon called Sudden Sensorineural Deafness Syndrome.  An amazing doctor in Denver, Dr. Hogle, treated me within the short 14-day window of treatment and I saved my hearing.  But the aches and pains continued,  Every couple months I'd become really sore from a bone spur or from extremely sore buns, something called "sacr…