updated 04/23/2012 AT 4:30 PM ET
•originally published 04/23/2012 AT 1:30 PM ET
Well, we’ve made to the halfway point. I don’t know whether to jump up and down or just curl up in a ball and weep. I cannot remember if I’ve ever been this tired in my life. The closest I’ve ever come to this kind of physical exhaustion is when my kids were newborns.
My friends who had done Dancing with the Stars before me told me this would be hard. They told me that it was a long arduous process. So did the producers. So did Maks. I was as ready as I could possibly be.
What I was not ready for is the emotional toll this experience is taking. I’ve always believed that we grow the most from the biggest challenges in our lives. The good times are our chance to breathe and appreciate our lives but the hard stuff is, in many ways, more important.