Rocking The Pole

I have officially been pole dancing for a month! Today, I was able to hold myself up on the pole for the “climb” and I was able to master two spins right off the bat. I was so proud of myself! I can tell that my arm strength is getting better because I can do a lot more push ups / child like push ups then I could when I first started. Now I just need to get my inner thighs stronger! I’m not sure what moves I can practice without a pole though… it’s not like I am going to go to the park and pole dance around a basketball hoop. I mean, I could but I’m not going to haha! Next class I think my friend is going to take a video of me doing a few spins. I will decide if I am courageous enough to post them online. Chances are, I’m not… not yet anyway!

At this current moment in time, I am debating if I want to go to the hooping class tomorrow. Now, I think I could hoola hoop as a kid… not 100% sure because that was a really long time ago, but.. I think I could heh. I have wanted to take the class for a long time now but never got the guts to. I spoke to the owner of the studio (and my instructor!)  and she encouraged me to give it a try. The class is tomorrow at 5:30pm so I  really have to quickly decide. My friend isn’t going because she works on Wednesdays but you know what… I am a big girl, I can go by myself hehe.

Speaking of being a big girl, I turned 30 on Saturday (June 15th). Oh my goodness, I had such a fun birthday party! So many people showed up and it was the best outing that I have been on in a very long time (at least that I can remember) plus it helps when people are showering you with free drinks and shots. Plus, I had zero hangover on Saturday. That is winning in itself! Anyway, I better head to bed because I will be dead tired at work tomorrow otherwise!

 

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New Found Respect

Back towards the end of May, one of my friends approached me with the idea of joining her for workout class. I asked her what the class entitled, since I thought I had made myself familiar with most of the fitness classes out there in my area (I was so wrong!) She told me it was Fitness Pole Dancing. Now, the stigma that is attached to pole dancing is girls dancing around a pole wearing just a tiny little thong getting dollars thrown at them. At least, that is what was in my head when somebody mentioned pole dancing, anyway. Boy, was I ever wrong.

Let me tell you that pole dancing is, by far, the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. Well, it is right up there with the uneven bars in gymnastics, except this pole is vertical instead of horizontal. I’m pretty sure that the vertical part is what makes it so darn hard! So, there is a pole in front of you, and you have to grip the pole with your hands at chest height (one over the other) and then you have to take your feet off of the floor and hold yourself there. Yea… not happening. I just cannot do it! I am starting to get better at my climb (where you wrap your legs around the pole as well, so you can hoist yourself higher) and I am getting much, much better at the swings, but oh my goodness. My triceps hurt SO bad tonight and we won’t even get into how raw my inner thighs are. You use your inner thighs to grip the pole in some positions so they are supporting your whole body weight off of the ground (legs extended, ladies!). If all that doesn’t seem hard enough, there is a 10 to 15 minute warm up before hand that always makes you sweat. I wish I could really put into words what it feels like, but I can’t. No words can describe the pain I feel afterwords.

It’s a fantastic cardio/strength workout though! Plus, the hour flies by so you hardly think of it as a workout. It’s not like sitting there doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and watching the clock countdown while you trying to think of ways to knock yourself unconscious so you don’t continue. There are no clocks, just music, and the instructors are so encouraging. They applaud you when you get a move and it really is rewarding. I hate not getting it, so I get super frustrated if I can’t get a move right away. I’ve been doing push ups every night to get my arm strength up as well! I am so much better than I was. Kettlebells seem to work your biceps, etc. but they don’t really get you used to supporting your body weight (unless I swing a 100lb kettlebell which is not going to happen anytime soon). I would highly recommend trying out a class if you get the opportunity to. I promise that you will sweat!

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Well, Well, Well…

Hello everybody, if anybody is even reading this! I have not posted in a very long time, and I apologize for that. I finally got a theme that I love and thought it was time to put it to use! I was having a huge creative road block and I think it may be starting to crumble.. I’m not 100% sure of that though.

Let me get to the good stuff, since the last time I have posted, I have really started focusing more on my health. I went gluten free, and turned Paleo (80% of the time hah) around the end of January 2013 because I was serious about my New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Dead serious. So serious, in fact, that from January to early March, I lost 25lbs and 28 inches. No joke. I then started getting massive migraines and was trying new meds and ugh, it was not fun. Now, I am back on the bandwagon and I am determined to get down to my goal weight before 2014. I take fitness pole dancing classes on Tuesday nights (may go twice a week soon but depends on how much money I have to toss it at that) and I am very into Kettlebells. I love Kettlebells! They are what made me lose 25lbs. That is right, I have not ran a single dang step during this whole weight loss thing. I am not a runner… I tried the couch to 5k and lasted two weeks. My shins kill me when I run or power walk so I don’t do it.

What else… um… actually not a whole lot though today, I placed a $24 exacta box bet on the Belmont Stakes and won! I won $323.50 back! WOO HOO! That is probably the most exciting thing that happened to me all day. My life is rather boring…

Oh, another thing, I turn 30 next Saturday! I need to find a very cute dress to wear out Friday night because it’s my 30th birthday and I can.

xoxo

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Car Repair = Ripoff!

Hello Dear Blogger Friends Who Are Probably Non-Existent At This Point! Long time no see. I apologize for that. I suck at blogging apparently, and really want to turn that around. Do you forgive me? 🙁 I hope so! Well, anyway, I wanted to discuss the lovely day that is Friday the 13th (which is today). It seems that today is a day that I should curl up in bed all day and sleep because trying to do anything is just, not a good idea. Why? Glad you asked!

My car decided it wanted new brakes. That is fine. I understand that cars need their brake pads replaced every now and again so that I can still stop at stop signs or for cute bunny rabbits. Well, I decided to take my car to a repair shop that my local radio always runs ads for. They sounded nice and caring, and said they’d take care of everybody like they were family. Took it in, they seemed really nice. I signed a thing that said that I was aware that brake pads can cost between $25.00 to $75.00, $75 if they were ABS breaks. They aren’t. I told them, no my car does not have anti-lock brakes. They didn’t believe me, but I was right. It doesn’t. Sooo, I go home while they do their estimate. They call me and I swear to everything holy that they said $30 to $40. But what I guess they REALLY said was $340.00 because they called me about 1.5 hrs LATER and stated “the back brakes are also going to need to be repaired.” I asked them how much they would cost, and they said “600”. This is how the conversation went…

Them: We did a full brake inspection and it looks as though the back brakes are going to need to be repaired as well. Do you want to have us do them? We do accept 6 months of payments interest free.

Me: How much would that cost?

Them: Let me check… (minute pause) $600.00

Me: *cough* $600?!!! Like… six hundred dollars?! How much is it with just the front again?!!

Them: $340.00

Me: Oh…… no, do not do the back!

Them: Are you sure?

Me: YES. I have bills I need to pay!! $600 is a lot of money!

Them: Okay, we will just do the front

*hang up*

That is when I start to cry. I cried quite a bit at that point. I was all happy it was going to be cheap but that sort of broke my happy and put it in a dark and unhappy place! I will never, ever go to that place again.

Of course, I did buy two new bras at Victoria’s Secret… but I really needed them so it wasn’t like I did it to make myself feel better.

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This just happened…

I was sitting in my room when I hear sirens. I’m like “no way” because I am terrified of tornadoes… well, my roommate then goes “omg, we have a tornado warning! Only in Wisconsin do people walk outside when there is a Tornado Warning to take a look”. My heart races, and Im like “not this chick!” and I grab my purse, stuff a bag with some extra clothes, grab my Macbook (yea $1400 computer is not dying in a Tornado!) and head to the basement with my cat. Sat there for 15 minutes, listened to some whistling winds, prayed my car was okay, and waited. My roommates dumb cat refused to come to the basement, so I had Adobe (my cat) in his carrier so he couldn’t run back upstairs. I heard some crashing, so I looked into the basement window (its one of those gutter windows) and saw huge ass hail smashing into the ground… and then 15 minutes later it all stops. My friend Brandon, who lives in Oklahoma, was keeping tabs of the storm for me via text message and told me that the storms had passed so I went back upstairs. Everything looks okay!

Except… my old apartment, where I lived 3 weeks ago, is not in such good shape.

So Glad I MOVED!!!

My area is fine though! No damage around here, thank God!

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