Archive | November 2013

Happy Turkey day to my American comrades!

I have a lot of American friends, and American readers of this blog. So here’s to them, hoping they have a wonderful turkey filled, thanksgiving dinner coma, friends and family together day!

Last night was a first for me! I did my first shoulder mount, all by myself! I had some help from my teacher at first, but once I grew the lady balls I was able to do it myself. Not going to lie, my shoulder muscle is hurting a little this morning from doing it over and over again. You know that feeling where you get a new move and you’re like, oh my god, was that a fluke? I better try it until I’m good and injured just to make sure. Yea… that’s what I did. I’m going to have to lay off the shoulder mounts until next week I think, it’s not pulled or anything, I think it’s just badly bruised.

So look forward to tomorrow’s post, I’ll be doing post on increasing your flexibility. Remember increasing your flexibility doesn’t happen over night, I’ve been working on it for months and am still not where I’d like to be.

A short post today, I have to take the little one to her gymnastics class soon. But in honor of American thanksgiving, I’ll leave you with a delicious recipe! A healthy alternatives to potatoes and I promise you it tastes just as good!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup nonfat buttermilk (No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.)
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Snipped fresh chives for garnish

Directions

  1. Place cauliflower florets and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and steam until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place florets and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water, cover and microwave on High for 3 to 5 minutes.)
  2. Place the cooked cauliflower and garlic in a food processor. Add buttermilk, 2 teaspoons oil, butter, salt and pepper; pulse several times, then process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garnish with chives, if desired. Serve hot.

 

There you go! Super easy, delicious and healthy! Until tomorrow mes amours!

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Snow Day!

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That’s right people, it’s a snow day! Which I know some of you are groaning at but it’s so beautiful! We got 15-25 cm of snow from last night to this morning. And the majority of it came between 2 and 6 because I was up at 2 and it wasn’t that bad and I wake up at 6 with my little one, and there’s so much now! My little one is absolutely thrilled, as soon as she’s done breakfast we’re going outside to shovel, well my love and I will shovel, my little one will be fooling around in the snow. I expect no less from her!

Well my cool down routine was quite the success yesterday so I’m thinking I may do another warm up and cool down sometime soon. They’re such important parts of your work out and there are so many different ways to do them. Also I may include a routine to increase your flexibility. While I’m not fully flexible, where I am now compared to where I was in the summer is amazing. I’ve never been flexible in my life, but if you keep working on it, it will happen!

So one thing about me that you don’t know is that I love Christmas! Christmas music (I don’t work in retail so I don’t have to listen to it for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, so I’m not sick of it just yet), Christmas trees, Christmas baking! Another major love of mine is anything candy cane… seriously… if it has the name candy cane in it, I’m there. The peppermint hot chocolates are at McDonald’s and Timmies right now and I’m just crazy for them. For the holiday season I’m switching up from my Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake for breakfast.

Introducing the…

Vanilla Candy Cane Protein Shake

From youngmarriedchic.com

From youngmarriedchic.com

 

WHAT!?! Amazing right! Doesn’t it just look like something you could have ALL the time! I’m drooling right now just looking at the picture. What’s that? Hmmm? “Elise show us how to make such a delectable treat!” Well I guess I could, all of you are pretty fantastic!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of lowfat cottage cheese or 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Few drops of peppermint extract, to taste (be careful- it’s strong!)
  • 1 tbsp of  instant vanilla pudding dry mix (A lot of recipes call for sugar free pudding, but honestly the risk of ingesting aspartame greatly outweighs the sugar content of regular pudding)
  • sweetener to taste (I used stevia)
  • 1 small piece of candy cane, crushed
  • 4 oz water, start with that and add more if you want to thin it out
  •  ice

Instructions

  1.  Mix all together in a blender- blend it up!
  2.  Pour in a glass and garnish with chopped candy canes

Now this still constitutes as a treat, because of the sugar in Candy Canes and the pudding. But you know what, a treat like this a couple times a week isn’t all that bad, and if it hits that sweet tooth for you and keeps you away from the chocolate bars and ice cream then good!

Yum yum! If that looks good to you then just get ready for the whole 24 days up to Christmas because it’ll be filled with healthy treats as well as just plain old treats, because once in a while its nice to indulge in something we love. Until tomorrow!

 

Post pole cool down! Lets calm it down!

Good morning wonderful people! It’s a beautiful day here! For the time being, we’re also expecting a snow storm later on. And I have to do groceries, go figure. As promised I am now going to include you in on my super top secret (but not really) cool down, we do these in my pole class and it always feels great to end an intense workout with these stretches. And for a pre-pole warm up click HERE. Now remember, I am not a trained fitness instructor (yet) so follow this routine at your own risk, and don’t push yourself too far with the stretches, remember stretching is for your muscles not as a competition to see how far you can go.

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First off we have the tricep stretch, lightly pulling your elbow, give that tricep a good ol’stretch.

Hold it for 10-15 seconds and then switch arms.

Next we’re going to move on to the thigh stretch, hold it there again for about 10-15 seconds before moving on to the next leg.

 

 

 

 

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The next stretch is a bicep stretch!

Thumbs down, push your arms back until you feel that stretch right through your biceps. I really like this one just because you rely so heavily on your arms while doing pole.

Afterwards stretch one arm over to do the forearm stretch.

Hold it there for 10-15 seconds before switching over to the other arm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next is the frog stretch!

Make sure your feet are pointed outwards.

And try and sit back as far as you can, you’ll feel the stretch, trust me.

The second picture is just a side view of the same stretch.

I usually hold this one for 30+ seconds.

After the frog stretch go into your center splits (which I forgot to take a picture of) hold for about a minute.

 

 

 

 

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Now go into an inner thigh stretch, hold it for 15 seconds and then switch to the opposite leg and repeat.

 

 

 

This one I’m pretty sure is a hip flexor stretch. Again this is another one I love, it feels so good to do.

Push forward on your front leg.

Hold for 15 seconds and then switch and repeat with the opposite leg.

 

Next we’re going into the front splits, now I can’t do it, but I’m working on it. Make sure your front foot is flexed to get more of a stretch.

Also breath, make sure you’re always breathing. I usually breath in and then try to push my splits a little further on my breath out, it’s all about relaxing your muscles. Hold for a minute on each side.

Don’t push too far because you can really pull your muscles on this move, and the horrible thing about that is that you won’t be able to stretch it properly for the next couple of days or even weeks. You put your muscles into a regression.

 

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Lastly we do the bridge. My bridge is actually better than picture but with only 10 seconds between my cameras timer and getting into the move, I had no time to fix my form.

When you’re in bridge you’re going to want to try and walk your hands to your feet until you feel a good stretch. Again this is another one you don’t want to push too far until you’re able to. I don’t know if this happens to everyone but for me, if I push it to far my back muscles cramp up, kind of like a foot cramp, and it really hurts.

 

 

 

After you’re done the stretch roll up into a ball and rock back and forth a little to stretch your muscles the other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not pictured is a wrist stretch and a toe stretch so make sure you do those, they are equally as important! And always remember to stretch after your exercises, no matter the exercise. Until tomorrow good people! Tomorrow is pole day! YAY!

The wonderful weekend!… is over…

Merry Monday dear people! Or not, like I said last week, Mondays can be a pain if you work a Mon-Fri job. But hopefully you’re nice and awake and getting ready to go. Even though it’s a Monday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it like it’s a Saturday. Keep a positive outlook on it! For me, I just remind myself that it’s only 2 days until I get to go to the studio!

So this weekend I had my friends baby shower, her baby is due right around when my little one was born. We’ve been friends for years so I found it pretty funny when she told me her due date.

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This is the cake I made for her shower, turns out fondant is a pain in my… you know… to work with. But the cake was delicious and we had such a blast and her boyfriend showed up and he’s pretty funny.

There was delicious food, good friends, music, and of course the mother to be, looking tired but I wish I could look that good when I’m tired.

We also played a hilarious game, I was crying because I was laughing so hard. And of course there were lots of adorable presents.

So I’m crossing my fingers that my grip for my legs comes in today, I’m really hoping to start practicing my holds and cross ankle releases. Which right now feels impossible on my chrome pole, my cold chrome pole, with my dry Canadian skin.

Short post today so I’m going to leave you with another delicious recipe, and keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine.

Now if you’re like me, cooking dinner every night for the hungry mouths that live in your house, coming up with a main dish is work enough. So today I’m going to give you a recipe that is a quick and easy side dish to go with that delicious pork, or chicken, or ribs.

Parmesan Garlic Orzo

I love orzo, it’s so quick and easy, I can also trick my daughter into eating it because she thinks it’s rice!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 tbs of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic in melted butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir orzo into garlic mixture and mix in Parmesan cheese, milk, salt, black pepper, and parsley.

See, simple, quick, and trust me it’s delicious.

 

So again keep an eye out tomorrow for my cool down routine, and I thought I’d share the pillow I recently sold locally.

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More pillows soon to be sold on my etsy shop, as well as a special Christmas treat for the passionate poler! Until tomorrow mes amours!

Pre-Pole warm up! Get those muscles going!

Good morning lovely people, I don’t know about you but here today it’s so dreary and gross out, I’d rather snow. That’s right! I said it! I’d rather the beautiful white snow then dull dark rain. But lets be honest, after Christmas, snow can just go away. I’m not a snowboarder or skier and not really a cold person in general, snows beautiful, but from inside a nice warm house, in front of a nice warm fireplace.

Speaking of warm, lets talk about getting those muscles warmed up before you hit the pole, well before you start spinning. Now keep in mind I am by no means a fitness instructor (yet) and if you choose to follow the routine I do, you do at your own risk! This is a mix of the warm up routine I was taught at the studio and some ones online that I just like. But it gets you nice and warmed up before you start so it’s perfect. Alright lets move on to the first move

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Alright so I have no idea what half the moves are actually called so I’m going to give them my own names!

I call this one, lean back!

You start with your feet together, then lean back while sucking in your belly button and keeping your core tight.

You then bring yourself forward, head to your feet and repeat!

I do this one about 10-15 times.

Easy right? Well that’s just the first one!

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This is called the crunchy thingy!

Balance yourself, knees bent, for about 10 seconds, then switch to legs up in a V position, hold for another 5 seconds!

Then you’re going to lean back, don’t lie down and keep your legs up off the ground, and then come back up into starting position.

Repeat the crunching action of the last two about 10-15 times.

Alright, alright, a little bit hard right?!

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The side butt crunch!

Very similar to the above exercise, but instead of balancing on your full butt, you balance on  a cheek.

Do 10-15 times, and then repeat on the opposite side!

image[4]Now you’re going to lie back and do some (I know the name of this one) reverse crunches!

So lay on your back, your legs can either be straight up, or for an easier version, knees slightly bent.

For this exercise you’re only going to come a couple of inches off the ground. The whole point is to use your stomach muscles to crunch up.

No cheating! If you feel like you’re using your arms, stop it! USE THOSE STOMACH MUSCLES!

Do about 10 of these.

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This is called the dive bomber, start in the downward dog position (do it better than I am in the first picture)

Then you’re going to drop your chest down into a push up position.

Followed by your butt and then bring your chest back up and push yourself back up into downward dog!

Repeat 5-10 times! This one makes my shoulders crack every time but they’re super good for your arms.

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This is a shoulder mount prep move.

Lay on the group and grip the pole as you would for shoulder mount.

First bring your knees up, then back to the first position.

Next bicycle legs, one on the left, one on the right, and then back to first position. The lower your legs on this move the more you’re working your muscles.

Lastly leg lift both legs up, bring your butt a couple of inches off the ground and then slowly and with control, lower your legs back down to first position.

Rinse and repeat as many times until you really feel the burn in your lower stomach muscles.

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Lastly, one of my favorite moves, the pole squat. I just find this one so much better because the pole forces you into a proper position.

Like everything in pole dancing, it’s done on the tips of your toes.

So it’s pretty straight forward, start standing, hands behind the pole. Then drop down into squat position and come back up.

Now make sure you’re using your legs for this exercise and not pulling yourself up with your hands.

To finish up this routine make sure you adequately warm up your shoulders with shoulder rolls and arm circles, and your wrists with wrist circles!

And that’s my warm up routine! Simple, sweet, but effective. And don’t forget to cool down, that will be my post on Tuesday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I have a baby shower for my best friend this Sunday so lots of preparation. I also have a CFL party at my parents on Sunday, why couldn’t one of these things be on Saturday, I have nothing to do Saturday. Anyways, until Monday mes amours!

The Day after Pole Day

I don’t know about you but the day after pole day is the most painful day of the week for me, every little part of me is sore. Not going to lie, for the past month I’ve been slacking, but for good reason! ( I swear)

1146550_10151824658652464_1037744909_nMy work out room, aka my garage, has now become packed with stuff from outside that needed to come in for the winter. So I had to move my work out inside, and to be honest carpet feels super weird on my feet when I’m trying to work out. But that wasn’t even the biggest problem, the problem was with my pole. The 50 mm was really hurting my wrist and I didn’t want to injure myself to the point I couldn’t go to pole every Wednesday.

But now, now I have my 45 mm pole, so no excuses (Other than the carpet one… but I’ll stop using that as an excuse).

Last night we didn’t really learn anything new, lots of practice on Scorpio and Gemini. I’m very proud of my friend Danielle, she has successfully preformed the Gemini now! Her progression out of anyone I know is the most impressive. She went from doing very little physically to holding herself upside down with no hands, she’s pretty damn amazing.

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite moves with you, pretty simple but I just love the look of it. We call it the bow, although I’m sure, just like every other move, there about 100 other names for it.

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The Bow

So this move is started in the handstand position and then you shift your hips forward, bend your back and hang on for dear life with your ankles. Okay maybe not for dear life but when you’re in fishnets it feels like it!

My back isn’t too flexible at the moment but it’s something I’m working on every day. It’s the same with my front and side splits, I’ve never done them in my life, but you know what gives me hope? My mom! She didn’t do the splits until she was in her 40’s doing taekwondo, and I’m only 26 so I’m sure if I practice at it, I’ll eventually get it!

Oh! Exciting news! Lucy was finally back in class, Danielle and I were thrilled. You’d honestly think she had been gone for months but it’s only been like 2 weeks. Just like Danielle and Courtney from yesterdays post, you make some fantastic friends in pole class. You even become outside class friends. We all went out for Halloween this year and had a blasty blast!

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Yea it was a good night!

 

I have to cut this blog short today, Alice has gymnastics soon and I don’t even have my face on (meaning my make-up) But to make up for the short post, I’ll leave you with another delicious recipe!

Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles

(recipe from paleomg.com)

I love lemon so much, if it’s lemon flavored anything I must have it! Lucky for me, one of the healthiest things you can drink is water with cut up lemon in it, one of my favorites!

From paleomg.com

From paleomg.com

Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • zest of ½ lemon, or whole, whatever you see fit
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds, or however much opium you want
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Turn on your waffle maker. (if you don’t have a waffle maker, turn these into pancakes!)
  2. Mix together all your dry ingredients.
  3. Mix together all your wet ingredients.
  4. Mix ALL OF IT together.
  5. Pour into waffle maker.
  6. Cook until done.
  7. Pour a sh*t ton of syrup on top.

Alright, I’ll see you tomorrow mes amours, last post before the weekend! Make sure to check in because I’m going to include my warm up routine for home poling, pictures included!

A poleitical post, because it’s the only type of politics I like

Did you catch that typo? GOOD! It was meant to be there because Monday was a super exciting day. Not only was it the day I got my new pole but it was also the day that I got my brand new purple Poleitical Clothing shorts!

1461783_10152056552047464_2004758349_nAren’t they sexy! And isn’t my cat ridiculous, it was a ‘if I fits I sits’ situation, but Méla is relatively small so fitting isn’t too hard for her.

This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered from Poleitical Clothing either, I’ve also acquired the black version of these shorts and I have to say they are probably one of the most comfortable shorts I’ve worn to pole. They breath easy, they’re light and tight, and they’re high enough to give you lots of room for grip.

I sent them a thank you yesterday because one of my favorite things about this company is the hand written notes that come with your package. And no it’s not one of those “hey look they sent us a hand written note, oh wait, that’s blue printer ink in a hand written font” No no, these are legit ‘hand written with a pen and even include your name’ notes! The fact they take the time to do that with all the other orders they have is one of the main reasons that I’ll keep ordering from them, I love the love that’s put into it!

Now I was also lucky enough to get to ask them a few questions and even get a speedy response so as I could include it in todays blog. Continue on below because I just adore these two girls, they are just that energy that you would love to have around you all the time!

Left: Danielle Right: Courtney Photo Credit:  George Grigorian of Poleagraphy

Left: Danielle
Right: Courtney
Photo Credit: George Grigorian of Poleagraphy

I noticed that it’s two of you that run the company, are you two pole friends or just long time friends, maybe both?

We actually did not know each other very well before we started the company! We are both students at The Pole Garage in Santa Monica, CA – we met through a Facebook group for students of The Pole Garage and started chatting about how much we wanted t shirts with “Keep Calm and Pole Dance” on them – next thing we knew, we were meeting at a Starbucks and plotting our venture! Courtney comes from a background in the fashion industry, and Danielle comes from an acting and art background, so the partnership really plays to our individual strengths! 
 
Are you both avid pole dancers/fitness enthusiasts? If so how often are you in a studio or at home working on it
 
We both LOVE pole. Like, obsessed, watching-videos-all-the-time, stalking-the-internet-for-new-moves obsessed. But, our lives are busy, so we try to get into the studio once or twice a week. Courtney does have a pole at home, but Danielle no longer does (she’s looking forward to getting a new one!). 
 
I’ve also noticed on your fb page it mentions that you were started in 2012, is that just the fb page or are you running a fairly young company?
 
We are a fairly young company! We did start in mid-2012, and our official debut of our shorts and tanks was at the 2012 California Pole Dance Championship, in October of 2012. We’ve grown steadily, and we absolutely love seeing orders come in from all across the world! The Pole Community is so tremendous – we’re very lucky to be a part of it! All of our artwork is original, as are our logos and tag lines – we have such a blast dreaming up fun ideas for our line!
 
What is the furthest country you’ve shipped to? (or any really random countries you would not have expected to get orders from)
 
Oh, wow…We just shipped an order to Monaco, which was a new country for us, but we have shipped almost everywhere but Asia (hey, Asia – call us!). We’ve got a lot of fans from Australia and all over Europe – France, Germany, England – and we’ve shipped to Brazil, Russia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, South Africa…it’s so amazing to see the response from so far away! Thank goodness for Google Translate! 🙂 We’re just now branching out into wholesale, too, and we’re excited to see the response!
 
I’ve seen some photos of your booths set up, what’s the next convention you’re planning on attending if any?
 
We are based in Los Angeles, CA, so most of the shows we have sold at are centered in the city. We are still deciding on whether we’ll be doing Pole Show LA in January, or Pacific Pole Championships in March, but ultimately, we’d love to branch out and make it to Pole Expo, especially since it’s in Vegas – very close to LA! We’ll definitely get the word out if we can swing Pole Expo – it’ll be all over our Social Media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – we’re very big on interacting on Instagram – the pole community on there is amazing), and we’ll do a newsletter blast, too!
 
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A special thanks to you ladies for taking the time to answer my questions, I loved hearing from you, and you can expect to hear from me soon because I have my eyes set on the Poleitical Clothing tote! I need a new bag to bring to pole!
 
For someone like myself looking to start a pole line of items (Not clothes, I’ll leave that up to these girls because they’re doing a fantastic job) it really gives me a glimmer of hope that I may be able to get somewhere some day. They’ve accomplished so much from starting in 2012 it really is amazing, hard work and a dream can pay off.
 
This is one of the main things I’ll be selling in the upcoming weeks. Pole pillows, they’re incredibly soft and cuddly. So keep an eye on this blog for updates on how you can get your own Pole Pillow!
 
 
Front and Back view

Front and Back view

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Poleitical Clothing 
 
 
 
Adieu mes amours! Until tomorrow!