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Hop little bunnies, climb that pole!

Oh rainy days, oh rainy days, how I prefer you so much to snow!

Along with the rainy days I’ve also been able to clear out my garage a little. I’m hoping to get a bit more cleaned out this weekend, drop some stuff at my moms since she has way more storage room. I also have to wait for my bestie to bring me back my long extension of my pole. We used it over the winter at her house bring her pole upstairs for a bit but her ceilings are very high ceilings, so we needed the extension.

Soon my precious… soon!

My last class at pole was bitter sweet, I was so happy to be there doing what I love but I was also sad because it was the last time that these ladies and I would be together in the studio. Our theme for our dress up week was sexy bunnies. So here are the pictures from that!

 

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I’d like to say that my body was very uncooperative in taking a couple of these pictures, I kept spinning whenever I’d get into a move and somehow my crotch would end up facing the camera. It made me laugh but at the same time I’m like oh so classy!

So that’s all for now folks! I’m working at getting my pole back up in my garage, the weather is still a little cold but by next week it’ll be staying up around 17 degrees so crossing my fingers I can go back to poling daily soon!

A Quiet Sadness

I love pole, I think about it all the time. When I’m eating I’m scrolling through instagram looking at various pole artists and their amazing moves wishing I could do that. When I’m falling asleep I’m planning out the next move I want to nail (right now it’s the superman by the way). When I go on a walk with my daughter I’m taking a double glance at a street sign or pole in the park that I could potentially flip upside down on.

That is why it pains me to think that I will no longer be at my home studio. I love it there, I love my teacher, I love my pole friends, but unfortunately the cost of such an amazing sport just doesn’t love me. I’ve made it up to level 7 and I have learned a lot, gained a lot of strength, and grew a lot of confidence. But I can no longer justify spending the amount I do every couple of months, it’s not fair to my family. Not that I’m saying they shouldn’t charge every penny that they do! They have amazing teachers that need to be paid and a beautiful studio to upkeep and pay rent at. It’s a personal choice I am making to take a break from my studio that I love so much.

Coincidentally, in my class of 3 of us, one decided that she was moving across country at the end of this level, and then my best friend and I both are unable to continue paying for it. We came in with each other, it’s only right that we all leave together. I was relieved to find out that I wasn’t the only one having troubles keeping up with the cost though, I felt really guilty telling my friend that I could no longer continue, only to find out that she felt the same way.

Now as sad as it is to leave my studio my love of pole isn’t dead. The weather is getting nicer which means everything in my garage will soon be put back outside and I’ll be able to set up my pole in my garage again. I’ll definitely miss the routines though, it was so much fun learning them. But I could now make up my own routines, and that may be fun to stick up on the blog. I find since starting pole I’m consistently on the look out (or ear out) for songs that would be perfect to dance to.

So my best friend will join me in my garage and we will practice together, continue to push each other, keep on motivating one another to be the best we can be. And one day we will return to our home studio, when we’re both in a better position to do so. Hopefully we’ll be just as good, if not better, so we can go straight to level 8.

You can expect more posts once my pole is up in my garage. For the moment I’ve taken up crochet to pass the time, not to mention a healthy dose of HGTV, all those home improvement and renovation shows that I love.

I like to make booties, so here are a couple of the booties I’ve crocheted.

 

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I also like to make hats!

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But I will always pole, it’s in my blood now.

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I’m a Rockstar, oh baby, I’m a Rockstar!

My goodness it’s been a long few days, sorry for being MIA but I was deathly ill and clinging to the toilet for most of those days. Not exactly sure how I got sick, it’s not like I’m ever around a lot of people and I’m pretty much in bed by 8 or 9 because my little one absolutely exhausts me during the day with her untapped energy source. I missed pilates on Tuesday because I wasn’t feeling tip top and decided that I didn’t want to miss Wednesdays nights dress up night at pole so I stayed home. I went to pole Wednesday although my energy was lacking, but it was still a blast to dress up and do the routine. I’m really looking forward to the next routine! And of course I have some pictures from our dress up night, the theme was rockstar!

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So I missed front splits Friday due to being sick and I can’t say I’ve been practicing my splits or doing anything for that matter while I’ve been sick so hopefully my splits haven’t suffered too much. Instead of doing one for Thursday’s blog I’ll be just resuming it on Friday.

I’m crossing my fingers that these next 2 weeks go by rather quickly because I really REALLY want it to be spring. I’m so sick of the winter, it loses its enchantment in February for me. It’s like December everyone’s like “woohoo, Christmas, decorations, lights, jingle bells, jingle bells!” and then it passes, and then for me it then becomes 1 month away until my baby girls birthday, so that always goes by super quick. But after that, it’s likes molasses! February is supposed to be the shortest month of the year and let me tell you it is anything but for me! So I’ve been really looking forward to this snow just screwing off!

I got a new move on Wednesday, called Cupid, it really hurt the quad of my bracing leg at first, hoping that just goes away. It’s a very neat move, definitely bruised the back of my grasping knee though! This was my first attempt at the move in which my teacher kept telling me to arch my back and put my hips forward, my body was like NO! I tried though!

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Well that’s all for today folks, my next post will be on Thursday and then Friday! Yes I’m changing up my posting times again, I figure with my class being Wednesday night, I may more exciting things to report on Thursdays! Which also means the new stretches will now be on Thursdays!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

New Stretch Wednesday!

Sorry for being MIA yesterday! My daughter is sick again and I spent the whole day in bed with her, which I can’t say my hips enjoyed. Every time I sleep my hips are sore when I wake up, so laying bed all day really didn’t do them any good. At least today I’ve managed to get her out of bed!

So I got spoiled on Monday, since my boyfriend worked on Valentine’s Day and doesn’t get home until about 7, he decided to bring me out on the Monday instead because it was family day and he had it off. So he brought me to a super swanky sushi place that was ridiculously expensive but honestly worth every penny.

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I ordered this combination knowing it was big, but not anticipating just how big it really was. In the picture I’ve already eaten a couple of things. I was stuffed by the end of dinner but wished my stomach was bigger so I could have eaten it again. Some of the best sushi I’ve ever tasted!

Still not much to report on the pole frontier, I still haven’t tried to pole since taking a break due to my wrist, this break really blows. But today is the real test because tonight I have pole at the studio. What makes it even better is that my best friend is finally back from Florida and will be coming to pole! I’m so happy she’s back! I missed her so much in class, it’s honestly not the same without her.

Tonight is also spinning pole night, aka Elise’s exorcist night! Makes me so ill, but I’m still looking forward to it, I want to see what moves I can do while spinning. Next week is even more exciting though, it’s dress up night, and our theme is rockstar, obviously since the song our routine is to is Rihanna’s Rockstar 101. I have my outfit picked out already because I love to dress up so I do it way in advance!

Today is also stretchy Wednesday! So here’s your new stretch for the week, again by Julia Wahl because I just didn’t have the opportunity between a sick little girl, dinner and pilates to take a picture. All my pictures are done at night because I’m a stay at home mom, so my days are filled with kids activities and once my daughter is in bed is when I work out. Which let me tell you is exhausting because honestly by 7 I just want to go to bed, she is an energizer bunny and a half!

Anyways back to the stretch, another simple stretch that stretches out your hamstrings. While she pretty much touches her face to her knee, don’t be worried if you can’t do that, I can’t even do that!

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It’s a good stretch to do right after you do your hip flexor stretch since you’re already down on your knee. Hopefully next week I’ll have the time to take the picture myself. I’m also hoping that this break for my wrist hasn’t affected my flexibility too much.

Tomorrow will most likely be a short post because my daughter has gymnastics in the morning but I’ll give you a delicious recipe to make up for it! Until tomorrow!

Slow Healing Process

Hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day, be it with your lover or your family, or even if it was just another Friday, hope your day was good. My special part of Valentines day was making my love bacon roses, cause what man doesn’t love bacon, and well traditionally flowers are more for the men to give to the women and I didn’t want to take that away from him.

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Today (where I live) it’s family day today! I enjoy this day, because my love gets the day off from work and we get to spend a day together we normally don’t. So today we’ll be doing lots of family stuff, board games etc.

I’m sorry I don’t have much to report on pole, due to my arm I’ve had to take the past couple days off of pole so that I’m able to perform better at my studio on Wednesday. And let me tell you, it’s been killing me! I’m not enjoying the fact I’ve had to take off so much time from pole, let’s hope I never get seriously injured because I can’t imagine taking months off like some people do.

I still have been working on my flexibility though because I don’t want that to go into regression.

I’m looking forward to pilates tomorrow, because I’ve had to take a break from pole I feel like I’ve been super lazy. I haven’t gained any weight from it but that’s because I also have a fairly clean diet. With the exception of ice cream here and there because ice cream is a temptress!

So the other day I had one of those, mysterious pole bruises… You know, those bruises that show up after your day at the studio and you can’t even fathom how you got it! Yup, one of those.

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I honestly can’t even think of how I could have possibly gotten it. Too many starfishes? I have no clue. At the moment I’m pretty beaten and bruised from pole, I can’t wait for summer when I have to explain to people where I’m getting my bruises. They’re pretty nasty all over both my legs and my feet.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful day, until tomorrow mes amours!

Cross Ankle Death Drop!

Last night was a good pole class, despite the pain in my wrist. I learned to get into the bow and arrow from the cross ankle release, and let me tell you, it takes some major lady balls and some secure shorts. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain this, but lets try!

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This is the cross ankle release.

From here you have to grab under your butt and hold on for dear life.

You then let yourself drop down with straight arms, which your shorts get stuck on your thumb sometimes and pull your shorts down with them.

And hook a foot onto the pole to wind up in this position.

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It’s terrifying! Sometimes I have the lady balls for the cross ankle release, and sometimes I don’t. I’m not sure why, just some days I feel like I don’t have the stick for it.

I practiced my superman last night, again I wound up with bruises galore and sore inner thighs but I nearly got it! Once I have it down I’ll stick up a picture of it, because around the end of last year that was definitely a goal move, now I have bigger goals because I like to get ahead of myself!

It’s video day tomorrow, I’ll try not to embarrass myself as much this time. It’s also #FrontSplitsFriday! I’m looking forward to comparing last weeks with this weeks. And next Friday we’ll be comparing the first week with the 4th week to see the real progression!

Sorry about another short post today but my lovely daughter has gymnastics and I have to rush off to that now! But how about to make it up to you guys I leave you with a delicious recipe page full of delicious gluten free recipes!

Click the picture below to go there! Don’t be shy!

And keep an eye out tomorrow for a special valentines day post! Love is in the air mes amours!

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Pole Goals for this Year & New Stretch!

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Hope you’re all having a lovely Wednesday, my favorite day of the week. I have pole tonight at the studio, still a little afraid that my wrist isn’t going to be up to par to do the routine, but I’ll be icing it right before class as well as periodically throughout the day.

Today is new stretch day! And today I found a good stretch from Julia Wahl of YouTube.

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Julia Wahl of YouTube

Now for this stretch you want to keep your back and leg flat on the ground. If you aren’t flexible enough to grab your leg to pull it back without your leg coming off the ground then grab a belt or a towel and put it around your ankle, and begin to pull back on your leg until you can feel your other leg starting to lift.

Don’t forget to switch and repeat the same with the other leg. Hold each leg for about 30 seconds each.

I think my splits are coming along nicely. Obviously nowhere near where I want them to be, ever since trying jade I’ve wanted to get it properly down.

My other goal move for the year is the Ayesha. I just think it looks so impressive.

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I think one other move I’d like to get down is the allegra. I feel like this is another move that you need good flexibility for.

What are your goal moves for the year? Let me know in the comments below!