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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!

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

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Lady balls initiated!

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Happy to be back to pole!

Something about pole that I don’t think a lot of people realize is that it requires a lot of guts to pull off some of these moves. Even moves that seem like they’re simple can be scary to do. I never realized this until getting into pole.

Sure there are some moves that are obviously scary, like the ball drop. Or switching from one move to the other, such as Gemini to Scorpio. But I never thought something like the cross ankle release would require so much lady balls!

Now I’m a very competitive person, even just with myself some days, so the cross ankle release has been driving me insane because I hadn’t been able to get it, and I felt like I had the strength for it, I was just scared to let myself fall back.

It’s very scary to just let yourself fall back, relying only on your thighs to keep you stuck to the pole, I don’t think my ankles have ever gripped harder together. But last night I laid out the crash mat and forced myself to grow the lady balls and let myself fall back, and guess what, I did it! I let out a nearly deafening shriek because I managed to do it.

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I DID IT!

My next task was to do it without the crash mat, and after a few moments of telling myself “you can do it, just do it, just let go!” I did it! I laid back and again, if I wasn’t attached to the pole I would have been jumping for joy.

For me pole has always been relatively easy you could say, I still had to build the muscle like everyone else, but there are very few moves that are taught to me at the levels I’ve been in that I could not complete after a few attempts. But the cross ankle release is one that has taken me quite literally weeks. Which is a completely new concept to me, and you know what, I enjoyed it. The sense of accomplishment that came with it was an amazing feeling.

Now to get my cross knee release down! I’m seriously backwards, but I find the cross knee release actually hurts way more than the cross ankle release.

Last night I briefly talked to my teacher about Sexapalooza and how one of the pole girls and I were going. I was telling her about how I want preform with them one year, and this brought us to how she needed volunteers for the booth, and I nearly jumped up and yelled “Me me me me!” But I cool and calmly told her that I of course would be interested in helping out so she said she’d stick me on the mailing list. I’d love to help out at the booth, that’d be so much fun to do.

Look at what I already do, I run a blog about pole and how amazing it is, if I was behind a booth, I would gush about how much fun and how beneficial pole is, how it helped me lose nearly 20 lbs (along with healthy eating)

I’m looking forward to Sexapalooza, it’s always a ton of fun. The shows are great, I love the burlesque. I’m really hoping I can help out, if not I plan to have a blast anyways.

Until tomorrow mes amours!

I’M SO…. EXCITED! IT’S POLE DAY!

Illustration by Leen Isabel of http://poledancingadventures.com/

Illustration by Leen Isabel of http://poledancingadventures.com/

 

OMYGOSHITSFINALLYTIMEITSPOLEDAYIMSOEXCITEDFORPOLEDAY! *Breath* I am wildly excited today! I was up early, make-up on early, my daughter probably thinks I’m crazy because I was dancing around with her singing “It’s pole day, pole day, got to get down on pole day!”

Yup, I’m that excited that I would do a parody of the song “Friday”! It has been far too long since I’ve been to my home studio. It has been weeks, WEEKS! And as much as my teacher probably has enjoyed her Christmas break she is now going to have to deal with me barging in there tonight and jumping up on that pole.

It’s not even that I haven’t poled in that long, I have my pole at home and practice nearly every day. There’s just something different about being in the studio. I’m like a dog with its head out the window when we drive there! Are we almost there? Are we there yet? Are we? Are we? Poor Danielle has to deal with my complete excitement, although I’m fairly certain that she’s nearly, if not just as excited as I am.

I’m of course also very excited to see Lucy again as well! I don’t get to see her outside of class nearly as much as I’d like to. I’m pretty sure we need a wine and pole night soon. It’s a lot of fun relax with a glass of wine and try to pole, it slowly becomes a glass of wine as we chat around the pole, because lets face it, we’re girls, we love to talk!

I’m especially excited tonight to get to do some level 6 stuff, maybe even the level 6 routine? I’m hoping for the level 6 routine anyways, it’s to rockstar 101 by Rihanna. We’re doing level 5/6 because we definitely needed a little more practice with level 5 moves. Like I still haven’t been able to get the cross ankle release down, it hurts my inner thighs so much. I’m going to have to suck it up and do it though.

Unfortunately my camera won’t be here until tomorrow but I’ll definitely have it for next class. I’m looking forward to getting some use out if it. Taking some pictures of the foods I make, some pictures of my daily life as a mom, and while there are picture upon pictures of people preforming different moves on the pole, I still am going to show off the new moves I’ve learned just because I like to take pride in the hard work I’ve done. I think everyone should be able to take pride in something they’ve worked hard for, it’s definitely something to be proud of!

Well until tomorrow mes amours! I’M SO EXCITED!

A drop of dew a day takes the slip away!

Good morning lovely followers! I always look forward to this time of the morning. I get to just sit here with my tea and talk your ears off, or eyes in this case.

Last night was pole class, and it was a great class. My actual teacher just got back from the Dominican and she won’t be back until next Wednesday, so we’ve had a sub. A fantastic woman who has this unnatural energy that drives you to work harder and preform more. So as you can imagine my muscles are very sore today, not to mention my trapezuis ( the muscle between your neck and shoulder) feels bruised, which means no shoulder mounting for a couple of days.

 

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So here’s my shoulder mount! It’s still a little sloppy but I’m very impressed with myself.  At one point this was something that I never thought I’d be able to do.

I saw the girls doing it and I stood there whining in my head “I want to do that, I want to be able to flip upside down with such ease”

I kept at it, worked on my core, my arms and my general strength and look at me now!

I’m telling you, less than a year ago I wouldn’t be able to do half of this. I could barely do a push up! And now look at me!

 

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But with a hard practice comes some nasty looking bruises.

And these are just the one leg, I’ve got more on my other leg, not to mention the tops of my feet as well! These ones were from doing the dead lift from handstand, cross ankle release and super girl.

Another exciting moment of last night was that I let go and went into the cross ankle release by myself. For the past couple of weeks I’ve had to have the help of my teachers to help me lay back just out of sheer fear of letting go of the pole.

But last night I laid out the crash mats they have and that gave me the lady balls I needed to let go on my own. That’s also the first time I’ve ever used crash mats, I guess I’ll be trying them out more when ever I’m scared. I really didn’t think it would be that much of a help, but it gave me just enough confidence to try a scary move out.

I’m going to take a moment now to praise an amazing pole product. If you live in a cold and dry climate like Canada, you know how much of a toll it can take on your skin. This in turn makes it near impossible to grip a pole, even a brass pole! It’s not so much my hands that I worry about, if I give them a quick wash before pole that’s usually enough to give me grip, and if that doesn’t work I have my liquid grip. The liquid grip is like a liquid that dries to a chalky consistency, it’s main use is for sweaty hands, just like if you were to use chalk in gymnastics.

My legs are the main worry, the liquid grip works on them, but only briefly. I honestly thought it was going to be impossible to pole in the winter. I use a regimen of coconut oil and vitamin E oil on my legs nightly (I’ll post a blog later on about the miracle of coconut oil) in hopes of helping my skin to not dry out. And while it does help, it’s really not enough.

 

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That’s when I came across this!

Dewpoint Pole grip! It’s amazing, it’s super helpful, although I do find I have to reapply half way through class, that’s a small price to pay for such good grip when I need it.

Word of warning, do not get this on your hands. I’m not sure why but it makes it nearly impossible to grip if it gets on your hands. I don’t know if it’s a mixture of the dewpoint and sweat but just remember, rub your legs together to rub it in, and then you have to let it air dry for 1-5 minutes. I usually give it somewhere in between that.

The spray comes in three sizes, I have the middle one because it’s kind of expensive but again totally worth it. If your studio doesn’t sell it (You should probably convince them to) you can buy it online!
If you’re living in the states you can get it off of amazon.com, if you’re from Canada you can get it off of Ebay. They were really good for shipping on time and it got here quickly.

 

 

Well that’s all for today folks, today is gymnastics day!

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!

All I want for Christmas is my two bottles of grip!

Alright, I’ve had very little sleep, which really is normal, but last night was worse. My poor little girl is a little sick right now and with her stuffy nose it was impossible for her to sleep. She kept waking up randomly whimpering, it was so consistent to the point that she was in my bed and my love had to go sleep in her bed because he gets up at 6 am to get ready for work. So all of this makes me wildly edgy this morning, and I made the worst mistake… I got on the internet. Feel free to scroll on down to the next paragraph to avoid the incoming rant. On FB a local radio station had linked some website that is petitioning to bring back “merry Christmas” … cause you know… no one EVVVERRR says that anymore (Please feel free to wipe up the dripping sarcasm from that sentence). You know where they don’t say it… businesses, because Canada is such a diverse place with many religions it makes sense to do so, but outside of a business, say it to your hearts content. You can wish me a happy Hanukkah,a happy Kwanzaa, or even Merry Christmas and you know what, I’m not offended because I am just thankful that you took the time of day to wish me good tidings… What irritates me the most about this whole BS site though is the fact that there are such large scale natural disasters happening right now and people are concerned with a saying. If you’re going to reach out to people with a cause, how about make it a positive cause to help people instead of something so petty as a couple of words. Anyways END RANT. FIN. I’m done.

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Anyways back to more positive things, like pole! With the winter seasons approaching fast the air is getting more dry and it is getting much colder (at least where I live, in Canada where winter lasts 6 months). But thankfully my teacher at pole keeps a bottle of grip ready for people who need it, but I feel bad using it so I’m going to look into purchasing a couple of bottles, one I’ll keep at home and one will be in my work out bag for pole. At the moment it’s my legs that are suffering the most, obviously from my post yesterday my hands aren’t having an issue yet. When ever I try to do the lay back I slide right down, so gracefully, straight on my bum.

The lay back

The lay back

 

Now I learned this move as the lay back, but what some people call the lay back, I know as the cross ankle release. I know confusing right, there’s so many different moves with so many different names. So you can see how I would just slide down when your legs are dry and have no grip. What makes this even worse is that this move is in our routine! 

 

 

There is a spray you can get for your legs to help, I’m not to sure where to get it, that’ll take some research. But hand grip is easy to get, I can get it from say x-pole but I’m going to try and find a site that offers a little more to Canadians. Although my first choice for pole shopping will always be x-pole.

Today I’ll be making some pole related crafts, I’m hoping to open a little Etsy shop. I’m not going to tell you guys with what just yet, you’ll have to wait and see. But right now it’s hard for me to find a job because I can only get something part time since day care is like 800$ a month here. I have to say single working moms are like super heroes to me, they are truely amazing and don’t get enough credit. Even working moms are amazing, it takes a lot to leave your child for the better of your child, although some women are just dying to get to back to work, it was the opposite with me. I didn’t want to leave Alice at all, she was such a bright light in my world that I wanted her around me all the time.

So no recipes today, but I will leave you with this, go see Thor! I went and saw it last night, it was fantastic! See you on Monday mes amours!

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Thor ❤ Epic movie