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Pilates, Pole and …P…injuries!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I didn’t do much, but I did spend time with my family which is always a good day to me. My mom and step dad are pretty amazing, because my daughter is learning to skate this year they decided that on the warm day this week to dig out in the backyard a small rectangle and have started to make a rink! I’m very excited, but we have to wait a couple of days for it to actually fully freeze, but my daughter is ecstatic!

I too am excited for this week, on Tuesday I start Pilates! I’ve never tried class Pilates, I’ve only tried home Pilates, so I’m excited to see how this goes. My only concern is that it’s the day before pole, so I’m hoping I’m not too tired for pole the next day, but my choices were either Tuesday or Thursday, so it was either be sore for Pilates or sore for pole, but I’m taking the class with my aunt and Tuesday turned out to be the better day.

I love the idea of Pilates, how it works on your core muscles, and it’s funny because it looks like the easiest exercise compared to lifting weights at the gym, but you know what, when you’re using your body weight it’s just as hard. Not only is it more awkward to lift but for me it’s lifting 135 lbs. I’m looking forward to building a stronger more stable core, because that’s something that you need for pole, so it really is going to benefit me, even if I am sore the next day for pole (which won’t stop me from trying my hardest at pole!) I just can’t even imagine how I’m going to feel on Thursday, it’ll definitely be a rest day that’s for sure!

So I think I mentioned last week that we’re learning our new level 6 routine, it’s to Rihanna’s Rockstar 101. And the first little bit is pretty easy. Spiral, diamond to chair, spinning eagle to fireman, spin under the arm, grind it down the pole, L turn, hip up, body wave, fan kick to back arch (Some of the terms may be different where you come from but these are the names I’ve learned them as) So I was like, pfftt this is easy! Then I got home and it hit me, oh they actually have this routine up on their YouTube channel. So of course being pole obsessed and just generally ambitious when it comes to pole, I thought I`d look ahead and learn some more before the next class.

Well wasn’t I just blown away! The first part is cake compared to the rest of the routine, I understand why my teacher ended where she did for our first class back. Right after the back arch you flip upside down and do the thigh hold. Which I can do but it’s so fast and the thigh hold is still something I have to think about when preforming it, trying to remember which leg goes back and which one remains on the pole, so you know, I don’t fall right on my face!

Here’s the video of the routine with two very talented teachers, the one on the left is my teacher. The thigh hold is not a problem, it’s the multiple holds in a row that I`m scared of. It`s something that I have never done, and I’m completely looking forward to, don’t get me wrong, but I`m a little scared because I have issues with some of the moves. At one point it goes from the butterfly to flatline to starfish. Now on their own I can do the butterfly and starfish, but I have some issues with the flatline. I’ve been practicing hard at it but again it`s another move that confuses me, what goes where?!

I learned something the other day, do not skip warm up, it’s very important. I was eager to show my love the beginning of the new routine so I was like “Warm up? What evs!” (Yes I just said what evs. I didn’t actually dismiss it that easily but I was overly excited and kind of just didn’t bother) but do I ever regret it. I pulled something in around my shoulder blade, to the point it hurts when my shirt touches it. Don’t skip warm up people! It’s dangerous! And I know I should probably take it easy but I really can’t, well not that I can’t, but I really don’t want to! That would mean no pole, but also injuring myself further would also mean no pole. It’s very conflicting!

Today before I leave I’m going to give you one of my favourite smoothie recipes! Strawberry Kiwi!

Smoothie1Ingredients

1-2 Kiwis

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries (if you’re using fresh I suggest tossing a few ice cubes in there as well)

3/4 – 1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of protein powder (I used vanilla flavored, yum!)

1/4 cup of greek yogurt (Make sure you get one with no trans fats)

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Looks yummy!

Throw in your fruit first, I do my smoothies in my magic bullet because it’s awesome, but blenders work just as well.

Throw in the rest of the ingredients and then blend, blend like you’ve never blended before!

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Doesn’t it look delicious! (and magical)

Well it was!

This smoothie keeps me full all morning until lunch, although sometimes I have a snack in between just because I know it’s healthy.

Tomorrow I’ll have another delicious smoothie for you! I love smoothies, there’s no denying it. For someone like me who has issues with eating right in the morning because it hurts my stomach sometimes, these are perfect because it’s not hard on it at all.

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!

 

I’ll have the pole with a side of wine please!

So one of my friends from pole hasn’t been able to take pole for the past two classes due to financial reasons and it makes me a sad panda. Tomorrow is pole and while I hope she is able to attend, I certainly can understand that it is an expensive hobby, trust me, my credit card understands…

Tonight she’s coming over to my friend Danielles! Danielle is also a friend in pole, but she’s also my best friend and we’ve known each other since high school, her daughter and my daughter are the bestest of friends! We decided that so our pole friend doesn’t fall behind, we’d get together and show her the routine and just general things we’ve learned. Such as…. Gemini!

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I find this photo looks strange because where it looks like my belly should be, it’s actually my hip because it’s being braced against the pole, and my body’s all twisted. Regardless it was a very neat move to learn, I was afraid to let go at first but eventually grew “the lady balls”, if you will, and threw my hands back!

(There’s my awesome teacher in the back, also owner of the studio. She’s an amazing teacher and just has the personality you want to be around)

So tonight will be some wine and some pole, obviously there will be no drunk poling, I’m not willing to injure myself and potentially not be able to pole because of a drunken mistake! But you know how every idea is like a BRILLIANT idea when you start to drink… well I’m thinking we should probably put something up around her pole so that we aren’t tempted to flip upside down and try say… the ayesha… thinking we’re amazing… Haha! I can see it going so horribly in my head.

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This is the Ayesha

As soon as I figure out how to do that move I’ll post some tips to get into it. I’m thinking I might do that with all the new moves I learn, as soon as I get my pole at home. Which by the way I went and paid for last night but have to wait until it gets here, sad face. That burned a 425$ hole in my pocket! (Worth every cent)

I’ll take some pictures tonight and post them here tomorrow so you can witness the fun that ensues.

I was also thinking of making a post every couple of days, mainly Thursdays (the day after pole) At the moment, it’s when I feel like it but when my schedule changes up it might go to once a week.

Now I’ll leave you with another protein shake, this is a shake that I normally drink after my work outs or pole. You could drink it in the morning like my other one but I find I want chocolate so bad in the morning that the chocolate cherry shake is the best. This smoothie always hits the spot, tastes like candy to me, but I loooovvveeee strawberries!

Vanilla Strawberry Protein Shake

Vanilla Strawberry Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (creamy roasted) *Optional*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ice cubes

Mix together in a blender or magic bullet, pop in a straw and enjoy. Trust me you’re going to want more than one cup of this but pace yourself, use it as a treat to motivate you. As soon as you finish your workout you get this delicious treat!

Until tomorrow mes amours!

I’m a lvl 5 pole dancer!

So if you haven’t read my quick little profile up at the top there, do so by clicking HERE. I forgot to mention in it that I am a hardcore, very passionate, gamer. From console, to hand held, to pc, to table top, I do it all (sometimes with a bit of rage)

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Now as my title says, I’m in level 5 of pole fitness. We have currently learned the Scorpio and the Gemini! Both of which I love, going upside down is one of my favorite things about pole.

Right now I’m having a real dilemma because I sold my pole yesterday. I found the 50 mm (50 mm being the diameter) was the reason my wrists were hurting every time I practiced at home, and since I switched to the 45 mm in class my wrists haven’t been hurting at the end of class. So clearly that was the reason. Now I have the money and am purchasing a new 45 mm chrome, but it won’t be here unti, at the very least… next…friggen…week… I don’t know if I can survive!

God help me I need to flip upside down, next thing you know my love (Tyler) will find me attempting to hang upside down on street signs (which I’m all for street poling but for the time being I should probably stick to my own pole)

One of my favorite things about having my pole inside is watching my daughter trying to mimic me and flipping upside down. It is astonishing the core strength toddlers have, I’m extremely envious. She takes gymnastics every week so hopefully she’ll stick with it and be even better than her mommy.

So now you have a small glimpse into the mind of a pole mom. Now I will leave you with one of my favorite breakfast shakes!

Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake

Now if you’re anything like me, a complete sweet tooth, mornings are hard. If the first thing I see is chocolate, I will eat it. For some reason the mornings are the worst for sugar cravings in my case. So this was exactly what I needed to curve that craving to stay away from the junk. It’s sweet, chocolaty and full of protein to keep you full and give you the energy you need to burn for a morning of running around playing tea party and dress up with a very awake and naturally energized 3 year-0ld. You can always adjust the amount to have more or less but unless you’re going straight into a work out I wouldn’t recommend using more than a scoop of protein powder.

1/4 cup frozen unsweetened sweet cherries (not thawed)
1 scoop of plain, vanilla or if you’re a chocoholic, chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ice cubes
1 teaspoon honey

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, or if you’re super awesome, a magic bullet like I do (it’s so darn handy)

Throw in a straw and enjoy a delicious morning treat! Until next time mes amours!