Friday, 10 August 2012

F*ck Yeah Friday!

it's been an interesting week this week. I had grand plans of being very active and doing lots of running and weights. Unfortunately things like the weather, Olympics and general laziness laid that to rest.

What awesome things have been making me smile this week?

  • First pole dancing session this week.
  • Nurofen Plus. I hurt my back (I think from too much sitting on the couch watching the Olympics) and they are the only things getting me through today. 
  • Trying to find balance:
  • yin & yang
    via pinterest
  • Getting tickets and album on order for the Tread album launch tomorrow. Woot!
  • Going for a fast 5km run listening to Disturbed after work and having it STILL BE LIGHT!
  • This post on Running off the Reeses on being angry if you're hungry. Amen sister!
  • Words of wisdom:

Via Run the Edge (facebook)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Pole Dancing

On Monday, I had my first Beginner's pole class. After doing pole dancing at my Hen's night earlier this year, a friend and I decided that we wanted to take a class. After some issues with timing, we finally got around to booking it and Monday was the first session.

We got there pretty early, not really knowing what to expect. After waiting around for  a while some other students came in, mostly for pole but one lone person for burlesque (that would have made it an slightly awkward class I'd imagine!).

Our group had a mix of people - my friend K and I, some uni students, some women who were back for another semester of beginner to try to improve, one who was on a dare, and another who was a roller derby chick who can't skate anymore so thought this would be low impact. There were a range of body shapes from thin to large and everything in between.

Our teacher Jacqui is pretty cool. She looks like an aging stripper and is awesome. I like her a lot. Her pole is named David (as in Beckham).

Head of Pole Dance at Bottoms Up.. Jacquie
Our teacher Jacqui

On to the tricks! We learnt how to to do Round About (which is basically walking around the pole in a very sexy way), and Carousel, which is spinning down the pole. It's easier to do if you don't have a cut in the middle of your hand that opens every time you spin.

It wasn't as hard as I thought, and we didn't end up doing as many things as we did at the Hen's night. Class was only an hour though, which wasn't long enough. I'd like 1.5 hours - an hour for stretching/conditioning and an hour for practice. It's also important to do the moves correctly, as it ends up being a sequence.

All in all, it was fun. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks when we'll be climbing up the pole and doing awesome stuff. I only ended up with one bruise on my foot, but am anticipating a whole lot more in the next 7 weeks!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

God bless the Olympics

I watched the Olympic marathon for the first time ever just now. Wow.

The women are insane! They were hooning along so quickly, and their muscles are crazy. I feel so inspired now! I was partly watching to see Kara Goucher, an American runner I discovered through Run the Edge, but it was great to see the Ethiopians and Kenyans up the front. And then a Russian who kept up and placed as well. Awesome stuff!

And now I'm watching the men's gymnastics finals. I've always had a soft spot for Japanese gymnasts and am not disappointed.

God bless the Olympics indeed ;)

Friday, 3 August 2012

F*ck Yeah Friday!

It's Friday. What has made this week awesome?

  • I did a presentation in front of 180 people on Monday, and it went pretty well and I got good feedback! Relieved and a little proud!
  • Dinner at a a South American restaurant I've been wanting to go to forever. Looking forward to going back and having some Bolivian tequila agwa! 
  • New cardigans in bright colours
  • Talking babies and not freaking out
  • The anatomy of a wasp. This is just glorious:

via Pinterest