I seem to have missed you all yesterday (again!) so I'll have to make a Saturday "feel good" post xD
So, what have I been up to this week? Oh well my lovelies, you'd be asking me a very (un)exciting question! I have spent a large majority of the week either marking, or sulking because I was in pain. As I'm sure you all would agree, pain = no workouts = grumpy person!
Anyway, I took myself off to a lovely sports masseuse on Wednesday (a lovely lady colleague of mine) who tortured me for around 90 minutes and when I left....I had FULL ROTATION IN MY SHOULDER! Woooo! (Well, full rotation for me....apparently my shoulders are NOT bendy!). I love sports massage. Whilst you're there you have to remind yourself why you're letting someone do this to you, but as you leave you LOVE that person!
So, this lovely lady is in the process of setting up her business for personal training and massage has asked that if I liked what she did for me (which I did) I should give her as many shout outs as possible (which this is). If you're local to the Crawley area and are looking for a good massage, give me a poke on Diary of a Pole Addict, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you back her contact details (plus I'm sure you'll get a pretty good rate if you say I sent you!). I'm waiting for her to set up a Facebook page so I can link that in ;) *cough* do it Kerrie-Anne *cough*
I feel at this point, in the interest of full disclosure I should let you all know I may get free massages from any business I drum up, but I'm sure you'd love to supplement my workout habits in such a way xD
The jokes about how much business Kerrie-Anne will be getting from me have already started - I would imagine she will be in constant employment given my track record :P (I may need all of my readers to get a massage with Kerrie-Anne just to keep me active ;)).
After my lovely sports massage, I then spent about 4 hours in the next two consecutive days pole-ing. I had time to make up peoples.....and my shoulder is still intact (not sure about the other shoulder now though, given I'd been pole-ing back to front for a while....).
So, Tom and I have spent about 4 hours now putting together a routine for our grading that is coming up in November. It's awesome fun - I'm torn between choices for music though.....there's either Tainted Love (Marylin Manson), Careless Whisper (Seether) or of course You Can Leave Your Hat On (Joe Cocker). Such choice....any preferences from my readers out there? :D
We've not got much so far in the way of routine, so I'll save you from the routine at this point but I HAVE finally got the hang of a body-swerve xD (since I don't generally "do" sexy it's taken a while, haha).
Anyway, I'll get more pole hours in and hopefully this shoulder will be as strong as it ever was xD I *might* avoid benching for a while though ;)
This week has been a roller-coaster of emotion, not being able to exercise is a big thing for me - as I'm sure it is for a lot of my lovely readers out there and I don't cope well with it. I use exercise as a way of modulating my mood and behaviour and it can be a struggle when I'm laid off from working out, but as I said on Monday - life is EXACTLY what you make it. So what did I make of my life this week?
Monday I had lots of fun lessons. I also got 90 minutes of pole into it. Granted I may have had a mishap that took me out for a couple of days (it had to happen eventually, that shoulder was just hanging on by a thread!), but it was still pole time xD (and we found the spinny poles.....such fun!)
Tuesday I got some marking done!
Wednesday I found out about Kerrie-Anne's amazing talents. I also discovered an online "sports nutrition course" that I will be completing in my own time. It's a level 5 certificate, meaning I'll come out of it with a diploma in sports nutrition - I'm SO super excited, and I'll be sharing my knowledge as we go :) (you will be my guinea pigs ;) ).
Thursday I got MORE marking done, felt the burn at pilates AND discovered I could "do" sexy at pole. Our gorgeous instructor Charlie also let us hang around a bit longer than we should have to keep working on our routine. Love you lots Charlie xD
And Friday? Well, Friday I got ANOTHER hour of pole in. So on top of it being Friday, it was a SECOND pole day xD
I'm not going to say that this week was all roses and sunshine. Tuesday and Wednesday were PAINFUL. I had a particular "low" on Tuesday and ate VERY badly, but I remembered back to what I "preached" to you all on Monday; circumstances are what we make them. Yes things go wrong and yes, sometimes we feel like we've fallen so far from grace that we'd need a miracle to find out way again; but you always do find way your back if you WANT to and if you commit to YOURSELF and your own body.
So what went well for you this week? Can you think of three AMAZING things that happened to you?