Good Ole Wisconsin Weather ๐Ÿ™

Last weeks weather was a roller coaster! A snow storm on Monday to temperatures dropping to -50 degrees in some places around the state. Not anyone’s idea of ideal weather. With it being extraordinarily cold, I found out something about myself……. I found out that I am a boredom eater…. I was eating myself out of house and home and for no good reason! ALL BECAUSE I WAS BORED!
The weather threw my whole weekly routine off! Monday has always been my pole night, but due to weather the studio made the wise decision to close. On Monday, my morning started off great with a lot of ambition to clean the apartment, laundry, dishes, and so on. When you wake up at 6AM and have no where to be you can clean your house pretty quick. By mid afternoon my chores were done and the boredom set in. I started to get the munchies. I try to keep very little junk food in my house, but I was finding everything and anything to eat. After thinking about last week, it was not my finest moment. I have been working really hard at eating better. So hard in fact, I have even been tracking my food on MyFitnessPal. Monday was a sad, sad day.

Always Learning!

Tuesday was my saving grace with two hours of studio time. I was so ecstatic for time at the studio, because it truly revives me inside and out. During my extreme pole class with Instructor Leah, we worked on Inverted Pegasus. It was a move that I had never even heard of before, but looked flipping awesome! I was not successful with the whole move, but a lot of the little pieces clicked into place! It even helped me to make sense of how to position my head for baby bird. Little successes are key to the bigger picture!
Wednesday and Thursday brought more being stuck at home. Again, I did as much as I could around the house, but I had taken care of most of the house work on Monday. The munchies started to set in again……. This time, realizing I was a boredom eater. I tried to construct some strategies to combat my boredom eating. I would like to say that I was 100% successful, but that would be a lie. We are constantly learning new things about ourselves. I learned that I am very much a creature of structure and routine when it comes to daily life. Throw off my routine and structure and I am not sure what to do with myself.

Another Success!

During my pole class, we were also working on pole handstand variations. Twisted Grip handstands have not been a friend of mine. I have always somersaulted over the top. Once I saw those on the board, I was less than enthused.ย  Thankfully, I take classes at Aerial Dance, where negativity is in very short supply, if heard of at all!ย The ladies in my class were right there to encourage and cheer me on! I had to have the entrance to the Twisted Grip Elbow Stand showed to me several times before I even attempted it. I don’t know if many of you know this, but I am a pretty big chicken. Just ask the ladies in the silk and hammock classes when it comes to drops. YIKES!
With a little more encouragement and a swift kick to my own rear end, I kicked up into the elbow stand. AND!!!!!!! somersaulted right over! I tried another 5 to 7 times, but I FINALLY was able to do it!ย  I am pretty sure that Instructor Leah thought she was teaching a elementary gymnastics class watching me try and try again, but she never gave up on me neither did my pole sisters! Like Leah says, ” Some moves take anywhere from 5 to 587 times before you can do it! Just keep trying!”
 

 
I am still working on all forms of handstands, that is why I am so excited to be taking the Hand Balancing Workshop with Elizabeth Blanchard! I will keep you posted on my progress from the workshop! I can’t wait to work with such and amazing pole star!
Until Next Time,
Janelle