What is Pole Dancing?

Friday, November 16, 2012

What Is Pole Dancing?

Pole Dancing. It’s a word that evokes many images, mostly outdated stereotypes of exotic dancers in high heels and sequinned G strings performing provocative moves around a pole. To be fair, sleazy men’s clubs are where pole dancing evolved. However, it has grown into so much more than that. Pole dancing is now a mainstream fitness activity that continues to grow in popularity around the world. In Australia there are over 150 pole dancing studios who are preaching the gospel of Empowerment through Pole Fitness.

Why is it Empowering? Pole dancing is not easy, it’s not for the faint hearted, but it certainly is addictive. Basically you’re trying to carry your body weight on your arms as you spin around a pole. Most of us don’t have the natural strength to do that, so initially it starts off looking a bit awkward. However, your body soon adapts, you learn how to control the moves. When you see yourself in a mirror looking beautiful on a pole, it is a very powerful affirmation. It can bring a fundamental shift in your body self image. The sense of achievement resulting from successfully mastering a new move puts you on a real high. You come back wanting to try the next pole challenge. This boost in confidence can and does have flow on effects into other areas of your life. For many, pole dancing has been life-changing. I know many women that have taken on personal and physical challenges that they would not have contemplated prior to starting pole dancing.

Once you become involved in pole dancing you soon realize that there is a huge and ever expanding repertoire of pole moves to learn and enjoy. The global pole community is very good at sharing new ideas about how to spin around and upside down on a pole. We don’t have hundreds of years of regimentation like ballet and gymnastics, so new moves and lifts are being developed and shared all the time. At Miss Fit, we have designed a carefully constructed curriculum to gradually develop your arm and core strength by challenging you with progressively more difficult moves. As your competence and confidence grows you start going upside down, and performing moves that you would not believe possible. We also help you to improve your flexibility, which is required for the more advanced moves. Feeling flexible really makes you feel good, and is a great way to keep joints healthy.

Lets not forget that it is fundamentally dancing, which is a great way to exercise, far less monotonous than sweating it out on a cross-trainer! Once you get comfortable with dancing, it is a wonderful way to express an array of emotions as you take on the character of a piece of music. The whole experience is quite transporting. Whether you are learning a pre-choreographed routine, or putting your own artistic stamp on a song, you are completely absorbed in the moment, no other thoughts enter your mind. We leave our worries and frustrations at the front door when we come in for our pole dancing fix!

This is why Pole Dancing is being taken up by many thousands of women all around the world. Sisters are doing it for themselves! It has less and less to do with sexiness and titillation for the benefit of others, instead you are challenging yourself and expressing yourself through this activity. It's something that you just need to try. Talk to a pole dancer and find out how it has changed their life.


Day 14-15 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14-15
My weekend was particularly uneventful, mostly work and study. With the end of the year fast approaching most of my assignments are due in the next few weeks.

 When I study or write assignments I like to graze on food. When I was in high school and the beginning of university it was to be a big bowl of skittles and M&Ms, the bright colours a happy reminder that if I finished the paragraph I got a small handful, the sugar high kept me going for hours. As I grew I realised that that much sugar was a bad plan and started eating healthier snacks. Then it grew to apples, especially green apples with peanut butter (don’t knock it till you try it! It’s Yummy!), nuts, dried fruit and carrots. All fairly healthy food and I could plough though it all as my brain tried to focus on the complex theories or strange ideas in front of me and form them into coherent arguments.

 Now with this diet even my regular snacks have gone and I have to be inventive. Asparagus and beans are great; I’ve even realised I can have my homemade hollandaise sauce with it, a little butter true but mostly eggs and lemon juice, also a light Tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber), and I’m contemplating if we’re allowed hummus. Also there’s always the berries, strawberries and blueberries!

I’m beginning to need a change though, something a little different. What have people been having for snacks? Does anyone have anything a little different I can add to my repertoire? Especially something that I can just pick up and eat on the run???



Day 13 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This week at work I ended up working on someone else’s computer, this is not unusual I tend to move around a bit. But on this computer I saw a note, now I hadn’t had my coffee when I first looked at it so it didn’t really process it except that the post-it note was pink. I though it was just a silly little pick me up quote. The “you and do it” happy quotes that usually just annoy me.

About halfway though my coffee I looked at it and read it again. It was bright pink and just in the corner of my eye, I couldn’t help but read it. It said:

“Don’t give up on what you want for what you want right now”

A simple statement, just written on a ratty post-it note but it made me think of the diet we’re all on. I have a goal weight, well two actually, the official one that is my correct BMI weight, and the one in my head of where I’d like to get to with only eight weeks. It made me think of the feeble thoughts I have. Some days I feel like I’m in a constant battle with the weak side of my brain that has absolutely no self-control around the bad foods.  It’s like both of the Bad Ideas Bears from Avenue Q are following me around. If you’re not familiar with Avenue Q this quote will give you the general idea. Think of evil Care Bears saying this to you:

Bad Idea Bear 1: "Hey Princeton, what are you doing tonight?"
Princeton: "Probably just watching tv."
Bad Idea Bear 2: "You know what goes great with tv? Beer!"
Princeton: "I'm unemployed, I can't afford beer."
Bear 1: "You can afford a six-pack."
Princeton: "Well, maybe a six-pack."
Bear 2: "You know what's better than a six-pack? A whole case!"
Princeton: "A case of beers? No, I can't get a whole case."
Bear 1: "But you're on a budget! You're wasting money in the long run if you don't buy in bulk!"
Princeton: "Well I guess that makes sense."
- Avenue Q

But now I’m finding my self-control is getting better, I no longer look enviously at people who order cakes and brownies with their coffees. I can also walk past the cookies and chips at the supermarket without breaking into a dead run. I don’t know if its because the quote will pop into my head and I’ll gain my control back or because I’m getting use to the lifestyle that goes with the diet. Either way something’s helping.

Breakfast: 1 slice of toast, berries and coffee
Snack: yoghurt
Lunch: sushi
Snack: veges sticks
Dinner: asparagus, broad beans and hollandaise sauce
Supper: fat free icecream

1hr Pole Flex class


Day 12 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Monday, November 12, 2012

Something’s been bugging me for the last week. I tried to eat at three hour intervals but could never get the timing right. I never really thought about why, I’d just try again the next day. But lunch would be too late or too early and I could never really get that much of a gap between dinner and supper or I’d never get a decent nights sleep.

Today I decided to look at it logically… What I worked out made me laugh and feel a bit like an idiot. I realized that to eat every three hours I’d need to have a 15 hr day, not including eating time. That would mean if I had breakfast at 8am, snack 11am, lunch 2pm, snack 5pm, dinner 8pm, and supper at 11pm only to wake up and do it again. Now I know why it doesn’t work! The killers are the lunch and snack, I prefer lunch around one and my snack around 3:30 (to compensate for 3:30itis) but then I wait till 7-8ish for dinner….

I figure as long as there’s a gap between meals it should work, timing isn’t everything… right????


Breakfast: 1 slice of toast, and coffee
Snack: yoghurt
Lunch: left over stirfry
Snack: veges sticks
Dinner: Salmon with veges and rice
Supper: fat free icecream

1hr Pole fundies class

Day 11 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Sunday, November 11, 2012

You have days in your life that are just bad day, not catastrophic or tragic but just bad. We all have them. Generally we can’t even pinpoint the exact reason it was a bad day, its just lots of little things that build up, pulling together like the framing of a house and it creates a bad day.

Today was one of those days, I came home late and tired and just wanted to curl up in front of the TV with a glass or wine or two, maybe root around the cupboards and see it there’s any chocolate hiding in there. Then not move for the rest of the night, just turn my brain off and console myself that it was over, it was crappy but its over.

Sadly we can’t do that. I come home to cook veges and chicken, and I need to prepare my snacks for the next day.

Although I will say that the fat free ice-cream did help. I got to sit in front of the TV (after all the food preparation) with my little bowel of ice-cream.

But somehow it wasn’t the same.


Breakfast: 1 slice of toast, and coffee
Snack: yoghurt
Lunch: Chicken “burger” (a home made one)
Snack: veges sticks
Dinner: Salad with chicken
Supper: fat free icecream

Standing on my feet for 8 hours at work, I didn’t get to sit down much today

Day 10 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Have you ever noticed that when you’re trying to be healthy people don’t understand. They offer you something you shouldn’t have, a piece of chocolate, a slice of cake or even just a slice of pizza and once the first polite refusal isn’t taken you find yourself going though the same dance.

THEM: “Why not”
YOU: “I’m trying to be healthy at the moment”
THEM: “Oh come on just one thing won’t hurt”
YOU: “No thank you, I’m sticking to a set diet at the moment”
THEM: “Diet! What are you on one of them for, just enjoy life. Come on one little thing won’t matter”

This goes on for a while, back and forth… until you just want to walk out of the room in frustration from the uncomprehending look in their eyes. The most refusals I’ve had to make to one bad thing so far is six, you think they’d get the point.

I guess there are idiots in every room.


Breakfast: 1 slice of toast, and coffee
Snack: carrots and Tzatziki
Lunch: warm salad with potatoes
Snack: veges sticks
Dinner: Salad
Supper: apple

20min walk to and from work

Day 9 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Friday, November 09, 2012

So I’m getting use to the diet and the way it changes my days but today I was tired, too many late nights working, studying and driving.

It’s all catching up with me and when you have another full days work to get though you have to do it the best way you can. I ended up nibbling a lot, healthy food, but constant grazing so that I could keep awake.

Today was also a three coffee day, it doesn’t happen as much as it use to but it was either another coffee or I’d break down and get a chocolate bar, just  to keep me going and not fall asleep at my computer

I’ve also learnt that when you have breakfast out they always give you two slices of toast rather then one, but I feel bad leaving food on my plate, so today I ate both.

Does anyone know which of the foods we eat will give us a good energy boost? Something to get the brain functioning again?


Breakfast: 2 slices of toast, and coffee
Snack: yoghurt
Lunch: healthy burrito
Snack: carrots and sesame bar
Dinner: Chicken stir-fry with veges and rice noodles
Supper: apples

20min walk to and from work

Day 8 of the Dieting Pole Dancer

Thursday, November 08, 2012

We made it though the first week! Some of us easily some of us not no much.

I found my biggest issue was remembering what fruit and vegetables were on the free fruit list. I would look at an apple for a snack and think ‘yep that’s healthy’ only to get home and realise it’s not on the list because it has higher calories then the berries or other fruit and vegetables. I do the same with putting veges in my salads especially with carrots, I love having carrots as snacks, you can eat them straight or cut them into little sticks for dips, they last well when they’ve been cut up, and can fill you up nicely, although I obviously like my carrots I have to remember that their not on the list. I think I need to type the list up, make it into a small business card size paper then stick it in my wallet just so I can remember it all. Although hopefully by week 8 the list will be seared into my brain and easy to remember.


Breakfast: A slice of toast with vegemite, and coffee
Snack:  Berry yoghurt
Lunch: wholemeal chickena and salad wrap
Snack:  vege sticks
Dinner: Chicken zucchini, carrots, leaks, baby potatoes
Supper: fat free ice-cream

Day 7 of the Dieting Pole Dancing

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today was interesting, I knew the weekends would be harder with this diet as there it not routine to the day, and often I’m out with friends.

This weekend I also had a friend’s birthday party, which was reflective of a childhood party with lots of chocolates and sweets and nibbles. We all got dressed up and had lots of fun. I had known this day was coming so I had planned it as my treat meal, allowing myself some leniency with the food. What I hadn’t expected was the lack of guilt that came with eating the chocolates and cookies. I didn’t gorge myself, but a had a few sweet treats and some savory ones. My only though was, well I just want to have fun, and there was no guilt. I feel guiltier eating the fat free ice-cream at night then I did eating sugar laden cookies. The only thing that stopped me eating more was that I had to go straight from the party to a 1 ½ hour corrie class and didn’t want the food to come back up while spinning round the pole.

This lack of concern does worry me a little, if it was so easy for me to eat junk food today, how easy will it be for me to do it again. Or to do it every day. “It just a little thing”, I’d tell myself, “it won’t hurt”. But that’s when the bad habits come back to haunt us.

So tomorrow I’m going to have to be extra good and I don’t think I’ll plan for treat meals next week. Not until I can control the part of my brain that doesn’t care what goes in my body and replace it with something that thinks before it eats.


Breakfast: A slice of toast with vegemite, and coffee
Snack: a carrot
Lunch: Party Food
Dinner: Chicken zucchini, carrots, leaks, baby potatoes
Supper: fat free ice-cream

One and a half hour corrie pole class

Day 6 of the Dieting Pole dancer

Monday, October 15, 2012

I don’t know if it was the cold weather today or the rain but by lunchtime I was starving, more so then I’d been at any other point in this diet. I know part of the problem was my timing, I have a three hour shift on Wednesday and Friday from 11:30-2:30 when I can’t stop to eat, so lunch was eaten closer to 3pm. I ended up having pasta again as it’s more filling then a sandwich and the tomato and tuna sauce was actually quite nice with it. I also had two glasses of water, as water makes you feel fuller faster, but it didn’t help!

I was still hungry after lunch that I ended up having my supper for a snack, but then was good and had my snack for supper.

Hearing all this talk of people loosing a decent amount of weight in the first week is mildly discouraging, as I’ve lost nothing! I know its different for everyone and that with any luck I’ll be loosing weight later but I do worry sometimes as I’ve never found it easy to loose weight.

Tonight was my first FLEX class for the term, I don’t know how but I’ve somehow lost flexibility and strength in the nearly two-week break I’ve had from dance, especially in my side splits. It’s going to be hard work to get it back but I’m sure my three classes a week will help me out!

I’m hoping for sunshine tomorrow. Diets are easier in warmer weather ;-)


Breakfast: A slice of toast with vegemite, and coffee
Snack: Yoghurt with berries
Lunch: Pasta with a tuna and tomato sauce
Snack: Fat free ice-cream
Dinner: Chicken and tomatoes with pasta and chili
Supper: vege sticks

Exercise: One-hour FLEX pole class