Friday Favourites, 30 October

I didn’t get a chance to post this last night as I fell asleep on the couch…at 8pm. Makes me feel just a bit like a nana! It has been a big week, and not all in a good way but here are a couple of highlights I have to share.

Lunch with a girlfriend. One of my work friends and I went out for a quick lunch to get out of the office. It was nice to catch up as it’s been a while since we’d had a one on one lunch date at work.

Lunch with a few friends. Given the week we’d had at work we decided it would be a good idea to unwind at the local pub and have a bevvie over lunch which was nice and relaxing, and probably why I fell asleep so early last night!

Face masks. I signed up for the Beauteque Mask Maven monthly subscription and I got my first bag of masks last week and used two of them this week which felt like a nice indulgence!

Uni has finished. Well for the year anyway which is nice, I have been looking forward to the break. This means I’ll be able to do some reading for pleasure now too!

Extra days leave. Now that I’ve been at my company for over three years I get an extra five days of paid annual leave per year, so I now get 5 weeks annual leave a year, yay!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week, let me know in the comments below what the highlights of your week were.

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 29 October – Coffee and espresso machines

Our coffee machine at work is broken. Technically it might actually be called an espresso machine because it does everything from grinding the beans to frothing the milk, whereas coffee machines I think are just like percolators and what not. But hey, coffee comes out of it at the end of the day.

The coffee machine at work is old, like really old. But not old enough to be antique, but it is so old it did make me wonder what the first coffee machines were like…and so over to good old Google I went.

coffee-percolatorThe first coffee machine was supposedly invented in 1818 and was like a percolator where you apply heat and the heated water infused with the coffee and then it dripped out a tap.

The first coffee filter paper wasn’t invented until 1908 though by a chick just looking to get better tasting coffee. She tried a few different types of paper until landing on blotting paper and finding it the best option, an voila we have filter paper!

traditional_espresso_machine-227x300The first espresso machine was invented in 1822, surprisingly not long after the coffee machine. Though I suppose good coffee can be addicting so one can’t really blame them. The espresso machine used steam to force water through ground coffee, yes a steam powered coffee machine! It definitely looks like a steampunk espresso machine too!

The modern espresso machine that you might see at cafe’s, or in our office (we’re getting a new one, yay!) was invented in 1946 and is all automatic and of course electrically powered. It looks pretty cool though, it’d be awesome if they started bringing out retro coffee/espresso machines cos I tell ya if they looked as cool as this I’d be tempted to get one at home just for show!

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Reference: http://www.coffee-machine.org/coffee-machine-and-espresso-machine-history/

Getting Personal – Eating disorder progress…

Progress is hard I find. Well, I think I find it hard to feel like I’m making progress even when maybe I am. I still have good days and bad days, I think that will continue for a while yet but most days I feel pretty good even when I’m not able to control when I’m eating. When I don’t feel gross or horrible about my eating, that is progress for me.

There’s a few things that have been helping with my progress, one of them is seeing a psychiatrist, one of them is seeing a dietician, and one of them is reading a book called Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder. Because I can’t see my psychiatrist and dietician every day the book is the thing I’m clinging to at the moment.

There are several steps to the book and each step has been created so that it builds on the step before it. So far I am up to Step 3.

Step 1 is to write down everything you eat, what time you eat it, where and to add context, for example “I had an argument with mum and now want to eat this block of chocolate”, that sort of thing.

Step 2 is to plan your meals and snacks each week, but the idea here isn’t to necessarily make it a healthy eating plan, more just something you know you can stick to. So if you know you’re going to crave that bar of chocolate in the afternoon, then maybe you allow yourself to have one guilt-free.

Step 3 which is all about distractions is the step that I’m up to now. I am struggling with it. I had to come up with a list of tasks that might distract me when I feel the urge to binge, and I actually wrote a couple of lists. One for when I’m just around home say, and one for when I’m at work. But I am struggling with this step in that, the other day as an example, I was craving chocolate and I used those distractions on my list but then felt massively guilty (and so wanting to binge even more!) because I did virtually no work because I was too busy distracting myself! I’m sure that’s not conducive to getting better, so I’m not really sure what to do but I’ll start with revisiting that distraction list and see if maybe there’s something else I can do to distract myself.

So I am making progress, though it is sometimes painfully slow and frustrating. And if you have any ideas about distractions I could use at work I would be open to hearing suggestions!

Take care,

Jas

Motivational Monday, 26 October – Closer than I was yesterday

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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I struggle in my journey. Not my overall life journey, but the ones in between that make it up. Like my university journey or my pole dancing journey, or even my career journey.

I injured a tendon in my right arm that links my upper arm to my elbow at Pole Festival, and so at the moment I feel like I’m being pushed a few steps back in my pole dancing journey. But then I think of it another way, I might well have this injury but my body has become so strong from pole dancing that it’s not crippling me to the point where I can’t use my arm. Sure it is weaker and it aches, but I am still allowed to do light exercise because the rest of my body is strong enough it can compensate for that injury and protect itself, plus I know my limits far more intimately than I ever have before. A few years ago, I would have been out for the count for weeks. So I am definitely further than I was in my journey, and that’s what I need to keep in mind.

I guess the point is, if you feel like you’ve been set back in some way, think about how you’re dealing with that set back now, compared to how you would have dealt with it 2, 3 or even 5 years ago. There would be a huge difference because you are closer to where you want to be now, than what you were back then and that will have give you the ability to better cope with little bumps along the way.

Friday Favourites, 23 October

Well the last week has been a really busy week for me. I was still at the Pole Festival so a lot of my highlights have come from that!

Handstands. As an adult have you tried doing handstands? It is so hard, and so much more technical than I thought it was as a kid! I did a couple of these workshops at Pole Festival, and it was challenging but it was so much fun and I learnt heaps about how to balance in handstands.

Static pole. I have trained on the spinning pole and really haven’t done anything on a static pole. So a couple of the classes that I did at Pole Festival were based on how to make dancing on a static pole “flow”. It’s a completely different kind of movement to what I’m used to and so I felt like I got heaps out of those workshops.

Burlesque. Oh this was a bit of saucy fun indeed. I learnt a few burlesque moves to teasingly take off clothes and put on a nice, tasteful, strip show.

Bruise pride. Every pole dancer knows this one. You talk to the other girls, or your partner or people at work or whatever and you’re like “look at all my bruises! I got this one from doing this trick/this class” etc. There’s a certain level of pride associated with the collection of bruises because hey I’ve been achieving something and doing cool tricks!

Coming home. Despite the fact that I had heaps of fun at Pole Festival, I still loved coming home. For me I just love coming home after a trip and being surrounded by my own things, my own shower and my own bed. It’s heavenly!

Remedial massage. I thought after getting back from Pole Festival that after dancing for a few hours each day that my muscles would be really achy and I’d need a massage. My muscles were actually fine, they didn’t feel sore or fatigued. But I decided to keep this massage time anyway, and oh boy was it painful! My body might not have felt sore but I tell you so many of my muscles were really, really tight so there was a lot of pressure point therapy, but at least those muscles feel looser now, whew.

I hope you all had a great week too, let me know in the comments below what the highlights of your week were.

Take care,

Jas

Motivational Monday, 19 October – Going home

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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes after a big trip there is nothing better than going home. As much fun as I’ve had the last few days in Queensland, I am absolutely looking forward to going home to my little family and oh my gosh my own bed and shower.

Is anyone else the same after a holiday?

Take care,

Jas


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Friday Favourites, 16 October – All about pole

Oh my it has been a big week, and it will be an even bigger weekend before it’s all done. I’m at Pole Festival and have book myself into 5 workshops per day, not all pole, some are non-pole workshops but they’re all active classes. Today is the end of day one and I’m sore already. Mind you the last time I did this I was sore but once I started warming up the next day I felt alright, so I’m hoping it’ll be the same tomorrow. I did preemptively book myself a remedial massage for two days after I get back though so I figure that’ll be plenty of time for all the aches to come out so the massage therapist can relieve them a bit! Anyway, on to the highlights of the previous week.

Exotic pole. It was my last class for the term, although the actual last class isn’t until this coming Sunday, but being at pole camp I can’t attend that. So at my last class, the instructor let me film it so I have the whole routine on video so I can finish learning it on my own, yay!

Relaxation massage. Might sound a little backwards but I wanted to have a relaxing massage before going on holidays, and it was one of my favourite day spas that I went to, and the massage was so good I dozed off a couple of times!

Paragon International Championships. I flew up to Coolangatta yesterday and last night the Paragon International Championships were on, and the opening act was Mya performing some of her songs live and then even getting on the pole and doing a couple of tricks which was just so good to see! Below is a picture of Mya making pretty shapes on the pole. The talent of the polers in the competition was just incredible, it was a really great and really inspirational show to see.

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Handstand press. If you’re like me and you haven’t really done handstands since being a kid, they for some reason are so much harder as an adult! I’ve done handstands and forearm and shoulder stands as an adult, mostly against the pole though, doing them without freaks me out a bit, so today I did a handstand class and one of the moves I was able to do by the end of it was a handstand press. Or at least, I was able to come out of the handstand into the press position, but I haven’t tried going up yet. I don’t think that will be too far off for me, I just need to work through my fear of falling out of the handstand first lol. If you have no idea what a handstand press looks like, below is a YouTube clip, if you watch from about 2:14 that’s what i achieved today.

Static pole spins. I learned how to pole dance on a static pole, and it’s only until recently that our studio started doing any static pole classes and unfortunately I haven’t done any of those classes yet, though if I eventually want to perform I should do it so I get comfortable on it. The class I did today was with Marlo Fisken and wasn’t just around how to spin on static, but was more how to keep a flowing move around the pole without stopping. Man she’s just so graceful and fluid, it’s like she’s just caressing the floor or the pole any time her hands touch it, she’s just incredible. A photo of her from the class is below.

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Burlesque moves. One of the other workshops I did today was an introduction to burlesque moves. We got the walking, the glove pulling off, how to take of your dress, all sorts of little tricks to make taking off your clothes a bit more like a sensual tease, rather than just “get your tits out” kind of thing. I had a lot of fun in this class, the instructor was so charismatic and funny.

Shopping! Ok, of course while you’re at Pole Festival you should make sure you buy all the merchandise right? Or at least all the merchandise you wouldn’t normally be able to buy! And that’s exactly what I did…and now I’m sure my bank account hates me, but I’m pretty happy. I bought a tank, leggings, matching crop and booty shorts and new pole shoes. A picture of all my goodies is below.

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How has your week been this week? Let me know in the comments below if there’s anything exciting that you’d like to share.

Take care,

Jas