To address the issue from my last post, I went to my Dr and I am now completely off birth control, to see if that helps my weight, mood, and sleep.
I’ve only been off of them for two weeks and a couple of days, but within the first week I started sleeping better. I still don’t want to get up when my alarm goes off at 5:30 in the morning (who the hell actually WANTS to get up at 5:30?), but most nights I feel like I’ve slept deeply and once I get up and moving I actually feel rested. This is phenomenal.
It’s amazing what actually sleeping well will do for you. I’m more alert, I feel like I’m aware of what’s going on around me, my mental reflexes are faster, I’m happier, and I actually have energy. It’s wonderful. I still have a night or two a week where I don’t sleep well, but at least it’s not every night, and I feel like it’s natural to have a night or two where you don’t sleep well.
It’s not been long enough to see any difference in my weight, measurements or body fat, but I’m looking forward to those changes.
To my great joy, after a 1 month hiatus, I have gotten to go see and pole with Samantha the last two weekends. The first weekend we didn’t do any real work, just played with basic beginner spins and slides to the floor on spin pole and in heels. When I started pole, the American way to do it was with a fat 50mm static pole, barefoot. But I’ve grown, and the pole world has grown, and most of the pole stars I admire now are Australian. And the Aussie way to pole is on a skinny 38mm spinning pole in heels as high as you can find them. I still like my 45, and love Samantha’s 40s, so I’m trying to, while I’m still rebuilding my strength, clean up fun beginner spins, tricks and floorwork, and do it in heels. I love my heels. And I love that my new home has all wood plank flooring downstairs, so I can actually wear my heels when I pole at home! But I digress… I wasn’t sore after that, but it was good to just play and ease my body back into the old familiar moves that I hadn’t done in a while. I tried one day to pole at home a couple weeks before, but I didn’t properly warm up my body, I was tired, everything was hard, and everything hurt. But that day last week with Samantha was a good day. It was fun, and I could do all those beginner/intermediate moves (cradle variations, apprentice variations) I was having difficulty with before.
Yesterday, we worked on floorwork – spin and slide transitions from the pole to the floor, and flowing different moves into each other and different ways to get back to standing or up on the pole. Those slow, controlled floorwork movements (roll overs, elbow stands, body waves) take a lot more effort than I remember. I was hot and sweaty from it! I also tried some intermediate tricks on spin – inverts, leg hangs, I even attempted a Jade. And I have to say, Spin pole is HARD! My body did not want to cooperate, and even hooking into a leg hang and relaxing into the pose was strangely difficult on spin. And the Jade simply didn’t happen. I couldn’t convince my limbs to do what I wanted against the centripetal force. I was able to pull off a half-assed one without spinning, but only barely.
And it wore me out!! My biceps and pecs are screaming at me every time I move them today. My shoulders, back and abs have a lovely delicious feeling to them today, too – not sore, but I can tell when I move them that I worked them yesterday. Even my glutes protested a little when I climbed a couple flights of stairs earlier. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait to go back next weekend.