The pole studio I attend is holding a challenge starting the end of this month that runs for six weeks. I've never done any type of fitness challenge before so I thought I'd give it a go.
Next week there will be all kinds of measurements and photos, the usual 'before' stuff, to provide a baseline to compare with the 'after' stuff.
I know some of my fellow challengers are nervous about this aspect, especially being photographed (even though they will be private and taken on our personal devices), to be honest I'm actually quite excited, I even know which sports bra and knickers I'm going to wear!
I'm excited because I am so ready for this: to make changes, to push myself, challenge myself, and compete with myself. This first lot of measurements and photographs is just to pinpoint in time where I am, to document where my body is and it's current state. For the past month or so I've been comfort eating to deal with shit (yes, I have issues), I've not been consistent with exercise, and I've not been as supportive of my health as I should be, as I want to be, and maybe as I need to be. But we all do what we can, when we can, right. For me the time to make changes is most definitely now.
There are prizes involved with this challenge too; one for the most classes attended, and one for the most outstanding results. To track and record our attendance there will be a wall chart. I LOVE CHARTS! Yes, I confess I was the school girl whose day/week/month/year was made if she earned a gold star because 'back in my day' you had to earn those bitches!
The title I'm shooting for is the most outstanding results. One of the beautiful things with pole dancing is to make significant changes to your body, your strength, and your flexibility you don't HAVE to do it daily. Sometimes life get's in the way and you need to change your priorities, but with pole dancing you still get results. My personal theory here is to go no more than two days without it, that is something I can set as a personal challenge to be faithful to and I truly believe I can achieve great results with this.
Here's where my competitive streak comes out, and here is where being involved in a challenge with fellow polers will help to inspire and motivate me. Though knowing myself as I do I'm not convinced it will be reciprocated. You see I have this Dr Jekyll and Miss. Hyde thing that happens when I get really competitive. Normally I'm all loveliness, light, sweetness, and kindness, but when I'm truly competitive I am one seriously mean bitch, as in I could make the devil weep, big fat you-hurt-my-feelings tears.
I have friends that are STILL traumatised from playing board games with me, and we're going back twenty years here! Even though the word "Pussies" springs to mind I will not let it leave my lips. The trauma has affected them so much they STILL bang on about it!
I'm now forced to only play board games with my immediate family, it's quite pathetic really. You see we're all in the same boat. It appears this competitiveness is shared amongst us, along with offending the sensitive ones around us, and winning, we are banished and our only resort is to play against one another. Hand on my heart, this is true.
I have forewarned the ladies taking part in this challenge that there may be moments where I will tease and stir, basically it's a nice way of me saying I will talk smack. I hope to get as good as I give. So long as we're all coming from a place of fun, support, and motivation I'm good with it. If I'm whining too much I expect to be called a whingey bum. If I'm making lame excuses I expect to be called out on it, if I'm dropping back I want to be gently bullied to get back on with it. Like I said, I will be giving it, so I expect to receive it too.