Diet vs Exercise: What's Most Important?

You see it thrown around all the time that ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ and that weight loss is ‘80% diet and only 20% exercise’. I hate both phrases. Abs aren’t made in the kitchen, they’re developed in the gym or other exercise facility, but their visibility is determined by body fat percentage andContinue reading “Diet vs Exercise: What's Most Important?”

Two Of My Favourite Things – Food And Maths!!!

The maths involved in working out how much to eat is a little bit complicated if you’re not a huge fan of numbers but I’m a complete geek and love maths. So for me, this blog post is fun. There are a few steps involved and it’s a little bit long winded but for mostContinue reading “Two Of My Favourite Things – Food And Maths!!!”

New Year, Same Old Me!!

I’m seeing the slogan ‘New Year, New Me’ everywhere today. It’s by people talking about turning over a new leaf and making positive changes and by people moaning about people claiming to be turning over a new leaf and making changes today! I’ve never understood the need to wait for a specific date to makeContinue reading “New Year, Same Old Me!!”

Good News At Last

I’ve not written much for this blog lately. Everything had been pretty much the same and I didn’t want to keep complaining and people get fed up with hearing it. I lost a lot of motivation for everything when I couldn’t complete the trial for the new drug for Graves’ disease as I have beenContinue reading “Good News At Last”

Freestyle Fitness – Back To Basics Challenge (Week 1)

So the first week of the Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge is over and some of the entries have been great. Our back to basics challenge involves us posting a basic pole or aerial move each month and students posting a 20 second combination including that move on either Instagram or Facebook. The combinationContinue reading “Freestyle Fitness – Back To Basics Challenge (Week 1)”

Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge

This month’s student challenge is focusing on basic, beginner tricks and transitions. To often I have students say to me ‘I don’t want to do that, it’s to basic’ when we are working on choreography. But the basics can really add to a performance! Some basic, beginner moves are beautiful. They can give you someContinue reading “Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge”

Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!

It’s December and I’m getting there with my Christmas shopping but every year I have at least one student’s partner or family member contact me regarding suggestions for gifts for a pole or aerial student. On the spot I’m rubbish at thinking and usually just suggest vouchers for private lessons, so this year I’ve askedContinue reading “Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!”

Pole Dancing at 40!

I’m questioning my decision to start again with pole quite a lot recently. I’m 40, I have already been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses and investigations are ongoing to see if I have a third. I hadn’t really done anything in four years and I’m having to start from scratch. I was managing to teachContinue reading “Pole Dancing at 40!”

When Things Don’t Go To Plan!

This Monday I was due to go over to Manchester again. I was supposed to have some more tests on the Monday and be given the K1-70 trial drug for Graves’ disease on Tuesday. The plan is to then have stayed in hospital and be monitored until Thursday. Grace had been selected to take partContinue reading “When Things Don’t Go To Plan!”

Thyroid Eye Disease!

I remember complaining about double vision in my teens and never finding a cause, so when I got it as an adult I didn’t think much of it and generally just considered it an irritation I had to accept. I actually didn’t realise how bad my vision had got until I was being diagnosed forContinue reading “Thyroid Eye Disease!”