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stripping is a workout, isn't it????

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I sure hope so because this weekend has been chock full of unconventional workouts, one of which had me getting lessons from a 52 year old former stripper with the body of a 27 year old. I was invited as part of a mutual friend's birthday party. I like to think I am sexy and can even be flat out raunchy . . .when I am with my future husband. Otherwise, I am pretty conservative. Well this instructor was anything but! She dropped the f-bomb approximately 30 times in the first 10 minutes. She flashed her boobies, slapped girl's butts and slapped her own self in choice places. I was speechless. But I was also determined to make the most of it and flex my sexiness and learn a few things for my upcoming nuptials. Well I have enough attitude for a few people so I tapped into my inner stripper and I served up a healthy portion of sexy. So much so that the instructor says, "I love your f#$&*g sexy a$$ attitude! I'm naming you G-Spot!" I was super excited! I got my stage name!

What I will say is that this little beginner class was a hard workout! The warm-up was working every part of my body. I thought I was in pretty good shape but doing stripper stretches requires muscular endurance and a solid core. I must not have had either but I did learn how to swing on the pole! Once I synched my BodyBugg, I burned 526 calories in 1hr 45min and that included many breaks for pictures and the instructor to make crude jokes.

Today was day 2 of workouts that aren't "workouts". After church my fiancé and I took our niece and nephew to Bounce U - a place where kids can jump in rooms full of bouncy houses. This was the second time I had been to a place like this but the last time I couldn't have fun because all the bouncies had weight limits of 250 lbs and some with 235 lb limits. I told myself that the next time I came, I would be bouncing without worry! Well today was my day! I was a kid again. I ran, jumped tumbled, went down various slides. I ended up with a few rug burns (well plastic) and some sore joints from falling off of things but I felt so free. Though I still have months and months and possibly even years of weight loss ahead of me, today I was an unrestricted 215 lbs playing in the bounce houses with my niece and nephew. When I got back home, I taught my niece how to ride her tricycle. I finished my night with a gym date with my fiancé focused solely on strength training and ab work. My burn wasn't as high but I definitely have body fat to lose and muscle to gain.

Something a great Spark Friend of mine today, STEPH-KNEE, said something today that resonated so much with me. When you work so hard to drop weight and begin to feel good about yourself and begin to see yourself differently, there is always that realization that I am still "Obese". That I am still 215 lbs. That I am still 30 lbs away from a healthy weight. At least I have more pounds behind me than in front of me.
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    That was a great message that Steph-Knee told you!!! I wonder if a place of bounce houses for adults would get as much play as the kiddie ones do!!! Especially if it was part of the gym?!

    1743 days ago
    I think it counts. I've been wanting to try a pole dancing class but am way too chicken to do it by myself and my friends don't want to do it either, well, that and I'm pretty sure I weight too much right now for swinging off any sort of pole but it's on my bucket list.
    1751 days ago
    Good for your thinking more pounds behind you than ahead of you!!
    1753 days ago
    The good thing about losing a lot of weight, even if you have a lot left to go, is that you feel so much thinner and healthier, even if the reality is a little different. I know the way I feel keeps me going. I feel so fantastic! I can do so much more. I can hardly wait to see how another 40 pounds gone will feel like. Spark on!
    And that sassy attitude comes in handy too!

    1754 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 11:07:19 AM
    I love your attitude! You are right - so many pounds behind you, and a lot less in front of you. I have to remind myself of that all the time or I get frustrated. You look fantastic and totally should be proud of how far you have come!

    And I've always thought the stripping classes sounded like fun - and I guess it's a good calorie burner too! I may have to sign up for one and try it!
    1754 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Got to have a goal!
    1755 days ago
    Wow! Nikki! How fun for you! I'm not sure that I could have done the pole dancing but I've jumped on our trampoline for exercise and I know that jumping really works the muscles and core.
    1755 days ago
    Good for you for trying the unconventional! You are definitely committed to your exercise routines!! Too funny!
    1755 days ago
    Well, G-spot! Congrats to you and what a wonderful time I know you had at the bouncy house! That realization is a good thing I think to have, however, this time once you deposit those 30 lbs somewhere where no one else can find them you never ever have to see them again. Never ever have to worry about them again. What you learn here at sparkpeople you only have to learn once and keep practicing on a daily basis. It's really not hard is it? We may have a slip once in awhile but we also have learned to get back on track. I think you have been learning your lessons well (Does G stand for Grasshopper?) Grasshopper! Keep up the great job!
    1755 days ago
    That sounds like so much fun. I probably would have busted out laughing at the stage names, they always make me laugh. I've heard that the stripping/pole dancing classes are really hard work outs. You've inspired me to at least think about giving it a shot.
    1755 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    Sounds like you had FUN and that is important!!! LOL...thanks for sharing your experiences with us!!! emoticon
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  • MISSB8604
    Nicely done and nicely said. Hilarious.
    1755 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    OMG Nikki, when I read the title of your blog, I immediately started laughing! I'm glad you enjoyed the class G-spot! LOL Get it girl! emoticon
    1756 days ago
    Stripping is some serious exercise! There are no instructors in my area but I would love to try it as a workout!

    You must have had a great time in the bounce thingy and you spent time with your loved ones. That is precious!

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    1756 days ago
    emoticon it! Hope you have an awesome week!!
    1756 days ago
    emoticon says it all!
    1756 days ago
    Okay...more pounds behind you than in front! I LOVE it!

    There are pole exercise classes so would this not be the same?
    1756 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Well, you said it! emoticon When you're doing your best and working out, there will be something that try to keep you in that old mindset. You are not the person you were at 250 pounds as one pound less is one to the next lost! Not only that, you already are on your way dropping it like it's hot! Keep up the good work and don't let anyone block your blessings! Here's to the New You! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1756 days ago
  • DLG0505
    Gosh I've missed reading your blogs! You always make me laugh. I saw the "Bounce" place while driving by and thought how much fun would that be. LOL but I'm overly blessed on top and they bounce well enough on their own. So good to hear you enjoyed yourself, not only at Bounce but at your stripping workout! I'd probably have a hard time with the language because I'm pretty conservative with swearing, unless I'm golfing, but it sounds like a blast.

    And you just remember that you are doing great! Just see how far you've come and how great you are looking!

    Have a great Monday!

    1756 days ago
    Sounds like a couple of fun days for you besides great exercising! Tis now the 1st of July!

    A wedding is not far away! emoticon
    1756 days ago
    You mentioned me, I feel famous LOL!! ;) I am glad you understood what I meant in my blog... it's just an icky nagging voice that I hear sometimes, but as you said, we have lost so much more than the amount we still have to lose, and that is such a great feeling! :D

    Great job on your unconventional workouts, sounds like a blast!! emoticon
    1756 days ago
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