A little clip showing our chairty fundraiser night, including a little behind the scenes peek.
This is me a couple years ago at a shoot I did as part of our burlesque class.
Now before your mind instantly runs away to nipple tassles and strippers stop! It was first and foremost and exercise class, with some fun, flirty elements added in. But we did do the class in heels and corsets were optional 😉
I started the class when my weight was getting lower and I was feeling more confident. Luckily it was a brand new class and there were only three of us there. I emailed the instructor back and forth and she really put me at ease.
The class was BRUTAL! I’ve never had a workout like it.
Imagine you’re on a stage. Music starts playing. You’re wearing you’re regular gym clothes but also a pair of killer heels. You’re sitting on a wooden chair, side on. You’re miming along to the music, pretending to sip champagne, flicking your hair and making flirty winks at the other girls on the stage. You bite your elbow glove off with your teeth and throw it away. Sounds quite saucy, even a little fun?
But that chair you’re sitting on, side on. You’re leaning back at a 45° angle. You’re legs are also up at a 45° angle, and you’re pretending to cycle, kicking your legs in time with the music, for the whole song.
Can you image doing a bicycle for 4 minutes straight?
The acting distracts you and keeps you focused on something else for a little while.
It was an absolute killer!
Then comes the next song. A mix of squats (in stilettos) and those leg lifts you do when you lie on one side and lift one leg up and down, pulsing at height.
It was great fun though, and we got to do little routines and wear feather boas.
I even performed a couple of times. That was absolutely terrifying. First time it was me and one other girl performing as a sort of midway act in a pole dancing class showcase. Those girls were athletic! No way could I hold myself sideways using only the strength in my arms. We also did a dance as part of a big opening event for a swish hair salon. We got to dance down the posh stairs and perform using the salon chairs, it was such a buzz! It still feels odd sitting there to get my hair done.
I met so many lovely people in the classes, from the young, old, fat, glamorous, confident and even shy girls at the classes.
Most of them I met at our big charity fundraiser.
Although it was predominantly a fitness class, we did have one big night where we ran a charity fundraiser for the women’s health unit at the hospital. We sold tickets, did raffles, and even a dancers sponsorship. This meant costumes, hair, make up, photographers, videographers and even the local press.
Me and two of the other girls made it into the paper under their celeb readers section, shown on stage reading the paper. (Yes it has a very small readership lol).
All the different classes came together for one night. We all did two songs each and there were filler acts. The girls from the pole dancing class came back to join us this time, we also had singers, street cheerleaders and an elderly women’s tap class. It was a fantastic mix
Friends and family bought tickets and came along to support us all.
Our two songs involved us being dressed as ‘the soldiers sweethearts’ and a circus act where I got to be the LION! (Or the leopard anyway, I already had a swimsuit, ears, tail, bow tie etc. (as you do).
This class gave me an incredible boost of self confidence, and not only that, I learned to love how I looked, exactly as I was. For burlesque you need curves, something to put in your corset, skinny just doesn’t cut it.
Not only was I happier and more confident, but with the intense workouts and extra rehearsal time running up to the show I lost a bit more weight and toned up dramatically.
Far more fun than the treadmill!
But unfortunately burlesque will always conjure up images of nipple tassles, so I had to stop going when I finished college and started work. I needed to be professional. But I still miss the thrill, and I still have all my costumes just in case.
Have any of you had any different fitness classes?
I think it’s important to reward ourselves along our journey. Whether that journey be weight loss, fitness, education, anything!
I’ve given myself a couple little treat goals along the way. I have a big thing for nail art, so every half stone I lose I’m going to treat myself to new nail polish or nail art decals/stickers.
For the bigger goals, say as an extra for every whole stone lost we’re going to have an overnight trip to our favourite hotel. A log cabin hotel in the Highlands. it’s cheap as chips and pretty basic but absolutely amazing, and they let you bring dogs.
But my big final treat, when I hit my final target, that’s been troubling me. I couldn’t think of anything. Something that I would get excited about and could count down to. Something to keep me going, working at it and not giving up. Something that wouldn’t cost an absolute fortune and make it unrealistic. (Which ruled out Disneyland!)
Today I realised what my end goal would be. What would finish off the new me perfectly.
I’m going to go blonde!
Not mess it up at home out the box blonde, proper, head stylist professionally done fantastic bombshell blonde!
Right now I have a pretty boring haircut, it’s very dark brown and with my pale complexion I look pretty pasty and ill. I’ve always wanted to go blonde, but my weight has held me back. I want to hide not attract attention. But Kirsten Stewart, who has colouring quite similar to mine, has managed to pull off a pretty drastic hair colour change, so why can’t I? I won’t be going quite as light. More a very light brown with blonde highlights. So while I start on my weight loss and fitness journey, I’ll also be cutting back on the heat stylish and lavishing a little more attention on my locks to get them ready.
I’m going to lose the weight, get toned, confident and then get the haircut I’ve always wanted, but been too afraid to go for!
How did you treat yourself when you hit your goals, or how do you plan on rewarding yourself?