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Confessions of a Twirly Girl

This blog blossomed in 2010 to chronicle my adventures in pole dance. I talked too much about weight loss and bad diet "science." Join me on my journey toward enlightenment. The size of my body doesn't dictate my worth. I believe showing gratitude helps lead to a true mind, body and spirit connection, and a more joyful life. Yoga and pole dance are still my favorite methods of movement. Choose to be the type of person who lifts others up rather than tearing them down.

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Lori - Twirling Viking Warrior

I wear so many hats.  By day, I am a legal secretary/paralegal. By night, I am the Twirling Viking Warrior - a pole instructor at Twirly Girls Pole Fitness in Pleasanton, California. In 2013, I began cosplaying as Candy of Chunky Girl Comics and enjoy building women's self-esteem in a world fraught with negative body image messages. I am the facilitator of a weight loss surgery support group, so that I can help provide guidance for those who choose to take that route. I also enjoy planning fundraisers and events, and love riding horses. I am a co-creator and co-producer of the Northern California Pole Presentational, the first showcase in Nor Cal that is independent of any studio and also does not require an invitation or submission video.  Our inaugural event was August 23, 2014.  I embrace all types of dancers and enjoy encouraging (and proving wrong) those who feel they aren't strong enough to pole dance. As I love to say: pole dance is for everyBODY. I also take A LOT of photos and love drag shows.  I struggle with weight and self-esteem issues, like many other people.  I can be loud and obnoxious.  But I am always open to adventure and I have a lot of fun in the process.  There are so many parts that come together to create me.  I appreciate that this blog allows me to share those parts of me with you. 

In 2017, I really started questioning what I was doing with my life. Maybe it is because I am in my 40's now. I really started focusing on the things that are important: surrounding myself with the right people (both friends and family), infusing more positivity and joy into my life, incorporating a gratitude practice, eating the right foods, taking the right supplements, doing movement that makes my body happy, being a nicer person, learning to truly love myself, appreciating my body, giving back more by volunteering my time as a hospice volunteer...and the list goes on.  I have decided that I am on the path to becoming an enlightened unicorn.  It is my job to be the best Aunty I can be to the babies in my life.  I no longer diet or force myself to do exercise that I hate (which generally leaves me injured anyway).  I don't spend time with people who leave me feeling drained.  I do work that is interesting.  I am reading more books (well, by reading, I mean listening since I recently subscribed to Audible).  And, as always, I am focusing on the adventures in my life. 
DISCLAIMER:  Although I have often written about diet and exercise, I am not a doctor or an expert in these fields.  In fact, some of those old blogs probably contain a lot of bad "science."  These are my own personal experiences though.  Also, I proudly call myself a Twirly Girl, but my opinions are my own and are not necessarily those of Twirly Girls Pole Fitness.  I appreciate all the love and support that they give to me though.

Want to see me dance?  Here's a very simple routine from Trick or Twirl 2012:  

Watch me dance with two of my friends/students:

Photo by LockBox Studios ~ 2016                      Photo by Brett Stanley ~ 2016                Photo by Liquidpulp Photography
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Photo by LockBox Studios ~ 2017