updated 09/20/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/20/2010 AT 9:30 AM ET
I’m looking forward to writing this blog and giving all of you Dancing With the Stars fans a glimpse into each week. When the show asked me to participate, I was instantly on board – no hesitation! I did tap, jazz and ballet when I was eight years old, but that doesn’t really count because ballroom dancing is such a different animal. It’s actually a lot harder than I’d thought. But I’m loving every second of it!
Tony [Dovolani] and I have been rehearsing for about two and a half weeks so far, and my muscles ache every night. The first week I had the worst blisters from getting used to dancing in heels. Funny thing is now when I get pedicures I tell them not to take the calluses off. I actually want calluses on my feet because then they don’t hurt as much when I’m dancing. But you know what they say: some of the most beautiful dancers in the world have the ugliest feet!
I’m developing all the muscles in my back, my core, my calves, my thighs – everything is getting very toned. I keep telling Tony that if I feel like this in two weeks, I can’t wait for another month to go by.