updated 11/11/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/12/2012 AT 7:25 AM ET
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native is blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the current all-star season.
It’s week eight and we’ve got one more week until the semi-finals. This is when everyone really starts to get aches and pains and just gets lethargic.
Occasionally I’ll have a glass of wine when I get home at night, but usually to unwind, I hop straight into bed. I’m exhausted. There’s no time for going out and partying. All my energy lies in getting Gilles [Marini] to the finals.