updated 03/25/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/25/2013 AT 12:40 PM ET
Lisa Vanderpump is a restaurateur, designer, author, philanthropist and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She’s competing on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Gleb Savchenko – and blogging about it on PEOPLE.com
Wow! I’ve had an unbelievable week filled with laughter, frustration and much more.
To perform for the first time in front of so many had so many different reactions – some felt more confident, others just wondered if they could go through it again!
It has been strenuous to say the least. I have multiple bruises, pains everywhere, but most importantly – albeit just for a moment – we have kept our sense of humor.
This week in preparation for the jive, which seemed insurmountable when we were given the piece of music, I questioned how I could ever get my brain to compute the choreography and then transmit it to my two left feet, as Gleb calls them.
We all have different challenges – mine have been time restraints and the sheer physical toll it takes on the body. Meanwhile, there are athletes asking their bodies that have been finely tuned to compete at the highest level suddenly having to do a complete U-turn, using muscles they didn’t know they had!
A few tempers have flared in the rehearsal rooms, but there is still a feeling not of competitiveness, but of camaraderie and support for each other. I have no idea as the competition progresses whether it will stay that way, but I hope we don’t lose that.
I realize in this group of dancers and celebrities, friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime, and I am most thankful for this experience.
Have a good week and wish us all luck! We need it!