"This experience is a true test of your character, stamina and how far you can push yourself," the reality star writes

By Nicole Polizzi
September 16, 2013 12:35 PM
Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a mom, author, entrepreneur and star of MTV’s Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww. She’ll be blogging for PEOPLE.com as she competes on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Sasha Farber.

I am SO excited to be blogging about my Dancing With The Stars journey!

I’d like to start my first blog post by saying how honored I am to be chosen as a dancer. I don’t have any ballroom dancing skills, so this whole experience is going to be very interesting.

I just went through the first whole week of rehearsals with my amazing partner, Sasha Farber. When I first met Sasha, I was so happy because he wasn’t that tall! I was praying I would get a small dancer since I am only 4-ft., 8-in. tall. Even though it’s Sasha’s first season as a DWTS pro, he has been an amazing teacher and I feel like we’ve been besties forever. I couldn’t be happier to be paired up with him.

The dance that we are performing for the first week is the cha cha. It’s a lot of booty shaking and hip thrusting. I have to be honest, practicing the cha cha for four hours a day, seven days a week is EXHAUSTING! My body aches, my legs are sore, my feet are blistered – ballroom dancing is no joke!

I now look at professional dancers in a whole new light. I came into this whole experience expecting it to be a fun walk in the park, but this experience is a true test of your character, stamina and how far you can push yourself.

I love that I am testing myself everyday on this journey, and learning more about my body and about myself. It’s only been the first week and I’m absolutely in love with everything.

I am SO excited for the first show, and to let the world see a different side of me. Usually when people hear the name Snooki, they automatically judge me as the girl from Jersey Shore. You will see that I am so much more than that, especially on the new season of Snooki & JWoww. And ever since I’ve had my son, I’ve grown into this woman I never thought I would be. I’m happy to be able to show the world what I’ve been up to since Jersey Shore. For example, my line of products, Snooki Couture, is expanding and now includes headphones (fashion you can hear!), which are now available at Walgreens.

So there it is, my first Dancing With the Stars blog! Tune in and make sure to vote for your favorite couple Monday night! Everybody on the cast is AMAZING and I’m so blessed to be sharing the experience with everyone!

Till next dance … XOXO,