Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rock the Vote!

Today is your last day to vote for the Hoopies!  I'd appreciate any votes heading my way.  I love you all!

This afternoon I teach a hoop class at my work.  I don't know how it will be because with nursing, there is no good time.  Hopefully a few people will show up.  I need the feedback for my BodyHoops course.  Yes, even though I am sick, I am going!  I want to teach people to hoop and get this party started.  I can't take pictures because we have a no camera rule. :( I'm nervous and I don't really know what I'm doing.  I'm just going to go with the flow!  Wish me luck!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Why I Felt I Wasn't Worth It....

Part two of my journey for the Biggest Loser Contest.

 I entered a biggest loser contest a few weeks ago.  I really would love to win.  If I do win, I'll try to update my blog from there with pictures, videos and tons of fun stuff.  I also want to get that place hooping.  Do I need it?  Is it going to break my weight loss goals?  No.  But it's a nice extra thing and I think with all the freaking overtime I do at work, I deserve a nice vacation in a warm place!

 I've already lost some weight since I even made that video.  I would have lost more if I hadn't strained that stupid muscle.  That really, really made things worse.  What's the worst thing that may happen if I win that contest?  Maybe an extra pound I wouldn't have lost cause I wouldn't be exercising 1000 minutes a day?

  And also, some people may not like my phrase, "With hooping, I deserve/worth this" or whatever.  The reason I said that is because I've finally accepted myself and what I am capable of doing.  You see, a few years ago, I lost eighty pounds.  Except I couldn't maintain it.  I couldn't step back and say, "Shannon, you're not being selfish by asking for this long to exercise.  You are not being a bad person when you say no to the bread or asking for more veggies."  I thought deep down, I didn't deserve to make myself a priority.  Also, a very important person in my life gave me some backward compliment that basically made me feel like my new thinner body was vomit-inducing because of saggy skin.  That comment hurt beyond I think anything anyone has ever, ever said to me in my entire life and trust me, I have had very horrible things told to me.

I look back and I realize I was not a "shrunken fat person" like I thought.  I actually looked normal sized actually.  But after that person made that comment, I didn't even try anymore like I was at least attempting.  That comment plus my personal self doubt trashed my entire view of myself.  I didn't feel like I was the winner that I truly was.  I trashed my body again.  I didn't care anymore

Most people don't realize that when you are morbidly obese, 80 pounds doesn't look like it would be on someone that just needed to lose 80 pounds.  And when you lose 50 pounds, things may not look drastically different.  Dramatic weight loss is often airbrushed and glossy.  But guess what people?  When I lose all 120whatever pounds, I will show off my saggy skin and be proud of it.  I've been fat all my life and I know I'll have saggy what you call its and excess skin.  Because I know with the hoop, I will always be beautiful.  Even if I am 160 with saggy skin or 273.  If I can post videos online to the public for all to see at 273 and still feel like I'm beautiful, then I really am the winner here.  I don't know if that at all made sense in the way I wanted to explain why I put that caption in my video.  Yes, I know I was always worth it now but I truly did not feel like that.

Link to video to vote on:

Link to Facebook event you can invite others to (this worked!  I did it on my husbands facebook and bam! A few new votes):

Want to know what I looked like when I thought I was just a shrunken sized fat person but still fat?

It actually really hurts to look at that picture now because a few months after I was on my way back to weight gain, I saw this picture.  With a clearer head, I realized that I didn't look as fat as I thought.  I looked like a slightly "she could lose a few pounds but normal sized chick."  You know as a morbidly obese person, you always feel/look like the person in the picture that screams, "Something here doesn't fit here!"  When I saw that picture, I didn't feel that way about myself. I felt like I fit into the picture with everyone else. I was actually on a weight loss break at that time of the picture. So I'd say about 220-214 around January-ish?

What did I look like at my heaviest?  At 300 (and I had already lost a bit.  I have no true beginning pictures cause I actually lost the first 25 with increased activity due to my job and being a broke bitch):
Although as I make rounds at my usual weight loss haunts and tell them my size with my hooping videos, they say I don't look the weight I said.  Maybe hooping has kept me tighter?  Which I know is not true because my measurements equal close to my 300 pounds measurements.  Yet I don't wear many different clothes.  

Why is hooping so imperative to this weight loss venture? Because the only way I lost weight that time was because I accepted myself as is.  If I accept myself right now at 300 or whatever, nothing matters if I don't hit goal cause I'm just improving me.  I'm not disappointing myself. There was a great comment that Bax said in the HoopPath DVD where Bax says celebrate whatever you can do now in the hoop or whatever.  Not a skinnier or prettier you but YOU.  Does this answer some questions?

PS. I legit cried writing this blog.

Hoopnotica in Kentucky!

For the past few months after seeing a post from Hoopnotica, I offered to host a training.  I figured I could compare the BodyHoops program versus the Hoopnotica teacher training.  Either way, I would help spread hooping to the bluegrass region and prove that central Kentucky is imperative to a strong hoop community.  One girl I know would rather come to central Kentucky than Louisville.  Louisville for some parts of Kentucky is like another state.  For real.  I waited an hour and a half, starving and needing to wee, to reserve the building in my county.  We have a very limited places to do that sort of thing.  I got the first weekend I wanted. My contact at Hoopnotica put it in the calender. 

So, officially, Hoopnotica is coming to Kentucky! 
(caculations based on mid state unless otherwise noted to Lexington, Kentucky)
If you live in St. Louis, it's six hours away.
If you live in West Virginia, it's four hours away.
If you live in Ohio, it's a three hours away.
If you live in Indiana, it's three hours away.
If you live in Tennessee, it's four hours away.

If you have ever wanted to invest in yourself with a Hoopnotica Teacher Training in person and you're near Kentucky, come on down***!  If you sign up this weekend, you can get 10% off using the code from the recent Hoopnotica.  There is a local airport in Lexington, Kentucky!  If you need more info about the area, message me and I can get you rolling on food, hotels and fun stuff to see in the area!

Hoopnotica Teacher Training Calender
May 19th-20th
At the Blue Building in gorgeous Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Facebook Event for it

Also, I'd like to remind you about this contest I'm in.  I entered a biggest loser contest a few weeks ago.  I really would love to win.

Link to video to vote on:

Link to Facebook event you can invite others to (this worked!  I did it on my husbands facebook and bam! A few new votes):

PS!  I started hooping in 2011!  Shannon for Newbie hooper of the year!

***Am I saying you have to be a certified hoopnotica instructor or anything?  No.  I'm saying if you've ever wanted to and distance was your only issue, then yay you!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A favor, my friends.....

As you all know, I'm obese.  Actually morbidly so.  I'm a binge, emotional and boredom eater.  I have a very bad relationship with food.  I don't know how I found out about this contest but I did.  My favor is if you can vote for me.  I have already started losing weight but my tendon has made me backpedal so much.  I'd really appreciate this.  I would love to win.  I promise to take a few hoops with me and get that whole place hooping!  And a month vacation would be awesome!  This contest is open for public vote for 15 days.  I'd appreciate as many votes as you can handle. You can vote daily.  I am the girl hula hooping, duh.  It's titled "Shannon's Biggest Loser Retreat Entry."

Facebook Contests Link...Yes, it's on facebook using the contests app.

Public Service Announcement
Also, remember that I started hooping in 2011 when you nominate people for the newest Hoopies on  I would be honored to be nominated by you.  Just keep me in mind.  Nominations will probably open soon.  I remember seeing the results when I first found and was like, "I want one of those one day!"  Help my dream come true?  Maybe, yes please?  And maybe my big girls can hoop video can be nominated?  I know it won't win with the amazing videos from Hooping Idol but ya know. :p

And I didn't wrap my tendon before hooping for the newest 30/30 and it's awful sore. :(  This sucks.  Please, please do those preventative exercises I told you about yesterday.  This flippin' ass blows and you don't want this to be your problem!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Keep Your Foundation Healthy

A few weeks ago, I thought that if I strength trained, it could make my hooping practice better.  I'd be stronger and all that junk.  Everything was going good.  The first week I made a sorta circuit.  Then I decided to use the Biggest Loser Book workouts.  I changed the moves that I couldn't do due to my knees and thought everything would be fantastic.  One move said, "calves are very easy to gain strength in.  Do as many as you can in a minute."  Yeah, okay.  I did it.  The next day I had major muscle soreness but my calf was hurting a touch more.  Hmm. That's odd.  Instead I did a yoga DVD at home.  My muscles were on fire the next day but I still hurt in my calf.  I took two days off and realized I strained a muscle.  After RICEing it and resting, I realized it was an achilles tendon strain.  Understand, I had been doing at least 15 minutes of hooping every day up to that point.

It's been a week of "You cannot hoop at all."  I have been so awful on my daily 30 minute practice but I try to pick up the hoop for at least a few minutes a few times a week.  I wake up hobbling because my tendon hurts so much.  Funny thing about this injury is that it feels better to move.  I feel worse going to work than coming home.

I want everyone to take care of your feet and ankles in this new year.  Try some of these exercises to strengthen your feet and ankles:

  • Calf raises.  You can use your hoop to help you balance.  Raise on your toes and lower back to the ground slowly.  I would slowly build up to these.  Don't start doing as many as you can in a minute.
  • Toe circles.  Use your toes to draw circles in the air.  Do these as small or as large as you comfortably can.  Do these in both directions.
  • Front and back foot flex.  Point your toes out and flex your foot all the way.  You'll feel your range of motion in this way.
  • Balancing postures.  Balance on one foot.  This strengthens your ankles.  This is a move that is good for your knees too.  Once holding for 30 seconds is easy, try it with your eyes closed!
  • When you are sitting, do the front and back foot flex with your feet on the ground.  This is another great range of motion exercise.  Easy to do if you are at a desk at work, too!
Expert village on youtube has great achilles tendon exercises if you wanted to see this in motion.  Keep your feet healthy.  They are your root to the earth and the foundation of your hoopdance!