Monday, March 26, 2012

Weight Loss and This Blog

This doesn't fit.  It's a size Large.
Would anyone feel slighted if I used this blog to talk about weight loss and weight loss struggles?  I'd really like to start losing weight again.  When I do, I tend to focus on it and talk about it a lot.  Will I be a size 2?  Does that mean you can't be a hooper and fluffy?  No.  I have bad knees and they feel a ton better when I'm under 250.  Basically, it's going to happen.  And hooping is going to help me get there.  So far, I've maintained my 15 pounds loss from Thanksgiving with twenty minute hoop sessions five days out of the week.  I've basically been waffling for the last 2 months.  When I got sick after Christmas, I just became unmotivated.  I don't remember why.  I think I was struggling with eating.  Also, remember when I hurt my ankle?  That also made me feel awful with my workouts.  I even tried to join a March fitness challenge only using BeachBody products but I couldn't even start that.  I should have knew I wouldn't be motivated to do it.  Hooping is motivating for me. Doing exercises that will help my hooping is even better.  I want to make my hooping practice the best thing ever.  Although kudos to me for maintaining.

Over the last three months, I was just trying The Simple Diet.  And it's not super do-able for me.  I'd want real food by the time I got home.  And I think my plant-based diet that I was doing in December was much cheaper.  Yes, buying tons of spinach and romaine was cheaper.  It was plant-based but not completely vegetarian.  Basically light on meat: some chicken, boiled eggs (egggies I love you!), healthy nuts, and some fish.   I psuedo-counted calories.  Meaning anything veggie and healthy, I did not count, unless it was starchy.  I was also following Beck Diet Solution. I'm also awful at taking before/after pictures.

Deep down I wonder if I would be more successful as a hoop teacher if I lost weight.  I don't like thinking like that cause I know it's not true. But it's a deep fear.

What is my plan?
If nothing else happens, these three things must happen every day:
-Write down what I eat.  No matter what.
-Be active at least 10 minutes a day, every day, no matter what.
-Rinse and repeat.

Detailed ideal plan:
-Eat mostly plant-based, using meals and shakes in emergencies.
-Hoop 30 minutes every day except for Sundays when I work.  Ten minutes is acceptable in that case.
-If possible, hoop on lunch breaks.
-Fit in some strength training.  On sparkpeople, I found a quick, basic strength workout. I'd say do it at least twice a week.  Three is much awesome. I'd like to add a barre workout at least once a week.  I'll put it in the yoga/pilates section of workout stuff.
-Do a yoga DVD once or twice a week.
-Beck Diet Solution
-Maybe do Betty Hoops DVDs.
-Walk the dog even if it's just around the block.  Try to work on time.  I should be able to walk him in 15 minutes.  0.94 mile shouldn't take me that long.  Although I continue to blame the dog.
-The idea is to start small.  The biggest key is to hoop every day and eat healthy.

I can't really tell you what I weigh this moment.  I weighed but I've ate recently.  Last time I weighed without food, it was 247.5.  So still under 250.  If I hit 243, I might treat myself to the waves class on hoopcity.  That'd be my 10% goal.

I like timed goals also.  In June, I will be going to PlayThink Movement Festival.  I'd like to be 230 by that time. Even though doing the math, that calculates to 2.25 pounds a week.  So that'd mean a whole lot more work that I really want to do.  It seems doable to me though.  Maybe 235?  Basically it depends on what I weigh in today.  I will be happy and proud if I could be at my 10% by PlayThink and 4-H.  I also wouldn't mind actually fitting into that BodyHoops outfit that is in size Large.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Busy (hoop) Bee

(Oh, look, I'm blogging)

I've been so busy lately!  I'm a really bad procrastinator.  For a month, I've known about the Central Kentucky Health Fair and I never got to making hoops.  Now, I'm cutting close to the deadline and making hoops like a mad woman.  My plan is to have five smaller hoops, five 100 PSI hoops and five 160 PSI hoops of different colors and sizes.  Although lately with my hoop selling, I've noticed a distinct favoring towards under my chest level.  The current complete hoop count is three 125 PSI hoops at my waist level and two 100 PSI hoops.  The thing is I don't even know how many people may want to even purchase my hoops.  I'm afraid to make a ton that won't sell.  At the same time, I need to work on a few hoop orders that I've received!   I guess when I finish this post, I will at least deco tape one more hoop.  Oh, except that I'm getting a cold.  Perfect hoop making feeling! :(

I've been really thinking lately on what I need and want to do to spread hoopdance in my community.  I realized I have enough comp time to take off for 4-H Camp which I miss.  I would want to teach a hooping class.  I've also contacted a few YMCA afterschool programs and I got a some interested!  After talking to  John, he let me get the BodyHoop KidsFit training (or will).  Unfortunately, the cart is screwing up the shipping.  John will be calling them hopefully.  I'm hoping to sell some DVDs while at the fair which is causing the cart malfunction.  Either way, I'll also get the training since I get $40 off with my certification.  I also think that I am at the level in my hoop practice that (some) of Hooping University will behoove me.  I don't think any beginner should get Hooping University when you have other choices like Hoopnotica DVDs, SaFire, and youtube.

I'm hoping in the next month to be able working on a  personal trainer certification.  I really want to make hooping and fitness my life.  This isn't the only time I've considered this.  I've submitted a hoopdance class proposal for the OLLI.  No reply on that.  I even emailed them again asking what the deal was.  I just go through ups and downs with this hoop thing.  I get mad jealous of people like Tilly Whirls (who I love to death) because her community seems to be welcoming it so easy.  I have gyms that have told me no and some that ignore me.  I'm not giving up.  I just wish it was easier. Then, I get upset with myself because I think, "If I lost my weight and say it was cause of hooping, that would spread ripples."  For me hooping isn't exercise persay.  It's a way to feel like something I've never honestly felt: confident and beautiful. Joy in movement.

I don't think that hoop is going to get taped.  I feel like crud.  I make it all through the GI virus at work and a flippin' cold kills me.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Welcome Spring!

I'm breaking in my new hoop that is under my bust!  This is tremendous.  This video also shows some moves I'm learning....slowly

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bare Bones Hooping

This is my week five video.  I have to say after hooping it out and looking at the tape, I was amazed.  I love how I move now with the hoop.  I may just dance with the hoop.  I may not know all the coolest tricks but damn, I'm hot!

PS. This hoop is bare. No tape and no sanding.  I just rock it out!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jessamine Journal Article

The Jessamine Journal article on my hooping is out now!  Read about it here:  Article here !

For the most parts I'm pleased with what he wrote and the pictures are not awful which I was worried about.  If you have come here after reading the article and you'd like me to make you a hoop and learn how to hoop, please email me at  Thank you for reading the article!  I hope it helped inspire you to pick up a hoop.  Remember that I'm on the The Hooping Family Tree.  If I've inspired you to hoop, feel free to submit your information and let's see our tree grow!  I've been able to touch some people with my hoop that I've never met before!  It's amazing how my life has changed!

If you don't think you are "fit" enough to hula hoop, please read my latest article!

If you want more info on the events mentioned in the article, please continue reading:

I'm  going to be vending at the Central Kentucky Health, Beauty and Fitness Fair.  I'll be selling hoops, offering a raffle for a beginning hoop kit, and more information on hooping.  This summer I will be holding a hooping workshop at the Jessamine County Library.   I started a facebook page for my hooping business called Undefined Hoopdance and I'm making a website for it.  

I am still fundraising money for The Hooping Life Event.  As far as I know, there are still many spots left in the Hoopnotica training.  Tempted? You should be!  You could meet me!