Losing Weight, Getting Back in Shape

I came to a sad realization two weeks ago.  I had to go up a size in pants.  I was gaining weight.

I decided then to take some action.  A few things landed in my lap that have helped me drop five pounds since I decided to shape up on April 1.  No joke. 

First, Hooping.org’s 30/30 started on April 1st.  I am taking part in it.  What you do take a pledge and hoop for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.  It’s not too late to start, if you want to join in.  So, I have some exercise taken care of.

Second, I decided to track what I eat through MyFitnessPal.  You can set up a weight goal within a certain amount of time, and the site, or app for your smartphone, will tell you how many calories you can consume to get to that weight.  It’s made me be a lot more careful about what I eat.  You can also track your exercise, and add goals for that, too.  It’s a good tool.

Third, Jenny started her classes at Studio Spin yesterday.  She kicked out butts.  I am sore.  I more workouts like that.  This circles back to my first point, really.  I’m getting in to better shape by participating in very physically active hooping class.

Speaking of class, Jenny really worked Cindy and I hard.  Lots of good fitness, lots of good music, and lots of drilling practice.  The main focus of the class was on transitions, something I know I can use work with.  It was fun and the hour flew by!

As for my pants, my current size ones are fitting much better after a little over a week.  Yay, me!

Hoop For Hope at Kutztown University

If you are near Kutztown University, I recommend coming out for a good cause.  I’ll be there.  Learn more on the Facebook event page.

Getting Used to Mondays

I went to Beginner Hoop yesterday, which was officially Ryane’s last day before maternity leave.  She sort of had an open format and let us ask questions and play for most of the time. 

Jenny, since she will be taking over, joined us for class to meet everyone.  She worked with the two ladies that have been coming to normal beginner class who had questions.  Ryane and Jenny also did some hoop-a-gami to show what you can do a hooping partner.  Cool!

I had to keep telling myself that it was actually Monday last week, and not Wednesday.  I will get used to the day switch. 

What I did during class was just go crazy.  I decided I’m going to use my beloved HDPE hoop for the talent show, since it’s heavy enough to chest hoop with for me, and is light enough to toss.  I can also leg hoop decently in it.  It’s ideal.  I even managed to place the hoop on my knees, and lift it off my knees.  YES!

Sunday Hooping

Deb recently starting hooping again, now that her baby Freddy is at a point now were he’s six months old, adorable, and sleeps if he’s comfortable.  She brought him over Sunday, along with her hoops, for a visit. 

Deb and I went out back at my house in the yard while the baby and Sam were inside.  Freddy was quite comfy his car seat, slept, or entertained himself with the toy dangling from his car seat handle.  Quite a content baby.

Back to the hooping.  Deb had only started waist hooping again after she had gotten pregnant, so it’s been a while.  She was quite happy to do so!  I was teaching her a few tricks, and we noodled around for a while.  It felt good to have a friend to hoop with at home.  It’s not something I have often. 

Soon, we were too cold and had to go back in to see if Sam and Freddy were ok.  They were.

Deb accidentally left her hoops at my house, so she has to come over this week and get them.  Perhaps we can hoop together again before she leaves.

New Position at Hooping.org

I’m not sure if I posted this here or not, but I am now a photo editor over at Hooping.org!  It’s a position I’m really enjoying.  Besides some of the articles I’ve written, here’s a link to some of the photos I’ve done write-ups for, too.

If you have a photo that you’d think we’d like, click here to be taken to the submission form, and we’ll take a look at it.

On another note, I did a quick practice video on Sunday.  You can look at it here, if you’d like.

Feeling Better

I made it through class yesterday with minimal pain!  The focus last night was shoulder and chest hooping, something that I can always use work on.  Ryane was aware of my shot, and let me work at my own pace.

What I did was do the technique briefly, and then rest for a minute, rather than to drill the moves over and over again without pause.  Taking things slow did work, because I feel pretty good today.

You are probably thinking, no!  You shouldn’t be doing this after a cortisone shot!  Ah, but my doctor wants me to use the arm and be active.  You see, if you don’t use the arm, the medicine doesn’t worked into the joint and it has a chance to crystallize, which is extremely painful.  Still, if it hurt, I didn’t do it and will continue to follow that path until my pain goes away completely, probably in about two weeks or so.

Mirror Play

After a good lesson leg hooping Wednesday, Ryane gave us some time to free hoop and play.  Later during that time, I got the crazy idea of playing around with a video using my reflection in the mirrors.  It didn’t turn out quite the way I had expected, as things like this that happen on the fly usually do, but here it is.

It was quite lovely to have all that time to free hoop, really.  Everyone has cabin fever and we all want to play.  I will say that in this video I was a bit tired and was using a heavier hoop.  I seem to be gravitating towards heavier one right now, just to throw in a little variety here in there.  It’s actually a great hoop for leg hooping, the one I’m using the video.

Have a hoop-tastic weekend, everyone!

Going Circus Style

Ryane has us working on different styles of circus style hooping, such as swing, float (I think that’s what it’s called), and balance.  We mostly worked on swing and balance.  It was cool looking into the world of circus style hooping.  I think balance was the most fun.

Just balancing the hoop in the palm or your hand is hard enough, but it’s really neat when you can sustain that for a few seconds.  I also enjoyed balancing the hoop on the back of my hands.  I actually did the best with that technique, I believe.

It was a good class!

Otherwise, I’ve got a super-secret project that I want to unleash today.  It’s called Jennabee Hoops, and it’s purely for my budding amateur performing career.  I stress the amateur part.  I’m still am going to keep my blog here, but rather have a dedicated site as a performer.  Maybe I’ll merge them one day, I don’t know. 

Go on, take a look!

http://jennabeehoops.com

People!

I was not the only one in class last Wednesday!  I was joined by Kim, who joined us from the Beginner class, and Olivia, who has been coming, too.  I thought our hoops looked so pretty on the wall, I had to take a picture.

Oh, and my usual classmate, Brett, was working the desk at Studio Spin.  She is still suffering from a shoulder injury that is keeping her from hooping.  It was good to see her, though.

As for my health, it felt so good to hoop.  Amazing.  I probably should have taken another week off, come to think of it, but I needed to get out of the house and dance.  I’m so glad that I did. 

I should mention that Studio Spin was in our local newspaper this past weekend.  Take a look at the article here.  Yay!

As for how I’m feeling now, I’m almost 100 percent.  More like 85 percent, really.  I had a rough day, illness wise on Friday, but after some steady and quality rest, I’m getting back on my feet.

Hooper Valentine Exchange 2015

I participated in the 2015 edition of Hooping.org’s Hooper Valentine Exchange, and got a lovely gift from Juust Jess out in Portland, OR.  Here’s a picture of my lovely goodies.

I love the postcard, and beeswax lip balm is always a plus.  I love it.  The one she gave me is WAY better than the Burt’s Bees stuff.  And I adore the scent of the bath salts.  Cardamon is one of my most favorite things on the planet, and it’s one of the scents crafted into the salts.  Yay!  Thank you Juust Jess!

My Valentine, Samantha in AK, got a pair of bright green fingerless mitts that were finished off with happy orange buttons.  She received them and really liked them!