Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I was able to hula hoop at class last night!!! Once I got home I even demonstrated for Mr. P, and he said, "WOW, how did you FINALLY figure it out?"

I know, right? 40 years is a long time to want to be able to do something! Okay, that is exaggerating, I probably didn't ever even try for the first time until I was 8 ish, but even 32 years was a long time to wait!

A few things I did different this week...I ran before class so that I would be good and loose (that is what she said), I wore more form fitting clothes because apparently the hoop will 'stick' better, and I worked on my hip posture all week. Apparently I let my butt pooch out too much, I need to tuck it more under...yeah, I don't really know either, but I worked on it and YAHOO.

I even got a DVD to practice with...if I can maintain success, I will post a video of my mad hula skillz next week! (I KNOW, please wait with bated breath.)

After class I met Mr. P at the gym. I thought of a way I wanted to challenge myself using the Biggest Loser show every week. On the first episode the contestants had a challenge where they had to ride a stationary bike for a marathon: 26.2 miles. I wanted to attempt their challenge while I watched this week's episode. I did it, but it took a whopping 77 minutes!

For next week I am not sure how to recreate the challenge they did yesterday...if any of you watched and have ideas, I am open!

Yesterday was a rousing success on both food and workout fronts. Now, let's see if I can build on that and go TWO whole days in a row!


Not Your Aunt B said...

You're a hooper! I totally understand the tuck your butt in part- very true! You need to tell me the DVD you got. I am looking into new DVDs and I love to hoop.

That is also a cool challenge about the Biggest Loser. 26.2 miles on a bike is nothing to laugh at. I think my legs would be jello at the end of it. Haven't watched last night's episode yet.

creative kerfuffle said...

that is awesome success! i have way too much but to be able to tuck in. lol

Amy said...

Okay... what's the name of the dvd?!?! I have GOT to try this. I want to be able to hoola hoop again by the time my daughter is 8!

Anonymous said...

You could just cut to the chase and fling yourself face-first onto the concrete side of a pool!

That's great about the hula-ing. Thanks for sharing your tips. Maybe I will get brave enough to try it again some day. And yes, we need video!

Jenni said...

Woo hoo! I bet that felt so awesome to be able to hula hoop!

I love the challenge you are setting for yourself. I watch on-line because I am with my grandma on Tuesday nights, so I won't be able to watch until next week. Sorry I can't help you.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

You're a hooper. Awesome!

77 minutes to ride 26.2 miles isn't bad. Riding at approx. 20 miles an hour is actually quite fast.

For this week's challenge, why not put some masking tape in a line on the floor. And since you're not really balancing on it, use weighted balls to carry back and forth.

Another idea is to use a BOSU ball (flat on one side, rubber and ball-like on the other), with the ball side down and step on that with a ball in your hand, balance on that for, say 30 seconds, step off the other side. And repeat 10 times.

DAVs said...

Oh poo, I forgot Biggest Loser was on last night. I was too busy chowing into my spinach/feta/tomato/red pepper/red onion stromboli to notice TV.

Congrats on the hooping!

Penny said...

That is awesome, I wish I could go to hula class!

I did the 30 DS for the first time yesterday in months and I am in serious pain today!

Shelley said...

Loling at chezjulie's comment...but yeah, you could hold kettlebells or dumbbells in each hand and walk a certain length back and forth. Nice work on the 26.2 mile exercise bike ride! That is a lot of miles, lady!!!

So happy that you are now down wit da hoop! Cannot wait to see the video of your mad skilz, yo! Very cool that you beat that thing!!!

Jen L. said...

Way to go, HP! I'm kind of living for the hula video now.
My most vivid hula hooping memory is from when I was 8. I was hula-ing on my driveway and a bird pooped on my arm. Great story, I know. ;0

Anonymous said...

Will you be ready for the 2016 Hula Hoop Olympics?

Not Your Aunt B said...

Since balance is a big part of the challenge, see if there is somewhere you could walk that requires balance (heck, the curb could work or try a local park?). To make it a challenge (as you won't have the pool) try a weighed ball, weights, etc. or have Mr. HP toss you a ball- you would have to catch it and throw it back down the entire length of the curb, etc. We used to go that in elementary school. You could always make a little balance beam by using some wood from the hardware store (4"x6" planks).

Jenn said...

YES!!! I knew you'd do it, woman!!! You are the QUEEN of the Hula Hoop!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the "We can do it!" on my blog yesterday. It really helped.

wafelenbak said...

That is fantastic!! I tried hula hooping at the Self Workout in the Park and I couldn't keep it going for more than a few seconds. I convinced myself it's because my waist is too tiny. ;) Ha ha.

Lucy said...

Way to go! I can't remember the last time I Hula Hooped or rode the A bike that long, so way to go on both fronts.

I only catch The Biggest Loser here and there so I don't know what the challenge is but Good Luck!

Can't wait to see the Video!

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