Do you remember the Hula Hoop? I am telling my age, but I used to love the Hula Hoop as a child. A couple of years ago, I was reintroduced to the Hula Hoop. This reintroduction centered around hooping for exercise and weight loss as opposed to fun. I purchased a weighted Hula Hoop. Yes, a weighted and grooved Hula Hoop. My entire abdominal area hurt like the dickens for days after my first session. The Hula Hoop was retired to the closet. LOL
My daughter found it yesterday and decided to use it. Tee hee hee. Today, I am nodding my head in understanding at seeing her grimace at every move… This Hula Hoop is no joke! I purchased my Hula Hoop (Sports Hoop, excuse me) here: http://www.sports-hoop.com/indmain_sportshoop.aspx
I jogalked 5.5 miles this evening, so “The Hoop” will have to wait until tomorrow. I definitely plan to give it another try. Hooping will be the next addition to my exercise regimen. I refuse to be defeated! LOL
Jen Moore lost 40 lbs. in 3 months after beginning a Hula Hooping exercise program. Here is her story…
Weight loss with a twist: How one woman lost 143lbs…by learning how to hula hoop
Losing weight is always a question of mind over matter but for one morbidly obese wife and mother, getting healthy was easy and fun.
Jen Moore, 31, weighed 288 lbs. when she took up hula hooping as an effort to slim down. Now, thanks to the childhood sport, she is a trim 145 lbs. and has become an instructor for the company that helped her shed the weight.
Mrs. Moore, who measures 5ft. 5in., credits the low-impact activity with toning her core right from the beginning when she found she had to keep bending over to pick up the fallen hoop from the ground.
Let’s twist again: Jen Moore, 31, lost 143 lbs. when she took up hula hooping and changed her diet.
Writing about her experience for the Huffington Post she explained how within three months of learning the skill, she had lost a whopping 40 lbs. and had begun to enjoy the twisting thanks to instructional DVD’s from Hooopnotica.
Mrs. Moore’s fitness kick began in 2008 after she was asked to leave a fairground ride when the safety bar would not close over her stomach.
Addicted to eating, she and her husband, Keith, had to re-examine their approach to food and the way they mindlessly ate out of boredom, as well as their lazy lifestyle.
Recalling past attempts to lose weight the hula-hoop instructor said: ‘We had both tried dieting in the past; I was the queen of yo-yo dieting. It just didn’t work.’
But after the humiliation of the fairground incident, Mrs. Moore was determined to lose weight and provide a better example for her then baby girl.
Happy family: The couple and their two children now approach their eating from a different perspective and enjoy eating fruits and vegetables instead of chips and sugary foods.
‘That day, I pledged to return to the theme park with my child the following year,’ she remembered. ‘This time as the healthier, slimmer, hot mom!’
Mrs. Moore started gently and privately, taking a hoop to the local basketball court and trying to familiarize herself with the movement.
‘It took me over two weeks just to be able to keep the hoop spinning around my waist, but from day one, I felt a tremendous difference in my core strength, confidence and energy,’ she gushed on the healthy living blog.
The reinvigorated exercise fan also changed her diet, splitting her Starbucks skinny Frappuccinos with her husband and reaching for grapes instead of chips when she was reading or watching television.
Explaining the difference in her routine she said: ‘We eat healthy now and make sure our kids do, too. We are cultivating our kids’ taste buds to like healthy foods. We don’t want our kids to become obese and suffer like we did for so long. We are empowering our kids to make the right food choices.
I have reached a scale plateau, but I am making progress according to the way my clothes fit and the way the dreaded belly looks. My body composition is obviously changing, even though the scale refuses to budge.
I am not diligent about weighing myself. I normally avoid “the thing” because it always disappoints by not displaying the number that I expect to see according to my exercise and clean eating efforts. I receive comments all the time about how thin I am. I do appear thin, but the dreaded belly is a challenge in and of itself! LOL
I know that I need to incorporate weight training and interval training, blah blah blah… It will come. I am concentrating first on Cardio to reduce the fat (the extra skin is another story), but I will soon incorporate the weights. Clean eating is a constant for me.
I have decided that I will set a goal to complete a minimum of 30 miles this week (hiking, walking, jogalking, etc…). My normal exercise lately consists of hikes and walks. I haven’t been extremely consistent, but I have a goal to log those 30 miles this week.
Pandora Music and the MapMyHike app motivate and keep me company during my efforts. I love the hour or so spent “Getting it in”, relaxing my mind, and getting away from it all. It’s my time alone that is greatly needed to renew and refresh so that I can be all that I can be. 🙂
I arose this morning excited to get out for my morning exercise. It was cloudy outside, smelled of rain, and the ground was damp. It was euphoric. Why? Because I live in Phoenix where it rarely rains and I absolutely love the rain!
I activated Pandora Music on my android along with MapmyHike (an application that tracks your calories, distance, and time for various exercises such as walking, hiking, etc…). Again, an euphoric feeling came over me. I had great music, accountability for my effort, and rain! Yes, it began to rain as I jogalked (alternating intervals of jogging and walking). No, jogalk, is not an official term, but it is MY terminology. LOL
I completed 4.20 miles in an hour and two minutes with a feeling that I haven’t felt before. It is almost indescribable. No indoor exercise experience can compete with getting outdoors and “feeling” the air on your face, in your lungs, and in your soul. The rain was surely an awesome catalyst to this feeling. If only every morning could begin this way…..
This is so true!
On my drive to work this morning I was thinking about all the things I thought I couldn’t do.
I couldn’t commit to eating a certain # of calories (since I had such sporadic success on Weight Watchers). Today I am eating my number every day and I fill full. Yes I do have to think more about my choices but I never feel deprived. If I make good choices I stick to it with ease.
I couldn’t POSSIBLY exercise everyday. Guess what? I can and I do! I feel amazing after a sweaty barre class or a kick-ass circuit combo at the gym.
I thought maybe I was destined to be flabby for life. But I’m seeing definition emerge in shoulders, ankles etc. and I realize I CAN have a toned body in time.
Then I realized there is a BIG difference between can’t/couldn’t and won’t/wouldn’t. We make…
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I had to share this ^^ for one, it made me teary eyed and nothing makes me teary eyed. Every day, when I’m dragging all 330 pounds of me to the track to run, I feel every part of this post. It’s another perspective, one that I needed to hear. Even if no one really feels this way, these are the words I will now hear when I’m running and I see other, seasoned, runners.
Instead of feeling like crap because they passed me on the track or because their paces are 5 million times faster than mine [rough estimation] — I’m going to feel awesome that I’m out there. I’m going to give myself kudos because I’m actually out there busting my butt every day.
This is yet another reason why blogging [and reading blogs] has been an instrumental part of my weight…
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Make your health a priority!
If your life is busy, try doing your workouts first thing in the morning. This way, you don’t have to worry about something coming up that will interfere with your fitness time .
Lay out your workout clothes the night before and when your alarm goes off, GET UP! You will never regret it.
Here’s three of my past workouts you can check out if you need fitness ideas for the morning:
It’s not easy to do, but make time for yourself (even if that means scheduling it in later in the day). Make it happen!
Flatten your belly, slim your thighs, and firm your butt in 2 weeks–without a single sit-up or squat
The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down! These five ballet-inspired moves use one piece of equipment you’re sure to have in your home–a wall to gently increase your flexibility and range of motion. The result: You’ll isolate the tough to reach muscles that pull in your belly, lift your backside, and trim your thighs. The perfect complement to weight-bearing exercises such as walking, inverted moves use gravity to naturally boost circulation and provide an instant energizing rush. They also give your knees and hips a break from the pounding of upright life.
What you need: Open wall space (4 to 6 feet) and a mat. Resistance band is optional.
How to do it: Perform the routine barefoot 4 or 5 times a week. Do 10 slow, controlled reps of each move. Start with the Main Move. If that’s too difficult, do the Make it Easier variation. Not challenging enough? Try the Make it Harder version.
For faster results: Do 2 sets of each exercise and add 30 minutes or more of cardio most days of the week.
Main Move: Wall Bridge: (tones back, butt)
|Lie on back with butt against wall, arms at sides, knees bent, and feet planted 3 to 4 feet up wall. Exhale and peel lower and mid back off floor, keeping shoulder blades down, so body forms a nearly straight line from chest to knees. Hold for a deep inhale, then exhale and slowly roll back down.
MAKE IT HARDER
MAKE IT EASIER
Flatten your belly, slim your thighs, and firm your butt in 2 weeks–without a single sit-up or squat Read more: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/no-squats-belly-butt-thighs-workout#ixzz1yfoDG8My