I think I'm on week 2 of taking up Hooping and let me just say, Its awesome! I am having so much fun doing it, I just find my self laughing the whole time, and just shaking my hips back and forth with a huge grin on my face. I feel like a kid again, but one who is going to have amazing toned tummy and a pretty awesome hobby too. Usually when I take up something or trying something that could potentially be shown in front of others, the thought of 'performing' with an audience terrifies me. I went to acting class when I was younger and I loved it, until opening night came and then I froze and I hated it. I love to draw and create things, but if anyone asks to see them, its a big fat NO (probably one of the reasons I did so crap in my degree). I don't care what people think about me or what I do, but that doesn't mean I want people to tell me their opinions. But this feels different, I cant wait to get to a level where I will feel comfortable enough to go the park and just Hoop, or out with friends.
I ordered a new hoop of eBay from Jessica Penny Hoops. I did a bit of research before I chose her, she was from the UK, so that meant cheap postage, she did custom hoops, where she took your measurements and what colours you like ect, and she also had some cool videos on youtube, so I knew she knew what she was talking about. She was really lovely girl, and I feel confident that she's gonna make me a great hoop! Im super excited to get it some time next week. The hoop I have is really really not right, so I cant really progress much more than I have. I am able to keep in up more than 3 spins round the body though, so thats something! I think my record so far, is nine, which sounds pathetic, but I have only been at it 2 weeks and the hoop isn't right. (I hope thats it anyway and I don't just completely suck at it!?) So at the moment I'm just sort of trying to get better at keeping it up, and also doing some exercise moves too, to get my strength up and tone up a bit. I did about 40 mins session today, and I sweated more and I felt it more than I do when I do a session at the gym. I've decided to actually quit the gym. I need to save for NZ but I've decided to have only hooping (and maybe some running) as my main exercise. I think I might have put a little bit of pressure on myself, but I feel confident that I'm going to stick at it. My goal is to fit into my bridesmaid dress in December with out getting it altered. I only need to loose maybe an inch of my waist, but I'd like to go past that and really try as hard as I can to get fit with hooping.
I'm gonna try and do little videos of my progress, mostly for my own use, but also to show you guys exactly what its like to start from the beginning. One of the things that I always find not helpful on tutorial videos, or workshops, is you never get a sense of how long it took them to get to that point. I always feel really frustrated that they're usually just like "just do this, its so easy, here let me show you how to do this really simple manoeuvre with my 10 years experience that makes it look super easy, and makes you feel like an idiot for not being able to do it even though you literally only just started like 2 hours ago". You don't see the 5 months practise before they mastered it and how they started from the very beginning. So I'm gonna change it! This is my first week at hooping, its awful, I cant keep the hoop up, I'm so uncoordinated and you can tell that I don't feel quite right doing it, I look chubby and I didn't realise my chins were that large...BUT its the beginning, and this is how I'm going to notice the change. (also this was taken a few days ago, todays session something just clicked and I can keep it up longer. But I thought it was important to post this anyway!) So here it is...
I've got the week off this week (woo hoo!) so I'm gonna do absolutely nothing. Except hoop. All the time. Everyday, and hopefully my new hoop will get here soon!! What are you guys doing this week? Are any of you going back to school?