I have had a revelation recently. Time for me to confess. It’s been LITERALLY weighing me down. I finally said “ENOUGH!” Time for me to REALLY figure out what it takes to feel better at 55…
WHAT?! Wait a minute! Didn’t I already know that? I mean, I hoop and I preach that to everyone, right?
Well, life gets in the way and boy, did I let it build a big wall in front of me! First, let me assure you that I know exactly how I got to this point…
When my husband got laid off from a 15 year career in May of 2014, that’s when I began to devote more time to just hanging out with him and enjoying life. It was easy to do, he was always around and we didn’t want to sit there and be sad while he was seeking employment. We went out to movies and out to eat. No fancy trips or big expenses, but lots of extra food in our local activities. All this fun time with him left little time for my own personal exercise time, and by that, I mean, no time hooping or even walking.
Now shortly after he lost his job, we decided to relocate The HoopShack, as you well know, so that took time and energy. I felt like I was spending time with hoops, but I really wasn’t hooping! It was a stressful few months, and what feels better than to just go out to eat and relax after a day of working and moving stuff from point A to point B. I think you know what I mean. Even pizza brought in became the norm for dinner. Anything easy and quick was the answer.
As 2014 winded to a close, he still had no job and my clothes were tighter. I stayed away from a scale as much as possible, but I knew…I had gained a few pounds. I needed bigger bras, even. Yep, let me go there a second. That’s where some of my fat goes…up top, in addition to my waist, hips, bottom and thighs! Oh, this was not what I wanted. If anyone out there knows the pain of spending good money on expensive support bras, only to find out now you are needing to buy more because you are outgrowing the new ones you bought 3 months ago, then you understand! Never mind that my shoulders and upper back were hurting from the extra weight on my chest.
Sure, I was hooping at training sessions with clients, maybe hooping a few minutes here and there on my own…but NOT doing a personal, daily practice, one like I tell everyone they should be doing. NOT at ALL! I was a hooper hypocrite. I’m admitting it right now!
Finally, when my husband landed a job, it was cause for celebration, so we did travel. A lovely trip the the Bahamas added another couple of pounds to my small frame. At this point I was at 135 pounds. This was in February 2015. I was back to where I started when I first picked up a hoop in 2007.
Maybe I would have made some progress towards changing my ways shortly after my husband returned to his new job, but the week after he started, a car hit the brick wall along the north side of my home, sending bricks and glass into 3 rooms of the house! Luckily, no one was hurt, but dealing with all those repairs, from insurance paperwork to contractor scheduling, has added more stress to life, just when I thought things might get back to some normalcy. It certainly made me forget about being healthy the last several months. I gained a couple of extra pounds since then and recently, I just had to stop the madness. I’m refuse to grow out of my perfectly good clothes! No!
Since earlier this year I have known what I needed to do, but avoided it like the plague. I was just TOO tired! I kept telling myself a little story, a NEW story. A story that I never had never told myself before. I think I was trying to justify my extra pounds. I was saying things like, “I’m NOT 47, not as young as when I first started hooping. It’s not going to work the same now that I’m 55…I’ll never get down to 120, so I shouldn’t try.” Truthfully, I really don’t NEED to get to that weight at all. I just want to have more energy and have my clothes fit a bit loose again. I love me some elastic waist pants, a good pair of stretchy palazzo pants I adore, even yoga pants, but sometimes, a good pair of jeans zipping up easily is what a girl wants. No struggle. No reminder of the extra 8 pounds that make them SO tight. Just slip on, zip up and go, you know??!
Well, about 3 weeks ago I made the commitment. I got off the scale one morning, looked in the mirror and said “NO MORE EXTRA WEIGHT!” I decided to make myself a project, a living science experiment. I wrote down a realistic goal to lose those 8 pounds and listed some things I needed to do to accomplish this goal:
- Move EVERYDAY 60 minutes total (breaking it up into 3 -4 sessions HOOPING &/or walking)*
- Commit to getting 10K steps
- Use my heart monitor & activity tracker for accountability & motivation
- Start cooking more, stop eating out as much
- Eat more during the day, less at night
- Quit eating food COMPLETELY after 8p (or 9p at the LATEST)
- Burn more calories moving than those I consume eating (to jump-start loosing a few pounds)
- Really cut back on/eliminate processed sugar, wheat, carbs and crap
- Eat more protein and colorful veggies/fruit (limit on citrus, because of the higher sugar)
- Stop drinking diet sodas
- Drink more water, about the same number of ounces as the pounds I weigh
If I do these things, then it will happen. That was my thought, but would my hypothesis be correct?
Today, I’m happy to report that I’ve dropped a few pounds, and my waist/belly is not pooching now. My ankles are not swelling or in pain. I have less aches and pain all over. I feel MUCH better and most importantly, not sluggish! I feel younger again, too.
Wow…not rocket science…jus’sayin…I had to just DECIDE and COMMIT. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I had read books, watched shows, poured over internet articles and listened to news reports. I even had hoops at my disposal anytime. Actually using them, plus applying all the suggestions and tips I knew was the hard part. Now that I better understand what works for me, I can take a more conscious role in my health.
My activity of choice, hooping, of course and some walking, is so easy to do, y’all! You need only look at any of my videos to see what I do and how I do it. Not a lot of fancy tricks, just basic skills and moving around, dancing here and there. Thanks to the heart monitor, I’m learning what level of hooping is in my “fat burn zone.” I knew it, but just haven’t been doing it. I’m finally back on track…both in activity and diet…my goal is to keep this up so winter doesn’t affect me as bad as in the past few years…starting early to create better habits NOW going into the seasonal changes ahead.
So, I strap on my iPod and headphones and GO…see?
Of course, this takes time out of my day. So, I had to make the time. All this was possible by organizing my day better, wisely scheduling my business tasks/writing/phone calls/computer work/Facebook/other social media time and cutting back on TV. Unplugging from technology and plugging into, well…ME! Getting my butt moving inside AND outside, too.
After almost 3 weeks, I see progress. I’m under my 131 plateau on the scale after months of no success…today, I’m at 128 pounds, I’m just 3 pounds away from my goal. I already notice a difference in the way my clothes fit. If I can even simply maintain this, I will very pleased!
With winter coming, I needed to get into this habit and mindset. I think, most of all, THIS was a motivating huge factor. I’ll be 56 this winter, too…every year it’s going to take more effort to keep up with this, I know. If I create good habits, it won’t feel like such a stretch as I age. That’s the point. That’s the key. Putting them off year after year was not going to make it any easier when I reach 60, or older, so I needed to get started.
THIS is what it takes for me to feel better and have more energy at this stage in my life. I made the choice that I wanted it that badly. I’m fitting it in, even if some of it is before bed or first thing when I wake up (which, by the way, is a great metabolism booster for me, I am finding, so I will keep those hoop sessions up, morning & evening, plus some mid-day hooping) I get up happier and sleep better, so if that magic pill works, I’m going to keep popping it!
OK, that felt good to put it all out there…I’m accountable only to myself…and writing this out helps me process my progress.
If you want to process and have progress, let me know and we can work together on it! You now know I have all sorts of ideas! I’m even running a special this month for my email subscribers, some savings to help you get started! Check you inbox soon!
It’s NEVER too late to start, y’all. REMEMBER, the hoop meets YOU where you are and it is always waiting for you…and each day is a new day to start fresh!