Friday, April 13, 2012
This is a test of the lame-o broadcasting system. I really get nervous anytime there is a camera on, so I apologize in advance for the uncomfortable-ness of this little episode. I am testing out my webcam with the Idea that I will do a little hoop dance video, but after watching this myself, I don't know if I will have the courage to post said video. We shall see.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
First I just want to say: I LOVE MY HOOP! Seriously! I decided I couldn't wait for my bruise to heal to start hooping again, so I hooped yesterday for 50 minutes! The photo I will show you of my new bruise my make you shudder. I think its pretty bada$$!
Anyway, here is how my weekly workout has gone so far:
Monday: Jillian's 30 day shred, Level 1.
Tuesday: Hoop for 50 minutes to Alternative Endurance station on Pandora. I seriously had to tell myself to stop, force myself to put the hoop away, and stop myself from going back to it later.
Wednesday: Jillian's 30 day shred, Level 2. So here's the thing about level two. . . HOLY CRAP! Where is level 1.5? I was dying on the floor! For 15 minutes after the workout was over, sweat was still dripping off my face! After I showered I had a hard time reaching my arm up to the medicine cabinet to get my toothbrush! I am pretty sure I won't be able to lift my arms tomorrow. LOL! But it was fun!
I think I have found a good mix of things to keep me motivated and working out. I am actually pretty proud of myself for working out so hard 3 days in a row. I am considering hooping some more this afternoon as well. :D
Today is technically supposed to be measurement day, but I am going to skip it for three reasons. 1) The Crimson Tide is playing...I'll let you figure that one out. 2) Hooping has caused some swelling in my abdomen 3) Easter candy is worse than Halloween candy in this house and because of #1 I can't seem to say no to chocolate.
So without further ado, here is my gnarly bruise! Hope you aren't eating. tee hee hee
Sunday, April 08, 2012
So, i have these lovely bruises all over my abdomen from my lovely new hoop. I am told that this is very common for new hooping enthusiasts, so I am not too worried about it. The big bummer is that it hurts so bad I can't hoop again until the bruises are gone. The last time I hooped was Wednesday and the bruises are already beginning to lighten so hopefully I can pick it up again soon. I was having so much fun hooping to music last week that I did it for 35 minutes straight! Then picked it up again later in the day and did it for 15 more minutes! Hence the bruising. :/
Wednesday night we drove out to Coronado to stay at the Navy Lodge with some friends and do the San Diego tourist thing. We got a lovely room right on the beach! It was a little cold, but so beautiful. I never thought I would love California as much as I do! We spent Thursday at SeaWorld. The absolute highlight of my day, nay week, possibly even year was that I got to pet a Dolphin! They have this really cool tank where the dolphins come right up to the edge. The trainers encourage as much interaction as possible. It took about 20 minutes to get the Dolphins to get comfortable with us. There was one in particular that was so gentle. He came right over to us and rolled onto his back so we could rub his belly. It was such an awesome experience. I have loved dolphins ever since I was a little girl, so it was kind of a dream come true. You should have seen me, lol. My husband was able to get in there and play with them as well, but my daughter wasn't having it. She liked watching them, but when they came up to the edge of the tank, she was DONE!
Anyway, it was a lovely mini vacation. We finished off our trip with a visit to the San Diego Maritime Museum. That was my husbands favorite part of the trip. :) All that walking we did was good exercise, so I don't feel too bad about not getting in any actual workouts since Wednesday. And of course, today being a holiday, I doubt I will get any exercise today. We are headed out later to do an egg hunt with the kiddos and eat yummy food. I will try to restrain myself.
I hope you are all having a wonderful time celebrating this day in your own personal way. Blessings!
BTW, here is a very personal and embarrassing photo of my hooping bruise which I somehow only feel comfortable sharing with my fellow Sparkers.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hula Hoop has arrived! Months ago I added Hula Hooping to my list of Want to do this/Rewards. Last week, I went ahead and ordered a real hoop (as opposed to the toy kind you get at Walmart) from a seller on Etsy. Yesterday, the Mailman knocked on my door and handed it over with a perplexed look on his face (it was simply wrapped in bubble wrap, so you could tell what it was). I had been trying to hoop with a whamo toy hoop for weeks with no luck at all, so it was a bit of a gamble to fork out $30.00 for another hoop, but let me tell you what a huge difference the right equipment makes!
If you've ever wondered about hooping, there is a SparkTeam of Hooping enthusiasts and you really should check out MOSTMOM1's blog! She is a Hooper and a seriously funny and inspirational blogger! She is the reason I decided to get a hoop!
But I'm gettin off track. Anyway: Hoop arrives and immediately I can get that thing going! WOO HOO! I keep it going for 10 minutes straight and only lost it because my baby girl wanted to join in, so I had to grab it before it knocked her in the head! I added 10 minutes of Hooping to my Fitness Tracker and was pleasantly surprised to see it burned 72 calories. Not a ton, but if I keep it up for 30 minutes a day I will almost get my 300 calorie a day burn! AND ITS FUN!!!! Can I get A WOO HOO!!! Plus I am still doing Jillian's 30 day shred about 3 times a week, so hooping is all bonus!
If you've been considering it I highly recommend purchasing a quality hoop. Size, weight and grip tape make all the difference in the world. There are several great hoop makers on Etsy. I bought mine from HoopMamas. Happy Hooping Sparkers!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So, I am sorry to say that I think I may be retiring the Coach Nicole 28 day Bootcamp DVD. I gave it the old college try, but I am just not enjoying it. When I was in high school (a million years ago) I was on the dance team. I've also done Belly Dancing over the years, so I consider myself to be fairly coordinated and capable when it comes to dance moves....so why can I not seem to get the damn grapevine-to-mambo move Coach Nicole seems to love so much? I do not know. My ineptitude aside, I just don't feel like I am getting anything out of my 20+minutes doing this routine. :(
However, I am really enjoying the Jillian Michaels stuff. I know, I know, you've heard this already. But I just thought I would let you all know that I am still conducting my research. :) Jillian has a game for the x-box Kinect that looks pretty entertaining. I would like to give it a try, but I am not sure I can get my daughter to allow me the space and time to use it. We have a Kinect, but I have given up trying to use it when she wants to play as well. It's just not calibrated to understand what's going on when she comes running in and out of the Kinect's field of vision. It's okay though. I think instead I will just get a couple more Jillian DVD's down the road as rewards.
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with my blog. I hope some of you find this information useful. I will continue to post information about my experience and results. :)
Oh, and as for my competition with my friend to lose the most weight in a week: we both gained weight...lol. 2 pounds for me and 3 for her. So we are going to go at it again next week. my hubby has a 4 day weekend so we will be off on another great Southern California Adventure! Which is sure to include a sub-par diet :/ I'll do my best. Have a wonderful week everyone!
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