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My Favorite Workout Buddy

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Thursday, April 26, 2012


If you’ve followed any of my v/blogs, you already know my favorite workout buddy is my daughter, Audrey. We are each other’s biggest fan. This morning, when I hit the elliptical, I glanced over at my stack of blank post-it notes and saw this--


Looks like she’s made some post-its for the next couple of days. She’s part of why my streak keeps going.

Audrey is largely responsible for turning me on to hooping too. A couple of years ago, we stumbled onto a YouTube video. It was, “Why You Should Buy Your Girlfriend a Real Hula Hoop” or something like that. I dunno. Anyway, it was the first time we ever saw someone hoopdancing and we thought it was the coolest thing. I secretly wondered if I could ever do something like that. Me. A short, round, middle-aged chick, whose concept of grace is religious and not at all related to poise. Then, I stumbled onto a hooping book with a short DVD at, of all places, the grocery store. Shortly afterwards, hubs ordered my first hoop (heavy, Sweet Nellie-she who hoops around the block) and I started. But I didn’t get very far, strictly waist hooping. I couldn’t come close to doing any of the tricks on the DVD. I had no idea my hoop was too heavy.

Audrey, on the other hand, was still hooping with a kids’ size hoop and she picked up the tricks right away. She tried so hard to help me learn. She kept encouraging me and showing me. Finally, I told her that this was going to have to be her thing and not mine, but that I loved how she was awesome at it. We worked up a routine for her 4th Grade Talent Show (she’s in the 6th grade now). She was going to hoop. We knew what people would expect--oh great, another hula hooper. There’s always a kid who hoops in the talent show, usually waist hooping, sometimes neck or kneeling, sometimes with two. But we’d never seen anybody do this kind of hooping. We planned on her dropping her hoop at the beginning, to make it look like she wasn’t going to do so well. Then, she was going to launch into this fierce hooping and surprise everyone. I wish you could’ve been there. It worked just as we planned. You could hear the collective sigh in the room, as she came onstage and again as she dropped her hoop. Then, there was a gasp and people seemed to wake up and sit up straighter, as she hooped like a maniac. A dad next to me was saying, “Oh my gosh, she’s good!” He didn’t know I was her mom. It was the coolest thing ever.

After that night, Audrey kept encouraging me to keep trying, saying how much fun it would be to do this together. Finally, I ordered a lighter hoop, practiced and practiced and-- sha-BAM--became a hooper. Not a graceful, poised, elegant hooper, like the ones in the videos. But that’s okay. That was never my real intention. I wanted to do it because it looked like fun, it might help me lose weight and it was something I could do with my daughter. She’s 13 now and going to Junior High next year. I don’t know how much longer she’ll want to be in these crazy vlogs. She tells me, “Forever” and I hope that’s true, but, well--you know. I’m just exceptionally grateful for every crazy hoop memory we’ve made. Working out can be fun, especially if you share it with someone special.

And check it out-- I dug around and found some shaky video I took with my cellphone at the talent show that night. That’s my daughter!!!!!
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YOYOSMA1 12/1/2012 8:57PM

    Loved it! Thanks for sharing.

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 12/1/2012 5:31PM

    That was emoticon !!! Thanks for sharing!!! Now I really want to get a hoop that works well for me so that I could try hooping again!

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RAINBOWMF 12/1/2012 1:06AM

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Love it
You two have come a long way -- awesome.

Oh and you both look great too.

Mary

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LOLAJO54 11/30/2012 4:32PM

    oh my she was so awesome

YOU Two have come a long way baby!!

Powerful

thanks for sharing

Sparks needs to add a hoop icon .



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AMMEE79 5/10/2012 1:30PM

    She is great.... must take after her mom! :)

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BBORDEN86 5/4/2012 6:39PM

    Awesome video!!! : )

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SERASARA 5/2/2012 10:53PM

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LEAN-N-LEXY 5/2/2012 10:48AM

    I had no idea a heavy hoop could be the reason I can't waist hoop. I've been trying now and then to hoop with a large-ish kids hoop that someone left behind at our apartment and just haven't been able to. (I'm relatively small for a fat chick... eg, still hour glass shaped even though I have a gut; I tend to carry my weight all over.) Where does one go for hooping info?

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DOODIE59 5/1/2012 6:42PM

    That was great:) Thanks for sharing your inspiration -- and think of it -- you're going to know her for a very long time;) That's wonderful.
Deirdre

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/1/2012 5:21PM

    emoticon . emoticon . emoticon . emoticon . emoticon . emoticon

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LEXIE63 5/1/2012 5:09PM

    Awesome! I love the video! :-)

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CALLIKIA 5/1/2012 3:53PM

    Awww! I love it!

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QSULLIVAN 5/1/2012 12:06PM

    emoticon as ever!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 5/1/2012 10:41AM

    That's awesome!! It's great you can do this together!

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DIET-DELIGHT 5/1/2012 2:35AM

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LYANNA75 4/30/2012 9:21PM

    That is some amazing talent!!!! Wow!

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EEEEELIZABETH 4/30/2012 8:05PM

    awesome! just awesome ...

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JEANNINEMM68 4/30/2012 7:56PM

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YIWEN39 4/30/2012 7:28PM

    Shelli, that was just AWESOME!!!! Tell Audrey she is a super star, a mini wonder woman just like you, and that vlog just made my day :-)
And I love the post-it too, it really is super cool that you're in this together!
Love this love this love this :-)
Big big hugs to you and Audrey ;-)
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SANDYLH1 4/30/2012 6:50PM

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EMILYROSEBUD 4/30/2012 5:16PM

    What a GREAT blog! There's nothing better than a mom and her girl. My mom is also my biggest fan. Something that no matter how old you get, you never forget. Thank you for sharing this, I needed a good cry today!
PS: you are a GREAT hooper!

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LIZ--- 4/30/2012 10:51AM

    Me too, lucky us!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/30/2012 12:01AM

    Yes - fantastic!Sha knows how to make it a show!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/29/2012 9:39PM

    Awesome!

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MARGARITTM 4/29/2012 8:38PM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/29/2012 7:47PM

    great post....

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CHAMILTON50 4/29/2012 6:27PM

    It is soooo great to have your daughter as your work out buddy.....My daughter & I have been doing zumba on Monday nights since Jan.......it's been sooooo much fun. emoticon

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WELSTEACH 4/29/2012 4:40PM

    Shelling, it is fantastic you have a live spark at home.

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LINDAKAY228 4/29/2012 12:30PM

    I loved the video! You are so lucky to have such a great supporter and trainer who does this with you. Not all 13 year old girls are still getting along with their moms this way and you are both awesome!

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LEIAMLOW 4/29/2012 11:49AM

    That was so awesome!!! I am so glad she encouraged you to keep hooping. You have encouraged so many others to try hooping and keep at it. The two of you are an inspiration super power! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 4/29/2012 11:03AM

    That's pretty awesome!

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AVANDREA_ 4/29/2012 10:46AM

    She looked awesome then, I bet she's amazing at it now.

I have been wondering if I can hoop, will have to talk to my doctor to see if that would be too much stress on my abdomen. I hope the answer is yes because it looks like a lot of fun, and I think might not stress out my bad knees too much if I take it a bit at a time.

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AFLOYD6 4/29/2012 2:27AM

    very cool! emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 4/29/2012 2:23AM

    She sure is awesome,you must be a proud Mom,she can Hoop,that girl can Hoop it up! That was very entertaining,I , like the music from the talent show. emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 4/28/2012 9:38PM

    So so cool...Hoop on and Spark on!

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JMARMIANI 4/28/2012 8:37PM

    You two are wonderful encouragement for each other ~ that is such a special thing to share! Continue to enjoy having fun with the hooping - your daughter is terrific at it!! emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 4/28/2012 7:41PM

    She was amazing. When are you going to update to show us her hooping now?

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NOW2DAY 4/28/2012 6:38PM

    Proud Mama and Daughter. Amazing.

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GOODLUCKCHARLIE 4/28/2012 3:51PM

    Your daughter is amazing!!! I was amazed!!! =) You are lucky to have her for a workout buddy! My daughter is my workout buddy and she makes this a whole lot more fun!! emoticon emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 4/28/2012 3:46PM

    Has she read this blog? If not, she should you are bursting with pride and joy!! You two are really lucky to have each other! Keep hooping with your girl!! emoticon

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GIGIDISAPPEARED 4/28/2012 12:38PM

    You both are such an inspiration. Thank you for posting this. It reminds me just how much I loved watching my girls grow up. They're 20 & 17 now...so they don't have as much time for Mom...but It good to remember all the good times we've had & to look forward to the good times still to come.

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MAMADWARF 4/28/2012 12:27PM

    My girls are 21 and 26 now. Thank you for reminding me how sweet they are at that age. What a special relationship you two have. That will carry you through rough times, teenager things, her moving away someday and even if she returns! Good for you. You have made a huge impression on your daughter. I applaud the both of you!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/28/2012 11:46AM

    That was great!!! I'm so glad she inspired to get into it, too!! My DD did a self taught and made up dance routine in a 2nd grade talent show and everyone wanted to know what studio she studied with! HA! None! My DGD is taking ballet and will soon have her 3rd recital!!! WooHoo!! I think she may grow into doing something with that! (One can only hope!
Keep hooping Audrey!!! (and you, too!) emoticon

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NAVYMOM133 4/28/2012 10:40AM

    This was such a wonderful treat!! Good luck at today's last skate lesson!

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BLOOMING52 4/28/2012 10:00AM

    Great

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NEWTINK 4/28/2012 8:31AM

    she was very good... you are lucky to have such a wonderful daughter ... emoticon emoticon

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TINARETTER 4/27/2012 11:24PM

    Look at her go. That was so awesome!!!! What a great story of Audrey motivating you. You two rock.

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JIBBIE49 4/27/2012 10:20PM

    What an honor to have your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You are a STAR. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 4/27/2012 10:16PM

    How AWE~some indeed! Way to go, Audrey, for being such a FAB~ulous hooper! And for inspiring your sweet Mom! Way to go! Y'all make a DYNA~mic pair! Keep on hoopin' sweeties~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/27/2012 9:27PM

    Both you and Audrey have been a great inspiration to many. We look forward to your blogs and vlogs. Keep them coming!

HUGS
Pam

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