I did some gymnastics when I was a kid and loved it but the only coach in our neighborhood moved away which ended that fun and my very unrealistic Olympic dreams.
My daughter was in gymnastics when she was young. She was born with dislocated hips and spent a lot of time in body casts which led to great upper body strength. She was the first on her team to be able to do a kip onto the uneven bars. She did vault, beam and floor too. She wanted to quit after her first year of competition because it just wasn't fun anymore. She was wise at 8 years old. Some of those girls (who were older but only at her level) and their Mom's were mean and overly competitive which took the fun out of it. We had a trampoline in the back yard for many years which all the kids loved. She still does back bends etc around the house and she's 25.
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I used to do tumbling and was very good at this one stunt where you ran down a ramp, jumped onto a tiny trampoline then landed in a tumble (head first) and somersaulted across it to your feet off the other side. i was real good at that, then I was pretty good on the full-sized trampoline, but I was best on the rings. I could do the birds nest better and tighter than anyone else. Alas, my back and hips are ruined because there was no good training and I was allowed to fold myself too tight. My stomach muscles were stretched way too far and now I have trouble with those, too.
Anyway - back to real life - I lost 5 pounds this week and I am so happy at myself. I decided to stop using artificial sweeteners as Splenda was reported to stop people from losing weight and I have been stuck here, no matter what I did, for 2 years. Well, now I've lost 5 pounds and that proves to me that that statement (in writing) was true. So now I can get back to my weight loss and really be proud of myself.
I just have to watch the amount of sugar I use and then also pay attention to what I am eating. My biggest challenge right now is to learn how to eat somethings without having them sweetened. Also, I pretty much stopped drinking all my favorite drinks that were made by Splenda, too. That means I am drinking a lot more plane water and liking it (even if I don't) but the water drinking is also helping me a good deal.
We went swimming again this morning and I did my usual 2 miles of water jogging, That will help also. I am very "high" right now and very happy as I'm back on the trail again instead of watching everyone else pass me by.
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I never took a gymnastics class - we did a little bit in elementary PE classes, but I was never comfortable doing any of it (I didn't even do cartwheels as a kid, my fanciest move was a backwards tumble!)
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We had some of this in elementary school in PE. I could do the spilts and a pretty decent forward roll my cartwheels both kinds were passable. We didnt have a high bar or balance beam so we didt get to do that.
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I was in gymnastic class for about 6 weeks when I was young...we did the basic stuff on the mat...my favorite was a round-off (the cartwheel with your legs together at the end)
Then in elementary school we had it in gym class....I was fat and horrible at everything..I remember all the skinny girls in their bodysuits and I was so ashamed to wear mine...but I muddled through it. I think it was 5th grade...and we had given our parents a show one night and my routine was on the uneven bars. I was never able to do the first stunt of kicking my leg up and flipping around the first bar...(I used to have to use my arms and push up)...then all of a sudden practice day, I was able to get it...OMG...I will never forget the feeling the proudness...and all the "skinny" girls cheering me on! I had given a great routine that night.
I also did the balance beam, nothing too crazy on that other than the roundoff at the end.
I think I also used the "horse"...I am having a hard time remembering the names of some of this stuff...but I think you guys kinda get the picture.. lol
It was memorable for me. It was the first time in my childhood, that I felt accepted by my peers and not some lone "fat child" in the corner.
Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Try not to compare yourself to others...this is about YOU...and YOU are worth it!! :))
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