I've been doing amazingly well at this challenge so far! I'm keeping a little journal of my progress and the amount of time that I'm spending hooping. Here's what I've got for the first week:
Day 1, Saturday 1/8/11
Hooped with Megan and Lazer Friday night into Saturday morning, focusing mostly on isolation's and vertical waist hooping, for 2 1/2 hours. Did sporadic hooping Saturday afternoon adding up to 35 minutes.
Day 2, Sunday 1/9/11
So very sore from the Friday night/Saturday morning session that I had to again break it down into 5 minute intervals. Just barely made it to 30 minutes!
Day 3, Monday 1/10/11
Hooped 40 minutes solid, mixing it up. Tried the one leg hooping... definitely need to practice that a lot more! Got me a little scrape on the leg from it :) Jami played Telepath's 30 Minute Mix for me. I think it may be the best song to do a 30 minute hoop jam to!
Day 4, Tuesday 1/11/11
Focused solely on my arms for a solid 30 minutes. Getting better at isolations! My muscles are starting to handle the cat eye, but it's going to take a hell of a lot of practice to get good at them.
Day 5, Wednesday 1/12/11
Hooped for about 40 minutes, only waist hooping the "wrong way" (meaning the hoop is going counter-clockwise instead of my natural clockwise. I am the only hooper that I personally know who spins it this direction!) I remember now how hard it was to keep the hoop up and going in the beginning!! I think I'm going to have a shiny new bruise on the ole hip bone.
Day 6, Thursday 1/13/11
Free styled for somewhere around 1 hour and 45 minutes!! It's definitely getting easier to hoop for such a long time, but I am taking short 1-2 minute breaks when I need liquids or the potty :) Left hip does have a nice bruise from yesterday. I feel like a newbie again! LOL!
Day 7, Friday 1/14/11
*I waited too long to write this day down and now I don't remember exactly what all I did!*
Hooped for 30 minutes. Did a lot of hip hooping the "wrong way" and free styled.
Total: 460 minutes baby! Of course that does included the 2 1/2 hours from late Friday into the wee hours of Saturday :-P but I'm counting those too dad gum it!
About three months ago I weighed in at 132 lbs. With only sporadic hooping, I went down to 120 before starting this challenge. Keep in mind that I just barely hit the 5' mark so I'm not scrawny by any means! I haven't weighed myself since (I don't own a scale ;-) ), nor have I measured any inches, but I can definitely tell that my body is already toning up and, really, that's all that matters!
I did keep up with this challenge all the way up to the 3rd week of it! After that third week rolled around, though, life kicked in with a glorious bang! Our afternoons and weekends were filled with preperations for an event we were hosting in one of our back fields on February 12th, Love Fest! I had no idea how much work goes into something like that. We ended up with two DJ's, two acoustic sets, and 5 bands playing!! So, although I wasn't able to get in a full 30 minutes of hooping everyday, my hoop didn't got without at least getting picked up for 5 or so minutes for a little stress relief :) I did learn that 30 minutes of hooping every day is not quite as feasable as I had thought it would be and to not beat myself up when I go for a few days without even looking at a hoop! It was fun and I will probably try it again when Winter rolls around, but I need to take it one day at a time first!