Thursday, December 27, 2012

{guest blogger} hoop!

Hi there! I'm Heather, a guest blogger for Mandi while she's taking a technology break for the holidays. Hope you guys enjoy!

First of all, I hate to workout. The thought of having to go to a gym and run on a treadmill makes me want to eat a pizza, I have no idea why. But I found something else, totally by chance, and it's ACTUALLY fun. You want proof that it's fun? It started as a kid's toy.

Before I turned 30, I made a list of things I wanted to do before that big birthday. Things like learn sign language, say the alphabet backwards, go to a hot spring. Honestly, I didn't accomplish most of them. But one I was dedicated to was to relearn how to hula hoop. I spent many hot summer evenings in the front yard as a kid, spinning that hoop around my waist for what seemed like hours. So I went to Target and got a hoop, behind excited to get home and try it again. Well, what happened was nothing. It wouldn't stay up! I was heartbroken. No, literally, I was more sad about that than the year my best friend forget my birthday. So I turned to Google and found out that I needed a larger hoop, since I am no longer the size of a 9 year old. Then I found out there was this whole culture centered around adults hooping, and that you could learn to dance with the hoop. That was it, I fell in love. I ordered a hoop of the right size, started learning tricks, and started forcing everyone from my husband to my mom to hoop with me. I lost 15 pounds in the first 3 months! And I have no previous dance experience. It was time to pass it on.

By my 30th birthday, I was a Hoopnotica Hoop Dance instructor! What started as fun turned into my career, and life's joy. You don't even realize you're working out, because you're just playing around like you did as a kid. That's the beauty of it. 

So are you interested? Awesome! Google “hula hooping, (your town)” to find a class, or Google “Hoopnotica” to get a DVD and a hoop of your own! You can even make them yourself with tools from your local home repair store. Bottom line is this, a new year is coming, don't make insane goals for yourself. Just make a resolution to move more and get happier. It's impossible to frown in the hoop. :)


Heather Says lives in the Houston 'burbs and is a hula hoop dance instructor, blogger, crafter, and listener of 80's pop music. You can find her at and


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