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If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

It’s been awhile.

Hello! Before we dive in, I would like to share some words of wisdom from my hula hoop instructor, Bee Varga. If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning! It has been almost 2 months since our last long heart-to-heart and a lot has changed (for the better.) During these last 6 months, it felt like the stability in our lives was unraveling. The worst part is that a lot of the mishaps were mostly beyond our control. In this post, I would like to tell you about how this stressful stretch of time affected my hula hooping and also the way that I applied the law of attraction.

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

Body Goals update:

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

We all know the old cliché: “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.” I definitely had some plans for this new year and then life happened. The good news is that I was able to stay the course. At the beginning of this year in my “Body Goals post”; I had set an intention to base my body goals on the skills and abilities that I want to acquire. Additionally, I broke up with my scale and promised myself that I wouldn’t weigh or measure my body. I have to admit that our scale broke so I wouldn’t even be able to weigh myself with that scale if I wanted to, but that was probably just the universe working it’s magic 🤣🤣.

I celebrated my 1 year hoopiversary!

Speaking of magic… My hula hooping practice has been a magical force in my life. I just celebrated my 1 year Hoopiversary in February and I’m so thankful for the many ways that hula hooping has helped me to grow as a fitter, happier, and more confident person. Visit the link below to study with my amazing hula hoop teacher, Bee Varga.

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/

How long and how often should I hula hoop?

When I first started hula hooping last February, it was unheard of for me to record myself doing anything. I am camera shy and shy in general so it’s out of character for me to film myself. Reaching out to Bee Varga on social media to thank her for being an amazing teacher was nerve wracking. To my surprise, she responded and encouraged me to record myself because it would be fun to celebrate the progress through my journey. Thank goodness I stepped out of my box, reached out to her, and took her advice!

Last June, I set an intention to hula hoop daily and share a recording of my session in the Facebook group. I followed through with this goal and continued to hoop daily until the month of November. At that point, I was doing Bee’s Showgirl 2 Course and I desperately needed rest days to recover from her strenuous workouts. The key is to listen to your body. It really does know what’s best.

Get Fit Fast While Having Fun:

The Law of Attraction

The philosophy behind the Law of Attraction is that positive thoughts will attract a positive outcome and negative thoughts will produce a negative outcome. Recently, I decided to start learning about the Law of Attraction and how to apply it to my life. It feels as if I have only scratched the surface in my learning, but have had the opportunity to experience both positive and negative affects of the law of attraction. I am looking forward to learning more!

Learning to flex my manifestation muscles

November was a powerful month for me manifestation-wise. I was deeply focused on applying the Law of Attraction and manifesting good things in my life and the universe gave me lots of exciting gifts. I took them as signs that my application of the Law of Attraction was working. The 1st obvious gift from the universe was that my hula hoop friend joined me in doing the Showgirl 2 course. My teacher Bee, suggested that I do SG2 and in my mind I thought it was way before I was ready because I couldn’t even spin 2 hoops simply around my waist at that time. She also recommended that I do the course with my friend and together we bonded and had a wonderful time doing it!

Another manifestation gift

That same week, my hooping teacher also recommended that I start playing around with different outfits and poses to build my confidence. She suggested that I do a fun hula hooping photo shoot (I still need to do this.) I started fantasizing about how cool it would be to have my massage therapist take a picture of my back the next time I got a massage (wasn’t sure when that would be.) I also wanted to find someone who does cupping. To me, just asking the massage therapist to take 1 picture of me would have been a big deal because I am so self conscious and don’t want to seem full of myself.

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

That same day, an email showed up in my inbox from a massage therapist who was working at an upscale waterfront spa. She said that she was looking for models who wouldn’t mind taking pictures and videos during spa treatments and in exchange she would give 50% off all treatments. I almost didn’t even open the email, but I’m so glad I did because I got pampered from head to toe and also got to enjoy my 1st modeling gig. She also added in a massage, complete with cupping! I got everything that I was hoping for and more! Being open to receiving made all the difference in the world!

Applying the Law of Attraction during stressful times

For the last 6 months, I couldn’t stop stressing and worrying and almost all of my worries and fears came true. I guess this is proof that those negative thoughts will produce a negative outcome.

I allowed the stress to depress me and that created lots of resistance, making it nearly impossible for me to be creative and receive gifts and blessings. I’m learning that an essential step to manifesting and applying the Law of Attraction is to be open to receiving.

When we are stressed and depressed we often have tunnel vision and cannot see past the darkness of the current circumstance. Learning how to apply the law of attraction during times of stress is something that I am going to start practicing. I can tell that it is a skill that takes time and patience to develop.

Abraham Hicks | Instantly Align Your Energy

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

If your hoop drops, pick it up and keep spinning!

I bet that you are wondering about my hooping. Did my stress and depression interfere with my hula hooping habit? The answer is no! I continued to hula hoop consistently even through the darkest month and I believe that it was the glue that held my life together.

It wasn’t until the month of February that I started to take some breaks from hula hooping. It was an intensely challenging month and I was so lethargic, unmotivated, and uninspired. Looking back, it might have had something to do with the fact that I was hula hooping less than ever. Sometimes the things that we avoid are the very things that we should do!

With that in mind, I have decided to pick my hoop up and keep spinning! If you are currently working through a challenging time, please do not lose hope. Everything changes and things will get better as long is we remain hopeful and continue to actively work towards our dreams!

❤ Whisper

I Need a Vacation From Social Media

November was a stressful month. This week’s holiday carried some frantic energy and then random expectations were being hurled my way. This morning I made my decision. I need a vacation from social media.

This has happened before

I really do enjoy social media and I feel blessed that we have such an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family. The last time that I took a clean break from social media was in 2015. I had gone back to school to complete my undergrad degree and was studying computer science. Back then I was a total social media addict and I knew that the only way that I would be able to learn anything using my computer would be if I took away the distractions. Social media was a huge distraction because it had become a lifestyle. I was constantly checking in, posting pics, and scrolling my feed.

I took a dramatic approach and completely deleted all of my social media accounts. The only thing that I had left was my WordPress blog which I just retired over the summer. This was the best decision and my social media free life lasted for 2.5 years.

I need a vacation from social media.

Break-up withdrawals

I had mild withdrawals in the beginning because I had made some major life changes. I quit the full time job I had been working for the last 3 years to start a new full time job at a local high school. I was also a full time student and my boyfriend and I had bought our first house. When you make big, bold, changes; sometimes you lose friends. This happened to me and my life felt a little deserted, but I had school, work, and life to keep me busy.

It was a magical time in my life

It was also a magical time in my life. Shortly after this lifestyle overhaul, my bf and I got our passports and dreamed about traveling. In fall of 2016 we almost left the country permanently. We went as far as moving there and even buying a car, but we missed our cats so much that we came back. I made it back in time to start the fall quarter of my Sophomore year. I filled the social media void by blogging my a$$ off. I also made it a point to stay in touch with a few close friends (1 to be exact.)

During the last quarter of that time period (in 2017), we created an online business that rapidly took off. It was a pleasant surprise and that August I decided to create social media accounts to see if I could advertise the business with them. It was so nice to reconnect with friends and family after being gone for so long.

Back at it again

It took no time at all for me to become a social media addict once again. I can proudly say that I have been addicted for the last 4 solid years. I made a few attempts to take a break from social media, but they were all in vain. I never lasted for more than a day.

In June I started hula hooping every single day and posting about it in a private facebook group. It was totally out of character for me because I am very private and shy, but this ritual helped me to grow as a hula hooper and build my confidence. There was no way that I could take a social media break because I was committed to my daily post and my weekly reel. I posted in the group every single day for 150 days and then I decided that it was time for me to find a new flow.

Hula Hooping and Law of Attraction

My hula hooping teacher, Bee Varga the Hula Hooper, inspired me to start learning about the Law of Attraction. Since September, I have been reading books about the law of attraction and I plan on applying what I learn to hula hooping and my life.

I am learning how to raise my vibration by thinking “better feeling thoughts.” This sounds simple, but actually applying it takes practice. I have noticed that it is extremely difficult to feel good when I am stressed. This is what made me decide that I need a vacation from social media.

I need a vacation from social media.

After 150 days of daily hooping & posting, I felt a little burned out and decided to shift my attention. I stopped overtraining and I even take days off. I used to worry that if I rested or took a day off that I would lose my progress. Now I realize that rest is just as important as work.

This week it felt like social media was being extra demanding of me. It caused me so much stress and yesterday I felt so drained that I could barely move. This morning, when I was working in the garden I tried to pinpoint the source of my stress. Taking a break from social media just felt like a “better feeling thought.” I thought about how I just want to be less accessible and focus on myself and my goals. I also like the thought of living my life in real time without seeking the likes and approval.

Quote by Zoey Sayward

Living in real-time

Edification and validation is nice, but this morning I thought about how I don’t need the approval of others to know that we are kicking a$$ at life. Occupying your own space can be so liberating.

Before I make a big, bold, decision I usually do a mental or written pros and cons list. This morning I realized that we do not need social media to promote our business. In fact, I will have more time and energy to spend in helpful places if I spend less time on social media.

If you want to be free just be.

This may sound like an open-ended or incomplete thought, but it gives me hope because it reminds me to stay present. Sometimes life gets so hectic and we get so caught up in pushing and chasing goals that we forget to just be.

There is freedom and so much joy in the present moment if we choose to spend time there. I know that social media was giving me an excuse to check out. The doom-scrolling was starting consume my time and my energy. I was spending less time outside and I wasn’t even reading. I just started to feel depressed and drained. I’m so glad that I caught myself and decided to take this as a sign.

My Game-Plan.

I don’t know exactly how long I will be away. I deactivated my Facebook and my Instagram accounts and I uninstalled them both from my phone. I still have messenger on my phone because it is my primary form of communication. The minute I figured out how to hit pause, I felt like a major weight had been lifted. All of that chatter and pressure I was feeling seemed to dissipate into thin air. This really feels like freedom.

I don’t need to keep up with the Jones’s. I just need to live a life that feels good for me. I realized that worrying and stressing will not magically make things better. If I worry and stress about my sales being low it will not increase my sales. Instead, it may work against my best interest by draining me of my motivation. I would rather use my energy to create my dream life. I think that if I strip away the distractions I can make it happen.

When will I be back?

When will I return to social media world? I really don’t know… It could be tomorrow, it could be a week from now. It could be a year from now. I am keeping this open-ended and plan on navigating with my feelings. This is not like me at all. I usually set things in stone and am not very flexible, but this is part of the journey of raising my vibration. I am going to focus on feeling good and thinking better feeling thoughts.

How long is your ideal vacation?

If you could plan an ideal vacation, how long would it be? Would it be a weekend? 2 weeks? Forever? I think I am going to treat this like a vacation. I get to take this time for myself. I have never thought this way before, but I’m trying to think in new ways to get better results.

Stay Tuned

Because I was feeling so down, I missed reading a chapter in the “Delicious Alignment” book. When I first thought about reading the book, applying it, and blogging about my journey; I thought that I might do a daily post, but I quickly realized that this is not realistic. I am reading this book slowly and am trying to really digest and embrace the process.

I plan on staying flexible, but also consistent and now that I’m not distracted with social media I may be able to spend more time cultivating these goals. We only have so much time in each day, but we have the power to make the most of each moment. It starts with our thoughts and the little things that we do each day.

Have you been feeling a little stressed lately? Here is a relaxing neck stretch and self-care session. You don’t even need a hula hoop to benefit from this video:

November is coming to a close and December is right around the corner. Do you have fun plans for the holidays? Are you doing your Christmas shopping? If you want to give a fun and healthy gift to yourself or a loved one try out one of these hula hooping courses. The benefits are endless and the joy you feel from each workout will be incredible. Visit this link below:

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/

Thank you for joining me today. It felt good to get that off of my chest and to share my upcoming vacation plans. Have you ever taken a break from social media? Comment below to start the conversation!

❤ Whisper

Body Goals

Hello there, Whisper here! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’m still here, but I have been somewhat wallowing in the winter blues. Let’s face it. The world feels uncertain and divided and it is easy to feel down about it all. Thanksgiving came and went. Winter Solstice already happened. Christmas is already history and 2021 swiftly came to a close. This is the time of year when many people start thinking about their goals for the new year and some new year resolutions. Let’s talk about “body goals.” What do you think about when you think about the term “body goals?”

What do you think about when you think about the term “body goals?”

What comes to mind when you think of “body goals?” For some reason, I think of those seductive pinterest pins that show off the gym bunnies and ripped men. Or those lovely little infographs that say, “if you take a cold shower, drink your coffee black, don’t eat until this hour, follow these macros, measure yourself every week, and do these exercises X amount of times then you can look like this.” Cue gym bunny.

I swear, I’m not hating on people who follow these protocols. I’m simply conjuring up the images that come to mind when I think of “body goals.” Basically, a beautiful body that is currently out of reach for me. Many of these guidelines work for people and I definitely got some results when I tried them, but in the end they weren’t sustainable.

Here are 5 tips for a healthier body:

I am learning from my own experience, that the best tips are small and sustainable. These are some of the habits that I am trying to create in my own life.

I got locked out and took it as a sign from the universe.

What do you think about when you think about the term “body goals?”

A funny thing happened about a month ago. I got locked out of my original pinterest account and haven’t been able to log back in. I had the same pinterest account for years. Probably since at least 2017 when I fed into all of the tutorials and body goals propaganda. I tried the diets and the programs and this last year I took it all more seriously than I ever have, but by the end of the summer I had to make some big and bold changes.

I found myself feeling discouraged and burned out because I was not getting the results that were promised and I started to feel like something was wrong with me. Sometimes I still feel this way. I almost wish that those promises were real because then I could follow a routine and not think too hard about it. I got some results, but in the end I felt exhausted and drained and that did not feel that great.

Why was it funny to get locked out? I have decided to take it as a sign from the universe to let the old account with those old ideals and body goals go. That’s a nice way to get some closure, isn’t it?

It’s time to begin anew.

If you have been following my journey; you probably know that I am healing from an eating disorder. A few days ago I made the “mistake” of weighing myself. Let’s just say that according to the number on the scale, I’ve gained some weight over the last few months.

My knee jerk reaction was to shame myself and to feel upset about “messing up.” I took a deep breath and told gently told myself to reflect on the reasons why I was feeling this way. I discovered that this reaction happened out of habit. When life gets stressful I used to blame myself or my weight, but those days are over. It’s time to begin anew.

When I feel stressed I still feel myself gravitating towards those old and obsolete habits and reactions, but I am trying to replace the old habits with new and healthy ones. I know that changing my thought patterns is going to take time, patience, and practice, but I am ready to put in the work.

My new body goals

I caught myself in that moment right before I took a nosedive and I made a commitment. From now on I am going to base my body goals on things that I would like to be able to do. What are some new skills that I want to acquire? What are fun ways that I can celebrate my body and it’s beautiful abilities? Most importantly, I am going to focus on feeling good about myself the way that I am. Right here. Right now.

What do you think about when you think about the term “body goals?”

My workout of choice doesn’t feel like work!

I have had to shift my mindset in every way and it is still a daily work in progress. The good news is that my workout doesn’t even feel like work. I am a hula hooper and my hula hoop has been my happy place that I look forward to spending time in every single day.

My teacher is Bee Varga the Hula hooper and her hula hooping courses have changed my life. In August, I subscribed to her Hooping studio which is a treasure trove of courses, tutorials, and fun flows.

The Complete Hula Hooping Learning Experience:

Here is a little tour through Bee’s Studio. She gives advice on where and how to start your hula hooping journey and suggests an order of courses to follow.

This is the amazing hula hooping flow that I am currently learning:

In November, Bee suggested that I do her Showgirl 2 course with a friend. It was on my wishlist, but at the time I didn’t think that I was ready. This course is full of twin hooping (hooping with 2 hula hoops) and at the time I couldn’t even spin two hoops around my waist. I took the leap of faith and it was the BEST decision I could have ever made. Working through this course has transformed my entire life and I am just getting started. My strength, stamina, balance, flexibility, and mobility has improved so much in a short span of time.

I’m signing off for now, but I will be back soon. I have a lot to tell you. Stay tuned!

❤ Whisper

I Guess That’s Life These Days

Gas is now 1 cent short of $5. A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Russia recently invaded Ukraine.

We are now going on year #2 of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it honestly feels like it has been at least 3…

Life keeps going no matter what is happening in the world.

We cannot hit the pause button and expect to live a full life.

A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Smells like controversy to me…

Is that statement controversial or what? I must politely remind you that this is a blog of anonymous opinions…

I still feel the need to explain myself. Yes, it is good to hit the pause button to slow down, stop, and reflect. A little self care and a cozy afternoon in bed with a book never hurt anyone. It only becomes an issue if the pause becomes indefinite and morphs into a state of being.

Fixating on the Flaws

Hitting the pause button can be so valuable because it can be a golden opportunity to live in the present moment. The “problem” with my latest pause foray is that I was stuck in the abyss of my shadow and weighed down by anxiety and depression.

I wanted to pause to reflect, let go, and grow, but instead I was fixating on the flaws. Without the distractions of social media and other people’s messages in my head, I could only find my flaws and things that I thought were wrong with me.

A little bit no longer goes as far as it used to. I guess that’s life these days.

Sometimes it feels good to run…

This morning I realized that it has already been 4 years since 2018. This is significant because 2018 was the year that I turned 30. I’ve grown so much in the last 4 years, but I think the thing that has helped me grow the most these last years was staying in place.

We used to run and flee and live more like nomads and gypsies. It was so freeing to pack up and leave whenever we decided that we didn’t like where we were. This year we couldn’t leave because there was a global pandemic.

Find the blessings in each day.

I think that fleeing and running away was a coping mechanism. And while it is amazing to start over and rebuild our lives; learning to stay helped me to grow stronger roots. These roots kept me grounded and helped me to stay in place and it was in the comfort of my own home that I discovered hula hooping.

At the time I was heartbroken because I was injured and thought that it was a time of weakness, but this “time of weakness” helped me to discover a new passion. I thought that hula hooping would be a temporary alternative to my regular routine, but it turned into my main thing. A daily blessing when I choose to pick it up for a spin.

Hula Hoop Workout for Shoulder Mobility:

Life keeps going no matter what is happening in the world.

Remember how I mentioned my injury that lead to hula hooping? Running used to be the solid getaway plan for me. I knew that I could clear my head, lean out, or even start over in a new place if I spent enough time running. The ironic thing is that I got that injury running and what healed it was pausing, staying in place, and making the most of what I could do. In my case, it was learning how to hula hoop.

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/

Remember to hit “play” again.

The other side of the coin, is the fact that staying in place and hitting pause for too long can lead to complacency. And when we are complacent we may become stagnant. I’m already an introvert who values her personal space so staying home and social distancing basically made my lifestyle more socially acceptable.

I am a very safe driver who has never gotten a ticket in her life (which is damn good for an early 30-something year old), but I haven’t needed to drive very much since my partner and I share a car. Also, it has been easier for me to stay in the car and wait rather than go into the grocery store with my partner “because it is less risky that way.”

I have managed to stay busy with running our businesses and have been enjoying hobbies around the house like gardening, coding, hula hooping, writing, and reading, but it’s time for me to start hitting “play” again.

How do you hit the play button after stepping away for awhile? Comment below to share!

<3 Whisper

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