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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 clichΓ©: “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

5 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

The holidays are here and the countdown to the end of the year is near! Make the most of the end of this year. Here are 5 ways to spread holiday cheer.

5 Ways to spread holiday cheer:

5 ways to spread holiday cheer.

1. Count your blessings.

To me, Thanksgiving marks a shift in the seasons. I am personally not big on celebrating Thanksgiving now that we live far away from our families. I used to enjoy the opportunity to share a meal with loved ones and friends. Now I spend Thanksgiving counting my blessings. When we are in a state of feeling grateful, the stress and depression seems to lessen (at least for me it does.)

I also count my blessings in the morning as a way of practicing positive affirmations. This helps me get my day started on a positive note! Give it a try and if you start feeling sad or down think of one of the blessings that you wrote down.

2. Do something nice for someone.

Little acts of kindness count and go a long way. Compliment the first 2 people you see today. Send a good morning text to friends. Pay it backwards by paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Leave a positive comment on your favorite blog or YouTube channel. Do the dishes. Go out of your way to do something kind today!

3. Start a new family tradition.

Holidays are a wonderful time to start traditions. You don’t even have to have a traditional family to enjoy new traditions. By this, I mean that even if you live alone or don’t have family nearby; you can still enjoy the joy that comes from a new tradition. Go solo and make new friends or invite a friend to join you!

Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Adopt a family in need and create a gift basket for them. Participate in your local toy drive. Go Christmas caroling. Growing up my cousins and I loved making ginger bread houses at Grandma’s the day after Thanksgiving.

Try a new and fun activity. I highly recommend hula hooping. It is something fun that everyone can try.

What Do I Do With my Hula Hoop? Start Hooping Checklist | Minka & Bee Varga the Hula Hooper

Here is a FREE online Kickstarter course for beginners to get you started:

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com/kickstarter

4. Sing songs and play cheerful music.

Singing is uplifting and it encourages us to breathe deeply. Even if you believe that you “cannot” sing; you should still give it a try because it will raise your vibration. And if you don’t feel confident in your voice, turn up the tunes and rock out!

This time of year, it feels like Christmas music is playing everywhere. I was honestly a little shocked to see the Christmas decorations on shelves the day after Halloween. Also, I feel like they started playing the Christmas music earlier this year. I have been holding out at least until Black Friday.

5. Send out Christmas cards.

This one is my favorite because I am on a mission to keep the art of writing handwritten letters alive. So snag a set of Christmas cards or take out your pretty paper and stickers and have fun creating your own cards. This can even become a fun holiday tradition that you share with friends and family. You don’t have to write a novel. Just write something short and sweet from the heart.

Often times, people feel stressed around the holidays. Tensions are high as everyone is preparing meals and getting ready for gatherings and planning out their holiday shopping.

I know that in the past, I used to worry about gaining weight over the holidays. It seems to be a hot topic this time of the year. This year I am trying something new. I’m going to focus less on how my body looks and more on the wonderful things that it can do!

Remember to be kind to yourself throughout this season. Worrying will not make the stress go away. It will only amplify the things that could go wrong. Instead, try to stay present and focus on making happy memories.

I hope you will have happy, safe, and fun holidays this year!

❀ 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

Hula Hooping & Law of Attraction

hula hoop

Well Hello There!

Does hula hooping & law of attraction sound like an interesting combination? I’m excited to tell you about how I plan on blending these two together, but first it is time for a story. I would introduce myself, but this is “an anonymous blog of opinions” so you may call me “Whisper.”

hula hoop

It all started last summer. I decided that it was time for me to drop the baggage and to get into shape. After reuniting with a friend on Facebook, she told me that I was killing myself with my current lifestyle and that I needed to lose weight. She was concerned because she thought that my body type was showing signs of being a diabetic. The words stung, but instead of blocking her to save face; I decided to take her words to heart and take action!

She recommended that I slow jog for an hour every day. I thought that it sounded a little extreme, but I decided to give it a try. I saw it as meditation and a way to spend time outside. I read the book “Slow Jogging: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Have Fun with Science-Based Natural Running” by Hiroaki Tanaka.

This book inspired me to lace up my running shoes day after day.

Slow Jogging: science-based natural running for weigh-loss, health & performance benefits:


Amazon reviews helped me find good pair of running shoes and I took off running. By early December I was able to run my very first half-marathon without stopping. Sadly, in early January, I had an overuse injury and it was painful just to walk. The pain forced me to find an alternative form of exercise. My friend suggested the stationary bike and hula hooping or jump roping for 40 minutes. She said that the jump rope would be even better for me, but I didn’t have a proper surface for jumping. My only options were grass or gravel.

I discover Hula Hooping

A hula hoop is a beautiful thing. You can take it anywhere for a fun workout on the go!

Hula hooping it was! At first I rushed to the nearest Target hoping to find a fitness hoop, but the only option was a feather light toyshop hoop. It was a decent attempt, but I could not last more than 5 seconds before the hoop fell to the ground with a dramatic crash. My partner even politely asked me if there was any way that I could hoop more quietly ??. Every time I dropped the hoop it felt like the crash got louder so I decided that I needed to find a different hoop. My partner ordered us matching fitness hoops that night.

A few weeks later our fitness hoops arrived and I started looking online for hula hooping workouts. I had tried setting a timer for 40 minutes and turning on the tunes, but the time seemed to last forever. It was boring and unsustainable and I knew that I needed to find a more enjoyable way to hoop. When you are standing still and struggling to keep the hoop spinning around your waist; 40 minutes feels like an eternity. I quickly noticed that there were hardly any hula hooping workouts on YouTube. I found only 3 instructors who posted hula hooping videos that were longer than 30 minutes.

I will never forget the day that I discovered Bee Varga The Hula Hooper. It was my 2nd day and I was trying to figure out how I would pass the 40 minutes. At the time, I was still learning how to keep the hoop spinning around my waist. I gave this workout a shot because it fell just under my targeted time frame.

30 Min Weighted Hula Hoop Basics Workout For Weight Loss | Burn Fat, Get Lean and Dance:

This workout changed my life forever. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is completely true. This lady was so bubbly, fit, fun, and inspiring. I was so lost as I stumbled along throughout this workout, but I made it to the end and felt so happy.

Later that week, I was working through a coding tutorial on Udemy and decided to check and see if they offered a hula hooping course. To my surprise, Bee Varga had a course here too and I noticed that she had glowing reviews. I almost bought the course, but decided to check out her website directly. I promised myself that if I stuck with hula hooping long enough to enjoy it I would soon treat myself to one of her courses.

I continued with her YouTube workouts and looked forward to see what colorful dress she would be wearing and what fun we would have with our hoops. Every day she introduced fun and challenging moves with names like: the tease, ginga, bunny girl, bunny boy, and the pump (to name a few.) I quickly started looking forward to my hoop workouts more than my other workouts. It was a great total body workout that felt more like play! By February I decided that it was time for me to get a proper dance hula hoop so I watched Bee’s hula hoop buying guide.

Hula Hoop Buying Guide:

This buying guide was so helpful and helped me figure out where to begin my search for the perfect hoop. I promptly rushed over to her recommended site: The Spinsterz. It took me forever to choose my hoop, but once I placed my order I was so excited and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

My sparkly hoop arrived and it was love at first sight! It was such a wonderful upgrade compared to my foam encased fitness hoop. I was so excited and thrilled about hula hooping that I messaged Bee on instagram to thank her for her wonderful classes. She suggested that I record myself hula hooping because it would be an amazing way to keep track of my progress. I took her words to heart, but I definitely felt intimidated because at that point I was super shy and hated taking videos of myself.

That Friday I took a clip of myself hula hooping (that day I hula hooped happily outside for 2 whole hours) and sent it to her. She was so supportive of my journey and it inspired me to keep going. After I had done most of her You Tube workouts, I treated myself to her 30 Day Hula Hottie Program. This lead me to what I believe is a life-long love for hula hooping and an appreciation for my body. I could go on and on with this story because there is a lot more, but I will save that for another post and shift gears from here.


It felt like an uphill battle until I hit a plateau

I had spent the entire year (from August of 2020) desperately trying to lose weight. I did a month long fitness challenge with a personal trainer and then jumped right into another program created by another trainer. I had a regimen of weighing myself daily (I learned this from my tiny stint with noom) and taking my measurements once a week.

After my foot recovered in March I started running again, hula hooped, did a 90 day weightlifting program, some buti yoga and was eating clean and tracking my macros religiously. I did get some great results by late spring, but by the end of summer I was exhausted and felt like I had plateaued. It was very discouraging and I felt like my hard work was no longer paying off.

In September I decided to do things differently. I talked with Bee about my struggles to get her expert opinion. In addition to being a world class hula hooper, Bee is also a Personal trainer, Olympic Weightlifting Instructor, Kettlebell Coach, Jump Rope Instructor, Holistic Massage Therapist, and Cupping therapist. I knew that she would be a good person to ask for advice.

Time to become a specialist

She suggested that I become a specialist and try just hula hooping because it would be enough for me to reach my goals. At first I didn’t want to believe her. How could I possibly sculpt a beautiful physique and get fit and healthy with just hula hooping? It took me awhile to adjust to this concept and I decided to give it a try.

That month I stopped running, weightlifting, yoga, intermittent fasting, and all forms of food restriction. I had also decided that I wanted to heal from an eating disorder that I didn’t realize was still an issue so the timing was perfect. After 3 weeks of just hula hooping I decided to weigh myself purely out of curiosity. To my surprise I had lost a few pounds and I felt fantastic!


New Month New Goals:

In October I started learning about the Law of Attraction. I read a book called “Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires” by Esther Hicks. It talked about how to manifest your desires and live the joyful, fulfilling life you deserve. I am intrigued by this whole concept and way of thinking and I want to continue to learn more.

November is here and I plan on reading a book called: “Delicious Alignment: How 25 Women Learned to Love and Transform Their Bodies Using Abraham Hicks and the Law of Attraction” by Rhonda Ryder.

My goal is to read this book and apply what I learn to my own life. I hope you will join me! I think that hula hooping and applying lessons learned about the law of attraction will be a fun way to help me reach my health and fitness goals. I am also going to blog about the lessons learned and share my experience with you!

It was so nice to meet you. Thank you for taking time to read about my hula hooping journey. Are you curious about hula hooping yet? Hopefully I will see you again soon!

Until next time,

<3 Whisper

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