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Diets Don’t Work

Hello There!

Whisper here! TRIGGER WARNING: I just want to remind you that I am not yet an expert in ANY of these fields. I am just a girl who very recently used to constantly yo-yo diet and over-train relentlessly. Lately, I have been going through an internal struggle and I need to get this off of my chest before I can fully embrace a new way of thinking and being. Diets don’t work and deliberately not dieting doesn’t work either. Please keep reading if you want to find out how I came to this conclusion.

I believe that our bodies are true miracles that should be celebrated. You are already enough right here right now. And you can do what you please with your vessel.

When I turned 30 I was worried that it would all be downhill from there, but it took me 2 more years to really take action. I decided to begin my fitness journey a little over a year ago because I was starting to develop health problems. I spent nearly a solid year trying to “do things right.”

August 2020: Let the games begin!

I kicked off my journey with a Fitness Challenge run by a personal trainer. She included a meal plan and a progressive workout plan. The nutrition plan was very restrictive and required us to eat the same food every day for an entire month with 1 cheat meal per week. I got results because before this program I wasn’t exercising or paying attention to what I was eating. At this point, the phrase “diets don’t work” was not a part of my vocabulary. My cravings were monstrous throughout this month, but I stayed the course. Sadly, the trainer stopped responding and eventually ghosted me. I was bummed and felt like I had been dumped.

I think what disturbed me the most was the fact that a virtual stranger could have this affect on me. Even though I was a grown adult, I still felt awful and like I had done something wrong. From here I wanted to build myself back up so that little things like this would not get me down in the future.

September – October 2020: We can work from home.

After the fitness challenge, I decided to follow an 8 week At-Home Training Guide by Stephanie Buttermore. I enjoyed the structure of her program and it gave me a strong foundation in strength training. Unfortunately, my nutrition wasn’t on point this month. I didn’t gain weight, but I also didn’t see great gains.

At the end of October I started slow jogging and this really helped my mental health. I enjoyed the fresh air and taking some quality time for myself. It felt like free therapy.

Body Positivity Didn’t Work For Me (What Worked and Tips):

November – December: Get Shredded 21 Day Challenge

Back in September, I was feeling so bummed by the fact that the other trainer had abandoned me that I reached out to a personal trainer who had trained me for my 1st triathlon a decade ago. He told me that he was creating an online fitness program that would be available in November. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get started!

It was called the “Get Shredded 21 Day Challenge.”

This program included a custom meal plan, bodyweight workout program, and daily inspirational videos. I really liked the online format and overall structure of the program. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this program is bodyweight based. The workouts are super intense.

I repeated this program twice for good measure until it expired. It helped me to gain momentum, but my foot bothered me a lot. The program had a lot of jumping exercises and I think the impact hurt my foot. It got to the point where it was excruciating for me to stand in a lunge position or put pressure on my toes. At times I could barely walk and this became problematic for my running.

January: This is no time for an injury!

At the end of December I developed an overuse injury and by January I had to stop running completely. I was slightly devastated because running had become a part of my routine and I had learned to love it. A friend of mine suggested that I Hula hoop for 40 minutes and ride the stationary bike if I needed more of a workout. Back in September, I had started a weekly ritual of weighing myself and taking my measurements. I felt like it was a good way to hold myself accountable and stay on track.

February: Let’s Hula Hoop!

I missed running and was not thrilled about trying anything else, but I was terrified by the thought of getting out of shape. My partner ordered us fitness hula hoops and I decided to give it a spin.

30 Minute Weighted Hula Hoop Workout for Weight loss | Bee Varga the Hula Hooper:

After this workout I was hooked even though I could barely spin the hula hoop without dropping it.

Are you curious about hula hooping? Here are 12 Exciting Hula Hoop Benefits!

March – April: I can run again!

By March I was able to run again and I was so thrilled. I started running for an hour or more every day and hula hooping for 40 minutes. I decided to watch Bee Varga’s Hula Hoop buying guide and buy myself a better dance hoop.

Hula Hoop Buying Guide for Beginners:

Remember that the size and material of your hoop makes a huge difference. The minute I thought about hula hooping I rushed to our local Target and picked up a toy shop hoop, but it kept falling down every 5 seconds. This was super discouraging and I learned that it was happening because it was too light and not the right size. Purchasing a proper fitting hula hoop made a huge difference and my workouts became a lot more enjoyable. My 1st hoop was a 38 inch dance hoop from The Spinsterz.

May: Summertime Fine 3.0

I was making decent progress with my weightloss and I wanted to amp up my progress and so I decided to do Sydney Cumming’s 90 day Summertime Fine program.

I continued to run in the mornings, hula hoop, and I added strength training to the mix. I really enjoy Sydney’s upbeat and inspiring spirit. She also has lots of fun workouts and outstanding programming.

June: I Commit to Hula Hooping, recording, and posting daily

In June I decided that I wanted to improve my hula hooping skills by hooping consistently. I committed to hula hooping every day for the month of June, recording myself, and posting it to a private facebook group. I was surprised that I was able to stick with it.

At the end of June I asked the members in the group if I should continue posting everyday and many of them asked me to continue. A few of them even said that my posts were inspiring them. I was touched and had to continue!

Here is a post my hula hooping teacher created. She decided to hula hoop every day and document the process.

I Hula Hoop Every Day | Hoop it off with Bee Varga:

July: I can only sustain this for one more month.

July was an intense month, workout wise. I was running 6 days a week, weightlifting 6 days a week, hula hooping daily, and trying to do some buti yoga too. Additionally, I was adjusting my macros every single week and doing my best to stay the course. My life seemed to revolve around my “fitness regime.”

I felt so accomplished when I reached Day #90 of Sydney’s Summertime Fine 3.0 Challenge. It felt like a huge accomplishment.

By the end of July, I was very tired. My body was definitely leaning out and I liked the way that I looked, but I was exhausted. I also felt discouraged because it seemed like I had plateaued. I talked about it in the hula hooping facebook group and finally decided to stop weighing myself every day.

In May, I had a tiny stint with the Noom weightloss app, but quickly deleted it after trying it out for 2 weeks because the app had issues and they did not deliver the services that I paid for. Luckily, I was able to get a refund, but I decided to continue weighing myself daily because they said that it was “scientifically the best way to lose weight.”

August: Hula Hottie + My Birthday Month

At the end of July I started doing Bee Varga’s 30 Day Sofa Spud to Hula Hottie Immersion course.

Bee Varga is the very best online hula hoop instructor that I could find and I spent a long time searching.

Here is Bee’s Description of her Hula Hottie Course:

The Hula Hottie is the best 30 workout program that guides you from a beginner to a proper awesome FITTIE! You get fit as well as learn fun tricks and moves and time flies so quick when you are having fun! Use your brain and body to evolve! Make hooping into a skill you are proud of! You do not need any ballet or gymnastics or circus background… I started off overweight and unfit… so if I could do it, you absolutely can! Spend a whole month hooping with me EVERY DAY!

-Bee Varga the Hula Hooper

I learned so much throughout Bee’s 30 day Hula Hottie Course. By the end of the course, I had an 8 minute choreographed dance that I was very proud of! And so much more! I highly recommend her courses!

September: I decided to heal from my eating disorder and started to improve my relationship with food.

Diets Don’t work.

By September, I was feeling very exhausted, drained, and discouraged. I was still dieting, running, hula hooping every day and trying to do some weightlifting, but everything was starting to feel like a chore. My hula hoop instructor suggested that I try becoming a specialist.

I started a Hula Hooping course called Pure Core.

Diets don’t work! It’s more important to feel good.

Here is Bee’s Description of her Pure Core Course:

Pure Core is the place to be if you want to dance and play and feel amazing in your skin.  Boost your confidence, feel IRRESISTIBLE & full of energy. This course is full of hoop moves around your core: hips, waist, chest & shoulders and it is full of dance and fun and hot showgirl secrets to make you feel like you are the most irresistible hula hooper ever! An entire month to reprogram your body & mind to feel like a hula hooping superhuman!

Bee Varga the Hula Hooper

Bee said that I could still reach my health and fitness goals with just hula hooping. She also started introducing me to “The Law Of Attraction.” Back then it honestly sounded too good to be true. I was worried that if I stopped doing everything that I was doing that I would gain weight and lose all of my progress. At the same time, I also knew that I could no longer do everything that I was doing. It was not sustainable and was taking a major toll on my mental and physical health. I also imagine that I wasn’t much fun to be around because I was so grumpy all the time. Dieting has a way of making people moody!

A friend in the Facebook group reached out to me and inspired me to start healing from the eating disorder that I had been struggling with since I was 10. I didn’t even realize that I still had the issue since I wasn’t rail thin, but after talking with her it became evident that it was time for me to heal.

Here are some of the books I read to learn about healing from eating disorders:

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner

Diets don’t work.

The Inside Scoop on Eating Disorder Recovery: Advice From Two Therapists Who Have Been There By Colleen Reichmann & Jennifer Rollin

Diets (still) Don’t Work.

These books were very informative and introduced me to concepts I had never heard of before. I had never heard that diets don’t work. My whole life I had always been told that nutrition and diet were the keys to losing weight and getting healthy. I still do believe that proper nutrition is important for maintaining good health, but I have learned that it is damaging to be so restrictive.

I stopped restricting my food and ate until I was full. After about 3 weeks of only hula hooping and not dieting at all I decided to weigh myself purely out of curiosity. I made peace with it ahead of time and told myself that I would be neutral about the number.

I had expected to gain weight, but I stayed the same. This was so encouraging to me and felt like a victory. My only regret was that I had wasted so much time and energy dieting and over-training like a mad woman.

October: Deliberately not dieting doesn’t work either.

In October I decided to deliberately embrace not dieting. I ate everything that I could have ever wanted and more. I was actually going back and forth because my wrists / tendonitis were causing me excruciating pain. I was so thankful that I could still hula hoop, but I was in constant pain and could not sleep at night.

I started eating more plant based meals and it really seemed to help. This was a delicate balance because I noticed that the guidelines of avoiding meat and dairy were fairly restrictive and it was starting to interfere with my eating disorder recovery. Once I felt better I did go back to eating meat and dairy products again, but if I notice a flair up I back off from the animal products.

I did the Showgirl 1 Workshop | Put the Icing On Your Hula Hooping

Showgirl 1 Training

Here is Bee’s description of the Showgirl 1 Workshop:

Hooping can be just tricks… or it can be a dance, a show, a confidence boosting eyeball grabbing celebration of your beautiful curves no matter how many tricks you can do… 

I am not anti-trick! I love them all! BUT as a professional stage performer I had to learn how to show off my body and my moves so that no attention escapes. 

I also remember never having confidence or appreciating my body… but when a hula hoop touches & goes for your curves you just cannot help but feel irresistible! This workshop is to amplify all that is perfect and beautiful about you so you start moving like a Hula Hoop Goddess! Only the blind can resist You after this one! 

The 4 full conditioning workouts will get you turn into a hot sweaty mess, shredded and satisfied! But they also help you feel super confident about your hoop skills because you will hammer them into your muscle memory so much that you can never get them wrong!

Bee Varga the Hula Hooper

This showgirl 1 workshop did wonders for my confidence. We learned so many fun confidence boosting poses that transferred to all areas of my life. I started walking through the grocery store like a starlit and my confidence was on fire! It’s amazing what a positive difference our body language can make.

Showgirl training improved my balance, flexibility, coordination, and mobility. If you are looking for a fun way to spice up your workouts and build confidence then you should definitely give Showgirl training a spin! The benefits are endless and I could go on and on!

I hula hooped and posted my recordings 150 days in a row!

The end of October was a major milestone for me because I had successfully hula hooped every single day for 150 days and I recorded myself and posted the recordings in the facebook group.

This is also a huge accomplishment for me because I am extremely shy and would have never recorded myself before. Doing this pushed me far outside of my comfort zone and it helped me grow in so many ways.

I have to say that there is a reason why my pen name is “Whisper” and I am writing this on an anonymous blog. I like my privacy šŸ˜‰

Deliberately not dieting doesn’t work:

My heading for October says that deliberately not dieting doesn’t work because at the end of this month when the euphoria of my accomplishments wore off; I started to feel guilty about my food choices. I worried that eating whatever I wanted would have dire consequences and I would regret it. My whole being seemed to be overcome with fear and guilt and this is not healthy either.

November: Let’s make some changes!

Last week I felt yucky. I had this internal struggle of wanting to embrace the skin that I’m in, but also feeling guilty and full of shame. I’m learning about the Law Of Attraction and am currently reading a book called: “Delicious Alignment” which talks about women who applied the Law Of Attraction to their weight loss and health journeys.

In my last article, “Get off the Scale and Get In Alignment,” I highlighted the first chapter of this book where Rhonda talks about getting in alignment and breaking up with the scale. What did I do last Thursday? I was feeling awful about myself and I got on the scale and found out that I gained some weight.

I’m sharing this with you to show that sometimes, even though we know what we should do; we decide to do the exact opposite. The good news is that in the past I would have been crushed about the number, but this time around I accepted it and was able to move on.

From there I promised myself that I would embrace and love my body. I am going to find out if fitness can feel good. I hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey because I have a lot to share!

Until next time,

ā¤ Whisper

Get Off the Scale and Get In Alignment

Hello Again!

Welcome back to my exploration of Rhonda Ryder’s book: “Delicious Alignment.” I am on a journey of getting into the best shape of my life. My exercise of choice is hula hooping and I plan on applying the Law Of Attraction to my life to reach my goals. The first chapter in Rhonda’s book tells us to get off the scale and get in alignment.

This is the 1st official blog post in this series and I am super excited to share my ups and downs, wins and struggles with you. Since we are on the topic of struggle… I must admit that even as we speak, I am experiencing a huge amount of internal resistance. It it like my bad habits and destructive pattern of self-sabotage have teamed up and are plotting against me.

I already feel lighter just from getting that fun fact off my chest. This is so common. When we get ready to make big, bold, lifestyle changes we often find doubts and meet resistance. This could come in the form of your family or friends criticizing your decisions or you might feel physically exhausted from thinking about all the little steps that you will go through to reach your goals. Getting started really can be the hardest part and if you are on a (health) journey of your own; I commend and applaud you. You are no longer alone and we are in this together!

Create Your “Reasons Why”

Sometimes, the beginning of a journey can be a little lonely. You are treading on terra incognita (unknown and unexplored territory) and the uncertainty can be unnerving. Just remember that your destination is a healthier and happier place. Remind yourself often of the “reason why” you started this adventure to begin with. In fact, I recommend that you write out lots of reasons why it is a good idea for you to (insert your personal goal and vision here) get healthy.

Get excited about this dream-building process and make sure that you dream BIG. You can even create a vision board on Pinterest or a physical one if you have magazines laying around or some spare printer ink. Your “reasons why” will keep you on the path to your goals. Dream BIG and dream fearlessly because you cannot reach a target that does not exist!

“You become that which you believe you can become.”

Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit Scripture

Who is Abraham-Hicks and What is the Law of Attraction?

I am still getting acquainted with Abraham-Hicks and am in the process of understand who they are and what their principles mean. This is my way of admitting that I am no expert. According to the Abraham-Hicks Website: “Abraham describes themselves as a “collective-consciousness from a non-physical dimension. American author Louise Hay has referred to them as “some of the best teachers on the planet today.” The end of the biography says, “Abraham. They are what they are.”

The Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our life the things that we focus on. The premise of the law of attraction is getting into alignment and according to the book; alignment seems to be the solution to everything. Do you want a successful career? Get into alignment. Do you want a healthy relationship? Get into alignment. Do you want a sexy body? Get into alignment.

On the other hand, focusing on the things that we don’t want will take us out of alignment. While we cannot be in full alignment 100% of the time, we can use our emotions as a guide to get us back in alignment. Our unhappy thoughts, disappointments and any thoughts that make us feel upset are forms of resistance.

How do I deal with resistance?

Believe it or not, resistance can be beneficial. When you are feeling very negative and upset the things that you don’t want become very obvious. Knowing what you don’t want can help you identify what you do want. Once you go through the process of using resistance to identify what you do and do not want it is best to get back into alignment (as soon as possible) by finding happier thoughts.

Thinking happier thoughts opens up your mind and heart to allowing what you really want. And this is how you attract and manifest the things that you really want like your dream body.

How Does Alignment Work?

Imagine a garden hose spraying water that represents all the things that you want to experience. When you are in alignment you have opened the faucet and well being can flow right into your life. You manifest and attract more when you are in alignment because you are an open vessel ready to receive.

When you are not in alignment because you feel bad or disappointed, it is like putting a kink in the hose that temporarily disallows the goodness to flow into your life. You can never fully cut off your access to good because it is all there just waiting for you to allow it into your experience. Being out of alignment creates distance between you and the things you want. This can interfere with your ability to manifest the transformation of your physical body. When you are in alignment you vibrate higher and this allows you to attract the experience that you want.

7 Alignment Boosters:

There are lots of different ways to get into alignment, but the trick is to figure out what works best for you. Everyone is different and different approaches will work for different people. Here are 7 alignment boosters to get you started.

In a pinch, it is good to have these in your toolbox to raise you vibration and get back into alignment!

What would make you feel better right now.

If you are feeling down and out of alignment the trick is to figure out what would make you feel better right now. Maybe you need some fresh air and should take a walk outside. Yesterday I had a busy day of work at my desk and when I was unable to concentrate I decided to step outside and garden. This was exactly what I needed. It could also be something like pausing to take some deep breaths. Brewing a cup of herbal tea. Turning on some music. Petting your cat. Etc. It is good to have a variety of ways to help you feel better in the moment.

Count Your Blessings

Appreciation is the quickest way to raise your vibration. The book suggests meditating for 15-20 minutes in the morning and then writing an appreciation list with 10-20 things that you are grateful for. I call this counting my blessings. I also count and write my blessings down as a way of practicing positive affirmations.

Appreciation is magical and if you start counting your blessings you will start seeing literal miracles happen in your life. I witnessed a few miracles of my own in the last few months and they started happening when I started counting my blessings.


Love your body Exercise 1.1

Make your alignment a priority

Be aware of your alignment throughout your day.

How do you know if you’re in alignment? It’s simple. If you’re feeling good then you are in alignment. If you’re feeling bad then you are out of alignment.

If you are feeling frustrated, disappointed, or any kind of negative emotion; ask yourself: what do I need to do to get back into alignment?

Try it out: Purchase a journal or notebook dedicated solely to the exercises in this book.

Questions for your journal:

  • Is there anything you are frustrated or stressed about right now?
  • What are a few things you can do right now that would help you feel better?
  • What thoughts can you think right now that feel better to you?

If you are still reading I want to thank you for sticking with it? What do you think? Are you interested or intrigued? When I first heard about Law Of Attraction a few years ago it almost seemed to good to be true. Could it really be that “easy” to manifest my dream life? When I looked online for YouTube videos I got a little overwhelmed and abandoned the whole notion. That was about 6 years ago and I recently tried to give it another chance. So I guess the answer to my question is that it doesn’t happen by doing nothing. The concepts may sound simple, but it takes practice to implement them into your life. Especially if you are like me. I have a tendency to be very skeptical and resistant, but I am trying to keep an open heart and open mind.

Of Course Hula Hooping:

Before we sign off, let’s talk a little bit about Hula Hooping. November will be my 2nd month of just hula hooping for exercise. When I first decided to give up my running, weightlifting, and yoga (in addition to hula hooping), I felt extremely resistant. I was so worried that I would go backwards and lose all of the progress I had worked so hard for. It was hard for me to imagine a reality where I could just have fun hula hooping and still reach my fitness goals.

If you have never tried hula hooping before you really are missing out and you should start today! The biggest barrier for most people is that they don’t have a hula hoop yet, but never fear; we have you covered!

No hula hoop?! No Problem!

See? Once you start thinking about the things that you do want the opportunities slip right into your fingertips!

Here is a hula hoop buying guide just in case you decide that you do want to take the plunge and join the party:

I highly recommend it. Hula hooping has transformed my entire life and I haven’t been doing it very long. Right now I am personally doing a Hula hooping program called Showgirl 2 today was my 2nd day of the program and I could feel every single muscle in my body working hard.

I am convinced that I have found the very best hula hoop instructor around. Please visit Bee Varga’s Hula hooping website for fun courses and a ton of tutorials:

https://www.beevargathehulahooper.com

My parting words are: The next time you are feeling bad about the number on the scale; get off the scale and get into alignment!

I think it is my bedtime now. I am tired from my busy day and that killer hoop workout, but I will be back soon!

Until next time,

ā¤ 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

Is online dating safe? 7 Tips for Online Dating


In today’s modern age, online dating has gained great popularity. There are so many dating websites and apps and it has become very common for people to meet their significant others online. Right now 40% of Americans are utilizing online dating and their ages range from young to old. What was once considered slightly taboo has now become mainstream. Even though online dating has risen in popularity, you may still wonder if it is safe.

Is online dating safe? 7 Tips for Online Dating

  1. Use a credible website. According to Forbes, there are almost 8,000 dating sites in the world. The United States alone has 2,500 dating sites and every year 1,000 dating sites are launched. Also, fraud is on the rise in the US. Sticking with the larger, more reputable websites like Bumble, Tinder, and Match.com can be beneficial. Many of these sites require a memberships fee so choose carefully.
  2. Meet in a public place. Even if you have been talking with a person who feels trustworthy, this is an important safety precaution. Continue to meet in public places until you are comfortable with the person. After that you can think about meeting one-on-one.
  3. Keep your contact info private. It is always good to err on the side of caution. I try to avoid including my full or last name on profiles. I also never give my full name until after a few dates. Don’t use Facebook or Instagram photos in your profile. It is likely that a potential date will google your name and may find your work address on linkedin or location on instagram. Never post details such as your address, phone number, and personal email address on your profile. Additionally, set your settings to the maximum security levels on your social media platforms. Finally, do not allow an app to post your location.
  4. Investigate potential dates. It is important to verify that people are who they say they are. Google their name and look up their social media to gain a little insight into who the person is. If you find anything sketchy it is not too late to bail. Think of this step as research rather than stalking.
  5. Use the buddy system before and after dates. Tell at least one person where you are going, who you are going with, and what time you plan on going home.
  6. Take public transportation or drive yourself to and from your dates. Always drive yourself to and from dates because it can be risky to rely on someone you met online for a ride.
  7. Trust your gut. It is so common for people to embellish who they are. If something seems too good to be true it probably is. And if something feels off then it probably is. Trust your gut and do not be afraid to cut off contact with someone at any point.

While connecting virtually has its risks, it can be a convenient way to meet someone in a low pressure setting. Make sure apply these tips and stay safe.

Chicago Rapper Juice wrld Gone Too Soon

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Chicago Rapper Juice wrld is Gone Too Soon. Jarad Anthony Higgins was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Chicago. Higgin’s stage name “Juice wrld” was reportedly inspired by Tupac Shakur’s performance in the 1992 film, “Juice.” Juice wrld was best known for his hit singles “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are the Same.” These singles helped him gain a recording contract with “Lil Bibby’s Grade A Productions” and “Interscope Records.”

The young Chicago rapper suffered a seizure on Sunday December 8th 2019 at Chicago’s Midway International airport and was rushed to the hospital. The cause of the seizure is unknown and he was pronounced dead at the age of 21.

Raised to be a conservative nerd

Higgins was born on December 2nd 1998 in Chicago Illinois. His parents divorced when Higgins was 3 and raised him and his older brother as a single mother. Higgin’s mother was very religious and conservative and did not allow him to listen to Hip-hop. However, he was allowed to listen to Rock and Pop music he discovered on video games like Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. These games introduced him to artists such as: Panic! At the Disco, Blink-182, Black Sabbath, and Fall Out Boy. He first learned piano at the age of 4 followed by the guitar and drums. He also played trumpet in band. He started posting songs he recorded on his phone to Soundcloud during his Sophomore year in high school.

Career

Higgin’s started to develop his image as an artist during his Freshman year in high school. He released his first track, “Forever” on Soundcloud in 2015 under the name JuicetheKidd. A majority of his early tracks were recorded on a cellphone. At this point, he changed his name JuicetheKidd which was affectionately inspired by rapper Tupac Shakur. He chose “Juice wrld” because he believed that it represented “Taking over the world.”

In 2017, Juice wrld began attracting the attention of the artists Waka Flocka Flame and Southside as well as G Herbo and Lil bibby. He signed with Grade A Productions.

In May of 2018, “Lucid Dreams” was officially released with a video. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the biggest streaming songs of 2018. His first studio album “Goodbye and Good Riddance” was released on May 23rd, 2018. He released a two-song EP in June of 2018. “Too Soon” was dedicated to the deceased wrappers “Lil Peep” and “XXXtentacion.”

Thanks to a Google Drive hack, many of Juice’s unreleased songs had been extensively circulating. The songs began to leak in August of 2018. Right now there are more than 100 leaked songs, and even more in circulation.

Higgin’s first official single as Juice wrld titled “Wasted” was released on July 10th, 2018. He made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 8th, 2018 where he performed “Lucid Dreams.” Higgins also collaborated with Future and was in “Fine China” and “Wrld on Drugs.” He also contributed to the soundtrack for “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.”

Musical Inspirations

Higgins stated that his musical style is inspired by a wide genre from rock music to rap music. Some of his biggest musical inspirations were: Chief Keef, Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Billy Idol. His other influences were: 2Pac, Fall Out Boy, Wu-Tang Clan, Escape the Fate, Kid Cudi, Megadeath, and Black Sabbath. Higgin’s music has been branded as “emo” and “rock.”

Chicago Rapper Juice wrld Gone Too Soon

Higgins had a history of drug abuse and openly shared his story and experiences. In 2019, he was living LA with his girlfriend Alexia who he met around the time that his career was launching.

On Sunday morning, December 8th ,2019, Higgins was pronounced dead after suffering a seizure at the Midway International Airport in Chicago. The Chicago police department stated that Higgins was conscious and bleeding from the mouth when paramedics arrived on the scene. From there he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 am.

At the age of 21, the young rapper is gone too soon, but he has left behind a legacy.

We will soon know if there is really a primordial black hole hiding in our solar system.

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Perhaps you have heard the lyrics “Black Hole Sun”, by Sound Garden and imagined a black hole in the sky. Well, as it turns out there could actually be a tiny black hole between five and fifteen times the mass of the earth hiding in our very own solar system. If you aren’t familiar with black holes you might think that we should have seen it by now. This actually isn’t the case because a black hole with the five times the mass as earth would be compacted to about the size of your average base ball. Neat huh?

A black hole like this wouldn’t be created in your standard star collapse but likely its as old as the universe itself. The reason scientists are speculating its a black hole is because something in our solar system that is at least 5 times larger than earth is hanging around but we can’t see it..until now potentially.

It is believed that black holes would be surrounded by dark matter and antimatter which would in theory emit gamma rays periodically. We have 11 years of data which should show evidence of these gamma ray flashes and scientists are now studying the data. Stay tuned to find out if we are indeed living next door to a tiny black hole.

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