My Experience With a 30-Day Streak and Goal Setting
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
I am nearing the end of a 30 day hula-hooping streak.
I don't really consider myself a goal-setter, but a couple of years ago my daughter gave me a weighted hoop for my 60th birthday. Here I was, 60 years old and had never been able to hulahoop, and that deficiency really bugged me! I had read that weighted hoops were easier to learn on, and I really wanted to be able to operate this darn thing. So, armed with my new hoop, and much excitement, away I went. I tried it MANY different times, but it just didn't click for me! I managed to keep it going for a few revolutions (my record being 75, which is about 45 seconds...)
I have a young friend, who lives in another city, who is an avid hooper. I would read her Facebook posts and be so envious of all the events she was attending. She takes her hoop with her everywhere: camping, get-togethers, whatever! It is part of her identity! There are not enough Os in cooool to describe this girl!
Watching her, I realized that the only way I would ever get better at hooping was if I worked on it consistently. So I set myself a goal: 30 days, 10 minutes per day, play with my hoop.
I am not sure if 'play' is the right term. For me, hooping is still work. Maybe eventually I will get good enough that I will work it in that perpetual-motion kind of way that my friend does.
The first thing I did, to prepare for my 30 Day Streak, was to watch a whole lot of YouTube videos on waist hooping for beginners. I tell you, YouTube is one of the best things to ever happen - ever!
So, in these 30 days (well, I still have a coupe of days to go) I have got the hang of waist hooping. I can keep that thing revolving for the full 10 minutes some days - as long as I keep my arms and feet perfectly still! Taking steps and waving my arms about is a precarious proposition! But I am working on that, now that my core seems to have grasped the basic motions required to keep the hoop from falling. I can also hoop in my non-dominant direction, although it takes incredible concentration on my part.
One of the most surprising discoveries I made about waist hooping: it requires a lot of shoulder strength to keep your arms up and away from your body for 10 minutes straight!
My next aim: to buy a second hoop. Mine is 2 pounds, and the right size for waist hooping for my height, but I think I need one a bit lighter now. Those you tube videos that show all the fancy stuff a person can do... well they are intriguing and I think I might like to see if I can eventually master some of those. Who knows? 10 minutes a day is all it takes!
Have you undertaken any "Streaks" of your own? I would love to hear about your experiences!