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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!
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    Thank you so much for sharing about your streak on hula hooping for health team. I have never realized the power of a streak until now. I am hooked. I am very proud of you for conquering the hoop. Definitely get a lighter hoop. It is so much fun to do off body tricks. My favorite hoop is my LED one because the weight is between my beginner hoop and the polypro hoops that I just got. So I can do both waist and off body tricks.
    We will see if the polypros become my favorite. lol. Waist hooping is still a challenge for me as well, but I love it with the off body tricks. Keep up the happy hooping.
    1110 days ago
    I got a weighed hula hoop some time ago. Haven't been able to get it going as of yet. I like your idea..10 min a day..that sounds doable. As a kid..I went to school with a hula hoop champion. She made it look so easy..or how about the lady in the circus that spins lots of hoops as one time. Doesn't look like I will be running away to join the circus any time soon.
    1336 days ago
    I have hula hoops here for the grandchildren. I know I can still make it go around and around, but for 10 minutes? I will have to give it a try.
    1429 days ago
    How fun! I was just looking at a hula hoop when I was out shopping over the weekend and thought about picking one up but did not. You may have sparked me to give it a try.

    A couple years ago I started a push-up and plank streak each day. After a couple months I could do ten push-ups on my toes and a 1-minute plank!

    One day at a time really works! Way to go!!
    1434 days ago
    Your post made me Smile!! I actually have loved to hula hoop since I was a kid! I have a daughter who also loved to hoop. We were in Target about a month ago and she talked me into buying two new hula hoops so we could have contests. So fun!!
    1446 days ago
    Congrats on your streak! I found this blog totally inspiring, and part of me right now wanna try with hula-hoop!

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