Friday, September 02, 2011

30/30 Challenge weekly recap

(this is me on Day 1 - hooping in my kitchen because hell has not yet left south Texas)

It's not too late to join the 30/30 Hoop Challenge. All you have to do is hoop for 30 minutes a day for the 30 days of September. You don't have to actually BE hooping. You can count the time you are picking it up off the ground!

I did this in June (even keeping it up while on a family vacation). I was amazed at how it took me to a whole new level of being flexible and more comfortable with my body and coordination. I took pictures each day, and looking back on those helped me to see my progress. When you improve little by little, you don't realize how far you've come!

Hooping is therapeutic. There is a "feel" to it that relaxes you. So, imagine how this can be of benefit to you, or your children, on really rough days. If you hoop together, you are receiving many benefits, including the fun, playful time spent with them. Kids love it when their parents step outside their comfort zone to join them in something fun.

Wait ... no. Kids live for when their parents step outside their comfort zone to join them in something fun.

Children with a history of trauma desperately need to play every single day. It is one of the ways they heal (write that one on your bathroom mirror and read it every morning). That is an area where I was painfully misguided when I first started therapeutic parenting. I took a stance of expecting them to EARN their play (AND I WAS WRONG!).

Now I know better, so I do better.

Yet, it's a natural tendency of every single parent to withhold playfulness when their kid is having a rough day. The 30/30 Challenge will force you to do something fun with them every single day. Sometimes we are strong enough to just do the right thing. Most of the time, however, we need something pushing us. I will be the first to raise my hand on that one. Christine ain't Super Woman with a heart and hormones of steel.

So, we just started up September's challenge yesterday. Feel free to join us. Who cares if you miss a couple of days, or a week gathering supplies and making your hoops? Do it anyway! Right now I know of at least 15 people who are joining me, via comments on FaceBook. Anyone else out there who is in?

If you are, be sure and "like" Pandora's Healing Hoops, as she is the reason I'm doing this. Heck, you can like her even if you're NOT participating and just follow along. Her page is a great place for people to comment and keep up with everyone else in the challenge. You can also post pics and videos of yourself hooping, which I highly recommend. Hoopers are the most loving and accepting group of people on the planet. They embrace and celebrate everyone, whether they can hoop fire, or if it's still falling every three seconds! It's all FABULOUS!

(early morning hoop in my living room, before the kids are awake)


Diana said...

I'm in! And so is my daughter. By virtue of that, my boys will also play too, even though they don't know it. We know for sure we won't make all 30 days as I can't take my hoop with me on an airplane, but I'll do my best otherwise.

By all means, feel free to share some tips and secrets for some cool new tricks (especially ones that can be done indoors in a smaller space!):-)

MRK said...

As you know, I'm in. Got my supplies, making my hoop tomorrow and one for my big kids and one for my little guy. I need the push to play with the kids, and I LOVE the fact that you are making this seem so accesible to those of us who haven't touched a hula hoop in maybe 30 years.

Jill said...

I'm in. I'm in FL, and I made a hoop for our babysitter/friend (who is also in ), and my dad from GA (almost 61 and joining us). Thanks!

Cathleen said...

We made hoops while on vacation- a great motivator to spend time together even at our "not even close to best." oh how they enjoy being better than i am and we all did some laughing. A win in my book.

Angela :-) said...

We're in. I'm committed, the rest of the fam are just hooping, not committing to a time.

We love the rap video and your video. You and your daughters are inspiring us.

Angela :-)

rechal said...

Thought you'd enjoy this video:!

Most excellent hula-hooping, and a kick-ass song to go with it.

Jenni Stearns said...

I made a hoop for myself and my boys. I have never been able to hoop before, but I'm making progress! And we're laughing and having fun with it, which is the best part!

kristy said...

I have four children we have all made hoops. Only my older two and I have been doing it. The younger two 7 have been hooping off and on. We love it I have all the neighbors talking about what we are doing.

Christy L said...
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Christine said...

Christy, click on the links in the post!