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A hooping review

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I was scanning posts back to see what inspired me to try to hoop but I can´t find a post about it - I do think that it wasn´t Spark from the start – it was the "circus" theatre Mimulus that I work with and I wanted to find something I could do in an act - why I thought of hooping I wonder. I probably thought that I would practise a lot more than I usually do with anything i try...

It was summer 2011 and after trying my daughters hoops (yes toy hoops...) I ordered a "powerhoop" that was heavy and almost bruised my waist - and did not work although it was a lot heavier than the hoops I had tried so far...

Tried all autumn, no progress. In the meantime, daughter started to get good. Joined the Hula Hoop all stars team on spark and got new inspiration from Shelli "Mostmom1", kept me trying and visiting that team although it was really depressing not to get anywhere with my hooping.

Came january 2012 and Shannon - who call herself a "fluffy hooper" presented a video in Hula Hoop All stars team about her own way into hooping success - and when she showed her practise hoop I finally got that the hoop size in my case had to be a lot bigger than the ones you could buy, so I got out and bought psi tube and made a GIGANTIC hoop for myself. It worked immediately and after hooping 4-5 laps all autumn I was up to 20-100 in fourteen days and in another month or so I could hoop for 30-40 minutes without stopping.

Started to hoop in the other direction, started to do the vortex - in both direction. Made smaller hoops and did two-weave and practising three-weave.

Started to plan fire-hooping for my birthday-party in november. Bought Quick wicks from USA (expensive!) and choreographed a number that I performed on my 60th birthday party - including me firehooping!
And after that it just ended. The pictures I got with me hooping I could not take. I tried to see that I was having fun and that I was managing to do something I had practised hard for, AND entertaining friends with a fun show - but I could only see the fat body and the inner judge kept telling me that it was all ridiculous and nothing to be proud off - any child could do what I had worked so hard to achieve and I was embarrassing myself with that performance.

Of course I knew that that was rubbish - I do not have to compare, it was fun, I did good... but the reality is that since than I have gained ten kilos (or maybe even more, I have passed the scale limit)

I do question my engagement in "show business" today. We did have opening night on our summer show last week - it is called " Häx Factor" ("Häxa" in swedish means witch) and it went reasonably well. But I don´t feel well, I doubt myself a lot and do not feel as I do a good enough job. Of course it does not help that our artistic leader is german and only points out our mistakes, we do not get any praise and I have tried to tell my feelings about that a couple of times but now I feel sort of hopeless and just want to get away from it. In july we will do 17 more performances and then it will be over and then I will also decide if I will stay on with that group... hopefully I will find a way to handle the relations that I can feel good about.

And my daughter performs wonderfully - she is a manga-inspired young witch and does an act with a golden magic hoop that keeps her charmed and throws her about...it is rather good so far if she could learn how to act in it it would be a worldclass act - not that it is so advanced in tricks but after cruising on youtube I find that it is not the tricks that makes impression it is if you can put your art in a context where a story is told...

Anyway - this morning I took my hoop out in the garden and hooped for 150 laps. I can still do it - that is nice. And now I have to stop being so negative about myself and just do it for a while...
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    Hoop it up!
    2479 days ago
    Keep on hooping my friend! Do it for the love of doing it and not for any other reason. Don't listen to negative people! Do what your heart tells you is the right thing for you and you will go far. Above all - enjoy life! emoticon
    2479 days ago
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    I'm really enjoying your accounts of your inventiveness, creativity, and liveliness - thank you for them! emoticon
    2480 days ago
    I'm finally starting to appreciate that my mother never went out of her way to make me feel special, to give me the idea that I was worthy of other people's attention. I tend to think of myself as invisible most of the time. It's an attitude that serves me well at the gym and when I'm running. I just don't think about what I look like.

    The pictures aren't as important as you think. You worked hard and accomplished something. No one can diminish that.
    2480 days ago
    I struggle with this same issue - seeing pictures of myself, even hooping and smiling and full of joy, and feeling so sad about how I look. I'm really trying to focus on what is GREAT and STRONG about my body and how much FUN I get out of hooping. The more I learn and the more confident I get about my abilities, I think the more my insecurities about my body start to fall away.

    Have you looked into YouTube tutorials? That has helped me soooo much - they are fun to watch and learning new things really helps spur me forward and keep progressing. Best of luck. Just keep hooping!!! :)
    2480 days ago
    2480 days ago
    I thought you looked like you were having fun in your birthday fire hooping picture!
    2480 days ago
    It just seems like it should bring you joy, be something that's fun and relaxing for you. Maybe the performance aspect is putting too much pressure on you. I'm sure you're ever so much better than you imagine.
    2480 days ago
    Are they passions or pastimes?? Hooping does not have to be for performance and performers don't have to hoop! If you love it; do it! If you don't, move on. The power is yours, the talents are yours, the envy is ours! I don't expect to achieve what you already have with your hooping; but I enjoy it none the less. Don't be so hard on yourself Cecelia; you have many gifts, allow yourself to enjoy them. emoticon
    2480 days ago
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    I am so sorry to hear you're doubting yourself. I started to smile reading the first bit of your blog about your progress with the hooping. You did GREAT!
    You've shown so much perseverance! Not only with the hooping but also with your attempts to lose weight, find better lifestyles.
    What does it take / what do you need to feel better about yourself and feel happy about your achievement? Because I think that if you tell yourself a child could do it, you're not being fair to yourself. Compare yourself not to an agile child but to OTHER WOMEN your age and size. Then see how you like what you did...
    Much love, hugs, Christina
    2480 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2013 3:20:05 AM
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