What have I gotten myself into? I'm usually a wuss when it comes to challenges so I surprised myself by agreeing to participate in Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Well Together Challenge, which pairs health bloggers who encourage each other to try something new for one month. I've enjoyed reading the other blogger teams' experiences as they braved new fitness classes, cooked with unusual ingredients, meditated, or trialed quick and easy family recipes. Check out Harvard Pilgrim's Facebook page to read those posts and get other great wellness tips.
Well, my turn has come (1st post next week)! My blogger in crime is Michele from A Yummy Mommy, a seriously cool mom with three beautiful young daughters. I was instantly inspired and felt my blood pressure drop when looking at her blissful photography and absorbing the laid-back feel of her blog. Lately my job(s) have become more demanding, which on the one hand is rewarding because my work involves helping people but I've also recognized that when I don't do things that nourish my inner being, I'm a little lot crankier and feel the boundaries of my world shrinking. So I've come up with two personal weekly challenges inspired by Michele to help change up my routine: 1) Learn hula hooping and 2) Express gratitude for little things during the day that make me smile.
I recall briefly having a hula hoop when I was about 10 years old and could even do it around my knees. But wow has hooping evolved. Some gyms offer weighted hoops as part of a fitness class that strengthens the core, and if you search on YouTube you'll discover that it has become a sport. It's probably bigger in Europe than here as most of the instructors in the videos have European or Australian accents. This one video blew me away (no it's not on fast forward!) and wondered if I could achieve even 30 seconds of what this hooper accomplishes here:
Thankfully, Michele created a great video of tricks for me that feels more manageable.
I'm excited to get started...