Did the hula hoop slim my waist?

Is a slim waist possible?

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Please note this is a follow-up post to “The Hula Hoop is back!  Does it really reduce your waist?”  If you haven’t read that story, you can do so now. Want to know which size hoop is right for you? You can find out more in my most recent post here.

Like any well-laid plan, my commitment and resolve to hula hoop at least 20 minutes per day, six days per week didn’t quite happen as planned.  Let’s break it down:

  • Excuse number 1 – I hadn’t built up to 20 minutes yet and it took another two weeks to do so.
  • Excuse number 2 – I took a long weekend trip.  Between trip prep, the trip itself and clean up after the trip, I lost five days of hooping.
  • Excuse number 3 – I had a week of bad allergies that turned into sinusitis and then bronchitis.  This cut down on how many times I hooped, or shortened the sessions.
  • Excuse number 4 – I placed my hooping session in a time slot on my calendar that proved not to work well for me.  Once I got out of the mindset of forcing it to happen at that time and rearranged my schedule, hooping happened more often and for the full 20 minutes.

In today’s society, we tend to think in absolutes; all or nothing; black or white.  This stems from people’s stress levels.  Stress causes our bodies to prepare for fight or flight.  Those are polar-opposite responses.

What many don’t know is that physiological response also modifies our brains and we start to think in extremes.  We start to use phrases like always and never, total success or complete failure.

Either we got the job done or we didn’t, and if we didn’t we must be a bad person or lacking in some way.  There is no room for shades of gray.

This is unfortunate.  I didn’t come close to fulfilling my plan of hooping 20 minutes per day, six times per week.  If I applied stress-induced thinking, I would have considered myself foolish for thinking I could follow through.

I would have been upset with myself for not doing better.  I would have wondered why I can “never do what I say I’ll do.”  I might have thought, “This always happens every time I make plans.”

I might have skipped getting on the scale and getting out the tape measure to see if anything changed from a month ago.

And worst of all, since I couldn’t do it all, I might have gone back to doing nothing.

Why something is better than nothing

Lori hoopingDid a tiny fraction of success make a difference or did I waste my time?  Let’s look.

My starting measurements were:

  • Weight:  126.8
  • Natural thinnest point between bust and hips:  31
  • Around the belly button:  34
  • Midway between belly button and hips:  37
  • Hips at widest point:  38
  • Waist-to-hip ratio:  0.895

Here are my latest measurements:

  • Weight:  123.2
  • Natural thinnest point between bust and hips:  30
  • Around the belly button:  33
  • Midway between belly button and hips:  36
  • Hips at widest point:  37.5
  • Waist-to-hip ratio:  0.891

So my results are as follows:

  • Weight:  Lost 3.6 pounds
  • Natural thinnest point between bust and hips:  Lost 1 inch
  • Around the belly button:  Lost 1 inch
  • Midway between belly button and hips:  Lost 1 inch
  • Hips at widest point:  Lost 1/2 inch
  • Waist-to-hip ratio:  Reduced by 0.004

The instructions that came with my hula-hoop claimed I could lose up to four pounds per month and I could reduce my waist by 2” just by hooping 20 minutes per day.

I hooped perhaps a third of the days out of the last 30 days, not all of them.  Yet, I still lost 3.6 pounds and reduced my waist by 1 inch.

So what do you think?  Did I waste my time?

Personally, I’m pleased.  I intend to keep the hula-hoop as part of my routine while I strive to become more consistent in getting it done every day.

Did I change my waist-to-hip ratio?

A month ago, my WHR was 0.895.  This month, it’s 0.891.  Both of those still round up to 0.9, but I think you’ll agree 0.891 is closer to 0.8 than 0.895.  For women, 0.8 is the dividing line doctors have set for deciding if you’re at increased risk for disease.

I’d like to get my ratio at or below 0.8, but that may not be possible.  My hips need to cooperate by not losing any more inches while my waist continues to shrink.

It’ll be interesting to see if my experiment with the hula-hoop continues to improve my ratio.

Your turn

So how about you?  What do you do when things don’t go as planned?  Do you beat yourself up and quit?  Do you roll with it and keep going?  Do my results inspire you to adopt a “something is better than nothing” attitude?  Please share in the comments below!
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  1. Tammy R says:

    That is good news, Lori. I do like how you shared all the stats and, especially, the real life “stuff” that happens.

    I only throw the towel in on things that I really don’t care about. I think it’s healthy to examine our lives and eliminate things which we once thought were important but no longer are.

    So glad you took time out to celebrate your son’s birthday. You will never regret creating memories!

    • Lori Stalter says:

      It was an interesting weekend trip, especially since I went prepared for damage control and everybody else on the trip drank and ate whatever they wanted. After six months of spinning my wheels and heading in the wrong direction with my weight, I wasn’t ready for a blow out weekend yet.

      I did get to introduce some of them to my famous smoothie, though. 😀

      I agree on taking stock and pivoting when an initial plan no longer holds me captive, as long as I’m honest about my reasons why I’m changing gears.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tammy!

  2. cj says:

    Good for you Lori! Yes, something is better than nothing and you showed the results of that clearly in your post. Well done! When things do not go as planned, I simply make a note of what did not get done and get around to it later. No biggie. And yes, your results are inspiring indeed! All that most reasonable people need to see is that someone is trying and you’re certainly doing that. Have a FUN day!!!

    • Lori Stalter says:

      It’s a great day, indeed! I hope yours has been jolly, as well.

      I like your calm approach, CJ. No need for drama. Just do it later. Awesome! My mental eye sees you shrugging a shoulder while saying it. 🙂

      • cj says:

        Although I am loathe to appear flippant, I do mentally apply the shoulder shrug;) Thanks for your reply, Lori. Always a pleasure to chatski with you!

        • Lori Stalter says:

          BUAHAHA! Busted! lol Your words gave you away. You’re not flippant. You’re just cool like that. 😉