Last year Hooping.org had a hoop 30 minutes a day for 30 days challenge. I heard about it on the 8th of January so I participated but never officially joined. I also decided that if I missed a day I was not going to throw my hands up and say I failed, I was just going to have missed a day.
I ended up hooping 100 days in a row, then I eased up, now hoop most days. I am so glad to have an aerobic activity back in my life. Plus my pulse and dress size are both down!
When I saw their announcement for the challenge this yeas (2012) it was a no brainer, yes I will do it again this year, just to reinforce the habit.
I was talking (and hooping) with Andrea who was my cohort in the challenge last year. We were talking about meditation, chanting, a home yoga practice… Then Andrea said “I wish I did one spiritual thing a day for 30 minutes”.
This altered our focus of the 30/30 challenge concept. We saw it not as a thing you do for a set time, but a set time to do a thing. Hmmm?
A few days later, New Years Eve, as we were hooping with Brianna. Brianna is Andrea’s next door neighbor. She 10 and as a natural a hooper as there ever was. She has been hooping along with us all this year. Since it was New Years Eve the subject of change/resolution/challenges came up. To quote a 10 year old. “I don’t make resolutions, because I always mess up.”
After a laugh of confirmation we brought up our 30/30 concept. Doing something good/healthy/joyful for yourself for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days. Or more days than before! Our friend Angle say’s “it’s not that I fall off the wagon… It’s that I get back on!”
So our little group has agreed to use 30 minutes a day in some thoughtful manner. It may be hooping for health and/or joy. It may be sitting in meditation. It may be lovingly making a salad and eating it slowly. It may be taking that nap. It may be cleaning out the junk drawer. It may be that same thing a few days in a row. It may not. It is simply 30 minutes a day for ____________ fill in the blank. Just do it with loving attention.
For me some of the days the 30 will be eliminating piles/tasks. I have been know to procrastinate. (understatement) But I also know I can do most anything for 30 minutes. And I know that 30 minutes is enough time to accomplish something. Or get a good start on the bigger stuff. (the “family” room!)
I will only post once a day, so it will be yesterdays 30. On that note 1/1/12, 45 minutes of hooping with Andrea & Brianna.
And most days I am going to aim for hooping and a kind to me in the long run 30 minute activity.
Please join me/us, add your 30 minute joy/task/healthy/insert the best word here in the comments. *:)
Mini clip here: Day 1 30/30 Challenge.