Hoop Looks: Dallas Mavericks


1 Dallas Mavericks Tank |  2 Dallas Mavericks Knit Beanie  |  3 Socks  | 4 Leggings  | 5 Converse  Sneakers  |  6 HoopsForHumanity Blue and Silver Hoop

While I am working on chest hooping  The Stunt That Shall Not Be Named, in honor of the NBA playoffs I have put together a little hooping outfit to represent my team! I like daydreaming about hooping outfits. It’s my favorite.


GF Orange Muffins with Orange Glaze



I made a new gluten-free treat! Orange Muffins with Orange Glaze. YUM. I’ve been using Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix (many local grocery stores carry it in their gluten-free section) as a base for various muffins and goodies (and of course, pancakes). I’ve tried a couple different pancake mixes, and this is the one my family likes the best. Tastes like the real deal! Pancakes are my favorite, so it is embarrassingly important to me that I find a good mix. Pamela’s can be a little spendy, but the flavor is worth it.

I used the basic muffin recipe on Pamela’s website. I went for the “no fat added” version, even though I ended up smothering them with orange glaze. Instead of adding fruit, add the zest of 1 orange. Bake per instructions.

For the glaze, mix:

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. orange zest

2 T. orange juice

You can add more/less juice or powdered sugar to get the consistency right if needed.

These turned out so yummy!! Will definitely add this to the rotation.

Chest Hooping: The Saga Continues

Look. I know it’s only been a week since Geri showed me how to chest hoop. But in my head, I’m all “IT’S BEEN A WEEK!! HOW CAN I STILL BE STRUGGLING WITH THIS??”

I’ve taken to the YouTubes. I wanted to share a few videos that have been encouraging.

Deanne Love has a ton of tutorials that you can’t help but trip over when you are searching for some hoop help. I love the advice she gives at the end, where she talks about how it clicked for her when she changed her music and slowed the tempo down a bit. I think that works for a lot of things…try it a slightly different way, and suddenly you GOT IT.

I love, love, LOVE Jess’s tutorials. I found her YouTube channel when I stumbled upon her fangirl hoops on Etsy. She is a Texas girl, so obviously she gets bonus points. But residency aside, she has the funnest, most hilarious, brilliantly edited tutorials I have seen. She is so real and funny and awesome. I think she is especially helpful because she tells you it’s okay to look a little weird at first…once you figure out the motion, then work on your finesse.

So, after some more unsuccessful attempts today, I’ll sleep on it (call back) and keep you posted.

Chest Ouch.



Between a lot of frustrating chest hoop attempts and an intense hour of Zumba yesterday, I am feeling the hurt today. I decided I had better take a rest day today, and I feel like I am being lazy. It has been so long since I have felt that way about exercise. Actually, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way. I used to be in pretty good shape. Through college and even after I was pretty active, lifting weights at my best and at the very least, walking a ton as my mode of transportation.

Then life and desk jobs happen, and you get older and you can’t eat just anything anymore without it affecting your body and your mood. And then you can’t even believe that you would be in pain over something as simple as…hula hooping!

Chest Hooping For Nerds.


Oh, so ill-equipped for the chest hooping. Geri was teaching me how to chest hoop with my hands in the air like I just don’t care. She even had me try it while sitting down. Guys, that is shit is no joke. Holy crap! I cannot believe what a workout it is to get a circular tube to roll around your chest. Or even just your body. But especially your chest. Dang. I’ve got some work to do.

She has challenged me to be good at it in time for our next session (which I sneakily have not scheduled yet) so we can build on it by throwing an arm in. Or two. Or I don’t know. We’ll see how good I can get before then. I’m anticipating the appearance of some bulging back muscles within the next few weeks….

I’ll throw some videos up over the course of the next few weeks so you can see how it goes.

Whoa Dude.



Guys. I am totally down 5 lbs! This is definitely due to integrating hooping into my routine (and taming my sweet tooth a bit). Between that and Zumba, I am trying to do something active every day. And it is paying off! The cool thing is that with the hooping, it doesn’t feel like work and I don’t even do it very much…like I mentioned previously, I practice here and there throughout the day when I want a break from the computer screen or need to let the dogs outside.

Rock hard abs, I’m coming for ya!