“Ding Dong”. The children ran to the door. “I didn’t order anything recently” I whispered to myself. “MeeMee!” shouted GerGer as I walked from my room to the hall. A courier guy at the door, with a parcel wrapped in brown paper, asked for me. I signed and received the parcel as the addressee and address were correct.
My girl was very eager to have me open the box. I read the label in detail and saw the words “Happy Hooping!“. This rang a bell, and I realised it must be a gift from my Mumprenuer friend, May (read my earlier post about her). She has been a great mummy-friend-in-need, encouraging me when my sales figures were below my targets, and when my energy level is drained by the children. Of late, I have been confiding in her about my business hurdles. She reminded me of the right path I have chosen – to spend more time with my children – and not pressure myself with my sales targets. She reminded me to appreciate the magical ten-minute walks to and from school with our children, as those are the times our children would tell us most things about themselves or how their day went.
May was so sweet to have brighten my day with a surprise gift. It was the wavy Hula Hoop for beginners! Exercise does keep one happy. Ever since I had knee pain last September, my weekly jogging sessions were reduced to occasional walking sessions. The occasional walks have stopped since January this year, when a pinched nerve welcomed me into the year 2013. In February, I had my lower curved spine corrected. And by March, the numbness in my right outer thigh has finally deserted me, for good I hope.
So is hula hoop the answer for my new exercise regime? I am never good in sports, could only ice-skate in a straight line, and never learned dancing. I could never move my body like how those dancers on Television move their hips without moving their waists, move their heads without moving their necks, and so on. In fact, I never owned a Hula Hoop in my life. Oh my goodness, this is MY VERY FIRST Hula Hoop!!! I feel like a little girl who just received a Barbie Doll as a gift.
GerGer hurried me to put the hula hoop pieces together, hovering above me as I fix the hoop. Watching me install the hoop, made her want to try hooping. I explained to her that this type of sports hoop is not for children. I then promised her that I will buy her a hoop that is suitable for her if we do visit the major toy stores. Hula hooping being a healthy activity, I did not mind getting her one.
I read the instructions carefully and had my FIRST EVER hula hooping attempt. I stood with legs apart, held the hoop on my lower back with both hands, and swung the it to the left for a kick-start rotation. I attempted to move my body to keep the rotation going but it dropped onto the floor within seconds. After ten tries, I could hula hoop for one minute!!!!! I was thrilled. By this time, I was already perspiring. I stopped for the day so as not to over exert my back. Instructions on the box stated that we should only hoop for five minutes for the first two weeks.
How will I fare after weeks of practice? Look out for my update!