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Yvonne Wyse Lost 112 Pounds Hooping

Yvonne Wyse Yvonne Wyse, a mother-of-four living in Scotland, has some big news to share with the world. She’s spun up some serious weight loss having shed a total of 112 pounds (8 stone). How’d she do it? Hooping and a change in diet, of course. Back in January of 2012 Wyse weighed in at 266 pounds and she was filled with dread at the thought of being photographed at her stepson’s wedding. Today the dining room supervisor from Dalkeith isn’t worrying about such things, all thanks to a hula hoop, a hoop that came to her as a gift from her family. She told the Edinburgh Evening News, “Instead of buying me chocolates for my birthday my family bought me a hula hoop and they’ve been with me all the way.”

Wyse, who hadn’t been able to lose her baby weight after having four children, admitted that she turned to comfort eating throughout the day. She said, “I’ve always been a big girl and I dreaded going shopping. It was a nightmare and always made me feel depressed.” Then she got her hands on a hoop. It wasn’t easy at the start, but perseverance paid off. “I was covered in bruises all over from it at the start,” she explained, “but I did it myself at home at my own pace and soon got the hang of it.” It wasn’t long before she was hooping off the weight, and keeping it off too.

Yvonne Wyse Yvonne also made changes in her diet. The old Yvonne would have started the day with several slices of toast with lots of butter, followed by a big bowl of cereal. For lunch she ate sandwiches, biscuits and bars of chocolate, while her dinner would include lasagna and french fries with several helpings of garlic bread. She’d also snack on sweet treats and cream cakes throughout the day. Now the petite mum starts her morning with a bowl of oatmeal and banana followed by either soup and a sandwich, or a salad and yogurt for lunch. A low-fat healthy dinner of grilled meat and steamed vegetables is her evening meal and instead of sweets and cakes, she’s snacking on fruit and yogurt. She also no longer needs the after-dinner digestive aids that used to go down with a cup of tea.

Today her weight problem has become a memory, one that she’s reminded of pretty much everywhere she goes. She said, “It’s amazing how many people have noticed the difference, the children at school comment on the new me and people who haven’t seen me for ages stop in the street wanting to know the secret of my success. My husband feels like he is married to a celebrity.” Yvonne is becoming something of one in Scotland too. She’s one of 20 finalists who have made it through to the Scottish Slimmers’ 2013 Slimmer of the Year competition. The event is taking place this Sunday at the Westerwood Hotel in 
Cumbernauld and we’re rooting for Yvonne all the way.

Hooping and Laughter

Hooplaugh [Guest blogger Carly Dawson spins up the hooping and the laughter.]

by Carly Dawson

Recently, while minding my own business online, I accidentally stumbled across a video for something called “Laughter Yoga”. Now I had never heard of such a thing and I wasn’t even quite sure what to make of it, but I must say after clicking play I was laughing along with the people in the video by the time it was over. While it looked a little ridiculous to me, it also looked like so much fun! And when the video ended I couldn’t help but think more about the power of laughter. Not only can it transform our day and our lives, but it’s infectious in transforming the lives of others. It got me wondering about all of the laughter in my hoop classes. Sometimes a class really is just an hour of laughter and we don’t need to force the laughter either. It happens simply because we are feeling fun and silly inside our hoops.

I think it’s a skill to be able to laugh at oneself and it’s one we need to actively work on. Did you know that most adults only laugh 17 times a day, while pre-school children laugh 400 times a day? As we get older so many of us grown-ups begin to take life too seriously – and that’s why hooping is such a gift. Just the prospect of hula hooping in front of a room full of people can be enough to send some people into a fit of giggles! And if it is true what they always say, that laughter is the best medicine, if laughter is in fact medicine what are the more specific health benefits associated with laughter in and of itself? So I did a bit of research and here’s what I learned:

Edinburgh Seniors Keep On Spinning

block In Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Clovenstone House is home to 35 elderly seniors. It’s also home to some fun loving hoopers like Margaret Hawkes, 91. “I just love this. Mind you, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here doing it. It’s a lovely thing to do and another great thing about this place.” Personal trainers were brought in to run a regular class in order to boost both physical and mental health and the hoops were introduced as an extra tool to keep participants stimulated. Manager Pam Colston said: “The class creates a real buzz around the place. It’s the most popular thing we do and most of them want to take part. Some of our patients have dementia and it helps them, too.” Trainer Ann Ritchie sits the residents in a large circle and warms them up with some basic exercises with soft equipment before distributing the hula hoops. The hour-long session is accompanied by the sound of classic war-time songs such as We’ll Meet Again and Roll Out the Barrel. Full story: Edinburgh News