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Jen Moore Lost 150 Pounds by Hula Hooping

woman trowing hula hoop into the air

Jen used Hoopnotica to lose nearly 150 pounds.

Most of us think of a hula hoop as a retro children’s toy, rather than a tool for serious weight loss, but Jen Moore’s weight loss journey will make you change your mind.

Jen and her husband Keith both used food to cope with a range of emotions, and reached obesity following their marriage in 2001. At her heaviest, Jen weighted 288 pounds, and described her relationship to food as an addiction. “We had tried dieting in the past,” she says. “I was the queen of yo-yo dieting. It just didn’t work.”

Then in September of 2009, Jen began teaching herself hula hooping from Hoopnotica DVDs. The hoop used in this workout is built for adult use, and weights about two pounds. She would take her hoop to open gym at the local Y and practice. “I’d go to the corner of the floor to hoop while the basketball players stared, pointed and laughed,” Jen says, but that didn’t deter her. “It took me ALMOST three weeks (yes I was there every day) just to keep the hoop spinning around my waist, but from day one, I felt a tremendous difference in my core strength, confidence and energy just from the workout involved in dropping, bending over and picking up the hoop.”

jen moore and keith moore

Jen and Keith Before

Her first workouts lasted only 15 minutes per day, but soon she was able to double her time, and lost the first 40 pounds in three months. Hoopnotica is low-impact, something which made it easier for her to do despite her excess weight. “It’s really hard for an obese person to just start running like a fit person can,” Jen says.

Jen’s husband noticed the difference also. “Keith was impressed with my preliminary weight loss results and he was jealous of all of the fun I was having!” she says. It wasn’t long before her “skeptical” husband was doing the Hoopnotica workouts too. “Keith didn’t initially see his weight as much of an issue. He bragged that he only needed to lose 20 lbs to look fit again, however when he soon reached his goal of 280, he didn’t notice a difference in the mirror.”

Jen and Keith decided to lose weight together, something that leads to lasting success for many couples. “From this moment on, Keith and I committed to helping each other lose major poundage by practicing Hoopnotica and making simple, yet healthy lifestyle changes.”

keith moore before and after

Keith's Weight Loss

Rather than focusing on a specific diet plan, Jen focused on improving her diet by adding plenty of fruit and vegetables and cutting back on unhealthy snacks. Jen is now down to a healthy 145 pounds, and Keith lost nearly 200 pounds. “I used to mindlessly eat and watch television or eat and read a book,” explains Jen. “Instead of eating chips now, I eat grapes and know that I am going to stay healthy.”

The couple could also feel good about the example they’re setting for their children. “We are cultivating our kids’ taste buds to like healthy foods,” says Jen “We don’t want our kids to become obese and suffer like we did for so long. We are empowering our kids to make the right food choices.”

Losing weight not only dramatically improved Jen’s and Keith’s health, it also gave them a new direction for their lives. After discovering Hoopnotica, Jen felt the desire to “pay it forward,” and together they became certified instructors in the Hoopnotica curriculum. Together, they started their own company, Roc City Hoop Dance, and enjoy helping others lose weight.

“As a hoop instructor, I am proud to share the delight of hooping with my students,” says Jen. “I hope that by equipping them with a hoop I play a role in their personal empowerment as well.”

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February 17th, 2012

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Stephanie

Good Job Jen and Keith! You 2 are role models for those trying to lose weight!! You did it the RIGHT way, by changing your diets and in moderation and exersizing!! You are truely an inspiration!!

posted Mar 19th, 2012 11:49 pm


JEN

In response to this:
"Rather than focusing on a specific diet plan, Jen focused on improving her diet by adding plenty of fruit and vegetables and cutting back on unhealthy snacks."

Really?? Jen was on Jenny Craig for years, posting multiple times a day on their weight loss forums. Congratulations on losing the weight and getting fit, but let's give credit where credit is due.

Credit is due to myself, thankyouverymuch. Yes, I did utilize JC foods as part of learning healthy portion sizes and for convenience, but even following/eating only JC foods 100% (which I never did), their program focuses on fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks in moderation as a balanced lifestyle change. It does not matter what brand of food you eat, as long as you are balancing your micronutrients, and creating moderation and a lasting foundation of health. Just because I chose to not name one specific weight loss model that I utilized (which btw, my husband did Men's Belly Off, and we also both used Bodybuggs, and I also ate and still eat many Amy's organic, kashi, and weight watchers frozen meals and snacks) doesn't mean I am not giving credit where credit is due. Credit is due to the fact that a healthy lifestyle and true lasting weight loss is found in moderation and creating new habits you can sustain for the rest of your life-as opposed to hopping on or off the latest weight loss bandwagon.

JEN

posted Feb 21st, 2012 10:37 pm


GalSal

"Rather than focusing on a specific diet plan, Jen focused on improving her diet by adding plenty of fruit and vegetables and cutting back on unhealthy snacks."

Really?? Jen was on Jenny Craig for years, posting multiple times a day on their weight loss forums. Congratulations on losing the weight and getting fit, but let's give credit where credit is due.

posted Feb 20th, 2012 2:34 pm



   
 

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