The post was written by Mandy Harvey of Sugar Hoops. You can find out about her weekly classes, special events, bachelorettes, and other offerings at www.sugarhoops.com PAM INSPIRES US! Pam Hickey of New Brunswick, Canada has earned praise as an inspirational hooper and here is her story: "My Name is Pamela Hickey, I am 37 yrs old and I have 2 daughters, 21 &19 yrs old & I'm going to be a Grandma!!! Very Exciting!!! My journey and love affair for the hoop started 5 yrs ago. I was overweight, depressed, and became single for the first time in my adult life. I needed to do something!!! It was Christmas 2007, when my two best friends, Mandy & Melissa, introduced the Hula Hoop to me, and I have never looked back!! They knew that I didn't want a YO-YO diet, I wanted a fun workout with possibly dancing involved. And the love affair began from the moment I picked up the hoop - I knew I was addicted. I felt like I had finally found my fountain of youth. To date I have lost 48 Lbs and weigh 113 lbs and I am 5 'tall. I have kept the weight off for 5 yrs now, and I have never felt younger. I had found the one thing in my life that I could never get tired of!!! The more I practiced the better I got and the more fun I was having with my workout - the weight just melted off. I looked better, I felt better, and I didn't have to leave my house, that's the part I loved about hooping most. I could hoop anywhere at anytime, no traveling, no excuses!!! All I had to do was pick it up and it basically does the work for you. Hooping saved my life!!! I have gained back my Independence, and it has allowed me to create a total mind, body & soul transformation. I am more dynamic, more focused, and I have more energy. I have never felt more beautiful from the inside out. As long as you can see your hoop, you will touch it!!! and PRACTICE is the key!! TRUST ME!!!! Let your inner Goddess be revealed - you might just like what you see :) I know it definitely worked for me."