Community, community, community

Dear Jump Ropers,

At The Jump Roper we work to build community, character, and creativity through the sport or jump rope. I have been so inspired by the jump rope community online. I love that people are looking at jump rope as a fun way to be active. Everyone knows the physical benefits to jumping rope, but not many consider the mental benefits. 

That is why my mission statement encompasses areas of life that are about our mental health. Community is a huge part of that. We are social creatures that need others to not only survive but thrive. But don’t get me wrong. We don’t just need ANY kind of people in our lives. We need people that love and support us without judgement. We need people in our lives that challenge us to be better human beings. 

This #instajumpropeteam that has formed online has been so incredibly supportive of each other. And I don’t think that is an accident. The origins of the sport was founded in community. A community of physical education teachers who reached out to each other and shared. They then imparted their jump rope knowledge on their students. And after that, the teachers and coaches empowered their jumpers to become peer instructors. 

It is a very natural progression in our sport to have a community of knowledge sharers. The sport is not about competing. There are plenty of sports that people “play” and don’t compete in professionally. You still “play” the sport. 

So keep in “playing jump rope”. It’s FUN and it’s good for you physically and mentally! Enjoy all the benefits the sport has :)


Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun,

Coach Susahnn


Self compassion in recovery

Dear Jump Ropers,

What is more painful, a broken foot or not being able to do the thing you love because of said foot? I argue that the emotional and mental aspect of an injury is more painful than the physical pain of it. And this is where self compassion and resilience can be so crucial. 

I grew up an athlete. I played soccer, jumped rope, and was on the swim team during the summer. I still am a person that feels most like herself when she is moving. I feel like being an athlete is part of my identity. So what happens when part of our identity goes away?

There are a lot of people who have experienced some kind of trauma or change in their life that has struck at the very core of their being. I like to see myself as someone who is strong, flexible, and has great balance. My foot surgery took that away from me for a little while. And what I couldn’t see and what I still struggle with is, I am still that person. I am just that person in a different way. 

A huge part of this fitness journey is being okay with where I am in it. I have to remind myself that my identity of “athlete” is still a part of me. It doesn’t go away just because I can’t do things I was able to do 10 years ago. I am definitely my own worst critic. And my biggest challenge on this journey is not to lose weight, but to “BE OKAY” with where I’m at.

What’s one area of your life that you need to “BE OKAY” with where you are at?

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun,

Coach Susahnn


My WHY :) The smiles.

Dear Jump Ropers,

It’s all about that WHY! My WHY of “building community, character, and creativity through the sport of jump rope” is what will get me through these lifestyle challenges and changes. I have to remember the smiles and the joy this activity/ sport brings to people. And I as an ambassador of that activity I need to make sure I am the best me and that means taking care of me. 

I was grateful to teach 6 new jumpers, ages ranging from 6-12 years. And as any teacher/instructor knows, modifying activities for multiple abilities and ages can be physically and emotionally exhausting for the teacher/instructor!

I am so glad I have been taking care of myself. I knew to get at least 8 hours of sleep. I knew to have some calming caffeine in the form of my matcha green tea protein shake. And I knew this would mean ending a night with friends a bit early. 

It was all worth it in the end. The kids were fantastic! They were never bored and always wanting to achieve just a little bit more. They even stayed late with their parents and got their families to jump in the double dutch ropes with them! We also had other adults pass us in the gym and want to join in the fun too! 

Overall, a successful day. One that I want to do again! Maybe this time it will be an adult or family jump rope class! Who would join me?

Email me at CoachSusahnn@thejumproper.com to set up an adult “Fun Fitness” jump rope class!

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun,

Coach Susahnn

Filling up my tank

Dear Jump Ropers,

Have you taken time to “rest and reflect” lately?

When we fill up our own emotional tanks, we have more fuel to help us give to others. One of the hardest parts of losing weight is the focus on myself. It is easy to ignore what I need and just care for others. I notice though, when I do that for too long, I become resentful and exhausted. 

I have to remember to rest during this time of change, not only physically but mentally. Giving myself the self compassion to not always be hustling. And I have to remember to reflect. I need to feel the emotions and take notice of the things that will fill me up.

Remember the why - Why do I get up at 4:15am? Why am I eating kale and broccoli for lunch? Why am I choosing to say no to fun plans with friends in order to rest at home?

My why is “taking care of me, will make me the best Susahnn for everyone else”.

Do you know your WHY?

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun,

Coach Susahnn

Healthy Eating

Dear Jump Ropers,

Healthy eating is a sticky subject. It looks different for different people. I have to be very conscious of the foods I eat in order to lose or maintain weight. Whole food, mainly vegetables, make my body feel good. The foods my emotions crave usually make my body want to lay on the couch and turn my brain off.

Tuning into my body has been a challenge for me. I am a very sensitive person and all those emotions were hard for me to navigate as a child. To this day I am learning how to let emotions flow through me so I can feel them and then let them go. I feel emotions very strongly and sometimes I’m afraid the feeling won’t go away. Food has been a way for me to stuff feelings down. So I know when I work on my “healthy” eating habits, I will be feeling a lot more.

I have to start with the discipline of meal prepping and eating whole, nutritious foods. It is not easy for me to cut, cook, and prepare meals at home. But it is something that contributes to my success when it’s time to lose weight. I then need to become prepared for the feelings!

Watch and Subscribe on YouTube to join in the journey.

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun!

Coach Susahnn

Starting again, again

Dear Jump Ropers,

Starting again means that I failed somewhere. When it comes to weight loss and weight maintenance, I have a lot of shame and embarrassment around it. I mean I have lost weight before so why don’t I just keep it off? I am an athlete and like being an active person, so why do I not “look” like an “athlete”. 

The feelings of shame and worthlessness come completely from my self talk. I have taken the world around me and curated images of “athletes” and imposed them on myself. During these 5 weeks I want to focus on what my body can accomplish and not what it looks like. And practice self compassion on days when I don’t feel as strong as I want to.

Oh, self compassion. Failure is not a negative event if you have the self compassion to try again. I love the sport of jump rope because when learning new skills you are ALWAYS failing! While I’m jumping, I expect to fail and I try again. I have learned to have self compassion around that activity, but struggle to translate that into other areas of my life; such as weight loss. 

I hope to transform not only my abilities with the jump rope, but also my self talk and increase my self compassion. 

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Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun,

Coach Susahnn


Pre-Challenge - Asking for Help

Dear Jump Ropers,

Sometimes the hardest thing in life to do is just ask for help. I did this very vulnerable thing recently through Instagram and YouTube. I asked for support as I once again embark on a journey to lose weight. This time so I can better my jumping skills! I have a goal to loose 10lbs before my birthday in 5 weeks so that I can accomplish these jump rope goals:

  • Complete 3 consecutive triple unders in a row with my freestyle (long handled rope)

  • Complete 1 crossing triple unders such as a TJ, EB triple under, or Jommie (this would be the ultimate accomplishment!)

  • Complete 3 advanced push ups in a row without mistake (push up pull through)

I have been amazed at the love and support the community of fitness and competitive jump ropers online has been. But I shouldn’t be. I believe inherently the sport of jump rope, the creative freestyle and flow of jumping with a rope, cultivates this magical sense of community and encouragement. It is one of the reasons I fell in love with the sport. The sense that there is always more to learn.

I am excited to start this journey with you all. I want to share the knowledge I’ve gained through many different weight loss “experiments” and the ways in which I make these changes happen. But I really am excited to learn and hear about the things that have worked for you and see what nutrition, fitness, and self-care activities aid in your growth as well.

Watch and Subscribe on YouTube to join in the journey.

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun!

Coach Susahnn

Start before you are ready

Have you ever had a dream to do something but you always told yourself "when I have more money I will" or "when I weigh this much I will"? I've been telling myself those exact lines for a decade now. What have I been waiting for? 

This blog is an idea I have wanted to do for many years and have half-attempted before. But I always felt I was not ready and let it all disappear!  

Well, screw it. It's been 2 year since my foot surgery. I have loved eating yummy foods to ease some emotional pain. And now I will be going to a jump rope workshop in a few weeks. I will not be able to do the tricks and skills I did a decade ago, but I will be happy. I will be doing the thing I love, jump rope. And I will be learning and creating! 

Who knows where all of this will lead! My mantra today is "Happiness is not a destination. It is the journey."  

Jump High, Smile Big, Have Fun!