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Review Blog: Coach Nicole's 28-Day Boot Camp DVD

Monday, January 30, 2012

First of all, before I start my review, I'd like to mention that SP and Target teamed up to sell these DVDs nationwide, so that is where you can find them, and if any of you are planning to buy this DVD, as a SP member, you will get 250 SparkPoints for buying it at Target, and you can also get a $3 off Target coupon at .

I received my copy by mail about 2 weeks ago, and have since tried 2 different workouts but have navigated through the DVD to learn more about it. I also plan on doing the full 28-day bootcamp starting February 1!

First of all, things I liked/loved:
1. Very easy to understand and follow along. I felt like I could either keep up or catch up without feeling like I am constantly trying to figure out what to do next. There is a good amount of repetition, with just enough of a change in movement to keep from being boring.
2. I love the similarities to the Walk Away The Pounds workouts (Leslie Sansone). When I first started working out, it was a similar workout that had me begin building up my endurance, strength, etc.
3. Coach Nicole does a great job of explaining what she is doing, and has a pleasant voice to listen to. Not annoying at all, which is huge for me :o}
4. Navigation of the DVD is pretty simple and easy to figure out.
5. The workouts are easy to customize, making weights heavier or lighter, doing modified movements, and to either follow the 28-day plan, or to do a full workout each time if needed/wanted.

Things that weren't super awesome:
1. The music. Well, I don't think I've done a workout DVD with awesome music yet, so I really can't complain. Of course, if it was up to me, I would have Rage Against the Machine in the background!!
2. Well...actually, that was about it!!!!

I was pretty impressed by this workout DVD, and I know it is a PERFECT workout for people at beginners and intermediate levels. For myself, I think it is a perfect supplement to my training. I can do this on my lunch hour or in the evening for an extra kick :o}

I also liked that there were only 2 background trainers, one who was more advanced, and the other to modify the exercises. Sometimes when there are too many people in the background, it can be distracting.

I not only would recommend this DVD to anyone needing the extra motivation or a good indoor workout, I am planning on gifting this DVD to my family members who have shown interest in getting workouts in without being an inconvenience!

Disclaimer: I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.

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GABRIELLEVA 2/1/2012 9:46AM

    Thanks for the review! I've been thinking about getting this and I think I will now :)

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FOTOMAKR 1/31/2012 6:33PM

    Another great thing about the video is if you are working out with someone and you aren't on the same fitness level, you can still do it together. Unlike walking/jogging with someone. If you aren't the same level you can't do it together.

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OURJITTERBUG 1/31/2012 12:38PM

    I'm headed to Target to purchase this today so I appreciate the timeliness of this review. Just finished the January Jumpstart and am ready for another challenge. Thank you! :)

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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/31/2012 12:07PM

  Sounds very good! I value these reviews from members.


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COACH_NICOLE 1/31/2012 11:56AM

    Good luck. You start tomorrow, eh?! ;-) Glad you liked it so far!

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SHFELKEY 1/31/2012 9:33AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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    Great review blog, Erin! I need to do mine! I still have time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BERVEY 1/30/2012 10:04PM

    Thanks for sharing. I bought it also but haven't had a chance to do it yet.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Okay...I had a treat last night. I had a BK ice cream cone, and bought a small fry for Kaylee (I know, healthy right??). I knew I'd go over a BIT in calories, but some days it's really worth it and I knew I'd be at about 1700 calories. Kaylee ended up eating 2 fries, then wanting my cone. So, I gave her my cone, and ate the fries. Before looking up the calories.

I then inputted the calories, which put me at about 1900 because (oops) the fries were 340 calories! Geez.

Then, when Kaylee finally went to her crib to go to bed (she SUPER fought it yesterday and went half an hour past her bedtime), she got upset because her "blanket" wasn't in there. I looked and, sure enough, blanket #1 out of 4 was NOT in there. It is an old burp cloth that she kind of took as her Linus blanket. I then vaguely remembered seeing it with her on the way to her grandma's. Great. I didn't remember it with her on the way home. Double great. So, I tried giving her other blankets/towels/even a pair of cute pants (love how my desperate mind works)....none of which worked, and she was SO upset, and wouldn't go to bed then. So, she got out of the crib, and kept running around saying "I can't find my blanket!" While I was impressed with her new ability to string 5 words together in a sentence, my stomach sank. I knew what I had to do, though I hate that I had to do it. I had to go to grandma's (10 miles away) and get that darned blanket, or there would be no sleep.

First of all, it was already 10 p.m. and I was planning on getting up at 4:20 to hit the gym. Yeah, that was seeming less likely already at that point. When I left to go to grandma's, I had a "stress cone" which was a medium cherry dipped cone from DQ. Did I feel better after eating that cone? No, but it sure tasted good. Not going to beat myself up, though I want to make a better choice next time if I do that (it had 420 calories versus a small cone of 240).

So, by the time I got the blanket, got back, and started the whole routine of bedtime over again, I didn't get to bed until after 11, and didn't fall asleep because I was too keyed up until after midnight. By this time, I decided, for the sake of my sleep, that I would not be going to the gym, and I would flip-flop my days off, and go on Thursday instead. I figured I would definitely get in my 8 hours in because she went to bed so late (10:45).

So, 5:30 hits, and guess who's awake?

You guess right probably. My little girl. I couldn't figure out why, until I realized it felt cold in the house. I went to check the thermostat, and it said 66. The temp in our house is always set to 71 at night and 72 during the day (our house is a bit drafty s 72 feels just right). If you have read any of my previous blogs from last winter and the beginning of this one, you know we have had numerous furnace problems, though we routinely get it maintenanced in the fall, have had the motherboard and various items replaced, cleaned out, air ducts cleaned out, the big pipe that goes through the roof replaced (brain fart, not remembering the name of it right now, but I do remember the cost of $700 for that). We have replaced the filter twice a month (because it has been running a lot with the cold weather and we have a shedding dog). I called, and they can't come and look at it until at least 10 a.m. but the range is 10-2 p.m.

Meanwhile, I will freeze. Sure it is 20 degrees out right now, but there is always a wind chill, and it "feels like" 8. Again, not that bad. Unless you're already cold.

I know that as long as I keep a positive attitude, it will all pass. But geez, I'm cold!!!!!

Oh, and P.S.? Two days ago I had to replace all my tires. $900 later, and then THIS happens? We are sure building up our Disney points!

Well, my meals are planned for today (for the rest of the week actually) and I will just consider my "treats" for the week done, unless they are healthy. It's just that sometimes when I indulge a little bit, it's easy to gravitate back to it when experiencing even a bit of stress, as evidenced by yesterday's splurge. But wow, that cherry dip sure tasted good!

Anyhoo, back to reading your blogs!

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MRS.CARLY 1/30/2012 12:32AM

    Bills and stress make me eat!!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/25/2012 6:54PM

    Ugh, what a stressful day(s) you've had! Hope it turns around soon!

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    Oh, MAN! Never a DULL moment, huh? I sure hope things don't get out of control again!

I have to admit something... I went to the store a trillion times to get my oldest's "nummy" (pacifier) when we'd lose them... even late at night! I understand! emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/25/2012 12:42PM

    Oh no! What a rough night. Hugs - I hope the furnace gets fixed soon and that today is a better day.


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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/25/2012 11:40AM

    Oh what we won't do for our kids. My daughter has the same obsession with a blanket and a stuffed toy lamb. She can't sleep without them and she is going on 8!

Sorry for the night of problems.... hopefully today will be a better day.


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SHERRYJVP 1/25/2012 10:55AM

    it sounds like you are keeping a realistic view of things. learning to roll with the punches and be thankful that you have a mother to go to late at night, a daughter (who is adorable, by the way) and can get through a chilly house. I do hope you warm up soon and don't let all this get you off plan.

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BUFFYSMOM2 1/25/2012 9:26AM

    When it rains it pours sometimes, Sparkgirl. Hang in there! There's always a better tomorrow! emoticon

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yesterday, I experienced 2 teenage boys heckling me, for whatever reason I am not sure of, but no matter as it was obvious (to me anyway) that this was directed at me.

I was walking through the parking lot to go to the mall, and I had to hitch up my jeans. I am sure that it is not too pretty to watch, but my jeans have gotten looser (oh, yeah!!!) and I am not ready to move yet to my smaller jeans (just don't like that tight feeling and am putting off experiencing that again. Looser feels better).

Anyway, not 10-20 seconds after I did that, I heard weird noises from 2 boys behind me. They were probably 20 feet away, and the noises...I just don't really know what else to call them. I can't say they were hooting, but making funny noises. I knew they were directing them at me (I was the only other person in the parking lot), but I dismissed them as idiots.

Moving on...inside the mall where I met up with my DH and Kaylee, they passed me and looked back at me with smirks. I basically just looked at WTF? Seriously, not sure what their problem was.

Fast forward to me leaving the same way along because I was going to pull the car up to pick up DH and Kaylee (cold out). I happened to be about 10 feet behind the same 2 punk teens. About every 5 seconds, one of them, then the other, would look back at me with more smirky faces.

Wanna know what I did?

I started making faces. Goofy faces. Sticking my tongue out. One time I stuck my finger in my nose. Made owl eyes. Fish lips for another. Cross-eyed stuff.

Did I go down to their level? Perhaps. But, it shut them up emoticon

What's different about this episode of heckling (compared to heckling in the past) is my reaction to it. The many other times it happened, whether it was related to my looks, my weight, my boobs (yes, yes, I'm big chested...who cares?)....I was wounded. Just wounded. I would always feel so belittled. So beneath everyone in the world. Like I was worthless, hopeless. And ALWAYS it would end up in at least a 1-day, if not 1-week, pity party that would include me drowning out as many feelings as I could with food. Being stuck on the couch, wallowing, and pigging out. Ice cream, pizza, subs, whatever comfort food came to mind.

This time? I don't know what they were heckling me about. They could have been heckling about my boobs. They could have been mocking my weight. Or, like I figure, they were most likely heckling me about saggy diaper butt pants that I pulled up as though I had a wedgie.

And you know what? I didn't care. Instead, I found it amusing, sad, and pathetic. Immature. The only concerning thought I really had was that these losers most likely are bullies to other kids, and that made me want to go up to them and chew them out. However, being the nonconfrontational person I am, I resorted to my own brand of immaturity, and had fun with it. I don't care if it was at their level.

What I do care about is the fact that I didn't let their own issues bring me down. I didn't go home feeling less of a person. I went home feeling MORE of a person, feeling good about myself, and NOT binge eating. I basically forgot about them by the time I left the parking lot (though I made a point to remember blogging about it later).

How invigorating! How freeing this is for me! To NOT CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME!!!! What matters is HOW I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF.

And I'm feeling pretty darned good.

** Side note: I am excited about my monthly weigh-in on February 1 and the progress pictures!!!! **

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILLIANPRNCSS 1/25/2012 8:00AM

    Love it!!! I would have done the same thing except the finger up the nose :-)

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MADEMCHE 1/25/2012 7:30AM

    That is awesome Erin! So happy for you. What an amazing feeling to not care what others (and especially loser others) think of you. I am not there yet, but I am working on it. Thank you for sharing!

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TJDOESLIFE 1/24/2012 8:37PM

    You are a HOT MAMA!!!! Way to show those clowns!! Muah!

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    emoticon totally would have done that myself! emoticon

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 1/24/2012 1:37PM

    I think that was the perfect way to handle it! Great!

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    Great way to handle it! emoticon emoticon

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FIERCE_FABULOUS 1/24/2012 12:21PM

    emoticon that is SO awesome! ahahaha sticking your finger in your nose! sounds like something I would have done LOL!

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MRS.CARLY 1/24/2012 12:18PM

    You go girl!!

I might get heckled at and I don't even know it! I wear two hearing aids and I hear pretty "normally" with them, but its in small group settings or when people are facing me. I guess it has worked in my favor all these years! And jogging with an ipod, Forget it I HEAR NOTHING!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/24/2012 12:02PM

    I totally think you did the right thing. If you had just lectured them, it would have just been another adult telling them what to do. But by going down to their level and giving them a taste of their own medicine, it made them realize just how immature and idiotic they were. You are one smart cookie!

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-POOKIE- 1/24/2012 11:53AM

    *hugs* Be proud of yourself x

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PINKBEANBOO 1/24/2012 11:36AM

    Ok, I may be wrong, but in my opinion - YOU DID JUST THE RIGHT THING by heckling back. They act like that because they think they can get away with it. That well mannered adults will just ignore their rudeness. NOPE. I have given people (kids & adults) a taste of their own medicine on a few occasions. If they are going to dish it out, they are going to have to take it.
Like I said, maybe this isn't exactly how I should be handling it, but like you said, it is better than bingeing!

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VIRGINIAGRETA 1/24/2012 11:15AM

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/24/2012 11:14AM

    Great job! I've done the same thing, but to be honest, to teenage GIRLS! I find them way more intimidating and annoying!

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MNGIRLIE 1/24/2012 11:11AM

    I'm glad you reacted in a more positive way than you would have in the past. You know... with teenagers many of them don't even NEED a reason to heckle someone. I think my reaction would have been an angry "WHAT?!" with a nasty glare.

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WANT2BEFIT10 1/24/2012 11:10AM

    emoticon Love it!

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Hey Everyone!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I know I need to blog more and be more Spark-y, but I have been keeping myself SUPER busy this last week, and that included limiting my online time. I have been tracking EVERYTHING, I have been 100% on my training for the half marathon in May, and soon enough (February 2) I will be registering for my first ever full marathon (Twin Cities Marathon in October)!!!

So many exciting things are coming up for me (meeting up with friends, going on a mini-vacation to Florida, etc) and I am focused on treating myself better, and doing what I need to do. I am proud of my progress, and I haven't had a binge for 6 days now! I am super happy about that.

Anyway, I do want to keep up with you, so I think I'll do something that will streamline the process (and keep me from missing out on your inspiring blogs). I am going to subscribe to them, and keep up that way, rather than going through a gazillion pages of feeds. Yes, that means I'll likely miss out on your updates, but if you blog, I will read it.

Thank you all for keeping me inspired :o}

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GABRIELLEVA 1/23/2012 9:20PM

    Way to go with all the running goals! Keep it up :)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/23/2012 1:59PM

    Woo hoo Marathon!! That's awesome! Keep us updated!

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MUM30LISA 1/22/2012 3:23PM

    Well done I know you're gonna do great, I'll be watching this space cos although I'm in the UK I'll be with you all the way


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SUKOTO 1/22/2012 2:37PM

    Keep training hard for those races. I know you're going to do great!

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    Erin, I like the subscriptions, too, with the drawback being that sometimes I accidentally lose them and don't realize if for a while. I LOVE the subscriptions because if I get busy and "leave" the email there, I don't get repeat emails for each person who writes a blog! So, then I go to that email when I DO have the time, and it just takes me to their LATEST blog! And I don't forget that they blogged and lose touch with them! Does that make sense? Some people blog at different times than when I'm looking on the feed, too, and if you only go by the feed, you may miss a lot of your good friends' blogs!

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MADEMCHE 1/22/2012 9:15AM

    SO awesome Erin, way to go!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/22/2012 4:20AM

    Oh! That's a great idea!

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LIL_EZZY 1/22/2012 4:03AM

    Good on you. Way to go on keeping on track

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PAMMY222 1/21/2012 11:01PM

    Wow, training for a marathon, and I'm not up to a 10K yet. Great job not binging, I also wish I could say the same, TOM crap!
I am keeping up on my SP streaks, though!! We'll see what the scale has to say in the morning!!
Keep Streakin'
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HOPEFULSWEIGH 1/21/2012 9:00PM

    Doing great, keep on keeping on!

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MICHSTATE 1/21/2012 7:47PM

    Awesome job!!!!! Good for you!!! I just was writing out my marathon training plan today!!! It starts the second week of Feb.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I was getting up at 4:20 this morning, but decided I could use another 40 minutes of sleep emoticon

Then, I started my car (thank you remote starter, how I love you) and then got ready. I knew it would be cold this morning as there was a warning about it on my phone, but geez, how easy it is to forget just how cold -8 degrees with a -27 degree wind chill is. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

I wanted to turn right back in to the house and go back to bed.

Instead, I got to the gym, put in my 30 minutes on the elliptical, and then walked for 35 minutes to get in 2 miles because I KNOW I am not going to be taking the dog for a walk today!

I am going to be running with the beginning runners tonight, so I will plan on three layers on top (base layer, fleece, then a windbreaking top layer), three layers on bottom (same thing), 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of socks, a face mask, a hat...I think that covers it! Oh, and the Garmin :o}

Today is day 3 of another binge-free streak. I do know of 1 day that I plan on eating not so healthily, and that is Superbowl Sunday. I will track it though, and do my long run plus eat healthy snacks otherwise throughout the day with a LOT of water :o}

Well, back to work!

P.S. My 7-pound weight loss yesterday? Yeah, I made the mistake of tracking my weight after 4 days of binge eating, followed by 2 days of 1200 calories and 3 hours of working out. So, probably a lot of water retention loss! I hate to sound misleading when I track that, so I will leave it to my weighing in every Monday and that is it.

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    Wow, that is COLD! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/17/2012 12:39PM

    Great job staying binge-free. Stay warm!! emoticon

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PRINCESS1959 1/17/2012 11:56AM

You are "making it happen"

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GRACEISENUF 1/17/2012 11:51AM

    You are "making it happen".


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HOPEFULSWEIGH 1/17/2012 11:40AM

    Way to go on the Binge Free Streak!! You got this girl!!!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 1/17/2012 10:46AM

    Yikes that is flippen cold!!!!!!!! I miss spring! OH well it's around the corner right???????? You are doing so awesome, keep up the awesome work!

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