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Coach Nicole's workout DVDs

Friday, February 05, 2010

Recently I ordered both of Coach Nicole's DVDs - "Cardio Blast" and "Fit, Firm & Fired Up" and they came this week!!! As some of you who've read my blog before know, I have been looking for some new DVDs to add variety to my home workouts when I can't get to the gym. I decided to get Coach Nicole's DVDs because I liked how each workout is 10 minutes. I know I can at least manage that, so having this DVD gives me no excuse to skip a workout even for just a few minutes. I know she has many exercise videos on the site for free, but I've never figured out how to work out and follow along from a computer screen. ;) It's just easier for me to pop in a DVD. And these were reasonably priced too - about $10 each.

So far, I have only done the Cardio Blast. But I did watch the SparkPeople "infomercial" on the Fit, Firm & FIred Up DVD (bonus material). LOL.

There are six 10-minute workouts, so you get a full hour if you do the entire DVD at once - which is what I decided to do the first time. I wanted to see what each workout entailed. They are listed in order of intensity, as I soon found out:

1. Walk It Out
2. '80s Aerobics
3. Cardio Kickboxing
4. Hop to It
5. Jump Rope
6. Cardio Bootcamp

The first workout, "Walk It Out" reminded me of Leslie Sansone's workouts, without the annoyance factor. LOL. But it was way too easy. I remember thinking to myself "I wonder if this DVD is for beginners." But since it was only 10 minutes I stuck it out til the end. I wanted a full 60-minute workout so I decided not to skip any of them.

The '80s aerobics was still pretty low impact. Coach Nicole was dressed in 80s gear. LOL. Speaking of how she was dressed, I was surprised that she wore Nike workout clothes rather than clothes from the SparkPeople store. This seems to me like the perfect opportunity to showcase the clothes they sell in the Spark store. doesn't matter, just something that popped into my head about the DVD. (I did notice that was at the bottom of the screen throughout, so good advertising there!)

Cardio Kickboxing was fun and a little more challenging, but nothing compared to the intensity of the Body Combat class I am used to.

The rest (Hop to It, Jump Rope, and Cardio Bootcamp) kicked my butt. All in all, I burned more than 500 calories. I consider that a pretty good workout! :)

I liked that the DVD was broken down into 10 minute workouts, so if I only had 10 minutes to spare I could choose one, do it, and be done. If I have more time I can mix and match as I want. Having a variety of workouts on one DVD broken up into small, manageable chunks rather than having a full hour of the same type of exercise also appeals to me. Time doesn't seem to drag on as much this way. I also like how they can be adapted to any fitness level. Nicole provides a lot of guidance for beginners but also tells you how to make it more challenging. She is also calm and, well, NORMAL, not perky and annoying like the people on other DVDs I've seen. That was a refreshing change for me, because that perkiness is what usually turns me off of fitness DVDs.

I am excited to try the other one, "Fit, Firm and Fired Up," next because I have gotten way off track with strength training. This one is also broken down into 10 minutes with each workout geared toward different areas of the body: lower body, arms, core, etc. If I want to work my entire body at once like in Body Pump, I can do the entire DVD. Some weeks I will do the 10-minutes a day thing. It's good to have that flexibility!

I will be snowed in this weekend so it's a perfect chance for me to check it out - and do the cardio DVD a few more times as well.

P.S. I think Stepfanie should come out with some yoga DVDs! :)

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PUPPYWHISPERS 2/10/2010 10:04AM

    Great review! Your review has convinced me to give the dvd a try. I'm always looking for a way to change up my routine, and thsi seems perfect. emoticon emoticon

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ASTER2606 2/6/2010 10:12AM

    Really great that you like these and that it gives you more ways to work out at home since going to the gym is harder with a baby. Exercise is so much easier to find time for when you like it and look forward to it. Have a great weekend. I figure you'll probably be snowbound with that crazy big storm.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 2/6/2010 1:42AM

    Great review indeed! Thanks!

The 10 minute option does sound like a great thing to have when life is hectic. I may have to consider investing in one/both of these at some point. Let us know how you like the Fit, Firm, and Fired Up video!

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SPARKNMOM 2/5/2010 9:35PM

    Great blog!

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SIMPLEJOYS 2/5/2010 3:25PM

  Thanks for the heads up, Mila! I really enjoy Coach Nicole's workouts too and for 10 minutes, I get surprisingly sweaty! :)

I'm fortunate to have my computer in a spot that allows me to turn the screen so I can see it from an adequate workout space. I highly recommend the 20 minute resistance band workout...really excellent, and it's all done while seated in a chair. I can do that! (quivering, but I can do that!!)

Hunker down, and have a great weekend. I hope your area doesn't get hit as hard as the weather people say...curiously, Michigan is out of the snow loop for a change! (I'll take it!)


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    Excellent blog! Great review. Thank you. Oh, and I'm glad to know I am "normal". I am nowhere near "perky". LOL

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SKORKEPER 2/5/2010 12:18PM

    Great review!

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Grateful for my weight gain

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OK, so you are probably thinking, "Is she crazy?!?!" Who is actually *happy* that they gained weight?

Of course, I am not exactly thrilled that I ever let myself get to the point of being more than 60 pounds overweight. But today, on my third Sparkiverary, what I feel most is grateful.

I'm grateful for all the amazing people I've encountered here. Every comment on my Spark page, blog or message board post in which I needed help or support has fueled my energy and drive to keep going until I made it to goal. This support continues to sustain me as I work to whittle away the last few pregnancy pounds. I'm grateful that body has been so forgiving after all the years of abuse I put it through with my bad habits. I am grateful for everything I have learned about food, nutrition and healthier living. I'm a completely different person than I was just three short years ago.

If I hadn't been 63 pounds overweight:

- I would still be feeding my body garbage and rarely exercising. After all, why change if you don't think you need to?
- I would not be reading labels on the food I buy and would be (blissfully??) unaware of all the junk that is in so much of our food.
- I wouldn't have discovered so many great healthy foods and recipes.
- I would not know the joy and sense of peace that comes with regular exercise.
- I would be huffing and puffing when climbing stairs because even though I'd be thin, I wouldn't be fit.
- I would never have signed up to run a 10K.
- I might have still gone to Israel for my dream vacation, but without the incredible sense of accomplishment that went along with it.
- I might have had a more difficult pregnancy. And probably would have gained more pregnancy weight.
- I would not have gotten to know my amazing Sparkfriends, many of whom I talk to more than some of my "real-life" friends. Thank you for motivating me and allowing me to be a part of your journey. :)
- I would not be ready for The Amazing Race! (Can't wait for the new season, which starts Feb. 14! YEAH!)

In short, I would have missed out on so many things that have enriched my life the past three years. Thank you.

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007JERSEYGIRL 2/14/2010 11:17PM

    Awesome post Tweety! Way to be positive and contemplative about your journey! You have a super inspiring attitude!


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PUPPYWHISPERS 1/29/2010 9:37AM

    I'm grateful for my weight gain, as well as yours, because without it, I wouldn't have met you!

Great list, and congratulations on your amazing accomplishments!


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ASTER2606 1/28/2010 3:55PM

    What a great list! I too was guilty of eating various junk when I was younger and for a few years there, I really could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. I should have noticed when the weight first started to creep. 2 or 3 or 5 extra pounds would have been a lot easier to attack than the maybe 25 I am looking at right now. Glad to know you.


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SIMPLEJOYS 1/27/2010 10:54PM

  Great post, Mila!
I'm so glad that the "typo" on that SP blog brought us together! It's been great fun taking this journey with you. You are a generous spirit!'re still my favorite Buckeye!



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SPARKNMOM 1/27/2010 9:13PM sentiments exactly!! Well said!


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ZEE1960 1/27/2010 7:36PM

    Well done

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DNJEN471 1/27/2010 4:06PM

    We love you!

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    AND you would not be bringing babies into a healthy household. Your child(ren) will benefit -- big time! -- from your knowledge and habits. Congrats for all you have accomplished. I am honored to have you as a Spark Sister.



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CARISSA81 1/27/2010 2:19PM

    Wow - I never thought of it that way. You're right though - If I hadn't realized that I was overweight, I never would have pushed myself so hard to live a healthy lifestyle. I may still have eaten whole grains and gone for walks here and there, but not like I do now!

Thanks for the amazingly positive thought!

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ROCKYCPA 1/27/2010 1:34PM

    How insightful!! You should be so proud of all you have accomplished - you really look and your baby is adorable.

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CHARVONNE30 1/27/2010 12:40PM

    This is such a revelation...maybe I should look at my last 25.9 pounds...prayfully at least another 15 will be gone by March 29th. I will have to revisit this to stay inspired.


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I just want to bottle it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

These days, I am the happiest I've ever been in my life. This is all because of my beautiful baby daughter. Along with this joy, I also at times feel frazzled and overwhelmed, mostly because of my lack of time management and not knowing what to do first with my bits of spare time. But once I get my heart pumping with a workout (whether it's just a quick 10-minutes or an intense 60) all is well in my world again. I have not found anything else that makes me feel more centered and calm. I just wish I could bottle up that feeling and sell it. I would be a billionaire. :)

I am planning to order one of Coach Nicole's new DVDs, probably her cardio one. It looks like a great way to add a few bursts of fitness into my day. That, along with some Jillian in my Netflix queue, should help me mix up my home routine again.

I went back to the gym this morning with the little one. This time I was on my own - no DH. I grabbed a treadmill close to the kids area so they could easily find me if need be. I don't know if I was going crazy or what, but I swear that through my earphones I could hear her crying. I peeked in a few times and she was fine. Then they paged another parent but I thought they paged me so I ran in there. It sounded like they were paging me but mispronouncing my name. When I went in, they were like, "No, not you. Your child is fine." Hahaha! Ooops.

I also found out that they will be offering a baby and mommy class starting next month. it's $89 (Boo! I think it should be free for members!) but it's definitely worth it. I hope to meet some other mommies with similar interests. I am really excited to sign up.

Tomorrow is my three-year Sparkiversary. Where did the time go??

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SPARKNMOM 1/26/2010 7:46PM

    How exciting - a baby and mommy class!! That would be so neat!! And congrats on 3 years here!! We started in the same month of the same year - awesome!!

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ASTER2606 1/26/2010 4:39PM

    Really great that you've successfully used the gym childcare twice. I bet you'll worry less as you (and Laila) get used to it. Happy Sparkiversary and thanks for your supportive comment on my recent entry.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/26/2010 4:37PM

    Congrats on your Sparkiversary!!!

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Gym childcare

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday morning DH and I took the baby to the gym's childcare for the first time. We were both worried that she would scream as soon as we left her in their care. I went to my Body Combat class and DH took a treadmill near the child care area in case they needed to come get one of us. He heard a child screaming and thought it was her but when he looked in, she was happy as a clam playing in the exersaucer. We actually got through our entire workouts! The people watching the kids there were very sweet too. I of course don't expect the experience to be this good every time I take her, but I am excited to know that it's at least possible to take her to the gym with me without a meltdown. :) I am so excited to start going back there during the day. I have a lot more work to do to prepare for the 10K, which will be here before I know it.
Wow, it's a crazy 60 degrees here today. But raining. Supposed to go down into the 40s later on this afternoon.
Happy Monday, Spark peeps! Why can't every day be Friday? :)

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SPARKNMOM 1/25/2010 9:52PM

    Yay!! Our gym's childcare has such limited hours that I can't even utilize it :( So glad that you were able to go - with hubby - and get a good workout in!!

Friday? Oh yeah....I'm ready LOL!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/25/2010 6:33PM

    Glad to know the gym childcare worked out for you! I'll keep my fingers crossed that things continue to go this well!

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DNJEN471 1/25/2010 4:50PM

    I do hope one day I will get over my separation anxiety and be abe to do that with Xavier. For now its hard enough just leaving him at my sisters.

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CARISSA81 1/25/2010 12:51PM

    Lol - my sister has has nothing but trouble with her kids at the day care where she works out. Apparently, they had to close down the entire play area and sanitize it because her boys (ages 2 and 3) took off their cloths and ran naked through the entire play area!


Be happy you have a girl, I guess and not two boys!

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MOMMY_IN_MOTION 1/25/2010 12:08PM

    I'm so glad you had a positive experience leaving your little one in the child care. It's such a relief for parents to know that they can workout without having to worry! emoticon

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Who would be the cover model in your magazine?

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Shape" is one of my two favorite magazines. In fact, just today I received the February issue in the mail with a reminder that it's my last one. (Where does the time go? I better hurry and send in my renewal check. I would miss it so if it stopped visiting my mailbox.)

But ANYWAY...the reason I bring this up is because they posed a question today on Facebook (of course I am a fan on there too): "Who do you think would make a great cover model?"

My responses were:
- Jillian Michaels - 'nuff said
- Elisabeth Hasselbeck (I admire her for her sense of style and I think she looks FANTASTIC after having 3 kids. (Or is it 4 kids?)
- Stacy London - Another stylish lady, and have you seen her guns?
-I would also choose Kelly Ripa (but I think she has already been on the cover and Reese Witherspoon (ditto).

So, now I am curious: Who would you want to see on the cover of your favorite fitness magazine? Who do you admire for his or her fitness?

For what it's worth, I think Shape would find a plethora of inspirational cover models right here on this Web site. They would have their pick of fit, fabulous, beautiful REAL people for many years to come. Let's start a petition for Shape and other fitness magazines to feature SparkPeople people as their cover models! LOL. :)

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FITGIRL15 1/26/2010 4:47PM

    I agree! Let's se up that petition! LOL
I'd love to be chosen as a cover SHAPE/SPARK model! RAWK!

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    Pink. The woman, not the colour. Maybe wearing pink.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/26/2010 12:28PM

    I don't read magazines, that's one way I save cash these days, but I have the most admiration for women who have struggled with their weight and have found a healthy way to take and keep it off... kinda like me. Hubby recently pointed out new photos of Katharine McPhee -- runner up in American Idol season five -- and she looks fabulously fit (and blonde)! I hope she did that in a healthy way. I know she's struggled with an eating disorder in the past. I'd love to read a story about that.


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DNJEN471 1/22/2010 9:16PM

    I agree with jillian all the way. I would like to see alyson sweeny on the cover. She use to be a little curvy and now is super fit plus she bounced back quick from having a baby.

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MSU_GAL 1/22/2010 6:06PM

    Kim Lyons! I love Jillian, but Kim to me is much prettier. Some of us curvy gals are never going to be anything else.

And I agree- I LOVE Stacy London!

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