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Sunday, April 01, 2012


(Posting this again, to see if it clears up the Godzilla audio-sync issue. Begone, SparkGremlin!)

I donít think Iíve had this much fun during spring, since I was a kid. SparkPeople must be the fountain of youth. And boy, do hoopers need spring! For the safety of our loved ones, pets, ceiling fans, light fixtures and various household items, we need to be hooping outdoors. One of my spring goals is to learn the 3 Beat Weave. Iíve been trying to wrap my head around it for a while now. Today, I had a mini breakthrough. One step closer...

(sorry for the wind noise, should've turned on the attenuator--my bad)

  
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CODYG123 4/17/2012 1:24PM

    Thanks for the fun. Take care.

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QSULLIVAN 4/12/2012 3:54PM

    Hey, your fake poi bruises go along with my karate bruises! Ever find yourself saying, "No, really, I bruised myself trying to pretend I was 20!" emoticon

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GREENMAN71 4/11/2012 10:07PM

    I really need to set aside some time to go through all of your blogs sometime. So much good stuff!! BTW - Mason and I ordered some poi last year, and they HURT too! Thinking about digging them out and putting some tennis balls in there...

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MARYELLEN301 4/9/2012 2:30PM

    A HOOP INSTRUCTOR??! First time I heard there was even such a person! Sounds like someone for the old "What's My Line" show!

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JEWITCH 4/9/2012 1:16PM

    Ahhhh! Another great video. You always bring a smile to my face with your videos. Thanks for sharing and bring a lighter side to exercising.

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REJ7777 4/7/2012 10:29PM

    I sure did enjoy watching that! emoticon emoticon

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35ANGELS 4/7/2012 8:46PM

    That looks like it takes too much concentration!

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MIPCY1 4/6/2012 2:37PM

    Oh wow. You have way more coordination than I do! I probably would be all black and blue by the time I had that figured out! I love watching your videos because you make everything you do fun! (Definitely something I need to try myself).

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TX_WILDHEART 4/6/2012 11:32AM

    First all all - THANK YOU! You made me giggle this morning - and Im just super uber impressed. Thats got to be an ubber tough arm workout... dodging flying hard balls! I enjoyed your comment about sharing the journey and the challenges. Cuz its not like we dont have enuff of those - Right?

Keep it up hula sistah!

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LADYGLAMOUR 4/6/2012 4:00AM

  Oh how I wish I knew you for real Shelli! You make everything such fun!!
I still haven't even learnt to hoop properly yet (yes, really!). Think I'll have another try over the weekend as it's something I've always wanted to do.
Have a great Easter
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PEPIPOI 4/6/2012 1:17AM

    It's always good to share. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/5/2012 7:19PM

  I saw this the other day, and it loos like your having FUN. Good for you!!
We all know that a person is more likely to stay on track when they aren't bored.Must of us could benefit by acting childlike, because that usually means passion and excitement. emoticon emoticon

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BLUE_KARMA 4/5/2012 12:12PM

    OMG, I love you, girl! You are full of spit and vinegar and self-determination, just the way a fun gal should be! Thanks for sharing.
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BSEANACAIN 4/5/2012 10:49AM

    wow

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BRENDAF761 4/5/2012 7:28AM

    Thanks for sharing your fun idea for exercise! emoticon

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RIKKI572 4/4/2012 11:12PM

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JOYINKY 4/4/2012 9:38PM

    Fantastic Shelli! I almost missed this; wonder why? Should have been in my mailbox when I got home from vacation. You are so much fun! Your skills are really moving along and you never fail to make me smile when you share your experience. You're REAL girl! You also make my face hurt from smiling! Nice to kinda finally know what poi is too. Keep 'em coming! Hugs and Smiles.

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LIZAPO 4/4/2012 8:41PM

  You are a Hoot! Thanks for brightening my day emoticon

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KALLIOPE_CATES 4/4/2012 4:14PM

    i cant wait till you can do it with hoops, i didnt know there was a three beat, i cant do two at all!!!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/4/2012 10:39AM

    You are sure making me smile on my journey! Thank you:)

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 4/4/2012 8:41AM

    Awesome FUN Shelli!

Spark on! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 4/4/2012 6:18AM

  GREAT! emoticon

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KIPPER15 4/3/2012 8:04PM

    Sticking your tongue out always helps, so does counting. Love the vlog. emoticon emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 4/3/2012 6:03PM

    Looks like fun, keep up the good work

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GUITARWOMAN 4/3/2012 5:09PM

    Fabulous, you look very coordianted and quite graceful!

I am still hooping, have worked myself up to five minutes.

It is a cardio challenge for sure, and I think it is doing my waist a world of good!

I hoop in the basement and one time whacked my old and trusty VCR hard enough to re-set it. Oops. I can see what you mean about ceiling fans, etc.!




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VEGANVICTORY 4/3/2012 2:58PM

    I want to try hooping! Everyone looks like they are having so much fun when they are hooping. Thanks for posting this video.

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CLOVER2 4/3/2012 1:17PM

    You always make me smile! I just don't know though, part of my learning process here is how VERY bad I am at choreographed movements, I can't seem to make my feet and my arms do two different things at the same time. One or the other, but not both! I watch you and feel total awe! You are emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 4/3/2012 1:09PM

    You just have so much fun! Thanks for making me smile! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/3/2012 11:20AM

    You are simply emoticon !!! I really must salute you!! Wish I had your "stick to it-tiveness"!!! Hoop on and SPark on, my friend!!! emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 4/3/2012 10:48AM

    Very cool!!! Thanks for sharing...love your videos!

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A_NEW_JAN 4/3/2012 7:57AM

    It's all about the process - with hoops & with weight loss. You'll get there...we'll all get there (I hope). Love that you are sharing the process with all of us.

Can't wait until you hoop with fire - I bet you'll go viral on YouTube!

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DAIMERE 4/3/2012 6:36AM

    It does look like the three beat weave to me. I use rice in my poi. Much softer. When I do with with hoops, I have to switch my hands to have one of the hoops rolling on my thumb during the passing around. I can't do it on my left side with hoops and barely on my left side in poi.

(And I totally didn't get an email about you commenting my page about it. Sorry!)

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SBNORMAL 4/3/2012 5:11AM

  HOOOP!

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BRONNYPIGZ 4/3/2012 2:28AM

    I love your blogs. I actually took my daughter's hoop outside yesterday and gave it a go. Nope. still can't get it to spin around the waist. No idea where I am going wrong. I've never been able to do it.

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CICELY360 4/2/2012 11:49PM

  Good video.

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KARIDIAN1 4/2/2012 9:58PM

    Love the video. You are a natural on camera. When will your start practicing with fire?

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MYADOG1 4/2/2012 8:24PM

    I agree spring is the season for hooping. My hoop is too big for the kitchen. I am super impressed with the homemade practice goodies and all the spinning and twirling!!!!!
Hope their aren't too many bruises....post a pic of your new hoops.
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LIVING4HIM_INWI 4/2/2012 8:15PM

    Sounds like you can spend a lot of money on all the different hoops and training things! Like anything else, it can be an addiction, but part of the fun is all the challenges!!! Keep it up, you are doing great!!!!

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GREEKGODDESS19 4/2/2012 7:35PM

    you are FANTASTIC and absolutely adorable. i love this video and your process!
keep at it and when you get it i want another video!

i also want to see a picture of your new twin hoops!!

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SLIMLEAF 4/2/2012 3:59PM

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing your video when you've mastered it with hoops! emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 4/2/2012 3:46PM

    I'm glad you had a fun and productive spring break. You accomplished far more than I did during the break. I t would be hard not to surpass my accomplishments. I did diddly squat!


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 4/2/2012 2:14PM

    Wow! You did great. Only a matter of time my friend, only a matter of time.

Um, what's a attenuator? LOL

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FITFORMYFAMILY 4/2/2012 1:33PM

    Love it!
Make sure you do this - emoticon - once you start spinning fire so that you won't have to stop, drop, and roll!

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MOMMY445 4/2/2012 1:00PM

    you are such a fun and open person! thanks so much for sharing! you made my day!

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THEEASYKILL30 4/2/2012 12:06PM

    When you are ready to spin fire, please POST. That would look awesome!

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Sharing the Process

Sunday, April 01, 2012

UGH, DON'T WATCH THIS VLOG--WATCH THE ONE I REPOSTED. THIS ONE HAS GODZILLA AUDIO SYNC ISSUES. Drives the geek in me, crazy.

I donít think Iíve had this much fun during spring, since I was a kid. SparkPeople must be the fountain of youth. And boy, do hoopers need spring! For the safety of our loved ones, pets, ceiling fans, light fixtures and various household items, we need to be hooping outdoors. One of my spring goals is to learn the 3 Beat Weave. Iíve been trying to wrap my head around it for a while now. Today, I had a mini breakthrough. One step closer...
(sorry for the wind noise, should've turned on the attenuator-my bad)

  
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WALLINMW 4/16/2012 9:04AM

  Snack smart!

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-CHERYL 4/6/2012 9:55AM

    Godzilla! LOL Yeah sounds and mouth movement are off but the visual is really cool with the swinging socks!

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PICKIE98 4/2/2012 4:54PM

    WOW!! When you show a lateral view with your hippy-dippy socks, the image does not even look real,,it looks like an audiometrer or a moog!!!

You are doing great!!

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ANNEMAC5 4/2/2012 2:08AM

    You do make it look such fun, feel the need to get some socks and balls to play with. I love the fact that you share your learning and do not just show us when it is perfect, just like our sparks journey. Keep hooping,
Anne :)

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ELISOS 4/1/2012 11:24PM

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BIGGEEKDAD 4/1/2012 8:43PM

    Very cool. Heck with hoops, you should start practicing with nun-chucks!
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KAYTIE22 4/1/2012 8:27PM

    Another winner! emoticon You are definitely ready to take your act on the road. Thanks always for your entertainment, inspiration and for getting me to the point that I am definitely going to buy a hoop or two.

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PINKFZZYSLIPPRS 4/1/2012 8:18PM

  This is the coolest thing!! Looks like so much fun!

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CARRIEANNE1027 4/1/2012 8:13PM

    Ok I'm gonna say it because somebody has to.. . You knocked my socks off with that one! Lol.. Looks like fun :) Thanks for sharing the process.. I'm looking forward to the flaming poi!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/1/2012 8:10PM

    I.Must.Learn.To.Do.This!!!
SO *N*I*N*J*A*!!!
You were watching my vlog while this one was uploading weren't you? I'm thinkin' that's where the SparkGremlins snuck in. It's just a theory, but, I'm thinkin' that's what's goin' on with the Godzilla sync.
OH MY WORD, Shel ~ the Sock Poi! WAY ROCK STAR!! *R*O*C*K*S*T*A*R* on fire! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cool on fire. FLAME ON!
Spin fire! Spin fire! Spin fire!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/1/2012 8:09PM

    emoticonHow fun. There are SO many things to learn. You are fast with those socks. You could knock someone out in an emergency. emoticon It is even more neat that your daughter gets to go on this learning journey with you.

I took a picture of my hoop like you asked. It is in my gallery. There is also a blog of me hooping but it aint pretty. It is a DPF. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 4/1/2012 8:00PM

    I am overwhelmed! This is the next big Olympic event, I think! Synchronized Hooping!!

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MOSTMOM1 4/1/2012 7:59PM

    Aaaargh!! Godzilla audio sync thing. What the heck?? SparkGremlins?

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/1/2012 7:34PM

    We need a 'twiddling thumbs' dude, for times like this...

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/1/2012 7:30PM

    Sweet Lord, please do not let it snow for a third day in a row...I need to play with my hoop before I get grounded (again) for taking out the chandelier. Amen"

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/1/2012 7:24PM

    You're killin' me, "Hold on. Your video is almost available.
" A.K.A. "Liz, we have plans of making you die of curiousity, muhahahaha...."

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Hooping Challenge: BOSU & Around the Block

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Several months ago, one of my SparkBuddies, BARRONVC, challenged me to hoop on a BOSU ball. It's taken me this long to find the opportunity to do that. My hoop instructor is always doing new things in class and taking things to a different level. Tuesday night, most of the class time was spent hooping on BOSU balls. She snagged a few seconds of video, for proof. I wish I'd had her snag the hooping while kneeling on the ball, cause that was pretty cool. Anyway--CHALLENGE MET!

Sometime during the winter, another good SparkBuddy, REEBADABEEBOOS, sent me some YouTube videos of people hooping through obstacle courses and stuff. She planted the seed for a mini spring challenge of hooping around the block. Well, we did it and tried to film ourselves along the way. You might need a motion sickness bag. It's hard to hold a camera still while you're hooping; it really is. Believe it or not, I cut the jerkiest parts. At any rate, it took us about 18 minutes to make it around the block. Pretty slow going, but--CHALLENGE MET!

I'm going to bed, before anyone else comes up with another crazy idea.

PS: Today was Day 360 of my exercise streak. A good day for challenges!

  
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WINNIE1978 4/15/2012 7:20PM

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LEIAMLOW 4/9/2012 12:50PM

    Woo hoo! That looks like tough work! I watched a clip online about a lady who was going to hoop the Hollywood Half Marathon! Crazy!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/8/2012 12:21AM

    Love the Drama Queen hat!!

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 4/5/2012 8:31PM

    Wow! That's cool!!

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CAMELSAMBA 4/4/2012 9:35PM

    Hey, you've probably made 365 days by now (if i'm counting on my fingers correctly) - congrats! Loved the challenges. What's next?? Do you hoop on your elliptical? emoticon

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SJKENT1 4/4/2012 1:46PM

    Hoop challenge -- wow! Pretty cool.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/3/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon You never cease to amaze me!!! Keep it up!!!!! WooHoo!!

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RAINBOWMF 4/2/2012 12:33AM

    Just emoticon
out comes the hoop again!

emoticon you inspired me plus made me smile.

Mary

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/1/2012 9:21PM

    Woo Hoo on meeting both challenges!

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AMBER281 4/1/2012 4:24PM

    Great blog!!
Wonderful hooping skills.

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THEEASYKILL30 4/1/2012 11:15AM

    Haha, sweet nellie! Good job, Mom and Audrey!

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ITS_ABOUT_ME 4/1/2012 8:49AM

    Great job!

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/1/2012 1:45AM

    LOVE it..
signed,
Hoop challlenged in Maryland
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LYNNE_08 3/31/2012 8:55PM

    Wow, I'm just not coordinated enough to do that. Good going!

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/31/2012 4:36PM

  I know I can't Hoop (can't curve my hips that way) but I wonder if I could do something on a Bosu ball. HUGS

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JERZGURL_NAN 3/31/2012 2:21PM

    So impressive and awesome and well, I must go outside and practice for 15 minutes before I go get ready for going out - you know - shower and hair. But you've motivated me BIG TIME - so far to go with my hoop but wow - I'm doing it!!!
Happy Challenging

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/31/2012 10:51AM

    Wow, I have trouble standing on the bosu ball, let alone hooping.

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LAURIE-RN 3/31/2012 9:04AM

    Woowee! Congratulations! emoticon

Laurie

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LOPEYP 3/31/2012 6:06AM

    Great job on the Bosu. It's tough just standing on it never mind hooping. I love that you named your hoop! Keep up the fun videos!

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KIN59VARA 3/31/2012 3:44AM

    Go Audrey and Mom! Yeah SWEET NELLIE! I didn't know what a Bosu ball was but it looks real challenging to stay on I can't imagine how hard it was to hoop on!

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XTRACATE 3/31/2012 12:58AM

    You are amazing, you seem to be having such a good time what a wonderful inspiration.

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JAZZEJR 3/30/2012 11:58PM

    emoticonOur hooping champ! Go, Girl!

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KIPPER15 3/30/2012 9:35PM

    totally emoticon. Love your vlogs. Challenges well met !!

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GUDDIGO 3/30/2012 7:40PM

  I love the bosu ball.....wow...you are so determined...

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SUECHRIS50 3/30/2012 7:17PM

    Girl you are so determined!I like your groove so,keep it up!

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CURVYELVIESAYS 3/30/2012 6:57PM

    I love it it really was emoticon I am lucky if I hoop a couple of minutes I can't imagine doing anything additional lol. Thank you for sharing and for proving it can be done. You are inspiring and emoticon Stay Curvy! emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 3/30/2012 6:04PM

    This was awesome. Very inspiring, motivating, and fun to watch. You were great in this video. I didn't even know what a bosu ball was so you also educated me.

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JILLIAN40 3/30/2012 5:55PM

    Awesome video!

And congratulations on 360 days of exercise!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 3/30/2012 4:33PM

    Totally awesome with Sweet Nellie! Wow, don't think I can hoop on Bosu ball yet.. nor walking down the block. I can walk a bit around in a circle so far. Very inspiring!!!

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2012 4:28PM

    what fun to watch....

Go Audrey and go Mom!



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BLESSED2BEME 3/30/2012 3:57PM

    I'm getting closer and closer to looking for a hoop!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/30/2012 2:39PM

    Not gonna lie.... was getting sort of motion sickness as I was watching the video. Awesome job though!!!

Now I challenge you to turn that bosu upside down so that you are standing on the flat part and try hooping! Unless you have already tried that.......

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35ANGELS 3/30/2012 1:21PM

    OMGoodness - how awesome is that. I thought about you the other day when I was timing my dd10 on her hula hoop. She did it for 1:45 minutes...without dropping the hoop. Would have gone longer but her meany of a daddy mad her come in for bed. lol

I'll have to show her your video...she'd love to try that.

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WYVREN_HEART 3/30/2012 12:55PM

    That sounds awesome!!! Way to go!!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/30/2012 12:17PM

    Nice! Congrats!

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SUPERSYLPH 3/30/2012 11:44AM

    You guys are freakin' awesome!

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 3/30/2012 10:39AM

    I my goodness, I can barely stand on one of those things, let a lone hoop on it, lol... LOL ZOMBIES HOOP WOULD ROCK!!!!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/30/2012 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you rock dawg!

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PATTIMET 3/30/2012 9:28AM

    Impressive. emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 3/30/2012 3:49AM

    You and Audrey are developing some serious skills. Hooping skills that is, not filming self hooping skills. It wasn't so bad that I needed a bag though. Maybe I need a Sweet Nellie to get me started on the road to hooptastic fun and fitness. I really need a hoop that practically hoops itself.

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PONDERFUL 3/30/2012 3:16AM

    You are my hooping idol!!! I will challenge myself to hoop walk around the block, w hich should be interesting since I live on a hill!
Stay tuned and keep hoooping!
P.

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INFLATED 3/30/2012 3:03AM

    Your challenges are interesting. If I lived near you, I wouldn't be watching you out of my window, I would join the parade. You and Audrey are emoticon and motivate me to have fun.

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LAYDEBUG0913 3/30/2012 2:26AM

    watching all your hooptastic video's have made me want to learn to hoop agian... and I found some videos on how to make a hoop so instead of buying one I might try my hand at making one. Happy Hooping!!

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-CHERYL 3/29/2012 8:46PM

    You know your what your neighbors are saying "There goes that crazy hoop lady again, now she's moving from her yard out into the neighborhood!

Congratulation
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Yeah I don't think hooping from zombies would really work out that well!

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Our Hooptacular Backyard Birthday Bash (with alternate endings)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today is my 45th birthday (yesterday, by the time I post this). Audrey and I wanted to tape a hooptacular dance number, but it wouldnít stop raining. We finally gave up on the rain going away, set up Audreyís Flip camcorder under an umbrella and hooped in the rain. What you see is unscripted, unchoreographed hooptacularness, with alternate endings. And that audio that sounds like static? Itís rain falling on the umbrella...

45--Iím loving that number. Itís right in the middle of so much possibility. The middle is often a fun place to be. You never know whatís coming next. Could be crisis or a storm. But, it could also be a joyful surprise. I like stumbling upon those. And ďDancing QueenĒ is my song! Guilty pleasure? Perhaps, but it makes me ridiculously happy EVERY time I hear it. Iím not sure why. I was nine when it debuted. Maybe I remember singing along with my cousins, using Loveís Baby Soft bottles as microphones. Maybe it reminds me of the flashmob I did with some of my besties. I donít know, but it has become my personal theme song. And Audrey loves it too--well, she loves the Mamma Mia soundtrack version, so thatís what we used. Dancing Queen, hoops, spectacular wigs, disco ball earrings and the worldís best daughter being silly with you? Best birthday, ever. Hoopy 45 to me, indeed. Iím a blessed gal.

  
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LEAN-N-LEXY 6/10/2012 11:24AM

    ABBA makes me ridiculously happy when I hear it too. Looks like a wonderfully fun celebration spontaneity.

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GARDENQE2 4/27/2012 6:44PM

    TEE! HEE!!!!
I loved the squishy sound of your feet on the wet grass...surrounded by so much green, I wonder if you live in the Emerald City???

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WINNIE1978 4/15/2012 6:56PM

    Looks like a fun way to turn 45! emoticon

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DENISEFULLER 4/15/2012 1:12AM

    Hey, can you come and do my birthday for me? It makes me so happy to see you and your daughter having so much fun!
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MICHERU 4/6/2012 3:59PM

    Happy Birthday!

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MARYELLEN301 4/5/2012 12:11PM

    Happy birthday!! You gals are CRAZY!!! And I mean that in a fun way!!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 4/1/2012 6:06PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

You two are awesome!

Michael

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2012 4:40PM

    emoticon Best Queen vote... you two have to share the crown okay?

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_RAMONA 3/30/2012 4:26PM

    Happy Belated Birthday (health issues have kept me away)... and you are awesome, you know that? You never fail to inspire me to do just a littel better on any given day! Thank you!

(and you make me laugh... always with sheer joy at the possibilities... I think you have never been anything BUT in the middle of possibilities, LOL!)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/30/2012 2:47PM

    Thanks for the giggle! And Happy Belated 45th Birthday Dancing Queen!!!!

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I often wondered what your neighbors thought as they are peeking out of their curtains and blinds. LOL!!! Awesome...... love that you can incorporate fun into all of your workouts. Keeps ya young!

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35ANGELS 3/30/2012 1:29PM

    Happy belated Birthday. You are such a cool mom....can you adopt me? lol

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/29/2012 10:25AM

    Oh oh oh! I hadn't seen this video OR known it was your birthday!

I love the scrunchies on your wrists and Adurey's Girl Scout vest! I also giggled every time you said "45"!


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

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RUNNER12COM 3/28/2012 11:17PM

    I love everything about this. I watched the whole thing with a big ol' goofy grin on my face!

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CHITO2 3/28/2012 9:33PM

   

Happy Belated Birthday!!..............This video is so cute I love it !! You have such a great sense of humor !!! You are such a......

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MOMMA_O 3/28/2012 2:30PM

    Looks like a really fun way to spend a birthday! Hope it was as much fun as it looked!.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/28/2012 10:23AM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! This was such a fun video!

BTW, I wish I had cool neighbors like you! You could put confetti in my yard anytime! :o)

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JENNY712 3/28/2012 2:14AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULMN 3/28/2012 12:34AM

    Happy year 45! I loved the video and the very end was fun too. emoticon

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INFLATED 3/27/2012 11:02PM

    Dame Edna Everage look alike? I had a fourth-grade teacher that had blue hair and the black framed glasses. She was a sweet lady, but I shocked the first time I saw blue hair. Audrey has her look down as well. Happy belated 45th Birthday and may there be many, many more.

I love how you interact with your daughter. My Mom was always petite and bought an outfit for me when I was wearing a size 20. She put it on and stuffed it and came out of the bathroom and modeled it for me. I laughed and laughed at how she looked in my dress.

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LISALGB 3/27/2012 10:39PM

    You go girl!! 45 is a great number!
Happy Birthday!!

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SUNNY742 3/27/2012 9:57PM

  Hope you your birthday was a happy one all day. No aches and pains from the dance. Your my kind of people. emoticon

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SAINTJAY 3/27/2012 8:57PM

    I think I love you both.

Happy happy birthday!

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MINKYMO 3/27/2012 7:11PM

  Happy Birthday !! emoticon

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BANDMOM2012 3/27/2012 4:06PM

    Too Cute! Happy Birthday!

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DONNA2238 3/27/2012 1:33PM

    Seriously...WHAT do you use on your skin??? I am so envious of your face...haha! Don't hear that every day...maybe you do:0)...you've inspired me to buy a hoola hoop!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/27/2012 12:28PM

    Happy belated birthday! Your view on life and aging will keep you young in heart (and body). Loved the video! emoticon emoticon

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SJKENT1 3/27/2012 10:28AM

    oh yeah....

Happy Birthday!!


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SJKENT1 3/27/2012 10:27AM

    You are amazing!! Seriously, I am laughing with tears. I want to be your friend and be goofy --- oops I mean talented like you.

Ok... so I have now joined the Hooper group and need to get me a hoop. I never could do it as a kid... but I am gonna give it a try.

You are my inspiration!!!

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CINDYBEL 3/27/2012 10:02AM

    Happy birthday!!! Watching your video's make my day. emoticon

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DRAGONFLY02 3/27/2012 8:58AM

    Oh my gosh, I'm trying hard to not laugh out loud at work (yes....we can't laugh loudly or it makes people talk). I love how the dog just wanders through the scene ever so often, that is hilarious. Anyway, thanks for the laugh and Happy 17th....I mean 45th Birthday!

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DAMARIS135 3/27/2012 1:22AM

    Oh how fun! you guys certainly weren't going to let the rain spoil your fun!! Happy belated birthday! thank you for sharing your wonderful video! and I love the ending you guys are so funny.

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PENGUINGODDESS 3/27/2012 12:49AM

    Ooo I'm kinda late but HOOPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I'm so glad it was a great day for you! I love the costumes, so awesome! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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DOLLYHOLLY 3/26/2012 10:00PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LOVE your video blogs! You're so funny. I still say you can get a gig on tv like Ellen. Your daughter's a cutie too.



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DRAGONFLY126 3/26/2012 9:11PM

    Sorry I am so late. HOOPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HOOPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HOOPY, HOOPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HOOPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUU!!!!!! I LOVED YOUR BIRTHDAY VIDEO . YOU REALLY DO HAVE AN AWESOME KID!!! I hope my 52nd birthday is just as fun!!!

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GREENMAN71 3/26/2012 7:22PM

    Best. Video. Ever. (You know I'm a sucker for backyard family hooping!) I think 'Dancing Queen' is laced with something - always makes me happy too! Happy birthday! Great job rocking the purple wig - maybe for my 30th day.... emoticon

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TERRRI 3/26/2012 6:48PM

    Walking/dancing and hula hooping at the same time! Great job!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/26/2012 6:43PM

    Happy belated birthday Shelli...you rock!

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JANWHOSOEVER 3/26/2012 6:00PM

    You rock. Happy birthday!

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ELAMAY4 3/26/2012 5:49PM

    love it! makes me want to go out dancing!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 3/26/2012 5:31PM

    Absolutely brilliant! What a great way to celebrate your fort-fiveness.

I'm going to be 45 in just a couple of weeks but I can't see myself having anything like the amount of fun (or exercising anything like your skill level either!) that you did.

I loved the way your dog wandered by so nonchalantly, as if this happens every day!

Thanks so much for sharing - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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BACKATITAMY 3/26/2012 5:10PM

  Happy belated birthday :)


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RSANDBERG 3/26/2012 4:57PM

    Happy Birthday and you are hilarious!!!!!!!!! Thanks for celebrating with all of us with your amazing hoola hoop dance. You are one talented lady who definitely knows how to have fun.

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JELLYBELLY221 3/26/2012 3:15PM

    A very upbeat message. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon

What a fun Birthday you had!

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MARELLAJ 3/26/2012 3:13PM

    Hilarious! I admire people who like to have fun!!


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LIVIN2LOVE1 3/26/2012 3:11PM

    So many things about that vlog that I love! The music, the hooping, the chicks, the wigs, the disco ball earrings, the hound, the rain, the confetti... is it me or are you getting smaller with each vlog?

Way to hoop it up!!!
Happy Birthday!

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FINDINGTHEFITME 3/26/2012 1:49PM

    Wow, just awesome! You rock the hula hoop! Happy belated birthday! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/26/2012 12:53PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Way to go dancing/hooping in the rain!!! emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/26/2012 12:36PM

    You were showing some killer hoop moves there! Hope your b-day was terrific. Love seeing Audrey and the hound in the vlog too. You're all terrific and so much fun! HOOP ON!!!

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For the Shire! (my adoraOm review)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

SparkPeople asked me to review some new plus-size activewear from adoraOm.com. I was happy to do it because-- A: The clothes are super cute. And B: Iím a hobbit. When I look at plus-size models, they all seem to be young, gorgeous, tall, statuesque women. They wear their weight well. I totally understand that; Iím sure thatís what sells. But I donít think Iíve ever seen a short, round, plus-size model. Nope. Not that I can recall. I come from a long line of short, sturdy women. Iíve learned to embrace that, to own my hobbitness. It has its perks too. Our round faces can help hide a couple extra years. But hobbits usually donít make it on the cover of Vogue, unless they happen to be standing next to a hot elf or something. So, I did this review for us, for the hobbitwomen of SparkPeople (we should have a team)--for the Shire!


My Own Personal Disclaimer:
I did not get paid to review this stuff and Iím not trying to sell anything. These are just my own opinions. You know I like to share things that Iíve tried with yíall anyway. I always give you my honest opinion. And yes, this stuff is expensive--to me, anyway. Thatís why I gave it a thorough test before I reviewed it. Thorough as in, I worked out like crazy in these clothes, put them through the laundry a bunch of times and showed them to several of my friends. My husband says that you usually get what you pay for. In this case, I think he might be right. (Honestly, heís almost always right, but heís the nice kind of guy who doesnít lord it over you.) The quality and performance of this fabric is far superior to the usual t-shirt I wear. Thereís really no comparison. The fabric washes well and snaps right back into place. The pants keep you jiggle-free (trademark pending-lol). The mesh panels on the shirt really work--no sweaty shirt sticking to my back. The shirt stays put. I think this might be the only shirt in the world that has stayed put on me. Itís almost a Christmas miracle. Plus, the style and cut really did make me feel particularly superheroish. Thatís always a good thing. That said, I know I canít swing a closetful of this stuff. But I would like to save up and get another shirt (green, this time) for a BIG reward. I think itíd be cool to treat myself to something thatís going to prompt me to workout even more. Nice little self-hypnosis thing I have going here. Also, they have this super cool looking jacket with thumbholes. Thumbholes! I want it, just because of the thumbholes; think it would be very hobbit-chic in the Shire.


Hobbit Action Hero! More action heroes need scooters--

and monkey bars (I can do exactly two...)--

and swings.

Spark your day, no matter what youíre wearing!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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CHERYLSBUTT 1/3/2013 1:53PM

    Love the outfits on you!
I would never call you a hobbit
I think You look adorable because of the strength and energy you exude!


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LELERS 5/16/2012 4:50PM

    I love your pictures! So much fun!

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WINNIE1978 4/15/2012 6:46PM

    Love the review! I usually don't splurge much when it comes to clothing, except for when it comes to workout gear. Wearing clothes that stay in place and do what they are supposed to while I'm working out, like wick away moisture, are generally worth the price tag in my experience. I'm also a fan of thumbholes!!

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BRADIA 4/8/2012 11:13AM

    Iliked the clothes, I always worry also that sports clothes are for lean, fit people so I loved what you modeled

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ALYSSA40 4/6/2012 12:10PM

    You look like you had a blast, showing off in how cute you look! You definitely deserve this popular blog vote! I just got back from the park too, so I feel your exhilaration!

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TX_WILDHEART 4/6/2012 11:38AM

    Too cute for school darling! You looked really cute btw!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/1/2012 6:38PM

    The camera loves you! Thanks for the interesting review.
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_RAMONA 3/30/2012 4:29PM

    From one hobbit to another... I think you look AWESOME dahlink!

(I love that you went out ot PLAY in those workout clothes, LOL!)

P.S. I hope you got to keep the outfit... it's quite cute!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/30/2012 2:48PM

    Love the last picture of you on the swings! Definite framer!

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METAMORPHUS 3/30/2012 8:21AM

    lol! the moment you opened your mouth i just started smiling
you so hillarious
i loved the blog

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AGAWRITER 3/30/2012 7:06AM

    Ready to join hobbitwomen. At least now I know I've just been hanging out with elves.


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SARIMILL 3/29/2012 9:17PM

    Enjoyed the blog.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/29/2012 9:16PM

    I'm still catching up on your blogs. (Reverse order of course!) Once again, Awesome Shelli! This is probably the most entertaining review ever.

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CTUPTON 3/29/2012 9:16PM

    What energy! Wow! And cute clothes, too!

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MARYM1962 3/29/2012 10:40AM

  I am also a hobbit (in more ways than one!) - I could really get into the hot elf thing!!!!


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NIXY72 3/27/2012 10:27PM

    OMG you are Awesome!! (and the clothes are fabulous too).

Are those STILTS?? Super cool! Where the heck did you get those? I want some!!

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JOANIEBLESSER 3/26/2012 10:07PM

    Thanks for your blog!


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DOLLYHOLLY 3/26/2012 10:01PM

    You are SO ACTIVE! emoticon

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DRAGONFLY126 3/26/2012 8:51PM

    Thanks for your Opinion on the clothing. and HECK YEAH FOR THE HOBBIT WOMAN OF SPARK!!! WOO-HOO!!!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/26/2012 6:39PM

    emoticon I highly recommend the thumbhole shirt . I have one and love it. emoticon

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JULIESJOURNEY12 3/26/2012 12:22PM

    Great blog!

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BAPSANN 3/26/2012 11:49AM

  I like your motivation, it causes me to look at monkey bars differently. I can do two also.

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CHRYLG 3/26/2012 8:54AM

    Greetings from a fellow hobbit! I realized a while ago that I must have been born in the Shire. Because I am also VERY well endowed in the bosom area, it is extra difficult to find clothes that fit and look good.
Thanks for the review......you look great in your workout wear.
I also like the idea of a hobbit group! Hobbits unite!

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SHEILA-45 3/25/2012 3:31PM

    You're having so much fun in those clothes. The feel good aspect of them must work wonders too! emoticon

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WILDFLOWERMA 3/25/2012 2:42PM

    awesome review - you are a natural in front of the camera

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WILDFLOWERMA 3/25/2012 2:40PM

    awesome review - you are a natural in front of the camera

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LEIAMLOW 3/25/2012 1:46PM

    I LOVE your blogs! They really brighten my day! And today is already a bright day so now its SUPER bright! emoticon

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 3/25/2012 11:32AM

    I really enjoyed the video, you have a great attitude and sense of humor! I felt kind of blah in this cold cloudy day but you made me laugh and not let this dreary day make me feel dreary. And i never did manage to keep my hula-hoop going very long. I remember it was red and have no idea what happened to it but think it came apart. Anyway, happy hooping wearing those new clothes!! Georgine Keep that Spark!

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GRAMPIAN 3/25/2012 5:07AM

  Enjoyed this! emoticon

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KPETSCHE 3/25/2012 1:13AM

    You are the best. You deserve to be a paid advertiser - I love your sense of humor!


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AHAPPYLIFE 3/24/2012 10:49PM

    You are hilarious!!

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LINKYSD 3/24/2012 10:44PM

    Wow! Really enjoyed your Blog Post! Had me laughing out loud. Thanks for sharing.

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LUNARAEWILDER 3/24/2012 10:03PM

    Yes, cool review and all but "odd ball out here" got distracted by the awesome shoes you were wearing and wonders where did you get them? I love them!

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GOING-STRONG 3/24/2012 9:32PM

    Lookin good... spark on sista!

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WHITEANGEL4 3/24/2012 9:17PM

    Enjoyed the blog.....Thanks for sharing. Two years ago these sizes were perfect for me

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ROCKYCPA 3/24/2012 8:53PM

    Great review - looks like a great set of exercise clothes. Hope someone who really needs them wins them.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/24/2012 8:47PM

    Dont you know that every mom is an action hero?

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1MOLOOM 3/24/2012 8:11PM

  this was the best. I loved your presentation and your sense of humor and the interesting workouts. emoticon

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SURFERJAN2002 3/24/2012 5:21PM

    Another triumph in Sparkland! Thanks for the heads up, not that , with my income , I'll be buying anything any time soon, but it's always good to be prepared if the amazing happens....


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THOMASS4 3/24/2012 3:53PM

  Loved your video and comments, but even if the product is tough I would never waste that kind of money. I buy capri's and workout shirts at Wal-Mart for about 10 bucks each and they are also long lasting and comfortable and then I can have a couple of different ones. Sorry, good idea, but ridiculous price. Loved you though!

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_JODI404 3/24/2012 3:02PM

    Shel,

You look *Awesome* in that outfit!!

I love the tests that you put it through -- very cool.
VERY important that it passes the hoop test!! emoticon
TRX looked very cool too.

You are most certainly an action hero... but a better name is definitely in order!

I agree, it would make a special reward. I just don't see their sizes fitting you for long... not at the rate you are going! emoticon

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SERASARA 3/24/2012 2:00PM

  This is awesome. Thanks!

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DIANNEMT 3/24/2012 12:59PM

    Love your sense of humor!

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ACTIVEGODDESS 3/24/2012 12:39PM

    I loved the video!!! I'll make it a reward for my first milestone if I don't win the contest that is! Hope I do! emoticon

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ELSEEBEE 3/24/2012 11:56AM

    As always, I'm finishing your vlog with a smile on my face! I really liked how the clothes looked on you. They are a little steep for my pocketbook, but I hope I win some!

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