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28-Day Boot Camp DVD review

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I had ordered a new pair of walking shoes and when I got a notice for a missed package delivery a day before they were supposed to arrive, I was definitely surprised to have been one of the ones chosen to receive Coach Nicole's new DVD ( my shoes arrived on time, the next day)
First I would like to say that the packaging is very attractive.
I will say that I am not looking to use this DVD at this point as a sole workout plan (I have a Curves membership and get my money's worth, if you know what I mean), but after viewing each of the workouts and the warmups and cool downs, I have used it a couple of times in the past two weeks as an alternate when the weather prevents me from my daily walking.
I am an intermediate level exerciser, doing my Curves and walking. Each of the workouts on Coach Nicole's video were challenging and I also do some of the alternate moves, since some moves are just not doable right now. I appreciated that the moves are shown very plainly by Coach Nicole, she warns that the moves will change and does a countdown so that you can keep up without feeling lost all the time, like some videos. The timer on each section is a definite bonus...helps me keep focused, but not run late for other things. The background trainers are also varied, so that you can always tell how to step it up or tone it down without too much trouble.
The workouts are fun, not boring and use basic moves that are built on from simple to harder and faster. Easy to follow.
I printed out the 28-day plan and it appears to be easy to follow. Right now, I do not need another plan, but if I were to change, I would definitely try this one and feel confident of results.
I will say that navigation on the DVD leaves a little to be desired. You have the option to play all workouts or configure your own. I usually pick what ones I want to do (ex. warmup + sculpt & cardio + cooldown), but after each piece, I have to stop the dvd (it automatically moves to the next workout in the list) and go back to the menu to choose the next piece. I might be doing something wrong, and life has been pretty hectic for me the past couple of weeks, so I haven't really had time to figure this out for sure, but it would help if it stopped at the end of each segment you choose and go back to the menu so you can choose the next workout you want. Other than that, I would highly recommend this DVD to someone new to exercise for its ease of following (Coach Nicole is a very easy trainer to understand and keep up with) or to someone with more exercise under their belt, as it is also a strenuous enough workout for an advanced exerciser.
Final analysis...whether you would like a total workout video or just need backup workouts, I would recommend you buy this DVD. It is available at Target and you can get a $3 off coupon at www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp AND you can get 250 Sparkpoints for buying it at Target.

I received this DVD at no cost from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for this review.

Thank you, Spark and Coach Nicole for providing us with such a good workout program and DVD. I think many people will benefit from this program.

Spark On!
Laurie

  
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/26/2012 9:58AM

    This sounds really good. I love Coach Nicole's workouts. I printed out the coupon but haven't gone to pick it up yet. I keep talking myself out of it. Thanks for this review it was much needed info!

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SHFELKEY 1/25/2012 12:48PM

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

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R2Day1

Monday, December 05, 2011

Gosh, I thought it would be easy to eat a lot of food for a couple of days...I only ate 1/2 my omlet this morning and was stuffed. Even if I didn't lose weight on this program, I think my awareness of food is well worth the investment. Here's to less of me, soon! (My goal this time around is to not be able to even wear my favorite pants because they are falling off me even with a belt. Right now I can pull them off without unbuttoning and they were my "tight" jeans when I started R1) I am also going to be more strict about protocol this time and aim for 25+ pounds in 30 days. (I lost 18 last round with exercise and not being strict about the 500 calories per day)

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 12/19/2011 3:12PM

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/19/2011 9:13AM

    Good luck with your latest challenge. +Mark

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/8/2011 2:55PM

    What is R2? Ok, I admit, I've missed something. I want my tight jeans to fall off too.

I've been doing my walking but that's about it. Still eating like there's no tomorrow. Ick.

How are you?

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Respect

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Each one of us has joined Spark to have support during a time of crisis. It just happens that the initial crisis is weight loss. Any other benefits/support that we derive from our association with fellow Sparkers is just bonus. We need to remember that.

I have sat down and written long replies to different postings, only to delete half (or all) of the posting because, after reading it over I realized that it wasn’t going to build that person up – it wasn’t going to support them in their journey. I feel that each of you out there need something from me…respect. Maybe that translates to a kind word, maybe a helping hand, maybe an idea that you can decide to use and sometimes even a kick in the pants. But, it isn’t up to me to decide which you need at any given time. Sometimes people post things just to vent them and get them off their chest so that they are no longer hindering the journey they have started. Maybe they should find a less public way of doing that? Or, maybe we should take it as just that…venting..nothing personal…no need to get on the bandwagon and cut the person down to size. If you don’t like something that is said/written…ask why first. Are they having a bad day/week…did something drastic happen in their lives and they are trying to figure out how to cope with it…did they read something that someone else read and took it wrong? Spark isn’t the movies (HELLO…most of the movies are FICTION!)…it is real life. Who are we to criticize how someone else handles over-eating at the holidays? Who are we to say to someone that maybe their spouse doesn’t care anymore because they are FAT (even if the pictures say different)? Remember, words hurt just as much (and sometimes more) than physical abuse. Choose them carefully.

Let’s put it like Thumper’s mom (from Bambi) put it…”if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”…If we all treated one another that way in life, the world would be wonderful. I am not saying that we might misinterpret someone’s need at some point and mistakenly post something that turns out to be not so nice for them, but some people just stomp all over other people in their replies. That is just plain NOT NICE. Let’s try this…if you can’t say at least one nice thing in a reply to someone…just don’t reply.

I have always tried to feel out people in the only way I know how…treat them nicely. My father always said that you “get more flies with honey than with vinegar”. I always wondered why I would want to attract flies…unless to dispose of them! Lol, but you get the point. If I get an in-kind response, even if their initial post or verbalization was negative, I treat them as a friend, maybe even one in dire need. If they reply negatively (and I don’t usually get this type of response, so I am purely in guess mode here), I suppose I would just ignore them. It would hurt to receive something like that, but I would get over it. Negativity is all around us…why go looking for it?

So, the long and short of it, I guess, is that we need to respect others on Spark. We need to treat them like we would like to be treated…kindly and with the intent to help them be a better person.

Thank you for listening to my vent!

  
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CM_GARDNER78 12/10/2011 6:56PM

    YES! I agree with what you are saying 110%!!! Kill 'em with kindness - leave the others behind. They will either wake up and join you, or they will be left behind, miserable. It's not up to us to fix that....we can only choose how WE respond! You are awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!
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EMPTRS 12/10/2011 9:39AM

    Lovely! R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

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DIVASPARK 12/8/2011 6:39PM

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ANGELEYES67J 12/8/2011 1:04PM

    I totally agree.

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REENIE131 12/6/2011 10:13PM

    Perfectly said! Thank you for this.

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TIFFY0906 12/6/2011 4:06PM

    Thank you for this blog. I believe life is too short and already come with day to day struggles without having to be disrespectful or "mean spirited" to each other.

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WELSTEACH 12/6/2011 3:20PM

    Many of us get disrespect from thin people who do not know the struggle of losing weight, dealing with emotional eating, eating disorders, battling weight gain after getting to maintenance etc. We SURELY don't need it from people who should understand.

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PRAYINGSUZIE 12/6/2011 2:24PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us! Thank you so much for the reminder to treat others like you want to be treated!

Suzie

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MILLIE5522 12/6/2011 1:19PM

    Kindness is so under rated. Excellent blog. emoticon

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/6/2011 7:13AM

    Nice and respectful...

I actually teach "nice" as a concept and it is life changing for real. Nice to know there are others out there sharing the power of "nice"...

Good luck with reaching your goals and staying focused. All the best - Mark

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NORENBERG1953 12/6/2011 12:12AM

  Loved your message it reminds me of my grandmother, the world needs more people that are more considerate of others feelings if they would only think before they speak sometimes they wouldn't say what that do.

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KTISFOCUSED 12/5/2011 10:30PM

    I agree. The last thing any of us need is to be disrespected as we travel this journey so thanks for the reminder.

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KIPPER15 12/5/2011 9:15PM

    Well said and so true. emoticon

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NITA-BERRY 12/5/2011 1:59PM

    You hit the nail on the head. And it shows the wonder of your heart.

May you have a blessed year of NICE replies and postings. You deserve it.
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SURLYGIRL 12/5/2011 11:52AM

    Thank you - What a great reminder for all of us.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/5/2011 11:39AM

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/5/2011 11:28AM

    So true and wonderfully put. I can just hear Thumper saying, "Momma says, If you can't say nothing nice, don't say nothing t'all!"

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SHOAPIE 12/5/2011 10:37AM

    This can't be said enough! emoticon

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HEALTHYME229 12/5/2011 8:57AM

    I agree with everyone else that this is an awesome blog and a great reminder of how to treat one another. Kindness really is a gift we give, both to the receivers and to ourselves. Too bad so many don't see it that way.

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JERZGURL_NAN 12/5/2011 8:34AM

    Great Message and perfect way to begin a week. Always a place for growth no matter how old we are! Thank you

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JLEMUS1 12/5/2011 8:22AM

    So true!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RANDY175 12/5/2011 5:05AM

    I love reading blogs that cause me to pause and think.

Good points and well articulated.

Thank you!

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MANNJHA 12/5/2011 4:52AM

  Thank you for venting. I agree that if we cannot say something supportive and/or kind, we should not comment. Why would someone want to discourage others? Why would someone want to attempt to hurt others' feelings? emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 12/5/2011 1:33AM

  So important. The foundation of anything.

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BRAVEHEART4ME 12/4/2011 11:36PM

  Great blog! emoticon

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LZYLDY 12/4/2011 10:14PM

    My spouse has to remind me many times that just because people say that I am... (stupid, ugly, fat... etc. etc) that doesn't make it so.
So often I measure myself by what everyone else thinks about me; or what I think they are thinking about me.
Your movie quote made me think of one too from "The Fighting Temptations" "When life makes you have to put up with mean and hateful people, think of them as sandpaper. They may scratch you, rub you the wrong way, but eventually you end up smooth and polished...and the sandpaper...its just gonna be worn out and ugly"


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HHB4181 12/4/2011 6:42PM

    All true. nice job.
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ME_FIRST 12/4/2011 5:47PM

    I remember my father telling me more than once that if I couldn't say anything nice that I shouldn't say anything at all. We often don't know the reason for statements made by others and, particularly on the internet, it is easy to misinterprete what others write. We are here to give and get support.



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ALIHIKES 12/4/2011 5:35PM

    I totally agree with you, we should respect each other, AND support each other in becoming fit. Love your blob! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/4/2011 3:36PM

    Very well said

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MARIE405 12/4/2011 2:36PM

    emoticon Very well said.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/4/2011 1:18PM

    agreed!

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LAURIE-RN 12/4/2011 10:47AM

    Agreed!

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KIN59VARA 12/4/2011 10:26AM

    Well written, on the door of my office at school I have a sign that says " Respect Everyone".

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BEYOURBEST1 12/4/2011 10:07AM

    Great blog. Nobody knows for sure about someone else's situation. The only way to really know is to be that person, although at times we don't fully know about our own stuff. Tolerance is important. We are here to support each other on our journeys.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/3/2011 4:16PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/3/2011 2:52PM

    Thank you for spreading the word. I love when I read positive and uplifting blogs. I especially like when all the responses are just as positive and uplifting. I agree, we're supposed to be spreading the Spark! Let's hope everyone does.
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HUTCHISDM 12/3/2011 1:49AM

    **nods vigorously**
Very, very, well put. Respect is one of those things to me that I see lost in todays world. I don't know if it is becuase of the way we communicate now or not, though may people say it is. I just see it diminishing. And not just in posts, or emails, but everywhere. I still say "thank you sir (or ma'am)" to most people who do something for me. I still hold doors open for anyone older than me, mothers with kids, etc. Anyone who needs that little bit of courtesy to make things easier. And yet I see those types of behavior that I grew up seeing everywhere, are slowly fading away in todays hustle-bustle world. Your phrases made me smile, so I'll add another one in a related fashion - "stop and smell the roses," take a moment to stop and enjoy the little things in life. Like the smile I got from a waitress who realized my wife and I WERE paying attention when she said, "you kids enjoy." We both laughed and said "kids? We're much older than you think then." She walked away chuckling and shaking her head. I think I may have rambled a little off track here - but in all - I highly agree

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 12/2/2011 10:44PM

    Awesome blog!!

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DANA564 12/2/2011 8:49PM

    Great blog! Well said.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/2/2011 8:33PM

    Very well said!

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LESLIESENIOR 12/2/2011 7:39PM

    The best thing about Sparkpeople has been the overwhelmingly positive responses and posts I have experienced. I would add that it is important to say something constructive rather than destructive. A constructive comment may have suggestions based on experience and wisdom. The receiver hopefully will not take offense, but feel supported.

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MILLISMA 12/2/2011 6:08PM

    Thanks for sharing your feeling and ideas....don't call that venting, just being honest.
By the way, that has always been one of my favorites saying (if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all). I use to say that to my kids all the time.

thanks again!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 12/2/2011 5:50PM

    emoticonblog ! Thanks for sharing

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HDHAWK 12/2/2011 5:48PM

    Yes!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/2/2011 5:20PM

    It is kinda funny because I think the negativity is invisible to me! I just look at the half full glass as a matter of fact. As they say, take the high road there is more room up here!

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Thank You Note

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I would just like to take a moment to thank those Sparkers that have made my life better. You all know who you are, so I am not going to name names.

For those who may have just joined or maybe you have been on Spark for a while, but have not utilized it as best you can, try reaching out. I have been on the giving and the receiving end of encouragement. Both are rewarding and helpful in our journey to better health. Better health doesn't just mean physically, but it includes our mental, emotional and spiritual being as well. We don't know what is going to happen to us today, but if we have people behind us (or maybe I should say beside us...) that we know we can count on, it doesn't matter. We can get through it. Sometimes it is a few words, sometimes just a hug (emoticon!)

So, just wanted to say Thank you!

  
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KABOOPER 11/15/2011 11:11AM

    emoticon I have only recently started reading your blogs. But I think we all need some recognition once in a while, and yes just a hi or a virtual hugs counts!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/15/2011 11:11AM

    And Thank you right back. You encourage me so much. I'm thankful for you!!!

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Time change and dark clouds

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I don't know if the time change is what prompted my dark mood for the weekend, but I spent a lot of this past weekend sleeping. I thought when Monday rolled around that I had gotten it licked. The morning was bright and sunny. Then, I decided to look at our local paper online and clicked on the obits...something I don't always do, but something made me do it. I found the obituary for an acquaintence of mine that I am not close to, but know her and her family well. She was only 2 years older than I am and she passed away last Thursday. Needless to say, my cloud moved back over me and began to rain. I called my mother and all she said was that "you knew Kathy suffered from manic depression, didn't you?"...don't we all!? What was that supposed to mean? Did she give up, was she sick, did she get hit by a car? I emailed my brother this morning and he is going to ask around. I just can't force myself to go to her funeral feeling like this today. Kathy was always smiling...I figured it was a facade most of the time, but...my father was diagnosed with manic depression (amongst other things) and he died 18 years ago at age 66. This brought that back with a vengence. I suffer with bouts of depression...nothing manic, yet. But, trying to cope with all that is changing in my life is hard right now. I guess tomorrow will be another day. Maybe a good night's sleep and a fresh day will help blow this black cloud away.

  
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KABOOPER 11/9/2011 1:02PM

    If your concerned you should consult your Doctor. Depression is an actual medical imbalance. even minor, he may have suggestions. Like a seasonal light box. or foods that may help. it isn't always medication. You may find a great Dr. that uses alternitive medication. Besides if it is noticable enough to mention. you really should mention it to the Doc.

My Dad was a manic depressive, and he found a
Great Doc. unfortunately he also had congenital heart disease and he is no longer with us.
Good luck with finding what works best for you!
Sending up a prayer that your Dark Cloud goes away soon!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/8/2011 3:23PM

    I too struggle with depression but in my mother's way, we have always called it the gloomies. I have no idea why. I hope you will feel better after a good night's sleep.

Resisting the chocolate cake while struggling with the gloomies deserves two stars. (You know how I love my sparkly stars.)

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I'm thinking of you. Don't forget to take care of yourself.

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