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A Happy Announcement and a Thank You

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Monday, October 17, 2011

In my last blog I shamelessly asked for your vote in a couple of contests I had entered. So I wanted to take a moment to let you know about the outcome of those contests.

First, thanks to your votes, I was a Grand Prize winner in the about.me profile contest, which landed my a spot on a Times Square billboard. Last weekend, I flew to NYC with my family to check out the billboard. It is larger than life! And it is Spreading the Spark far and wide. Here are a couple photos of my portion of the 30-second spot, which runs at the corner of 47th and Broadway in Times Square for 3 more weeks. New York residents and visitors are also seeing it as an ad in taxis! This couldn't come at a better time as SparkPeople has just released our second book, "The SparkPeople Cookbook," and we're gearing up for my first major workout DVD release in late December. Thanks again for your votes and for believing in me!





Secondly, thanks to fan voting on Facebook, I got enough votes to be named "Fan Favorite" in the Life Fitness and ACE "Personal Trainers to Watch" contest. As a prize, I won a $300 set of home workout equipment from Life Fitness, which I plan to give away in a dailySpark contest in December—stay tuned for that. And thanks for the votes—you guys rock! Even more surprising, I found out just last week that not only had I won Fan Favorite, but I was selected by a panel of judges as the WINNER of the nationwide contest and the title "America's Top Personal Trainer to Watch." This was completely unexpected for me—and I am just SO excited about this honor. Not only is it an amazing personal achievement, but it also adds that much more credibility to the work we are all doing here at SparkPeople.

On Friday, I flew to Chicago to attend the Club Industry convention and accept the award. I had to make an acceptance speech in front of not only the judges from those organizations, but the other 10 finalists, and a group of my peers—other personal trainers. I was SO nervous to get up and speak that my hands were shaking as I stood there, but I had prepared a short speech that I wanted to share with you guys here, too:

My Acceptance Speech

"I entered the fitness field with one goal: to help others. I feel incredibly fortunate to be pursuing my passions in a profession that that does so much good for so many and makes me feel excited about going to work each day.

We're all lucky to work in this field right now. Personal trainers love a challenge, and America's health and obesity crisis is challenging our profession to find out-of-the-box approaches that will help the millions of people who aren't responding to what's already out there.

One of the reasons I'm so grateful for this honor is that it shows how our industry is evolving to make that happen. Our profession making room for trainers who don't have a 'perfect' or ripped physique, but can still serve as healthy role models and help others achieve fitness at any size.

It's making room for a more nurturing, and less intimidating style of training than what has dominated the consumer fitness market in recent years.

And it's embracing the notion that trainers can use what is becoming one of the most powerful tools at our disposal—the Internet—to change countless lives.

Today, I couldn't be more honored to accept this/these award/s from these two outstanding organizations: ACE and Life Fitness. It is a privilege to be in the company of the world class trainers who are also being recognized here today. Thank you."

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Thank you all for your support and feedback on the work I do here at SparkPeople. It's so touching to know that you respect my work and get so much from the tips, blogs, videos, etc. that I put out there. Thanks again for taking the time to vote and for the hand you had in helping me achieve these amazing honors!

Coach Nicole
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CONNIE1826 11/17/2012 7:49AM

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GARDENCHRIS 11/7/2011 10:10AM

    cool.... so happy to help you get there!

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GOATS03 11/4/2011 8:11AM

    WOW..that was awesome..congratulations!

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NORASPAT 10/25/2011 2:58PM

    emoticon Coach Nicole you deserve every moment of this. You my dear are my HERO, Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 10/24/2011 10:43PM

    Congratulations on your achievment. I appreciate you sharing your acceptance speech. This is truly a rewarding avenue of employment. You get to help so many, and receive feedback daily, so you know your work is making a huge differnce to so many lives.
Keep smiling, and enjoy the opportunity and the fruit of your labour!!

Way to go Coach Nicole!!
We are so proud for you!!

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KELSEY54 10/24/2011 10:32PM

    Congrats! Much deserved. emoticon

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/24/2011 10:20PM

    The minute I found you, I knew you were the girl to watch. We here at SP already new that! That my dear is why I had to vote for you and I am thrilled that you got a most deserving award..many times over!

THANK YOU NICOLE, for caring about us and loving us enough to do what you do my sweet coach!

Much love,

Kristin

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EGR2BEME 10/23/2011 8:46AM

    So happy for you. Your photo is beautiful! You are so deserving and help people so much! SPARK ON!!

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BELLACUDDLES 10/21/2011 4:18PM

    That is soooooooooooo cool!!! Congrats to you!!

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DAY2DAY45 10/21/2011 3:55PM

    Wonderful!!! You truly deserve it!

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JLPARKHURST 10/21/2011 7:23AM

    Congrats You deserve it!

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ANDALEX 10/21/2011 4:18AM

    congrats! you have earned it!

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/21/2011 12:00AM

    Yay!

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CHRIS3874 10/20/2011 11:26PM

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 10/20/2011 11:15PM

    Congratulations Coach Nicole! emoticon You deserve it and it's awesome that you are spreading the spark even more!

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YOU ROCK, COACH!!!

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HDHAWK 10/20/2011 10:09PM

    Congratulations! emoticon Well deserved!

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KARATE_KID 10/20/2011 8:47PM

    Congrats, Nicole; you deserve it!

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THEWINNER33 10/20/2011 2:32PM

    You deserve it. Congratulations. Hugs, Marcia

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SCOTMAMA 10/20/2011 2:21PM

    Big accomplishment! Congratulations!

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SHERRY666 10/20/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE..... YOU TOTALLY DESERVE IT... AND MORE..

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JEWITCH 10/20/2011 12:33PM

    emoticon you deserve it.

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SPRINGBREEZI 10/20/2011 12:25PM

    You so deserve it Nicole. We are very happy for you. I really liked what you said in your speech about a new more nurturing approach to the obesity fitness problem. We are all so proud of you. Wish I was in NY to see your billboard in person. Love your pics too, you look wonderful, even wearing my favorite color!

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CINDYBEL 10/20/2011 12:11PM

    emoticon So glad you were honored this way. Your approach is so practical and positive it helps us believe we can achieve our goals.

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BTINTERNET 10/20/2011 11:30AM

    emoticon Congrats!!

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LIFE-FAITH 10/20/2011 10:48AM

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COLUMBINE2 10/20/2011 10:27AM

    Great news! You do a wonderful job and significantly help make SP the best thing that's ever happened to me! emoticon

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BRITTHORT9 10/20/2011 9:44AM

  Congrats!!!

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TSANC01 10/20/2011 8:53AM

  Congratulations!

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BSEANACAIN 10/20/2011 8:52AM

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TRULYVISIBLE 10/20/2011 8:15AM

  Great speech. I liked when you said trainers who are not full of muscles but fit and healthy and teach in a non intimidating way can definitely get more people to start their journey. Congrats!

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CORINNEMOMMY 10/20/2011 7:10AM

    Congratulations Coach Nicole. You earned this. I am totally sparked by your workouts. I made a playlist for every day of the week and have shared this idea with lots of friends. I am asking for your DVDs at Christmas:-) Hopefully by then I may be able to keep up with you on the JumpStart workout!

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and you make us proud!
Keep on keeping on!
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    Congratulations!

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EVANIAN 10/20/2011 6:22AM

    CONGRATS!

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  Congratulations, what great news!

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DWILCZKO 10/20/2011 2:47AM

  awesome!

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