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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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WARMSTRONG2 10/20/2011 12:51AM

  It is a joy to be able to say you got what you deserved.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/20/2011 12:48AM

    AWESOME Nicole,you are so beautiful and we are proud of you Spreading The Spark this way emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BMKEARBEY 10/19/2011 11:50PM

    Congratulations Coach Nichole! You so deserved all of those awards! You inspire me daily and I love my DVD's that I exercise to with you! You keep my Spark lit! Thanks! Bev emoticon

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MAMADWARF 10/19/2011 11:44PM

    congratulations and thank YOU for helping change so many lives! See ya in the morning for our 10 minute kickboxing workout date!!

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COMPASS_ROSE 10/19/2011 11:12PM

    emoticon and Congratulations!

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RUNNINGAL425 10/19/2011 10:50PM

    Congratulations!!

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GRACEISENUF 10/19/2011 10:44PM

    Great speech and congratulations for all the awards you have won!




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CELLISTA1 10/19/2011 10:26PM

    I loved your speech. Your sincerity and beliefs shine through. Congratulations!

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NELLBELLA26 10/19/2011 10:15PM

    Well deserved, Nicole! You have inspired and motivated so many others. Thank you for your commitment to the work you do. Glad to see it paying off. emoticon emoticon

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DSSCHINNER 10/19/2011 10:03PM

  CONGRATULATIONS!! And THANKS!! for all you do! I love your videos, articles, & blogs!!

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Your hard work, and dedication has helped so many. I am thrilled you have been recognized for your efforts. Personally, I have learned a great deal from you. I have two of your dvd's and will be anxiously awaiting the release of your next one. You are a fantastic inpiration and motivator! emoticon

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KITTYGAL2 10/19/2011 8:12PM

    I voted for you as often as possible! I think you are a most deserving and gracious winner of any awards extended to you from now on! (And I am sure there will be many more to follow!) Congratulations on all your success and the powerful motivation and support to all of us who follow you on Spark.
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GATORJOY 10/19/2011 5:44PM

    emoticon You haved earned it, for sure! Thanks so much for all you do for all of us!

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OFABULOUSME 10/19/2011 4:38PM

    YAY! That's so awesome. Congratulations!!

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EMPRESS8800 10/19/2011 4:35PM

    This is super awesome and a great inspiration. I am happy you got the recognition that you deserve. Thank you for all you do.

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BMCKEOW1 10/19/2011 3:57PM

    Congrats, that's so awesome.

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RONNIEHUEY 10/19/2011 3:51PM

    Awesome!

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MARYJEANSL 10/19/2011 2:15PM

  Congratulations!!

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JULIA1154 10/19/2011 2:03PM

  Thanks for updating us on the results - I've been waiting to hear!

Congratulations, Nicole, on all of these honors. They are truly well deserved and I think the philosophy expressed in your acceptance speech (above) demonstrates this impressively. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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LADYK57 10/19/2011 1:47PM

  What would we do without you, Coach Nicole? We'll always be your fans! Congratulations on your recent achievements! You deserve every accolade and more. emoticon

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KLONG8 10/19/2011 1:07PM

    We're so happy WITH you! Congratulations for all you've done to earn these awards and all you'll do in the future!

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UK_NICOLA 10/19/2011 1:03PM

    Amazing achievement and inspirational words! Well done Nicole!

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BYEPOUNDS 10/19/2011 12:34PM

    nice

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/19/2011 12:18PM

    Fantastic! So glad you won! You've helped so many and you deserve the honor!

We are all so proud of you and thank YOU for beleiving in us!

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ELSEEBEE 10/19/2011 11:22AM

    You deserve every bit of these honors and more! If Sparkers are getting more fit, it is definitely due to you! Working out with you at the Spark convention and then your comments to me at the Spark rally this spring have motivated me more than you can imagine! I have never in my life been an athletic person, but your influence has made exercise a part of my new lifestyle. So thank you for all your inspiration and giving us all the courage to find ways to exercise no matter what our physical limits. You are....

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SROUS1340 10/19/2011 10:49AM

    Congratulations!!!

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VANYELMOON 10/19/2011 10:11AM

    You deserve all the kudos! You are a great trainer and an inspiration. Good luck on all your future endeavors!



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NYGIANTGAL 10/19/2011 9:54AM

    SO happy for you :) You deserve it!!! Can't wait to get your exercise video :)

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I'm looking forward to buying my first exercise video when your new one is released.

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ROOT4HOME 10/19/2011 8:53AM

    Congratulations again Nicole!! Well deserved honors!

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MARGARITTM 10/19/2011 8:43AM

    Good for you! and wel deserved!

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ONEWAYSTREET 10/19/2011 8:42AM

  Credit... where... credit is due...
You earned it....

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SUNSET09 10/19/2011 8:29AM

  You rock and this is a well deserved award; not only personal but for Sparkspeople and those who believe in it. It wasn't just the votes, you stepped up and offered yourself as a living testimony! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZAZZABEN 10/19/2011 5:27AM

    Thank YOU Coach Nicole for that you've done for us.

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DUSTYGIRL25 10/19/2011 4:57AM

    Your Win was well deserved! I knew you would win as soon as I voted for you and saw that you had over 3,000 votes already!
I love exercising to your Videos. They are easy to follow and a lot of fun to use. Best of all, the exercises actually work!!
Thanks so much for being such an important part of helping people get healthy and fit!

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