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The Best Kept Beauty Secret

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Photo by Kate Messer

Hi SparkPeople!

I just wanted to share with you a cool little story I was recently involved in locally for the Cincinnati-based women's website Every year, people nominate women in the city who are doing amazing things in many categories from health to savings to fashion and career. This year, I was nominated for and selected as one of the "Women Of The Year" for Cincinnati--and I won in the "beauty" category.

Anyone who knows how NOT into beauty I am may find that a little funny. (I sure did as I read the announcement at work, wearing my sweat pants and no makeup and my not-been-washed-in-2-days hair. TMI?) But when I learned more about the award and their reason for choosing me, it started making sense.

Fitness and health = the best kept beauty secrets. If you want to look great, feel confident, stand taller and look (and feel) younger than your actual years, fitness and health are the best ways to do it. Take care of yourself from the inside out. Brilliant!

Click the link below to read the story and my own perspective on how fitness helps women love themselves at any size and shape.

And thank YOU for inspiring ME every day!

Coach Nicole

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MARGEMF 4/28/2012 8:48PM

    Hi Nicole. I realize I'm more than a bit after the fact yet I still wanted to congratulate you on your award. It doesn't matter whether or not you are into 'beauty'. You obviously have an inner beauty that radiates out. And that is why you won the award. Enjoy your accomplishments, you have earned them & rightfully so. Sincerely - Marge emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARRONVC 1/31/2012 1:04AM

    You are humble! You do your job and do it with your heart. You help others. Your inner beauty matches your outer beauty. You earned this award due to your selfless dedication.

The award doesn't make the person, the person makes the award.

You are awesome. Now let's crank it up a notch for all the Sparkers!

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EVWINGS 1/28/2012 2:55PM

    emoticon With all of your videos and the challenges you work up for the rest of us shows all of your real beauty. You always wear the most beatiful smile! It makes you really, really stunning.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 2:46PM

    What a great history you are developing and bringing to the SparkPeople Community. We are so fortunate to have your workouts. You're beautiful, inside and out! And, I'm enjoying your latest DVD.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 1/17/2012 12:03AM

    emoticon Congratulations! Hey, your hair is growing! Looks lovely!
Nicole, you continue to be an inspiration to us all; thank you!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/12/2012 10:22AM

    But it goes oh so much deeper than that.

I see what you're saying. At the same time:

You've chosen a life of helping others recapture their life. Helping others in health and fitness. You give of yourself to others, changing other people's lives.

"Fitness and health = the best kept beauty secrets. "
* They're either tied for 2nd or they're 2nd and 3rd.

What truly makes one beautiful is love for and being there for others, imho. You do that faithfully and well at least here on this site.

Thank you for all that you do here on SparkPeople :)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/8/2012 10:29PM

    You are beautiful! I agree it is all about being fit and healthy. I am 58 years young and feel fitter and healthier than I did in my 40's! Love the Sparkpeople website!

Thank you for inspiring us!

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SPARKYCARLEY 1/6/2012 9:37PM

    Congrats & great article.

Personally I think you look amazing! Those that they talk about that are 'ripped' turn me off from fitness. They don't encourage me because they don't look natural, and they appear to be at a level that I figure I'd never reach if I don't suddenly get a miracle and become some instant pro athlete. I think you are wayyyyy sexier than those other ones. It's you that I think is more beautiful and inspires me more.

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1BEACHWALKER 1/5/2012 10:49PM

    emoticon Very good article! Just got your new DVD today and am ready to start on it once I review it first tonight!
emoticon on all your success! Keep up the great work!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JUICENUT 1/5/2012 4:43PM

    In this case, beauty is so much more than skin deep. You deserve that!


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GETFITTER7 1/1/2012 11:07AM

    Congrats! So glad that you are here for all of us at Sparks. Love your photos!
Read your proud!

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PRECIOUS_JEWEL 1/1/2012 8:34AM

    Congrats! I read the interview too and I thought it was shocking that you've been considered not fit or "buff" enough to have videos or DVD when all I see how toned and tiny you are. I think you have an ideal figure and I dream of looking like that. It just goes to show how insanely blown out of proportion perceptions are becoming...really far from anything truthful. You're beautiful babe, don't go changin'!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/31/2011 8:18PM

    Congrats! Wonderful blog!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/31/2011 6:09PM

    emoticon That is a great accomplishment!

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LOVESLIFE48 12/31/2011 5:20PM

    That is so awesome!! Congratulations!!

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METAMORPHUS 12/31/2011 9:59AM


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GOING-STRONG 12/30/2011 11:33PM

    So proud of you... Congratulations and you ARE beautiful!

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MISSIEH1 12/30/2011 9:12PM


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MJLREACHFORIT 12/30/2011 6:11PM

  Yea Nicole.
Woo hoo!

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ANGSGETTINREAL 12/30/2011 4:09PM

    A beautiful person makes others feel beautiful just by association.

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GRAPEVINE60 12/30/2011 2:56PM

    Congrats! Your inner beauty just shines through.

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SPEEDY143 12/30/2011 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon They picked the perfect winner emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 12/30/2011 12:06PM

    So true! And you are an inspiration to all of us.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/30/2011 12:02PM

    You are a true role model. I love your office workout, and all the others that I have been blessed to experience. Keep up the great work! God bless you and your in this new and all future years! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 12/30/2011 11:56AM

    Congratulations! It is a well deserved honor! You're such an inspiration and a motivator for me to get fit and healthy. Thanks!

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VTCRICKET84 12/30/2011 11:50AM

    congratulations! what a well-deserved honor :)

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MANILUS 12/30/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations Nicole, thank you for your amazing work to bring the truth about beauty!! Keep up the great work!

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MARYJEANSL 12/30/2011 10:32AM

  I have to give credit to the judges. I would normally expect the award to go to a fashion model. I think you deserve it, but it is a surprise to me that the judges had so much perception. Good for them - and congratulations to you!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 12/30/2011 9:36AM

    Congratulations! Loved the article and the photos. I think you're a stunningly gorgeous woman - and I should know. I have two gorgeous stunners of my own who, like you, are fresh-faced and down-to-earth. That's what makes a woman truly lovely and there isn't a bottle of makeup on any shelf that can accomplish that.

Thank you for your wonderful example. Enjoy the well-deserved kudos and keep on smiling!

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GINA180847 12/30/2011 9:21AM

    Your story is so motivating all by itself and then you add all those great blogs, DVDs etc. You have done a lot for women in general!

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FATHINSN 12/30/2011 9:14AM

    Congrats! I think you deserved the award, you are beautiful in your own way, an inspiration to many :D

Agree about fitness and health to make one looks younger and feel great. My mom does lots of prayers which in our religion, has lots of movements. My mom always get compliments how her look hasn't changed for years, even some of her students (she's a retired teacher) look older than her!

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~INDYGIRL 12/30/2011 8:51AM


You ARE beautiful! I can see very clearly why you won and deservedly so. You deserved to win in so many ways because you are amazing. In your amazingness, you inspire others like me to want to be more like you and take care of their bodies.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 12/30/2011 8:34AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 12/29/2011 11:54PM

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CM_GARDNER78 12/29/2011 11:19PM

    AWESOME! So deserving! Way to go!! :-) Your picture is beautiful!

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NELLBELLA26 12/29/2011 11:09PM

    Beautiful inside and out. You most definitely deserve this honor. Being healthy and fit is one of the best beauty "tips" that anyone can have at their disposal. You glow from the inside out that way.
Congrats and thank you for sharing with us! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 12/29/2011 11:05PM

    Truly deserving. I am excited for you! And for myself! I got a computer for Christmas, and I am going to finally be able to see and do your videos here on the 28 day workout from the team Sweatsuits to Swimsuits!
I also ordered your last two videos for my birthday! This is my year to get exercising indoors to the videos!

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DAWNFIRE72 12/29/2011 11:05PM

    emoticon what a great story and you truly are beautiful.

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MSROZZIE 12/29/2011 10:23PM

    emoticon You deserve this award. You're the best coach ever! emoticon

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CAFEJOJO 12/29/2011 9:15PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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PURPLELVR7 12/29/2011 8:51PM

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TEACH68 12/29/2011 8:38PM

    Thank you for being such a great role model! emoticon

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67CAMARO_SS 12/29/2011 8:24PM

    Congrats! What an honor!! Enjoy the well-deserved nomination & revel in the selection. You are a beautiful inspiration to so many!!!
June :)

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KLONG8 12/29/2011 7:34PM

    Great honor!

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