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Yes I too am a SPARK WH@�∑(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Edited on 4 Mar. 2012...I was asked by Spark Coach Jen to edit this blog because of a word I used in the original blog...considered profanity...apparently not caught by the profanity filter... a word that appears in the Bible...nothing wrong with that, I'm just saying. So the word has now been removed.

If you have read my Spark page or previous blogs, you know that I am a self-proclaimed SPARK WARRIOR, SPARK PRINCESS, and SPARK REBEL. Now I must tell you that I am a SPARK W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain)
...there I said it.

That is the first step...admitting what you are or have become. Is there a 12 step for this? I don't know.

This isn't a new condition for me. I was a W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain) one other time in my life.

It is not what you think It was when our house was under construction. It was estimated to take 5 months. We put our city house on the market and it sold within a couple of months(this was 15+ years ago---those days are over). We couldn't find a place to rent month to month and we didn't want to sign a's only going to be 5 months right? So, against my better judgement, we moved into my mother's basement. Thus, turning us into her BOARDER W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOARS...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain).

We were at her disposal for WHATEVER WHENEVER she wanted. Going to work was my only time of sanity. Forgot to mention that the 5 months turned into 18 months due to the seemingly endless delays and the incompetent general contractor that we fired. Anyway, that was the longest 18 months of my life.

I was not a W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain) again, until now...

I became a SPARK W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain) in December, but I didn't realize it until last month.

It was my own fault, I didn't carefully read an email I received from SP. In my defense, it was December 12th. I had a lot going on then. I was almost at goal weight. I was excited to receive the email from SP...I thought I was getting a Spark present for being such a good Spark Warrior or something...I was flattered to be included in the 200 count "exclusive list of Sparkpeople members" to receive a free copy of Coach Nicole's 28 day Boot Camp DVD. All I had to do...write a review in a blog by Feb. 29th. Oh I can do that, I thought. I regularly do Nicole's workouts on SP, so that is no biggie.

When I received the DVD, it included a paper that said I needed to do the review by Jan 31st. WTH That irritated me. I would not have agreed to that deadline...Jan. is the busiest work month for me.

To prepare my blog about the DVD, I went back to read the email again...that's when I realized the select group was Popular Blog Award recipients...oh...I feel like a Spark W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain) now.

I feel violated...I don't TELL people to "like" my blogs. And I don't send emails asking for "likes". And I don't trick the reader with "press "like" if you did 10 minutes today". I don't feel the need to insult the intelligence of the reader by telling them what to "like".

I "like" a blog if I really like it. OK, Popular Blog Award rant over now.

Since this Spark W#@%$(starts with a W rhymes with BOAR...definition-n.--a person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain, v.--to compromise one's principles for personal gain) has a sense of integrity, I will hold up my end of the deal I here is yet another review of Coach Nicole's new 28-Day Boot Camp DVD.

First, let me say, I use workout DVDs sometimes, not frequently. And I do like Coach Nicole as an instructor.

What I liked:

There is no nonsense fluff at the beginning to wade can get right to it.

The women in the DVD look real...not overly done-up or dressed inappropriately, presenting 3 different intensity levels.

You can pick and choose what segments you want to do...easy to navigate menu.

Easy to customize your workout by intensity, segment, and time.

Includes a 28 day plan that you can follow...or not.

It is a well put together workout.

No difficult choreography, easy to follow, but a decent workout.

Coach Nicole is positive and professional, not obnoxious, encouraging you along the way, explaining moves clearly.

On-screen countdown timer.

Includes warm up, cool down, cardio, strength, tone, and total body.

Easy to add to the Sparkpeople fitness tracker.

What I felt was just OK(I wouldn't say dislike):

At times the most difficult level wasn't hard enough for me.

When I think "bootcamp", I think extreme, hardcore...this was not.

Would like a music(different) only option.

Overall, I think this is a great DVD I would recommend for the beginner to intermediate Sparker, as long as you are cleared for exercise from your doctor. If you are training for the Olympics...not so much.

And from the legal department: I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.

The DVD is available at Target, and you can get a $3 off Target coupon for it at
amp . You also get 250 SparkPoints for purchasing the DVD from Target.

One thing I know for sure...there is no 12-step for stupid.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHOAPIE 3/2/2012 6:28PM


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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 4:49PM

    Great blog. You sound a bit upset about how it all happened, but hey!! You are popular!!! Love ya, teammate and fellow SParker!!! emoticon

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JSELLINGTON 3/2/2012 4:24PM

    You are a riot!!! I didn't press "like" because I didn't want to offend you emoticon However I loved this. You are awesome! emoticon

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MIECHI7 3/2/2012 4:11PM


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MELISSAD0721 3/2/2012 3:22PM

    I just heart u! Thanks for the giggles :)

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YELLOWDAHLIA 3/2/2012 3:02PM

    Spark whore?? Omigosh, that's so funny!!

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SIMPLY-EVA 3/2/2012 2:39PM

  "This isn't a new condition for me. I was a whore one other time in my life."

THAT was Hilarious!!! Thanks for the blog... I too was a whore one other time in my life and it was what you think. emoticon

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7356WILMA 3/2/2012 1:05PM

  Thanks for the review!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/2/2012 1:00PM

  Its alway nice to get something free from a company, and better when you enjoy it! I use the "I LIKE" only when I truly like it! I wonder many times how many people use the ...I like it... and why dont they have one for NOT liking it? lol susana

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ONTHEPATH2 3/2/2012 12:36PM

    OK - I read it but I didn't "like" it. Wouldn't want to anger a spark whore! Anyhow - thanks for your review of the video because I was thinking about getting it - I am looking for an entry level video. Can't tell you the number I bought, can't do, get frustrated and toss them in the drawer. So, looks like I am going to be venturing out to Target. Thanks for your honest review.

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PGNBRI 3/2/2012 11:11AM


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SHELLYKOCH1 3/2/2012 10:07AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love your use of words, your sense of humor.


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VINTAGEMODEL 3/2/2012 10:00AM

    you spark whore you!! I pressed 'like' because I like your sense of humour and the professional way you put your words together. Congratulations on getting a free DVD, you did deserve it you know! emoticon
We will have to get the spark team to update and modernise their 'add emoticon' page, maybe put 'SPARK WHORE' as a choice and more 21st century icons!!
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Comment edited on: 3/2/2012 10:01:58 AM

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YAMAHA49 3/2/2012 9:52AM

    Great blog, Trish! I love the concept of PUMA...never would have put that one together but it is true that one day when we get there the practice will come in handy!

And I like the visual of the Yield sign. In a sense we are yielding or giving ourselves over to a process that we don't necessarily like but inherently know is good for us. Sort of like the "Eat your vegetables. They're good for you" spiel we used to get when we were kids. ("Huh? Lima beans are GOOD for me? Yuk!") We had to suspend our own disbelief and yield to our parent's superior wisdom (even if we didn't like it.)

(P.S. Just to take the pressure off of you, I promise not to "like" this blog!)

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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/2/2012 9:43AM

    obligation fulfilled...check. Thanks for the fluff...

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KRISTA-GIRL 3/2/2012 9:42AM

    Oh dear, I congratulated you on your feed, *then* read the blog. I take it back. I'm not even going to "like" this. Because I like you. :-) So there. (Nice job, btw :-)

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GUDDIGO 3/2/2012 8:52AM

  Love this

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KM1116 3/2/2012 8:29AM

  Love this!!!

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SARALEIGHM 3/2/2012 8:08AM

    So that's what happens when you get a free SP product. Hahahahaha. Nicely done.

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BECCA315 3/2/2012 6:46AM

    Yep, the title got me to read it...


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GRAMPIAN 3/2/2012 6:31AM

  Interesting blog. emoticon

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CAM2438 3/2/2012 6:19AM

    Great Blog. Thank-you for sharing. emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 3/2/2012 5:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

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ELHEUREUX89 3/2/2012 5:09AM

    Agree! Nice title and review emoticon

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PEPIPOI 3/1/2012 11:11PM

    Have to say that free thoughts are all good.

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JIBBIE49 3/1/2012 8:31PM

    What an honor to see your BLOG featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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TERRRI 3/1/2012 5:57PM

    I used to read blogs (not on spark) by the "Scale Whore" and the "Food Whore". The Food Whore was a caterer and was hilarious. When DH works to much OT for the money I call him a Money Whore.

Thanks for the blog, it was a good read!

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BRASYWHEELS 3/1/2012 5:47PM

    like had to read it three times emoticon

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KAI_ZEN 3/1/2012 4:03PM

    I've been undecided on whether to purchase this DVD or not. Thanks for the great review!

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/1/2012 2:17PM

    Very catchy title. Yes, it enticed me to read it and I got my daily dose of chuckles. Thanks for the good read. emoticon

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MOOSEMUFFIN 3/1/2012 1:35PM

  From the looks of some of the comments on your blog...I think some people here just don't get it. I am with you on those annoying whiners that want you to like their blogs. I think you should "like" a blog only if you really like it.

Great blog! And I "liked" it too! emoticon emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 3/1/2012 12:29PM

    Catchy title to your blog! Sure to reel them
Thanks for the review, and I won't press the "like" button if that makes you feel any better emoticon

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MRS_EVA_K 3/1/2012 12:22PM

    It's a good review and thanks. BTW I don't blame you I wouldn't like being a SPW either.

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LYNCHD05 3/1/2012 11:53AM

    Good morning chuckle! Enjoyed your blog

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LORIENABANANA 3/1/2012 11:41AM

    Good to know! And thanks for the laugh!!

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GOOSIEMOON 3/1/2012 11:31AM

    Thanks for the good review!

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LVMAMAW 3/1/2012 11:17AM

    Good blog! Thanks for the laughs! emoticon

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AJAYZCHAOS 3/1/2012 11:05AM

    Congrats for following through on the committment. And, thanks for my morning laugh.

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TOSHARRI 3/1/2012 10:56AM

    After seeing the title I HAD to read it! lol

Thank you for the review - It helped!

I may just stick to my Zumba for the intensity :) - but I love Nicole's blogs!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/1/2012 10:43AM

    "I DO NOT like this blog!" emoticon

Nice job... well done!

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ANHELIC 3/1/2012 10:19AM

    emoticon emoticon You did it. Wonderful.

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    The "force you to this" blog was WELL worth it!

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SCRAPDAWG2 3/1/2012 9:52AM

  I know exactly what you mean about people begging for "likes". I ignore them. emoticon

I "liked" your blog because I really like it and because I can. Spark on!

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-CHERYL 3/1/2012 9:28AM

    You did good LOL

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NSTARSMITH 3/1/2012 9:13AM

    I promise I will NEVER "like" your blogs again! Sorry! LOL! emoticon It's your own fault. You are such an engaging and authentic writer! Spark ON, sister!

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CYNTSATIONAL 3/1/2012 9:02AM

    Funny - Thanks for the laugh this morning ... I so needed this. Keep on SPARKing! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 3/1/2012 8:55AM

    What a blog! No wonder you won a blog award. It was very enjoyable. Thanks

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    Cute blog.

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STEF52209 3/1/2012 8:11AM

    Hilarious! Thanks for the review anyway though!

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