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Sunday, March 18, 2012

This is one of those "clearing house," junk drawer blogs--you know, a little of this, some of that. In a nutshell: I refocus my Wonder Woman/5% goals and share a zombie update and some behind the scenes stuff with Chubbs n Pudding.

My Spring 5% Challenge started Saturday. Go A Team! This is my fifth challenge and one of the big reasons I stuck with Spark. This challenge gives me accountability, mixed with fun, which is exactly what I need. This time, however, my target goal is a smidgen less than 5%. I decided to sync this goal with my long-term, Get To Wonder Woman Weight Before I Go To Disney goal. The GTWWWBIGTD goal is 19.3 pounds by the beginning of August. My Spring goal is 8 pounds. I also want to learn the Three-Beat Chase Weave with my mini hoops and make it to Day 366 (leap year streaking) with my exercise SparkStreak. Should be a fun spring.


Zombie update. This is for you fellow Runners Five out there. I finished my first 13 missions on the Zombies, Run game and nothing new loaded. I knew we were supposed to have 30 missions. I figured I wasn't running fast or far enough, but I emailed them to check. They said they're spreading 30 missions out over the first season: 13 with the release, 8 in the next update and 9 more after that. In the meantime, you can keep running old missions and collecting sports bras. lol


Some Sparkers wanted to know if that really was Coach Nicole in Chubbs and Pudding's workout video. Yes, it really was Coach Nicole. When she agreed to do it, my family promptly had a group panic attack. This was Coach Nicole--of YouTube/DVD fame, the woman who had her face plastered on a billboard in Times Square. In our house. We live in a modest, one-bathroom, split-level house, built in 1971. We love our house. It's comfortable. But all of a sudden, it didn't seem like enough. My husband suggested we borrow a friend's house, something newer and bigger. We even discussed the feasibility of repainting and carpeting the entire house. After a few minutes of this, I came to my senses. Good grief, this whole thing started with that first vlog I posted, way back when. A chubby, middle-aged woman hula hooping in her backyard, with her pre-teen daughter (in her pajamas) and a mutt who refused to go through the hoop. It was us being us and we fully expected all of 20 people to see it. The minute I feel like I can't be myself here, is the minute I should put away my camera.

So, we cleaned like the Queen of England was coming. But Coach Nicole had to step over the cracked tile by the front door, edge through all the video equipment set up in the hoopatorium/school room/office/front room, change clothes in the bathroom where ManBoy had just accidentally pulled the medicine cabinet mirror off its hinges, ignore the giant gouge the Best Buy guys left on the hallway wall and pretend like she didn't see the carpet stains that wouldn't come out, as she was doing Downward Facing Pig. And you know what? She did. She was nice as could be and an awfully good sport. You should know that this was way out of her comfort zone. She doesn't have a dorky bone in her body, so she had to muster up some acting chops. She was friendly and patient, even when Pudding had an accident on her... In short, she was a trouper and, guess what--a regular person, just like the rest of us.


Coach Nicole signed a DVD for Chubbs and Pudding. LOL

Be yourself, right where you are, even if your tiles are cracked and you're slightly unhinged.
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That crazy vlog that started this whole thing. Keeping it real, folks...
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STEADFASTNSEE 4/2/2012 9:32AM

  emoticon I just decided (yes I've commented but never subscribed) but I just decided to subscribe to you. The line that hooked me?
Be yourself, right where you are, even if your tiles are cracked and you're slightly unhinged

I'll be laughing that one all day! HUGS!!!

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_RAMONA 3/30/2012 4:33PM

    ...and look what being yourself got you... Coach Nicole... in your house... SQUEE!

I'm gonna remember this every time I'm tempted to be someone else!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/29/2012 9:21PM

    I just died laughing when you said Pudding had a accident on poor Coach Nicole - not it a Shadenfreude kind of way, but in a "how many times has that happened at my house" kind of way.


"Be yourself, right where you are, even if your tiles are cracked and you're slightly unhinged. " ... I love that. I think you need to trademark that jewel.

And I look forward to seeing your GTWWWBIGTD progress! (Yes, I copied and pasted that!)

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DOTSLADY 3/28/2012 12:05AM

    You are the cutest thing ever.
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EL-E-E 3/27/2012 5:52PM

    I can't imagine her being anything other than genuine and sweet. Love the "behind the scenes!"

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DIET-DELIGHT 3/24/2012 3:26AM

    LOLZ!

SP loves you!

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ARTJAC 3/23/2012 9:34PM

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BIRDLSLAURIE 3/23/2012 1:55PM

    I would love to come hang out with you, Chubbs and Pudding. You are so motivational and very funny! I'm sure Coach Nicole felt the same way.

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JUDYLY 3/23/2012 1:26PM

  i like your blogs they put a smile on my face


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BSEANACAIN 3/23/2012 9:50AM

    jokes

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METAMORPHUS 3/23/2012 3:57AM

    lol are you kidding me! i will be d one doing the fainting if i heard she was coming over! lawd!
regards to ur cuty!

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HLANIER4 3/22/2012 8:35PM

    Good luck

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WELSTEACH 3/22/2012 6:57PM

    Cool, I always figured Coach Nicole was too human to take umbrage with a carpet stain or two (dare I imagine she has a stain or two of her own).

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JIBBIE49 3/22/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail with THE BLOG. What an honor. emoticon

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TONYVAND1 3/22/2012 4:10PM

  Great Blog

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BABYTUXXY 3/22/2012 1:45PM

    I've watched your progress (I promise not in a creepy way emoticon ) since our first A Team 5% challenge together, and I've got to say, you've really come out of your shell and I think everyone on Sparkpeople is super glad you did! You've also done great with your weight despite a few physical challenges you had to overcome! All in all you are one sparky individual!

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LINDABENEDICT 3/22/2012 12:55PM

    I think my family would have a heart attack if Coach Nicole came to Pittsburgh, much less to our house ! As it is the crack up every time they hear"Hi...this is Coach Nicole, fitness expert at Sparkpeople..." They loved the pigs video too. So thanks a million for all your blogs, your vlogs and for being you !!!!!

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SIRCATNIP1 3/22/2012 12:35PM

    :)

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FLPALM 3/22/2012 11:19AM

    Your hamsters can be the WHEEL WATCHERS! Smiles!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/22/2012 11:02AM

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CELIAMINER 3/22/2012 9:39AM

    Love how you find interesting ways to keep you motivated for fitness. I need to follow YOUR example!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 3/22/2012 9:33AM

    that's awesome!

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SPARKLISE 3/22/2012 7:06AM

    This is so emoticon .
I would've done the same thinking if I had been in your shoes.
I don't think I would've though up the "borrow a friends house" one! emoticon
It shows that it pays of to be ourselves!
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TATTER3 3/22/2012 6:16AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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KIN59VARA 3/22/2012 4:40AM

    I just love reading your blogs. This one reminds me so much of me. My daughter is having friends from college come down as we live in a beach town. My home is probably what they have as their summer cottage. I spent the morning rearranging the slip covered furniture so that it is over the stains in the carpet.

Oh well!

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LELERS 3/21/2012 11:47PM

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GUDDIGO 3/21/2012 11:23PM

  Great...keep us all motivated...

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BLOOMING52 3/21/2012 10:35PM

    Well done.

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BIGBROTHER323 3/21/2012 9:47PM

    NAME DROPPER! LOL ; )

Mad you didn't invite me to meet the celeb! lol

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GERALDRTX 3/21/2012 9:15PM

  All done. From a proud Dad.

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JLPEASE 3/21/2012 9:07PM

    I love your blogs!
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DRAGONFLY126 3/21/2012 9:06PM

    I am sure Chubbs N Puddin were Star Struck. And to receive a signed DVD,oh my! I'm sure the "accident" was just nerves from being held by Coach Nicole. You know the "awe" of it all. LOL Not that I have ever met anyone who is famous, but one thing I know is they all put their shoes on one foot at a time. emoticon

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JSTETSER 3/21/2012 6:03PM

    Nice.

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ABILUCHA 3/21/2012 4:09PM

    OMG, I am obsessed with Zombies Run!!! I was pissed because I synched my phone and lost all my missions so I had to start over. :(

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LIZBIZ9 3/21/2012 3:26PM

    Awesome!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/21/2012 12:00PM

    Oh, my dear. She was in total lux. at your home esp. compared to mine! What a great honor to have her there. I wondered, too if it were really her in th vlog, but had a feeling that it was! She is real! That's a hoot she got accidented on by a pig, too!! She survived it and we all really enjoyed the guest shot in your vlog! Congrats on your numerous blogs and vlogs that are ever so interesting and entertaining! And I know you will reach your goal before your Disney trip! Look at how far you've come!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are emoticon

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KATV865 3/21/2012 11:58AM

    Amazing! emoticon

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KIPPER15 3/21/2012 11:32AM

    emoticon Love you blogs/vlogs. Give the pigs a pat from me.

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