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For the Shire! (my adoraOm review)

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

SparkPeople asked me to review some new plus-size activewear from I was happy to do it because-- A: The clothes are super cute. And B: Iím a hobbit. When I look at plus-size models, they all seem to be young, gorgeous, tall, statuesque women. They wear their weight well. I totally understand that; Iím sure thatís what sells. But I donít think Iíve ever seen a short, round, plus-size model. Nope. Not that I can recall. I come from a long line of short, sturdy women. Iíve learned to embrace that, to own my hobbitness. It has its perks too. Our round faces can help hide a couple extra years. But hobbits usually donít make it on the cover of Vogue, unless they happen to be standing next to a hot elf or something. So, I did this review for us, for the hobbitwomen of SparkPeople (we should have a team)--for the Shire!

My Own Personal Disclaimer:
I did not get paid to review this stuff and Iím not trying to sell anything. These are just my own opinions. You know I like to share things that Iíve tried with yíall anyway. I always give you my honest opinion. And yes, this stuff is expensive--to me, anyway. Thatís why I gave it a thorough test before I reviewed it. Thorough as in, I worked out like crazy in these clothes, put them through the laundry a bunch of times and showed them to several of my friends. My husband says that you usually get what you pay for. In this case, I think he might be right. (Honestly, heís almost always right, but heís the nice kind of guy who doesnít lord it over you.) The quality and performance of this fabric is far superior to the usual t-shirt I wear. Thereís really no comparison. The fabric washes well and snaps right back into place. The pants keep you jiggle-free (trademark pending-lol). The mesh panels on the shirt really work--no sweaty shirt sticking to my back. The shirt stays put. I think this might be the only shirt in the world that has stayed put on me. Itís almost a Christmas miracle. Plus, the style and cut really did make me feel particularly superheroish. Thatís always a good thing. That said, I know I canít swing a closetful of this stuff. But I would like to save up and get another shirt (green, this time) for a BIG reward. I think itíd be cool to treat myself to something thatís going to prompt me to workout even more. Nice little self-hypnosis thing I have going here. Also, they have this super cool looking jacket with thumbholes. Thumbholes! I want it, just because of the thumbholes; think it would be very hobbit-chic in the Shire.

Hobbit Action Hero! More action heroes need scooters--

and monkey bars (I can do exactly two...)--

and swings.

Spark your day, no matter what youíre wearing!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BGGODDESS 3/24/2012 11:35AM

  Love your attitude and straight forward review.

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CASEYTALK 3/24/2012 10:11AM

    You sparkle in that video. The heck with the clothes, I like YOU. You rock.


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SUPERSYLPH 3/24/2012 10:05AM

    emoticon I love it! And I need shirts that don't ride up!

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NOMOREBEIGE 3/24/2012 9:45AM

    MAAH - The action hero of middle-aged women everywhere. Okay, not sure if that works. Loved your vlog and love the workout clothes. I agree a little pricy but as a reward I can see that.

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MEGNEG 3/24/2012 9:38AM

    Love the outfit and the SHOES!

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PROFMOM4 3/24/2012 9:26AM

    Love it! Your positive attitude is great--and you're so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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NAESREALITY 3/24/2012 9:22AM

    Too Cute!

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THEEASYKILL30 3/24/2012 9:13AM

    You do look like a superhero! Although I think there's nothing wrong about working out in a Mario brothers tee. That's pretty cool too.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/24/2012 8:25AM

    you rock those clothes

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DEEGIRL50 3/24/2012 7:33AM

    I don't know how short hobbitwomen are, but I'd sure like to join your group. You have such a cute face and spartacular attitude. Fun must just follow you around.

Oh, the clothes are very attractive and I like that someone is focusing on plus size styles!

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    Thanks for the honest opinion.

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123ELAINE456 3/24/2012 4:14AM

  Awesome VBlog. I love the clothes too. But to much on a very small fixed income. Love seeing you in all the things you was doing. You are the Greatest. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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DIET-DELIGHT 3/24/2012 2:59AM

    I want a hula-hoop!

Goodness knows I have spent some serious money in my day on gear (mostly swim and bike gear), but I'm not into spending these days. However, if the good gear makes the working out better/easier/funner then it's probably worth the money. And really good gear tends to last a loooong time if you wash it in cold and hang it to dry. I can still wear my old gear that isn't too small.

I like doing the scooter hop, too! I had to lay off the scooter though because it makes my body hurt because it works out each side differently/not balanced. Owwie.

Keep up the good work!

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TEMPENATIVE 3/24/2012 2:22AM

    as always you rock it, love the monkey bar action shot and like did you get stunt insurance for that scooter hop? lol! you are fun i wish you were MY mom! emoticon

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NANHBH 3/24/2012 12:32AM

    I saw the Daily Spark of you modeling the clothes. Very cool! That's better than making the cover of Vogue. ROCK ON!

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LADYAFTERGOD 3/24/2012 12:25AM

    Love your blog--especially the monkey bar and swing photos. Cute!!
Keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 3/24/2012 12:02AM

    I love your blog--you are just adorable! BUT tell me, please, how did you learn to do the 2 monkey bars? I've been working on it forever and still can't do one, Please teach me???

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SUSIESAFECO 3/23/2012 11:34PM

  Love this blog. I may have to check it out more frequently!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 3/23/2012 11:11PM

    emoticon emoticon

LOVE your spunk and attitude !

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HYATTI1 3/23/2012 11:09PM

    You put a smile on my face today....thanks!

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SHES2FAT4ME1 3/23/2012 10:53PM

    Enjoyed this SO much! The clothes are probably worth the $, but on a fixed income it is a bit over my budget.Nice that you got to do this, you were having a ball! You were so cute and funny! You could do commercials! LOL! They did GIVE you some stuff for doing this I hope! emoticon emoticon

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GOLFLADY11 3/23/2012 10:34PM

    Excellent - informative and my laugh for the day. Thank you. Well Done!!! emoticon

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PARSONSGIRL 3/23/2012 10:17PM

    You are soooooo cooool!!!

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    Shelli, how much stretch is there in the bottom of the shirt? I am 44" chest, 39.5" waist, and 55" hips. So I'd be a 14-16 in the chest, an 18-20 in the waist, and a 22-24 in the hips. If the bottom of it is stretchy enough, then I'd fit the 18-20 best. The chest is going to be very loose on me, though. I don't want to even try to budget for this if it's not likely to fit me.

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FRIENDOFBACH 3/23/2012 9:48PM

  Great review!

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KSNANA2 3/23/2012 9:47PM

    Loved your vlog! Can't wait to investigate these clothes. Using them as rewards is such a good idea. Love it!

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    No, it's not as someone else posted. This is the URL -

, see the DailySpark blog about this and the link is in that article. You can enter to win one of the items from the site.

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    Awesome review and great pix for the Dailyspark blog. :) I haven't looked yet, but probably too rich for my pocket.. but.. I'm really glad you gave them a thorough test for the Sparkers who can possibly afford them. Yikes! $69 for that tee. Whew!.. But I want one now!! Probably worth the cost of four regular tees.. but still, too broke for it.

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YOGAGURU1 3/23/2012 9:34PM

  Great video. You can buy the clothes at

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KIPPER15 3/23/2012 9:33PM

    Great Vlog. I too fit the Hobbit stature(sometimes with hairy toes LOL)

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/23/2012 9:26PM

    Loved the vlog! Loved the review! I haven't looked up the prices yet, but I have been fortunate to have found some great workout wear made of similar fabric on sale. You have to keep your eyes open. Every time I go shopping, I look at the workout clothing and if it is cheap enough, I snatch them up! I have even found a few things at GoodWill! The workout wear fabric is so much more comfortable! Anytime, I workout in a t-shirt, I regret it. When you wear stuff that is moisture wicking, the work out is so much more fun and I'm more apt to keep doing it.

Keep going Super Woman!!!

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SUZICANDO 3/23/2012 8:40PM

    Love the video. Really appreciate the review. Where can I but the clothes?

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TUBJUMPER 3/23/2012 8:10PM

    Thanks for the review. Love the video.

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TXGRANDMA 3/23/2012 8:06PM

    Beautiful clothes, for sure! You look great in them! Congratulations on being chosen to be a Spark people model!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/23/2012 7:35PM

    Great blog as always.
And you are great as a spokeswoman. I hope you get to do this with other products. You are a natural and I trust your opinion.

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DONNA2238 3/23/2012 7:28PM

    AH! I LOVE your vlog/blog and you attitude and most of all I LOVE that we started at the same size and you are a successful inspiration to ME as I see you reaching your goals. I too, am Hobbit like...short and very UN-statuesque! The clothing must be fab but a little out of my price range...considering one outfit would cost the same as I spend on a weeks groceries to feed my family of 7! But alas...maybe a t-shirt will go on my holiday list and the hubby will see the need. HAVE FUN and best of luck as you strive for your goals! I am so subscribed to your Spark could one NOT be inspired??? Have a great day! emoticon
hmmm? I am SHOCKED there is no Hobbit emoticon!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 3/23/2012 7:26PM

    great blog but you failed to tell us where to get the wonderful spendy shirt and i agree most models are tall and skinny. not short and fat working on getting skinny but the tall will never happen emoticon

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WELLYBELLY 3/23/2012 7:13PM

    You're adorable! Where is this line of clothes sold?

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J2740LOU 3/23/2012 6:54PM

    Great Job! I really enjoyed your review. You are so creative and have the greatest attitude........and you know it's all about attitude! Thank you for agreeing to do this clip and share it with us. emoticon

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SABLENESS 3/23/2012 6:14PM

    Up with the Hobbits! Hobbits unite!

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GAYLEP67 3/23/2012 6:04PM

    Well done! Great review and entertaining too!


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DEBK0923 3/23/2012 6:03PM

    you have a wonderful sense of humor and thanks for the info

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DARUMA 3/23/2012 5:56PM

    Thank you from another short round woman. Loved the video.

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JANWHOSOEVER 3/23/2012 5:37PM

    I love your video. You are too cute, and the clothes are pretty cute too. Thanks for making me smile today!

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GAELA-I-CAN 3/23/2012 5:30PM

    Love your sense of humor, and I love your blog. I haven't exercised in a very long time. A little black cloud has been hanging over my head. First I broke my foot. Then I had a mass on the bottom of my foot that had to be removed and finally I broke my wrist in three places. That God that's over, but now My arthritis is in full bloom and I hurt everywhere. To tell you the truth I'm scared to start exercising. If I can get going on the exercise wagon maybe I'll reward myself with a Hobbit outfit. That sounds good to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLPALM 3/23/2012 5:15PM

    Cute! Love it!

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SIRCATNIP1 3/23/2012 5:02PM

    Very cool

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GUNNSGIRL91303 3/23/2012 4:31PM

    You are the cutest hobbit of all time! Nice review. Thanks for sharing!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/23/2012 4:30PM

    Looks great! You make a fantastic and realistic model for the average exerciser. emoticon
Good moves!

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LITTLEBJANET 3/23/2012 4:23PM

    You sure are a cute hobbit! Yesterday I watched the hula hoop video you were in with some of the spark office staff. Very nice!

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