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A Leap Year of Streaking!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Tuesday, April 3, 2012-- a short, round, middle-aged woman in Ohio, made history. It didn't make the news, not even the tabloids, but it was epic, just the same.

You see, that marked the 366th day of my exercise streak. That's 366 days of exercising for at least ten minutes or more. If there were ever a reason to woohoo, this was it. Let me clarify a few things.

The Streak is all about consistency and making exercise a habit, not about working out hardcore every day. All or Nothing Girl is no more. I've tried the hardcore thing and always ended up injuring myself, or quitting. No more. Some days, I really pushed myself. Other days, I was happy with a short, brisk walk. Most days were at least 30 minutes, although there were a few 10-15 minute ones.There were a couple of days where I wasn't feeling the greatest, but nothing that prevented me from a short walk or something. There was always something that I could safely do.

I have a personal rule, regarding the Streak. I don't count housework, yardwork, or stuff like that. Wait--don't yell at me, I know that stuff is exercise too. I track really heavy cleaning and mowing the lawn for fitness minutes, but it has to be something outside of my daily "duties" to count toward the Streak. Why? Because, I've been cleaning house and mowing the yard for years, without losing weight. I knew I had to really change things, to make a difference. There have been several days that my husband thought I was crazy for tacking a workout on top of a super active day. Okay, granted, my husband probably thinks I'm crazy every day. He's a patient man.

Guess what? It's working. Exercise is a habit, part of my every day routine, no biggie. That's why I decided to do something different, to celebrate Day 366. Guess what I did?What I normally would've done. I clocked a 35 minute run on the elliptical and did 20 minutes of strength training. It was a beautiful day, so I ended up hooping outside for an hour, later in the day. Nothing out of the ordinary. I felt odd, at first. Day 200, I did my epic Hoopathon; Day 300, I did everything I could think of. Day 366? Business as usual. But it just seemed right, even Audrey agreed. I think that's my celebration--that exercise has become normal. Turns out, that's a pretty big deal, in its own way.
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SHAPNUP 6/3/2012 10:23AM

    You are one of the most motivating Sparkers it has been my pleasure to run across. Thanks for the positive attitude. Thanks for the playfulness. Thanks for the honesty. Thanks for showing me that I can not only lose weight, but truly enjoy life.

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BBORDEN86 5/4/2012 6:51PM

    I love that you have fun while exercising! No one says exercise has to be the same old boring thing, and you are proof!!! Keep it up!

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CALLIKIA 5/1/2012 3:59PM

    I absolutely *love* this! Way to go!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 4/29/2012 9:41PM

    I am so proud of you!!!!!

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MANILUS 4/28/2012 11:21PM

    You go girl! Very fun and heartwarming that your daughter is involved with you in the journey!

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RORYJOJO 4/27/2012 3:46PM

    wow! This pulled at me! Even teared up a bit...you have done FANTASTIC and shared the entire way! Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!

you are an absolutely AMAZING person!

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KIPPER15 4/24/2012 9:19PM

    Fantastic job. You help keep me motivated.

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PCASEY7 4/23/2012 12:49PM

    It proves that one day at a time is all you need to concentrate on. Great job and blog!

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WONDERJOLIE 4/23/2012 9:40AM

    There's nothing harder than consistency. That is truly amazing, congratulations!

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CAMELSAMBA 4/23/2012 8:41AM

    I finally had a chance to watch the video, and of course it made me smile. The best parts of the streak? (a) you involved your whole family (esp Audrey) and (b) you're always having so much fun! emoticon

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SERASARA 4/21/2012 1:55PM

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XTRACATE 4/21/2012 1:16AM

    You are awesome streak on!

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LILYPAD12311 4/20/2012 11:46PM

    So proud of you,,,,,,,,, way to go! emoticon

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CARRIEANNE1027 4/20/2012 7:26PM

    Congratulations!
Your blog pushed me to exercise today after getting only 3 hours of sleep last night..
You are truly awesome, and I am so proud of you, and Audrey too!
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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 4/20/2012 5:58PM

    Can't get over how emoticon you are! emoticon

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CATHRINE2010 4/20/2012 4:08PM

    This was the most motivating blog post I have seen ina while. You guys had the most fun! What a joy to watch. Thank you!

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EDWARDS1411 4/20/2012 3:40PM

    Sooooo motivational ... to move, move, move!!!
The streak continues ...
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KLONG8 4/20/2012 12:20PM

    I loved your video, loved it. First of all, you just seem like the most fun person (hang in there, hubby), then look what you've accomplished! Thanks for sharing. Keep on hooping!

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EMILYROSEBUD 4/20/2012 10:05AM

    Wow, I don't know why (could it be PMS?!) but I just cried watching this and reading your blog! emoticon

Congrats on the streak! You rock!!!

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EL-E-E 4/20/2012 7:49AM

    I'm really trying to use your and SparkGuy's example and do my ten minutes a day. Sometimes it's JUST the ten, but I know it's better than zero.

Congrats on your amazing streak!!

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INFLATED 4/20/2012 1:07AM

    That is such an awesome streak! You are such a role model for us and for your family.

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JCARON5 4/20/2012 12:23AM

  Awesome! So proud for you! emoticon

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HIPPYCAT 4/20/2012 12:18AM

    Awesome!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 4/19/2012 10:35PM

    What a perfect celebration vlog and blog. You really made me realize how much time flies, yet how much can be accomplished while that time is flying. You and Audrey are inspiring in so many ways. Congratulations on an amazing Streak!

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YIWEN39 4/19/2012 10:32PM

    Shelli, you are AWESOME :-)
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BRIKO2011 4/19/2012 8:40PM

  Wow, what a great streak! I loved your video. You made it look like you were having so much fun! I think we should enjoy exercising (at least most of the time), because you ALWAYS feel so good when you're done, and many times even while you're doing it. You go girl. I would love to be Spark Buddies with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WELSTEACH 4/19/2012 7:52PM

    Do you know how stinkin' cute you are?! You go Shelli!

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JILLKH37 4/19/2012 6:28PM

    Congratulations!! That's a lot to be proud of!
I'm new to the community and it's always inspiring to see stories like yours. Thanks for sharing!

Jill

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BRITTHORT9 4/19/2012 6:02PM

  Congrats!

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DALMOM2007 4/19/2012 5:43PM

    Congratulations! Your are absolutely emoticon

I love your energy and the video is just fantastic....such an inspiration! Also, I love the post-it note for keeping track, that is a great and fun idea!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 4/19/2012 5:35PM

    WOOHOOOOO!!!!

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HUBTYRJ 4/19/2012 5:25PM

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BANDMOM2012 4/19/2012 5:23PM

    I am just so blessed by your journey, thanks for always sharing with us fellow Sparkies!

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LYNSEY723 4/19/2012 4:58PM

    Great job! You are clearly a strong, determined woman! Keep up the great work!

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JSTETSER 4/19/2012 3:31PM

    What an incredible journey to health. Kepp it up, Hula Hoop lady!

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DEMONA 4/19/2012 3:01PM

    i loved your video and the hoops on the piggys were sooo cute. your awsom!

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WISCONSINGIRL4 4/19/2012 2:33PM

  Great job! It made me cry.

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NAYPOOIE 4/19/2012 2:08PM

    Awesome!

But not what first popped into my mind when I saw the title.

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MSTAPLE1 4/19/2012 1:47PM

  Awesome!!!

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HHB4181 4/19/2012 1:14PM

    What an accomplishment! Great job!!
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TAMMIEANN76 4/19/2012 1:08PM

    Way to go!!! I've got to set up more streaks for myself!

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_JODI404 4/19/2012 12:36PM

    I am SO Proud of you for this successful daily streak!!!

***** W O O O O ~ H O O O O !!!!!!!!!!!!!! *****

You are such an inspiration to me, and MANY others!

YOU inspired my streak. YOU inspired me to hoop! These things have made
amazing, incredible changes in my life and I cannot thank you enough!!

What a fantastic vlog, not only in superior editing skill!, but in reviewing a wonderful
year of sparktacular, super fantabulous, incredible, F U N wooo~hoooo moments!!
I have so many favorites, if I start listing I will just be giving a play by play of the whole thing. But one I would list is how Audrey is right there, cheering you on, by your side, writing the sweetest encouragement on your post it notes. You two really are a dynamic duo!

And, of course I have to say-- look at you on day 380 at the end! You are beautiful, my friend! Your success is showing -- you look slimmer, fit, healthy & HAPPY!!
WOOOO ~ HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrat
ulations on this EPIC streak!! Maybe I should buy stock in post it notes?
Cheers to continued Spark success in the future.... keep on streaking!!!!!!!!!

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WENDENANNIE 4/19/2012 12:31PM

    You are just awesome, Girl!!!! I so enjoy your blogs and videos.....you are my inspiration to continue this journey!

Lots of Hugs, Wendy

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FLYINGONBY 4/19/2012 12:00PM

    WOW! Your video literally brought tears of joy to my day! I have watched you progress and I am so amazed! Thank you for sharing and being a beacon of inspiration and hope. You are truly sparktastic! Have a wonderful day!

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MARY_LEWIS 4/19/2012 11:38AM

    Wow, your video is super awesome and fun....makes me want to meet you!!! Congrats on all your hard work and success! Keep on Sparkling!!! emoticon

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BIRKIE528 4/19/2012 11:27AM

    AWESOME!!! Keep up the Streaking!!!! emoticon

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MYADOG1 4/19/2012 11:05AM

    Hooptastic!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks for the inspiration to start my own streak! emoticon

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