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Coach Nicole Is Tricky


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Monday, May 21, 2012

You know something? That Coach Nicole is tricky! Let me just explain to you how this crafty woman lured me (a self-proclaimed exercise hater) into a seemingly innocent little challenge that has turned into one of the best things that has ever happened to me: The Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge.

Imagine this...here comes an e-mail with a sweet little lady (Nicole) on it that says, "Hey lazy Leah! Join our super simple and easy challenge that only lasts for 4 very short weeks and you could win $300! ALL you have to do is a really tiny 10-minute video every day and add at least 10 minutes of cardio (preferably 30) to your schedule three times a week. EASY!" (Ok, ok...I paraphrased that).

So, of course, I thought, "Wellll....aren't you the cutest little thing? I am quite certain I am able to do 10 measly minutes a day and sometimes 20 minutes (with cardio). Yeah, this sounds simple enough. I'M IN!"

Week 1: OH MY GOSH...HOW LONG IS THIS VIDEO?! Coach Nicole, my body won't stretch that way! But...cardio wasn't bad. Actually...30 mins three times a week is pretty easy. No probs there.

Week 2: I hate these videos...but...they are only 10 minutes. Just do it, Leah...and you'll feel better afterwards. Cardio is making me feel AMAAAZING! Ramping it up now to 60 minute workouts thrice a week.

Week 3: Wow...halfway point is over already? Cool. Hey, these videos are getting easier. And I have muscle in my arm! Cardio is the best thing that's ever happened to me and I don't even WANT to take two rest days. MAKE YOURSELF REST, LEAH!

And that brings us to today...the second day of Week 4. I had just finished my standard daily video (Pilates...which I DESPISED the first week, but I gotta tell ya...I am actually seeing abs forming and it is shocking. So...I kinda like it now...even though it's still torture). I also added a 20-minute full body resistance band workout. Body feels awesome. My running is taking off like crazy...about ready to kick my long run on Sundays up to a 5-miler.

And, as I was getting ready for work, it was like everything about this challenge hit me all at once:

I am getting abs.
I have lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks.
My body feels so...tight and strong. No more flabby mess.
I have so much energy.
I love running.
My stomach is smaller.
I can get through those Bootcamp videos really easily now.
I don't want to stop after the Challenge ends.
I couldn't care less if I win $300.
I am ONE run away from 1,000 monthly fitness minutes - this has never happened.
This is the first time I've ever looked in the mirror and noticed a change in my body.

With alllll these thoughts swishing in my head...I not only thought, "WHO IS THIS PERSON THAT I'M LOOKING AT IN THE MIRROR???" I realized...that Coach Nicole...she's a tricky little saint. And I LOVE her.


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SUTERSPACE 1/22/2013 12:43PM

    LOL. You have to love Nicole and her innocent (?) challenges!! You also have to love the changes they inflict on the body. It is GREAT.

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TRISHMO1 6/16/2012 10:42PM

  I love Nicole as well, she cuts through all the rubbish that is out there in the fitness world and tells it like it really is emoticon

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MARYMO22 6/11/2012 5:02AM

    you have just inspired me to stick with the bootcamp - I've started it and failed so many times - but I need to do this

Thanks x

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MCJULIEO 6/8/2012 1:25PM

    Well put!

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SPECIALGURL7 6/8/2012 12:57PM

    You go gurl!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 6/7/2012 11:34PM

    I wanna get that video! Thanks for posting this blog!

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NHEMBERGER 6/7/2012 8:30AM

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STEPHLOKI 6/7/2012 5:23AM

    Great Job! Both to you and Coach Nicole... ;)

You are up to 5mile runs already? That's what I call progress! Go Girl

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CPATRICK9 6/6/2012 10:47PM

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MARYJOVINCENT 6/6/2012 9:53PM

    Great Job. Funny way to put it. Coach Nicole is amazing.

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SUSIEMT 6/6/2012 9:33PM

    Woo Hoo!! Good for you! Keep up the good job!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/6/2012 2:10PM

    LOL So true about Coach Nicole! I just started and today I did a kickboxing video. Ok so let's just say I think it should be renamed the kick butt video!!! I loved it!

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SHELL22222 6/6/2012 1:48PM

    Way to go! And I agree about Coach Nicole. One of her challenges got me exercising and it's wonderful! emoticon

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TMOORE073 6/6/2012 12:27PM

    Great Job! emoticon

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APPLEGREENGIRL 6/6/2012 11:53AM

  Loved your blog! Thanks for posting :)

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EKSB32702 6/6/2012 11:45AM

  Congrats! Keep up the good work!

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1SUNSHINEGIRL 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Great job!

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DOKERALLEN 6/6/2012 8:45AM

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Weigh to go, Leah, and I really enjoyed this blog! I can so relate! That cute little Nicole makes things look so simple....and how can 10 minutes be so LONG! lol! Keep up the great work!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/6/2012 8:45AM

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PYNETREE 6/6/2012 8:42AM

    YOU are doing it! Congrats! Keep it up!



emoticon Look at you Go ! emoticon

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JERZRN 6/6/2012 8:08AM

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Great blog!!!

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POPSY190 6/6/2012 2:49AM

    I agree with everything you've written here - these challenges are brilliant for keeping you exercising.

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JESSZZ123 5/27/2012 9:40PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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WRITINGDIVA1 5/26/2012 1:57PM

    Cool! My inspiration to get started. Thank you.

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EMILYDOODLE 5/25/2012 1:52PM

  that is absolutely great. great blog

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SOCDIRECTOR 5/25/2012 1:40PM

    GREAT blog post!
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AMURDOCK68 5/25/2012 8:22AM

    I really enjoyed reading your description of your Boot Camp challenge. Best wishes on your fitness journey.

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RMASON67 5/25/2012 6:57AM

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SLFGOLF 5/25/2012 1:00AM

    It's amazing how this works isn't it! This is so awesome!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 5/24/2012 10:26PM

    emoticon Keep on movin!

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KATEM200 5/24/2012 9:41PM

  Great work! Keep it up. And I agree about the pilates video. I always feel it the next day when I stretch. I'm doing the challenge too, and I've found that it got me through a slight injury. I could have used one little pulled muscle as an excuse to turn into a couch potato. But Coach Nicole's videos keep me from being sidelined completely. I had to modify some of the moves as needed to avoid making the injury worse, but overall it's been great motivation.

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LOGOULD 5/24/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon That's the one - just one step at a time - then another and another and THEN LOOK AT HOW FAR YOU'VE COME! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/24/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon WOW, you are a STAR. Love seeing you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor!!! emoticon

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CARESINGS 5/24/2012 5:27PM

    Fantastic! Thanks for posting!

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NORASPAT 5/24/2012 5:21PM

    Yes you now know it Coach Nicole is tricky. I took a couple of days to learn the grapevine.

Even more days just to coordinate the hands and feet in the kick boxing video.

Now I just punch the air if it's right it is but if it's wrong even I dont know. Just so long as I swing that jab for the tricky lady. Pat in Maine. emoticon
This is my LAST WEEK TOO. emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/24/2012 5:14PM

    yup, she is ours! emoticon and we sure love her!

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DMANN104 5/24/2012 12:11PM

    emoticon It's amazing how those little things can add up to something so amazing (weight loss, inches gone & more energy!). Keep at it!

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TODAYIAM 5/24/2012 10:23AM

    Very cute and interesting way of putting it.. Congrats on making it this far!

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