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Sunday, June 17, 2012


Once in a while, the Hula Hoop All Stars team does a video "challenge." It's not a contest or anything, just for fun. Someone picks a song and folks who want to participate, hoop to the song and then post a video. We're not supposed to look at anybody else's video, until we post our own. That way, everybody does exactly what was in their own noggin. You can waist hoop, spin fire, stand on your head and hoop with one foot, whatever. This is our latest hoop challenge video. I wanted to try something different from what we usually do. I wanted to try something artsy and pretty. Audrey was doubtful; I was hopeful. We started off artsy... But by the time we broke out the glow necklaces, strung Christmas lights on the dog, and kept running back and forth to charge the batteries for the LED hula hoop, we were back to spaz. Audrey said we can't help it; it's just who we are. I argue that we're creating a new genre, a fusion of artsy and spastic. Let's call it "spartsy." We had fun and I'm pretty sure that's the point.

In other news: I just completed Week Two of meal planning and tracking. I have planned and cooked meals for two solid weeks. Be on the lookout for flying pigs. This continues to be a shock and awe campaign for my family. I can't honestly say that I enjoy all the extra time in the kitchen, yet. But it's nice not being stressed over what we're going to have for dinner.

Another non-scale victory--I took Audrey and one of her best buds to King's Island Amusement Park this weekend. We opted out of passes this year and decided to have one, filled to the brim day, instead. We opened and closed the place, tromped all over and had a blast. My neck injury makes a lot of rides off-limits. (Also, the older I get, the more I feel like my head is going to explode.) So, for the most part, I'm the "hold all the stuff and wait at the ride exit" person. This used to make me sad. Not anymore. My new SparkBrain focuses on the cans and haves, rather than the other stuff. I enjoy seeing the people I'm with having fun; it genuinely makes me happy. And what better place to people watch? Plus, I can talk to other "waiters" and hey--I even finished a book I've been reading for a while. But guess what? On the few rides I was able to ride--I totally fit in the seat. Not "squeeze in and hope for the best" kind of fit, but comfortably, with plenty of room and everything. Just for fun, we hopped on the carousel and I wasn't afraid that the horse was going to fall over, or have to be put down or anything. It was great! Disney, here I come!

Here we are, after we finished a bank heist.



Check out my new $12 sneaks. Aren't they Sparky?
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WOOFERCOALBOY 4/21/2013 6:59PM

    Loved it!

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FITNESSFREAK10 10/4/2012 3:02AM

    That was fantastic. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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AZSKIES 10/2/2012 7:04PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your non-scale victories!

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L*I*T*A* 10/2/2012 9:48AM

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DEBIGENE 10/2/2012 9:37AM

    You so motivate me, love, love, love this v-blog. You are very creative !!! You just simply ROCK and SPARKLE !!!

and WOW $12 sneakers, I want to shop where you shop !!! Love them !!!

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SIEPIE326 10/2/2012 6:48AM

    How lovely is that! You are so in tune with what makes you happy and u do that no matter what! Congrats on your NSV & the hula hoop thing sound AWESOME! I wanna make a video so I can see how cool your turned out! Keep up the good work and the positive energy!!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/2/2012 6:05AM

    As usual another fantastic video! Kudos on the non-scale victories, those are awesome!

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NANASAMM 7/3/2012 6:06PM

    Very cool and I love your sneakers!

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 7/3/2012 7:32AM

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TIGRKITTN 6/26/2012 9:30AM

    LOVE the new sneakers! They kind of made my day, in fact!

Beginning the food planning is the hardest - once you've got a routine down it gets easier and easier!

Your hooping is totally inspiring- getting exercise could be PLAY instead of work! I was disappointed to read that the hoops at the toy store wouldn't work - but that explains why I can't get one spinning! Someday when I've got the cash I'm going to give this thing a try!! It looks like so much fun!

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WINNIE1978 6/24/2012 8:38PM

    Love the "spartsy" video!

How cool to truly fit in the ride seats! And also cool that no horses were harmed in the riding of the carousel. emoticon

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HULLAHONEY 6/24/2012 12:39PM

    I loved your Video.... ~smile~ I must say I saw one of your video's a long while back and it got me interested in hooping... ~smile~
I have two hoops and some mini's... I just love it...~
and I have to Thank you for Sparking that interest in Me !
I've used the nickname Hullahoney for years... Now I can own it !!

Didi

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CAROLIAN 6/24/2012 9:50AM

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CATLOVER110 6/24/2012 12:31AM

    I love your video! All the lights are so cool! emoticon

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LOLAJO54 6/22/2012 6:59PM

    wow just awesome

love it

thanks for sharing

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MYSTERY-LADY1 6/22/2012 6:44PM

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GRACEANAQAH 6/22/2012 12:47PM

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That was just way toooo coool!!! I loved your video and it made me want to go and hula-hoop emoticon

Now, I want a light-up hula hoop! I have to go and find one and then learn to wiggle just right, LOL.

Thank you for a wonderful video!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/22/2012 6:04AM

    I have never EVER managed to do hula hooping, how do you do it?? I'm quite tempted to get a light-up hoop. That would totally motivate me to figure it out.

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DARLENEB33 6/21/2012 11:55PM

  Makes me want to go out and get a new hoop. Wish I could find one like I used to have, the original Hula Hoop. I liked the weight and the sound it made.

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GRACEISENUF 6/21/2012 11:22PM

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the video and the shoes!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 6/21/2012 11:00PM

    Cool! Very well filmed, too!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/21/2012 10:03PM

  YOU are so full of JOY that it is contagious!!! emoticon

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DALMOM2007 6/21/2012 8:04PM

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I love your videos, the fun which you and your daughter are having is just contagious! I can never wipe the smile off my face.

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JIBBIE49 6/21/2012 6:51PM

    Great to see your Blog Featured again in the Spark Mail. You're a emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 6/21/2012 1:46PM

  I love your video!! Very good,pretty, and fun!! I love your shoes! I don't know how to
do anything with a hula hoop. Maybe I should get one; and try it when no one is looking!
You and your daughter, and the dog are really good! Keep them coming; I love your blogs!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/21/2012 1:18PM

    You are so much fun! Love your blogs! emoticon

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BIKURGURL 6/21/2012 12:57PM

  Fabulous! emoticon

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JESSZZ123 6/21/2012 10:35AM

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MOMMY445 6/21/2012 10:14AM

    what a great blog! love the shoes!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/21/2012 10:14AM

    Love the shoes!! And love King's Island!!

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/21/2012 10:00AM

  Love, Love those shoes. Your blog video was so much fun. You are so inspiring. Love being like the kids. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONI2011 6/21/2012 9:53AM

    I totally LOVED your video. I want to show it to my 13 year old granddaughter who loves to Hula Hoop! But it also makes me want to get a lighted one for myself and give it a try after some 40 or more years!!!!

Thank you for sharing you fun and talent!

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INGMARIE 6/21/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon Great fun this blog and video emoticon

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SKIRNIR 6/21/2012 9:23AM

    GReat video! The lights looked really neat.

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GRRARRGH 6/21/2012 8:36AM

    I love those shoes!

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DJSHIP46 6/21/2012 8:10AM

    I loved the video and thought it artsy & lovely, not spazy at all!!! Congratz and thank you for adding a little beauty to my ordinary morning!!!

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NYKIMMIE 6/21/2012 8:05AM

    I love them! emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 6/21/2012 8:00AM

    Love the video. Where did you get the lights at the beginning? They are beautiful!

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GARDENCHRIS 6/21/2012 7:07AM

    what fun! emoticon

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MEME102 6/20/2012 7:46PM

    Loved your SPARTSY video -- I could see the art -- it's an inspiration!! You DO make exercise so fun!! Great job...

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MBGUYER 6/20/2012 7:34PM

  you inspired me to start hooping! I'm still a beginner, but I'm enjoying it!


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YIWEN39 6/20/2012 7:11PM

    Shell, you so totally rock, that is emoticon
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LUCINDARW 6/20/2012 6:19PM

    Love the hooping and the light show! What can you do to top that? I'll be waiting to see.

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THEMRSH 6/20/2012 5:20PM

    I can't watch the vid right now but way to go on your meal planning for 2 weeks. I need to get on the ball with planning! Nice new kicks! Glad you enjoyed your day at KI.
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QUIERRA 6/20/2012 2:47PM

    I want those shoes. :)

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HAPINANA 6/20/2012 2:01PM

    Ooops... forgot about the shoes. TOTALLY LOVE THEM!!! emoticon

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HAPINANA 6/20/2012 2:00PM

    You are so AMAZING !!! emoticon
You and your daughter are having so so so so so much fun together.
You make me smile and happy my Spark girl!!
Your video wins top prize for ME emoticon

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CURVYELVIESAYS 6/20/2012 1:26PM

    You've takng vlogging to a whole another level. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 6/20/2012 8:56AM

    Love the step through move wonderful soo proud of you keep with tracking and meal plans Here is what stood out for me and I love It and will keep it tucked in my pocket -head My new Brain focuses on the cans and haves, rather than the other stuff.
nothing nothing changed but the way you were thinking life is good no matter what if we just learn to force on the positive Thank you

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