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A Disclaimer and Proof of the Foot Tambourine

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It’s only Wednesday morning and it’s already been a big week for me. First, let me say a big thanks to everyone who watched the little hoop video my daughter and I posted. It’s amazing to belong to a community so accepting and tolerant of such mayhem. Thanks also for the motivating member thingy! If my shenanigans encourage you in any way, I’m a happy Sparker. On to the disclaimer--

OFFICIAL MOSTMOM1 DISCLAIMER: Several of you mentioned running out to the toy store and buying a hula hoop after watching our video. That’s cool, but Audrey and I are a little concerned for you. We’re afraid you’re going to try hooping with those, get frustrated, and mail them all to Cincinnati. While a yard full of hoops would make for interesting lawn art, we’d like to avoid that situation. We used an adult-sized dance hoop in the video. It’s 42” diameter and weighs 1.5 lbs. I have two other hoops; 38” and 1.5 lbs and 42” and 2.0 lbs that I use strictly for cardio. The dance hoop is the only one I’ve been able to use for tricks; the others are too heavy and the kid ones are too light. I can’t get a kid-sized hula hoop going at all! Neither can Audrey. So, if you really want to give it a try, it’s worth checking out the grown-up hoops. There are lots of places where you can order online (that’s what I did). Some people even make their own and have a lot of fun with that. Anyway, our consciences are now relieved.

Sad hoopers with toy store hoop. (Also, Gunner still won't go through the hoop...)

Happy hoopers! Note the added product placement with SP shirt and wicked awesome workout towel. :)

I have a brilliant friend, FITFORMYFAMILY, who started saying that she’d been SparkWashed. You know what I’m talking about, how your brain is transformed long before your body is? I’ve been SparkWashed and I love it. But I didn’t realize how much it would trickle into other parts of my life. SparkGuy warns about this in The Spark. He says, “As you improve in one area, your actions cross over and build upon other areas at the same time--what we call the ‘crisscross’ effect. So don’t be surprised if you begin to see positive changes and your life improving in ways you never expected.” He also says--(why do I feel like I’m quoting Scripture?) “Dare to dream! One thing you’ve learned is that reaching goals is infectious. Once you reach one, you’ll want to reach more.”

SparkFriends, this is happening to me. Purple streaks in my hair? Why, yes, thank you. Post a video blog where you literally let it all hang out? Sure, why not? Learn to play the cajon? Okay. See, for several months, I kept telling my DH we should buy a cajon for someone to play in the band at church. Cajons are those cool boxes that drummers slap, you know, like the guy in The Script? Anyway, I thought it would be a cool thing to add to the mix. Lo and behold, he brought one home not too long ago. Thing is, he said I should play it. Me? I haven’t played an instrument since college. Granted, I was a percussionist, but that was a billion years ago. PreSpark Shelli would probably have said no. SparkShelli says, heck yeah and might as well order a foot tambourine to go with it! Here’s a pic of my foot tambourine, which came yesterday. It’s probably not as exciting as you pictured in your head, but it’s still pretty nifty. Depending on the set list, I might play this week. If I do, I’ll try to get Audrey to film some of it to post in another vlog. Heck, I’ll even add a special hula hoop/foot tambourine-in-my-Mad Hatter-hat clip at the end. Not at church. Although, they probably wouldn’t care, they do know me...


But my biggest NSV this week, is taking the first official steps to opening my own tiny, lil media production company. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never had the courage to follow through with it. After I posted that silly little hoop video, I thought, “If I can do that, I can do anything.” So, I bought and registered my domain name, wrote a business plan, and started all-out training to get some additional certification and experience. It’s in the early stages, it’s going to take time, but it’s happening.

So, here’s what’s kind of scary--I haven’t even lost 20 pounds yet. In the past, confidence only came when I reached an end goal and I never enjoyed a weight loss journey. That’s probably why the 50 pounds jumped right back onboard. Now, the weight loss is almost like an added perk. The confidence and positive attitude have already been life changers. (Okay, I confess to being neither confident nor positive while helping my teenage son learn to drive lately, but even SparkPeople have their limits.) What in the world is gonna happen when I DO lose the 50 pounds? What on earth will I do or try? I have absolutely no idea. I just hope, whatever it is, it’s legal...
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    811 days ago
    so glad i randomly stumbled on to this blog today.
    thanks for the inspiration.

    i am looking for FUN too. gonna go out and make it happen today. maybe i will put bells on my shoes??? =) i did that years ago when working retail. made people laugh. now i work in a library, so it wouldn't be quite so accepted!

    have a great day!

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    1471 days ago
    Yahoo...for starting your own business! You will be a supa star at it! emoticon emoticon emoticon We opened a consignment gallery last December against ALL odds..and we made it work! Where there's a will there's a way right?

    Now we are hope, hope, hopin' that this 'season' is as good and BETTER than last years, the summers can be long, hot, and customer~less here in hot sub-tropical SW FL.

    I'm SOOOO happy for your upbeat and fun personality...after the 'stuff' I've been going through you make me remember a silly, funny, happier me...I want to get back to 'that girl!' emoticon
    2421 days ago
  • WILSON425
    2421 days ago
    Cool....I am looking forward to seeing this.
    2423 days ago
    Wow! And this one was on my birthday; have to subscribe to your blogs/vlogs; you are so creative.
    2424 days ago
    emoticon You're unstoppable.... emoticon

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work, and your life chronicles, too!
    2434 days ago
    Winning attitude is you! :D
    2435 days ago
    Hula Hoop Lawn Art!
    Love it love it love it.
    Thanks for a great laugh this evening.

    2435 days ago
    Finding you today is like opening a present! You make me smile!
    2436 days ago
    I think this is the most amazing thing about Spark, you lose weight (just a little every time) but the attitude goes into every aspect of your life and you are a true example of it!! I just love your post and am sure that with all the fun your having the pounds will soon begin to wash away and you'll have a blast doing it!! I look forward to seeing your future productions!!

    Have a Sparking day!!
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    PS I think I'm giving that hoop another try!!
    2436 days ago
    You have such a wonderful positive attitude and I love that you are Sparkwashed. Congratulations to you for taking those baby steps toward your dream.
    2436 days ago
    So glad I found this after watching your video blog. Great post! emoticon
    2436 days ago
    Great stuff - good luck with the business - you have the aptitude and enthusiasm for it for sure.
    2436 days ago
    Your wonderful attitude continues to amaze and inspire me. Best of luck on the new business venture - I'm sure you'll have success!

    Keep up the good work!

    2436 days ago
    Thank you SO much for providing me with the excuse that, it wasn't me, it was the low-quality equipment that caused me to be a dismal failure with the hula-hoop! emoticon

    I have a degree in music, and yet never knew that such a thing as a "foot tambourine" existed. Obviously, my education was lacking. I'm looking forward to that next vlog...keep it up, and we'll see you on America's Got Talent next season!

    Congrats on stepping out in faith and starting your own business. I'm no expert, but your hula-hoop vlog impressed the heck out of me (and I'm not just talking about your hula-hoop skills, 'tho they ARE very impressive!). I'm going to have to stop reading your blogs, before I get inspired to do something amazing!!
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    2436 days ago
    I said it before...and I'll say it again...Lady, You Rock!! emoticon
    2436 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    I just love your attitude! And I must borrow that expression "Sparkwashed" as that is exactly how I feel. My weight loss has been miminal at best but my exercise is really picking up and I actually like going to the gym.....who knew?!

    We need to see all of your instruments.......put together for a Christmas and your daughter have plenty of time to practice and it would be a great gift for all of your SparkFriends (aside from the pure joy of your friendship that is!)
    2438 days ago
  • HS1056
    What FUN! You have the gusto and are enjoying life as it happens. I am trying to do the same. Not easy doing a total 180 but reading your blogs is helping to motivate me in that direction. Congrats to you!

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    2439 days ago
  • PAMMY222
    What a great blog! Like to the new "bling." Thanks for the info on the hula hoop. I hope you have prevented many disappointed future hoopers!
    Love it!!
    2440 days ago
    Wow, you are so much fun!
    2446 days ago
    A foot tambourine, what a great idea! That is what my BFF is getting for her birthday. She can thank you. It really would suit her.
    It's great that you are sparked with the company. My son, who is also learning to drive, works for a few video production companies. Maybe some day he can join you. For now, I want him to help me do a VB.
    Take care & enjoy!
    2446 days ago
    OMG - you are too funny! Thanks for the smile today!
    2447 days ago
    Someone else told me about the hula hoops for adults. I like the term "Sparkwashed." I follow FlyLady and the term "flywashed" is sometimes used.

    I am glad you are going for your dreams. I don't want to get to the end of my life with a lot of, "I wish I had done _____."

    2449 days ago
    Love that foot tambourine! Thanks for the info on the hula hoops. I bought one in the spring. Yep a kid's one, after I saw some celeb on TV talking about how she keeps fit. Well you guessed it - looked easy on TV (and when you hula!!), on me - the stupid thing flung all over the place. I will now start my mission to find an adult hula!

    And congratulations on starting towards your own production company. That's wonderful!!!
    2449 days ago
    Girl, you are just too cool! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    "Spark Washed" fits! I find myself talking spark-ish to people who probably don't really get it. Thank you for passing on that term!

    Congrats and best wished on your "tiny, lil media production company" - I'm sure you'll do...
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    2449 days ago
    Helen Keller said it best "Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all" - which happens to be my mantra for August. You are living my mantra! Very inspiring...


    ~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)
    2449 days ago
    WOW...congrats my friend on your 'lil production company. That is fantastic!! I too am finding it so amazing how I'm really enjoying this journey to wellness and not so concerned anymore about just how fast the end product will come...I'm too busy enjoying the ride!!
    So can't wait for your next vlog!! Keep on sparkin' sister!!

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    2449 days ago
    I don't know what you might do when you lose 50 pounds, but I'm sure I'm not the only one of your spark buddies that hopes you post a vlog on it! emoticon If its not legal we'll claim mental instability and show them the hula vlog as proof emoticon emoticon
    I'd wish you luck on your production company, but I don't honestly think you'll need it! You'll do great!
    Spark on! emoticon
    2449 days ago
    I so wish you were my neighbor. You sound like you have such fun. And, just think, you could teach me to do those tricks! (I know, you have nothing better to do right?)

    I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see the video!

    2450 days ago
    I had no idea that Hula Hoops came in sizes for adults. That's probably why I've never been able to do it. My son has a few and he is really good. Me? I'm the one throwing them on your lawn. But now that I know, I just might get one and give it a try.

    It's emoticon that you are doing what you want even before the weight loss. I make a thousand excuses about doing such and such once I lose the weight.

    Life so more interesting when you are doing what you love.

    Also, I've always loved tambourines. Might just go out and get one to those too. My son and I usually go to the Learning Store and I always get in a good session with with tambourines.

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    2450 days ago
    The world is your oyster! Looking forward to the next vlog.
    2450 days ago
    Thank you for the explanation of hoops. I love your blogs!!!
    2450 days ago
    Congratulations - lil media production company! Brilliant!
    2450 days ago
  • BLUESKY104
    You got it -- you are going to get your weight down and have an emoticon time doing it emoticon emoticon
    2450 days ago
  • MEW4039

    You are fantastic! Your amazing sense of adventure may become contagious! Loved the disclaimer!
    2450 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2011 9:39:32 PM
    Spark on Shelli! Legal?...who is probably legal somewhere. LOL. emoticon
    2450 days ago
    awesome. Now off to purchase adult hoops. I tried the kids hoops and found them too light. :) Jeanne
    2450 days ago
    Okay I loved this funny,funny blog...cute daughter and my neighbor has a black labra-dane named GUNNER!!he is a monster and gentle as a baby!
    2450 days ago
    You are a riot!
    Product placement, disclaimers and innovative musical instruments you're like music video - I LOVE THOSE!
    Congrats on your confidence driving you to dream and pursuing your media production company!
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    2450 days ago
  • LILLI56
    thanks for the info on the weighted hoops. I have bad knees (well really only 1 but it is really bad) so I am wondering if I should chance it. I had it replaced 5 years ago, but I have a lot of nerve damage that the replacement didn't help. But at least I can walk without falling down now. emoticon
    2450 days ago
    So many folks didn't realize the difference in hoop weights .... you just think of everything .... good show !! Roc
    2450 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    Then I am glad I failed to acquire said cheap supermarket hoop ths week. :-) Thankyou for your timely advice! :-)
    maybe this is why I've never managed to hula hoop in real life - no weight to the hoop.
    Lex xxx
    2450 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2011 7:13:58 PM
    loved this blog, l-o-v-e-d it! you have such a positive attitude and seeing it makes me believe that i can too. well done you xx
    2450 days ago
    Another blog post from MostMom1 and another smile to light up my day! I think you can do whatever your heart and talents desire --- emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2450 days ago
    emoticon on venturing on your own company! You are very talented with the video making! One thing more about hula-hooping if you have a bad back, especially lower back - Dr.'s say no! Also, not good with bad knees-found that out the hard way in both cases!
    Glad you are feeling the Spark and are doing so well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2450 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2011 5:48:11 PM
    I had a grin on my face the whole way through.
    Like this: emoticon

    Thanks for the photographic evidence--I see only good things on our fun horizon!

    2450 days ago
  • ELLIE09
    The big dance hoops are the only ones I've ever been able to do either. Sadly I don't have one (nor do I have space to use it - hula hoop + small apt. + no yard = danger, danger, will robinson!)
    Also - good luck with the new driver!! I remember driving with my younger brother when he first started out, and I was terrified!
    Happy sparking! emoticon
    2450 days ago
    You are awesome - really, seriously, totally inspiring awesomeness! You are so full of positive energy that it's just plain ole fun to read your stuff.

    I am so happy for you that you've got all this confidence thingy going on and it's affecting all areas of your life. And I love how you say the weight loss is a perk! Good for you in everything you are doing - and starting a business - oh yeah! You are emoticon
    2451 days ago
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