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A Friendly Fitness Challenge for Fall

Can you believe that fall is just around the corner? I know we say it all the time, but really—where does the time go? It seems like yesterday we were ringing in 2012, full of optimism, hope and goals that we planned to reach throughout the next 12 months. Well…most of the year has already gone and if you're still here and working toward those goals, give yourself a pat on the back. Many people gave up on their big dreams for the year months ago.
Fall is kind of an awkward time for weight loss. As the New Year starts, we're all motivated to work out and eat right. Then we get another boost in the spring when we know bathing suit season is coming. Often summer's arm and leg baring fashions keep us on track, but as the weather turns cooler, we have fewer consistent reminders stick with it.
Let's make this fall different! Let's head into the upcoming holiday season (eek!) lighter and fitter and healthier! Let's take the next four weeks to focus on reaching new goals and trying new things to shake up our weight loss and bust those plateaus.
I have just the challenge for you.
Posted 8/31/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 24 comments   15,727 views
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Behind the Scenes of Coach Nicole's SELF Photo Shoot

Big news in SparkPeople land! I'm so excited that SparkPeople has partnered with SELF magazine to bring you an amazing workout that I created for their September issue. This workout is part of what they've dubbed the SELF Diet Club, a special (and free) weight-loss program that combines my fat-burning workout plan with a healthy, no-deprivation diet to help participants drop a healthy 2 pounds per week. The September issue is on newsstands now, so grab up a copy before they're all gone. What a way to Spread the Spark, am I right? (WOOHOO!)
While I have done a few photo shoots in the past, this SELF photo shoot was unlike anything I have EVER been a part of—so fun, interesting, and cool. I can almost sum it up in three words: THE. BIG. TIME. Before this experience, I never would have guessed what goes into creating what you see on the magazine pages you flip through, so I thought it would be fun to share some behind-the-scenes details and photos of what it was really like.
Posted 8/22/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 75 comments   17,351 views
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Join Coach Nicole in the SELF Diet Club!

Big news! I'm beyond excited to announce that I have created a brand-new workout plan exclusively for SELF magazine's September issue, which is on newsstands now! This workout features a fat-blasting cardio plan, heart-pumping plyometrics, and muscle-toning strengthening moves to tone you from head to toe. All you need is a mat and a pair of dumbbells. It's one of my toughest workout plans ever, and I guarantee it will make you sweat--and torch major calories to help you lose two pounds per week! Sounds pretty good, right?

One great thing about this challenge (dubbed the SELF Diet Club) is that it builds in social support, and provides step-by-step workout instruction along with delicious meal ideas--the perfect combo to take your weight-loss to the next level this fall. You can follow along with the magazine alone--but I encourage you to sign up online. Why? It's FREE, it sends you email reminders, you'll get a special video I created demonstrating all the exercises, you'll be entered to win tons of cool prizes--and well, because it would just mean a lot to me (and SparkPeople)!
Posted 8/15/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 56 comments   26,781 views
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