GIGI-NICOLE's SparkPeople Blog GIGI-NICOLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First Morning Workout (I FEEL GREAT!!) I'm lucky enough to have a gym that is free to all state workers in my Department. It's literally, the first door on the left before going into my office. I've been going 4 out of 5 days a week for 3 weeks with my co-worker, and we've become walking buddies on our lunch breaks as well. (We walk 1 1/2 miles in 30 minutes 5 days a week.) I've talked for weeks about waking up and going to the gym before work. I would say, "Oh, I'll do it tomorrow, or Friday, yeah Friday!" Last night, I decided t... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:37:24 EST I Did "The Crunch Test" The feature article today talks about how many crunches you can do within 60 seconds to determine your fitness level. I made it to.... 4! <BR> <BR> I don't even register on the chart! I am below the "Needs Work" score. A year ago, this would have gotten me down about how I've let my body and fitness level deteriorate. I would just say "forget it", and binged or felt sorry for myself. <BR> <BR> That's not how I feel today. It's a nice feeling to know that "this is where I am now, but this is... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:09:02 EST Revelation by Cake I have always been a sweet-a-holic. If it’s sweet, I’ve always wanted it… I’ve craved it! I’ve been doing well recently with cutting out sugars from my diet. I’ve stopped drinking sugar in my coffee and tea, I’ve cut out desserts, and most breads, etc. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately for me, I’m the birthday party planner for my office. Today is one of the (almost monthly, but seems more like weekly…) birthday parties for one of my co-workers. I looked this morning for nutrition information for the... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:23:48 EST I Am So Proud!! I have always thought that a diet was what I needed to start. Well, I would start and quit in about 2 days. It felt like too much pressure to follow the diet perfectly. I've decided this time that I need a lifestyle change... and I have stuck with it for a week! I've noticed weight loss (around 9 pounds), but even better... I feel great! I am also so proud of myself for realizing my mindset was unhealthy all along. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has played a huge role in this revelation. I am so than... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:32:05 EST Why I Chose a Banana over a Donut My roommate bought 2 dozen assorted donuts last night. I immediately thought she was being inconsiderate by so blatantly indulging when she knows how hard I’m trying to eat healthy, and most importantly, to not binge. I almost gave in and had one (or six), but saw a bunch of bananas on the cabinet that I had picked so carefully from the store the day before. I went back and forth in my mind saying, “It’s JUST a donut. I can have one, right? I’ve been good ALL week and I’m PMSing. I deserve a ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:21:23 EST