FITMRSKAYTE's SparkPeople Blog FITMRSKAYTE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back in The Saddle Jeff and I are doing the 17 Day Diet again but I think this time it will stick. Why? Because we roped my MIL into doing it with us. <BR> <BR> We love to go out with my wonderful MIL and she usually treats us but we have been eating out waaaay too much and too frequently visiting Amelie's, Charlotte's own 24 hour pastry shop. So, we've decided that we need to do this but she needs to come along with us. I have a very specific goal too- I want to fit in a certain polka dot dress for an upcomi... Tue, 7 May 2013 20:29:35 EST I Could Be Better At This... I really need to be back on SP- I need the motivation and the support. However, I can't say that I haven't enjoyed some positive changes lately. <BR> <BR> I made a new friend at the YMCA about a month and a half ago. We got to talking in yoga when the instructor asked if anyone in class was new. She had just moved from Detroit a week before and was trying out the gym because it was close to her hotel where she was living. Things we have in common include being from the upper Midwest, a go... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:16:40 EST Big Ole Breakthrough...For Me So Friday night was a big night for me in that I made a decision I have NEVER made before. <BR> <BR> I've been working my butt off at work and I have been watching the pounds creep back because I've been careless about my health. I've justified all my bad choices as being okay because I've been so busy with my job and being newly married. <BR> <BR> Well my husband and I have started the 17 Day Diet again to get back on track and reset our lifestyle. I've been going to the gym every day,... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:20:34 EST I've Fallen, But I Can Get Back Up It's been nearly two months since I tossed in the towel on my fitness regimen. Two months of not going to the gym, focusing on the end-of-the-year duties at work, and preparing for the holidays. I actually started to see my friends again which was nice; something I couldn't do while I was on the JE LIVEFIT plan. <BR> <BR> Right before Christmas Jeff and I went out with his best friend Cameron and his wife Catherine. C & C are some of the funniest, nicest people you will ever meet. They knew... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 09:58:12 EST JE LIVE FIT Challenge, Week 5...kinda... Hi! Completed yet another week of the JE 12 week program but it wasn't as intense as I've worked during the last several weeks. Tuesday my fiancé and I got, ahem, "sidetracked" and ended up going out for a fish fry, some beers, and a game of darts at Sir Eds, my favorite British pub. It was totally flying in the face of the program but I didn't feel a twinge of guilt at all. We had a fun night- sort of a date if you will- and I don't regret it in the least. <BR> <BR> Then on Thursday we ha... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:06:44 EST Week 4 and Phase 1 of JE LIVE FIT Challange Completed! Woo Hoo! We did it! We completed Phase 1 together (my fiancé and I) and we already see an amazing transformation! I went clothes shopping with a girlfriend on Saturday and I noticed that shirts fit a little differently. I even got a compliment from a guy in Banana Republic who told me I could "wear anything in the entire store". Granted he worked there, but it was still nice to hear! :) <BR> <BR> We also went to Nordstroms where I decided I needed a few new bras because it had been a while since I ha... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:07:20 EST Week 3 of JE LIVEFIT Challenge and GO BREW CREW!!! Finished week 3 and I can't believe how amazing I feel! <BR> <BR> I can definitely see some muscle definition and I have a pair of size 10 trousers that are slipping off my butt. I weighed myself earlier this week, just out of curiousity, and found that the scale had moved down only a 1/2 lb but I didn't care. Obviously SOMETHING is happening even if I don't see serious movement on the scale! <BR> <BR> Got a little behind on my food prep this week but I expected that given how busy and epi... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 17:12:49 EST JE LIVEFIT Challenge Week 2 & Wedding Dress Shopping! So week 2 has come and gone and I am already noticing subtle changes in my physique. The workout was much easier this week than the last so we ended up grabbing heavier weights. I'm excited about the coming week- we will be able to starting using the extra day of the workouts for areas of our bodies we want to pay special attention to, like my abs and Jeff''s arms. <BR> <BR> This weekend my cousin came to visit from Wisconsin so she could help me find my wedding dress. Chrissy, along with my... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:39:46 EST 1st Week of JE LIVEFIT Challenge Today marks the end of our 1st week of the Jamie Eason LIVEFIT 12 Week Challenge. <BR> <BR> Much to my delight my fiancé has decided to take on the challenge with me which is wonderful- it keeps me honest when I don't feel like going to the gym or eating right. He has deferred to my advice and direction regarding meals and workout routines. It's nice bossing him around. ;) <BR> <BR> I made the protein bars and the turkey meatballs all last Sunday and I plan on doing the same thing today. T... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:06:18 EST Quit Drinking the Haterade- Seriously! So I went to my cardio funk class today against my will. I wasn't feeling like doing anything for myself after a nutso week at work (back to school+ eyeglasses for kids, gaaahhh!) and a three day weekend of housework even though I wanted to be at the Charlotte Scrapbook Convention. Le Sigh. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tracking my calories went straight out the window all week, as did my workouts and my water intake. I battened down the hatches when things got rough and focused solely on getting through... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:56:23 EST It's Just Some Wing Sauce and Mayonnaise... ...I know. But I am super upset. <BR> <BR> Jeff and made a pact at the beginning of this last week to not eat out for any meal for an entire week. For most people I know this would be fairly easy but with Jeff having a few clients who own restaurants and my lunch meetings with Reps and Taco Tuesdays, not to mention dinners out with our family, we were noticing that this might have an impact on our weight and energy levels. <BR> <BR> I always buy a ton of fresh produce at the farmer's marke... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:19:31 EST Happy Days Are Here Again! It's been a great couple of weeks since I've started my new job. My new coworkers are all very nice, grounded, and fun-l0ving girls. They all genuinely care about each other and are concerned when one of the team is not feeling well emotionally or physically. It's a nice enviroment. I might just drop 10 lbs immediately just from the relief of not being insanely stressed any longer! <BR> <BR> Now I can finally stop "just surviving" and I can really focus on my fitness and health. This last w... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:33:12 EST A New Broom Sweeps Better Than an Old One So if you follow my status updates you'll see that I quit my job last week and if you've read my blog then you know it was a long time coming. <BR> <BR> I only have so much tolerance for crappy attitudes and underhand behavior. I really tried to play ball and for the longest time I though it was me who had a problem that somehow I caused a lot of the friction. After my friend Kim joined the "team" I started to see things through her eyes and it was breath-takingly hostile. Besides the dunce... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:28:37 EST When You Make A Mistake, Do Not Act As Though You Are The Mistake Several months ago this was something I found in a fortune cookie. It ran true for me, as I am great at verbally abusing myself, so I keep it in my wallet behind my drivers license as a sort of talisman against unproductive thinking. I'm great at putting myself down. If I wanted really hurt someone I could rattle off a few things I tell myself on a regular basis. About how stupid I am, how disgusting I look. Even how socially inept I am. <BR> <BR> More often than not, this personal diatribe... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:38:56 EST I Fought the Stress and the Stress Won...Today at Least I broke my streak today. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had been going since Sunday- working out, eating really well, and drinking my water. All the while stress, worry, and fear have been trying to sink their nasty little claws into me, trying to upset and hurt me. <BR> <BR> I had been impervious; I know right now, with all we are going through, I have to be a good strong woman and step up to the plate like a good wife should. We have some pretty serious things to consider and I know that my positive ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:07:54 EST Reminding Myself Why I'm Here I figured I'd take a moment, after a Memorial Day burger blowout that helped me shoot my caloric load out of the water, to remember why I am here in the first place. <BR> <BR> I am not a good dieter. I love food, my fiancé loves food, and I've spent time cooking in a professional kitchen which, if anything, has taught me that butter makes anything better. Speaking of butter, my fiancé has ordered me to stop buying it- it's not allowed in our fridge any more. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm not a fan... Mon, 30 May 2011 21:37:49 EST I Have A Buddy! So I've mentioned before that my workplace is not the most positive place and that I find myself totally stressed on a regular basis. It's been hard to stay positive both at work and at home sometimes- which in turn stresses my fiancé since he doesn't want to see me feeling frustrated. I've considered quitting a few times but I really like my boss and I feel I've built a good relationship with my clients. <BR> <BR> Recently we acquired a new team member and I was immediately struck with her ... Sun, 8 May 2011 18:56:20 EST My Personal Training Experience So I had an appointment at the YMCA with a personal trainer on Tuesday and I LOVED it! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if all of the YMCAs have this option but I was able to have a free physical fitness assessment with Arthur, a newly-married personal trainer who I've chatted with in the past while going about my routine at the gym. He and I have only talked wedding stuff until recently and when one of the front desk gals mentioned that I ought to shake up my routine with a session I was on it immedi... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:07:48 EST Wow, what a weekend! It's been a lovely last few days and I'm a little upset that my three day weekend is at an end. <BR> <BR> Thursday was a special day even though it was super stressful at work. You see, the 21st of April is my wedding day next year and even when negative attitudes tried to bring me down all I had to do is look at my gorgeous ring and remember that my life is so about so much more than workplace drama. <BR> <BR> Friday was a gloriously lazy day- rainy and chilly but nice and warm at the Pane... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:50:52 EST