WW Week 46-47 Recap

Hola! The last two weeks were quite successful. I had a loss both weeks. More so the second week with 4.6 lbs. But don’t count out my loss of .6 lbs the week before. Every little bit counts.

Why did I have such a large loss? Surely you know the answer by now. Because I tracked! I tracked and I stayed within my daily points each day. Well, each day except for Saturday. Saturday, I did go outside of my healthy point range. However, I ran a race in the morning, attended a friend’s son’s bday party and did stay within my weeklies. I was ok with stepping out of the healthy point range for a single day.

Remember, it’s important to live while losing. We have to be able to enjoy times with our friends and family. We just need to learn how to not go overboard. Such as I have been off and on the past several months. Clearly, I am still learning this. lol

Which brings us to this week. I feel this week is a crucial week for me. I am, yet again, back down to my “only 7 lbs to go” weight. I’ve been here before and always turn around and gain 5-7 lbs. The cycle has occurred too many times that I’ve lost rack. At least 3, maybe even 4 or 5.

This week is Month End at work. Remember I’m in Accounting. Month End always means long hours and usually a lot of stress. The long hours, combined with me not meal planning, often leads to me making poor food choices such as picking up fast food on the way home or ordering something unhealthy from the diner downstairs. The stress causes me to turn to chocolate a lot. The candy bowl upstairs becomes my best friend and my worst enemy. It never tells me no. lol

I do not want to go through the cycle another time. Contrary to what some might believe, I really do want to get to Lifetime. If I’m not careful, I can easily gain weight this week. Therefore, I’m being careful. This time around, I’m trying to make smart choices. I made a batch of Taco Chicken. You know when you cook chicken with salsa and taco seasoning in the slow cooker then mix in black beans and corn. It’s a yummy yummy 0-1 point meal. I also picked up some Ole flour tortillas, the ones that are 1 point each. As well as some shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. For my other meal (by now you should know that I typically prepare 2 meals each week and will eat one or the other for lunch and dinner throughout the week), I made tuna salad sandwiches to eat with a boiled egg and some fresh fruit. I was going to eat the sandwich with chips but forgot to add them to my grocery list causing me to forget to pick them up when shopping. I decided that I don’t need them. I have the points for them and I do love me some chips. But the fruit and egg are nice side dishes and combined with the sandwich will fill me up.

Both are low point meals and both are sitting at work for me. Yes, at work. Fortunately, we have multiple fridges at work and there is room for me to keep it all in one. This way my lunch is already there and so is my dinner for those late nights. I’m not sure if this is will power, not having much stress yet or because I went all of last week, except for the bday party, without sweets, but I have yet to visit the candy bowl. Woohoo!

Fingers crossed I can keep this up for the remainder of the week.

I keep telling myself that if I’m good this week, I should see a loss. Hopefully, that loss will be 2-3 lbs and I can say that I am within 5 lbs of Goal. Surely then, I will be motivated to keep going. I would have gotten past this terrible stretch of the 7 lb monster and will be so close to Goal.

I’ve been thinking about why I haven’t reached Goal yet. It’s definitely not because I don’t want to. In fact, I think it’s just the opposite. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve lost 40 lbs. 40 lbs! And I have kept it off. Even with my 7 lb roller coaster the last several months, I’ve kept it off. This is huge! This shows me that I can keep the weight off this time. So many times in the past, I have not. This time I can. I’m proud of the way I look. Sure I want to get down one more size in my jeans. But I look pretty damn good in the ones I have on now. It makes me not so much in a hurry to lose that last little bit. I’m ok where I am.

When you first start losing, you have so much that you want to lose. When you start seeing results, you are eager to see more. It’s like you are becoming a new person. I felt it. I feel it now. I don’t think I’m the same person I was 40 lbs ago. I look different. I feel different. I can do so much more physically. I’m in a better place mentally. I love the new me. And I don’t foresee that much of a change after losing another 7 lbs and reaching Lifetime.

In a way, I already feel like I’m there. =)


ChickLits Book Club – January

This year is starting off great! The January book is most definitely the book to beat for me in 2018. Too soon to say? I don’t know. It was a pretty damn good book!

Have you ever heard of the genre psychological thriller? Neither had I. So far this year, I have read 3 that are in this category and I love them! Who knows if I’ve read any in the past. Probably have and just never realized it. I know now.

So what is a psychological thriller? It’s “a suspenseful book emphasizing the psychology of its characters rather than its plot; this sub-genre of thriller. In a psychological thriller, the characters are exposed to danger on a mental level rather than a physical one.”

An example of this type of book that you might recognize is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Though I admit I have not read this book, I know many have and loved it. I can see why. Psychological thriller’s keep you on the edge of your seat. They are the type of book that you want to read all in one sitting. You just keep turning the next page until you don’t realize hours have gone by but you don’t care because the book was just so good. =)

Now that you have an idea what a psychological thriller is, want to know what the January book is? Of course you do! You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. January’s book was The Memory Box by Eva Lesko Natiello.

The Memory Box

“A psychological thriller page-turner with twists and turns until the very last page.


In this gripping psychological thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember.

A fast-paced suspense where a group of privileged suburban moms amuses themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She’s relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name–which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline’s terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That’s absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can’t be right. She’d know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia–upending her blissful family life–desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they’re true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello’s page turning suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.”


Has it got your attention yet? I sure hope so!  This book was not only good but I believe it triggered one of the best book club meetings we’ve had since I joined. Each person had their own interpretation of how the events took place. Some, after listening to others speak their opinions, even switched sides or saw parts of the book in a new light. Next to last year’s “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bon’s”, this has been my favorite book thus far.

Recommendation: I highly recommend that you all read this book. As in now, go get it today and read it over the weekend. I’ll be waiting to hear what you thought on Monday. 😉

WW Week 45 Recap

Remember yesterday I had told you that this last week included long hours at work? This led to me making poor food choices. Yeah, it showed at the scale. I knew I was going to have a gain and I wasn’t too concerned. For once. I’ve done this yo yo thing more than a few times to know that the weight will turn around and come off. However, I wasn’t quite expecting the gain that I had. Are you ready for this? 6.2 lbs! In one week!


It’s time to reign it in again. But not today. lol No, not today.

Today, I am meeting up with friends for some free bingo at Boulevard Brewing Company for a friend’s birthday. Food, drinks and lots of fun with good friends.

Like I said though, I’m not worried. I’ll get back on track, again, tomorrow. Expect to see a big weight loss next week. =)

Part of why I’m not worried is this.


Look at that. This picture shows all the hard work that I’ve done in the past 10 months. I’m not quite where I want to be but I am so proud of how far I have come!


With losing weight, there are obviously benefits along the way. One benefit was realized yesterday. My sister and I tried Beer Yoga. First off, it was so much fun!


Back in July, I tried yoga at Nelson Atkins. Well, on the lawn in front of Nelson Atkins. It was ok. I liked part of it but haven’t done it since. This time around though, I loved it! So much that my sister and I have already signed up for next month’s session.

Part of why I loved it so much is because it was much easier. Of course, the instructor was not the same. I am not experienced enough to know if this session was not quite as difficult as the one back in July. But I do know that I am more flexible. Though I felt the various moves, I felt I was at least able to do them. I was able to follow along. I was able to hold the pose. For the most part. I definitely need to work on my balance. Those poses were more challenging for me.  Overall though, it was a great experience!


Now I’m off to meet up with friends. Have a good week everyone!

WW Week 44-ish Recap

Sorry about last week ya’ll!

I unexpectedly got invited to hang out with one of my dear friend’s and her husband. Free Bingo at Boulevard Brewing Company. Oh yeah! I then decided to continue hanging out with them the rest of the day. Good quality time but it meant that I got nothing done. lol

Oh well. It’s good to have days like that every once in a while.

I will admit that I did go for a short run (1 mile) around their neighborhood. Not bad. I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the gym as planned. I was already in my gym clothes so I said just do it. And I did!

So I’ve learned a few things about myself over the last few weeks. To say learn is a little of a stretch. I’ve already been aware of these things but they are hitting home a little more now.

The first thing is that I turn to sweets during two specific times of the month. The first one (sorry guys!) I’m sure you can guess without me going in to too much detail. The second is when we are closing our period or Month End at work. It’s a stressful time because there is a lot to be done in a short span of time. This Month End was even more so because we are short handed. I’ve been trying to step up as much as I can which has led to several late nights. I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed taking on new responsibilities and learning new things. There’s just been some long days.

How does this affect my weight? I turn to chocolate during the day. Not just a piece or two but more like 10. Yes. Yes, I do. Also, I don’t plan in advance and take my dinner in with me. Which means I’m eating late at night and making not so healthy choices.

These are both things that I can learn from and improve on.  I think next Month End I will prepare dinner on Sunday that I can take in on Monday. It will then be there for me all week. Fortunately, we have multiple fridges at work so this shouldn’t be an issue with my coworkers. This way I will have a healthy meal and still eat at a normal time. It might be nice to take a few minute break as well. Secondly, I’m going to make sure I have more fruit or at least healthier snack options to choose from during this time period. Maybe then I’ll stay away from the candy bowl.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that I haven’t been drinking as much water. I can literally go all day and not drink anything or drink less than 10 oz of water. I know! It’s terrible! I find that I drink more water when I’m tracking it in the habit tracker in my bullet journal. However, when I’m working late hours and have a busy weekend, I am not working in my bullet journal as much. In fact, I’ve hardly been in my bullet journal for the last couple weeks. I kinda miss it and am hoping I can work in it later today.

The last thing I’m becoming more and more aware of is how when I’m not tracking what I eat, I take full advantage of this and eat everything I can. I need to work on this one. But it’s not easy. Not for me at least.

I’m keeping this short because I wanted to get a post in while I was thinking about it. However, I must go. My sister and I are doing Beer Yoga today. Who knew there was such a thing! I want to get a work out in before hand. If I’m going to have time, I must go. Now!

I realize I didn’t put any numbers in here. That’s because I don’t weigh in until tomorrow. I’ll try my best to post again then.

Have a great Saturday everyone!!

WW Week 43 Recap

I’m going to try my best to keep this short. I know that’s hard for me. lol If you read my posts on a regular basis, you know that I like to talk err…write. You know what I mean!

This week was a very successful week. I’ll take it after the previous two weeks. Also, it feels good after making healthy food choices and exercising every day to see it pay off when you weigh in.

So two weeks ago I had a gain of 2 lbs. The week after that, last week, I had another gain but this time only 1.4 lbs. This week, I had a loss of 4.4 lbs!


My nice weight loss followed up what was already a good weekend. Saturday was my second race of the year. This was sort of a redemption race for me. I’ve had a couple really. I need to do what I want to do rather than succumbing to those around me. I’m not sure that’s fair. I’m not really pressured. I make the choice myself but then regret it later.

You see, I did this same race last year. I was terrible at it. I don’t know why but I hurt, I walked more than I ran and was flat out embarrassed it took me as long as it did. This area of town is know as the flattest courses there are. Flat should mean that you’ll have a good time. There are no hills to climb slowing you down or tiring you out. (Although hills can sometimes be good because usually you also get to run down them. Anywho.)

I had a similar race in the same neighborhood, but not necessarily the same course, last December. That race was supposed to be my redemption race. It was my 5th race in 5 months. I had just had one of my best times to date the month before. I was ready. I was going to prove that I could do it.

I didn’t prove anything.

I ended up walking the race because everyone else I was there with walked it. There were several reasons we all chose to walk, mostly medical. Mine was that I didn’t want to run it alone. I didn’t want to miss out on what might have been said in my absence. I wanted to stay with my friends.

My choice. No one pressured me.

It’s all good though. I just signed up for the same race I did so poorly at last year, Cupid Run, and gave it a go again. This was really my redemption race. And I did fantastic!


I had been preparing for this race since February 1st. I ran every single day, except for one, getting myself ready. To date my fastest 5K was 36 minutes and 51 seconds. Yesterday, my time was drum roll please………35 minutes and 57 seconds! Almost a full minute faster!!!


A new personal record!!!!!


Can you tell that I’m happy?!


To have such an amazing time on Saturday and to follow it up with a 4.4 lb loss this morning, this weekend has been fantastic!!


I won’t be having another race next weekend and I doubt I can pull off another high loss two weeks in a row. But here’s hoping for another wonderful week!!

WW Week 41-42 Recap

Do you ever get mad at yourself for not doing what you know you should be doing?


I do.

Did recently too.

The end of January was it for me. I was doing so good on my Blue Dot Challenge. So good! I got a blue dot the first 25 days of the month.


And then I failed. Yes, that’s how I look at it. I failed. It was one of my coworkers last day and everyone brought in goodies to munch on. There were some healthy choices and some not so healthy choices.


I started my day off knowing that her farewell table would be set up at work and I chose not to eat my normal breakfast. I could have easily enjoyed some of the fruits and veggies care free as well as had a couple of the other items and still stayed within my daily points.

Did I though?

Hell no!

Excuse my language but I went crazy. Look at all that I ate.

My actions here set me up for a poor next few days. Later that night I went to a family gathering where I ate 2 huge plates of food and not one, not two, but three desserts.

The next day was one of my dear friends daughters first birthday. Her husband is such a good cook and prepared pork shoulder and brisket for sandwiches. He also made two kinds of cupcakes for us adults to eat while the baby got the smash cake.

I didn’t have just one sandwich but two and went back for a second cupcake. There were two kinds and both were so good! I was going to have a third but fortunately someone took the last cupcake just as I was going for it. Thank goodness!


However, that night I ate half a box of chocolate. I think there were 14 pieces on each level, 2 levels. I obviously didn’t track but I imagine each piece was roughly 4 points. 4 x 14. You do the math. Not good!

Needless to say I woke up the next morning in a terrible mood. I ruined my blue dot streak and I ate so much that I was sure to have a gain. I did go to my WW meeting but showed up late which always stresses me out. Then I felt myself tearing up and wasn’t about to cry in front of them again so I weighed in (2 lb gain) and left.

I felt so bad. I went home and ate the other half of the box of chocolates. Because that was going to help. Insert eye roll here.

I had a whole bunch planned for the day and cancelled it all. I was so depressed. Mind you I was feeling bad long before I weighed in. 2 lbs is not that much. It can easily come off again. I think it was more that I had let myself down with that dang Blue Dot Challenge.

Sunday just got worse and worse. Since I didn’t go to the store after my WW meeting as I usually do, I didn’t have anything to eat. What do I do? I run through McDonald’s drive in and pick up my old stand by. I could never decide between the McDouble and the McChicken. So I would get both. Plus a small fry. I was also in the mood for some chicken nuggets. Yikes!


I wasn’t doing myself any favors.

Later on in the week, I started to get back on track in certain respects. I decided to take the stairs every day at work as well as run in the gym after work. I’m fortunate that my work has a fitness center. I don’t utilize it as much as I should. Sometimes though I will walk over my lunch. More so in the Spring and Summer months. If it’s nice, I’ll walk outside. When it gets too hot, I start walking inside on the treadmill. Why I don’t continue this in to the Winter months, I don’t know. But this month, at least for the last 7 days and today, I have taken full advantage of having access to the fitness center.

So far this month I have ran 10 1/2 miles and walked 1 mile between going to the gym after work and going to Planet Fitness over the weekend. It’s helped me work toward my goal walking/running 365 miles this year. That’s for sure!


Since Monday, I’ve also gotten a blue dot each day. I’m getting back on track in the food department too. Woohoo!

A lot of what has helped me is my WW People. I didn’t go to last Sunday’s meeting. After leaving early the week before and not showing up at all this last one, I had several people reach out to me wondering what was going on. It feels good to have the support. I don’t know how to tell them how much they mean to me. In such a short span of time that I’ve known them (remember I changed groups after I moved), we’ve gotten quite close. I’m glad I have my WW family and can’t wait to see them all this Sunday.

I was watching a show the other day. I really wish I could remember which show it was. I want to say Lethal Weapon but am not 100%. What I do remember is what was said. “Life is not over. You still have that choice every day.”

Let that sink in a little bit.

So what if I didn’t get 31 blue dots in the month of January. I got a total of 26 blue dots and that is pretty amazing. I didn’t have to let it affect me as much as I did. LIFE IS NOT OVER. My life certainly wasn’t.

Each day after the first day that I didn’t get that blue dot, I had a choice. I could have missed one day but gotten a blue dot the next. YOU STILL HAVE THAT CHOICE EVERY DAY. Instead, I was sour and continued to make poor decisions.

This journey that I’m on is taking much longer than I had expected it to. However, I have a lot to be proud of. I am nearly 40 lbs lighter than I was 10 1/2 months ago. I have had a few speed bumps where I’ve fallen off the wagon and gained a little back. But each time I have also gotten it back under control and lost the weight immediately. I may revert back to my old ways every now and again. But I only do so for a short period of time before I reign it in.

It’s taking longer than I thought it would but I’m still going.

I haven’t given up.


I knew I was getting close but I didn’t realize how close until I was there. lol

The last post I published drew in a few new followers putting me over 100!!

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I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows 3 Pink Chairs. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am!!

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