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WW Week 24-25 Recap

Wow! I can’t believe it’s the 8th day of October and my first day posting this month. I’d love to say I’ve been busy but that would just be an excuse and an inaccurate one at that.

So I won’t lie to you.

I just haven’t been on here.

Sorry!

To quickly recap the couple weeks leading up to last week: I had an awesome week where I lost 3.8 lbs! Woohoo! Then the next week I did nothing. Nada. No loss. No gain. Good but not what I was looking for. Caught up to week 24 now? Good!

So last week I went rogue a couple of days. I didn’t track 2 whole days. Yikes! I honestly don’t remember what all I ate but I do know that one of the nights I had a big fat cheeseburger topped with fried jalapenos and a side of hand cut french fries. Oh my. I don’t even want to know how many points that was.

The next two days I was bad as well though I did make myself keep track of my points on the third day. I couldn’t let a week go by without getting my perky pencil sticker at my WW meeting.

Needless the say, being rogue did not pay off at the scale that week and I gained 1.4 lbs. Though it was nice to be free and eat whatever I wanted, it hurt me in the long run. One day is ok every now and then but 3 days? No. Everything in moderation.

This week I got back on track and counted every last point. I stayed within my healthy range even getting a blue dot every day. Yay!

20171008_210730With week being much more successful than last week, I lost the original .6 lbs that I was going after, the 1.4 lbs that I had gained the previous week and an additional .4 lbs. That’s right, I lost 2.4 lbs! My total weight loss is now 35.4 lbs earning me my 7th 5 lb star. Such a good feeling! I even celebrated with some pretty flowers.

 

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I came across this pin on Pinterest and thought it was very fitting for me right now. That week where I exercised 6 days, stayed within my daily points and didn’t budge at the scale was quite discouraging. It really was. In fact, it may have had more influence for my going rogue the next week than I originally thought. But, the following saying is so true.

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Had I stopped trying, not gotten back on track after making poor decisions, I wouldn’t be celebrating today. I wouldn’t be that much closer to the end goal. In fact, I would more than likely be farther away.

Let me just say this again real quick.

WE WILL GET THERE BUT ONLY IF WE KEEP GOING

This is true for most everything in life. Take a look at my life over the last couple months. I trained, for a brief period but still I did, for the 5K in August and the 4 mile race in September and was proud of my success at both. Had I only trained one day, or not at all, I wouldn’t have had the same results that I did. I told myself over 2 years ago that I wanted to buy a house. I knew that I wasn’t ready at that point. So I set a plan in to motion, paid off my credit card and saved money for the down payment. When I didn’t find a house as quickly as I thought I would, I could have given up. I almost did a couple of times. But I kept at it. I kept looking. And now I am moving in to a house that checks off just about everything on my list.

We can’t let ourselves get discouraged when we run in to speed bumps. We must keep going. We will get to wherever it is we are trying to get to. But only if we keep at it. If we give up, we are only setting ourselves up to fail.

In the weight department, we also have to live our lives. We can’t say no to everything just because we are trying to lose weight. I love Fall! I do. With Fall comes festivals. This weekend was Weston’s Apple Fest and my sister and I went today. Of course I had to get me some hot apple cider. It wasn’t exactly cold out today but hot apple cider is one of my favorites. Yumm! Then my sister and I shared an apple dumpling and a tenderloin sandwich. Double yumm!

Even with us sharing, we still didn’t eat all of it. Plus all of the walking around that we did, I’m sure helped burn off some of those extra calories that we took in. We can’t put life on hold until we get to our perfect weight. We have to keep on living. We just do!

Ok that is all for this week. I’m going to cuddle with my kitty now. My sweet, sweet Mr. Trixie. ❤

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KC Zoo Run

As you know, I’ve been training for a race. Training makes it sound like weeks or months have gone by and I’m running a marathon or something. It wasn’t a marathon and I only “trained” for 5 days. But still running in a race is not something I do on a weekly basis and when you make a plan on how to prepare yourself for when you do, well that’s training.

In this instance my training paid off! I set a goal to finish this 4-mile race in less than 55 minutes and that is exactly what I did. Woohoo!

The race was the KC Zoo Run. I’ve ran this race twice before. The first time was several years ago and was also a successful race for me. The second time was not so much. I had feared that my last minute attempt at training would not be enough for to accomplish my goal. But I was wrong.

 

The first mile was mostly down hill. This helped tremendously. It’s hard to stop and rest when you’re going down hill. Why not use the momentum to keep going? You can rest when you get to the bottom.

The second mile was the easiest mile for me. Yes, in a way, even easier than the 1st mile. I started counting. Well technically I started counting toward the end of the first mile. At the gym, I run .25 – .3 miles then I walk .1 mile. I keep this pace pretty much the entire time. When I’m running outside though, I don’t have a screen in front of me telling me how far I’ve gone. This morning I decided, during the race, that I would count for a period of time in place of having the screen. I decided I would count to 200 when running, count to 60 when walking and repeat as many times as necessary until I crossed the finish line.

This sort of worked.

The first time I counted for the running part, I hit another down hill portion (the portion heading across the bridge in to Africa) and wasn’t about to stop running when going down hill just because I hit 200. So I added on another 100. Then another 50. I really pushed myself. I continued this pattern throughout Africa until I encountered the hill leaving. This I walked. But I tried my best to power walk.

This was also the third mile. Unfortunately, there was a lot of up hill during the 3rd mile. Therefore, there was a lot of walking. I’m not going to lie, I usually always walk when there is a hill. I do. I tried to tell myself that walking, up hill was going to hurt my time. But the motivation was not strong enough. I walked as fast as I could but I walked.

Once I got to the 4th mile, you were in the section of the race where it’s tight quarters. The trails aren’t very wide and it gets congested. It’s hard to run when others are walking and you can’t get around them. As I was getting closer to the end of the race, I heard someone say there was only half a mile left. I thought to myself I could run the rest of the way. And I could have. But I didn’t.

I was starting to get tired. I didn’t have the drive in me to push myself. I walked twice (or was it three times?) in that last half mile. Nonetheless, I did cross the finish line and I did make my goal. My official time was 52:50! My pace was 13:13 per mile. One of these days I’ll increase my time so that it is less than 13 minutes. For now, I’m glad that I’ve increased it to close to 13. I used to run closer to 14 minutes. True.

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All of my hard work this last week has paid off. My next race isn’t until the end of October. I don’t want to lose all that I’ve worked hard for though. I think I might continue running at the gym. Maybe stick to 3 miles, since the remaining races this year are all 5K’s, and work on increasing my time. Yes, that’s my plan.

Some pictures from the race and our visit with the penguins after.

 

WW Week 18 Recap

I wasn’t able to make it to this week’s meeting. I had a good excuse though. I promise! Remember that race that I was training for? Well it took place at 8am this morning and my meetings are at 9am. Yeah, there was no way I was going to make it in time. I just don’t run that fast. lol

One of my old college friends, Heather, and I met up for dinner last month. The first time we had seen each other in more than 10 years. It was a really good time. While we were there she was telling me about a race that her and one of her friends was thinking of doing. They needed a team of 4 people so my friend, Becky, and I joined her. 4-Nados!

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I’ve been in the gym for the last 2-3 training for this race. You see my friend is a runner. Oh yes she is. She did 2 races this weekend, including the race we both ran this morning. Well technically all of my teammates ran 2 races this weekend. They crazy! Just kidding. lol

Heather ran yesterday’s race in 28 minutes. 28 minutes! I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with her. I’m not kidding myself. But I didn’t want her to have to wait for me long. So I trained.

It wasn’t all for her though. I wanted to do well. This was MY first race of the year and I wanted to do be proud of my time. So I trained for me too.

At the gym I had been running a mile in 13 minutes 20 seconds. I figured 3 miles I could finish in 40 minutes. So that was my goal. I wanted to finish this mornings race in 40 minutes.

I was close. So close! I started off strong with my first mile only taking me 11:37. It may have been a little too strong though because I got progressively slower as the race went on. My second mile was 12:40 seconds and my third mile was 13:15 seconds. Not bad though. Technically I ran 3 miles in 37 minutes and 32 seconds. Awesome, right?!

Except a 5K is not just 3 miles. It’s 3.1 miles and today’s was closer to 3.19 miles. That extra little bit killed me and my total time was 41:12. I’m happy though!

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BTW the distance and time on MapMyRun was inaccurate because I didn’t hit STOP right when I finished. Oops!

We all had a really good time and that’s all you can ask. =)

So no weigh in today but I feel good. Really good! I even got 10 Fitness Points in today due to the race. Woohoo!

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I’ll go next Saturday. It’s the next morning class. Then I’ll get back to my normal meeting time the very next day. =)

Last week I was down a total of 28 lbs. Surely in 2 weeks time…err, 1 week 6 days…I can lose 2 lbs and get past that 30 lb mark. Fingers crossed!

30 by the 30th: Eight

Yes, it’s past the 30th. A few of these actually took place before though but I have been slacking on my posting. I clearly did not not get all 30 done. In fact, I kept making changes to my list and realized I don’t even have 30 items listed. So…I wouldn’t have gotten them all 30 finished anyway.

That’s ok though!

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My 100th Post!

Wow! I can’t believe I have published 100 posts on 3 Pink Chairs.

I thought that it might be a good time to do a “Getting To Know Me” Q&A. Today is the 24th so I picked out 24 questions to answer about myself. Some are rather basic. Some are fun. Some may even get a little deep. Hope you all enjoy!

What would you do if you won the lottery?   This one is easy. I would travel! There are so many places I want to go but either don’t have the money, can’t find anyone to go with =( or don’t want to take the time off work. The first place I think I would go is Australia. Back in high school I even wanted to be a foreign exchange student and go there.

What’s the best single day on the calendar? Uh…my birthday of course!

What is your favorite holiday?   Hmm…this is a hard one for me. Years ago it would have been hands down Halloween. I used to say that when I was older and had my own house I would have a Halloween party every year and that it would be the best party ever! Nowadays it’s a toss up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love how simple Thanksgiving is. Food, family and good times. You really can’t beat that. But I also love Christmas decorations and can’t wait to put mine up each year. If I absolutely must choose, I’d say Christmas but Thanksgiving is right behind it.

What is the last book you read?   I’m currently in the middle of reading 2 books actually. This is a first for me too. Typically I’m a one book at a time kind of girl. But I hadn’t finished my other when I joined the book club so I have set it aside and will pick it back up after the book club meets. This book is “Sweet Salt Air” by Babara Delinksy. The book for the book club is “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple.

What is something that a lot of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?   Snapchat! I really don’t get it. If you want to take silly pictures and share it with friends, why can’t you do it with text of messenger??

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?   Emojis and emoticons. I use some every once in awhile; the basic smiley face and winky face. But when people have entire conversations with them I do not know what they are talking about. I just want to say “Use Your Words!”. lol

What do you value in a friendship?   Having someone that you can always rely on no matter what. Good times and bad. Someone you can always turn to. And vice versa. Friendship is a two way road!

What would you tell your teenage self if you could go back in time?  Don’t lose your confidence. It’s not the easiest getting it back.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time? I feel this is a trick question. lol How many people say if only they had the time? But honestly I would probably do more of what I do in my spare time already – watch TV, search Pinterest and blog. Oh I would read more! Yeah, I think I would do that. =)

Do you want to retire to live or live to retire?   Good question. I can’t imagine ever being retired. I honestly can’t. I don’t necessarily want to work for the rest of my life but I also think it would be boring having nothing to do. I’d most likely have to stay busy doing something. A club, volunteering, something. But I’d also want to travel as much as I could. And spend time with family, hopefully grandchildren. =)

If a crystal ball could tell you the future, what would you want to know?   If I will ever find love, get married and have children.

What hobby would you get into if time and money were not an issue? Hmm…I’ve always thought photography is really neat. I think I would give that a try.

Have you ever had a nickname?   Yes, when I was in elementary school people called me Tator or Tator Tot. Now I have 2 different nicknames – B and Tina.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?  Hands down this would be my Grandma. She died last Christmas and I miss her every single day. There wasn’t a single thing in my life that she didn’t know about. She was my best friend and my sounding board. She was there for me anytime I needed her. She listened to me, cried with me, laughed with me and advised me when I needed it the most. Even when I didn’t want to hear what she was saying. If everyone could be as lucky as me to have had her as a Grandma they would feel the same. She was the best!

How often do you play sports? Ha! I don’t!

What’s the best book or series you have ever read? There are 2 books and 1 series that come to mind. The two books are “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” by Betty Smith and “The Good Dream” by Donna VanLiere. I highly recommend both books. The series is The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts which consists of, you guessed it, 4 books: Vision in White, Bed of Roses, Savor the Moment and Happy Ever After. So good!

If you could live anywhere where would it be?   If I could truly live anywhere, I would live everywhere! I mean it. I would have the type of job that allowed me to work from anywhere and I would have several houses. That way if I felt like being on the beach I could. If I wanted to be in the mountains I could. If I wanted to be in the city I could. You get the picture. I could go anywhere and be anywhere I wanted.

What motivates you to work hard?   I like to please people and I feel terrible when I have let people down. Working hard and doing my best and having my boss like my work and know that they can trust me to do a good job is my motivation.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? The absolute best adventure would be to travel around the world. Wow! That would be amazing!

What did you want to be when you were small?   When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be an author. I loved reading books but never wrote a thing. I didn’t even like writing papers in school. I always got good grades but never thought that I did a good job. Writing this blog now is probably the closest I’ll get to being an author. But I’m ok with it. =)

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished? My answer for this is not really a single person but a group of people – single mothers. Many of my friends have been or are single moms and they amaze me all of the time. Several of them own their own homes, have gone to school and have college degrees and are strong women. Not to say that being a single mom means that you can’t have your own house or a college degree but both are huge accomplishments for anyone and both take a lot of courage and dedication. To do that and raise one or more children is something I admire.

What pets did you have growing up? We had both dogs and cats though I can’t recall if we ever had them at the same time. After my cat midnight died we were pretty much a dog only family until Mr. Trixie came in to my life a little over 2 years ago. Now all of my siblings have dogs and I have a cat.

If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?   Talkative. Energetic. Emotional. Low Self-Esteem. Work-In-Progress.

What are you afraid of?   2 things – failure and being alone. Failure because I don’t like messing up. I realize that you don’t always get things right the first time but still failure doesn’t sit well with me. Being alone because I want to share my life with a companion. There are a lot of things that I have done solo and I am ok, far more than some, with being alone. But I don’t want to be alone for the rest of my life. That scares me!

Well, that’s it! I hope you have enjoyed this getting to know you session. I tried to pick some that were fun and easy and others that really gave you a feel for who I am. Feel free to answer some of the questions yourself in the comments section. How fun would that be?!

30 by the 30th: Seven

I will be 35 at the end of the month. No escaping the fact that I’m in my mid-30’s. Technically I think I was there when I turned 34 maybe even 33. But to some those years could be border line early 30’s. 35, though, that is most definitely your mid-30’s.

Why is this important? Because I am in my mid-30’s and I have never bought myself jewelry. This doesn’t mean that I’ve had other people buying me jewelry either. If only that were the case. lol But sadly it’s not.

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