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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.

WHAT IF YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF & DISCOVERED SOMETHING SHOCKING?

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.”

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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. 😉

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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!

Wow!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

100 Followers!!!

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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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!