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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.

 

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WW Week 21 Recap

This week has been a great week! Yes it has! Last week I set myself up with 3 mini goals working toward the main goal of reaching Lifetime by the end of November. I am well on my way. I weighed in today with a weight loss of 3.8 lbs. Woohoo! I think that is the largest weight loss I have had in a week’s time. It far makes up for the last few weeks which have all been on the lower end. I was ecstatic when I saw the print out. =)

Part 1 of Goal #1 was to lose 4.6 lbs by the end of September, Sept 30th to be exact. As of today I am .8 lbs from reaching that goal. It is very much doable and I am going to do whatever I can to pass this amount by as much as I can.

One of the things I was concerned about with Fall was attending Fall festivals and events. Often at these social gatherings there is food. I love food. Many of us do. Hence why we may get in to the situation where we need to lose weight to begin with. But we can’t just avoid going to events because of the food. Life would be so depressing if we did that. We need to learn how to manage our food intake so that we don’t feel deprived and are still able to be satisfied.

The particular event I am discussing wasn’t one where I actually think of food as the main part of the day though many events are surrounded around a food or the intent of eating. Yesterday’s even was a Chick Event for shopping. But there were food trucks and these pumpkin donuts that my sister and I both found to be quite tempting. Our solution was to share. We each got a pumpkin donut, we shared a chicken gyro and shared an apple cider slushy. I think her favorite was the gyro whereas mine was the donut and the slushy. I love apple cider!

I tracked all of it. Of course, I had to make a best guess since I was not cooking the food myself. But I still tracked it. I ate 3 eggs at breakfast knowing that I would want to eat a higher point lunch and had a salad for dinner. I only went over my daily by 3 points, 3 points! Not bad if I say so myself. I was able to indulge but not go crazy. I enjoyed being with family and didn’t feel left out of anything. And I still lost 3.8 lbs this week!

I really do believe that tracking is one of the most important features to losing weight with Weight Watchers. But it doesn’t have to be just with Weight Watchers. Yes, with WW we track points. But the same is true if you are counting calories or even keeping a food journal. Tracking helps! It helps to keep you accountable. It helps you make smarter, more informed decisions. It helps!

This week’s focal point at our meetings was “Make Your Meetings Matter”. I go to every week’s meeting and haven’t missed a single one since starting the WW program. I do think that they are very important. In fact, one of the main reasons I decided to join WW’s was because of their meetings. As I have said several times before, I have lost weight multiple times throughout my adult life. Large amounts, 30-40 lbs, each time. However, I am unable to keep the weight off. This is where I am hoping that WW will help me the most. I think the meetings will prove to be their most useful when you think you can handle it all on your own. That is the hard part. And when you find that you can’t, should you find that you can’t, the meetings are there to help you get back on track.

One of the ladies in today’s meeting said that “as long as you’re going to the meetings you aren’t failing”. I disagree with this statement. You can attend a meeting every single week and still gain weight. As helpful as the meetings are, it’s tracking your food, making smart decisions and putting in the effort that keeps you from failing. Going to a meeting doesn’t do that. It’s like saying as long as you go to class every day, you will pass the class. We all know that is not true. Studying and practice is what helps you pass the class. Simply showing up does not do the trick.

I will continue doing both, going to meetings and tracking everything I eat. Each person has their own way of reaching their end goal. For me, both attending the meetings and tracking what I eat works. I am 13 lbs away from goal. 13 lbs! Yay!

I bought a house!!!

I have great news! Great Great News!! I bought a house!!!!

Well I’m in the process of buying a house. My first one. It’s been a very long process. I started saving over 2 years ago, I started looking, casually, about a year ago and more seriously the beginning of the year.

There were so many houses. Some that were obvious no go’s. Some that were real contenders but someone got to them first. Oh this happened a lot. For those of you who might not know there were a few months over the winter and spring where people were going over the asking price (by a lot!), paying their own closing costs and some even took the house AS IS just to win the bid. I did not want to do this. Although I’m not going to lie, I did put an offer on a house where there were at least 2 other bids. I went over asking and only asked for partial closing.

I didn’t get the house. I was hoping my going over as much as I did would offset me asking for the partial closing costs. I guess I’ll never know. It doesn’t really matter now anyway. It was in the perfect location though. However, there is no comparison between that house and my house. I love saying that…my house. =)

Part of what took so long for me to find the right one was because of the housing market. Houses were going so fast. Some were selling in hours. Hours! But part was due to my budget. I’m not going to list my budget on here, understandably so, let’s just say it’s not in the millions. Not even close. Trying to get everything you want in a house on a non-million dollar budget isn’t easy.

I also couldn’t decide, not fully at least, on a location. I would focus in one area then switch to another. At one point I could see myself living in 3 completely different areas of town. People told me not to focus on the location. Yes, location is important. But when I find the right house, the location will be right for me too. I’m not sure I agree with this 100%. There were a few houses that I liked quite a bit but the location just didn’t work for me.

Busy streets. I had a thing about busy streets. I just didn’t want to be on or even near one. I worried that my cat would get out of the house and run in to the street. I feared that my nephew would chase after a ball and a car would be coming by. I’m not normally a worrier but man do I around busy streets.

This house, my house, isn’t exactly where I wanted to be but I do like the neighborhood. It’s close to both my Mom and one of my brother’s. My stepdad’s cousin even lives a few streets away. It’s not as far south as I had hoped to be but it’s not too far north either. The house itself makes up for the location. It has just about everything I was looking for. I can move in and not have to worry about fixing anything. Sure there are a few projects I already want to do but they are wants, not needs, and they don’t have to be done right away. Yay!

I looked at the house twice. Once with my agent, who is also my sister. And again the next day with my Mom and stepdad. Everyone liked it. My sister even said, “You’re going to leave me aren’t you?”. Currently we live less than a mile from each other. The new house is also about 25-ish minutes away from where I am now. It took me a little while to get the nerve to say yes to the house. Get it? Say yes to the dress. Say yes to the house. No? Ok, well I’m sure some of you will. hehe It’s a big step. Did I mention this is my first house??

I’m so afraid of making mistakes and this would be a huge one. I had to think about it. Could I really see myself living in this house? Does it have what I’m looking for? Am I ok with the location? Is it too big? And the big one, can I afford it? I’m also one to reach out to friends and family for advice. I do it all the time. This was no exception. I must have reached out to 10-15 people. Everyone liked it, even loved it!

There was one thing that I kept thinking of. This might seem silly and no, it’s not the reason why I chose to put an offer on this house. But it was on mind as I was making my decision. At the base of one of the deck posts was a rose bush. On this rose bush there was a single rose growing. My Grandma loved roses and had rose bushes of her own. Seeing this rose made me think of her. I feel as if she was trying to tell me that this was the one. My search was over. I had finally found the house I was going to buy.

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Man, I’m getting teary eyed writing this. I wish that she was able to see the house that I have chose. To help me decorate, watch TV together, make apple butter together, play rummy on the deck, etc… I could go on and on. I miss her so much and wish that she was enjoying this with me. I know that she would be so happy. She is with me though in my memories and so many other things. I have a few pieces of furniture from her house that will now go in my house. Her pictures will be spread throughout. I will make apple butter, banana nut bread and even pecan tassies (my favorite of hers!) in her memory. Sitting on the back deck, more so on the lower deck area, will bring back memories of my Grandpa. So much of this house, mainly the back yard, made me think of their house. They were both on my mind so much this last weekend.

I feel I have somewhat gotten off topic. Sorry!

Bring it back Bettina…so I put an offer on the house and it was accepted! Yay! Technically the seller countered and I accepted their offer. But still yay!

That’s where I am at the moment. It’s still very early in the process. My inspection is in a couple days. Fingers crossed everything goes well. Nothing to do but wait until then. Stay tuned. I’ll try to post throughout the process and of course through the first few months of being a new homeowner. =)

NSV NSV

So in Weight Watchers they use the acronym NSV a lot. I’ll be honest, it took me quite a while before I finally figured out what it meant. NSV is short for Non-Scale Victory. Duh!

I don’t often think about them. At least not as much as I probably should. I focus on the number a little too much if you know what I mean. But when you lose weight there are a lot of non-scale victories that go along with it. I have so much more energy. I feel better both because of my health and because I’m not depressed when I look in the mirror. I’m able to fit in to smaller clothes!

That is what today’s NSV is all about. My closet ranges from a size 3-4 to size 12. Well the size 3-4 might not be in there anymore. A little over a year ago I cleaned some of my clothes out and thinking I would never be that small again I think I threw those out…umm…I mean donated. No really. I do think that I donated them. Anywho, I still have all of the other sizes. Except for 10’s. Apparently when I gained weight I totally skipped the 10’s. So now that I’ve been losing weight my size 12’s are super baggy and I refuse to buy 10’s because I am so close to being able to wear a size 8.

Guess what?

I don’t have to wait anymore. I fit in to a size 8 this morning! Woohoo!

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You don’t even know how good this has felt. A size 8!

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I was all smiles. Yes I was! =)

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Who is that skinny girl??

ME!!!!

I had been trying them on every once in a while for a little over a month now. But they just weren’t fitting right. Then yesterday I was talking to a co-worker about how I’m surprised that I can’t fit in to them since I have lost so much weight. I feel that the last time I was the same weight I was able to wear them. We were trying to think of the various reasons why maybe I couldn’t. Later that night I got to thinking and I realized that it has been a couple weeks since I had tried a pair on. So this morning I thought I would give it a go. They zipped up, my fat wasn’t flowing over the sides and I felt comfortable.

Such a great moment!

The best NSV so far!!

Now I will wear these 8’s until I get to my final goal. I can not wait to see my 8’s get baggy!

30 by the 30th: One

My birthday is coming up. Yay!

Not my 30th birthday. My 35th actually. But still yay!

I’ve been trying to think of what to do to celebrate. I make a big deal of my birthday every year. Though I am finding as I get older that it seems more difficult to plan. =(

I’m still not sure what I want to do the weekend of but I have come up with an idea that will help ME celebrate myself as the month progresses.

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