What a week. I normally have very few evening commitments during the week but this week has been chock full of plans and it’s got me exhausted. I could’ve easily gone to bed at 6:30 last night, but I went to my school for an alumni basketball game. The girls basketball team played a bunch of alumni players and it was so fun. I brought Henry and he had a blast.

But, my house is a mess, I didn’t meal plan so we ate out a lot, I have a million hours of grading to do and I only exercised on Monday. I did get almost 10000 steps every day so I was moving a lot. So, for this upcoming week I have a good schedule. Today I am going to a low impact aerobics type class that I go to a lot, Monday morning Body Pump, Wednesday Body Pump, Thursday I am doing a 5K, and Friday I am going to do some sort of work out at home. Saturday I’m going to Body Pump and the aerobics class I’m going to do today. I’m going to make a few things on Sunday to get me through to Thanksgiving break when I have a little more time to cook meals.

On the Monday after Thanksgiving I’m going to start a Whole27 which will get me to the day before Christmas Eve. Then I’m going to start an actual whole 30 on Jan 1st or 2nd. I’m looking forward to it and Craig is supportive of it so that makes it a lot easier. We are also going to get rid of Henry’s high chair and try to have family dinners. We are going to try to get Henry to eat more foods and I know it will be easier if we are all eating together and the same thing. And I feel so much better on whole30 food. And I need to feel better.

Henry got to hang out with his BFF, Wes at the game last night.

We have to work on Henry’s picture posing.

Today is a special day because it is the anniversary of the day I found out I was pregnant. It’s been 4 years and I still remember it like it was yesterday. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

What a blessing Henry is to us. I’m thankful every minute of every day for this gift.

Have a great day, everybody!


Beth WA

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Food Freedom

My husband, Craig took Henry to his mom’s for the day. I’m going to do some housework and grocery shopping and some reading.

The 30 Days I was on Whole30 were tough but at the same time freeing because I could eat without measuring and I felt good all of the time after the initial few weeks. And I really got into finding recipes and different ways to combine food. And then I just stopped. And I feel like crap. And I’ve gained weight.

If I look at this scientifically, the answer is clear. Eating whole30ish/Paleo is a good way for me to eat. Why don’t I do it? Hahahahaha. It’s taken me weeks to evaluate this, and get to the place where I actually am going to put it into action.

I’ve made a meal plan for this week, and it’s simple and healthy. I’m going to stick to it. I know it won’t be easy but by the end of the week I know I’ll feel so much better. #fakeittilyoumakeit

Have a good Sunday everybody!


Beth WA

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Holla at your girl…

Good morning. It’s Saturday, my favorite day. I’m doing my favorite thing, drinking coffee, watching the Today show, sitting in “my spot,” on the couch.

Last night my school had a “Fall Fest,” for the younger kids at our school. It was a bunch of games in our gym and the kids could win prizes at the games. Little kids love it and I was so impressed with my big kids who came to volunteer. It was a fun family night but I am exhausted. I have a cold and I’ve been so tired all week. I’ve also been eating like crap. But I am stopping that this weekend. I’ve been wavering on where to go from here. I did well on Whole 30, and I didn’t track. But once I started eating other food as well, I lose the ability to eat in moderation. So, I either eat all the foods and track or I eat Whole30 and don’t track. For me right now that’s the reality. I am just starting the book Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig, creator of the Whole30, and I’m going to see how that helps. I plan on doing a Whole30 in January but I need a plan over the holidays. One thing I am spottily doing is working out in the morning. I’m going to keep trying to do that and see how it goes. I love the feeling all day when I do it, and I hate the feeling all day when I don’t. So, it’s a work in progress. In other news, we had a really fun Halloween. Henry was a zombie like he wanted to be for months. I’ll admit I was not excited about this. I wanted my cute little boy to have a cute little costume. But, it turned out he was cute enough to make even a zombie costume cute.

Today I am resting and not going to the gym. I need rest. My body and mind have been so tired all week. And today Henry woke me up at 5:45. 😣

I’m going to grocery shop, meal plan and prep, read, and relax this weekend. I also have some grading to do this weekend and laundry of course. 😬

Have a great weekend!!


Beth WA

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Well it is time to get off my butt and set some goals.

As I mentioned the other day, I was particularly inspired by the retreat I went to on Friday. I think I was ready to hear what the leader had to say to us. The part in particular, which I also already mentioned, was the part where he said that if you want to be a certain type of person then start doing it! Don’t wait for a particular feeling or motivation.

A couple of months ago I made a list of things in my life I wanted to be versus what I was currently doing. And let me just say they didn’t match up at all. As somebody who does most things out of the feeling part of myself, I realized I needed to be more practical about my life to meet the goals that would make me proud of myself. I am not sure if this makes sense so I’ll try to be more clear.

I want to be a healthy person meaning I exercise regularly, and eat healthily. I want to be a church goer. I want to read more and spend a lot less time on my phone and social media. I want my house to be clean and less cluttered. I want to have better lesson plans and spend more time and effort on my job. There were a few other things but these were the main things. Now I don’t want to be perfect at everything but these were things I wanted to work on.

So I hatched a plan to meet these goals, and before I word vomit them all over this blog what I am planning I’m gonna try it out this week and I’ll let you know how it goes!

I hope you all have a great week! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Well, I’ve been very sad lately. The loss of my former student, Carly has been really difficult for me. Grieving is different than depression for me because I am not beating myself up mentally about it but rather beating myself up by stuffing my face with unhealthy shitty food that makes me feel even more shitty. I decided yesterday after a particularly effective staff retreat that I could be sad and grieve and still take care of myself and my body. In fact, I owe it to Carly to honor my body. So today, I went to my classes I love at the gym. And I felt like I was going to puke the whole time due to the crap I’ve been eating, but I trudged on. I remembered the words our retreat leader said yesterday – if you want to be a certain type of person, you need to act like that type of person until it becomes who you are on the inside. You should not wait for the feeling to come to you. I want to be a healthy person so I’m gonna take it til I make it!

Craig, henry and I are heading to the Columbus Zoo for their Boo at the Zoo. I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend everybody.


Beth WA

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Life After Whole30

Basically, in a few words, I miss the Whole30.

I didn’t follow their reintroduction schedule, and I ate about 65% compliant, but a bunch of symptoms returned right away. Night sweats, stomach aches, bloating, gas, fatigue, lethargy, skin issues, my face gets red spots and puffy and that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head.

So, I’ve decided to try to maintain a W30 type lifestyle. All of the food I have planned for next week is compliant, and I hope to be feeling better in a few days. Non compliant foods are a slippery slope for me. I am not somebody who can eat in moderation, at least at this point in my journey. I feel like I have an illness – and Whole30 is a treatment for that illness.

I’m getting back into the groove at the gym, going to Body Pump classes and I am glad to be back. I like the way that class makes me feel. And I’ve been working on getting my 10000 steps and have done better in a while for the last three or so weeks. Normally, walking hurts my bones and joints but on Whole30 that wasn’t the case.

The only exception is going to be my morning coffee. I am going to have 2 tbsp of my cream. I tried substitutes but I just don’t enjoy them. And when I have iced coffee I’m just going to use almond milk. That works fine for me.

Anyway, onto other topics. Our school community is still grieving the loss of Carly, obviously. My heart is constantly heavy, but I’m trying to keep going and just honor Carly with the way I live my life.

In other news, I love weekends. I especially love three day weekends. I had to take Monday off to be with Henry because my mom is in Texas. I kinda needed it. It’s been hard to be “on” at school when you have lots of things on your mind. Also, it will give me extra time to meal prep, and take care of some things around the house.

We are having really warm weather lately so Craig and I took Henry to our local reservoir to do his favorite things which include throwing rocks in the water and driving his monster trucks in the sand.

Also, Henry found some tiger bones…


He said the big one is the head.

I hope everybody is having a good weekend.


Beth WA

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Whole30 Day 30

Well, I did it! I made it to day 30.

I am very proud of myself.

This past week was rough. Really rough. But I just followed the rules and did the best I could and made it through about 95% compliant. This included eating out twice, and the luncheon after the funeral yesterday. And 0 meal prep.

It’s funny, that once I get past the initial reaction of wanting to eat all of the comfort foods and desserts and just eat what is nutritious, I feel so much better after I eat the meal.

I had so many non scale victories on the Whole30.

AND I had some major scale victories.

I lost 16.2 lbs, and my measurements all went down, some dramatically.

Upper Arm. -0.25 inches

Right Thigh. -2.0 inches

Right Calf. -0.25 inches

Waist. -3.0 inches

Hips. -3.0 inches

Neck. -0.25 inches

Bust. -4 inches

I was really shocked by my measurements. I kinda knew about my weight because I had cheated and weighed myself. Oops.

In other news, yesterday was Carly’s funeral. I was one of the people who delivered a talk/eulogy and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I loved Carly so much, and I love her mom so much I knew I had to be strong for them. And last night we went to the football game as we were honoring Carly there.

I woke up this morning with an emotional hangover. I was supposed to go to my classes at the gym but I didn’t really feel like being around people. I have a headache and I just needed to chill. It’s a beautiful day so hopefully I can get a walk in later today.

I know Carly is in a better place and not suffering but it is still really hard. And I can’t get her mom out of my mind. My head actually winces with pain when I think about her mom. What can I do for her? Any suggestions?

Love you all.


Beth WA

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