The struggle is real

I know this is a totally cliche saying right now, but in this situation, it couldn’t be more true.  I was all geared up to get up early this morning and exercise, and I didn’t do it.  I just didn’t get up.  I had no excuses.  And then I proceeded to mentally beat myself up for the next hour and a half.  And then make a plan for exercising tonight at home, but kinda knowing I probably wouldn’t follow through.  And I was not in that great of a place mentally.

Then my mom texted that my dad could watch Henry while I went to the gym this afternoon.  I am so happy about this.  I can go to both my aerobics and weight lifting class.  I went from underperforming to overperforming, and I am so happy about that.  I hope it is the initiative I need to start feeling less sluggish.  Seriously, this time change combined with the new medication I am taking combined with my overeating and undersleeping this weekend was the recipe for disaster.

Hopefully this week gets better by the day.   So far, it’s gotten better by the hour.



Beth WA

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chillin’ on Sunday

Well I have to say that Friday evening and Saturday evening were not good nutrition wise for me at all. I don’t know what happened but both nights I ate all evening long until I went to bed both nights. So, I am acknowledging it, I tracked it and now I am going to try to remember my goals for the week and follow those. One of those includes not eating after 7 pm. That will help a lot. 

I did go work out and the gym and that felt good. And we were talking in our class about January joiners. And I realized this will be the first time in my life that I am not included in those January joiners. I actually worked out for an entire year, mostly regularly, except for a few weeks here and there! That’s a Christmas miracle. 

This morning I went grocery shopping with my meal plan. I do this every week and every week I bust my budget.  This got me to thinking.  I need to change my budget. Ha ha. But, seriously. I am going to change it to be more realistic for us. We’ll have to cut back on something else. I can’t wait to be done paying our debt! It’s exhausting. 😏

Today I made my chili for lunch this week and some shredded chicken for some recipes these week. I am making some of these casseroles from an app I have called Drizzle Me Skinny.  I am making one of her pies for dessert. It’s a light peanut butter pie. Looks yummy. I like to have a treat after dinner every night. And this week it will be before 7 pm!! 

Well I’m off to visit with my inlaws! 


Beth WA

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Saturday Morning

Henry and I are just sitting here chilling with our morning hair and our technology. ❤️

I’m coming off of a week where my only exercise was a 25 minute walk. So, I’m starting to feel the effects of no exercising. The lethargy, and the lack of motivation. Today I am going to the gym for either two classes or one. I haven’t decided yet. It’s still early. But I am going to fit more exercise time in this week for sure. And I’m going to continue with my eating plan. Last night I went off the rails but it was Friday night and that happens some times. The next time I weigh myself is going to be next Saturday morning. I am going to work towards a significant loss, meaning at least 3 lbs. 

These are going to be my goals for this week to achieve this:

No food after 7 pm. This helps me reign it in. 

Do 4 cardio workouts and 4 strength training workouts beteeen today and next Saturday. 

Plan my meals this weekend and food prep on Sunday. 

Eat at least 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. 🍎🍉🍇🍓

Get my 10,000 steps each day. I find my average without effort to be about 7,000 steps so that should be doable. 

I hope you all have a good weekend! 


Beth WA ❤️

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+1.5 this month, total -29.2

Well, gheesh. That weigh in was disappointing. I tried to not let it get me down, and not get off course because of it. But it got me thinking. I have basically been the same gosh darn weight since April. I keep gaining and losing the same weight. And quite frankly, I am ready to go down the next ten pounds to be at -40. So, I am going to keep that goal in my mind and keep doing what I am doing. I haven’t worked out much this week but I know I will get back to that this weekend. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out for me and I have to be okay with that. I am not a person who is going to be perfect  with her workouts every week and I just have to do the best I can and not beat myself up about it. 

I did decide to do weekly weigh ins for December just because I don’t want to go crazy over the holidays. But then January is going to be back to monthly unless the weekly doesn’t wreak havoc on me. 

I hope that next year I can do 5-10 lbs a month. But, I can only do my best. And sometimes that is better than others. I am resolving to do morning workouts in the new year. My friend Beth FS gave me some good strategies as far as getting ready faster. And it’s going to require me to be more organized in the evenings. And as the weather gets crappy I can always do at home workouts because I have tons and I have most of the equipment. I really want to get that all organized over break so it’s easy to access. 

Anyway, I am completely rambling. So I will stop. Love you guys! 


Beth WA

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Getting back into the swing

I am slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things. My eating has been good. I’ve been moving but I haven’t worked out since the 5K on Thursday. I was going to go to body pump tonight at 6:30 but I decided to go back to my morning workouts. It’s time. 

Well, I wrote that first paragraph last night and I did not get up. Boo! It’s not even the exercise that deters me, it’s the rushing around afterward to get ready for work. My friend Beth said to shower before I go and use shower wipes after.  I am going to try that. But, honestly, I probably won’t do that until after Christmas break. 

I weigh in tomorrow for the first time since November 1st and I am anxious to see the outcome. I know I’ve been up and down but my guess is 1-2 lbs down. I don’t feel like I’ve made a great pound loss, but I do feel my body changing shape and getting smaller. My mom posted a picture of my brother and me for his birthday yesterday and I was taken aback at how big I was.  Check it out:

The pic on the left is the one my mom posted and the one on the right is from this past Saturday. 

These are nice reminders that I’m on the right track. And that my hair is way better now. 😂

Hope everybody had a good hump day!! 


Beth WA

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Day after Thanksgiving

I successfully hopped back on the wagon today. I ate my sweet potato breakfast and had a protein shake. That helped me resist all the sweet breads and pies and desserts at my mom’s house this morning. It wasn’t easy but I did it. 

I had a normal sized lunch and leftovers for dinner. I had an Oreo cake ball truffle thing for dessert. And then I was done. I drank tons of water because I was feeling crappy still. I had plans to work out today but ended up napping for two hours and the time go away from me. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I get a good workout session in. Yesterday I had 15K steps and today I didn’t even get 7K. But my hips are killing me from yesterday so it’s probably best. 

Tomorrow morning we are going to Henry’s godmother’s to make gingerbread houses and then I am going to hang out at my mom’s and watch the OSU bs Michigan game until Henry’s nap, then I need to be home. I have schtuff to do around the house and I have to get my meal plan together and go grocery shopping when Craig gets off work at 6. I am a person who needs time at home to refuel. 

We are going to Craig’s mom’s all day Sunday so I need to get my week in order tomorrow. 

Anyway. I’ve babbled enough. I am considering today a nonscale victory. I didn’t let yesterday turn into a bender. 

Henry had so much fun with my cousin’s son, Miles tonight. 


Beth WA

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I know I am going to sound like a cliche but I am so thankful right now. Hashtag blessed is an understatement. 

Wednesday night I went out with my girlfriends for our annual Friendsgiving.  We go to a restaurant and have drinks, food, and lots of laughs. 

These are some of my favorite people on planet. They are generous, thoughtful, loving, and freaking hilarious. 

Thursday morning I got up early to walk the local Thanksgiving 5K.  It goes right by my house. I haven’t been in it the last two years since I had Henry, and I was glad to get back to it. My bff’s are runners and always run with other people so I was going to walk it alone. But then I stepped out of my comfort zone and invited myself to walk with some acquaintances from my gym, who I can now call friends. I had a great time with these ladies!!

I also saw my BFF’s and took a pic with them. 

I love this picture because it was the first picture I took with them where I didn’t feel like Jabba the Hut. I actually don’t look way huger than them, which is how I usually feel when I see pics of us. 

The I came home and made a pie and a sweet potato casserole. My pie looked good, but I think I would’ve like it more with less chocolate. I know, I can’t believe I just uttered those words. 

Then I went to my mom’s for a delicious feast. I was so tired, but had great fun. (Next year I need to take a nap before I go over.)

And now, Henry and I are having a lazy morning.  Craig is working. Henry and I love lazy mornings, as you probably know. 

He loves wearing my medal from the 5K!

Yesterday I didn’t plan on tracking but just for kicks I entered in my food before I went to bed. I had 15K steps on my FitBit so it added a lot of calories. I ended up under by 60 calories until I remembered my glass of wine, so I was over by 60. 

Today I am back to tracking and I am okay with that. I felt crappy going to bed last night because I had a piece of cake and pie. 😳 Not crappy like guilty but physically crappy. 

Anyway, I hope you all had a fabulous day yesterday. I am thankful for you guys! ❤️❤️


Beth WA

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