-4.6 this week, -19.3 total

As you can see, I did great this week! I’m really happy with that number. I wasn’t perfect but I drank a lot of water, moved a whole bunch more and ate less. Interestingly enough, each time I have rough patches and start again it seems like I learn something new about myself and it helps me make adjustments. 

My cumulative weight loss isn’t as impressive to me, but I am working on it! I am so happy to be back at the gym. It feels so good, but at the same time I am so sore!!! And not the good muscle sore, but aching bones and joints.  But, I know that will get better after a while. 

Gym selfie:

It’s Friday night and I am so excited to relax. Henry didn’t take a nap so he will go to bed at a reasonable time. We had service day at school which means my school from 6th-12th grade all did service of some type either at our school or in the community. Myself and two of my colleagues had a group of 24 kids and we mulched and cleaned up the grounds. It looked so nice when we were done. 

The white tent is up for our school’s annual fundraiser that is an auction with food and drinks. It’s sorta formal, so they have a tent at the entrance. My husband are going. We haven’t been out together- just the two of us- in ages. I’m looking forward to it. 
Okay… I’m off to rest my legs. I had 10,000 steps by 11 am.  That’s a record for me. 

Beth WA

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After a rocky few months in the fitness front for me, I went back to regular workouts this week and it has been super humbling. It also reminds me that I am determined and even though I’ve had setbacks I am not giving up. 

But man, it’s rough starting back from the what feels like the beginning. I mean I know it’s not exactly like the very beginning (last January)- it just feels like that right now. I am excited to continue this journey and feel determined to make this work. 
My workouts have been beginner workouts. And at body pump the weight I could handle was sobering. So much less than before. And I used to be able to walk forever and be fine but now all of my bones and joints hurt because I am carrying too much dead weight. So I tried my Leslie Sansone videos for a while. They are good for people in my condition. 

Please don’t view this as a pity party, I am just venting. I am also documenting this feeling for myself so the next time I am starting to slip up I can remember what it feels like to have to start back up again.  

So, I am optimistic moving forward and I can NOT wait to take off the weight I have gained in the last month or so. 😭

Ok, enough whining. 

Only four more weeks of school. Henry is so fun right now I can’t wait to spend the days with him! I have a lot of fun stuff planned in my mind. I need to write them down. And we definitely want to spend time at my parents’ boat as it is the last year they are going to have it. 

I hope everyone is having a good week. 

We are loving being able to go outside. 

And the other day Craig, Henry and I were sitting on the front porch. Henry was in between us and I caught these candids. I love them. 

I just love him to pieces. 

I hope all is well with all of you!! 


Beth WA

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Saturday Morning

Good morning! I can’t believe it’s the end of my Spring Break and when I go back on Monday I have 4.5 weeks left of school! It’s going to fly by. 

We had a great break going to Houston to visit my brother and his family. Henry loved it so much and it was so nice to hang out with them for a few days in a row. 

I loved spending time with my niece.  She’s grown up to be quite a lovely young lady. I miss her so much. ❤️

We ate really good food while we were there so it was really good to go back to the gym yesterday. I went to my normal Rockin’ to the Oldies class then a bunch of us from that class went to a spinning class. It was my first spinning class ever, and completely out of my comfort zone, and I was scared shitless.  But I did it. I didn’t do all of the things they did, but I did the best I could. I am not convinced I like it, and I don’t quite get the obsession with it, but there’s something for everyone I suppose. Today I go back to body pump. My body desperately needs it. I miss my muscles! I’m feeling really motivated and excited to be on a predictable schedule with Craig working 8-5 every day, and no weekends. I am my best when I am on a predictable schedule. 

Tomorrow I am going to work on our new office/gym set up and I can’t wait. This will help with a lot of storage issues I have. I also have to work on our budget for the next month, and now that we are back from vacation I am excited to buckle down on that. 

Well, I am going to finish my coffee and read some blogs. Have a great Saturday, everybody!


Beth WA

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Saturday Morning

Another Saturday hanging out with my baby boy. 

And my baby girl, Sammy! Actually, we call her our old lady. 

Doing my favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings. 

This week was kind of long. Henry caught my sickness and I ended up staying home with him on Thursday. He was coughing so much. 

I did a ton of housework. I recently signed up for “Fly Lady” app. It’s learning how to have routines to keep your house decluttered and clean without having to clean all of the time. It’s a behavior modification method with lists that you check off. That’s my favorite thing. You learn how to change your routines and develop new ones.  Her first step is to shine your sink. 

Our sink is on its last leg so I was happy with how it turned out. One of her rules is that your sink should be cleaned out like that every night before you go to bed. 

I also cleaned out my microwave. 

That was gratifying because it was nasty. 

I also got rid of two more bags just by cleaning out junk drawers and dresser surfaces and cleaning out my husband’s socks. 

I also bought these three shirts from Walmart. I love this style shirt from there. They are Danskin brand and always have sayings on them that I can relate to. I have one that I love that says, “Give up on giving up.”

As far as my weight I am still stuck within the same 10 lbs that I seem to always get stuck. But I am going to keep trucking along. I saw this the other day and it really summed up how I feel. 

I am trying every day but I am hoping it helps when I am on a regular working out schedule. I plan on going to the gym Tues/Thursday and Saturday once we get back from vacation and Craig is working his new hours. 

Also, I am super excited because I had the brilliant idea to turn our office into a office/home gym. It’s a big room. We have a bed in it now but we are going to move that to Henry’s room. I have all of these great ideas. Currently Craig uses the desk when he works on the weekends which makes it difficult for me to use the desk for bills and other home stuff. But he won’t be doing that any more. So now I am going to transform it into my work space. As of now I have all of my bills and budget planning stuff in two bins that I carry around. Now, I can set it all up in there. I have been pinteresting ideas. 

As for the gym side of things, I have a lot of equipment.  I have a treadmill, step, free weights, barbell, kettle bells, mats, DVDs, bands, and some other stuff. We will eventually need to invest in that puzzle piece flooring and a television. 

Today I am going to my low impact aerobics class at 11:15 and tomorrow I am doing a 5K with my friend Kathy. It’s the same one we did a few weeks ago. It’s supposed to be really nice out. I am looking forward to it even though I have to get up at 5:30 am. 😭😳
Then I have a three day work week and then VACATION!!!!

Have a good weekend, friends and family!! 

Beth WA

I love this picture of my stinkerbutts. 

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Sunday chores

Well, Sunday is here and it’s my last full week before Spring Break! Next week we only work Monday- Wednesday and then we drive to Texas on Thursday and Friday! Woohoo! I am so excited for many reasons.

One.  I get to see those people I miss so much. Especially Ava. 

Two: We never get away on vacation. 

Three: This will be a cash flow trip! 

Four: No work. 

I am feeling better than yesterday but still kinda slow. My stomach just started really bothering me – maybe from the antibiotics? – I just ate a yogurt and am about to take a nap. Everybody is napping at my house right now. Even the dog. 

Have a great Sunday. 


Beth WA

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40 bags slacker 

I’ve been a slacker with the 40 bags but I am not giving up! Here’s my latest update.  

Bags 7-9 were from the other weekend when I sorted through my clothes and Henry’s clothes. 

Bags 10 and 11 are from sorting through paperwork that piled up in our office. 

I did those two today. They were something I could do while convalescing on the couch. 😉

How are all of your Lenten promises going?


Beth WA

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Saturday Morning

Well, it’s Saturday morning and I am sick. 😞 I had a well check appointment with my doctor on Tuesday and I was just starting to feel badly. But she said if it got worse to let her know and she would get me a zpack. Thankfully I started it on Thursday night. I felt really awful all day yesterday and I slept on and off from 6:30 pm to 8 am. I am still feeling crappy and when I cough it feels like razor blades. But, hopefully I will get better by the end of the weekend. The *only* thing good about being sick is I can sit on the couch guilt free. I am currently catching up on about 6 weeks of DVR. 

Well we have good news in our family! Craig got a job in a different department that he has been wanting for a while. Currently he works random shifts, 9-6, 10-7, 11-8, 8-5, or 1-10. And he also has to work 2-3 weekends a month. Now, he is 8-5 Monday through Friday and NO WEEKENDS!  We are both so excited. This is such a game changer. His last weekend will be April 9-10. Then we go on vacation and he comes back and starts in his new department. 


And on a selfish note, this makes me happy because there is a 6:30 pm body pump class on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I can start going to that and then my Saturday morning classes at 10 and 11:15. Yayyyy! 

I’ve been doing well with my food except for one day this week but I recovered. I have wavered from the meal plan a little bit on some days but mostly I stick to it. And my calories have been fine. And I’ve been losing so, that’s good. I’m just taking it one day at a time. Some days it’s the hardest thing I do and some days it’s just second nature. So weird. 

Okay, I am off to watch This is Us. I am 4 weeks behind and just watched one of them and cried.  Like usual. 

Have a great weekend. 


Beth WA

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