House to myself. 

Good morning!!

Craig and Henry just left to go to my in law’s house and I have the house to myself. This is something I value. It reenergizes me. Usually I clean like mad when they are gone but last night Henry went to my parents to play for a few hours and I cleaned like crazy! I scrubbed our downstairs bathroom on my hands and knees and it looks so much better. I did the same in the kitchen. I also dusted and Craig swept. It feels so much better in here. 

However, we still have so much crap!!! This week my goal is going to be getting rid of a garbage bag of crap each day whether it’s donate or garbage. I am going to get a head start today by doing some shredding I’ve been putting off and going through a few things. I also have a few things I want to sell so I need to get them ready to sell. And I have some stuff of Henry’s to give to my friend who has a baby boy exactly two years younger than him. 

I’m disappointed in myself because we used our credit cards this weekend. But I am moving on from that. It’s done. And now I just have to keep moving on. It’s been tough because our budget is so tight right now. But we aren’t giving up!! We’ve gotten some good headway already.  And we’ve paid cash for so many things the last few months that we would’ve had to charge in the days before the budget. 

Also, Thursday and Friday night I went off the rails with my diet and the scale is showing that I am up two pounds. Also, I think the not working out for a week and a half really caught up with my. But it is what it is and I did great yesterday and plan on it today, too. 

The other thing I am going to do today is food prep. I am going to make a batch of barbecued pulled pork in the crockpot and salsa shredded chicken in the other. I went grocery shopping without a list or a plan and that was kind of a mess and very expensive. But next time I’ll do better.  I need to do better at reading the ads and buying meat on sale. 

Today I am going to try to do a workout video at home. I have so many. I’ve been wanting to do that on Tuesdays and Thursdays (the days I don’t go to the gym). Maybe this will be the week. I really want to get to -50 by the end of the year and I need to eat and exercise according to that goal. 

I have to say this is what I wore to work out this weekend. 

I would never ever have worn pants like that even 3 months ago. The squats and lunges are changing my legs. (Ignore my messy room!)
Well, I am off to enjoy my Sunday, you do the same! 


Beth WA

PS how cute is my bug???

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Finally feeling better. 

I am finally on the back end of my sickness and I can’t wait to get to the gym tomorrow. I am going to take my two classes back to back. First is Body Pump at 10, followed by my favorite, low impact aerobics class called Dancing to the Oldies. 

I’ve had a good streak with my new diet until yesterday and today. Both days I ate meals that were unplanned and so it kind of threw off my day. But, that’s life and I am back at it tomorrow. I am drinking lots of water tonight. I feel very thirsty. 

I don’t have much else to report and I haven’t been good about taking pictures lately, so I have to get back on that! Looking forward to a new menu for next week as I’ve been eating the same thing for the last few weeks. Truthfully I am still not tired of it, but I am going to change it up any way. 

I hope y’all are having a good Friday night! 


Beth WA

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-2.4 this week, -33.8 total

I did it, you guys!!! I lost all the weight I gained this summer plus .4 more!!! I was majorly doing the happy dance when I realized this. This is the lowest weight I’ve been in years. I have a long way to go but I feel that I am on the right track. My diet is manageable and satisfying. I love my exercise classes and can’t wait to go back on Wednesday after a week off. (I’ve been trying to lose this cold but it just ain’t leaving!)

Anyway. I am super tired. I had that surprise day off school because they were paving the road by our school entrance so Henry, my dad and I went to the zoo! We had a great time but it was warm and it wore me out! We also stopped to see Craig at work on the way. 

6.2 more lbs and I will be at 40!! Hopefully I can do that by the first week of November. Then I can post my first progress photos in a long time!!! 

Honestly, I am super proud of myself. I have never persevered through weight loss like this. I can’t believe I didn’t give up when I gained the weight this summer. Now I just need to get through the holidays!! 


Beth WA

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All of the Halo Top. 

Just popping in to say our local Kroger had these:

I did my best to remain calm at the grocery store and look low key excited but I had to take a picture. I was mentally preparing myself for them not to have any of the new flavors. So, imagine my surprise!!! 

Woo hoo!!

Ok, that is all!


Beth WA

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I like Sundays normally, but I LOVE Sundays when I don’t have to work on Monday. It’s 8:30 in the morning and Henry is still sleeping. This is a miracle. This has never happened. Craig and I are sitting here drinking coffee watching the Today show, not Dora. It’s so weird but I am not complaining! Ha ha. Yesterday morning was rough. It was an early and emotional wake up for H. 

We all still have our cold. Gr. I am hoping that Henry’s epic sleep is a healing one. The poor guy could use a break from a runny nose and cough. 

This is Henry on Friday. It’s only the second sucker he’s ever had. He looks so cute when he eats them. He gets tired of them quickly but that’s okay with me. I love this boy so much. He is my miracle baby!!! ❤️❤️ And I don’t let one day go by without intense gratitude that he is here with us. 

Well, I am going to start meal planning and making my grocery list. 


Beth WA

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The cold that won’t go away. 

Ugh. My family is plagued with a cold that won’t go away. Craig, Henry and I all have it. It is so annoying. I finally stopped going to the gym on Wednesday to see if rest will help it. And I planned on getting good rest last night but somebody else had a different idea. (Side eye to Henry who got up at 5:50!)

So now I am laying on the couch with toothpicks in my eyes to keep them open and a cup of coffee in my hand. Luckily, my plans for today include Henry and I staying in our pajamas and laying low to try to get rid of this cold. And I plan on us both taking a good nap. Hopefully he cooperates. Craig works 11-8 today. 

Also a side effect of all of us being sick is my house is a wreck and my laundry is out of control! Hopefully I get a handle on that this weekend. 

The best news of the weekend is that I am off on Monday due to construction on the road that is in front of my school entrance. The forecast is 83 and sunny!!! How cool is that?? It was unexpected and we just found out Wednesday. I’ve been pretty happy about it. I love Monday’s off. 

As far as my health and fitness I will say my nutrition has been going great. I’ve been doing flexible dieting (IIFYM) and I’ve been loving it. I can see sometimes not wanting to do it but right now it’s working for me. It really has been eye opening about food and their labels. I mean, I’ve always read labels but never focused on macros. Using this approach it has been manageable for me to stay in my calorie goal by at least 5 calories either way. I can’t wait to be more familiar with it so I don’t have to combine weird things at the end of the day to reach my macros. Now my fitness was going awesome until Wednesday. I am hoping to be back to it next week full force! It was hard for me to allow myself the break without the fear from past failures that I never would go back, but I know that will not be the case. 

Last night Craig, Henry and I went to my high school Homecoming game. I know it doesn’t look like it, but Henry had a blast. 

He loved the old cars driving the girls from the homecoming court and he loved the band at the half time show. 

About 18 seconds in you can see he loves the car that pulls up. And the girl in that car ended  up being the queen! 

I hope you are all having a great Saturday!!



Beth WA

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-0.4 this week, -31.4 total 

Well it wasn’t a big loss but it was a loss. And I’ve changed my food strategy a little bit to be flexible dieting. I am just trying it to see how it works or if it’s a good fit for me. This means I am eating a lot more protein and feeling satisfied all day. However, contrary to my Whole Life Challenge, not all of the food is compliant. I’ve been drinking protein shakes and eating protein bars. This has also lowered my fat intake. It has also allowed me to be right at my calorie intake.  I’ve only been doing this for three days. Thank goodness for my husband. He just supports me no matter what crazy thing I am trying out. He just wants me to be happy. 

Anyway, with this plan I am eating 180 g of protein a day!! That’s a lot. But for once, I am actually not starving all day. I get 172 g of carbs and 91 grams of fat. I also have a fiber goal of 39 grams. I’ll keep you posted. 😁

I did my 6 AM body pump class and my fun low impact aerobics class after school today. I was proud of myself. I am very tired and feeling under the weather. My throat is killing me. And I am super happy that this flexible dieting left me with fat and carbs which equals CHOCOLATE! So I am having a little but tonight and pretty happy about it. 

This week is spirit week at school for Homecoming this weekend and today was sweatpants day and I was pretty happy about it as you can see. (Ignore the messy room.)

I hope you are all having a great Monday night! 


Beth WA

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