One more day. 

I have one more day of work and then I’m finished for the summer. Woo hoo! 

I have to finish closing up my classroom, doing permanent records, a meeting at 10:30, luncheon, and 8th grade graduation and dance. It’s a long day but only one day! Hahaha. 

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Prior to my Lexapro days I would have never gone out of town this weekend. It is hard to explain, but I just wouldn’t have.  But I am so glad I did. Henry and I went to my dad’s boat on Lake Erie and he had a blast. The place they dock their boat has a pool, restaurant, park, walking path, a beach, and an ice cream parlor. 

As you can see, we both had a blast. Henry and I plan on going up there a lot this summer. 

Here’s to summer vacation!! Woohoo!!

Beth WA

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Repairing my Relationship

This is the kind of title I would read and want juicy gossip. But you should know me better and know that my life is pretty boring and drama free. Just the way I like it. 

The relationship I am speaking about is my relationship with food and my body. It’s the most unhealthy relationship I have. I have been counting and classifying food since I was 12 years old. I’ve done ever single diet and workout plan known to man. And none of that had been sustainable for me, obviously. 

So, I am working on something new. I’m working on my relationship with food- as far as restricting or classifying it as good and bad. I am working on not overeating at meals, and not eating after dinner. I am not counting my calories. I am trying to focus on protein and vegetables and fruit. But no food is off limits.  I’m trying to listen to my body’s hunger signals and act accordingly. 

These thoughts have always been in the back of my mind.  Recently, a nutritionist spoke at my gym and she said these same things and that really resonated with me. And the thing that finally got me to trust my gut was my friend Stacy – she is a proponent of this way of thinking and offers support by way of a blog, a newsletter, and support group that are uber helpful in my journey. She is a trainer and body pump instructor at my gym.  She offers so many 20 minute at home workouts that are so helpful at this juncture in my life. I love my gym so much it’s just not usually practical for me to go as I’d have to hire a sitter most times. 

So, that’s where I am now. Hopefully this will eventually lead to weight loss. 

Anyway, onto other topics. Tomorrow is my last day of school with the kids. I have to go back Tuesday for a meeting and for 8th grade graduation then I’m completely finished!. I am so excited, I can’t stand it. I am so ready for this summer. Henry and I are going to make a bucket list of all of the things we want to do this summer! 

Well, I’m off to hang with my boy before bed time. 


Beth WA

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Heidy Ho, Neighbors

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written. Every time I go to start a blog I feel like I have so much to say because so much time has passed that it’s hard to even start. So I guess I’ll just break that streak and write something! 

I got my hair cut today. I had to cancel my scheduled hair appointment due to some health issues my mom was having (she’s fine now, friends!) and so it was MUCH longer than I like it to be. I told my hair dresser I felt like Crystal Gayle. I do not like the feeling of my hair on my neck and I hate when my bangs are too long. 

Now I just need it colored which will be on June 1st. Woohoo! 

I had a nice mother’s day and am so excited with my gift. Some people might think it is weird, but I’ve wanted a night alone in a hotel room forever. I can just relax, not worry about cleaning, and just chill. And that’s what I got! I’m going to use it once summer starts. 

I know Mother’s Day is tough for some people for many reasons, and I am always extra thankful to have my mom around and to be a mom. 

The weather was so beautiful all weekend. Craig’s birthday is tomorrow so we celebrated on Saturday by going to a local pizza place for lunch and a local family friendly brewery after. 

As far as fitness/weight loss, I am plugging along. I’ve been doing some work on my binge eating so actively losing weight is inadvertently on the back burner. But, taking care of myself and not binging or emotional overeating is high on the priority list. I feel good about my relationship with food lately and for me that has to be a major step. 

I have 7 days left of school and I am ready. I can’t wait to spend my days with my bug!

Beth WA

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-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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