40 bags slackerΒ 

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. πŸ˜‰

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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Progress. Woohoo!

Well, my new meal plan is working really well for me. I have lots of energy, I am rarely hungry, and for the first time in ages I am under my calorie goal just about every day. And the best news- I’ve lost 7.8 lbs since last Monday! That is exactly 10 lbs higher than my lowest weight the last two years that I was in May and again in October. This is the weight I struggle so badly with – getting over this hump. So, hopefully if I keep doing what I am doing I will do it. 

I was at the grocery store with Henry yesterday and they have a display of single pieces of cake, and it was not uncommon for me to pick one of those up every time I went to Kroger. And I started that habit up again a month or so ago, which was when I was in a downward spiral. And I just kept staring at it and talking myself out of it and reminding myself how it made me feel. And I resisted and I was so pleasantly surprised to wake up to a little over a 2lb loss showing on the scale. Yay! That’s three grocery trips in a row with no crap buying!!!

Have a great Tuesday!!! 


Beth WA

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Clothing Overhaul

I am currently switching over my winter clothes for my spring/summer clothes. I spent all evening last night and have been working on it all day. 

My goal is to have things in my closet and drawer that fit and that I actually wear. I have so many clothes that I would never wear either because they are uncomfortable, I don’t like them or they don’t fit. So out they go! It is so annoying to get ready and sift through a bunch of clothes that don’t even work for me. I tried every item on except the ones I wear all of the time. I was so tired last night. Trying on clothes is exhausting.  

I’m feeling good this weekend. It was really good for me to get back to the gym. I really missed it. My eating was on point all weekend except for Friday night. I ate some ice cream, but I tracked it, and didn’t let it lead to a binge. It was just a treat. Yesterday I stayed in my calories despite exercising for 1.5 hours and that is unheard of for me. I am hoping I make some more progress this week. I really want to feel good when I go to Texas for Spring Break. I usually sabotage myself in this situation so let’s hope I don’t. πŸ˜•

This is a full and busy week, but one week closer to spring and summer break. Hahahaha. 

Have a good Sunday, folks!


Beth WA

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2 NonScale Victories

I just jumped on here quickly to mention two non scale victories for today. One, I just left the grocery store and I didn’t buy myself a “treat.”

I usually buy myself something crappy that I end up eating. Ugh. But today, I didn’t!!!

And two:

6 out of 4 planned workouts!!! Woohoo!!!
Have a great day! 

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Saturday Morning

Hello friends! (Hello Cortney!!! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‰)

I had a great week. I followed my meal plan mostly, and avoided evening binges and I ended up down about 3 lbs since Monday. I’ll take it. I never made it to the gym but I walked every day. I started with a 5K on Sunday, and then found at least 20 minutes each day to walk. Today I go back to the gym for the first time since March 4 and to say I am nervous is a major understatement. I keep trying to talk myself out of it but I am now dressed and forcing myself out the door. 

It’s been harder for me to get to the gym/workout for a few reasons. One, it’s hard for me to ask my mom to watch Henry after they watch him all day. And lately I just miss him like crazy while I am at work and I can’t wait to come home and hang out with my little dude.  And I have to say it always comes to a scenario that screams at me to workout in the morning. Ugh. Why am I my greatest obstacle? Hmmph. I’ll figure it out some day.  But I am trying to make my focus on food because that’s my hardest battle. 

Craig took Henry to his mom’s today and I am going to the gym, to stop at Meijer for a few things and then I need to do some house work. I am so behind on my 40 bags so I want to do a little of that. I have some clothes I need to get rid of that just sit in my closet and I don’t wear. 

This is my Stinkerbutts hanging out on the couch with an umbrella and his monster trucks (his newest obsession.). He was hilarious yesterday- he was driving his Jeep in the backyard and would run into things and every time he would get out of the driver’s seat and say, “I have to check under the hood.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Ok, I gotta go! 


Beth WA

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What a week!

We had the most amazing St. Patrick’s Day this week with my Dad’s family. Sadly, Craig had to work all weekend. But henry, my parents and I went to Cleveland to celebrate my Uncle Roger being the Grand Marshal of the 175th Cleveland Saint Patrick’s Day parade. It was so fun and my dad’s sister Carol made sure of it! She bought matching hats and scarves for everyone.  And she had these pins made.  We all had the appropriate pins. This was Henry’s. 

Here are some parade pictures:

Then my Aunt Carol hosted a hospitality suite in the same hotel many of us were staying, and where the banquet in the evening would be. The food was delicious and everybody had a great time. 

Hi Angie!!! My most loyal reader besides my mom! Hahaha. 

After that Henry and I took a snooze then my parents and I went to the banquet while my cousin’s daughter babysat Henry in the hotel room. 

It was a beautiful evening and tribute to my Uncle Roger’s dedication and love of all things Irish that he inherited from my favorite person, my gramma Kerrigan. He honored her in his speech and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. 

The next morning before getting on the road we had breakfast at the hotel and Henry ate so much food! 

Then we said our goodbyes and got on the road. We had a lazy day and a big nap. 

Yesterday morning I got up super early to do a 5K with my friend Kathy in Columbus which is about 50 minutes away. 

It was nice to catch up with her. We never have one on one time unless it’s in the doctor’s office. She is my doctor and the angel of my life who gave me Lexapro. 

I am off school today and tomorrow and today I start the meal plan my friend gave me. It’s a 2 week meal plan to help balance out my hormones. It’s actually a lot good way to eat in general. It’s protein and vegetables with healthy fats, basically, and one carb at dinner. I am going to actually try to do it for three weeks but we will see. I really need it. My sugar dependence/addiction is at a high point right now.    I also am getting back to working out this week. Woo hoo!!! Hopefully these steps will get me back to where I was and so I can get this weight off and keep it off. 

I warned Craig that I was going to be a real gem the next few days as I come off of sugar. 😞😫😳

I listen to a podcast called Half Size Me and the host is a woman who has lost 170 lbs and maintained it and she interviews people who have lost weight and maintained it. I pick up a lot of great tips. Some really resonate with me and some don’t. But, yesterday, a woman was saying she didn’t really follow a strict diet she just chose food that made her feel good after she ate it. Every time she ate she asked herself if that was the food that would make her want to be the Laura that she wanted to be. I really need to do that and connect the crappy food I am eating with the crappy way I feel afterward. When I eat breads, donuts, fried food, I feel so tired after. Like some times I can fall asleep even though I was not actually tired from the night before. So, those are some things I am working on. 

I hope everybody has a good Monday!!


Beth WA

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