-81 lbs

Hey y’all!! I am enjoying my Sunday morning. Henry and Craig went to his mom’s house. So I’m relaxing this morning. And I put new batteries in my frother, so check out this froth:

Actually, I only drink hot coffee on the weekend. It doesn’t sit well in my new stomach but I love it so much I’ll usually have it one morning a week. ☺️

I haven’t written in so long and every time I would go to write I felt like I had too much to catch up on, so I would just not write. So, i decided to just start writing. LOL.

Things have been going well. I’m working on becoming a morning workout person. It has happened more times than not. And when I don’t get up, I’ve been still working out in the afternoon. I’m doing a second Beachbody program called Country Heat. It’s another low-medium impact cardio workout. The next workout program I am going to do is mixed cardio and strength training so I’m excited about that. I did have a hard time working out in the days before and after the anniversary of Carly’s passing, but I got back on the saddle yesterday, and am prepping my mind for a successful week. A successful week for me is getting up to workout before school, meal prepping, not letting my house get super messy, and getting good sleep. I’m not looking for 100% on all, but those are the things that make me feel good.

I went to a cross country meet for the first time yesterday. It just made me want to be a runner even more. It made me want to have Henry be a runner with me. Hahaha. He said that’s fine, but wanted to be sure I knew he runs faster than me.

My new job as Assistant Principal is going well. I like it a lot. It has its stresses, definitely, but I’m working hard to balance work and personal life. It’s easy to let work take over your life, and I don’t want that. I love my job, but it’s more important to me to love my life.

Here’s a current pic of me, 81 pounds down.

Henry’s teacher posted this, and I was so surprised to see I looked like a semi-normal sized mom.


Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Beth WA

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Well, it’s hard to believe we are one and a half weeks from the beginning of the school year starting. I am going to be the Assistant Principal of the K-8 at my school this year so I am busy going class lists, schedules, handbook updates and other things like that. I have to say I prefer that to getting a classroom ready and doing lesson plans. 😂

We had such a fun July! Henry and I went to Houston on his first plan ride to visit my brother and his family. We had such a great, relaxing, restful time. Every day Henry and I would wake at 7:30. We would hang out while my brother and sister in law were at work and my 13 year old niece slept. I started working out while I was down there! And then when my niece would wake up we’d eat lunch and spend the afternoon at the neighborhood pool. We always had it to ourselves. It was super fun. And relaxing.

The last pictures were Henry’s idea. He loves his Uncle Jimmy’s car!

I’ll update more on July in another entry… I’m having trouble uploading a lot of pictures all in one post.


Beth WA

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This is hard to believe. -72.5 lbs. I can’t even wrap my head around it.

Anyway, where did I leave off? I think it was my Notre Dame work trip. I got home from that on a Wednesday and on Saturday Craig and I dropped Henry off at my in-laws for the night and went to Cleveland for a “cousins’ night” at a Cleveland bar. It was SO fun!

During the week following this Henry had Vacation Bible School and LOVED it. He’s my little religious boy and I love it.

His Uncle Chris and cousin Andrew were in town for his final performance.

Also, Ava and I went to Kings Island, an amusement park, and I fit on all the rides!!!

We had so much fun.

The next weekend my mom and i went to Cleveland for my cousin’s 50th birthday. It was a really fun party with the theme of Yacht Rock.

Tomorrow Henry and I are flying to Houston to visit my brother. It will be Henry’s first flight. I’m anxious to see how he does. 💕


Beth WA

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Was June 15 minutes long?

Man, alive! June flew by in a flurry of activities. It was super fun. Weirdly, it’s the first June I had to work, but it’s the June I’ve done the most fun stuff. This just goes with my theory that working is good for my mental health. I function best with a schedule. However I can’t get my butt on a regular working out schedule. Dammit!! I am still working on it.

So… June started out with Henry attending a camp called Trailer Tots through our National Trails and he really loved it. It was 9-11:30 each day and he came exhausted each day.

That was my first week as a summer worker. It was low key and basically me getting used to an office and sitting there thinking, “Is this really happening?”

Then on Sunday we went to a Columbus Clippers game with my in-laws. It’s a AAA baseball team and we had so much fun. It was Henry’s first baseball game at a stadium.

Next, Henry attended Superhero camp at a local private school. It was an hour and a half a day and he loved it.

My cute little super hero!! ❤️❤️❤️

Then Henry got a new big boy haircut!

Next, Uncle Jimmy came in town! And cousin Ava and Aunt Georgina.

Next, I went to a work conference at the University of Notre Dame. It was so good and so fun with my boss, Shannon.

Then I got my nails done. I chose a light pink. I just felt like having neutral nails prepping for my 4th of July RED.

Something else worth mentioning that happened during this time is I became obsessed with watermelon with this on it:

Okay. This entry is getting too long. I’ll finish later with part two of my June.

I am at almost 70 lbs down and trying to figure out an eating schedule that works for me. I’m also still trying to convince myself to get up in the morning and work out. 😔

I’m going to set some July goals today and hopefully stick to them, that include:

1. Getting my step goal.

2. Doing 30 minutes of exercise at least 5X a week.

3. Not having unplanned snacks after dinner.

I *need* to figure out this working out and make it a habit.

Okay, i am off to enjoy the 4th. Hope you all have a great holiday!



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Self Care

I’ve always gotten my hair done. I’ve gone to the same person for almost 20 years. It’s a form of self care I’ve never stopped. However, I’m not good at anything else that involves taking care of myself.

Until recently. I, obviously, had surgery. And that is a huge exercise in self care. I’ve meal planned and tracked every single thing I’ve eaten since February 12th.

Recently I started getting my nails done. I just went for my first fill. I get acrylics from a lady in town that works at a salon. I made my next three appointments tonight. It’s so nice to look down at my nails and smile.

I also invested in some Beauty Counter items to help me keep my skin moisturized, and in better shape than it has been. I also bought their basic make up- fab in five set.

And Monday I am starting back to working out, come hell or high water!! I’m planning on getting up at 7, doing my workout, then getting ready and going to work.

It’s been long enough. It’s time.

Hope you are all doing well. I’m off to bed. I haven’t slept well at all this week due to my 4 year old not sleeping well. He’s lucky he is so cute!! He lost two teeth this week.

Have a great rest of the week!


Beth WA

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One year

One year ago today I went to my surgeon’s office for my first appointment in this journey. I was going to California the next day on a trip and I had to purchase a seat belt extender. I was at a real low point in mental health, and a high point on the scale.

I took these pictures that day.

It’s hard to look at these pictures. I had gotten so big, it’s hard to believe I took up that much space. I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. I wasn’t living my best life. I was getting larger in size and trying to disappear at the same time.

Today I took these same pictures, and this is what they look like.

It’s nice to see a tangible difference in pictures. It’s also nice to know that there are many changes in my life that have brought about good things. More to share later on that… for now I am about to have a popsicle.


Beth WA

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-60 lbs

I can’t believe it. I hit -60 lbs. I am 10 lbs away from the weight I was when I met Craig. We went out for his birthday last Saturday and it was a fun time. We went to two breweries in Columbus.

That morning we had the Carly Faye 5K that I was on the committee to plan. It was an amazing day and we surpassed our stretch goal of raising 10,000 bucks! We netted over 11,000!!

Here are some photos. Henry ran the fun run and I had a total senior moment where I thought I was recording him cross the finish line but I was not. However it’s embedded in my brain forever. This boy lives in the moment and ran his heart out!

It’s been a super busy week. I was so tired by last night I was practically falling asleep at dinner. I went to bed at 9 and got up with H at 6:30. Then back to bed from 8-11 and another nap at 630-8!! Tired much??

Henry and I also signed our family up for a pool membership. It’s our first one. We had a great time with my friend Heather!!

I’m hoping this is one of the best summers yet!!


Beth WA

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