2 Years Post-Op

It’s Thursday. My whole life Thursday was my favorite day of the week. I always loved the television line up on Thursdays, and I like that the first day of the weekend was the next day. I mean, I know Friday isn’t the actual weekend, but it’s jeans day, which is basically the same thing.

On Friday last week I had my two year surgiversary. It came at a good time, because I am up a few pounds and struggling a little bit, but it was good to be reminded how far I’ve come instead of beating myself up about this period of time in which I am eating too much and not exercising! I have gotten a few good night’s sleep, and am hoping to get back on the exercising train. I was off of it for like 8 weeks due to a foot injury and it’s been really challenging to get back in the groove. I did join WW so I could focus on the types of the food I eat, not just tracking calories like I’ve been doing the last few years. That seemed to be good enough for a while, but I think I got away from making good choices and WW helps simplify that with a list of foods that you should stick to. It’s basically lower carb. I’ve been eating too much fat and too many carbs.

Here is a picture of me the day of my surgery, and on Friday!

In other news, the weather is getting better here in Ohio, and the sunshine definitely helps the general mood. Also, people are getting vaccinated, and it feels like there is a light at the end of the isolation tunnel. I miss my friends. I miss our comradery, commiserating, and mostly I miss laughing together.

My goals for next week include:

  1. Getting up in the morning and doing a Beachbody workout.
  2. Walking in the evenings if the weather allows for a little bit just to get the Vitamin D.
  3. Stick to the WW plan and track my food.

What are you all up to lately??


Beth WA

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Running up the Steps…

I have been wanting to write a post for a while now, but I didn’t even know where to start because so much time has passed. But, instead, I just decided to start. I’ve missed this space.

In a few weeks I will be at the two year anniversary of my surgery. I am 90/95 lbs down. I lost that weight in the first year, and have basically maintained it for the last year. Now, I’d like to get to my goal weight which is about 25 lbs lower than I am now. It’s been a real journey learning how to eat, grocery shop, meal prep and plan for my new stomach, and my husband’s regular stomach. But, I am still working on it. I am in no real hurry to lose that 25 pounds, but I’d like it to happen.

I’ve gone up and down 5-7 lbs over the last year, and it always scares the crap out of me. I definitely don’t want to be a person who has surgery to remove 85% of her stomach, then fall back into bad habits and gain my weight back. I’ve had a foot injury that has kept me from working out. And that has also been terrifying. But, I got clearance to do my workouts, and I have orthotics ordered.

Yeah, you heard me correctly, orthotics. LOL.

I am trying to get my life in order – been working on my budget. I’ve tried so many different ways, that I think I have a way that is a combination of a couple different things I’ve read about that will work for us.

I think I’ve been in a little bit of a funk for the past few months, one of those funks you don’t realize you are in until you are coming out of it. I can tell because I am wanting to do things rather than just sit around, such as working on a budget. I have not been taking great care of myself as far as healthy food, and I haven’t been able to work out. I am trying to fix those things.

Henry is thriving in kindergarten. He goes to in person learning at our school, and loves his teacher and classmates. He can READ!!! It’s so crazy. I love it so much. He is a kind boy, and loves his friends. It is so much fun as he grows up, we have inside jokes, and laugh at the same things, which I LOVE. I just enjoy his company and that is amazing. I remember Henry’s godmother telling me once that kids are like raising your best friend. Henry was a baby at the time, so I couldn’t quite comprehend it, until the last few months when I find us dying laughing at the same things. Henry loves to laugh. And he loves to make people laugh.

Okay, this is sort of all over the place, but like I said, I wanted to start some where. And the title..running up the stairs… Even in the last year when I’ve been up a few pounds or feeling down, I can still run up the stairs and not be out of breath. Every single time I do that, I have a moment of gratitude. I like to skip steps like a kid and on the way down I like to hold myself up on the railings like a kid, and I NEVER could have done either of those things two years ago without needing oxygen!

Well, I hope this finds you well – if you are still there. LOL.


Beth WA

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The elusive onederland. It seemed like something that would never happen to me. The last time my weight started with a one was in the early 2000’s and for one day only. Then I flew to Vegas and it was over.

Well this morning, i woke up and:

I know this is a nightmare weight to some people but to me it’s a dream that I made a reality.

This also means I am at about 97 lbs lost. I want to lose 100 by my surgiversary on February 26th.

In this journey I have found a side hustle that I really love. I became a Beachbody coach. I know – insert eye roll- but I really love it. I love helping people in this journey since I’ve been at almost every step of the journey. I love the way Beachbody is a community and a lifestyle. And, if you just want the exercise programs it is very reasonably priced. It’s really helped me stay consistent and accountable.

The programs have really changed my body unlike any other workout I’ve done before, except Tae Bo.

In other news, Henry has to get some dental work done and it was enough that the dentist suggested we do this at the hospital under anesthesia. I was a nervous wreck. My husband was an emotional wreck. LOL. But, Henry, of course, was a champ. He was so brave. And he is not a whiner at all. So, today we are just home chilling out. I’ve actually got approximately one million things to do but right now we are just chilling out. Lol.

Well, I hope you all have a good Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday!!!! Yay!!!


Beth WA

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-90 lbs and TAKING RISKS



I have battled with my weight my entire life, and have been on every diet invented.  My weight has affected my mental and physical health. I was depressed, anxious, had sleep apnea and high blood pressure.  I was so tired all of the time, I couldn’t make it through the day without laying down after work.

I finally sought the help of a doctor May of 2018.  I was the highest weight I’d ever been. I was nearly 300 pounds. I was in desperate need of help.  I spent the next six months getting checked by every specialist in the book telling me what I already knew – I needed a giant life change.  I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. I had stopped doing things I loved, and had stopped enjoying my job, my social life, or really anything.  I had stopped participating in my life.

On February 26, 2019, I had bariatric surgery, and the pounds literally melted off at first.  But, as that was happening, I knew it was not a permanent solution, and I needed to use this time to develop healthy habits that would help me be a healthier happier person in the long run. 

As every person with food issues (especially binge eating issues) knows , we can always find cheats in the system.  Even though I have a much smaller stomach, I can still eat crappy food. In fact, often, crappy food is something I can eat more of than healthy food. But the thing with crappy food is that it makes me feel like crap.  And then I find myself in the same place I was before. Too tired to make it through the day.

I knew I needed to develop habits and routines that would make a change in the long run.  Around that time I was following so many Beachbody coaches on social media who not only talked about these healthy routines and habits, but actually lived them.  They were real life working moms who made these healthy habits so they could fit them in their busy schedules. I started following their suggestions, and was seeing changes. You see, I love group fitness at the gym, but in this season of my life, it is not feasible to get to the gym.   I love the community that Beachbody has given me. I will be honest -I was hesitant to jump on board as in my group of friends, we’ve joked about MLM, and I’ve even made fun of Beachbody in particular. But, now that I was working the program, and I was seeing success, I could see why somebody would want to shout it from the rooftops and share it with their friends.  It is completely doable, and the workouts are usually 30 minutes or less. There are also all fitness levels, types of fitness, and modifiers in every program. It’s like a Netflix of workout videos at such an affordable price!!

So, I decided to become a Coach. I signed up weeks ago, but it took me this long to get the nerve to tell people.  But, I knew I wanted to share these great programs with others – people are always asking me what I am doing to get in shape.

I know my personality, and this was a big risk for me.  I didn’t want people to be uncomfortable around me worrying I was going to try to sell them something whenever I was around them.

And, I promise, that’s not me.  If what I am doing is something that interests you, let me know, and I’d be happy to help you, coach you to the best version of yourself.  I just want everybody to feel like I feel right now. I finally have my life back, and I love it.

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-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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