Whoa. Like whoa.

One of my good friends from high school posted a picture of a mini reunion get together we had at a bar over Thanksgiving Break. And it caught me off guard. I look unrecognizable to myself. I immediately wanted to hate on myself and the picture.

But, then I took myself to a place of gratitude.

I am not in that place any more. And right now I am using my new tool in the best way I know how. I’m eating protein rich, nutrient dense foods. I’m eating meals and snacks and not grazing. I’m logging every single thing I eat. I’m getting about 10,000 steps a day, sometimes a little less. I gave up hot coffee and my beloved chemical coffee cream for at least 5-6 days a week.

There are a few things I could be doing better but I’m working on it.

I can tell you it was great to go to a concert tonight and just be in my seat and not spill over to the person next to me. It was great just to get up with ease and dance to the music, not worried about my clothes being too tight and how I looked from the back.

I know this rapid weight loss won’t be forever but I am enjoying the journey and taking in the lessons and creating new healthy habits to replace my old self sabotaging ones.

Crazy to me the difference. I feel sad looking at that first picture.


I hope you are all having a good week!


Beth WA

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I have never in my life lost more than 30-35 pounds. This is so exciting. I have been the same weight for about 15 days and today the scale finally moved.

I don’t have many pictures. I need to take more pictures!! But here is one from lunch with my friends last week.

I’m still trying to start a morning exercise routine. I started reading a book called “Rewired” in an effort to learn how to be more disciplined. The good news is, brain science says I can do this. The bad news is brain science says in order to do it, I just need to do it. ðŸĪŠ

Over and over again.

Then a new connection will be made.

It’s the last weekend of my Spring Break and then starts the roller coaster of the end of the school year. My May is so crazy it gives me anxiety to think about. But I just have to take it one day at a time.

I hope all is well with you!


Beth WA

Update: pictures from today

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Strep Throat #springbreak2019

So, yesterday my mom called me while I was at a retirement party at school to tell me Henry had a 102 fever and she was going to give him a Tylenol. I was a little alarmed because Henry hasn’t ever had a really high fever.

Then my mom called me an hour later, after the Tylenol, his temperature was now 103. So, I called the doctor’s office and went to my mom’s to find him like this.

He was so lethargic and sad looking. They got him in at the doctor’s office right away. He was so brave at the appointment and insisted on sitting up.

His fever was 102.9 at the office, so they gave him a dose of Motrin. Within the hour I could tell his fever was reducing. He was talkative again and so much less lethargic. They tested him for strep and it was positive. She said it came up positive almost immediately.

So… we are drinking the pink medicine for 10 days, two times a day.

He looks a lot better today, but still has sick eyes.

I am having a slow morning but I have lots of plans of cleaning stuff out today and getting rid of clutter.

I already put my 8 bags of too big clothes in my trunk to take to Goodwill.


Beth WA

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-47 pounds what! What!

Yesterday was a weird food day, nothing tasted good or settled right. I think it was the hot coffee and chemical creamer I started the day with.

But then I went through my spring clothes and it was so emotional. I was so happy to be able to get rid of so many clothes that don’t look right any more and so happy to fit into some clothes, especially dresses, that I’ve never been able to wear before.

Here are some of my bags… I still have to tackle my winter clothes.

***If anybody has an interest in these just let me know! I’ll be taking them to Goodwill or St. Vincent in two weeks during my spring break. (They are sizes 2X and some 3X and pants size 22-26. Mostly 22’s though.)

Here were some of my happy moments.

The first is a dress that fit me like a sausage and I’ve never worn before.

The second one is a bathing suit cover up that never fit either.

Below was my go to jean Capri for the last few summers. They were the only ones that fit.

Today I’m gonna tackle the fall/winter clothes.

Have a good Sunday!


Beth WA

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-45 pounds

I can’t even believe it. I’ve lost a Henry!

I don’t have many pictures. I know I need to take more but here’s a picture of me in an XL pullover that one of my besties and her husband got me at an auction. I really wanted it because it has “Carly Faye Foundation” on the arm, so it’s two of my favorite things- Catholic Central and Carly!

I’ve been mostly in a 2XL for the last 8-10 years and in the last year I was up to a 3XL. So, to wear this XL and have it fit is a really good feeling.

Today I am starting to try on my spring and summer clothes. It’s so weird that I know so many more will fit or be too big, and I haven’t had that feeling in years, if ever!

Right now I’m sitting on the couch resting. I am a little nauseous because I drank hot coffee. I need to stop. I only drink it on weekends but it never agrees with me so i don’t know why I keep at it. I’m waiting for my anti-nausea med to kick in and I’ll start trying on clothes.

Next week is the last week of school before spring break and I am so ready even though I’ve only been back at work a month. 😆😆

Henry started outdoor soccer and it’s the cutest thing ever.

My dad loves to come watch, and my mom came this week, too.

Well, I am off. I hope y’all have a great weekend.


Beth WA

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-39 pounds

I’m so close to -40, but I’ll take it. The weight doesn’t fall off as quick as I thought, so my mind is getting adjusted to that.

Things I’m doing well: tracking everything, measuring everything, exercising

Things I’m not doing well: drinking water and going #2 (TMI, I know, but this used to be so easy for me!)

I’m hoping the water gets better. It’s hard to get it all in when you’re eating five times a day and each time you eat you can’t drink anything 30 minutes prior, 30 minutes after and the 30 minutes you are supposed to take eating the meal. It leaves a small window of drinking time.

I’m trying to be patient and “trust the process” as they say. I’m looking forward to being in general food stage next week and adding in more veggies. I’m hoping that helps with some issues, too. 😆

We had a middle school dance last night and it was so fun!!

I also brought my flashlight to make sure there was room for the Holy Spirit should there be a slow dance.

My coworkers and I all danced and laughed and had a good time.

I’m tired today. My body is sore. I did some jumping that I probably shouldn’t have done.

Well, I am off to make some pulled pork in the crock pot. My parents are coming over for dinner tonight.

Have a good weekend!


Beth WA

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I did it!

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Good morning!

Henry and Craig are at art class at the art museum.

And I just cleaned up the kitchen and living room. Now I’m sitting down for a few before I get ready for the day.

I didn’t end up exercising this week because I am a slacker. BUT- I am starting today. I am taking Henry to a birthday party from 1-3 then after that at some point I am starting. I am hoping it helps with the plateau I’ve been in. I actually busted it this morning but not by much, so I’m hoping to see a big loss this week.

Henry had a bad dream in the middle of the night and didn’t want to go back to sleep so we were up for an hour in the middle of the night. That always kills me. I’m so tired today!!

Last night I had the most normal meal I’ve had since surgery.

I had 2 oz of salmon, about 8 green beans and about 5 pieces of the Bird’s Eye protein veggie pasta cut into little pieces. This picture is taken about half way through my meal. It felt good to eat regular food. It felt weird to only be able to eat such a little bit.

Ok, I’m going to get moving. I hope you have a great weekend.


Beth WA

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Emerald Evening

Last night Craig and I attended my school’s annual fundraiser that’s an auction. They have a silent and a live auction, a dinner and a successful alumni speaker.

This year our speaker was Debbie Penzone from the Charles Penzone salons. She is a graduate of Catholic Central, my school. She did a great job.

It was a really fun night and it was nice to spend time socializing after being laid up for three weeks. It was also really nice to dress up in clothes that fit comfortably. I’m not comfortable enough to wear a dress yet, but I wore this:

And I was so happy they had food I could eat. The salad had a slice of fresh mozzarella that I enjoyed with the pesto they also had on the salad plate.

For dinner I had part of a twice baked potato and smashed cauliflower and a few bites of chicken piccata.

We ended up with two things from the silent auction. We got a Woeber Mustard basket filled with mustard, and a few Central sweatshirts. I was very excited about that.

The other basket had a Keurig, coffee, a bottle of Jameson and another whiskey and some other coffee fixins. I am super excited about our goods!

Well, tomorrow is the day I start getting up at 5:00 and exercising before work. I fell asleep from 7-8 pm tonight so it’s going to be hard to fall asleep, but at least I know I will fall asleep tomorrow night!

I am also excited because I start soft foods on Tuesday!!! Woot woot!!!!

Have a great Monday, everybody!


Beth WA

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I have surpassed the 30 pound mark. Yay. I am feeling good. It is a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning. I was never a snooze person my whole life until the last 20 lbs came on. I would hate getting out of bed.

I also have energy throughout the day which is nice. But man I am tired at the end of the day. I went back to work Thursday and had the most amazing night’s sleep Thursday night. I also went to my surgeon’s office and got taken off one of my two blood pressure pills. She said the second one would probably follow soon after. This is great news.

Yesterday I worked, then in the evening I went to a birthday party for one of my very dear friends. I attended the event with Henry’s godmother, and we had a really good time. Carly’s mom was there, also, and we just had a really fun evening laughing and talking.

By the time I got home at 10:30 my abdomen was so sore from being upright all day. And I was wiped out!! I slept for almost 10 hours. And it felt so good.

Here’s my most recent picture.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Beth WA

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