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Beth Secor
Apr 16, 2022
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I’ve been so busy on our little beginner homestead, I haven’t had a chance to check in here. Spring has sprung and with it the work. Thankfully there are no bugs yet! It’s taken most of the week, but I have been able to fill my garden boxes up, dig out grass and create a fire pit, added rocks around the fire rim (which were dug up), fixed ups few garden beds and dug out a lot of grass to make a gravel pad for the shed. We use the shed a lot so the grass has worn down and it’s muddy. So we fixed that! I taught one of my sons how to move and set huge slabs of stone for our garbage cans as well, plus a little landscaping got done. So it’s been busy. I have been crashing by 9pm and then up and going again by 4am. Life doesn’t stop and so I can’t either. This coming week I’m looking forward to finishing up a few projects around the yard and inside the house on rain days. enjoy the pictures, descriptions added in!
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Beth Secor
Apr 06, 2022
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So I haven’t posted, life has been busy here on our growing homestead. I call it a homestead because we are working towards that, less dependent on food chains for meat and veggies and more on ourselves. Today we are getting a half cow and will be purchasing a piglet to grow up! Also same for heating and soon water (we found an older well we are going to have checked out 😁). I am prepping a place to put a coop for chickens we have been promised and getting my garden boxes up and running. My veggies and spices are growing nicely so far! Today will be wk5d2 - day 1 was Monday - of Venus followed by another day of chopping wood and burning debris from the clearing of the land. I have prepped meat and veggies to mix and match as I please and have taken in over a gallon of water daily for the last several days! So this far, a good week!
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Beth Secor
Mar 28, 2022
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Hey ladies! It’s Monday and I’m back at it. Last week was a mess, eating was not on target but at least my workouts were done. This week I am refocusing on food, water, prioritizing sleep and getting workouts finished - without long pauses between exercises 😉 This morning I did my food shopping and got it organized for the week. I’ll be roasting many of the veggies and cooking chicken ahead for the week. No excuses this time. I even threw out the last of the cheese cake we brought home from a Birthday celebration on Saturday. It was definitely an issue having it around. So it’s gone. And no, I don’t feel badly about it, my kids don’t need it either. ☺️ I got week 4 day 1 done in Venus (where ya at @Netty Varo) and noticed the definition slowing coming back in my arms, which I am thrilled about. I’m a sucker for arm definition. Now to really focus on on food to trim away the rest and tone up everywhere else. Have a great day ladies!
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Beth Secor
Mar 23, 2022
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Brought to you by the letter M! Today was a “rest day“ from Venus and the last nice day for the next week. So I was out doing more yard work. My daughter snuck some videos I didnt know about… I’m sure I’m going to feel this tomorrow. I ended up spending about an hour chopping wood, but then my swing was off and I couldn’t aim properly so I figured it was time to stop. dinner was a nice huge salad with pasture raised beef with mushrooms, garlic, peppers, onions and whatever else I could find In the fridge. tomorrow is my mother funeral (which I will be watching via YouTube) so I hope to get in Venus w3d2 in while the kids are in school In the morning.
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Beth Secor
Mar 21, 2022
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So I haven’t checked in much lately, but I have been working hard here at our little homestead and on myself. This past week I lost my mother, so I’ve been a little out of it but I didn’t allow that to bring on my emotional eating, I just drown myself in outdoor work and finishing project I had started around the house. This morning I got vegetables for the week and will be cooking up chicken to last the week as well. it makes lunches easier then the protein part is already done. Yes, I’m just that lazy… 🤷🏼‍♀️ Ive been dragging limbs, chucking wood and raking the yard. Then I wrestled cedar logs into place to form vegetable garden boxes for this year. I’ve already planted my seeds and many of them have sprouted! I’ve been digging up field stones to line the property and then carrying them into place after digging out some dirt. It’s been a lot of work and it’s far from finished, but it helps vent my emotions and also gives instant gratification. So I’ve been busy! oh, and the best part, I’m down 7 pounds over the last few weeks and my “very-late” progress pictures are included. I’m not yet ready for a side by side, but maybe the next time I remember to take pictures, I will do that. Still room for more progress, but hey slow progress is still better than no progress!
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Beth Secor
Mar 07, 2022
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👋🏻👋🏻 Hey y’all! Happy Monday! It’s been an adventure of a few weeks over in this neck of the woods! Lol! Had a nasty head cold run through the house but I haven’t let my goals slip… too much. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I am a little more fluffy than I’d like, but we can change that. I have added new workouts for the next bit (see pics) but I will still be doing the Venus on the off days. @Netty Varo and I am teaming up still… We are clearing the land here again in prep for vegetable garden space and critters like chickens! so dragging limbs and chunks of truck (which need to be split to season so we can burn them) will be my added ugh. 🤣 Food has been a challenge since getting sick, I craved all things sugar and nice. I tried to keep it to a minimum but know I could have done better. So I pick up, dust off and get back in the game. I’ve also been toying with growing sprouts and microgreens for added nutrients and stuff like that. It’s been fun!
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Beth Secor
Feb 10, 2022
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Workouts are one thing, food is another kettle of fish altogether. I prep foods, I plan foods, even serve out containers for my meals, but I often get UGH! But then I realized I can do grocery shopping too! Lol! And I mean more than just chicken and salad mixes with dressing. I mean roasted asparagus, seasoned yellow and green zucchini with broccoli! I mean spinach and kale along with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers! Why not! With a huge variety of foods out there, why do I feel like I have to settle for salads and chicken all the time… 🤷🏼‍♀️ so I did! I shopped and got another weeks worth of fuel in the green variety! Made the family fajitas for dinner, had a nice salad with ground turkey, peppers and onions… food is fuel for my goals so I may as well enjoy it! Btw: Mrs Dash has a new low sodium seasoning I am trying. Garlic and Herb. Umm, yes please! Today is another workout. 3rd this week and probably my last. Weekends are busy and tomorrow is my family Zoom “tea time” which lasts from 2 till 4. That’s a huge chunk of time, so I get all the house work done during the morning and prep dinner so I can enjoy the time. 😃
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Beth Secor
Feb 09, 2022
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It’s been 2 years since I have been consistant with my workouts. Its something I had to set on the side for a while to get a few other things in check. But, 2 weeks in and I’m already feeling better! I love the workouts - not while I’m doing them mind you… all kinds of interesting things come to mind while I plank or do those bowler squats… but here we are! I’m glad I started again. Keep moving forward.
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Beth Secor
Jan 26, 2022
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So I feel bad. Terrible. Embarrassed but honest. I feel discouraged and motivated at the same time. I am horrified but then I realize I am human. This is me. All of me. Which my husband loves, my kids need and I have to learn to love again. It will be an uphill battle as I face a lot of obstacles. But, I’m grabbing the proverbial bull by the horns and digging in. I have one picture I love, so that’s my motivation… I will get there again. I’m not looking back to compare, it’s me working towards that version of me again. The version where I was focused, energized and still living life the best I was able. I can do it again. Not sure how long it will take, but one day at a time.
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Beth Secor
Jan 18, 2022
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Sunday I took a hard look at myself, had a hard conversation with Chad and stepped back out into the world of telling myself “no”. Oh the fits the mind gives at that word! Lol! Never senses to amaze me! Who else has experiences the first of a toddler when you tell yourself no? today is just day 2, and the struggle is real! None the less, the words Roberta said years ago now “you can always have more tomorrow” are echoing loud and clear in my head. Yesterday I got myself tones of fresh, locally grown produce and a new seasoning mix… anyone tried this one from Mrs. Dash? I’m back into MFP to log every morning because figuring it out before hand is easier than trying to make it work after the fact. let’s do this! Summer is coming and I want to properly fit my
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Beth Secor
Dec 29, 2021
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It’s weird that I’m now speaking of Covid in the past tense. I’m thankful, but it was all consuming for a month and a half. Chad returned to work this week, I am trying to clean and get the house back in order (it’s amazing how much dog fur, dust and stuff got piled everywhere). I’m once again tweaking my nutrition and getting it back in line with weight loss and not recovery. I went 3 weeks without eating hardly anything. So I had some catching up to do and now we can work on healthy weight loss. My goal is to lose about 20 pounds. I’m not putting any pressure on myself as far as a timeline, but I will look to make progress weekly. I do not feel strong enough to begin workouts, although I’m sure my lungs and heart would benefit from a little extra push. It will come in time. I will be doing the Venus workouts as I do not have access to a gym where we live now, but I do have my weights, bands ans a few other things I saved. So I will use them and get creative with everything else. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!
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Beth Secor
Dec 18, 2021
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So here we are. Over a month into covid and for myself, I’m doing a million times better. My cough is still hanging on, but it’s more of a tickle in the back of the throat than anything else. Chad is doing way better too. He’s up and around most of the day, just sitting for meals and his nebulizor treatments. All our meds are finished except for one each - which will last another month. So, all in all, we are pulling through. I even had enough energy to add a little Christmas to our dinning room. Somehow I felt like if I didnt do something, I’d be robbing the kids of the holiday. So it’s taken me a week, but there is some Christmas out. The kids are happy about it, I’m happy about it and that’s what counts.
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Beth Secor
Dec 05, 2021
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It’s been a long while since I’ve updated. It’s been at least 3 weeks we have been fighting Covid, my husband hit the worst and hardest. At its worst, his o2 was in the mid 80’s. it has been a nightmare. It has been a test of my faith like never before. It has been a test of resolve, inner strength and preservation. But, I think we may have turned the corner. Yes, my husband does have a severe case of COVID pneumonia. It will take months to resolve, but with the help of our miracle and answer to prayer Doctor, we have him on the right concoction of meds and he seems to be making ground. He’s very weak still, he’s short of breath still, he’s not out of the woods by any means. But his o2 numbers have been improving. He holds around 95 most of the time. Still room for improvement, but this is very good forward motion. I am recovering well enough. Some days I am overwhelmed with fatigue, some days not. I suppose that’s just how it’s gonna go. My eldest sons is also improving. His o2 holds around 97 most of the time now. So maybe, just maybe, we are pulling through. Keep praying my friends. God is still working, He is still capable. I pray for a complete healing for all of us.
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Beth Secor
Nov 22, 2021
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Days have blended into long nights. Sleepless nights, exhaustion is real. Chad is doing no better, but I don’t think any worse either. He sleeps so much. Walks a little and sleeps hours more. He coughs. Oh gosh, the coughing! I feel so bad for him. I want to wave a wand and make it all go away, but I know I can’t. 2 kids are now in recovery. Spontaneous fevers and a random headache for them. One child seems to have avoided it altogether! Lord be willing it will stay that way. My eldest is struggling. If you’ve had Covid, you know the body aches, sleepless nights, coughing, the headaches he is experiencing. I am surviving. Sick, but maybe a more mild case. I don’t want to mess it up by saying anything. Maybe I just haven’t been hit with it yet. All in all, we trust our God. He has never failed me, He has always been there. I know He will continue to be. My strength does not come from myself, it does from Him. maybe today will be the day we can make a small step out of this.
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Beth Secor
Nov 19, 2021
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I am finally able to get here. Thank you for the support and encouragement. It really does mean a lot. As for Chad, he is very sick. His underlying pneumonia is causing a lot of issues for recovery. The pneumonia is trying to settle in, but we are fighting it with everything we have. I will not stop fighting it. Pray for him. We have a good team of doctors at our fingertips and I am so very thankful. That’s all I have for now. I am trying to rest, the kids seem to be alright. A few scattered coughs and a headache is all we have with them. I pray it stays that way.
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Beth Secor
Nov 17, 2021
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So today my husband tested positive for Covid. We knew he was sick - has been since Saturday morning, but we both thought it was the flu, the achy flu. Today our home test said Covid. We have already gone and gotten an official test, but it would seem as though our lives plans must sit on the back burner and we work to survive this. 24h from now we will know more, but gosh. It’s kinda scary. My husband already has a history of pneumonia, so this makes me nervous. I am not feeling ill yet, not sure if I will. I am pumping vitamins like I am fighting something because I have been in close contact with my husband. Not sure how long I need to wait to see if I come down with it, so every day I feel ok is a blessing to me. We will see. trying not to stress about it, trying not to overthink, over analyze, over anything this. Hopefully we will pull out the other side and laugh about how silly it was that we thought it was just the flu.
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Beth Secor
Nov 13, 2021
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I hope everyone had a great week! Weekends are always difficult for me, schedule is off, I’m not as organized and stuff just doesn’t happen like it does during the week. Anyone with me there? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Anyways, I did have a pretty good week. Followed the MFP app pretty close and feel better already. This coming week I will be starting stretching. Maybe body weight movements if I feel up to it, but I know I am super tight. So stretching will be first priority. Then I cook and plan for this week. Not sure what the plan will be yet, but I’ll get there! What’s your favorite easy plan ahead meals/snacks that help you stay on track?? In the meantime, I’m enjoying the fall days and my puppy, Boulder!
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Beth Secor
Nov 11, 2021
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Ever noticed how fast calories add up? I think I had forgotten. 😬 Funny thing is that I still am trying to “find calories” to fill the void and then suddenly I’m shaving back… 😂🤦🏼‍♀️. Little of that, little of this… that’s why I like planning out my day before I eat a thing. Saves tiny dinners… plus, then I know what I’m doing for dinner and I can get out meat to thaw if I need to. Here’s today’s food chart. Day 2 is sorta kinda in the books (by bedtime it will be 😉). Also, a project I have been working on is included… ‘cuz I don’t know how to not have projects. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Next week I will begin stretching and working on some mobility. My kids want to join in too, so I’m happy about that. This week I still chip away at my biggest issue, food.
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Beth Secor
Nov 10, 2021
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So I promised myself when we had moved and settled in, I would get back on track. We have been moved in now 3 weeks, and today is my day 1. I was tempted to wait longer, but that is my way of giving into my wants and not my needs, my excuse to stay comfortable instead of doing what I know I need to do. So here we go. Food first, exercise will come as inflammation reduces and energy returns. Of course if you know me, I’m always busy doing something…
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Beth Secor
Jul 19, 2021
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This hit me right between the eyes and ricocheted into my heart. Reread it, now do it again. Let it sink in. Far too often we look at ourselves in the mirror, or in pictures, and tear ourselves apart. Honestly, if someone spoke to our daughters, sons, siblings or cousins the way we sometimes talk about ourselves, the mama bear in us would rise. So what makes you think it’s ok to self inflict wounds like that. Stop. Cut yourself some slack. Be gracious with yourself. Be forgiving, dedicated and loyal to yourself. What you see in any image is not a representation of who you are. Love yourself too. That’s all!
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