One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


I Can Climb Mountains!

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Seriously! Let me start at the beginning, the family went to the gym tonight and we started off playing a bit of basket ball.  Let me tell you a 2 year old with a big basketball on a huge court may be one of the cutest things ever especially when he jumps next to the ball instead of dribbling it.   Just too CUTE! 

Sorry I got sidetrack.

Anyway, when we got there I was eying up the rock-climbing wall.  The husband said I should do it..  Honestly, I’ve been eying it up since I joined but who wants to see a 31 year old make a fool of herself trying to climb a wall? Anyway, I haven’t seen anyone over the age of 13 give it a try, ever. So after basketball we put the little guy in childcare and I hit the weights.  Man! I’m really loving the weight training! I pushed myself again and increased my weight on a few machines.

Sorry, sidetracked again, I do have a point to this.  I promise :~)

On our way out the wall was calling me, again.  I thought about it and decided what the hell?!?  You only live once, right?!?  (I’ve been using that line a lot since turning 30).  I know when I was heavier I would have never done it, not in a million years.  I would have been too embarrassed and assumed everyone was watching the chubby girl try to climb a wall.  Then I realized I was making the same excuse for myself this time, but instead of weight, I was using my age. 

So I DID IT and IT WAS AWESOME! I mean seriously fun. And talk about feeling strong and building confidence! I just about made it to the top and you know what, NEXT TIME I will!  Oh Yeah, that’s right, I’m doing it again because I’m a young, hip rockwall climbing MOM!    :~)

I’m so done not doing things because of the way it may look or the way I may look.  I’ve always had a air of confidence about me but a lot of people don’t know I would shy away from things I really would have liked to do but I was ashamed of myself and my body. Once I realized and accepted myself for who I am, chubbiness and all, I was able to succeed on the weight loss front.

Ok, on to more self-analysis this time on the food front.  This may come to a surprise for some of you but I think I’m going to stop counting points.  You guys know I’m a Weight Watchers Flex plan fanatic but I just need a break.  I’m still going to journal just not going count.  I pretty much eat mostly anyway Core (don’t I?) so it’s not really that far of a stretch to stop counting.  We’ll just see how it goes.  It’s not like I can’t pick up counting again if I feel out of control, right?

So here is my new abbreviated food journal.

It feels so weird not to total the points but I have to admit it took a lot less time! And I’ll need all the time I can get when classes start Monday!

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    August 25, 2007

    Way to go climbing that rock wall. I have always been interested in doing it, but haven’t ever taken the opportunity. Good luck with the no counting points. I think you eat so well that it won’t be a problem for you. I didn’t count points over the summer and didn’t do too bad although I still often found myself counting the points. I am back to counting strong this past week though with the start of school and was happy to see a loss on the scale. I still need to lose a bunch though so it is different. I’ll be looking for your food journal though so I can keep copying recipes!


    August 25, 2007

    You are going to be one sore puppy! Ive done the wall climbing too. I love it. I love the ride down too. It definitely takes some arm strength!


    August 25, 2007

    I think this is the absolute best feeling in the world. When I was in college and pretty overweight, I worked at a summer camp. There was a climbing wall there. On one of the first days, we had to climb the wall attached to a partner as a teambuilding exercise for the counselors. I could climb about 6 feet and had to get down. It was humiliating! All summer long, I really watched what I ate, ran during rest hour and got in much better shape. About 7 weeks later, I had become pretty good friends with the climbing wall instructor. He encouraged me to try again. I did and whizzed right to the top. I will remember this feeling FOREVER!!! There are so many climbing gyms around…I keep think that will be my true test..when I’m comfortable to go back to a climbing wall and try to go to the top!

    Good luck with the no counting points. It really seems like you have things pretty well under control and will be able to do it this way! And you’re right, you can always go back!


    August 25, 2007

    Hi Roni – when I read that you weren’t counting pts I thought, “OH NO!” I joined WW the day you were profiled on msn and have been using your site daily for inspiration and ideas. 3 months later I think I have pts counting down and will use my WW online tracker as usual, but if I could make a small request – any chance you could still provide NI or guestimate pts for your recipes???


    August 25, 2007

    That’s fricken awesome.
    I love the fact that you were able to recognize that you were making the same excuse but using your age instead of weight. That’s a pretty big accomplishment to be able to recognize that in the MOMENT and not just in retrospect later. Way to go!
    That’s awesome that you got such a great feeling out of it!!

    PS I’m running a poll on my blog to choose Starbucks clothes so come on over and help me choose!


    August 25, 2007

    Of course I will!! I’m just not going to do the daily chart. I’ll still list what I ate and i will still do the nutritional estimates on recipes. No worries!


    August 25, 2007

    Just a quick comment on the not counting points… a few months ago (after I’d been at my goal weight for a while) I decided, like you, to stop counting. I knew I was eating healthy, within my points range & had basically memorized the point values of everything. Here’s the thing, slowly but surely I started to add little bits of “unhealthy” things into my diet. Maybe a piece of cheese on my normally cheese free sandwich, a few pieces of candy, 2 slices of bacon instead of one… you get the picture. It all added up, three months later I gained back 10 pounds! Yikes!! It wasn’t as if I went crazy and started eating fast food everyday or anything remotely like that… I just stopped counting. Point being, I am now back to counting and losing & I don’t think I’ll stop counting again… it made it all too easy to loose track of an appropriate balance of food. I am not trying to dissuade you from not counting; I only want to warn you of my own experience so that you don’t have a similar one.
    FYI – I obviously wasn’t weighing myself or paying enough attention to my tightening waist band… knowing you, a “daily weigher” :) you’ll catch yourself if things go awry! Best of luck Roni – thanks for your fantastic blog!


    August 25, 2007


    Just my thoughts about not counting points: We have a food addiction. This has to be watched and maintained on a daily basis. The sooner I accepted this fact, the more at peace I was with my self. I do not weigh, however. You, as well as I, know that when you follow the program, the weight will come off. I have no use belaboring it on a daily basis–up 1, down .5. All you are is fixated on the scale. Keep up the good work and inspiration!


    August 25, 2007

    Thanks so much for the comments guys!

    Just remember I’m not really trying to lose, I’m maintaining. I will always go back to counting if the scale creeps up again. I really want to see if I can get back into my range without counting. It’s all about challenging myself and I’m always up for a challenge!

    I’ve learned a lot about myself and how to eat, I just want to put it in practice. Sort of like a final exam.


    August 25, 2007

    Way to go on climbing the wall! I have tried it before and as a chubby girl, I know exactly what you mean. I’m sure you looked awesome and put the 13 year olds to shame!


    March 21, 2013

    OMG, you did YOLO before it was mainstream!!!

    – TimeTraveler from 2013.-


      March 22, 2013

      LMAO I guess I did. :)