One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Brick Walls and Fat Girls

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I know, strange title right? Let me explain.

A co-worker sent out a link today about a dying mans “Last Lecture”. It is an amazing video about living life, accomplishing your dreams and being creative. In the video, Randy Pausch says many powerful things but one in particular stuck out for me.

The brick walls are there to show us how bad we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it bad enough.

For him the brick walls were rejections letters from Disney when he applied for a job. For us they may be a plateau in our weight loss journey or a week we just aren’t motivated enough. Next time I feel like giving up on anything I will definitely imagine a brick wall. It’s a powerful image and I really responded to it.

Now for the “Fat Girls”, Pasta Queen posted one of the most amazing blog posts I’ve ever read on the topic of weight loss. She looked hard at herself and concluded she was “was a lazy fat person who ate too much”. Take it from me, that’s a hard thing to admit and her readers are sure responding. To date she has had 51 comments on the topic.

My final link tonight is on the same topic of fat girls, I mean "skinny girl". I came across this video on you tube that is just, ummm, well, amazing? I guess that’s the word to use. Let’s just say I wish we had the ability to Photoshop ourselves for real. I mean seriously, I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. Me, speechless so you know it’s, ummm, amazing, just amazing. Warning: It is a bit graphic, so if you are easily offended don’t click.

So I was just in a sharing mood tonight. I hope you don’t mind. As for my food journal, I had another killer day! I worked out, stayed on plan and I just feel in the zone. I haven’t had any real uncontrollable cravings and I made sure I was prepared all week. I think I may just be too busy to get off track. I don’t have the time to mess up, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I decided to indulge in a bit of chocolate and cash in on some of those activity points I’m not really tracking. If you don’t know, I tend to do my own version of “less strict” Weight Watchers since I became a lifetime member. Basically, I just use their point concept to keep me in check nowadays.

Alright, ‘nuff said, I’m off to enjoy my chocolate! :~)

Morning Scale Reading: 143.5
Food Points
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffin (I froze some from my last batch – they warm up nicely in the microwave!) and an orange both split with the toddler 2
Kashi Granola Bar 1
bowl of stuff I made for lunches this week – whole wheat pasta, ground turkey , peas in "They don’t know what’s in there" Pizza Sauce (estimate) 5
8 oz light flavored yogurt 2
carrots 1
Quaker Mini Delights 2
triscuits thin crisps 2
Chick-fil-a chargrilled chicken salad and 4 nuggets 7
a few more triscuits thin crisps 2
Dark Chocolate 4
Totals 28
Daily Activity Log
10 minutes on the arc trainer – 20 minutes on the bike

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There are 12 comments so far.


    September 20, 2007

    Wow! Those were pretty powerful. I find your blog continually helpful. Recipes, ideas, inspiration, and now you’ve lead me to another source (PastaQueen’s blog). Thanks for doing what you do! – Ren


    September 21, 2007

    Roni – the link that is supposed to be to the youtube thing also links to PQ’s story. Can you repost the youtube link? Thanks!


    September 21, 2007

    nevermind! I must have clicked on the wrong thing!!

    Crabby McSlacker

    September 21, 2007

    Great links!

    I particularly like Pasta Queen’s frank and moving self-examination. It was especially cool to see how far she’s come from those early days. So inspirational!


    September 21, 2007

    Wow…that video was insane! That really makes me second guess what I see in magazine more than I already do. Thanks for sharing!



    September 21, 2007

    Roni-The U-Tube video infuriated me! Have we (as a society) lost complete touch of reality? Why have we become so obsessed with the perfect body…as opposed to a healthy body? I don’t blame photoshop or the computer geniuses who create such wonderful computer programs. But I blame our society for putting such pressure on being perfect. If you are comfortable in your own skin, that should be good enough. No matter what size you are, as long as you are happy and healthy (mentally and physically) that should be all that matters.


    September 21, 2007

    Alright I’m counting you in for the Christmas Challenge!! 5 lbs is a great goal and you can totally get there!! Just think it will help you stay accountable AND you’ll be surronded by support and encouragment (which you already are on your website, but this is just an added benefit!)


    September 21, 2007

    Roni….you amaze me…..again!! I’m getting ready to bust that brick wall down!!

    Thank you for taking the time to do all this stuff. I am learning so much from you and feel like I can really do it this time!

    Made your “they don’t know what’s in there pizza sauce” last night for supper…yummy! And then today used it to make zucchini pizza for lunch….yummy again and very filling!

    Michelle in Ontario


    September 21, 2007

    Great Post! I love the quote about brick walls. It really makes me look at myself, and at all of the times that I’ve given up…


    September 21, 2007

    Fantastic post! Roni, your site is so upliftingly honest.
    Do you have any advice as to how to deal with a roomate who is constantly pushing junk food at me? I don’t especially want to tell her that I’m trying to lose weight as she’s a twig and it’s kind of embarassing. But I’m getting really frustrated with trying to avoid her fatty food whims. Any advice would be so greatly apreciated!!
    Thank you again for the wonderful site! Keep up the super work!


    September 23, 2007

    I’m glad you guys liked that video. It really hit home for me!

    Anonymous -Your roommate sounds like my husband. ;~) Sometimes you just need good old fashion will power. I try to educate them on how bad the snack food is. It makes me feel better and helps me realize its not worth the splurge.