One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Feeling Better & Catching Up

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It’s official, diet and exercise makes a HUGE difference in my mood. Today I feel GREAT! I started my morning with a fun fruit salad and a trip to the gym, and honestly, that’s all it took to snap me out of it. Even though the scale is up, I’m not letting the number get to me as I know it will drop tomorrow after the enormous amounts of water I drank today. We all know I didn’t gain 4 pounds in 3 days, it’s not possible. Most of it is water retention from the bad food choices.  Well see tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.

So on to this catching up thing. Over the weekend I noted a few things I wanted to tell you about but (as you know) I was uninspired. Now I’m more motivated and ready.

There were two particular quotes the husband made that I need to share.

His first comment was after I offered to make him lunch. Saturday morning he hit Burger King for his absolute favorite breakfast (you are going to die, I told you he’s a fast food junky, right? Ok ya ready?) 3 egg and cheese croissan’wiches. (believe me I TRY – don’t ask) Anyway, that was about 8:30AM. Around 2:00PM I tell him I’m going to make lunch and he says…

“No thanks, I’m still full from this morning.”

What? Full from this morning?!? Now granted he ate about 1000 calories in one sitting but still, if I did that I’d be looking to eat lunch at noon anyway. Almost like I was programmed to do so. It was then I realized how much he listens to his body. He may not make the best choices but overall the man does not eat when he isn’t hungry. It sounds funny to say that but think about it. I mean really think about it. How many times have you eaten when you weren’t hungry just because it was “time” to eat? I don’t know about you, but I do that ALL the time. It’s like I use the time as an excuse to eat instead of listening to my body.

The second one is a bit of a pat on the back for me but it made me feel so good I need to share. 

“Look at you, you are THAT girl.”

This came out of the husbands mouth at the gym Saturday morning. He said it after I came out of the locker room in my sports top and workout clothes. It made me smile because I still have a hard time seeing myself as “that” girl.  I was never the active fit girl, if anything I was the complete opposite. It is really amazing how much I’ve changed. If you don’t think it’s possible, believe me, it IS! It really is.

Morning Scale Reading: 147.5 (Not freaking out, it was TOTALLY expected after this weekend)
Food Points
Strawberry Orange Salad 2
cup of chicken and black bean soup and a veggie wrap (from resturant – estimate) 7
lite yogurt 2
Homemade Lentil Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich 7
watermelon 1
lite yogurt 2
Chocolate Pomegranate Flavored VitaBrownie 1
Total 22
Daily Activity Log
25 minutes on bike, lower body circuit, 5 pull ups with 52 lbs assistance

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    January 15, 2008

    Roni – you said:

    “For me preparing food is ultimately more satisfying then just eating it. I know some of you may think that’s crazy but listen, you can open the pantry and grab a pre-made processed food snack or you can spend 5 minutes in the kitchen peeling an orange, slicing some strawberries and sitting down to a tasty, ultimately more satisfying and nutritious bowl of fruit.”

    I so agree with this. I think there is a real danger in food that is too fast. I don’t even notice that I have eaten it, or how much of it I have eaten. I think that the process of shopping, planning, preparing, and then serving food – on a plate – adds so much to making me MINDFUL about what I eat. Food that is too fast – gets me into trouble.


    January 15, 2008

    I eat on a completely different schedule when I am alone all day vs when the Hub is home and I’m trying to keep my meals in sync with his.


    January 15, 2008

    Roni – your husband’s first comment made me think of something my co-worker said yesterday – “some people eat to live and some people live to eat”! Your post and her comments yeterday make me think it’s a sign – I need to start listening to my body more.
    Good job on getting back on track!! – Preeti.


    January 15, 2008

    My husband does the same thing. On a weekend, he’ll say, “I’ve been sitting around all day. I haven’t done anything. I don’t need food.” I’m definitely an on the clock food eater.

    You’re doing great!


    January 15, 2008

    I’m the same way as you. I watch the clock to eat, and I feel out of whack on weekends when I don’t eat at noon. I’m definitely working on this and hope to do better. Of course, that doesn’t hold true for the pizza in the fridge. I eat it all day long! I just don’t order it anymore!


    January 15, 2008

    Glad to hear you had a great Monday! I am anxously waiting for your whole wheat pizza dough recipe, I love making my own dough and I just can’t get a mixture down that I like well enough to make.
    Thanks for posting the new recipe ideas, can’t wait to try them!


    January 15, 2008

    I don’t remember the last time I didn’t eat lunch. Granted – I’m usually hungry but I’m sure there are times that I’m not, I’m just eating because I’m “supposed” to. Good food for thought.

    And I’m waiting for the pizza dough recipe too! We are big Friday-Night-Homemade-Pizzaers so I can’t wait!


    January 15, 2008

    on the weekends i only eat when hungry, but in the office it’s like i have to eat at certain times. i think my body thinks it’s hungry at 9am, 1pm, and 4pm, no matter if it really is or isn’t!


    January 15, 2008

    Your post really hit home today. My husband is the same way…he eats whatever he wants, but he is just not controlled by food the way I am. If he’s hungry, he eats, if he’s not, he doesn’t. Simple as that. Simple? I don’t think so! But I think guys also don’t connect emotions and food the way women tend to. Lucky them!

    Also, the other day, DH said to me, “When you get to your goal weight, you’re just going to complain that you’re fat anyway.” He didn’t say it to be mean, but he was right. When I was thin, I didn’t know how good I looked. I watched a video of myself the other day and was like “Wow! I really thought I was fat?” I would LOVE to look like that now! I can say now that I will truly appreciate being thin when I get there again, but I don’t know. You really have to change the WAY you look at yourself, not just how you look.


    January 15, 2008

    So funny because I always think the same thing about my boyfriend. I eat because I want food; he eats because he’s hungry.


    January 15, 2008

    Hi RONI!! I found a site that you might enjoy…

    LOVE your site and you are right, I eat because it’s time to or because someone else is…not because I am hungry….bad habit!


    January 15, 2008

    I totally understand eating by the clock. It’s the way I eat too.

    I’m also anxiously awaiting your whole wheat pizza dough (with a video?!)


    January 15, 2008

    I am the *worst* about not paying attention to my body. Sometimes I put off eating when I’m hungry, and more frequently I eat when I’m not just because it’s “time.”

    Yay for you, being THAT girl. You deserve to pat yourself on the back. I’ll even join in on patting you on the back.



    January 15, 2008

    I am so glad you feel better. I was thinking about you today– and I had total confidence that you’d exercise and eat right and feel right back on track.


    January 15, 2008

    wow….people like your husband truly amaze me. i definitely feel the need to eat at specific times just b/c it’s lunch time or dinner time…but every once in a while i’ll shock myself and actually listen to my body.


    January 16, 2008

    I am going through a 3 lb weight gain too – last week i was up 3 lbs – it seems impossible to me too – but i’ll find out tomorrow.

    I loaded up on the water so I hope that helps!

    I do the “Oh it’s 11:45 time for lunch”. I am trying to break that habit but wow, its hard!! I am working on it though.