One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


My New Buddy

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WaterUThe other day I hit Bed Bath & Beyond.  Man I love that store!

They were having a big sale and as soon as I walked in I was immediately attracted to a large bin with these water cooler looking water bottles in it. They were huge! (74oz) With a great handle and a large sports bottle top.  I bought 2 they were just so COOL!

Now I have them in rotation. One’s in freezer filled half with water getting ready for tomorrow. In the morning, I’ll pull that one out, top it off and replace it with the other one.

Right now, I’m finishing off my 74oz. I lugged it to work, got made fun of, drank from it all day, lugged it back home, shared it with the toddler in the car (he thinks it’s great!), had it at dinner, it’s like My Buddy. You know, where ever I go, he goes…

Now that I successfully got that stuck in your head for the rest of the day I’ll move on (mission accomplished) :~P

The last two days have been great. I think the water is helping, immensely. Plus I’m working my butt of at work preparing for classes that start Monday. The next week or two is going to be crazy! On top of it all, the toddler isn’t feeling well. We have to go to the doctors tomorrow afternoon so that kills my cardio kickboxing class. :~( I’m going to try my hardest to get the gym before work so I can fit it in. We’ll see. I’m just too tired to even try and plan the day tomorrow.

I’m also racking my brain for a new weekly video post idea. I think all this class prep is sucking me dry. So if there is anything you can think of, I’m all ears!

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    January 24, 2008

    Hhahahaha. I LOVED that commercial when I was young and totally had a Kid Sister. Thank god for You Tube to help us re-live the 80’s.


    January 24, 2008

    Watch drinking from plastic…..could be harmful to your health. ( Some researchers are worried that heavy-duty plastic that contains the chemical BPA may be harmful to our health)

    January 24, 2008

    I would love some ideas for storing vegetables that I cut early in the week in my fridge. Also, do you store them in tupperware or ziplock bags? Great job and workout before work- you’ll feel great! I’m right there with far I’ve done three days on track and had water and worked out!! The scale hasn’t budged yet but it’s also TOM. Good luck!!


    January 24, 2008

    I’d love to see you make those spaghetti squash cakes. I’ve mastered the preparation of the squash, I just felt like my cakes came out burned and bland (in the picture yours looked pretty and tasty). Just a thought, maybe that’s too much for one video!


    January 24, 2008

    I have one of those water jugs from BB&B, too. My only issue was it started to get a bit on the stinky side and dishwasher washing wasn’t cleaning out that handle part. Hand washing them is probably best, and often :)



    January 24, 2008

    My son has a “My Buddy” doll that he just loves! I’ll have to show him that commercial clip.


    January 24, 2008

    We have 3 of the big ones and I have 1 of the little ones (32oz) and love them but my only issue is that they start to leak after a while. I have no idea what I am doing to them but I’ve had 2 leak on me so far and both in the same place. Always at the bottom and I find out while drinking and ending up wet. Just keep an eye out.
    Other than that, just an FYI for BBB, they take expired coupons so save them when you get then and you can save 20% of things all the time ;). Glad that you found a way to get in more water.

    Oh, and I purposely didn’t watch the video but the song is stuff anyway :P thanks.


    January 24, 2008

    I had to smile because my husband’s “My Buddy” is going to be a big jug, too. It’s full of a yucky substance for him to drink this afternoon to prepare for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning! :-(

    I am becoming a regular reader of your blog. It is giving me motivation to start over on WW “one more time” at age 48. I’m amazed at the amout of energy you put in to maintaining not only your weight, but your family AND this blog!

    -another Holly


    January 24, 2008

    I had a my buddy! i loved it!

    Once I get completely better, I’m going to start cooking more and more. you have inspired me!


    January 24, 2008

    We don’t have a BBB here, but we do have a Linens & Things. I’ll have to check there to see if they have any of those bottles. It’s just so much easier to get all your water in with those big jugs to carry around. The ones I have right now are 32 oz, but I’d love to get some bigger ones.


    January 24, 2008


    Not that this should be your next video or anything, but can you talk about cellulite?


    January 24, 2008

    You can always do a video about your Chocolate Cookie Bites…or you could do a video that shows unhealthy food choices and how to replace them with healthy ones.

    Scrumpy's Baker

    January 24, 2008

    Oh no! Not the My Buddy!

    My buddy and me like to climb up a tree, my buddy and me are the best friends we could be.

    Those marketers were genius. I will NEVER forget that song.


    January 24, 2008

    Hi – love your recipes – use them all the time!!! What about a video on the wonton pizza bites….


    January 24, 2008


    I’m all about watching you cook like a sauteed vegetable dish.

    And one question, I have lost almost 60 lbs. Everyone is telling me to stop that I look fine, but when I look in the mirror I see more fat that I want to get rid of….does this ever stop? Did you feel you were happy where you were when you hit your goal weight? or do you still see things here and there?

    Thank you so much fo your inspiration!


    January 24, 2008

    I would love to see the spaghetti squash cakes and the wonton pizza bites also! I tried the wonton things about 2 months ago and they came out terrible lol.. i think i might have overfilled them.. I also tried spaghetti squash 2 nights ago for the first time and it was AWESOME! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! =]


    January 24, 2008

    I just saw these this morning. But when I picked two different ones up, the inside of the handle was sharp where the seam in the plastic was so I passed.


    January 24, 2008

    Roni: I’m going to head to Bed, Bath & Beyond this weekend. It’s a 100 mile journey for me so I’ll be spending some time in there you can bet. I will look for and probably purchase a water bottle. Thanks for the tip. I love your video posts, especially with the toddler, so I’m sure whatever you come up with we will all love. And, if you are feeling overwhelmed with school, it can always wait.


    January 24, 2008

    Just like I always say…it’s all about the jugs ;)


    January 25, 2008

    I left my water bottle at the gym earlier this week. I’m heading to BBB for some water bottle goodness!


    January 25, 2008

    Thanks so much guys!

    So I have veggie storage, spaghetti squash cakes, and cellulite to chat about! LOL

    NOT a problem! ;~P

    Richard McLaughlin

    January 26, 2008

    I got the same container for water and heard that people say the plastic can be bad.

    Those same people must assume that water falls from the sky totally clean and lands directly in my mouth – otherwise it has to get from there to here.

    Lead pipes, cracked valves, dirty filters and finally in my plastic jug. Heck, I put in a drop of vodka and figure that all is even.

    Breath in. Breath out. Move on


    January 27, 2008



    January 28, 2008

    hi roni,
    i just discovered your blog… i’ve bookmarked it & check it daily!

    glad you’re re-thinking the water bottle!
    one i LOVE and use daily:

    they’re a little expensive but well worth it…

    thanks for being a great inspiration.


    January 30, 2008

    Hi Ronnie,
    I met u at the weight watcher meeting today. You are truly an inspiration. You look great. I love your determination. Thanks for sharing your site with me. See you at the next meeting. I’m 187.2 this week. I lost 2.8 points. I wanna be 150. So, I can buy a sex dress from Forever Twenty-One. I wanna be a size 8 or 10 again. I am gonna do it. Thanks 4 the inspiration.

    Your Weight Watchers Friend,



    February 10, 2008

    How about a video showing us how you freeze ground beef flat and put it in the gift bag?