One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A Friday Wrap Up

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I feel like I’ve been all over the map this week, still trying to find that routine I so desperately need. I’m getting closer (or maybe I’m just getting more used to the chaos.)

  • I wrapped up one of my first clients this week as a business owner! I redesigned and coded a site for a Maryland dog trainer. She couldn’t be happier with the site and it made me feel so good to do something I REALLY love while making someone else happy AND getting paid for it! Nothing is more satisfying. Well, maybe except seeing a loss on the scale when I’m trying to lose! ;~P
  • BlogToLose hit over 500 members this week!! I can’t believe how fast it’s growing. We are still ironing out all the kinks but it’s really what I had imagine, a place where people can find the support they want and need to change their eating habits and live a healthier life. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I don’t think I would be as successful as I am keeping the weight off if it wasn’t for this blog and I really wanted to create a place where people could easily find the same support I get every day. Why did I build it? Well, it’s not easy to 1.) create a blog and then 2. ) get people to read it and comment but when a community of people get together it much easier to find the support. I HOPE it is working well for everyone.
  • I forgot to mention I weighed in again this Wed. I love the fact that I can now go to Weight Watchers and see my favorite leader on Wednesdays. So when my schedule allows I will always be updating my weight progress Wednesdays (I haven’t figured out an easy way to do the graphs yet but the table data is correct). To my surprise I was actually down .4 this week even with my Memorial day food blowout!
  • I’m gearing up for my first 5K run this Sunday! I pick up my race pack tomorrow and I’m SUPER nervous! I haven’t been feeling well and it seems that every time I run I get cramps now. I don’t know what’s up with that so if anyone has any advice, I’m all ears. Especially on how to prepare for the run in the next 2 days.
  • I felt real good about my eating this week and I even posted a couple of food journals. I’ve been home making (most) of my own meals and I love having the flexibility to whip something up mid day instead of being stuck with what I brought to work.
  • And Finally, I have a meeting next week with a friend who is going to help with… *dun dun DUN* … ya ready? MY COOKBOOK! Yes ladies and gentleman I’m taking the leap. I’m tired of getting the question in my inbox so the answer is YES! I’m working on it. :~D I’m thinking of putting together a “favorites” from GreenLiteBites with pictures and all so stay tuned for updates on that!

OK, this has turned into the longest post ever. I’m off to take the toddler to the Zoo. Then hopefully he’ll nap and I can get some work done and then it’s off to the gym for a date with my trainer friend. I don’t mean to rub it in, but man this working at home this is the best! It’s a lot to juggle but I’m LOVING the extra time with the toddler!

Here’s to a great weekend!

Oh crap! I did have one more thing. I have an appointment with my plastic surgeon tomorrow so stay tuned for an update on that. I know i haven’t mentioned it in awhile (the last time was WAY back on August) well I’ve actually met with the doctor a few times since then and tomorrow I have my last appointment. I’ll fill you all in tomorrow.

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    May 30, 2008

    one word (or is it two?):

    WOO HOO!!

    the lionheartk9 site looks so great. I must save my pennies for a RoniRevamp of the MizFit.

    Im SO pumped about the cookbook and shall spread the word for you all that I can. (yes. Im going outta order here. it’s the way I roll)

    and Im so impressed with the Blog to Lose numbers. You may take an extra week to firmly lodge yourself in a new routine but you are hitting some COOL MILESTONES along the way—so no matter!


    off to start my day.
    yank off my writerbandanna and don my mamaCAP.

    happy weekend and HAVE FUN in the race.

    this weekend I will DO a run and not TRY.


    May 30, 2008

    Hey Roni!

    I was looking at the site and thought the same think as mizfit!

    We actually may need not one but TWO website revamps. Could be three if the price is right :P

    How much do you charge?

    You can email me directly at please!



    May 30, 2008

    I too am lucky enough to be home with my children….for me it was a big decision and a simple one, but I’m glad that they know Mommy is around during the day to give them love and hugs when they need it and play time and we’re just way better off over all!


    May 30, 2008

    I’m running my second 5K this weekend. Here’s that advice:
    Drink plenty of fluids the day before the race, get rest, eat healthy. Stay hydrated…no caffeine.

    The day of the race….get there early for registration,wear your dependable shoes and outfit you are comfortable running in (no untried equipment/clothing). Start the race towards the middle to the back of the pack (experienced runners out front), don’t start too fast so you can keep a steady pace the rest of the race. Have fun!

    Elizabeth Molina

    May 30, 2008

    If you need any help with layout for your cookbook, let me know! I would love to have that in my portfolio!



    May 30, 2008

    Hi Roni

    Have being reading your blog for ages and love it laways looking for that bit of inspiration when I hit a slump which is always these days! But regarding your 5K – trust me when you get out there and get caught up in the buzz you can just run – plus watching all those people out there in every shape and form keeps you going – it is the best experience – I cant do more than 2 miles on the treadmill ever and when I run alone I have no stamina but when I am in a race I have no major problems and believe me I am not a runner at all!


    May 30, 2008

    Wow. It sounds like you’re super busy (as usual) but it’s great that you’re going to do a cookbook. Let me know when it comes out … if I have cash, I’ll be one of the first to buy it!

    I love Blog to Lose. (I probably spend more time online than I should these days, but it’s worth it to check up on friends and let them know what I’m up to.)


    May 30, 2008

    You might try adding more salt into your diet in the days leading up to the race, Roni. I ran cross country years ago, and my coach always encouraged us to up salt intake to help ease the effect of cramps (he called them “stitches”). I’m unsure about the physiology of it, but it always seemed to work for my fellow runners and me.

    On a related note, it’s also a good idea to carb load the day before the race. Eat a pasta dish for dinner — it will give you a lot of fuel off of which to run.


    May 30, 2008

    Do you take a multivitamin? Might be good idea with all the extra activity, I just started one… Do you have much potassium in you diet? A banana may help :) Have a good race!! Can’t wait to see the cookbook, I already cook so many of your recipes. That’s so great that you can make more memories with the toddler at home :)


    May 30, 2008

    looking forward to the cookbook!!!

    Dani Spies

    May 30, 2008

    You never fail to inspire me… I’ve had cookbook on the brain as well but seem to be dragging my feet. YOU my friend will be my “mentor”!
    Have a great weekend!


    May 30, 2008

    Hey Roni, It looks like you are getting into the swing of things working from home. Good for you. Keep it up and keep us posted on the doc appt.

    Miss July...not...yet

    May 30, 2008

    Okay…you have made me officially happy! Soooooooooooooooo looking forward to your cookbook!!!!!

    I know…I get a free copy since I kept hounding you to do this, right…ha ha!

    sounds like you are doing awesome. Good luck on the run!


    May 30, 2008

    Wow Roni you keep adding to your plate…it must feel empowering. I’m sure the toddler enjoys his extra time with you as well. I wouldn’t trade my time with my boys when they were that age for anything…now that they are 12 & 14 it’s a different story….LOL…just joking!! :)


    May 31, 2008

    Great job on all fronts, Roni!

    With the 5K side stitches, sometimes it helps to alternate your breathing. For example, if you take a breath every time your right foot hits the ground, inhale an extra step and then breath when the left foot hits the groun. Sometimes this is all it takes.

    Hydrate well tomorrow, and don’t carbo load too much. You’ll have plenty of glyocgen in your muscles for the 5K without the huge pasta dinner in your tummy that’ll just weigh you down.

    And most importantly, have fun! My hubby ran his first 5K with me last weekend, and he just had a blast. Remember to eat up that finish line — throw your hands up in the air and smile for the camera. You’ll have earned it. :)


    May 31, 2008

    Hi Roni!

    I have just discovered your blog. It’s excellent and I’ve enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work.

    I look forward to reading your cookbook and I shall certainly recommend that people visit you.

    Well done, Roni.

    All my best wishes.


    May 31, 2008

    Love the name of your new company, it’s also the name of my blog! :)


    May 31, 2008

    For the 5k…eat lightly the night before. Drink plenty of water at night and some in the morning–but not too much since you don’t want to get stomach cramps and you’ll be able to grab some during the race.

    Don’t get discouraged by the tons of people running ahead of you and don’t try to keep up with them–you’ll hit the wall. You can tell yourself this millions of times beforehand and yet you’ll try to do it anyway so be extra cautious.

    And schedule a huge celebratory breakfast after the race!! My favorite is greasy chorizo with eggs, refried beans, and tortillas–which I only have once or twice a year. You’ll burn it up with your post-race metabolism.