One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


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Well, I’m back. Happily back. Vacation was fun but there is something said about the return to “normalcy”. I missed my house, my bed, my routine and most importantly my FOOD! :~) I longed to cook my own meal in my own kitchen. Don’t get me wrong the first few days of our “Pizza ever day” mantra was fun and yummy. I’m not going to lie I enjoyed my boardwalk food. Pizza, ice cream, stromboli, french fries, candy and even a couple of zeppolis (why oh why) were common fare throughout the week.


The week is over. I enjoyed myself, I don’t feel guilty, I don’t feel “bad”. I’m not totally happy with the choices I made. I could have eaten healthier but I could have also eaten more. There were a lot of times I, shared ice cream with the toddler instead of getting my own, cut my greasy meals in half and chose water over that to die for fresh lemonade they have on the boards.

I also kicked ASS on the activity front. The car really did not move for 6 whole days. We walked everywhere! 5 of the 7 days we were there I got run/walks in before hitting the beach. I used my Nike+ and clocked 8 miles! And that’s not including a barefoot beach run and all the family strolls. I am still recovering so I couldn’t really run the first 3 days. I just walked as fast as I could and by the 4th workout I pushed myself into a jog and loved every minute of it!!

I even came home tonight and ran 2 miles! To all of you who said it, totally right, I’m addicted to running. It is so rewarding and I find myself smiling once I hit a certain pace. I’m already looking forward to going out again tomorrow night.


Coming home to an empty fridge was a bit of a challenge but I did whip up a light meal and it was my way of saying, "that’s enough." I’m not starting tomorrow, or Monday, or whatever other excuses I could conjure up. Now is as good of a time as any and ending my day with a homemade meal instead of takeout was just what I needed to kick start my week. That and 2 vases of water! ;~P

I can’t believe I’m going to do this but here’s one of the only 2 pictures with me in it on the beach. Being the family photographer I’m rarely in shots unless I’m setting a timer but the husband snapped this one while the toddler and I were looking for shells.

ROni & Ryan on beach

Yes, ladies and gentleman, that is me in a bikini on the beach. If I could go back in time and tell the 15 year old version of myself that I’d be frolicking on the beach with my 3 year old in a bikini she’d die laughing. I wore a T-shirt over my bathing suit for as long as I can remember.

Now, don’t just think I started going “T-Shirtless” after I lost the weight (although that is when I moved to a 2 piece). When I started this journey and came to the conclusion that I had to accept myself for who I am I decided I was not going to hide my body anymore. That was a few weeks after that little man was born (a time I was at my heaviest, again) and I’ve never looked back. Since that moment, at 200 all the way to 135lbs I haven’t worn a t-shirt over a suit. Stupid I know, but I feel as it’s a personal demon I have overcome.

Ok, I think I blabbed enough! To end tonight I’m stealing an idea from Later Gator. Love this!

Things that recently made me SMILE!

  • Watching the toddler get pummeled by a wave
  • getting pummeled myself
  • Seeing my mom
  • Kohr’s ice cream
  • Winning a poker game
  • Running
  • Painting shells
  • Riding rides with the toddler
  • Cleaning the fridge just because it was empty
  • Plucking a zucchini out of my garden
  • Cooking
  • playing “swords”
  • miniature golf
  • talking with the husband in the car without interruption as the toddler sleeps peacefully in the back.
  • the site of my bed

Until tomorrow!

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There are 17 comments so far.


    July 20, 2008

    You look awesome. I’ve just recently tackled going out in public in shorts, so I have quite a bit to go before I get to the bikini stage.

    After three weeks of being out of town this summer, I’m beginning to think the best part of a vacation is coming home.

    I read that it was a good idea to cook a meal and freeze it for a coming home dinner. I am definitely going to do that the next time we go out of town. Although from checking in with greenlitebites, it looks like you still accomplished having a good meal.


    July 20, 2008

    welcome home Ms. Bikini Clad On Beach!

    I adored your line about the going back and telling your youngerself…of the things that would SHOCK my youngerself as well (wink)



    July 20, 2008

    You look great! I hear ya on the running. I started back in Jan. Have done a 5K and now I am shifting gears towards a Triathlon. I still have about 35-40lbs to lose so if I can do it anyone can! Look into it. Sprint Tri’s are shorter 1/2 mile swim 12 mile bike and 3 mile run….check out my blog


    July 20, 2008

    Need a vacation to recover from the vacation…I would hate to come home to an empty refrigerator.


    July 20, 2008

    You look SO good out there on the beach with the toddler! I’m so proud of you! I was just in the L.A. area for a week, on a business trip (and I’m from central Illinois), and we walked on Ventura Beach, California one evening on the way to dinner at a seafood restaurant on a pier, called Eric Ericsson’s. It was great! And I thought of you when I was on the beach….but sadly, I wasn’t in a bikini. I still had my work outfit on, but I did take off my sandals and walk in the sand. I was the only one, though. The two guys and one other gal with me, left their shoes on. Where is it that you go….to the shore?


    July 20, 2008

    Sounds like a great great vacay! And it sounds like you enjoyed yourself, and didn’t fret about food, which is great. We have 51 other weeks a year to worry about what we are eating, everyone deserves a week or two off.

    And in Re:Running, I’ve totally become addicted to it myself, If you would’ve told the HS version of myself (or even the version of myself a year ago) that I would become addicted to running, and actually look forward to it, I never ever would’ve believed it! I ran 6 miles this morning, and loved every minute!


    July 20, 2008

    Can’t wait to get into a bikini. Much to my chagrin, I have a farmer’s tan from wearing too many tshirts. You look great!

    PS. that song’s still going through my head too.


    July 20, 2008

    Way to go for getting back on track the very day you got back home! It is sooo easy for me to fall into that trap of “I’ll get back to eating right tomorrow, or Monday, or after whatever.” I am impressed with your strength! I hope one day that I can have that kind of control over what I eat.

    Laura Brandon

    July 20, 2008

    i just breifly skimmed, so i’ll be back later to actually read the post, but i just wanted to say: CONGRATS ON THE BIKINI ON THE BEACH!!!!!


    July 20, 2008

    Hi, I’ve been an occasional drop in visitor to you site for a while but have just recently started coming by very often :) I love the video posts especially the cookery ones with your little boy.

    Your vacation sounds great – I love the beach!



    July 20, 2008

    Welcome home and thanks for the comment!


    July 20, 2008

    I am not in a bikini yet, BUT, I was at Target yesterday and purchased a RUNNING SKIRT (by Champion) and I LOVED IT. I thought OMG I look totally cute in it.. don’t hate my legs anymore.. this is a biggie, my legs were what i hated the most. But after 25 pounds loss, and almost at goal weight , i actually feel i don’t have fat legs anymore.

    I don’t even wear shorts when i run (capri shorts below the knee).. so wearing a running skirt is like WHOA.. i have not worn it yet for running, but hope to do so tomorrow (and hopefully it’ll feel good running in it LOL).

    Welcome back too! :) you look brill.


    July 20, 2008

    Delurking…love your blog and have been reading a few back posts each day to catch up. The video posts are great.

    You did excellent with fitting in the exercise on vacation! I read a post on another blog recently that said that we should just forget about staying on track while on vacation because finding healthy food choices and fitting in exercise are too hard. You definitely prove this wrong ;-)

    Sweets and Sweats

    July 21, 2008

    I just wanted to let you know I love you interaction with your son. The amount of love you feel for him just oozes out of your blog and it really does make me excited to have children one day.


    July 21, 2008

    First of all – Roni you look great – Congrats to a Bikini on the Beach!

    One thing I noticed about my vacations – althought they are supposed to be relaxing – I “move more” between walking and swimming and things. I tend to balance out a day of two larger meals with a (one) snack has always worked for me. Choosing higher protein breakfasts (veggie omelets and fruit) and meat and potato dinners with vegtables and salad (dressing on the side carry me through the day. I leave room for one sweet – frozen yogurt is a great cooling treat! Congrats again. Glad you had a great vacation.


    July 22, 2008

    I totally understand what you mean about the bikini, this summer I decided to see what everyone else did, and wear a bikini. And to boot I posted it on my blog :)

    You look fabulous! Your an inspiration toeveryone. I’m finally able to say that I am happy with myself, since I was 12. I may pick myself about sometimes, but I know I worked hard both physically and emotionally. Love thy self…