One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ask Roni _v06 Session 1 – Video/Podcast

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I’m at it again! This time not looking so pretty, maybe I should start doing pure podcasts so I can stay in my pajamas! ;~)

Topics in this video include…

  • Comment on owning your accomplishments
  • My take on Dairy Requirements
  • Dealing with the overwhelming feelings
  • Have I tried No Pudge?
  • Losing willpower?

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There are 19 comments so far.

    Lauren P

    August 19, 2008

    You’re too funny! I take a children’s vitamin too. One of the leaders at a Weight Watcher meeting actually suggested it. I compared the amounts in the children’s vitamin to an adult multivitamin and they were the same, so I thought why not.


    August 19, 2008

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    August 19, 2008

    you’re last comment about minimzing the damage of having a bad day (with regard to food choices) was so right- I think so many people have a bad day and it spirals from there. Having a bad day, or falling to one or two food temptations for one day won’t have much of an impact if you pull it back together the next day and move forward. Your comments were dead on! We all need to be reminded of that!



    August 19, 2008

    Roni you are right on about the cows milk. It is weird. I breastfed all my children for a long time one of the reason was I didn’t want them having any sort of formula or milk. We are just not milk people. My children have never sat down and drank a cup of milk, except for chocolate. We love cheese and yogurt and we eat healthy so I’m not to worried.


    August 19, 2008

    Well, Roni, I’m not taking part in the milk debate because I don’t like arguments, but I do have some comments. :) I think however you can get in a couple of servings of dairy a day for the calcium/vitamin D (yogurt, milk, cheese, etc.) is really important for bone health. Bone builds until about 30-35yo and then decreases steadily… so it’s important to build it up before it stops, and then keep drinking/eating dairy to replenish. While I think vitamins and supplements can fill in gaps, I don’t think anyone should rely on a calicum supplement (or any other kind for that matter) to meet their need. You’d probably have to take way more of those pills than you think to equal what we should all be getting through our food fuel.

    And about weekly goals mentioned in the “Overwhemled” portion of the video, I 100% agree. There are always things we can improve, but we’ll forget what we want to achieve by trying to achieve 1000 things at once. I try to pick out one thing each week to make SURE that I do each day, and the other things that I want to do are great if the happen but not a problem if they don’t. This week, my goal is to track all my points, no matter how good/bad it looks in the end… because being honest is more likely to keep me on track! I’d also love to exercise daily, drink my water, eat more veggies…. but those things are secondary this week. One will likely be primary next week, but for now, it’s point counting for me!


    August 19, 2008

    Jennifer- I wasn’t trying to debate, same here I don’t want to argue. I do think calcium is Super important but that doesn’t mean to have to get it from dairy.
    Here’s the list I wish I had when I recorded…
    * Salmon
    * Tofu
    * Rhubarb
    * Sardines
    * Collard greens
    * Spinach
    * Turnip greens
    * Okra
    * White beans
    * Baked beans
    * Broccoli
    * Peas
    * Brussel sprouts
    * Sesame seeds
    * Bok choy
    * Almonds

    As always I’m just throwing my thoughts out there. I’m not anti-milk or pro-milk just sharing the things that go through my head.

    Thanks everyone for you comments!!


    August 19, 2008

    Hey Roni… I think you misunderstood me. You had made a joke about “not wanting to start a milk debate” in your video post, which was the reason for the preface to my comment. I wasn’t trying to refute you or anything. I agree with you! Just trying to clear the air I felt from your response!

    I agree; that’s a great list I found out there, too. Who knew calcium was hidden in so many foods?! I would bet, however, that many of those don’t have as much calicum as dairy… which is why I’m sure milk, yogurt, etc. will still remain a popular source. I’m glad to know we can get some fortification from other foods when we just can’t stomach another dairy item :)


    August 19, 2008

    LOL sorry, didn’t meant to make you feel like I was arguing with you. I kind of used you to get the list of calcium foods out! Isn’t it funny how people “come across” in text. No hard feeling here! :~P Thanks for commenting!


    August 19, 2008

    Hey Roni,
    It’s Kelly (your biggest cheesehead fan from Wisconsin :o)
    Please, please, please keep doing your videos. I love them and I think you look great in all of them. Not to sound “technology dumb” but I do not even know what a podcast is (I am assuming it has to do with ipods – which I do not own), but anyway… please keep doing the videos. You can do them in your jammies, we dont care. Thanks Roni for the awesome video!!


    August 20, 2008

    LOL ok, ok don’t pull my arm or anything! ;~P Just kidding, in all seriousness, I have no plans on stopping, it was just a joke because normally when I have the time to do a video I’m a wreck!


    August 20, 2008

    I found this info with exact numbers on how much calcium non-milk items have. We love dairy but my family drinks some milk but not a lot. We eat some cheese and a little yogurt but we really don’t eat/drink that much. The kids have low fat cheese in their lunches most days but take 100% juice or water to drink (because I pack their lunches and the milk gets too warm for them) We do, however, eat a ton of broccoli and spinach (although it doesn’t say if raw spinach has the same amount as cooked spinach… I can’t imagine that cooking would add calcium but I guess you would have to eat more raw since it shrinks when cooked?). I notice that none of these items has as much calcium as a glass of milk but it’s an option.

    “The government recommendation for adults ages 19-50 is 1000 mg of calcium per day. One cup of milk has 296 mg, but there are plenty of reasons you might not to drink milk, from personal preference to medical reasons.

    Here are 15 foods high in calcium that don’t come from a cow:

    Sesame Seeds
    A quarter cup of sesame seeds has 351 mg calcium.

    A cup of boiled spinach has 245 mg.

    Collard Greens
    A cup of boiled collard greens has 266 mg.

    Blackstrap Molasses
    One tablespoon has about 137 mg.

    One cup of raw kelp has 136 mg.

    Two tablespoons of raw tahini (sesame seed butter) have 126 mg.

    Two cups of boiled broccoli have 124 mg.

    Swiss Chard
    One cup of boiled chard has 102 mg.

    One cup of boiled kale has 94 mg.

    Brazil Nuts
    Two ounces of Brazil nuts (12 nuts) have 90 mg.

    Two cups of raw celery have 81 mg.

    One ounce of almonds (23 nuts) has 75 mg.

    One medium papaya has 73 mg.

    Flax Seeds
    Two tablespoons of flax seeds have 52 mg.

    One medium orange has 52 mg.


    August 20, 2008

    “The successful people are the ones who don’t let those weeks or days domino into months and years” Great quote! I wrote it down and taped it to my computer! :)


    August 20, 2008

    Hey Roni! I am so glad you brought up the milk topic because I have been focused on that for months now. Don’t get me wrong, I do drink milk and couldn’t go without cheese (LOL), but after reading the book Skinny Bitch they made some very interesting points about cows milk: “Cow’s milk, by design, grows a 90 pound calf into a 2000 pound cow.” So I agree that it is a very strange thing that we drink the milk of such a large animal and what is meant to nourish an animal that will weigh thousands more than us??!! How bizzare is that? They also mention: “A cows inner workings of their bodies are completley different than ours”, they have 4 stomachs, we have one and that milk is meant to fill them up as calves to help those stomachs stay full. “Dairy products also produce mucus and the body will develop a cold or “allergies” to fight the dairy invasion”. Anyway, I just wanted to make an addition to what you catogorized as “Odd and Wierd”, because I totally agree with you. And like you, I’m not saying its wrong or I’m never drinking it again, I just think its a bit strange myself! BTW, if you haven’t already read it, Skinny Bitch does have some interesting info, some of it I agree with and some of it is a bit out there, but it’s altogether a good read! Thanks for everything you do Roni!


    August 20, 2008

    We covered Supplements in my class (Biggest Loser Competition) last week. To my disbelief, if you are eating a nice well rounded, balanced diet (I do and you seem to as well) there is NO need for a multivitamin. The nutritionist basically called it “expensive pee”


    August 20, 2008

    I loved the topics this time. The one about being overwhelmed was great. There is so much info out there, to implement all at once can cause system overload…..especially what foods to eat daily……….that’s a lot of food! Making small changes is great. I made the first change at the beginning to eliminate diet soda and that was HUGE for me. The rest just snowballed after that and I am feeling great. We’d miss ya if you didn’t do the videos anymore ;) Don’t leave us!


    August 21, 2008


    I’m trying really hard to think of a way to word this that won’t come across as too harsh, because obviously the humorous, oh-my, duh, kind of feeling/expression is difficult to get across online. So, I’ll just say it the best I can with a disclaimer that it’s not meant to be mean or anything: of course we don’t need a multivitamin if we eat well! What do you think all our ancestors did for thousands of years before multivitamins were invented? If we’d needed them then, then either we’d be a very strange species, or we’d have died out.

    (As a side note, no, I don’t take any. I absolutely hate tablets of any sort, and multivitamins always make me gag. So, added on to the fact that I’d rather focus on eating and living healthy, I don’t think they’re worth the struggle.)

    And Roni: on the topic of milk, I agree also. Why do we eat/drink something that comes out of another animals body, intended for its young, not adults of a different species? I don’t intentionally limit what dairy I have, but I don’t focus on it either.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking video.



    August 21, 2008

    This was another great video! I just had a quick comment about owning accomplishments in regard to weight loss. I have a lot of weight to lose and have been working on it with weight watchers. I’ve been trying to lose weight since i was 10 (and I’m 21 now)! I started WW in July and wanted to lose my 10 pounds before I went back to college. Dealing with PCOS has made my weight loss journey hard so I thought 10 pounds would be a good goal. I did lose it and have lost a little bit more. I ended up going out to dinner with my parents to celebrate at a restaurant that had a lobster bake (so it was a pretty healthy way to celebrate in my opinion). I took my 10 pound ribbon and took a picture with it outside of the restaurant. I plan to put the picture on my fridge at school as motivation when I’m having a hard time. Even though 10 pounds is not a large amount compared to what I need to lose, its still 10 pounds! I think any one who loses weight should be proud because for most people losing weight is really difficult. For me, every pound I lose makes me excited and should be recognized as something important that I’m doing for myself!


    August 26, 2008

    Thanks for this Roni. I’m not a fan of dairy products and have recently considered natural hygein and generally giving up my cottage cheese, yogurt and cheese along with dairy milk. My 10 year old is allergic to dairy and I’ve always struggled with getting enough calcium for her. I think re-visiting my eating habits and working towards a dairy-free diet (we already switched to soy drink as a family) will be of benefit to both of us.


    August 27, 2008


    Thank you so much for answering the question about loosing willpower-it was like you were talking to me! You are such and inspiration and your site is awesome! I am putting on my shoes right now and going for a run!