One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


What a Weekend!

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I caught up with an old friend I haven’t seen in almost 7 years! Life just happened, we lost touch, moved away and got busy. Then she found me on Facebook and we hooked up this weekend! It was wonderful! The first words out of her month when she saw me was “You like just like you did in High School!”

What a compliment! :~)

I won’t get into it but most of you know I thought i was “fat” in HS and 15 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to accept the compliment. Now, all I said was “Thank you! You’re too sweet”.

It’s amazing how some of us have to learn how to absorb kind words. It’s like an exercise in self love.

Other then the reunion, I had a busy weekend. My friend and I took the toddler to Hampden Fest. It’s a great local festival with music, art and food. However, I didn’t expect the 90 degree weather! It was HOT. So hot that all we wanted to do was go home and nap. So we did! After nap my friend and I ran 2 miles together. I never thought I’d say this, but what a great way to spend some time and catch up, even if we couldn’t talk! ;~)

Then we were off to dinner. We took her to the “place they make fire” (Toddler Translation: The Japanese steak house.) To round off, pretty much a perfect day, the husband took the toddler home so my friend and I could catch up over a couple of beers.

What a day! Right?!?

Today the family was a bit more productive. We are almost done with the laundry, the garage is clean, the shopping is done. However we still have to make the toddler’s lunch, straighten up the house, pay bills and take the garbage out. The work is never really done is it?!?

On the blog front, well… I FINALLY made headway on my Aldi’s shopping list! I even recoded a video showing off some of my favorite products. I hope to have it posted tomorrow.

There are also contests brewing… Cranky is giving away shoes, Mel’s got 2 Weight Watchers subscriptions and I’ll be joining the ranks with a 20 book giveaway tomorrow!

Until then!

P.S. Food journal is not happening. I’ve munched my way through the weekend. I can tell you we made pancakes yesterday and waffles today. I had to update both recipes because I didn’t have milk!

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    September 14, 2008

    Thanks for the linky love!! It sounds like you had a very productive weekend. I’m off to dreamland because monday morning comes way to early around here. Can’t wait to read about your giveaway tomorrow!!

    Check out Mels last blog post..Weight Watchers Lose For Good Campaign


    September 14, 2008

    GOOD JOB on the Aldi’s list. Did you see that I added you as a friend on facebook? Now you can see what your number one fan from Wisconsin looks like. Have a great Monday Roni!


    September 14, 2008

    LOL Just saw ya! ;~)


    September 15, 2008

    oooh 20 book give? ILL BE BACK!

    and Ill chime in with a give tomorrow and friday :)

    It’s amazing how some of us have to learn how to absorb kind words. It’s like an exercise in self love.

    xo xo,

    Miz, whose toddler is awake & sick (sigh) and whose husband is traveling

    Check out MizFits last blog post..Monday Facetime: Abundance. Too much of a good thing?


    September 15, 2008


    This is a little off-topic for today (and quite long), since it refers to something you said in a recent video, but your words about how one meal is not going to make you fat (I’m paraphrasing here) rang in my ears all weekend. We are in Illinois, and we had record rains from Friday through Sunday. Besides not being able to use any plumbing due to the city sewers overflowing into our house pipes and not being able to cook/clean much, and having to deal with relatives in two different houses being flooded, pumping our own water from the crawl space, etc, it was a stressful and not-very-healthy weekend.

    I’m not making excuses, but those were the plain facts. My sister is moving to Florida next Saturday, and this was our last weekend to do something together. The flooding halted our Corn Maze plans and almost stopped her from being here at all. Thankfully, we were able to save half the weekend. Instead of going to Maggiano’s for an early dinner, reservations we had to postpone, then cancel, we got a Picasso pizza from a place here called Tortorice’s, which is one of our biggest weaknesses. We had so much left over, and since I couldn’t cook anyway, we ate that the next day, too. We had leftover turkey burgers and homemade veggie chili for lunch and dinner, in an effort to salvage what I could of my week.

    This is the first week in 4 weeks that I’ve used more than half my extra points. I think I used them all, plus about 5 more. But it didn’t affect the number on the scale, which I’m going to face tomorrow morning again for weigh-in. Today is the start of week 3 for my C25K, and I’m getting in all my liquids (plumbing is again okay to use!!!), so I’m hoping to cleanse out the yuckies from the weekend. Thanks for the sounding board…I know it’s a bit long!

    Check out Shannans last blog post..No Excuses


    September 15, 2008

    I think exercise with a friend is always a great way to connect…..body, mind, spirit :) Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! The contest sounds great but I’m not a WW member ;) Good luck to all!

    Check out Annettes last blog post..Happy Birthday Jacob!


    September 15, 2008

    Do you have an estimate for how many points you would have counted for the Japanese steakhouse place? We are going to one next weekend and I’m wondering how many weeklies I’ll need to save for it! I wish all restaurants posted NI online!


    September 15, 2008

    Nicole – It all depends on HOW MUCH you eat at the portions are HUGE. I usually get the fried rice, noodles and a lean protein like scallops, shrimp or chicken. All you can do is estimate for how much you eat. No one really knows!! LOL


    September 15, 2008

    I scheduled the dinner on the day my WPAs start over and I will also be earning quite a few AP’s that morning so hopefully that will help! Thanks for the reply!


    September 15, 2008

    I am axiously awaiting your Aldi shopping list. I do a lot of my shopping there to try and save where I can.

    Crabby McSlacker

    September 15, 2008

    Thanks so much for mentioning the shoe giveaway!

    Will be sure to stay tuned for yours, it looks great. And a trip to the place they make fire and a couple of beers indeed sounds like an awesome way to finish up a perfect day.

    Check out Crabby McSlackers last blog post..Running Shoe Giveaway!


    September 15, 2008

    Thanks for the add on facebook….

    Also love the new title on the top of your page…its very true and you are such a motivation to me..thanks for all you do!!!

    I can’t wait for the aldi shopping list…even though I just went shopping so no rush…but I’ve never even stepped foot in one…seems a little intimidating..having to bring grocery bags and pay a “deposit” on a cart…just what i’ve heard haha


    September 16, 2008

    I, too, have such a hard time accepting complements! I have lost 60 pounds, but when people tell me I look great, the first thing I say is “well, I still have 40 more to go,” because I still feel fat a lot of the time. But I DO look better than I have in years (and am healthier too), and I just need to learn to smile and be gracious. Thanks for sharing. Love your recipes and blog!


    September 16, 2008

    Fun! What a great weekend. I just added you as my friend on facebook!!