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Thursday Thought III (with NFNS update)

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Next Food Network Star

I’m slightly distracted this Thursday morning with thoughts of a certain reality show swimming in my head but there was no way I was missing Thursday Thoughts! Now, don’t get impatient and scroll to the bottom, I have some good link this Thursday!

  • First of all since becoming (feeling more and more comfortable saying this) a runner I’ve been obsessed with finding new routes. My community is getting boring and frankly it’s too short (ok, I never thought i’d say that!) So I’ve turned to two website for helps. and both use google maps to allow you to search and enter routes. I was surprised to see all the entered routes in my area!
  • On the dieting front, I don’t remember how I found this article but boy is great! MORNING AFTER DIET CRASH addresses the feelings of guilt when "bingeing" with a great story about two wolves, guilt and forgiveness.
  • OK, this one is just funny. A few days ago the husband and I took the toddler to Barnes & Nobel and somehow got on the discussion of, ummm, well to put in toddler terms "going potty". We were laughing about how the need to go (or at least ‘let one rip’) always seems to correspond with being in a bookstore. Well, the next day I was searching google (don’t even ASK what I was looking for) and I happen to come across this forum discussion! The husband and I laughed so hard we have tears coming down our faces.
  • With this Weeks Question I asked you what plan you follow and why. I also mentioned that finding the the plan that will work for you depends on your personality and learning style. Well Forbes addressed this subject in a bit more depth. Check out the article How To Choose A Diet That Works
  • Alright, getting a bit more personal and site news like, my bio is up on the BlogHer site and I’m getting ready for the conference! I’m super excited to meet other bloggers. Since quitting my full time job, I feel like no one "gets" what I’m doing. It’s always nice to surround yourself with those in the same field now and again. I’m hoping to learn a few things and help some new bloggers out!
  • On GreenLiteBites I eased back a bit on some new ideas and I’ve been focusing on gathering for the book. I did, however, post an old idea for Big Chocolate Cupcakes, My Mushroom, Pea & Chicken Casserole idea,and this weeks video where I make turkey burgers after the gym. :~)
  • And finally, the Next Food Network Star casting call thing. I’M GOING TO DO IT!! The husband and I talked about it, the toddler thinks it’s cool and I can’t escape the "you only love once" mentality. Yes I’m busy but one of the reasons why I quit my full time faculty position at the college was to be able to pursue the opportunities that my sites would present. This is one of them. I’m not going in with high hopes but I will kick my self in the ass later if I don’t at least try and see what it’s all about. Your comments were ALL appreciated. My online friends are the BEST and I’m very thankful to have such a support system! As for the concerns about the toddler, he is the reason I have this opportunity in the first place, everything I do is for him. I’ve always worked and balanced my life as a wife, professional and mommy. IF, and OMG that is a THE BIGGEST IF I EVER WROTE, anything comes from this I’ll cross all those bridges when the time is right. But I refuse not to try, experience and learn just because I’m a mom. The toddlers in preschool during the casting call time anyway! ;~P

I’m on off! I have a 12 page application to fill out and a I need to find a photograph of myself!! As always, I’ll keep you posted!

P.S. Emails are pouring in and my hosting company can’t keep up! (this is why I’m moving) Just be warned I may not receive them! I hate to think you emailed, I didn’t get it and then you though I didn’t respond! That’s like my worst fear!

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There are 26 comments so far.


    October 2, 2008

    OMG, I’m so glad you’re going to try this! I know I’m getting ahead of myself a bit, but I already anticipate watching you on TV (and probably snacking on one of your healthy recipes while I do it :))

    Check out Innys last blog post..4.4 pounds lost in two days and first mini goal accomplished!


    October 2, 2008

    This is such a weird comment, but have you ever noticed how many times you sort of put yourself down?…Like “I’m so sorry I look bad” or “I’m sure it is something I have done wrong” or “I know I talk to much or I wiggle too much, I’m so sorry”? Well, stop that!!! If you are going to be on camera all the time, you can’t let those judges see that. You are a FABULOUS PERSON!!!! Look how much you have accomplished in your short life. Plus, you are beautiful, articulate, creative, ambitious, hard working, smart…I could go on and on and I only know the person I see on your sites. Let them see all that stuff. You have absolutely nothing to ever apologize for….Wow, I feel better telling you that. I’ve wanted to for a long time, but the idea of the audition just prompted me to go ahead and spit it out!! Good Luck!!


    October 2, 2008

    I’m So glad you are trying out for the Next Food Network Star! I will watch your show FOR SURE!

    Check out Kristas last blog post..Hectic Hump Day


    October 2, 2008

    First I want to say that I love the Thursday Thoughts because I love reading the articles that you come across or other posts or what’s very interesting and things I may not have known/found on my own. So thank you for that.

    I like the run route one..cause I know my mom does that for riding her bike..and this way I know which way she’s going…so when I’m worrying about her..I know where she’s at for the most part…

    Also I just want to say thanks for being such an inspiration..I’m so happy with your decision…I know this is in your heart and you will do just just have to be YOU..thats who we all love. Good luck!!!

    I also can’t wait to hear more details in a while about the conference…it looks very interesting.


    October 2, 2008

    Oh congratulations and Good Luck! I think it was the right move!!!! Give it your all!!!!!!!!

    Check out LeeAnns last blog post..This is very important to me…


    October 2, 2008

    YAY! I literally clapped when I read that you’re trying out! I think it’s so great. I really think you have a good chance. All they have to do is look at your work and how many people count on you every day for advice and camaraderie.

    I’m going to check out those running route sites. I’ve been using for my logging and forums (lots of friendly runners who are willing to answer questions), and there’s a route feature there, too. Thanks for the links. I’m also going to back up and check out the other links you have listed. I was just too excited for your decision that I had to comment asap. :)

    Check out Shannans last blog post..8 Minutes!

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 2, 2008

    i’m sooooo glad you decided to go :D. woohoo!! i’m excited for you!


    October 2, 2008

    Hi Roni.

    I think it’s wonderful you are attenting the casting call. We all love you and know you will do great. I’m so excited for you!! Good luck and know we are all thinking of you.


    October 2, 2008

    How exciting!

    Make sure to mention in that application that you have 5 zillion bloggers that will watch your show and check your foodtv website. It is nice that you already have a video portfolio too!

    Good luck!

    Ps. I liked the link to the message board–maybe it is just the aroma of coffee or books? :~)

    Check out Christines last blog post..LTG


    October 2, 2008

    Good choice :) Live without regret!


    October 2, 2008

    I use for my hikes…I am sure it would be helpful for runs. I am able to pull it up on my iPhone and it tracks my progress and then I can upload it to their website. I really like it.


    October 2, 2008

    I’ll be sending positive vibes your way! I can totally see you hosting your own cooking show with the toddler making frequent appearances. I’m a huge fan of the food network (maybe I watch it a little too much) and I think they need some more cooking shows for the health conscious, you already have a huge following, so you’d fit right in!

    Good luck!


    October 2, 2008

    I love the Next Food Network Star! I hope you make it. Good luck!

    Check out runjesss last blog post..Strength Training: Not My Burn of Choice


    October 2, 2008

    I agree with what Debbie said. You are great! Stop saying little things to put yourself down. I don’t think you realize you do it. I do it too, and I think we all do to an extent. It’s hard not to do it. You have a lot going for you, Roni. There’s no need to apologize for anything!

    I’m so glad you’re going to go. It will be fun. Maybe you can meet some cool people and you’ll have a good experience to remember!


    October 2, 2008

    Also, ditto to I love Thursday Thoughts. I love the little tidbits!


    October 2, 2008

    I’ve watched the seasons of Food Network Star.

    I think for your culinary point of view you need to pick something that is of wide interest (weight loss).

    I think the best idea, is the one you already have: Roni’s weigh! You could put down that your way of cooking can help you weigh less! With your weight loss success story and before and after pictures, you will definitely get in. I would vote for you!

    Check out Jennifers last blog post..Roasted Chick-peas (garbanzo beans)


    October 2, 2008

    Yay on your decision to try out for the show! You will do great!


    October 2, 2008

    You would make a great Food Network Star! Good luck!

    Check out Bizs last blog post..The resurrected pork


    October 2, 2008

    I’m glad you decided to go for it, and I agree with Debbie. You come across as being very warm & genuine in your podcasts and videos, and they have great content, too. So hush, please, Roni’s Inner Critic! Good luck with the audition!

    Check out Pubsgals last blog post..Food Columnist’s Sensible Weight Loss Story on


    October 2, 2008

    Roni’s Culinary Point of View: show her a recipe and she’ll make it healthier, yummier and toddler-approved!


    October 3, 2008

    I have read and enjoyed your blog for some time–but never posted a message. However, I MUST post my encouragemnet regarding auditioning for the Food Network show. I confess that I had the same thoughts and feelings you shared when I entered a little contest sponsored by Oprah and her “O at Home” magazine. Well, guess what? Don’t sell yourself short–it can happen and you can win! I only wished that before I had won I had found your website—I would have been 20lbs lighter during the big reveal! Good Luck and I am looking forward to your success.


    October 3, 2008

    we’re so proud of you——no matter what happens!!

    it’s all about feeling the fearexcitement and DOING IT!

    Check out MizFits last blog post..Im down with MBT (yeah you know me)


    October 3, 2008

    Yeah! I say go for it Roni! I would watch your show everyday! lol Your show would be a miracle to many viewers. It would show them that they can cook easy, healthy meals that taste delicious.


    October 3, 2008

    so glad you are going to take the plunge Roni! Wishing you all the best! Always your fellow mommy fan in Kansas :)

    Check out Annettes last blog post..Slow Down and Focus


    October 3, 2008

    Hope the casting call went well today!! I’m sure you did AWESOME!

    Check out Cindys last blog post..Brian


    October 3, 2008

    So glad we got to meet! Today was crazy! Let’s just say – I didn’t get to go until after 2pm. I was number 42, it was supposed to end at 3, 60+ people after me…you do the math! 4+ hours of waiting for 2 minutes with the poor girl who appeared to be doing all of it by herself. I bet they are still getting through all the people! Let’s just say, I won’t be waiting by the phone! But I’m glad we were able to meet up!