One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


You Guys TOTALLY Spoil Me

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Seriously, you are all too nice to me. It’s kind of surreal to read all your wonderful comments and I cannot believe you guys have moved my video to the number one spot of Food Network Star Entries!

No news yet and I’m trying not to think about it. For starters, I’m nervous. I mean, me? a reality girl? Noooo That’s just weird! Second, I really don’t have the cooking chops, I have a lot to learn and (if, HUGE IF, I got on) I’d probably get demolished on the cooking side of the competition.

Anyway *trying not to think about it* *trying not to think about it* back to this "spoil" thing. I’ve had a rough couple of days. The husband and I had a little tiff, the toddler has been getting on my last nerve and some people are really pissing me off!

Excuse the frankness but boy oh boy! I really do my best to do, well… my best, in everything I do. But lately I’ve been getting so much darn resistance. Know what I mean? Like getting snippy emails when I’m trying to be honest, or going out of my way to do something nice for someone and having it blow up in my face. It really makes me want to crawl into a little hole and just stop trying.

But then I read your comments, I realize I made a difference in someone life and it makes me smile! I think this is why I’m so drawn to the blogging. I love sharing my ideas, I love connecting and I LOVE inspiring and helping people reach goals. I never really looked at it as a passion but it really is. And the great thing is here I can share, connect and help people who want to do the same. If they do want to they don’t have read. It’s really like a perfect utopia, isn’t it?

Am I making any sense? I think I may have officially gone into babble mode.

Anyway, to help shut the door on my slump, I’m going to focus on the positives (besides how cool you all are) as I found THAT is the best way to deal. So today’s positives…

  • I had the BEST workout this morning. I totally splurged and hired a personal trainer at the gym. Not because I have to but because I want to. Here’s what happened…. I recently left the Y and signed up at Bally’s for a few reasons but mostly due to location. With the new membership came a free personal trainer session. Well, I totally took advantage and fell in love. Not with the guy (although he’s really nice) but with the workout. Dude, he kicked my butt! and I love having someone there to spot me, set a routine, assess my goals, and do all the things that a trainer does! We are going to meet ones a week and he’s helping with a plan for the marathon. Plus I want to work on getting some muscle tone. I can totally see muscles in my arms and back and I’m liking it! LOL I updated my workout page with a loose shedule of my training schedule (holy crap I have a training schedule!)
  • I ate really good today (except I’m munching a bit too much on some pretzels right now). Not because I stayed in my points but because I made everything homemade and that felt really good. We’ve been eating out a lot and I’m trying to get us back into the habit of looking in the fridge first. So today I made the husband and I some cheese steaks out of leftovers. SO YUMMY! and I made an awesome dinner (although the husband didn’t fall for the bulgur trick. LOL I tried to make bulgur instead of rice and he tried it but he wasn’t the biggest fan)
  • The husband and I totally had a great talk and worked out the problems we had this weekend. That always relieves some stress and makes me feel TONS better. I just feel off and we are off. I’m sure you know what I mean.
  • The toddler, albeit miserable lately (last two dinners he’s be sent to timeout) I (and the husband) have NOT given in. So I’m hoping this too shall pass. We’ll see.

I have so many other things to do and tell ya about but I’m SO tired. Just to keep myself honest and the ideas fresh…. book review, coupon giveaway, VitaTop giveaway, Chicago announcement, and T-Shirts. Yikes! I have a busy week ahead!

Here’s the menu…

Food Units
cup of green tea to help me wake up – I swear the toddler doesn’t sleep past 6AM any more! 0
experimental pumpkin oatmeal – good but I need a few more tries at it before posting the recipe 4
banana 2
cheese steak made from leftover london broil with peppers and onion on a sandwich thin with a side of carrots 6
yogurt 2
baked tilapia with a side of delicata squash fries and bulgur – awesome dinner! 7
Activity: totally forgot to add my crazy training session this morning almost 2 hours on intense lifting! -4
apple 1
Multigrain pretzels 4
Total: 22

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

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There are 25 comments so far.


    October 28, 2008

    That would be SO awesome if you were on Food Network! They need more good people :)

    Yay for your good day!

    Check out maggies last blog post..Josh Groban is Amazing and All Day Concert


    October 28, 2008

    Doesn’t it feel great when things finally start to work out? There are days, weeks even, where nothing is going right at all… and then all of a sudden, things just start to click!

    You are an absolute inspiration to me and so many other people! Keep up the great work but remember, there should be some time for just you and your family. Sometimes we can all get a little caught up in work and “other” things.

    Take care! Here’s to a wonderful week!!

    Check out Jennys last blog post..Holy Crow, I’m Down A Point!


    October 28, 2008

    You are always SO busy. Sometimes I get a little tired just reading about your plans!

    Madison (FollowMyWeigh)

    October 28, 2008

    so sorry about your slump! i’m glad you and the husband worked things out. and, don’t u just hate when people piss you off?? lol! i totally love your frankness though – its what makes you *real* =)

    Check out Madison (FollowMyWeigh)s last blog post..shabu shabu


    October 28, 2008

    I am glad you can be so honest with us. I had a rough time on my blog today too. Yesterday was rough for me so I talked about it. Thanks again for the motivation you have provided me over the past year.

    Check out Christys last blog post..I can do better than this…


    October 28, 2008

    The gym news is awesome…when I left my old gym I realised it was time to step it up…I also fell in love with the training concept…this from a person who always was too scared that I was TOO FAT to even GO to a gym- go figure! I ended up getting personal training two times a week for about 4 months and now my trainer and I are great friends and she helps me on the side, also taking me under her wing to practice teaching new classes and my entire world work out wise has changed..Ill say it again, if you have the opportunity to do any of the les mills programs on top of training, you will be in heaven…I am a total body pump and body combat girl!


    October 28, 2008

    This is my first post to your site but I’ve been reading for almost two months. I truly enjoy your blog and video posts and I look to your site every day for inspiration and motivation. Thank you for doing this and know that you are making a difference in people’s lives every day. Thanks again!

    Charlie Hills

    October 28, 2008

    I mean, me? a reality girl?

    I think that’s what we like about you: you are real.

    Exhibit A:

    I’ve had a rough couple of days. The husband and I had a little tiff, the toddler has been getting on my last nerve and some people are really pissing me off!

    Jen M

    October 28, 2008

    Roni, you deserve to be spoilt. Sorry you’ve been having some challenges lately. You really are inspiring, and help so many people – I can’t imagine what would prompt someone to write a nasty email to you. Definitely something wrong with them. Oh and thank you, I really appreciate that you stopped by on my blog!

    Check out Jen Ms last blog post..


    October 28, 2008

    Hi Roni!!!

    — Here is WHY you should be the next food network star (besides your cute looks and sweet on screen personality). Americans are heavier than ever, and probably consume more process food than ever. FN does not need another Paula Dean (god bless her) making deep fried chicken and mashed potatoes with 6 sticks of butter followed by double fudge cake. ha! I gain weight just watching her, I swear! I think the fact that you emphasize whole, unprocessed food without being dogmatic about it is perfect.

    — I just rejoined Ballys myself! As a former member, the rejoin fee was just too good to pass up. It’s not the most glamorous gym but you can’t beat $8 bucks a month. Plus I was looking for something to do inside since it’s too cold to walk now. Please post your new training routine!


    October 28, 2008

    Roni you are an inspiration to so many of us! Your energy and enthusiasm helped me get up off my butt and join the Y. You always spoke so enthusiastically about your workouts and your training so I thought it must be fun, and IT IS!
    Don’t waste your time or energy on snarky people. People who are like that (to you or anyone) are just envious of you on some level, and you will never be able to change them or make them happy.
    We know you love us, and we love you right back!

    Check out MaryBs last blog post..Whats on your IPOD?


    October 28, 2008

    Roni, I love your blog, and I’ve been following for about a year now. I think you should definitely be on TNFNS! I have a question: I’m sure you’ve answered this before, but the activity points you give yourself for your intense workouts seem quite low to me. Is there a reason for that? Do you cap it at a certain number, or do you only count half of them or something? I weigh about what you do, and I get one point for every 10 minutes of intense exercise… Thanks!


    October 28, 2008

    Petunia – Did you see this?
    Not sure how much more details i can give and I’m leaving the actual weight workouts to the trainer. But if he does something REALLY cool I’ll definitely post it! Maybe I’ll interview him for a post too!


    October 28, 2008

    Bethany – You are right, I low ball it. Honestly, I never tracked them before, while losing, because I didn’t really workout. Now that I am but also maintaining I’m not really tracking to lose, I’m tracking to stay more accountable with my eating.
    So I totally disrespect the AP and kind of just go with 1-2 for every half hour. I figure it keeps me honest while still recognizing that i burned something off. In my opinion, people normally overestimate their AP.

    If I was losing, I may have a different philosophy.

    Hope that helps!!


    October 28, 2008

    I’m rooting for you Roni! You are the epitome of a beautiful, successful, healthy mom and you inspire people every day here, so there’s no doubt that you would be a success on the foodnetwork :-)

    Check out Angies last blog post..Tuesday’s Menu


    October 28, 2008

    WoooHoo! We love you Roni. :o)


    October 28, 2008

    I’m like Jen M….I can’t imagine either, what in the world that anyone could possibly have to say to you that would be nasty!!?! I think it’s nearly every single day that I give out your website URL to someone, telling them that YOU and your websites are and have been my biggest inspiration. I went to my Dr’s office yesterday afternoon for a flu shot and pneumonia shot, and the new receptionist heard the nurse going on and on about my weight loss and how wonderful I looked, so when I was leaving the office, this new receptionist stopped me and started questioning me about how I did it, so I wrote down your URL for her, and began to brag and brag about “Roni”! I’m just…nearly speechless(well, actually not too, huh?)…..about how anyone could not LOVE you and your sites.

    Check out Bonnies last blog post..Coleen


    October 28, 2008

    I SO understand the kid thing… mine is turning three this December and HOLEY CRAP is she driving me crazy. Her mood, temper, attitude everything is all different! I like you have to stop my dinner to put her in time out and the weekend… dont even get me started.

    I feel your pain :)


    October 28, 2008


    I just saw the pumpkin pie oatmeal picture from Green Lite Bites and I am SOOO excited. I have been needing a new breakfast idea and have been anxiously awaiting the final recipe! :)

    You REALLY do make a difference in my (and my family’s) life–from the little things like pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast to eating healthy, major motivation, and so many other things I don’t think I can even verbalize. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And, as for the toddler, this too shall pass. One thing I realized with my second child, as she was going through the same stages as her brother had gone through before her, is that these stages do not last. Tomorrow this stage (whether good or bad) will be gone and we will be on to the next thing. And, I am not exaggerating when I say that, within the next few months (it will seem) they are all grown up and going their grown up ways. My son is turning 21 soon and it honestly seems like a year or two since he was a toddler like Ryan.

    And the husband, what can one say, they are what they are… :)

    Hang in there Roni–tomorrow will be better! :)


    October 28, 2008

    This is my first time to comment, but I’ve been reading your blog for a while. I just wanted to wish you luck on the food network star entry. We could use someone with a healthy view on that channel. I’m sure we could all use a few healthier recipes. Thanks for your honesty and jumping right into those questions that most would just ignore. Your truly an inspiration.

    Check out Teresas last blog post..Donut Holes and Pigs in a Blanket


    October 28, 2008

    Roni you joining the gym lasy year and me getting jealous inspired me to join and this morning I got up at 5.30 am to go spinning. I plan to go 5 times this week and your 90% of the reason why I decided to do it. You are the other biggest reason I’m at goal a year and have someone to follow. Dont let these idiots get you down.
    I’m the president of my homeowners and I get so much negativeity they wont get me next year and thats a free volunteer job. You cant please everyone so dont try. I know your hearts in the right place..thanks Roni..future Racheal Ray..


    October 28, 2008

    You better remember us “little people” when you become the huge Food Network star!!!

    Check out Tricias last blog post..Day One – CHECK


    October 28, 2008

    Roni, with as busy as you are it’s no wonder you are feeling slumpish!!! You may need some you time! Relax a little ;)

    Check out Annettes last blog post..6 Months~~~~~A Practical Benefit of Weight Loss


    October 29, 2008

    I am sending good vibes to you that you make in on the series – you would be great!


    October 29, 2008

    *Squeal* You’re #1!? Can’t wait to see you on tv! ;)

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