One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ask Roni_v18s2 Husband and computer time, Diet Soda, Paper Journals and Why I Blog?

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Second session of this video recorded. Now… no laughing… I actually make myself cry in this one. Seriously the sappiness is getting worse. Hey There Delilah got me in the car the other day. WHAT is up with me?

Topics in this video include…

  • The Husband and Computer Time
  • Breaking Diet Soda Addiction
  • Keeping a Paper Journal
  • Why do I blog?

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    January 12, 2009

    So I havn’t had a ‘soda’ since before I was 3. I just never liked the carbonation like you. AND I have that disease too…it never fails…always get a hiccup when I drink pop/soda/anything carbonated. Its ridiculous!

    Glad someone else shares my weirdness!


    January 12, 2009

    Oh and that’s great advice on the diet soda. My mother is ADDICTED to diet coke. She drinks at LEAST 100 oz a day. When she tries to quit she actually goes through withdrawal, like a drug addict. Its terrible. Headaches, nausea, sweats, shakes…

    BEST ADVICE…break the addiction now!! It just gets harder…


    January 12, 2009

    Roni- love your video as always! you’re one lucky gal to have a hubby that understands the computer addiction. Mine is the type that just doesn’t get it…his internet usage is limited to stumbling on YouTube when he’s stuck at work. How can people live without blogs?!?


    January 12, 2009

    Very funny. I just bought my first laptop and my husband has recently said to me (jokingly) “What? Do I have to strap a laptop to my a** to get some attention around here?” I told him a thong and an iPhone might get him some attention. LOL.

    I drink 3 diet sodas a day and then 8 servings of water after that. I can totally understand the “addiction” to it. I know a lot of soda is “bad” for you, but I just don’t want water first thing in the morning. I need a little boost. Your advice was awesome, though, should I ever decide to get rid of soda. :)

    Charlie Hills

    January 12, 2009

    Sorry I made you cry. :) But don’t be sorry about “getting emotional.” That’s nothing to apologize for. In fact, I’d say quite the opposite: it’s the reason you have the fanbase you do. You’re genuine and it shows through. Being about to truly relate to someone is what makes this kind of thing work. Period!

    In other news, I’m not giving up my diet soda!


    January 12, 2009

    LOL – I was drinking my 3rd diet coke of the day while listening to your “how to break the diet pop” answer – :)

    Allison K

    January 12, 2009

    I’m so glad there was a question on diet soda! I used to battle this, and it was more about the caffeine than the diet soda/sweet flavor. At first, I just said “I’m quitting all caffeine!!” Cold turkey. That resulted in the worst headaches of my life (which I expected). Then, I just decided to pay attention to what I drank and how it made me feel. I noticed the diet soda either left me feeling hungry or wanting what I call a “real sweet.” So, I substituted the caffeine in the soda with coffee or tea, no coffee after 3 p.m., drinking equal amounts of water with my coffee, blah blah, my own weird little rules.

    Anyway, that’s my angle on the diet soda.. a caffeine addiction (which I’m okay living with) rather than a diet soda addiction. I just satisfy it with beverages that I feel are better for me.

    Roni, I got so behind on your blogs during the holidays! I have to catch up!

    melissa (nyc)

    January 12, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    Thanks so much for answering my question! And thanks to all the others who gave their input. I will do my best to sub water for one meal with diet coke this week. Probably breakfast because once I start, it’s harder to stop. While I don’t drink 4 liters a day, its a lot, probably $8 a day because NYC is so expensive. I know it is terrible for my bones, teeth, skin, memory, alkaline balance, and acid reflux, and yet I drink it. I seem like a crazy person!

    But thanks great advice and I am glad to know that I am not the only one!

    Oh, I love ND. Go irish!

    Jess's food coma

    January 12, 2009

    Thank you for being a real person, showing emotion and showing us that you are human. When you say that you are a teacher, it is true on so many levels, as a parent, a friend, a blogger, and a chef!! You are amazing and I am proud to “know” you.


    January 12, 2009

    Oh gosh Roni, you made ME cry. Because even though I’ve lost 50+ pounds I am still heavier than you were when you started and I have been on a plateau for 6 months… and I am in “that place.” The fat place where you’re just struggling to get it off. It’s not as hopeless as it was 50 pounsd ago, but some days I really wonder how I am ever going to make it and get to a normal weight. I have to keep going. I have to get off this plateau. It feels desperate sometimes. And just knowing that YOU KNOW, well, it made me cry. Because you are in a place (normal weight) that I am aiming for. Thank you for the help you put on this site. I really appreciate it Roni.


    January 12, 2009

    I too have many WW’s journals. I think it is fun to look back in my journals and see how things went and look how far I’ve come in my food choices!!

    Oh and by the way…..LOVED Irish’s bath in the background….totally cracked me up! :) I needed that!

    Krista S.

    January 12, 2009

    I’m cracking up at the soda/hiccup thing because it happens to me, too! It’s embarrassing.

    And I agree with Charlie…your ability to be genuine and to relate to all of us out here is what makes everyone keep coming back for more. (((hugs)))


    January 12, 2009

    I just gave up diet coke on November 1st. For me, I had to go cold turkey. I started thinking about it when we would go out to eat b/c drinks are getting outrageously expensive at restaurants. Then I ran out at home (I work at home so I’m here all day) and decided that was a better time than any. The first 2 weeks were rough but it’s been 73 days and still going. I will admit–during Christmas when I wasn’t eating the greatest, I was CRAVING diet coke! But I never gave in and I am so glad I didn’t. I don’t have a goal to go for so many days but now I don’t even want it. I will have an occasional iced tea but I don’t use any sweetener anymore. I FEEL GREAT!!! Getting off the sweeteners was the biggest thing for me and I am so glad I did it.


    January 12, 2009

    One more thing since I just finished the video. Don’t be sorry for shedding some tears. You have found your passion, your niche and you LOVE it. How many people can say they truly love what they are doing with their lives? I like my job but I don’t LOVE it…I know it’s not my passion, but it pays the bills and works for my life right now. You are very passionate about your work and it shows! And I, for one, LOVE all that you do! I come here every day–sometimes multiple times a day and I have been for YEARS. I remember when ‘the toddler” turned 1! Keep it up Roni–you are AWESOME!


    January 12, 2009

    Before I even watch the video – Hey There Delilah gets me every single time! Its very close to the fiancés and my (mine?) story. Total sap!


    January 12, 2009

    As a teenager, my dad used to buy dozens of cans of diet soda each week for me, my sister and himself. As a result, I spent the next 25 years drinking diet soda, probably in place of the water I should have been drinking instead. A couple years ago, I decided to quit, replacing all diet soda with water, coffee or tea. I even decided that if I had to have a soda, I’d have to have a “real” soda (at a restaurant, for instance). It worked! Really fast, too. After a couple of weeks I lost the desire, except when I was really thirsty (for those of us who love carbonation, nothing quenches thirst like a diet!) I was afraid I’d get addicted to regular soda, but that didn’t happen. Now, when I try diet soda, it tastes really funky, and I can’t believe I spent so many years feeding that stuff to my body. If you are ready to kick the can–you can do it! (BTW, I neither gained nor lost since kicking the can…losing the diet soda had no affect on my weight, even though I tend to add a small amount of sugar to my coffee/tea.)


    January 12, 2009

    and btw, your hair is awesome today!


    January 12, 2009

    OMG how cute are you with the emotional ending, AW:) Big hugs, youre awesome. You really help a lot of people, theyre lucky to have you


    January 12, 2009

    Diet Coke addiction is really tough to break! It took my 5 attempts and when I finally did it, I lost another 8 kilos. Something in aspartame triggers some bad stuff in the body – I finally quit soda by using Diet Kola Capsules (see and it contains the caffeine, the kola, and whatever, but no aspartame, no phosophioric acid, no caramel, so my brain, teeth and bones are all better now! I do drink Costco soda water… the fizz is good for me! It sounds like you and others don’t like the carbonation, but for me, it was all part of the experience. Good luck! Judit


    January 12, 2009

    Hey Roni,

    I love your “Ask Roni” segments. You have a great presence, I like your thoughts on things. You’re so geniune and real. I just found your website recently and I’m delurking to say Hi.


    January 13, 2009

    A couple of years ago, I took vacation during the IL State Fair and I worked in the Greek food booth of the Ethnic Village (Opa!) Anyway, the Coke guys used to come in and we’d give them food when they were there to fix our soda tanks or hoses, or whatever….it seemed they were always breaking. Anyway, one day they got to telling us about Diet Coke. They said, regular Coke is at least made from coke syrup from the coca plant, but Diet Coke is made from……..CHEMICALS! That’s all it is….straight chemicals! Kinda grossed me out.

    I drink water on the way to work (well, I used to, until I lost my job due to the economy last week), then coffee in the morning or when I got to work with my breakfast, then water all day, and sometimes I have hot green tea at night, then take a glass of water to bed so that if I wake up in the middle of the night, I can drink water then too.

    We like your sappiness, Roni!


    January 13, 2009

    Hi Roni!

    Great video again and happy and successful new year by the way!

    About the diet soda addiction: my advice would be “keep it simple” – i.e. simple drinks like water, tea, 100% juice, even though juice is rather a kind of food than a drink – and read about the ingredients of diet sodas and their could-be-effects. They are so unhealthy if you just inhale them. For me, reading about the unhealthiness of ingredients mostly helps, I do not want to insert such things regularly into my body.

    And find out about healthy alternatives like cold tea drinks (Roni has a great recipe!) or natural juice with water (25-30% juice and 75-70% water, especially apple juice with lemon is very popular over here in Germany :))

    Lots of love!


    January 13, 2009

    Thanks for putting this video up Roni despite the emotion. You made me cry and that i why I love to read your blog on a daily basis. You are real, you’ve been there, and you understand where we are at. Thank you for all that you do!


    January 13, 2009

    Yeah…my husband is a soda fan. I keep my sodas/caffiene down to 1 maybe two servings a day. Diet soda, tea or coffee…but regular soda is usually too sweet for me.

    Also I have found that regular OJ is normally too sweet for me. I end up mixing it 1/2 and 1/2 with water to make it not so sweet.

    Damn you Charlie…you made Roni cry. Don’t worry…I <3 Charlie too…but Roni is super special! When she cries bloggers across the world cry! lol…


    January 13, 2009

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one that drinks water, Roni! Even my doctor shakes his head when I tell him that I drink four 16 oz. bottles of water each day. He says that drinking a lot of water is hard on your bladder. He says “what goes in must come out.” I told him that I’ve always had a “natural thirst”. . . been drinking water for years and years! I drink a glass of wine (or two) every once in a while. I drink hot decaf flavored teas, too. I don’t feel deprived. I feel healthy, hydrated, and my skin feels smooth.

    Tara from Portland

    January 13, 2009

    Roni-you and the husband are not alone! My hubby and I are the exact same way. I could not imagine having to fight over one PC. We have our own laptops in the living room so we can browse at random (or check facts from tv and bets we make with each other) and a standard office with a desktop. My hubby is the same way. He doesnt browse blogs and such but the sports forums he is all over. Its kind of a relief to know that other geek families are the same :)

    Anyways, thanks for taking the time to do videos, I love not being productive at work for a few minutes and just relaxing.


    January 13, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    First, I have to say I am like your husband in that I have no idea what the point is to Twitter, and it seems to be everywhere.

    With regards to the diet soda, now that I think about it, I was a stickler for Diet Pepsi. The first reason I stopped drinking it was financial. I afford to buy them. The other thing, its made with aspartame and that is not good for me – literally bothers me physically. Something else occurred to me just now. Its been about 1.5 weeks since I had one, and I’ve found the water retention in my body is down. I haven’t taken a water pill in almost a week, and because I am away from the aspartame, sodium and many other additives in foods, my joints don’t ache so much. Water is my thing. Another suggestion to get away from soda is add one third orange juice and two thirds water to ice, or another juice you like, and gradually reduce the amount of juice over time until you get to just water. another thing is to drink water with ice. Sometimes the coldness of that helps it go down much better.

    To the goal journal etc. YES YES YES! It definitely works, and that is why I made it Week Two of my Freedom Challenge, but I would get a sectioned note book and keep the food journal one section, weight and measurements in another and goals etc. in another. Reading goals out loud and writing them repeatedly helps keep them in the forefront of your mind.

    I’m glad you pulled that last question, brough a tear to my own eye, but this is also one of the reasons I started to blog, although I have found my niche yet. For now I just hope others find support and help in what I share about my own journey. I too am a teacher and LOVE LOVE LOVE helping others where I can. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and thank you for being so real!


    January 15, 2009

    Aw, my brother made you cry! Hey, I love how grouned you are! Cry away!