One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


How much wood can a wood chuck chuck?

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This is what happens when I ask the husband for an idea.

Me: "Hey! You have any ideas for this weeks question? I’m out."

The Husband: "How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?"

Me: "Ok, thanks… jerk. :)"

So feel free to answer the husband’s question if you like but I have one of my own. :)

I’ve been thinking of change recently. Hence this weeks post about paper plates and microwaves. :) I really think small changes make the weight loss journey so much more… well… digestible. Think about it. When we take one small thing and successfully overcome it, a momentum starts. In a way, we knock over the first domino on are journey. Confidence builds and the next thing we challenge ourselves with seems all the more doable.

So this week I want us to think about one small change we can make. For us (yes US the husband is with me on this one) we are making a commitment to not eat out this week. Our motivation isn’t weight loss per say. It’s more about funds as we are trying to save for the new house. But either way, it’s a change we want to embrace and I’m sure our waistlines will benefit as well. :)

So what about you? What small change (commitment) are you ready to make this week?

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    January 27, 2009

    This week I’ve committed to following WW to a “T” despite the fact that I didn’t get to weigh-in due to the ice on the roads here. It’s a small commitment, but it’s one that I needed to make to myself. I’ve also committed to exercising more and have actually wrote the exercise down in my tracker and crossed off my activity points…I HAVE to do the exercise now!!


    January 27, 2009

    First – an answer to the husbands question: How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Apparently alot if he is reading the blog…he’s probably WAAAAY over his points for the day…and the change he can make is to count his wood points instead of carelessly chucking without counting…;-P

    The change I committed to make this week? Well…I’m back to exercising…YAAAAAAAAAY! and counting points…YAAAAAAAY!
    and the most IMPORTANT change I made, was that instead of the negative self talk ‘Good thing you didn’t eat the candy hearts ‘….I said ‘Wow….good job!…you passed on the candy hearts and ALL the candy at work today…..even though they bought you the cadbury mini eggs . You ROCK!’
    Feels soooooo much better!


    January 28, 2009

    My small thing this week is that I’ve gone back to counting points rather than calories and I am sticking like glue to the program. With a company dinner on Saturday and Superbowl party on Sunday, I am hoarding my flex points. So every day I want to come as close as possible to my target points. I feel in control for the first time in months and it feels great!


    January 28, 2009

    My commitment this week—starting righ now!—is to journal every bite that goes into my mouth and to share these sites with a friend who has just joined WW. Roni, you are truly an inspiration! Thanks for being here for me when I need it! (Even though you don’t know it!)


    January 28, 2009

    I’ve switched it up and am recording the food I eat BEFORE I eat it. That way, if I feel really hungry for a snack between meals, I can look and see how many calories I have left for the day.


    January 28, 2009

    Small change? Hmmmm…..thinking. I think this week I will drink less coffee. I know it can be good for me, but since Christmas I have been over-doing it again. I think I will go back to my one cup a day. I just felt better when I wasn’t as caffeine-powered.

    Chris M

    January 28, 2009

    Hi Roni….

    On my Facebook page I added the following comment: “Chris accepts the challenge and joins the battle”. My battle has always been my weight. I have gone from 281 to 240 and stayed stagnant for awhile.

    I started back to a diet/lifestyle change that I have had major success with in the past. I am only going to get my carbs from vegetables and low carb fruits. My diet will consist mostly of protein and vegetables. I have split my goals into 4 divisions of 10 pounds each, so it doesnt look overwhelming.

    I have been on this diet for two days and have lost 4 pounds. As I get closer to my goal I will be adding in more carbs here and there. My success in the past has come from omitting them from my diet except for fruits and veggies, but I won’t forget to reward myself in a small way for reaching a goal.

    I am doing aerobic “splits” every day, which is 30 minutes on the treadmill at 6am and 8pm. I will be adding in some resistance training after the first 10 pounds comes off, which might just be by this weekend.

    That’s my story… see you on Facebook. You are an inspiration to us all.


    January 28, 2009

    I’m going to get in at least 1 of the 2 tsp of oil WW requires each day. (Usually I don’t like to “waste” Points on it … but yesterday I got in both!)

    I know it’s required for a reason! :D


    January 28, 2009

    I have been trying to make small changes for a few weeks and for the most part have been successful. I am with you Roni on the not eating out, not only does it save the points, but it can be very expensive!!! I also liked what another commenter made about the positive self talk. I find myself kicking my a$$ all the time because of my poor self talk; that’s another small change that I am going to work really hard on!!

    Krista S.

    January 28, 2009

    Ok, so mine is not food/weight/exercise related at all, but it is a small change that will add up over time. I am turning the water OFF while I brush my teeth. This is hard for me, but probably second nature to most people.


    January 28, 2009

    I just discovered your blog yesterday and am totally in love with it!

    My change for this week is to stick to my target points and exercise at least three times. I’m also going to change my weigh-in back to Thursday…I found it a lot easier to do most of my eating on the weekends and then taper down during the week. Small change, but small changes add up!


    January 28, 2009

    Well, the answer to your husband’s question is obviously “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”

    The answer to YOUR question is, I’m going to commit to doing my dishes every night, even if it’s only a bowl and a fork. It’s not DIRECTLY related to weightloss, but having a messy kitchen is a HUGE deterrant to cooking for me, and cooking is a HUGE part of my weight loss efforts. Thus! I’m going to try to keep the kitchen cleaner and not let the dishes pile up.


    January 28, 2009

    Good question and I don’t have an answer yet but I’m at least thinking about it! I’ve been focusing on some changes for all of January and am working on my focus areas to plan for February so don’t worry, I’ll be changing something!


    January 28, 2009

    Andrea – you know what else?
    Responsible actions breeds self esteem…….
    I know in my case when my bed is made, my linen closet orderly, dishes done, my checkbook matches the bank balance, my lunch is packed – all those ‘responsible’ actions…I want to stuff my face less……because I have more self esteem. I’m taking care of my surroundings. And then, because I feel more in control of my surroundings….I cook for myself and exercise and journal…etc
    So, your change in washing the dishes is HUGE towards weightloss!


    January 28, 2009

    I’ve adjusted my diet this week to be more watchful over my insulin level. Although I’m not a diabetic (gestational only) I’ve researched that this spike can lead to “cravings”. So I’ve taken out sugars that aren’t natural. Did you know that the ingredients to Splenda say fructose? This also means that carbs that aren’t slow to digest are lowered too as in white flour. I’m combining higher carbs, as in whole wheat, with protein to slow down any insulin spiking as well. Anyway, it seems to be working!! I’m less hungry and have even experienced a headache today. My body must be detoxing from those sugars. I’ve made an additional change this week that I believe is related and that is staying away from artificial sweeteners which is how I knew about Splenda. I heard that diet soda’s increase cravings. I don’t need any help with putting my body through cravings which lead me to binge, than you. :)


    January 28, 2009

    The hubby and I are also going with the no eating out (for funds also) and he has been trying to renig(spelling?) already and it is only Wed.! I’m staying strong. That’s how I have approached my weight loss and that is how I have kept it off. Thanks Roni.


    January 28, 2009

    I’m committing to be honest with myself about what I’m eating and counting it. I don’t hurt anyone buy myself by not counting the hot chocolate (because it’s JUST a drink) or the pretzels (because it was ONLY a couple.) Every thing that goes into my mouth will be recorded on paper. If I ate it, it counts. Period. My body doesn’t care that it’s just a beverage or it wasn’t a full serving size. Points are points. ;)


    January 28, 2009

    This week my small change will be to drink 2L water everyday, something that has been slipping by the wayside, but is super important when it comes to weight loss. Thanks for the inspiration Roni!

    KK (Running Through Life)

    January 28, 2009

    I am going to eat clean this week!!!

    I have already cut down on coffee with cream and sugar (yes I still use real sugar LOL). Anyway, I have started to skip coffee altogether on days I go to the gym. Other days I still have it though. I’m not giving up drinking coffee altogether, just cutting down on it.


    January 28, 2009

    I’m TRYING to eat less processed food. Although it’s really hard to do that and have dinner at work. (when you work stupid hours like 2-10pm it can be rough to eat right) But I’m trying!


    January 28, 2009

    Same here! for the past two weeks we have made it a point to reduce our ‘EATING OUT’ to just Friday. That includes no buying lunch, snacks or pricey coffee on campus. I pack excess snack for both of us and we are real proud of ourselves. As you said this not only helps in the ‘WAIST’ department but also keeps our finances in check. Thanks for this post!


    January 28, 2009

    The one thing that I need to stop doing is negetive self talk. I have lost 32 pounds so far, and then look at my flab and think of how bad I look still. It’s something that’s a contant struggle for me, but it’s getting better.


    January 29, 2009

    My little change was to join BtL. So many people have done it and I wanted to be a part of that support group.


    January 29, 2009

    I have two changes, one food-related one not. I am going back to calorie-counting for the week to make sure I get in all of my maintenance calories. I feel like I haven’t been eating enough, which is causing me to CRAVE everything.

    I also need to tidy up my room and get my life organized.


    January 29, 2009

    This week, I want to DRINK MY WATER! Really, I have been AWFUL at getting enough (any) water lately. Ever since Kroger’s had that 4 for 10 Coke products sale, I have been drinking WAY too much Diet Coke. Water it is!


    January 29, 2009

    I commit to running.

    Laura Brandon

    February 20, 2009

    So I realize that I’m WAAAAY behind on answering this question, but I wanted to let you know that you (and my sister) have inspired me to try giving up paper plates. That’s going to be my small change.