One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Six Mile Sunday!

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I didn’t have the most Sensational Sunday ever but I it doesn’t matter because I started it with this 6 mile run!

Sunday's 6 mile run
Chart taken from the Nike+

Yes you read that correctly.. 6 MILES! I can hardly believe it myself. The first and last time I ran 6 miles was during the Baltimore marathon in October. It was awesome then and I have to admit even without the crowds and event it was awesome today.

I learned a few things about myself this morning. Your mind tends to wonder when you run for an hour straight. :~)

  1. I really do enjoy the run and I’ve come a long way since that first attempt at 3 miles on the treadmill.
  2. I need to run out and back. Translation: laps don’t work for me. I need to find a stretch of road where I can run out a certain distance then turn around and run back. It’s a mental game and I find having a turn around point is invaluable to any run over 3 miles.
  3. The first mile is always the hardest for me, the last the easiest.
  4. Running in the morning is more fun then I thought. It puts me in a good mood all day.
  5. The more I run the more confident I get.
  6. I think I may actually be an athlete.

WHOA… hold the phone. Stop the presses. Hit the breaks.

Did I just say that. Oh my God I think I did. But it’s true. I find that I’m looking for excuses to go to the gym instead of skip it. I’m looking forward to the running events I have lined up and I’m actually trying to schedule more! Not too mention I’m completely obsessed with lifting weights and working out with the trainer.

You might be reading and wondering why this is such a big deal to me. Honestly, I’m not sure. I guess it’s because sometime around the age of 13 I convinced myself I was the opposite of an athlete. And those thoughts were validated as I failed to make the softball team in High School. I looked at gym class as a joke. I played no competitive sports ever (besides billiards, poker and darts – not too active huh?) After High School I tried to be the active college student but in all honestly I was just lazy. It probably was an aftereffect of all the partying and the alcohol I was consuming. Not too mention the routine 2,000 calories I routinely ate at 2AM. I mean really, I was so lazy I’d drive to class and I only lived a few blocks from campus. Funny, looking back it makes sense why I consistently gained weight year after year. It’s not rocket science afterall.

*slapping forehead* WHY did it take me so long to find my inner athlete? Oh yea.. that’s right. I was worried that I looked to fat in workout clothes. Seriously, it all stems from me being ashamed of my body. That’s why I stopped swimming as a teenager (I always enjoyed swimming), a bathing suit terrified me. For God’s sake I even went years without putting on a pair of shorts. EVEN when I worked an entire summer in Florida! (yeah.. it was hot in my mens 36 inch waist jeans – sad that i remember that, isn’t it?)

So it may seem like a trivial, insignificant little word but referring to myself as an athlete is a HUGE milestone for me.

I guess that does make this a pretty Sensational Sunday after all, doesn’t it?. :)

Food Units
tropical pineapple core smoothie after my run! 2
leftovers from taco night with some carrot and pepper strips – estimate 6
HUGE bowl of pinto bean soup 6
whole wheat spaghetti w/ homemade sauce and turkey meatballs (too much-feel stuffed) 12
yogurt 2
Total: 28

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

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    February 23, 2009

    Do you think this little gadget would be more acurate then a Heart Rate Monitor? I was looking at the Nike plus gadget this morning and debating if I should invest in it.
    Congrats on your acheivement. You lil athlete you LOL


    February 23, 2009


    Actually I’ll be reviewing a heart rate monitor watch in the next few weeks. And I’ll be comparing the 2!

    Honestly I love the Nike+… you can calibrate it but it’s been pretty dead on when I wear it in events. Even if its off a bit I’m still seeing my progression and that’s all I care about.


    February 23, 2009

    Go Roni! I’m so so SO impressed.


    February 23, 2009

    I am super interested to follow along with your marathon training because I really want to know how other people deal with the boredom of their long runs and how they fit in the training time. I did my first half marathon in November and every run over about 8 miles just felt ENDLESS. My running buddy and I would purposefully read different books and give each other book reports just to have something to talk about during those hours. I don’t have kids (though I do have a super demanding job), and I had trouble finding the time for the multi-hour weekend runs. So I really appreciate the documentation of the whole process!


    February 23, 2009

    I just got the Nike plus last week for Valentine’s Day, and I love it! It makes me want to walk/run more and try and beat my previous km time! I love your site, Roni, because it motivates me to try, even though I might fail. One day I hope to be able to run a half marathon, even a 10k would be amazing for me! I look forward to reading your training adventures for your marathon!
    My new blog – still under construction!


    February 23, 2009

    WOW! Congrats! You are a total rockstar athlete in my book! It feels so good when you realize how the milestones have shaped who you are! Great post!



    February 23, 2009

    Roni, you ARE an athlete. Athlete: “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.” Doesn’t matter how fast or far you go, you’re doing it and it even sounds like you actually like it. That’s soooo awesome.

    I love working out in the mornings. I used to be a late night person but running changed all that. I started getting up early to fit my run in before work and it totally turned me into a morning personal. A mega early freakish morning person. I get up before 6 now and swim instead of run. It PAINS me that the pool doesn’t open til 7am.

    You know, I used to have the same issue with bathing suits… I would always wear a t-shirt over my bathing suit. “It protects me from the sun.” Hah! It protected me from my own self consciousness! Oddly, now that I’m swimming laps with the grownups, my perspective has totally changed. People of all different sizes swim, and they swim WELL. It’s a totally size-independent sport. I love it, and I love how confident these women are with their bodies, regardless of their size. Almost as inspiring as your 6-miler. =)


    February 23, 2009

    All I can do is smile right now :) I am so proud of you and your hard earned status as an athlete! Great run too…I’m tackling 5 miles this week…*shudder*

    Have an amazing week!!


    February 23, 2009

    I see you got your shoes on after all! 6 mile?! That would be like runnning to the firehouse and back for me! WOW!That is awesome!


    February 23, 2009

    Roni you are makin’ me think I need to get my arse in gear and take up running — I’m eyeing the couch to 5K program… then if I do it will you come down here to Howard county and run something with me??


    February 23, 2009

    Thanks so much guys! :)

    and Cheri.. you are TOTALLY on! Name the event!


    February 23, 2009

    Roni,this is SUCH an inspiring post. Congrats on the 6 miles! I hurt my knee a few months ago and have been working back up to six. I totally agree with you about not being into running laps. I like the idea of a halfway turnaround because at that point, you have no choice but to run the rest of the way back! I am also a morning workout person…it gets rid of all of the excuses that end up arising as the day progresses and then I get to start out my day already feeling like I accomplished something.

    I totally laughed my way through your description of your pre-athlete self..because I was the same way! I proclaimed to everyone I knew that I couldn’t go to the gym because I hated sweating. Now, I LOVE sweating (but only in athletic contexts). Eventually I just woke up one morning and said to myself, I can either hate the way I look for the rest of my life or actually do something about it. Now I love going to the gym everyday…I guess I have turned into an “athlete” as well.

    I have been thinking of getting a heart rate monitor so that I can accurately track my calories burned and get a better feel for how I’m doing. I look forward to hearing your review.


    February 23, 2009

    Applause Applause Applause.

    And look how teeny and skinny you are on the chart! (ha!)


    February 23, 2009

    Fantastic run! Keep it up!


    February 23, 2009

    Hey Roni, Just wanted to send you this link to another cooking contest–I know you can do it! They are asking for a video, and you come across so well on video. Plus you have the bonus of cooking healthy. I think you should include one of your ‘ask roni’ videos. Here’s the link:

    I think you should also mention how many subscribers you have on your blog–its like proving you have a built in audience.

    Marisa (trim the fat)

    February 23, 2009

    Roni, you are my hero! Congrats on the run!!!


    February 23, 2009

    You are totally an athlete! :) Nice job on the long run!

    I’ll definitely post a review of the Runner’s Diet as soon as I’m finished with it! :)


    February 23, 2009

    Re: #2: Out and Back
    Roni, you may have this link, but if you don’t:

    If you’re looking for some out-and-back routes, this should help. When I was running a lot, this would have been great because like you, laps are too monotonous – distracting scenery really helps.

    Cheers! :)


    February 23, 2009

    Great job I am sure you bumped us up to first in our team challenge today! Guess I better get out and run so we can stay there! You are so motovating.

    Krista S.

    February 23, 2009

    Rock on, Roni!


    February 23, 2009

    you rock, Roni!!! This is so inspiring!


    February 23, 2009

    I totally relate to this post even though I’m about two years behind you in your journey! I’m getting really excited about improving my running times and it’s so fun to become part of this club :) You’re awesome, keep it up!


    February 23, 2009

    Congrats to you! You’re doing awesome! I love the new site design too! It’s been awhile since I’ve been here!

    I have been wondering about the Nike+ thing, and it looks like it’s pretty good. I might have to get one!


    February 23, 2009

    I see somebody gave you a website to try, but you might want to check out map my run as well, maybe somebody has a posted route you could follow already, or you could draw your own.


    February 23, 2009

    you go girl…. keep up the good work!


    February 23, 2009

    Hey Roni!! I love your website! You are amazong and I get so much motivation from you and your fitness! My question is in regards to ur Nike +. Do u have ur Nike + attached to your Nike shoes or do u have the Nike + shoes? I just purchased the Nike + and had to buy an attachement for the sensor, just wondering if it would be more accurate with Nike shoes?

    KK (Running Through Life)

    February 23, 2009

    A huge CONGRATS Roni!! I feel the same way now that I can call myself a “runner,” something that I thought I could NEVER be. It is a great feeling.


    February 23, 2009

    Thanks Evilwoman!

    I use the pouch! There’s a link to it in this post…

    KK (Running Through Life)

    February 23, 2009

    Oh, and thank you! This post prompted me to declare myself as a runner and write a blog post on it! Thanks Roni the ATHLETE!!!


    February 23, 2009

    The best post you have ever done!! Simply amazing and exactly what I needed to hear.


    February 23, 2009

    6 miles!!! WOW Roni, that must be one amazing feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 23, 2009

    My my, what a runner you have become!! Good job Roni!


    February 23, 2009

    Wow! You are fast.


    February 23, 2009

    I was so impressed when I saw your 6mi run on our Twitter Runs challenge on Nike+. You go girl!! I am trying to work up to my 5K. If somebody would have told me that I could run 8 minutes at a time I would have laughed in your face, but I just did it tonight. You most definitely are an athlete and an inspiration to me!!


    February 23, 2009

    Woo Hoo!! You are doing great running!!

    One of my goals is to run. (I was one of the kids who refused to run the mile in grade school even… so I’ve never even run a mile.) But first I need new shoes. Ok really, what I need is to quit making excuses.


    February 24, 2009

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but this is my first time commenting.

    I just got back from a 6 mile run myself! I’m also starting to feel like an athlete for the first time in my life – it’s a simple thing but it makes such a difference. Looking fat in workout clothes also prevented me from doing sports when I was a child. I stopped doing gymnastics for that reason, when I was 11 even though I loved it. In fact I liked a lot of sports but I always worried how I looked so I didn’t do much. Just the thought of having to take of my clothes in front of others in the changing rooms prevented me from doing team sports – sad. I lost some weight (but not in a particular healthy way) in my early teens and was in pretty good shape for a while, but even then I didn’t think of myself as an athlete. I guess I’ve always thought of athletes as a certain “type”. I’ve never really projected that I was athlete either. I remember once in gym class in high school we did a lot of fitness level tests and I turned out to be one of the fittest in my class to everyone’s big surprise. With my long red henna died hair and grungy look I didn’t exactly scream athlete.

    Later I regained all the weight and then some more – the classic tale. When I started taking up running again last summer I went out and bought all the right gear for the first time. Not just the shoes, but the tights, the shirt, the socks etc. At first it was for comfort but it has the added benefit that when I’m out there running it makes me feel like a member of my own imaginary athlete club. 5 years ago I would rather be dead than caught running in tights, but after I started to view exercise as a source of empowerment rather than punishment my attitude to how I look in workout clothes has changed. I still have a lot to loose and I have no idea what people think, when they see my 207 pound body bouncing on the running tracks. I still have those split seconds where I get self conscious about it, but then I just tell myself I might look fat in my tight running gear but my body can carry me for 9 miles of straight running! It serves me well, it is strong and that is what matters the most.

    Good luck with your training – I’m aiming for a half marathon this year!


    February 25, 2009

    Roni, that is awesome! 6 miles is insane (to me anyway). I have decided to try the ‘couch to 5K’ program. I really hope it works out for me. I have never in my life been a runner so I’m a little nervous. Wish me luck!


    February 26, 2009

    I am late to the party(been out of town) but I can so relate to you and your former and current view of exercise. I was just at a conference for the last 3 days and had extreme anxiety about how I was going to get workouts in while I was gone. The place where I stayed did not have a fitness room and the neighborhood was not prime for an early morning or evening run. I did not get in my usual work outs but at every break that was about 10 min every hour I would run the hospital stairs, 7 flights up, down and back up again. I got some strange looks when I would come back to the lectures panting and out of breath, but I felt way better and second bonus it kept me awake.

    Laura Brandon

    March 5, 2009

    You’ve actually become one of those crazy people who actually enjoys working out. The horror.