One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Wordless Wednesday – Guess who this is…. Yikes!

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Roni circa 1997-ish

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    May 6, 2009

    You’ve come a long way baby!

    Nicole O'Dell

    May 6, 2009

    You look fantastic! WTG!


    May 6, 2009

    WOW! Beautiful then and beautiful now. =) I guess that means I’m beautiful too – this picture reminds me of me today. You are an inspiration!


    May 6, 2009

    Roni…You do not look anything like that RoniCira97…I am always amazed how a persons’ face changes so drastically with weight loss…what an accomplishment! I know its hard but keep up the good work

    Laura Brandon

    May 6, 2009

    Wow, Roni, you look totally different!!


    May 7, 2009

    You are such an inspiration!


    May 7, 2009

    You really have come a long way Roni, you rock!


    May 7, 2009

    Wow Roni, you are almost recognisable from that picture. I bet then you could never have seen yourself getting to where you are today! Its so important every now and then to remind yourself where you have come from


    May 7, 2009

    you are amazing in your transformation.

    and Im not even thinking looks—-Im envisioning your mindset there as well.

    Marisa (trim the fat)

    May 7, 2009

    Wowza Roni! You should be sooooo proud of all the changes, inside and out, you have made! You are such an inspiration!


    May 7, 2009

    Congrats! what i notice the most is your eyes and smile. your spirit looks totally different.


    May 7, 2009

    I love the look on your face in this pic! You’ve always been cute as a button, but who wouldn’t want to make the transformation you have? What a healthy turnaround!


    May 7, 2009

    Wow. To me you look completely different. I don’t know what else to say!

    I think I had that same haircut in the 90s…hehehe

    Jess' food Coma

    May 7, 2009

    You truly remind me that it is possible to get to my goal weight, that a body can change that mush sometimes seems impossible.


    May 7, 2009

    You and your sister look so much alike! ;-)

    Wow- Roni…you’re awesome!


    May 7, 2009

    Your an inspiration Roni!
    You look awesome today!
    Isn’t it something how weight gain looks you look older?


    May 7, 2009

    I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication. Can you anticipate the but…coming down the pike? I suppose I could find plenty of “yikes” pictures myself to show other people struggling with weight issues, but to what end? We should help people celebrate and love who they are today, not suggest that they’re a “yikes” today and something better tomorrow, a suggestion I think many people would assume (as Vanessa said, “WOW! Beautiful then and beautiful now. =) I guess that means I’m beautiful too – this picture reminds me of me today.”). Let’s not make Vanessa have to “guess” that she’s beautiful today. She IS beautiful today, never more or less today than yesterday or tomorrow You loved yourself then or you wouldn’t be the person you are today. More, WITHOUT being the person you were then, you wouldn’t be the person you are today. You weren’t a “yikes,” you were you, as is Vanessa, and the thousands of others who come to this site for inspiration.


    May 7, 2009

    You are hardly recognizable in that photo! I never knew “that Roni” – but I think I like the one that I know much better :D


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    May 7, 2009

    I mean you just look SO different. When I look at you now in your videos your such a little thing! You are awesome at any size, but that’s a great accomplishment.

    Great pic for Wordless Wednesday because, truly, no words are needed. :) Great inspiration! I’ve recently discovered your different blogs and thoroughly enjoy them. Great weight loss info and wonderful inspiration.



    May 7, 2009

    Roni, you’ve come so far! My favorite difference between the “Then” and “Now” is that in your “Now” pictures you are all smiles!!! :-D


    May 7, 2009

    Roni you rock!

    My senior pictures are my “Wordless Wednesday,” it’s amazing how the 68 pounds that I have lost since then have changed my life!


    May 7, 2009

    Is your hair back, or is it short?


    May 7, 2009

    Thank you so much for being SO real!! You are a beautiful person inside and out!! This is evident by how you are open and honest with your blogging community. You were beautiful in this picture, but you couldn’t see that at that time and probably not now. I have been on a weight loss yo-yo for too many years now. When I look at myself ( about 65 lbs. overweight), I can’t imagine myself being at the right weight and looking healthy. Seeing your picture has helped me realize that it is possible. Also, reading your sight about your journey and the good days and the bad is very inspiring to me. Thank you for your time and inspiration!

    Krista S.

    May 7, 2009

    I totally agree with “Amy”. <3


    May 7, 2009

    Hi, wow, you’ve come so far! Great job! I just found your blog and I’ve added it to my blog roll!


    May 7, 2009

    Wow Roni, what a transformation :) Way to go!

    (and personally I see nothing wrong with posting before/after pictures. that is part of the weight loss journey. Roni didn’t say she was “ugly” or “fat” – she simply said “Yikes” and I would guess it is because of the huge change she experienced.)


    May 7, 2009



    Definition – an exclamation of surprise

    Every single person can look at old pictures of themselves and exclaim yikes.

    Yikes! Look at my hair!
    Yikes! I can’t believe I wore that!
    Yikes! I remember that day I was so naive back then.
    Yikes! Is THAT me?!?

    I liked and decided to participate in a Wordless Wednesday because I love the idea that people can interpret what they want from the picture without me interjecting my (often long winded) opinion. To be honest I was curious how people would react to this one.

    My intent wasn’t to say look at me. Look how fat I was. My intent was, look at me back then, can you believe how much I’ve grown. How far I’ve come. How much older I am now. How much longer my hair is! lol

    You are right, I wouldn’t be who I am today without my past. BUT (see I have one too) you were wrong too, I didn’t love myself then. THAT was the problem. I can show you 100 of pictures of a perfectly healthy, thinner Roni who hated being in her skin too. It didn’t matter if I was 150lbs or 200lbs. I hated myself. So when I say “Yikes” I’m saying look at this old funny picture of me. Look at how far I’ve come. I was unhappy then and therefore fatter, NOT the other way around. Hopefully that is what people can find inspiration in.


    May 7, 2009

    You have come so far & you should be proud :)


    May 7, 2009

    Look at how OLD you look there and how YOUNG you look now! That’s the first thing I notice. You have come a long way (and your hair is definitely more beautiful now!). :) They always say weight loss makes you look younger–you are living proof!

    Fat Fitness Food

    May 7, 2009

    Yikes! What a controversial post! LOL

    I find seeing before and afters very motivating.

    That’s what I am taking from it! You deserve to be able to say yikes, it’s your picture, your blog, your hard work. You earned your yikes!


    May 7, 2009

    I agree “Fat Fitness Food,” we have our “past” photos for motivation. I wasn’t happy fat- I was sad and always yoyo dieting. I loved and hated myself. I would pray every night that God would help me lose weight and then find a boyfriend :). I had many emotional issues that the fat held in. Don’t get me wrong I’m 127 pds right now and I still have emotional issues, I haven’t fully realized where I’m at. I’m only 26 years old and dreamed of being in my 120’s for over half my life! If we didn’t have the “past photos” then we would never succeed. If I wasn’t reminded my those old photos then I would not have motivation-end of story.

    Nicole S.

    May 7, 2009

    I don’t think Roni is saying that you have to be thin to be beautiful either. What she is doing with this post is no different than what The Biggest Loser does every week and they are by no means saying you’re ugly if you’re fat. It’s all about being healthy and looking back at how far you’ve come.


    May 7, 2009

    Yikes Sprites! ;)


    May 7, 2009

    Th first thing I notice is how much happier you look in current pix that I’ve seen. You have come so far girlfriend and are such an inspiration!!


    May 8, 2009

    I LOVE pictures like this b/c it shows you how FAR YOU HAVE COME!! Be proud of that and don’t grimace when you see it. Just know you will NEVER go back. That was you IN THE PAST!


    May 11, 2009

    Roni, I am sorry you always have the ‘downers’~ you are so patient with them! I remember the gal who was so “happy” being overweight, she had to insist YOU weren’t really happy being fit! LOL, whatevah!

    You are such an inspiration and before and afters are what drive so many of us. Yes, I want to be fit, have more energy, better health, but dang it, I WANT TO LOOK GOOD TOO! Nothing wrong with that.