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Ask Roni Video: 4 Cookies, Olive Oil Spray, Healthy vs. Lite, Low Point, Getting over the Scale

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I DID it! I recorded a video! It’s been for-ev-er! This one covers some good topics including…

  • Oh NO! 4 cookies.
  • Olive OIl Spray vs. Drizzle
  • Healthy vs. Lite?
  • Lose to a Low Point only to game a bit back
  • Getting over the scale when you are doing everything right.

Podcast Version (Audio Only)
[podcast]http://RonisWeigh.com/resources/podcasts/AskRoni_v27.mp3[/podcast]

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    Chellie Has Issues

    July 28, 2009

    Thank you so much Roni for your vlog response. I know I am a daily weigher and have tried to be more health than weight conscious but I revert back to obsessing. My problem is that my pants ARE too tight and some not fitting without a huge muffin top. Many people did tell me I was too thin at the bottom of my weight range, but I personally don’t like how I feel at this larger weight. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to drop back down to 117, but I would like to feel good in clothes the once fit me and now don’t. I am having such a hard time eating while being a runner. When I dropped my weight, I did it without exercising. I know I need fuel for running, but in my mind I remember my tight jeans so I want to cut rather than add calories. Anyway, thank you for your response. It feels better knowing that many people who have lost weight gained a little bit back during maintance. I just wish some day I won’t live in fear. I fear everyday of becoming fat and unfit again. Everyday! I do need to trust myself as you have and trust that after these last 2 years of maintaining and running that I am healthy and won’t revert back. Hopefully I’ll get there someday!

    moonduster (Becky)

    July 28, 2009

    This was a great video post. You’ve inspired me to do one of my own! :) (When I was at my highest weight, I would have never wanted to do a video post and let people actually see me. I avoided even having my picture taken.)

    I am still losing. I still have 25.5 lbs to go to reach my goal, but I’ve already lost 112 pounds so far. I have found that I am already stepping on the scale less often than I used to, and I hope to someday get to a point on maintenance where I can do as you have done and pretty much get rid of the scale.
    :)

    roni

    July 28, 2009

    Chellie – In my experience it’s the obsession with the number and the size that will snap you back into a dieting (try to be perfect-not perfect-binge) cycle. I realize this is WAY easier said then done but if you start to let go of the number and the size and focus on making the best choices it’s a step in the right direction.

    I also lost without exercising and then started to exercise and struggled with the whole idea of having to eat more. Let me tell you you will get thru this. You’ll figure it out and your body will settle back into the weight it’s suppose to be at. BUT if you obsesses and worry about it you may start to self sabotage.

    I hope that helps. Just know you aren’t alone. Two years ago I was asking the same exact questions and having the same exact feelings!

    Shannon

    July 28, 2009

    Roni,

    Read the Omnivores Dilemna by Micheal Pollan and you will understand about the organic issue a little better. There to my knowledge is, no such thing as organic high fructose corn syrup. I have a child allergic to corn…and severe food allergies, so I read labels meticulously.

    If you are buying conventionally grown food, you are buying government subsidized food. In essence it is a government welfare issue.

    Please educate yourself about the organic issue before you go “ranting” about a topic on which you admittedly know very little. Food is a very complex, political issue. You have a great amount of influence due to your following (which I have been a part for about 2 years).

    I know you are probably too busy to read a book with everything going on…see if you can get it on audio to listen to on your iPod. But please be educated on the impact that conventionally farmed foods and the industrial food complex is going to have on the world. Your son will thank you in the future.

    BTW, I agree, processed foods are just junk. Anyway you slice it or dice it.
    Thanks
    Shannon

    roni

    July 28, 2009

    Shannon – Will DO! My point is the misunderstanding the organic automatically means “better for you”. I will quote this article…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/weekinreview/22bittman.html

    “No matter how carefully I avoided using the word “organic” when I spoke to groups of food enthusiasts about how to eat better, someone in the audience would inevitably ask, “What if I can’t afford to buy organic food?” It seems to have become the magic cure-all, synonymous with eating well, healthfully, sanely, even ethically.

    But eating “organic” offers no guarantee of any of that. “

    I want to spread a message of eating consciously and not just buying a product because it says organic. An organic dorrito is still a dorrito full of fake cheese and MSG but consumers will shell out more money because it’s stamped with an organic sticker.

    I do admit I still have a lot to learn but eating a diet of mostly whole foods organic or not is a great direction for people to go in. Do you agree?

    Shannon

    July 28, 2009

    Ohh I totally agree! I smirk everytime I see Organic microwavable Mac N’ Cheese. In my opinion food should primarily be purchased directly from local farmer’s. It SHOULD be a farmer’s market kind of thing and we need to not only spend more money on food, but spend more time on making it. This sounds controversial but think about what would happen if we stopped spending so much on “things” and put that money towards good, fresh food where the flavor is better because it was grown locally and not trucked across the planet. We compromise flavor and nutrition when we have to deal with extended shelf lives.

    I do not think organic should be the first choice, firstly we should seek locally grown foods and what we eat should look like something that was grown or raised leaving the cardboard box out of the equation.

    There is a whole Slow Foods movement that addresses these issues.

    But do spend some time understanding the Farm Bill and where our food comes from. Every dollar we spend is a vote and that vote is important to the health of our families. With rising obesity coming from foods which are CHEAP because the government pays subsidies for these crops…we cannot afford to overlook it. It is the reason it is more expensive to eat healthy whole foods. In my opinion a loaf of bread with 20 ingredients SHOULD cost more to produce than a simple whole in season tomato…but that is not the case.

    Tina

    July 28, 2009

    Thanks for the video post. It was great!

    First, I have a Misto and I love it. I find that I occassionally have the “stream” issue that made you not like it, but usually this occurs when I have not adequately pumped air into it.

    Second, thank you SO MUCH for pointing out that organic does not automatically mean healthy. Just because the cheese poofs are organic doesn’t mean that you can eat a whole bag of them when you wouldn’t eat a whole bag of regular cheetos. It’s still garbage food. Sheesh. Anyway, thanks for vocalizing.

    Michelle

    July 28, 2009

    Roni I love your blog! I wanted to comment on the organic issue. While I agree with eating whole local foods.( I do most of my produce buying through a local co-op.) I do buy organic though not only for not wanting the pesticides in my children but also because the farming practices are more eco-friendly. Just a point I wanted to bring up was the “ogranic dorrito” quote. An organic product will not have fake cheeses or MSG or anything else “artificial” in it because you cannot make “organic” MSG. I will buy garden of Eatin nacho cheese chips or gaucamole chips rather than dorritos because they do not contain food dyes or additives. If I am going to have a snack I will try too make it as healthy as possible. We don’t eat a lot of hot dogs but buy organic because they will not contain nitrates. A lot of times I will buy organic food snacks because they will not contain food dyes, MSG or additives. Just a thought. I do agree with the microwave Mac and cheese comment why buy ogranic and then microwave it :0)

    Michelle

    July 28, 2009

    Just wanted to add that while I don’t eat a lot of snack food because you are right just because it is organic doesn’t mean that we should eat a whole bunch of chip just because it is organic. I do believe that if I am going to have a snack I want it to be as free from artificial dyes and preservatives as possible.

    roni

    July 28, 2009

    lol – I love the mac and cheese example and that what I was trying to say. :) I’m going to do a bunch a research on products and write a whole organics post while I learn myself. As I said it’s the automatic assumption of heathy and the ultimate trusting of the word organic we are that bugs me. As if that was all that matters.

    Thanks for pointing out he MSG thing. Since I’m uneducated on the whole subject I’m drawing straws trying to make my point again putting my foot in my mouth. :)

    Paula

    July 28, 2009

    Roni – I found your website from the podcast about two weeks ago and have listened to every podcast available. I love your honesty, spunk and emotion. You rock! I recently joined WW to lose 20 – 25 lbs. and while I think I am fairly well educated about diet and nutrition your pocasts, blog and the WW meetings motivate me and – surprise! – teach me a thing or two now and then.

    I had the same question in regards to “healthy versus light” as I am just so darn anxious to lose weight – but, as usual, you are right. Healthy is the way to go. I have traveled to Italy for work and pleasure many times (ain’t life grand? :) and I made some observations there. Despite the Italians eating a full two- to three-course meal for lunch AND dinner, I do not see a lot of overweight people in Italy. I deduced that it is because they eat primarily whole foods – fresh vegetables, homemade pasta, etc. – and you just don’t see a lot of processed food in the grocery stores there. They also walk a lot due to the layout of the cities and towns (though I live in NYC, so I get my fair share of steps in every day). In any case, just an observation I wanted to share. I can’t say I never eat packaged or processed foods, but I certainly try to limit my intake.

    Thanks again for your enlightening and entertaining podcasts. Can’t wait for the next one already!

    Paige

    July 28, 2009

    Thanks for answering my question! I can’t tell you how much better having your reinforcement helped me feel! Just knowing someone else has been there and knows what I’m going through makes me stronger!!!!

    Carolyn

    July 28, 2009

    I’m with you on healthy vs. lite! My whole blog is about trying to balance the two.

    Shannon

    July 28, 2009

    there are no organic doritos available. i think you were thinking of “natural doritos”.

    Roni, I think I have a few articles on my computer that I wrote a few years back to educate local gardeners about the difference between natural, organic and “free range” when it comes to meat. If you want, email me, I would be happy to pass them alone. I also have one entitled, “Organic: Why Bother?”

    roni

    July 28, 2009

    Would love that!

    -Roni

    Rina

    July 29, 2009

    I love your videos. I watched it as I walked on the treadmill – what a combo! I felt almost saintly! You looked really pretty and you have a fun way of talking – it was very enjoyable and I hope you find time to do more in the future.

    I want to thank you especially for what you said about the scale. I like to weigh myself every day, but sometimes when the number wasn’t what I was hoping for, it would just get me depressed enough to fall off the wagon and binge. So I would try weighing myself less often, but that often had the same effect – an even bigger disappointment followed by the requisite binge.

    Now, thanks to this blog and Blog To Lose and other sites, I have educated myself and psyched myself up enough to stay motivated despite setbacks. Like you said, it doesn’t have to start on a Monday – it starts immediately after the four cookies. And I realized that I don’t have to fight with myself (it really is a struggle) to stay off the scale – I can weigh myself daily if that’s what I’m feeling like doing. And if eventually I no longer need to, fine. I can’t tell you what a relief it is for me to have that question answered and to be able to do what I want so much to do.

    You said that you started this blog for yourself, but if you can help others, it’s that much more. So please know that you are really helping me out here, and I need it so much and am endlessly grateful. I wish you the strength and peace of mind to continue doing this great stuff.

    Laura Brandon

    July 29, 2009

    Thank you for answering another of my questions!! Makes me feel special :)

    LOVE the healthy v. lite question too, that’s something I wonder about sometimes too.

    Alison

    July 30, 2009

    Hey Roni,
    With the Misto make sure you pump it LOTS my fiancee pumped mine about 30 times the other day and it was the lightest most wonderful mist ever. When i pump it like 10 times i get something between the stream you talk about and the mist from one with chemical propellants. Pump it lots and you will love it, you might also have a dud if its coming in a stream, it shouldn’t.

    jennifer ozuna

    July 30, 2009

    Thank you for this post! You are reassuring me!

    I began working out and eating healthier in December and have lost about 10-12 lbs. I am at my ideal weight now (5’4″ and 135-ish correlates to about a size 6 for my body type). I am an everyday weigher and I also keep a measuring tape because although I stopped seeing a drop on the scale back several months ago, I have continued to lose inches. I work out 5 days a week and try to burn at least 600 calories on those days.

    I have been letting my diet slip a little (my hubby and i love ben and Jerry’s chocolate caramel chunk ice cream) and have noticed my weight go up a little…and I have gained about 1/2″ back in my waist. I am still fitting in my size 6, but I am reining in my icecream habit a bit and am confident I will be back soon.

    Your confidence with not having the scale is so inspiring. I hope to one day feel that way!!

    Laura Citarelli

    July 30, 2009

    Article on Organic food and how it has no health benefits.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8174482.stm

    roni

    July 30, 2009

    Thanks Laura!! :)

    Meghan

    August 4, 2009

    Roni –
    Thanks so much for answering my “healthy vs lite” question! On a podcast too…:) Your response went with my gut – the more I read and think about food the less I want mono-something or other in my body!
    And I got your “organic rant” too – it’s really about whole foods vs processed foods. Whether organic or not – (but I like organic better). Anyway, thanks for responding! And my choice in “healthy” half and half is worth the extra 1/2 mile on a run every day! :) Gotta keep it balanced!

    Meghan