One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: so I tried it – and I did it!

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I don’t normally share the emails I receive but this one had me in tears. Stacey shares her story and it’s eerily similar to mine. My favorite part is…

so I tried it – and I did it!

Here’s her entire note. This is what keeps me doing what I’m doing…

Hi Roni,
I don’t have a question for you. This is a note to tell you how much your blog has influenced my life. I found your blog while I was on the Weight Watchers message boards about 2 years ago, and have been a dedicated follower ever since. In 2007 I lost 40 pounds by following the WW program. I had lost weight in the past, but I was never able to keep it off. I was always either “on a diet” or gaining weight. I could never maintain a healthy balance. After I had my second daughter, I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and decided to try again at WW. I lost 40 pounds in 9 months – that was the easy part. The hard part was keeping it off. Reading your blog motivates me. I’ve made many of your recipes from Greenlitebites – Chili, Beer Can Chiken, mashed potatoes, Salisbury steak … and the list goes on. It’s so nice to have new and different ideas – it’s so easy to get in a rut. I’ve learned to balance the “healthy” with the “junk”. In the past, when I lost weight, I always went back to eating junk. This time I’ve been able to balance it. I eat a healthy diet during the week, and give myself a break on the weekend. This way I don’t feel like there are things I can’t eat. I can fries and chips, but only on the weekend – not every night, like in the past. It helps me to read about how you struggle with the same things – and how you manage to get over them.

When I lost the weight this time I did it strictly by counting points. I didn’t start any type of exercise program. Exercise has never been my thing. I’ve never enjoyed it. So, I only concentrated on the food, and it worked. But after reading about your experiences with exercise, I started to feel motivated. I was finding it harder and harder to maintain my weight loss with only counting points. I heard you mention the Couch to 5K program, and decided to look into it. I was literally starting “from the couch”. I wasn’t doing any kind of exercise at the time. I’d always thought that I could never be a runner. But this program seemed doable – I knew I could jog for 60 seconds – but that’s about all I could do. I started the program in June and I finished it today! I can run for 30 minutes now! I’m so thrilled that I can actually do it. You motivated me to start. I saw that when you started exercising, you were in the same place as me. I saw that someone like me could actually do it – so I tried it – and I did it! Thank you! Now I see how far you’ve come – running a marathon! You are such an inspiration to me! Now that I finished the Couch to 5K program, I’m planning to keep up with running. I rewarded myself with a Nike+. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m also starting the 200 sit-ups challenge. I’m 36 years old, and I’m in the best shape of my life, and you helped me to achieve that.

I just wanted to let you know that I could not have come this far in my maintenance without your blog. Thank you so much for everything that you share. It really made a difference in my life.


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There are 19 comments so far.


    September 7, 2009

    This is so good for you, I just love it! Well, there are facts you just can’t deny, aren’t there? ;)

    I also love it that by publishing this email, you also allow Stacey to become an inspiration for others. You are two 100% real persons, no strings attached, not trying to sell anything, and that’s what’s especially important. Just stay that way!

    You deserve that praise, you go girl!


    September 7, 2009

    Nina – and that’s why I shared it! Stacey sounds EXACTLY like me and I think there a lot of people can tackle their weight loss by following a similar path. i.e. break the bad habits by learning portions and balance (for us that was points) while learning to prepare most of your own foods. Then slowly adding exercise in without the pressure of weight loss. I really think this slow “lifestyle change” is beneficial. It stopped me from the all of nothing, perfection mentality.

    Fat Fitness Food

    September 7, 2009

    Stacey could be writing for so many of us! Congrats to her on her success! And to you too Roni on the many many ‘Staceys’ out there you have inspired!

    Diane, Fit to the Finish

    September 7, 2009

    Roni – that’s so great that you have been an influence to her and to others.

    That’s always my goal too, to help other people in this sometimes difficult – but not impossible journey!!

    Thanks for sharing that email. Inspirational for sure!


    September 7, 2009

    What a great letter! And, I hope you let this inspire myou to continue, Roni! You help a lot of people here :)


    September 7, 2009

    not myou, I meant you :)


    September 7, 2009

    What a great email! Kudos to you, Roni! You have inspired so many people, including me. Thanks for doing all you do!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    September 7, 2009

    What a great letter! How awesome to inspire others. It’s great to read about people who have come from where you were and are doing and feeling great!

    Stacey…Congrats! It’s a great feeling to accomplish something like this and it is huge! Be careful because running is addicting and soon you’ll be wanting to train for races and bigger races. I started with a 5K and now I’m doing a 10K and a half marathon in the spring! You did amazing!


    September 7, 2009

    Thank you for sharing that email! It’s so nice to hear that others are inspired by you as well.

    Stacey, your email was as inspiring as any of Roni’s posts! I am just starting the C25K program, and I’m the laziest person that ever lived! So it’s so great to hear success stories!


    September 7, 2009

    Wow! Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I’m glad that my email could be used to inspire others.


    September 7, 2009

    I agree so much with everything Stacey wrote! Roni is a new found inspiration for me!

    I also did the couch potatoe to 5K and ran my first 5k last spring – an all female run which was a great way to start my running! It was amazing – and at 201 lbs last december I never thought that was possible! Im now training for a half marathon for the spring, hopefully with alot more weight to come off in the process!


    September 7, 2009

    Hey Roni…

    This is off subject.. I would tweet you but I do not use Twitter (I know, I know) … anyhoo… what do you think about these? Have you heard of them?


    September 7, 2009

    Those are cool! Would love to try them but wonder if they are ok on concrete?!? Hmmmm more research I think. :)


    September 7, 2009

    I’ve seen someone running with those foot things on. He was running on asphalt and seemed to be enjoying it. He looked like an avid runner, but who knows.


    September 8, 2009

    We’re proud of you STACEY!!! And I like the idea of a Roni’s Weigh Inspiration Story! ;)


    September 9, 2009

    That’s an awesome e-mail for you Roni!!

    Great job on your success!!!

    lunzy a la lunzygras

    September 9, 2009

    what a great email! I bet it just made your day :)

    Great job Stacey!! thanks for sharing!!



    September 10, 2009

    That’s an awesome email! It makes me joyous, I can only imagine how it makes you feel.


    September 11, 2009

    That is a wonderful letter! I’m so excited to see she felt motivated to start the Couch to 5K program, because I’m currently doing the Couch to 5K program and I’m loving it! I just completed the Week 6 Run 1 and feel great.