One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Pizza, Fried Chicken and Chocolate, oh My!

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The title says it all. This weekend was an absolute food fest. I ate and ate and ATE. To be honest, I was Unmotivated. Uninterested. Uninspired. Tired.

But. . .

I’m over it. I needed a few days off. Isn’t that what weekends are for? There’s no sense in beating myself up. I wasn’t "bad". I’m not going to gain back 70lbs because I ate a few too many calories. A healthy lifestyle is about balance. There are no regrets or bad decisions. No need to punish myself for enjoying fried chicken WITH the skin for a change. Nope. Not.Gonna.Do.It.

Remember, I believe in stateless dieting. All of my food choices this weekend were ON PLAN. I didn’t "ruin my diet" or "break it." My next decision is before me. Prepare for tomorrow by packing a healthy lunch OR beat myself up and feel sorry for myself because I ate a couple slices of pizza and a chocolate bar?

Sorry, I’m off to the kitchen. My lunchbox awaits. :)

P.S. Hope you have a great weekend! Besides food, mine was filled with fun. Little guy and I experimented in the kitchen, played lots of games, watched one of my favorite childhood movies, dug out of a surprise snow storm and snapped a few photos. . .

I also worked my butt off at Boot camp, hosted a poker night, played Wii and finished Twilight (FINALLY!)

See… how can I let a few food choices effect my awesome weekend? It’s amazing how focusing on the positive, owning your decsions and looking ahead can affect your mood. I’m totally motivated after writing this.

Ok, now I’m really off to make that lunch and get to bed early. Gotta go to work tomorrow. Have a good one! :)

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There are 23 comments so far.

    BEST. POST.EVER. So many of us struggle with finding that balance. It’s so true, don’t sabotage yourself at the next meal because you ate a little more at the last. Someone told me to look at eating as a see-saw, if it went way up at Lunch, bring it down at dinner, to ensure that it’s always balanced. That visual, this blog post – help me in more ways than you know! Thank you AS ALWAYS!!! Here’s to a killer week and finding the positive in every day.


    February 1, 2010

    i agree, no need to engage slippery-slope activities… just move on to the next choice and make it a good one! yay for you for being positive.


    February 1, 2010

    It’s so funny that you posted this today. I had this same conversation with someone. I love how you put it, Deanna, viewing it as a see-saw. That’s just perfect. I’m still working off my Christmas binge, two more pounds to go, but I feel like I handled it better than I ever had before. I gave myself permission to enjoy, knowing full well what I would have to deal with, and I’m dealing with it. I was tired too, and there was a time that it would have lasted more than just two weeks. I’m thankful to you, Roni, as well, for being so real, and for sharing all that you do. Have a great week!

    One Mans Weight Loss

    February 1, 2010

    I feel your pain! I am a big football fan and I just know this coming weekend is going to be a food and wine (or beer) festival. The Superbowl with my friends has more food around the house than Thanksgiving. I know it is going to be hard, but hey, if it were easy…..

    Julie - Big Girl Bombshell

    February 1, 2010

    It is truly about balance. As long as we are mindful, we can make choices that support the lifestyle we are creating.

    Thank you for your post


    February 1, 2010

    I love the balance. Good example for us all :)

    All Women Stalker

    February 1, 2010

    Yeah. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get up from your fall and make better decisions. Just always be conscious about your decisions and things will fall into place. Julie above said it wonderfully.


    February 1, 2010

    I think a splurge, or day or two of excess now and again keeps the binges away. Or accepting our lack of perfection and not freaking out for being human keeps us (me, anyway) sane. Besides, the skin is the best part of the fried chicken! I really don’t think doing this occasionally is that detrimental to weight, it’s when it becomes common that it’s problematic. I figure, for me, at most, I won’t lose for a few days or week, but unless I’ve eaten thousands of extra calories, I won’t gain. I just shrug my shoulders, move on, wait for my normal.

    How funny you write this post now. I needed it.

    After having a bad few weeks, I finally managed to pull myself out of my funk three days ago and have had three OP days. I’m realizing how much better I feel when I’m making healthier choices and not pigging out … and how easy it is for me to spiral out of control when I start making bad ones.


    February 1, 2010

    I ADORE that concept of stateless dieting, Roni.

    What do I notsomuchadore? you wont be a Blissdom with me this week!

    I shall take notes and report back :)

    Laura Jane

    February 1, 2010

    I really needed to hear that! I had a run-in with the homemade cinnamon rolls yesterday, and I’m fighting not to let it get me down. I struggle so, so much with the all-or-nothing mentality. Reading your blog has certainly helped with that. I really need to internalize that stateless dieting mentality.


    February 1, 2010

    You shouldn’t beat yourself up. You just blogged about your calories in, almost just about the calories in…. and what about the calories out? The bootcamp, the playing, the snow-digging, the Wii! You even might had a calorie deficit this weekend, who knows!

    Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    February 1, 2010

    Good for you for indulging and moving on! For me that can be the hardest part…


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    February 1, 2010

    Good for you for jumping back in the boat. That is my problem now….I like you saying you won’t gain the 70lbs back for a few choices….just wish I could convince myself of that since I have slipped up 9 lbs and clothes are tighter in two years by telling myself I won’t gain it back by slipping a little here or there….sorry…gloomy I know. :(


    February 1, 2010

    good for you for doing it, owning it and moving on! i would be nervous that i wouldn’t be able to get back into the right mindsight after that (and the eating too much yummy stuff would continue) but you definitely have your head on straight. you go girl!


    February 1, 2010

    That way of thinking is key for me to maintain a healthy LIFESTYLE. When I was “dieting” and there were things I “couldn’t” eat, I’d want to eat them even more – then I’d be off the diet because it was all or nothing. Now that I’ve learned to balance my diet, and I can eat all the food I love, it has made all the difference.

    On a different subject, what did you think of Twilight? I saw the movie for the first time 2 weeks ago and it started me on a Twilight marathon. I read all 4 books in these last 2 weeks and found a theater that was still playing New Moon. I have to say that all that reading was great for me – it kept me from snacking all the time!


    February 1, 2010

    Great attitude, Roni! It all works out! I had a little too much wine and some chocolate chip cookies this weekend, but I got in good workouts and did the best I could. And I’m still down this morning! Life without pizza, chocolate and the occasional chicken skin just isn’t worth living. :)


    February 1, 2010

    Amen sister! I too had kind of a “food fest” this weekend- but you are so right! It is important to own the good stuff- that the food I picked was healthy and I also got outdoors for some fun and exercise with the people (and dogs!) who matter to me. Thanks for saying just what I need to hear at just the right time Roni- again! :)


    February 1, 2010

    I did the “it’s a road trip” and “I don’t know how many points I’ve had so far today, so I’m just going to keep eating” weirdness, but had fun playing in the snow with my boy…so, I’ll keep active and make better choices for the next 5 days and hope for the best. Is one day going to make me gain back the weight I’ve lost in the last few weeks? Unlikely. Do I need to be able to handle the occasional day like this and still move forward? Absolutely…practice makes progress, not perfection.


    February 1, 2010

    Hi Roni, I have recently discovered your blog a few weeks ago. I love it that you go through the same things we all through, in our quest to lose weight, maintain weight, and find balance and joy in our lives. I had the exact same weekend, just completly off the WW plan (I’ve been back on WW for 3 weeks now and lost 7 pounds), but then I just completely backtracked from Friday through Sunday. So I could beat myself up, and completely give up, or get back on WW plan today and keep on going! I like your positive post, which helps me to say I will keep on going and not forgive myself for the weekend. I also love the post about all the different job paths and interests you did over the years, as I did the same thing. I never could find my exact niche in the job world. I’m still working on that! I have many interests, and had hard time focusing on one interest, or career path, and just wind back up to ground zero in the career world. But I love your post and knowing that I’m not the only one out there with these struggles. Thank you for sharing your life, as I feel the same way about so many things!

    Tami (Nutmeg Notebook)

    February 1, 2010

    I love the see – saw view point and I am going to think about that the next time I start to feel bad about eating a little more or a little different than my usual healthy eats.

    I think it is more important what you do and think after the fact. Roni you have a great attitude, realistic in the fact that you are not going to gain back all your weight from one weekend of indulences.

    As long as I don’t let a slip become a slide, I am okay!


    February 2, 2010

    Stacey – I loved it! I haven’t seen the movies yet, I wanted to read them first. I’m going to buy New Moon this weekend and then have a Twilight movie marathon when I’m done. :)