One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ask Roni_v32s2 – Running before losing, Falling of the Wagon, Regular Slip Ups, Learning to Run

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FINALLY! Sorry for the delay. I recorded this a few weeks back and finally carved out a few hours to prep it and upload before heading hitting the open road towards Disney. I’m happily and weirdly saying that this will be my last video…. with HAIR! ;)

Topics in this video include…

  • Running before Losing the Weight
  • Have I ever Fallen off the Wagon – A kick in the butt for those that lost motivation.
  • Strategies for Dealing with Slip Ups
  • How to Start Running

Podcast Version (Audio Only)

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    May 28, 2010

    Awesome. I loved hearing you talk again. You sounded calming to my troubled heart that is sitting on the curb while my brain tries to talk it back to losing weight. I think peace talks have been arranged now. Thank you. Hopefully a settlement and treaty can get set up soon.

    I really enjoyed the video… thanks! Especially the part about the knees hurting. I’m in my 5th week of the WWers run a 5k plan and my knees hurt off and on. Good to hear it happened to you as well. I enjoy reading so much I gave you a beautiful blogger award on my site. Thanks again, and enjoy your trip to Disney.


    May 29, 2010

    For those who have knee pain or are worried about the potential of it by running with a few extra pounds, take Roni’s advice about seeing your doc, but I also wanted to add that getting fitted for your running shoes is super, super important! Brooks brand shoes are great for beginners because they offer tons of cushion (which will help with the pavement pounding). Also, try running on trails vs. cement sidewalks as much as possible. And lastly, work on your running form. When you’re running with good form, it will make a HUGE difference, it did for me! Also, here’s a link to a Runner’s World article on running form:,7120,s6-238-267-268-8210-0,00.html


    May 29, 2010

    Yeah, what they said :) My knees killed me the first 3 weeks I started running. Some say that your quads, while getting stronger because of all your running, pull your patella bone in a different and that causes discomfort while adjusting. The pain does goes away. And go to a runnning shoes store, get evaluated and buy the righr pair of shoes. And use them only for running, nothing else.


    May 29, 2010

    Yes Roni it’s true each time we try we get better at it. I totally get the give up the “on a diet mentality”, yet sometimes, at least for me, if I put away my “weight watchers tools” some old bad habits come back and portion sizes grow etc. So I need to find those “tools” and make some repairs. It’s like home repairs, I guess that’s why they call it maintenance! As for the motivation to make those repairs, for me I just seem to reach a point where I ask myself do I really want to give up all the hard work I’ve done, I try to focus on my health and well being and I ask myself when do I feel better physically and mentally? When I’m living healthy or not? You can guess the answer I’m sure!


    May 29, 2010

    Just another comment, Thanks for the couch to 5k link, I just might give it a try!


    May 29, 2010

    As Roni said talk to your doctor but I weighed over 200 pounds when I started couch to 5k, my knees hurt sometimes but they will get stronger. I ran 8 miles without stopping the other day and I still weight 175 (5 months after starting couch to 5k) so it is possible to run while heavy but you should check if it is okay for you. Also try working on exercises to strengthen your IT Band as that affects your knees and hips and is especially problematic in women. When I started doing those my knee and hip pain went away.


    May 31, 2010

    Hi!! Just a thought about the Couch to 5k-it’s brilliant BUT if you are a beginner runner like myself you spend more time looking at your watch wondering when your 90 seconds/60 seconds/whatever time you are on is up! I found that using a Couch to 5k podcast was my answer! I used this website and it has helped me immensely! I am on Week 6 and LOVE running :) Good luck!!
    And I love your blog Roni :) I’ve been a lurker for awhile and I just want to thank you for motivating me everyday and all of your great recipes :)


    June 1, 2010

    I did the Couch 2 5K when I was 30 pounds overweight. The things that helped me was buying proper running shoes from a running store, walking for 5-10 minutes, stretching, then running, and walking for a cool down. I also never ran on cement, only dirt paths or a treadmill. These ideas really helped my soreness, but I did still have a little soreness.
    Great to see you again, Roni! Now we just need a video with the new hair :)


    June 3, 2010

    I am actually a runner who had some knee problems BEFORE i started to run. my physical therapist worked with me to strengthen my legs (lots of quad work to strengthen the muscle and take pressure off the knee). this really worked and i ended up running 3 marathons and several half marathons with NO knee pain whatsoever!


    June 3, 2010

    thanks for posting about the podcast, sarah! i just checked it out and it is awesome. i have such trouble looking at my watch adn remembering when i need to speed up or slow down–this is the perfect solution!! i saw some other good ones at getfitpod.


    June 3, 2010

    You’re welcome Laurie!! They really helped me and I am glad you like it!! :)


    June 5, 2010

    LOL I’m gonna try to do one this week. As soon as I dump the day job I’ll get back on a regular schedule. :)


    June 6, 2010

    Just my 2 cents here…I just ran my first 5K today. Yay me! And I am still 60 pounds overweight. I’ve lost 15 pounds on WW so far. I ended up doing a run/walk combo today. My time was ridiculously slow. My Mom beat my time ;) But I completed it and now I have a time to beat.

    I also had some knee trouble as well as TERRIBLE shin splint issues in the beginning with C25K. New shoes saved me. I think a lot of us just grab our sneaks from the closet and get started. Those shoes changed my running. And after three weeks on the program the knee and shin splints disappeared.

    Also, just a tip for those embarking on the C25K program. Run outside if you plan to run a road race 5K. I did almost all of my training on a treadmill. Which was great. But running on a treadmill versus running outside are two VERY different things. And when I started running outside my knee/shin splints came back. If you can’t do it every run try to alternate. It will only help with your endurance.

    Oh..and Roni…thank you for the blogging encouragement. You are one of the reasons I gave the 5K today a try ;)


    June 6, 2010

    Amanda – That’s awesome! Congrats on your first 5k!