One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Forward Progression

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Chart taken from Nike+ web site after sync. Click here to see how I did it.

That’s my run this morning. See all those little dips? Those are walk breaks. Those were all the times I slowed down, caught my breath and wondered if I was going to be able to finish.

As sweat poured of my brow in the blazing sun I realized something….

Of course I’m going to finish!

Does it REALLY matter how long it takes me? NO!

Does it have to be a "perfect" run? NO!

I can stop and walk if I need to. I can take a break. It’s the Forward progression that matters. As long as I am moving forward I WILL finish. It’s just a matter of time.

That’s what kept me going this morning and honestly, it’s what keeps me going day to day.

Forward Progression

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    Mary (A Merry Life)

    August 17, 2010

    Love this. It’s so true.


    August 17, 2010

    LOVE this way of thinking! Positive, motivating, and SO true :)


    August 17, 2010

    This has been a struggle for me lately. I am training for a 1/2 marathon in October. I am new to running and still quite a few pounds away from my goal weight. Running just fit into my life and soon I found myself striving for a challenge. I love the structure of having a training plan. However, for some weird reason I began to get fixated on my time. The more pressure I put on myself the less I enjoyed running and the slower I seemed to go. I misplaced my Nike + and started to focus simply on completing the run. Oddly enough I began enjoying my runs again.

    I ran a 10K on Saturday. It was a beautiful course with a gigantic uphill portion at the end of mile 2. I walked the hill as did many others. I ran the rest at a comfortable pace, increasing my speed only when I felt like it. I ran with a beaming smile on my face for the entire race. I waved at the spectators who came out to show their support. I reveled in the beauty of the area I was running in. About 100 feet from the finish line I saw my husband and 3 year old son cheering me on. My little guy ran out and grabbed my hand and together we crossed the finish line (I had tears in my eyes). A year ago I couldn’t have done that; 5 years ago I was 50 pounds heavier and wouldn’t have dreamed of running 6.2 miles.

    I run to stay healthy. I run to improve my fitness level. I run to enjoy some “me” time. I run to be a positive role model for my son. I love to be challenged but I also want to continue to love to run. So for now I am so proud of myself for completing all of my training runs to date, two 5K races and a 10K race. I will accomplish the 1/2 marathon and it doesn’t matter how long it takes me.

    Your blog and readers have been a constant source of inspiration. Thanks Roni and everyone who shares their thoughts and comments.


    August 17, 2010

    I totally agree! This philosophy helps me get through many workouts.


    August 17, 2010

    Wow, you still finished more than 5 miles in 58 minutes!! That’s about 10 minutes faster than I usually do. It’s all relative, you’re amazing.


    August 17, 2010

    Oh, I needed to read this post and the comments today. I have a steel plated knee and I’ve been jogging for about a year and I can’t seem to run a full 3.2 miles. I have a sore knee and I jogged/walked 2 miles today. I felt like a failure but then I thought, it’s okay. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you or that you haven’t progressed. What matters is you’re still trying. Even though I didn’t feel victorious today, I gave thanks that I was at least able to run the mile whereas before, I merely walked it.

    It’s not where I want to be but I’m glad I can jog/shuffle.

    You continue to inspire.


    August 17, 2010

    Roni, i’ve been struggling the same lately and after reading your post, I have a renewed determination just to FINISH what I have started. So what if 4 miles is taking me 45 minutes? Or even 50 minutes? Or even an hour? So what if I walked? I’m doing more than I did last year, and I am doing more than I thought I could. You’re so right — it’s all about the forward progression. I always try to compare myself to you — your graphs always look great (mine contain MANY dips, some of them HUGE). I must say — it does make me feel a tiny bit better knowing I’m not the only one that struggles sometimes. Thank you for this post — it made me feel so much better!


    August 17, 2010

    Thanks for reminding me of this! I am running a Half Marathon in like 3 weeks…YIKES! And…I am not prepared…at all! I know I can finish…that is not the problem, but I wanted to beat my time from last year, which was 2:17. Well…that won’t be happening! lol And…I have been beating myself up about it. Your post helped to remind me that my time may not be the most important thing….Doing it and Finishing it is! Thanks …again…..your post was right on time! :)

    Josie- Skinny Way Of Life

    August 17, 2010

    Thank you for this. I just started running on sunday, literally this past sunday I decided enough was enough and I was going to hit the pavement. I’ve always wanted to be a runner but (as stupid as this might sound) I get really nervous and awkward running in front of people (I think it’s my inner former fat girl taking control), I feel as though people will look at me and think “her, running? ha nice try hun!” but I did it and I felt amazing.

    Now, I didn’t run the whole time (it was my 1st time!) but I did get out there and conquered a fear and I loved it. It’s comforting to see even a pro like you struggles at times. It’s very motivating, Thank you : )

    Foodie McBody

    August 17, 2010

    Absolutely!!!!! That’s my plan for Las Vegas Half Marathon. I’m gonna bring my iPod shuffle, loaded with running AND walking songs and I’m gonna do whatever the spirit moves me to. You’re doing amazing!!

    Julie J.

    August 18, 2010

    Don’t forget – you are pregnant! Your run is sooo great, considering your body is making more and more blood to support your new little one. It’s natural for you to want to take walk breaks – that’s your body telling you to take it easy. Take care and sending you lots of good baby vibes!


    August 18, 2010

    I’m sooooo glad to find your site. New runner here (47 yoa). Not going for a marathon (probably never will), but need your inspiration and advice for my 5ks! Great blog–looks like a super-duper run to me!


    August 18, 2010

    The graph itself is quite beautiful. Way more interesting than a boring straight line!


    August 18, 2010

    That graph was exactly like my workout yesterday. Run. Walk. Jog. walk. Run. Walk. Jog. Walk. Walk some more.

    It’s okay, because you’re MOVING. There’s no law that says you have to run nonstop.

    Leaving Fatville

    August 18, 2010

    I love your outlook! I have to keep reminding myself of this all the time, forward progression. It’s not a race, there’s no winner. It’s going to happen, but it has to happen in its own time. This applies to both my exercise regimen and my weight loss. I keep waiting for that ultimate end date and getting pissed when it passes with no remarkable difference in my body. It’s not the date, it’s the progression.

    Thanks for the timely reminder!

    Patty@NYC Girl at Heart

    August 18, 2010

    Great job Roni! There are so many times I feel bad about walking during my runs but sometimes there is just no choice. Its so plain & simple :)


    August 18, 2010

    Amen, girlfriend! I ran/walked my first half marathon back in June and you know what? I didn’t think of it as less of an achievement because I took walk breaks. I finished! You rock, I love your website.

    Well said Roni! There is no finish line for health and fitness.


    August 18, 2010

    Hmmm, it looks amazingly similar to my run this morning! Good for us.