One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: Changing Your Life

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This weekends quote is a bit deep but don’t worry I make up for it with pictures….

The secret to changing your life is in your intentions. Wishing, hoping and goal setting cannot accomplish change without intention. What is needed is a shift from the inert energy of wanting to the active energy of doing and intention. —-Wayne Dyer

It’s the middle of the day on Saturday. Today I already worked my butt of at Boot Camp class and went for an hour hike with the family. Now we are getting ready to make some homemade pizza and watch the Notre Dame game. Afterwards, we are heading to PA to spend some time with the Grandparents.

It’s a great day and I plan on making it an even better weekend! I’m actively living my life. I’m done talking about what I want. Wishing for a different body. Hoping one day to achieve some ridiculous goal of "skinny" I set for myself.

Nope, no more. Now I spend my energy doing instead of wishing. Playing instead of hoping. And I set goals that I actively work towards not just daydream about.

Today we had a blast having a fun active morning. Here’s some pictures from our 3 mile hike… Goal Accomplished. :)

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    I am with you! I am completely down with living it instead of dreaming it these days!

    Fantastic. :)

    Jen @ KUrunner

    September 4, 2010

    AAACCCCKKK! A FROG!!! My nine year old came inside the other day with a lizard. *shivers*

    I am so amazed at what you are able to accomplish still. No way in heck was I going on a hike during the first trimester. It took all my energy to roll out of bed and pretend to be awake long enough to get the husband and daughter out the door before I collapsed on the couch for some fine television programming.


    September 4, 2010

    Actually… I’ve been EXHAUSTED! Thank the LORD I’m not working because the only thing that’s saving me is the mid-day nap!

    Lisa (sunnystl on twitter by the way)

    September 4, 2010

    Such a beautiful day all around, beautiful here in St.Louis also.
    So wonderful you can get out so much, I remember my first trimester too, ya it was nappy time all the time.
    I agree wholeheartly with you, Im doing WW and been doing well, ya I have to remind myself everyday not to get upset at the little things. My weightloss has hit a major standstill, Ive lost 25 pounds so far, then nada…zip , zero.. I dont know wha the deal is…but Im trying extra hard to not let myself get down. Im living my life the best I can, I refuse to let food/weight rule me anymore. Ive been walking and eating so much better than I ever have in life. It will happen, it has too.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Your lucky your husband likes to do all those things. :)


    September 4, 2010

    He doesn’t always… I usually have to shame him into it. ;)


    September 4, 2010

    Great quote, really one to think about. Love the hike pics. My family discovered geocaching last Fall. You guys might enjoy it too. My kids like the added adventure and sense of purpose that it gives to the hike. You use a GPS to guide you to a cache (some type of box or container) hidden in a given location. Once you find it you usually sign a log and sometimes get to take a little trinket and leave one behind. Lots of fun and Ryan would probably love the search for a treasure! We really need to start again now that the weather is more comfortable. Thanks for reminding me to get the family out there!

    Julie - Big Girl Bombshell

    September 4, 2010

    Yes! Roni…Intention…that is the word I have been searching for. My mantra for this year was I LIVE…No longer using my weight as an excuse. Today, our family, loaded up the bikes and went for a LONG ride along the river.. I, too, intended to take pictures but the batteries were dead. I spent all those years focusing on positive thoughts, a little no a lot less negative talk, but it honestly and truly did not change until I changed..I started caring for and about me.. As hard as it was, I started taking steps to take care of me FIRST,, The changes are spilling over…its awesome..and honestly, my intent all along!


    September 4, 2010

    That Intention thing is similar to a teaching by Dallas Willard that I love: V.I.M .–Vision, Intention, and Means. And he makes the point that most people don’t have the intention and that is why they never accomplish/change.

    I LOVE the pic. of the frog. Brought back a lot of happy memories for me.


    September 5, 2010

    Wonderful pictures! It looks beautiful, what a great day!

    I like the quote. A very simple way for me to look at this is to listen to myself, do the things I always want to do but don’t. It doesn’t have to be anything big, either, it’s just the victory of saying, I want to do this, and then doing it.

    Something like, I WANT to make a cup of tea and go sit on the back patio, then doing it for as long as I want. When I am done, think about what I WANT to do next, and doing it. String it all together and I get and amazing day full of stuff you I WANT to do.

    It doesn’t have to be things I need to to do! It can be all the stuff I already love and WANT to do. An important distinction I think.

    Really made me think :)


    September 5, 2010

    Very pretty trail that you were on. Where is it? I’m in NoVA and I’m always looking for little day trips for my kids.


    September 5, 2010

    That was Gunpowder state park. It’s got lots of areas. This is the one we were at…


    September 6, 2010

    As always Roni, you hit the nail on the head. I fully intend to continue living my life (a recent change) and being ‘in the moment’ rather than daydreaming about what I would like to be/happen. If I haven’t said it already, congratulations on your pregnancy, you sound ‘blooming’. x


    September 6, 2010

    Thanks for sharing! Love the quote–so true AND the pix. My first son was little nature lover–he always had frogs, or snakes, or lizards that he brought to show me.


    September 6, 2010

    Roni..I was on vaca and missed your wonderful blog and posts..I love these pictures of your fam and the took me so much longer to get where you are than it has not wishing for something else..You are so encouraging to so many people..Thank you!

    I totally love this! It is so easy to live life wishing instead of doing! Thanks for the encouragement! :D


    September 6, 2010

    Wait till you get to go hiking with the new little one in a hiking backpack! My husband lost over 60 pounds last year and now we get to go do fun stuff like hike! Our 6 & 5 year olds can hike with us, and the toddler loves being strapped in the backpack. And I feel so thankful that my husband enjoys it now, too!


    September 7, 2010

    Inspiring post … and love the pics! Thanks for the motivation.

    Winks & Smiles,