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Why do you read Roni’s Weigh?

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This is selfish return of the question of the week but I was inspired by a presentation I saw at the Type-A Mom conference.

Now that I’m a "professional" I need to do what’s called a media kit. It’s a document that talks all about my sites and my audience so I can market myself to potential clients. I’m suppose to put things in it like my traffic stats, demographics of my readers and any little nuggets that make me sound, well, great. :) I’m kidding, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

So I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to take a break from asking a traditional pick your brain style weekly question and go for a completely self serving one. All I simply want to know is…

Why do you read Roni’s Weigh?

I’m especially curious about you lurkers out there! yeah.. you.. I know your reading. I just don’t know WHY? :)



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Discussion

There are 169 comments so far.

    Meghan

    September 29, 2010

    All right, I’ll delurk to answer this question because it’s for a good cause. :)

    I read your blog (all of yours, actually) because I think you’re real. You’re not afraid to talk about your struggles, and you relate them in a way that really connects with your readers. I’ve had many “lightbulb moments” while reading your blog, and I can’t find that most places! You’re an inspiration for how to live a healthy life with a busy family, and you offer REAL suggestions and ideas on how to do that. You lead by example! I feel that we could be friends in real life, and I bet most of your readers share that sentiment!

    christina

    September 29, 2010

    Tons of reasons but most off because you are like most of us. You are a normal person. A mom, a wife, have to juggle NORMAL life issues and you still rock it. You have normal struggles with your body image and dealing with food. You make me feel like if you can make it, I can too.

    Laura

    September 29, 2010

    Hi Roni – I read your site because you motivate me. You are such a real person, and you are not afraid to let us know if you splurge and you share with us how important it is to not dwell on one mistake and to forget about it and move on. You blogs inspire me and I read all of your sites daily.

    Krista S.

    September 29, 2010

    For the same reasons Meghan & Christina read you….you are REAL and connect with your readers in such a way that makes us all feel like you’re talking to us as friends. I’ve learned so much from you, through all of your sites and I always look forward to the next post.

    Emily

    September 29, 2010

    I read via Google Reader or my iPhone. :o)

    And I read tweets.
    And we’re friends in Facebook.

    Seems like a lot on paper! :P

    Erin

    September 29, 2010

    honestly, just like the others said, you’re a real person. You work, raise children, cook healthy meals and work out. You’ve inspired me to get healthy. For me and my family…so I don’t miss out on things like the dance party my son and I had in the kitchen tonight while cleaning up from dinner :). I thought of you right away.

    CarolineC

    September 29, 2010

    I read because I can relate. I’ve lost 100 pounds. I’m a Mom. You have inspired me to start running and join a CSA. You seem to care about your readers. You seem real. You share your life, and you got me hooked. I also read via Google reader, twitter, facebook :)

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    September 29, 2010

    I read it because you started with Weight Watcher (like I kind of did) and have maintained in a similar way. You inspire me to keep it up.

    Susan

    September 29, 2010

    You know, I have never lost a lot of weight (just the usual 5-15 lb bounce that most women go through), and I am not a mom. Hell, I don’t even cook! Nevertheless, I read your blog for motivation. You continually remind us that the perfect is the enemy of the good. It helps me to stop after a binge instead of concluding that the day/week is ruined and going on an eating spree. It helps me to get up and exercise when I only have20 minutes to spare or when I’m exhausted. I especially love your ‘notes to self’ for this stuff. :)

    Kerry

    September 29, 2010

    I think I may have found Green Lite Bites first, because I am always hunting for new good recipes. But when I clicked over to Roni’s Weigh, I was hooked on your honesty. It’s so true that losing weight changes your body, but you’ve got to also change how you think, and you speak so well to this topic.

    lauramich

    September 29, 2010

    I have to echo what seems to be the common sentiment—I got hooked on your blog and your podcast because you approach your weight loss success with a certain humility. You’re not smug about it, and you don’t take the attitude of “I did it, so you can do it, too!”

    Also, as a fellow maintainer (I hit the one-year mark this month of maintaining a ~140-pound loss), I deeply appreciate that I’m not alone in my experiences—and occasional struggles—in maintaining a significant weight loss.

    So, coming out of lurkerdom (I don’t think I’ve commented yet, anyway!) to say THANKS!

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    September 29, 2010

    Even though we only met in person once, after a while of reading your blogs, it’s kind of like you are my friend and I want to see what’s going on in your life. You cook like I do, taking things that aren’t so healthy and switching them up, you like to cook with your son, I love to cook with my kids. I love the videos of you two in the kitchen when he was little and you would point things out. AND, I love that you’ve been able to maintain your weight loss. Keeping it off is tons harder than losing it, and you always push yourself to try something new. How’s that?

    BigTickles

    September 29, 2010

    Because you are “real”… been with you since you were weight watchen. You are not trying to sell us anything buy tell your story. You are a mom. You tell us the ups, downs, successes and failures. I consider you a friend even though we have never met. My husband is truly tired of hearing ..”Roni says” ;-)

    Robyn

    September 29, 2010

    I read your blog because you are the most inspirational person I know. You and all of your websites keep me motivated to do the right thing and stay healthy. Not only that, but you are completely relatable and have the most delicious recipes! Your blogs, videos and podcasts are so influential. And even though I’m not a lurker (I comment pretty often) I just want you to know that everything you do is so appreciated! Thanks Roni! :]

    Alyssa

    September 29, 2010

    Hi Roni,

    Big time lurker here – I always read Roni’s Weigh on my google reader, so I don’t often click over to comment. I found your blog when I was looking for sites with healthy recipes my boyfriend can cook easily. We both go to different universities and I was worried about him being healthy. Honestly, though, I fell in love with you and your sweet family and the personal stories you shared – you have a talent in that you make it seem like we’re all your best friends. So, now I just read because I want to know what’s up. I’m so excited for your bump, and I can’t wait to hear all about the pregnancy!
    Alyssa
    PS I’ve never lost an appreciable amount of weight (maybe 10 pounds after exam season) but I’m a biochemistry student specializing in metabolism, so I guess it’s nice to see the human side of things once in a while!

    Jen @ One Moms World

    September 29, 2010

    Because after losing 55 pounds myself on weight watchers, I seem to get in these funks with food and lifestyle changes. I come here to read all your creative weight watcher food ideas and how you stay motivated with fitness! Then I read you because you just plain ROCK :). So happy to finally meet you at Type A!

    Lindsay

    September 29, 2010

    I tried to think of a reason that was not cliche and was honest. I have read your blog for years in the hopes that I would one day take the same weight loss journey that you had. So I guess first reason would be inspiration (cliche =) Another reason is selfishly your little quirks remind me of myself. We both have pizza addictions, have dealt with low self esteem in our twenties, etc. So you are relatable (another cliche) The last reason is probably the most important to me as a new mom. I have loved watching you make flavorful healthy meals with the toddler who is now the kid. I used to watch your videos before I had my baby and store all your neat tips in my head and think how important it would be for me to share cooking with my babies. Now that I have a 15 mo those days are approaching and trust me when I say I will use those tips. So those are my reasons. Cliche or not they are very important to me and what has kept me coming back year after year! Thank you for that Roni!

    vikkyd

    September 29, 2010

    I made my goal weight via Weight Watcher about 6 months ago. I read Roni’s Weigh often to reassure myself that there are ‘real’ people out there that have been successful in keeping to their goal weight. Just 5% after 5 years is a scary statistic to live up to and you make it seem a little more attainable. Thanks!

    Julie - Big Girl Bombshell

    September 29, 2010

    Roni, I read you because you are authentic. Your writing and EVERYTHING you do shows you care! It is truly about sharing your life to HELP others!
    From Blog to Lose, to all of your blogs, to FitBloggin!

    Colleen

    September 29, 2010

    I read because you are a down-to-earth woman/mom juggling keeping yourself healthy, working, and being with/taking care of your family. I can totally relate! I find your story inspirational. You are always very honest on your blogs; you don’t put on any fronts. That’s wonderfully refreshing. I also really enjoy Green Lite Bites. The recipes are easy to follow, delicious, include fresh ingredients and you list WW points; yay!

    Karla

    September 29, 2010

    I read (mostly lurk) because you have accomplished what I want to accomplish, and you are real about how you continue to struggle. You motivate me to overcome my perfectionist ideals and work toward my goals despite the obstacles. There will never be a perfect time or circumstance to do this, and it will never be easy. Yet you do it, and still work at it every day. You remind me that it can be done. That’s inspiring.

    Julie

    September 29, 2010

    It’s hard to add more to what’s already been said (and yes, I’m a total lurker) but I would have to say your enthusiasm and your honesty. With the whole world. You don’t seem afraid or reluctant to share something even if it wasn’t perfect or even okay. It’s rare to find transparency anymore in people.

    Dot

    September 29, 2010

    Reason #1 – I can relate to you. I started Weight Watchers, now i’m a calorie counter. I started with eating right and slowly added exercise and now i’ve started the Couch to 5K and NEVER would have thought that i would turn out to be a runner!
    Reason #2 You don’t preach – your advice is honest.
    Reson #3 You are full of wonderful resources – recipes, faq’s, and other tidbits!
    Reason #4 You keep me motivated and when i read your posts i feel like i’m not in this fight alone.

    I’m sure there are many other reasons. I have to say that to me, BTL is your most brilliant invention…thank you so much for all you do.

    Rachel

    September 29, 2010

    Hey Roni,
    Yet another “lurker” here, coming out to say hello. :) I have read your blog for a long time. I, too, have struggled with my weight over the past 10 years. I have had two children in the past five years, work full time, and love to cook. I am a life time member of Weight Watchers, but do not attend meetings anymore. I was becoming to obsessed with the number on the scale. I eventually found my love of working out. It made my body feel strong. I began to go to yoga classes, dance classes, lift weights….and my body changed. After having my two children, I had a new found respect for my body and I saw it in a different light. Before, I count every celery stick and fat free calorie that went in my mouth. Now, I cook for pleasure, try new foods, love to cook new recipes, and love teaching my kids about why it is important to exercise and eat healthy, yummy foods. Enough about me……..this is supposed to be about YOU! As you can see, we have a lot in common. I love reading your blog, because at the end of the day, you understand how it feels to be stressed, eat one too many cookies, but your outlook and perspective inspires me to be the best person I can be. I am so happy for the new opportunities you are experiencing and wish you the best. Thanks for your honesty, positive attitude, and sharing your life.
    Rachel

    Christy

    September 29, 2010

    I read your blog because you are so open and honest about what you have gone through and are going through. It’s very easy to relate to. Alot of times I come on to read your blog and find exactly what it was I needed to hear to keep me motivated or not feel so bad about eating a little more than I should’ve.

    Thank you for letting us into your life and blogging.

    Sheri J

    September 30, 2010

    You care, you share, you teach from your own experiences, you are honest, and motivating in that you have a positive attitude and deal positively with the challenges you meet in your quest for better health and fitness for yourself and your family. And who else would BOTHER to answer questions from a year ago? Thank you for ALL you do!

    Sarah

    September 30, 2010

    I wish I could say that you have inspired me to lose a lot of weight, but unfortunately while reading your blog I’ve lost 30 and gained it back. I’m currently working to lose it again and hopefully this time actually stay healthy. I lost the weight through eating healthy and exercising, but then I moved and starting full time grad school with a full time job and just lost control of my lifestyle. I am still full time school and work, but I currently don’t have a pair of blue jeans that fit me, so something has to change. I think the best thing I’ve learned from you is that if you have a bad day, don’t wait until Monday to “start over” and don’t beat yourself up. If you want to blog about healthy football snacks and how to throw a healthy football party, that would be fantastic. I really struggle with the fact that everything I want to make goes best with chips!

    TechieMom

    September 30, 2010

    I’ll delurk to answer.
    It’s because you’re real and are not afraid to share your story and daily experiences with everyone. You are a very powerful motivator, yet a simple mom and women just like the rest of us!

    Jessica

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog(s) for several reasons but the main reason is because you’re real and not afraid to show your true self. If you had a bad day you don’t sugar coat it, you’re honest and open. You seem to really care about your readers, it always touches me when I watch one of your videos and you get emotional answering people’s questions. Your blog makes me feel like I can succeed in living a healthier lifestyle.

    Willow

    September 30, 2010

    I like to be told what works from somebody who has already done it successfully. I love your product reviews, and know that it will be your honest opinion. More sponsors should send you products. I know I seriously consider getting what I can in Canada if you have recommended it. We’re the Minivan majority, a huge market, hear us roar!

    Mariana

    September 30, 2010

    Because you are incredibly motivating.

    Misty

    September 30, 2010

    I came over via Lynn @ escape from obesity. I read for your honesty, inspiration, and recipes.

    Cindy Hanson

    September 30, 2010

    I began reading GreenLiteBites first, tried several recipes and loved them (and my husband loves them too), and then started reading this blog. I like your friendly style, and since I’m a Southern California girl, born and bred, I enjoy peeking into your very different lifestyle (gigantic snow storms? Hello?). I teach community college and university classes, too, and I like that you’ve done both of those things. :)

    jilly

    September 30, 2010

    I’m a lurker! Hi! Having recently lost 65 pounds and now in the very delicate early stages of trying to keep it off I tend to try and follow really positive blogs from successful people! And that’s what you are, someone who has done what I want to do, kept off the weight and also developed a healthy food relationship. So many blogs out there are people struggling and if I’m honest I dont want to read about that. I need proof it can be done.

    Amilja

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog because it´s well written and fun. You write about real things in a life. You have videos, recipies (I read Roni´s weigh and Green litebits), funny pictures and so on. I am not a mom myself nor weight-looser. Doesn´t matter to me. I always love to read good blogs and you certainly have one !!!

    MargieAnne

    September 30, 2010

    Your Blog was recommended by a blogger I enjoy. I’ve stuck around so I must enjoy your writing style and I’m always looking for inspiration and am willing to learn from those who have worked through weight loss and continue to lead healthy lives. I also love the way you write about your family.

    Melissa @MelGetsFit

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog because you inspire me to believe that I can also reach a healthy goal weight and maintain that loss once I get there. It’s awesome seeing someone juggle raising a family, going to the office every day (when you were working outside your home), etc. while still making time to prepare healthy meals and exercise. Apart from the weight loss aspect, I also read your blog(s) to learn ways to try and make my own blog better.

    Even though I’ve been reading your blog(s) for a few years, I rarely comment on them. I just usually hit your up on Twitter with my thoughts. ;)

    Crazylady

    September 30, 2010

    I read because you make me smile, you make me feel normal, you inspire me and you are always entertaining. You and your writing really makes me feel like a friend if you know what I mean. It makes me care about you and what happens to you. Some blogs come and go from my subscriptions but yours will always remain!

    Barb

    September 30, 2010

    I read Roni’s Weigh because I enjoy reading it AND it improves my life. Most recently, an example is your sharing ‘if you break an egg, why throw out the whole carton’. That ONE column has probably kept off 10 pounds this month. You are a real person and it’s so refreshing.

    Mike Devonald

    September 30, 2010

    I will admit I’m a lurker but I have been reading your site for about a year now.

    Last year I was feeling down about my weight (21.3 stone) and where my life was going. I then made the CHOICE to do something about it.

    One of the ways I built up the courage to start changing my life was looking for others who had made the change. After running into tonnes of sites that just want you to give them money for something that when you really come down to it was just common sense. I then stumbled across Roni’s Weight.

    Seeing Roni had lost weight and being so happy made a big difference as I always thought losing weight was going to be impossible.

    I kept reading every time I felt I was losing ground to the scales and Roni’s common sense to dieting always inspired me to keep going. We all have BAD days.

    Now I’m six stone lighter and feeling great. I have started a home university course as I want to improve my mind as well as my body. I even joined the gym and enjoy bike riding.

    People around me have been inspired to make the change in their lifestyles and always asking how I lost the weight.

    I look in the mirror and see a different person to the Domino pizza munching, forever snacking me of the past and I am happy.

    I still have a personal nemesis though…cheese. I’m only human.

    Nina

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog for several reasons:

    1. I so want to lose weight, and I have finally started all over. Your blog has helped me to do that because it demystifies weight-loss for me, e.g. what comes after having lost all that weight and what it might be like. It was always my biggest problem that I could not imagine how big the change would be, and in what ways.

    2. To practice my English. That might not be a reason the majority of your readers have, but it is one for me. :D

    3. You make me feel less alone with my weight issues, and you are one of the few slim people I truly believe when they say they have weight issues.

    4. We have some things in common that make me smile.

    5. You are real, your opinions on products are real, your answers on Ask Roni are real answers. You don’t advertise any fad diets, etc. And you love what you’re doing, which I think is the most important thing overweight people and people with problems in general need: love, understanding, and showing them a real way out instead of making money out of them.

    Love,

    Nina

    Laura

    September 30, 2010

    I was introduced to your blog by people at a WW’s meeting. I was instantly drawn in. You make me feel like I am a part of your life…a long lost friend. You very open and honest about your before and after. It is nice to know that there are others who face the same things in life as you! Thanks for being such an inspiration and motivation…you are definitely one of my hero’s!!

    Michelle

    September 30, 2010

    I found your blog by clicking on your name on a WW message board about 3 or 4 years ago (after I had lost 40 pounds on WW). I have a son who is slightly older than yours and worked outside the home as well. Those three things in common and the fact that you are real about your struggles have kept me coming back. Congratulations as well on the new bean coming!! It will make life interesting (our 2nd did).

    Tammy

    September 30, 2010

    I’ve posted before on your blogs…I’ve said, I’m a 50 year old mom who seems so different from you on the surface. I’m much older, I don’t run, my kids are almost grown and I’m almost an “empty nester.” Underneath it all, I’m a woman who has needed to learn to accept myself as the best I can possibly be. Which is less than perfect. And, you have taught me that, that’s okeedokee! I read your blogs because you make me think. You remind me of what’s really important and that it’s okay to “mess up” sometimes. We’re only human. You give me fresh food ideas. Motivate me to try new things. And, I simply just love reading about you and your family as if you were a favored niece of mine. It makes me remember when my own family was young like yours! Basically, you keep things real and prove that life can be messy and that’s okay! Life is given to us to love and be loved. Thank you for all this and more.

    Ami

    September 30, 2010

    The truly honest answer – it’s fascinating to watch someone else’s life. I appreciate your attitude, my middle child is the same age as your son, I think your cooking ideas are inspiring and I like to see you try the things out that I’m thinking about. (Like running or steel cut oats!) My mom showed me your site about 3 years ago, I got hooked, and aside from the healthy living motivation I just want to see what’s going on in your life.

    It has become increasingly hard to spend time with friends since I’ve moved so much and my old friends and new ones alike all seem to have so many kids right now. We never get to finish a conversation! So blog reading is kind of like spending time with a friend, but I’m definitely working on spending time with real friends in settings where we can actually finish our conversations!

    Cat

    September 30, 2010

    Okay, I’m also a lurker. I read your site everyday. I love your site because you are real and honest. I love that you indulge and don’t feel guilty about it and show that everyone does it but it doesn’t have to “blow” all of a person’s weight loss/healthy lifestyle efforts. You are inspiring. Reading your blogs about trying different healthy recipes and all the activities that you do are inspiring and motivate me to do the same. In fact, I have adopted your idea to run in an event every month for a year. I just began running and plan to find one event each month for 2011. I love that you show that it’s okay not to be perfect but to just keep trying to be the best version of yourself and be happy. Thank you!

    Amanda

    September 30, 2010

    I started reading your blog right after little guy was born. Seriously, he was like 2 weeks old. I had a DS about a year older than yours so we had that in common and we were both trying to lose and doing WW–we had quite a bit in common in my opinion. I bookmarked you and came back every day and I still do 5 years later. I love what you have to say, your in-sights, your self professed geek-dom (I’m married to a computer nerd) and well, I just love your blog! I love the recipes (which you moved to GLB). When you started working out and becoming a gym rat and then running, I was so intrigued, so I stayed. I also deal with a lot of the emotional stuff that comes with weight loss that you have been through so I love hearing your in-sight to that stuff. I like your writing style. Is that enough?? :)

    I hope your head isn’t too big after reading all of these comments!! ;p

    Jan

    September 30, 2010

    Inspiration, motivation and no lectures :)

    D

    September 30, 2010

    My first response when I saw your new topic on my blog list was that “you are REAL”. One thing that I really, really hate about some people is that it’s so obvious when they’re not real. But you’re real – dealing w/ real stuff in a real way and you’re not afraid to tell us that you’re struggling. You’re open and honest. You’re a good role model for those of us who are still working on getting to the maintenance stage. And you’re a good writer! :)
    D

    Kim

    September 30, 2010

    I read every morning during my breakfast because I like to start my day with your humor, honesty and motivation. Thank you!

    Christine

    September 30, 2010

    //delurking// I read for a number of reasons. You are a good storyteller. You manage the balance of personal info and TMI very well. Your weight loss story is similar to mine but different enough that I can mine it for good info. I read and then drop a lot of blogs. One of the reasons I’ve KEPT reading is that you use good grammar and can spell. Details like that matter. And now that I’ve delurked, congratulations on your pregnancy.

    //lurking//

    Diane

    September 30, 2010

    I read your site because you are fun, happy and a positive influence. You have bad days that you aren’t afraid to share and that makes you real and approachable.
    Thanks for everything that you do!

    bethann

    September 30, 2010

    When I started on weight watchers in January, I found your blog while searching for support, menu ideas, and knowledge. I’m 46 (probably older than many of your readers) and managed to lose the 30 lbs I needed to this year – I few more than my goal. Your blog is the thing that convinced me that this was not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Continuing to read, really helps me stay on track now that I’m in maintenance mode. If I continue to do what I’m doing – I will keep this weight off.

    I’ve grown to enjoy you and your family.

    Michelle

    September 30, 2010

    I started reading from weight watchen. I read because you are real to me. Like some have said you are one of my friends. We have never met, but I am always saying ‘Roni said this’ and Roni did this. When you left you job and stayed at home to be a full time blogger, I was thrilled. I went into a mini depression when you said you were going back to work, I thought maybe she wouldn’t have time for this anymore. But you made time for us, we love you for it. I love you for it. I checked everyday during the hell months of the apartment dwelling. You were miserable and everybody knew it, so what! Your living room looks like mine the majority of the time. I would rather go to football practice with my son than clean. You do the same. Thank you for everything!

    Melisa

    September 30, 2010

    I’m a lurker… I discovered green lite bites first since I’m always looking for new light recipe ideas. So I clicked on Roni’s weigh and was almost instantly addicted. I’m a fellow weight watcher, and I think the reason i keep coming back for more is that I love your perspective on weight loss and maintenance. So many sites talk about how to lose weight (“smaller portions, less ice cream, etc”) but you really talk about the thought process and the emotional side of it all. And you’re funny. And you’re family is too cute – congrats on the preggers!!

    Kim

    September 30, 2010

    I found your site through others on WW. I’ve continued to read because, your real…I can relate to your life, your struggles to keep so many balls in the air, while trying to maintain a healthy/happy lifestyle!

    Laura

    September 30, 2010

    We lost the weight at the same time on the same program and I could relate to that experience. We are similar in age (I’m a couple of years older). You have maintained and I have not so now I read your blog for inspiration. You keep things real and I appreciate that. I’ve started downloading your podcasts, too, for the same reason. I use your recipes often.

    I’d like to think we’d be friends if we knew each other IRL

    Lisa

    September 30, 2010

    When I read your blog, I feel like I am listening to a very good friend. You have a way of writing that makes everyone feel like they are part of your life. And your story is interesting because it is so real and close to home for so many people. You are an inspiration and a motivation. Keep it up!

    Kirsten

    September 30, 2010

    What qualities distinguish a blog from the massive congestion in the blogosphere? Your blog site provides specificity, passion and a sense of community. Your blog site has a single focus about a topic your really enjoy, and that makes it unique, real, inspirational, and motivating. Your put a lot of yourself into this blog and you have a loyal fan base. Your passion reaches us all and you inspire us to want to join this wonderful community.

    Rachel

    September 30, 2010

    I’ve started following about 10 or so blogs over the last few years and your’s is the only one that I still follow regularly. Your’s is the only one that doesn’t fill me with self-doubt or make me feel like I’m not adequate. Your’s is the only one that makes me feel like I’m normal…that if my kitchen is a disaster, who cares. At least its dirty while I’m eating good food. If I just don’t feel like cooking and go to Five Guys for dinner…who cares. That doesn’t mean I’ll eat Five Guys for dinner tomorrow night too. I read you because its like checking with a dear friend every day.

    Shelley

    September 30, 2010

    I love your blog, but rarely comment… I read because you are so honest and real about your struggles. It helps me to know that I am not alone.

    Carrie

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog (and all of them) because I can totally relate to you. You have a way of puttting yourself and the information out there that people need to hear. I think you are genuine and honest and that is what I want to read and hear about. That is what connects us all together. I know what I need to do and what I should do and I don’t want to follow someone who regurgitates that back to me. I want to know about real life and real experience and that is what you provide through all your sites!

    Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing it with all of us!

    Sarah Jane

    September 30, 2010

    I originally started reading when I googled weight watchers blogs. I stayed because you of your amazing story. You are candid, honest, real and funny. :)

    Sabrina

    September 30, 2010

    Hi Roni,
    I read your blog because I like you! You talk about real things that real women are going through and you aren’t afraid to put yourself out there. It’s nice to know that other mom’s struggle with there weight, making food the whole family can enjoy and keeping up the house. It’s nice to know that there is a place for me to go to get tips and ideas on how to live a healthy lifestyle while still felling like I’m enjoying life. So thank you for being you! because I look forward to reading your blog each and everyday!

    Beth

    September 30, 2010

    I read for many reasons. I like what you have to share. I’m a former runner (too many injuries to continue now), I’m a former WWer, I struggle with maintaining my weight (I fluctuate 10 pounds), I’m a mom, wife and I work full time. I can relate to you, your situation and your life. You inspire me. I like to keep up with “the baby”, “the toddler”, “the little guy” and you! I talk to my family and friends like we actually know each other! “You know my friend Roni in Maryland…” Thanks for all you do!

    Christina

    September 30, 2010

    You have a great communication style, especially your writing. You offer real life suggestions and put everything out there, both your successes and failures. And you don’t judge. I think it’s helpful too when you confess you still have “fat” days, lazy days etc–the fact you lost your weight doesnt mean your normal body struggles are over–that is huge! I dont want to criticize but Elaine’s corner doesn’t have that same writing tone, it lacks what makes your website special. I like the idea of guest posts but Elaine is too textbook, speaking AT us instead of with us. But I like you are trying new things :)

    Laura

    September 30, 2010

    I read your site, follow your Twitter accounts, and listen to your podcast because you have what I want: years full of motivation. I need to figure out how to keep myself going after I’ve lost all the weight I want to lose, and you are the lady that teaches it to me. Sometimes I get a little afraid, because I don’t have the enthusiasm for cooking that you do, but I realize that I don’t have to be exactly like you in order to glean your secret to motivation. The main point seems to be that you keep going, no matter what. No “I ate this so I might as well’s,” and no “Who cares, eating whatever I want is more fun than a healthy lifestyle’s.” I hope I can do as well as you have, and value the healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life.

    Becky P

    September 30, 2010

    I am a very new reader. One week ago I decided it was time to lose and I’ve been doing WW on my own at home. I lost 2.4 pounds today – woot! Your blog encourages me a lot!

    http://joymombecky.blogspot.com

    myra

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog because you are human i mean you make mistakes you overcome obstacles and keep doing your best and i feel assured that it can be done by working hard , Because of you i joined WW and it’s working for me.
    Well , RYAN is one of the main reason ,I am 29 planning to have baby and 5-6 yrs down the lane i see myself spending such quality time with my child the same way you do with him
    Thank you for keeping it real.

    Rhonda

    September 30, 2010

    Yep- I am a lurker and love your site!

    I truly like the recipes and cooking videos. I am close to 50 years old and love to cook, but I have still learned some tricks from you.

    Also, as I have followed you there have been several times when you could have just thrown in the towel, but you always put your best foot forward and get back to the kitchen and eat right and get back to the exercise. At times I think you should take it easier on yourself, but I guess that is the key to your sucess (and mine- not so much!).

    Keep it up!

    Danielle S

    September 30, 2010

    Hi Roni –

    I am not a lurker but wanted to respond and agree with everyone else. I relate a lot to your blog(s). I am a 30-something married mom who also lost a lot of weight (75lbs) after having baby #1 – and now trying to loose whatever is left from baby #2 – not as easy this time around lol I too am also a runner – and like yourself feel weird calling myself that lol but we are and we should be proud to say we are!

    But you are a real person who has victories and struggles and brings us along for all of those ups and downs!

    Continue doing what your doing because you rock!

    Danielle

    Kristin

    September 30, 2010

    Yeah I lurk….so?? I like reading that other people go thru the same things I do. I ate a half can of FF Pringles yesterday. Am I proud? Nope. Do I know I can read here and see that other people are struggling day by day like me? Yep. Also, I hope that all the running entries can inspire me to run more than three minutes. -KP, Lifetime WW as of two weeks ago…word.

    Adiposa

    September 30, 2010

    Huge lurker here. I had to think about it a bit to put why I read your blog into words – I think part of why I read is also the same reason why I don’t comment. A lot of your posts resonate with me on a very personal level – either because they’re something I’ve been / am going through (weight loss struggles, body issues, etc.), or because they’re something I want (to hit the maintenance stage, to have a loving husband/child, etc.). I take support and comfort from the first, and hope and inspiration from the second. Most blogs can give one or two of those things at a time; yours is the only one I’ve found to give all of it simultaneously.

    So I selfishly read your blog and take what I need from it, but never stop to leave a comment as badly as I would like to sometimes, because often you resonate just a bit too deeply and I can’t quite get my thoughts to take on coherent form. ^^ Poor excuse, I know.

    Emotional resonance aside, you also give a lot of really good info. You did Weight Watchers, which is the program I’m using, so all your tips and tricks for that program are incredibly useful for me. I’ve tried a few of your recipes from Green Light Bites. I find your straightforward, health-based approach to weight loss is easy to understand and provides a necessary perspective that is often lost in the rush to just lose the weight and “get on with life”.

    How could I NOT read you? You’re awesome! :D

    Hila

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog because you are so real. You don’t pretend to be this perfect mom/wife/woman who makes no mistakes. I loved your post with the pictures of your house not being 100% neat. It brought tears to my eyes and I felt like saying, Wow, I am not alone in not being able to do everything all of the time! As crazy as it sounds, I read your blog cause it feels like I am talking with a friend over coffee, not reading an entry online.

    Ericka

    September 30, 2010

    Roni.. ive been reading your blog since 2007. Everyday! I really can relate.. we have alot of things in common.. You’ve become like a friend.. LOl i follow u on twitter, FB, and all of them basically… U r the best!

    Jenn

    September 30, 2010

    Hi Roni,
    Delurking here:) I read your site for inspiration and for tips. You’ve done it and you encourage me to do it to and you also give tips to how. I especially like how you’re down to earth and “not perfect”. Some of the other blogs make it seem so easy, but you admit when you have a slip up and move on.

    nic

    September 30, 2010

    Don’t really know what to write! But all I want to say can be summed up into 4 words!
    Because You Are Awesome!!
    I fell in love with your blog the second I discovered it!! Keep on doing what you’re doing and keep your positive attitude up!!
    Oh and you have such a great family!! I adore your Little Guy and can’t wait to read all about your pregnancy and the new baby!! :)

    steph k

    September 30, 2010

    I don’t know what to write here. Everyone has said everything for me already, but the best thing I can think of is THANK YOU! Thanks for being real, for being you, for being inspiring and so truly genuine. :)

    shauna

    September 30, 2010

    I love reading for so many reasons. Your unflinching honesty. The generosity with which you share your life and learnings. Your warm, down-to-earth personality and passion for old-school quality blogging :)

    Emily

    September 30, 2010

    You asked why we read, and I thought you were asking how we read! Woops… that’s what I get for reading on my iPhone when I’m tired!

    I read because you’re utterly inspiring. Your weight loss journey has been something I have gone back to and read over and over again. It never gets old. I never stop appreciating it. And every time I read it, it breathes new life into me and makes me feel like, “Hey! I can do it, too!”

    krissie

    September 30, 2010

    Funny story…When I met you at BlogHer09, I didn’t know who you were. And when we hung around that first day? With Mrs. Potato Head? That’s when I knew I wanted to read you. Because you are one cool chick. Because you’re sweet and nice and ever so much fun to be around. I come here because I like you. And because I liked you first in person.

    Julie

    September 30, 2010

    I am also a lurker. I read your blog for motivation. I like your blog (the only one I read, by the way) because of your honesty. You don’t try to sell yourself as a perfect person, you are always honest about who you are and your struggles. Thanks for that!

    Jen

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blogs (greenlitebites, ronisweigh) because it inspires me to make positive changes in my life that helps me to go forwards. Your story is very real and easy to relate to. Your struggles are similar to what I struggle with in my own life. It’s just that after I read your blog I feel inspired and motivated to do things in my own life as well as with my family. I started cooking more with my daughters after viewing your cooking videos. What you say in your blog makes sense and is doable.

    Jennifer

    September 30, 2010

    We were on the same WW message board after our sons were born (ok , they both started K this year) and I remember all of your posts for your big milestones, and started reading your blog way back then.

    Amy P

    September 30, 2010

    I’m a random reader and poster, but have been around for a couple of years.

    I read your site because I enjoy reading about someone who in many ways is similar to myself and has successfully reached many of the goals I have set for my self and never reached. I started reading your site for weight loss hints and tricks. I continue reading your site because it inspires me to keep making small changes to improve my life and to remind myself that my goals don’t have to be big and sweeping but small and within reach.

    That and reading about you and your family is fun. :)

    Lori

    September 30, 2010

    It started when I found your post on Green Lite Bites about how to start liking oatmeal, I was in the exact same situtation (I now love oatmeal by the way). From there I just enjoy the fact that you are true to yourself and your readers. You share your life, the good and the not quite as good, and we are able to relate and hopefully take something away from your experience. You have gotten my family to eat lots of new foods, and have motivated me to start running.

    Diane

    September 30, 2010

    I read your site daily because it is awesome! I came upon it by accident around the beginning of last year when I searched “butternut squash” and I found your post on how to cut the dang things. I have been hooked ever since! I have always had an issue with my weight / body image and have struggled since Junior High (I am now almost 40). You lift me up when I read your posts and realize that it’s not just me that has those “off” days, whether it is off plan or just off ;o) You motivate me on my healthy journey and it one more tool that I use to help me succeed. I am also a non-runner that is now running so I love your runnning posts. BTW, I also love your GLB site and visit it often to find new ideas. Your real, fun and sweet and just darn nice, what more can I say?

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    September 30, 2010

    I have to agree with all the great things that have already been said about you.
    I read your blog because you come across as real, honest and you make me feel normal! I love your videos, your personality comes across, I feel like I know you even though you have no idea who I am.

    I don’t always leave a comment because you always have so many others who do comment that I don’t feel like it is necessary. Is that bad? Plus I know you will never comment on my blog because you are too busy with several blogs going.

    Do the statistics include information about how many visitors to your blog comment versus just lurk?

    Jessica

    September 30, 2010

    I read Roni’s Weigh for the info, the humor and the honesty. I’ve been on and off the WWs wagon more times than I care to admit to so I come here for ideas and “tricks” of the trade, so to say. Your resource page is one of my top go-to’s when I’m in a pinch. And, I think you are a very witty person with a sense of humor much like mine!
    Plus, you sometimes give me ideas for my own workouts, menus and very small blog! :-)

    Tamela

    September 30, 2010

    I find you very easy to relate to…we’re about the same age. I have 2 boys, aged 4 and 6 so I’ve had a lot of the same experiences raising my boys. I’m committed to eating healthy and love to cook, however my weight has been a constant struggle, so I find your success very inspirational.

    Jenny S

    September 30, 2010

    Coming out of the shadows for this… but I read your blog because a friend introduced me to it a couple years ago. You were just a regular person with the same issues I was facing. I didn’t feel alone in my struggles. You were (are) motivating and inspirational. I keep reading simply because I like you! I love your recipes and have tried many of them. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. My dream is to start a blog as well…and hope that I can inspire even just one person to lead a healthier lifestyle!

    Liz

    September 30, 2010

    I think I read for a few reasons. Even though I’m in my twenties and haven’t had any kids, I relate to your life and weight loss story and how real you are about the ups and downs of the journey. Often when reading weight loss blogs, I feel disconnected because I feel like I’m not good enough to follow their plan or dedicated enough. I never feel bad about how I’m doing on my diet after reading your site. I just feel motivated.

    I also have asked a few ask roni questions which you’ve answered on the site and you’ve always given honest and compassionate answers to someone who you’ve never meet. This shows a great sense of compassion and willingness to give to other people. I still read one of the posts where you responded to my question about confidence and when I’m having a bad day, it gets me back on track. Your a busy woman but you still take time to think of others and try and help as best you can.

    I think my last reason is I just like reading what you have to say. Your passion comes through and makes me think of things that I wouldn’t have considered. I’ve tried foods (like butternut squash) that I never ate before I started reading your blog. All of your hard work is always appreciated Roni!

    Sarah

    September 30, 2010

    Hi! Lurked here… More like stalker ;) I follow all your feeds and do so because you put things into a perspective I can understand! Some weight loss sites are so clinical and sterile but you add something we can all relate to. I love your honesty and you’ve got to be the sweetest person ever. You keep us going, through ups ands downs and we love you for it! You don’t just blog the good stuff – you put it all out there – and it makes me feel like I really know you…you connect with your audience in a way few people know how to. Keep up the great work :)

    Mellissa

    September 30, 2010

    I found this blog through your other blog, “Green Lite Bites.” I enjoy reading about your every day challenges and accomplishments that incorporate fitness, healthy eating, family, work, and personal life. I have a Type A personality, and I often have people telling me to “take it easy,” which leaves me feeling disconnected to them. Reading your blog makes me feel like there’s someone else out there who gets it and is always striving for more.

    Janice

    September 30, 2010

    Because you are honest and down to earth. You do not sugar coat things and all audiences can identify with you. I am single, no children and about 10 years older than you but I still find commonality in a lot of the struggles you have. Oh, and you like cats!!! LOL!

    Tyra

    September 30, 2010

    I love your blogs because your personality is addictive and hopefully a little contagious. I read/watch your blog to laugh, cry, learn and to be inspired. There is something so personal and truth telling the way you literally allow us to be a part of your life. It’s like having a best friend any time you need one!

    Andrea

    September 30, 2010

    I am a blog stalker. I like reading about other people and how they deal with life’s challenges. Many times it inspires me to be better in a variety of ways. I stalk about 5 blogs daily, religiously. I have 3 small kids and many times it is a way to escape but also, it is almost like when you are taking a walk in the evening or driving down the road and you look into someone’s window and see the family sitting at a table or in the living room. Your mind begins to wonder what life is like for them. Reading blogs gives some of those answers. I don’t read blogs that are conceited or obviously trying to make the person look better than they are. I like blogs I can relate to or inspire me to incorporate some aspect of that person’s life into my own. Thanks for being one of those people for me for the past 3 years. . .

    Kara

    September 30, 2010

    I am a lurker. :) I read Roni’s Weigh because I also lost weight with WW, am a runner, and a maintainer. I also try to incorporate healthy living without obsessing, and enjoy your stories about such. You’re down to earth and laid back!

    Debbie

    September 30, 2010

    I have been following your site for several years now. I found your site when night when I was in a WW’s rut. I made your banana whole grain pancakes for breakfast the next morning and it helped me get on track. I love your recipes and your videos. You are such a positive inspirational person!

    Cindy

    September 30, 2010

    I’m a lurker who reads because I started losing weight at 210 so I identify with your weight loss journey. I’m 59 years old so while I enjoy reading about your son, I mostly read for support with losing weight. I probably look at your Before and After pictures once a week for inspiration. I’m at 151 now and would like to get into the low 140s or 130s. I appreciate your honesty and common sense approach to losing weight and maintaining the loss.

    Leigh Anne

    September 30, 2010

    Lurker here {waves}. I’ve been reading ron’s weigh for a couple of years now. I have no idea how I stumbled across your site but I loved it and kept/keep coming back for a lot of reasons.

    I love that you are simply who you are with no apologies.
    I love that you are embracing the career/dream that is right for you and your family.
    I love your video podcasts and I almost always tear up when you do.
    And everything you do/say is so down to earth and realistic for everyone. Like you don’t tell people to fight their evening munchies, you tell them to find something low calorie/point that fills the need.

    I could probably come up with a few more reallly specific things but I’ll leave it at that.

    And since I’m posting, I’ll say a big Congratulations!!!! I remember thinking you were trying for #2 a long time ago when you did a post that mentioned changing your mind about something. And I shed a tear for you loss and did a little dance for your current bambino. My girls are 4 years apart and you are going to love the whole experience of watching the little guy bond and teach his little brother/sister.

    Tina

    September 30, 2010

    I initially started reading when I saw your website on MSN probably about 4 years ago. I have continuously struggled with body image issues, and your site talked about it along with providing really awesome recipes. So I have come back and read every day for 4 years and having now for the most part accepted my body your words of wisdom have helped in other areas of my life. I know you talk about motivation and acceptance in view of weight and body, but these aspects also speak to acceptance of the whole self and motivation in any aspect of life to accomplish one’s goals. Love the site!

    Cindy Hanson

    September 30, 2010

    Oh, I forgot to add…I started “running” in July and have kept up with it, even though I’m a terrible, slow (and terribly slow) runner! I like that you encourage those of us who are not gifted in the athletic department. Here’s the best part: I’ve lost over 8 lbs. since I started running (badly), so it really doesn’t matter how well we do it, as long as we do it.
    I also love your playlists…I have downloaded several songs I never would have because of your lists…that “Big Wheel” song by Tori Amos cracks me up every time I listen to it: “I am a MILF, don’t you forget, MILF…” Hahahahaha!

    Sheila

    September 30, 2010

    Roni, I started reading your blog about 3 years ago when I was searching for help with weight watchers stuff. I continue to read because I aspire to attain what you have. Weight loss is a struggle moment by moment & I need all the help I can get. Your humor, real life experiences and GREAT recipes have helped me immensely. Thank you!

    Emily

    September 30, 2010

    Delurking…I check in because reading/hearing about exercise and healthy eating as a part of everyday life helps me keep it closer to the front of my own mind, which can help me make healthier choices over all.

    Kylee

    September 30, 2010

    Everything has already been said. I read because you are an inspiration, and most importantly REAL. You give real reviews on the products you try, you don’t say you like it just because they sent it to you. I appreciate that you interact with your readers, you answer questions we have and respond. Some bloggers don’t ever respond to questions etc. Anyways, I appreciate you being REAL!
    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Maggie

    September 30, 2010

    Roni – As a recovering bulimic I find comfort in your honesty and appreciate your journey to becoming a healthy, happy, adult woman. Thank you!

    Jeri Lyn

    September 30, 2010

    Hi Roni,

    I read because you are honest, real & seem so much like me. I’m inspired by you & appreciate your h0nest approach to diet, weight loss, etc. I really enjoy all your sites & look forward to recieving your e-mails.

    Thanks!!

    prettylittlereckless

    September 30, 2010

    I love all your great ideas! And I think many can really relate to your story. I know I can! It’s definitely inspiration that anyone can make changes and completely turn their life around to being really healthy. I love that you’re now a runner. That’s something I definitely want to do, but never thought I could do it. Seeing your progress is great!

    Lori

    September 30, 2010

    I started reading while you were Weight Watchen and really felt your issues as I was struggling to get off weight with a young one. My oldest is a year younger than your oldest. I then had another baby and found you again and have been reading you ever since. My lil guy is 2 now. You struggle with the same things we all do and you put it out there. You also inspired me to start running again and I now have done a few races and you make me think maybe one day I will run a marathon too! You spirit is infectious and positive. You give real life tips not the glitzy mag type things out there. You’ve lost the weight but are not preachy in staying with a healthy lifestyle like some people can be. You admit that there are still struggles to deal with even at goal. Real life, real problems, real solutions. You rock!

    Sam

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blog because your relatable and very inspiring. I see where you have come from and it gives me hope. Some of your posts about your struggles I could have written myself and it makes me feel like I am not alone. I love to hear your new ideas, new recipes, new ventures … Because of you I started the Couch to 5K program because I too was someone who said “I am just not a runner” … and your not afraid to tell us about your failures or “bumps in the road” – you don’t hide anything and your open your life to us – the readers – its very cheesy to say but I feel like I really know you and I get upset when your going through a rough time and I get happy when something good happens for you. I have been reading your blog since 2008 and I check it daily. You truly are an inspiration! … and that, my friend, is why I read your blog =)

    pat

    September 30, 2010

    I read your site because you are the most realistic of all food/weight loss/fitness blogs. You do not present weight loss or maintenance as easy or as a one-time deal. You know that it is a lifelong struggle for some people. Most importantly though, you established a forum for people to meet on a daily basis and express their angst or their success. It is Group therapy for me when I read your reader’s comments. Sometimes, when I am having a bad day in terms of food or self image or working out, I read an old post and go right to the comments, and within five minutes, I am back to feeling good again.

    I get fed up with food bloggers who obsess over calories or working out or even worse- bloggers who post the same damn bowl of oatmeal everyday.

    Leah

    September 30, 2010

    I love love love your websites Roni!! I love watching the “Ask Roni” videos – you always hit on topics that are concerning me!

    Finding time to eat properly and care for yourself is a challenge when you have little ones! But you have proven it can be done! I have a 6 year old & a 3 year old!

    I lost 20 lbs earlier this year & then totally lost motivation to measure, count & take time to plan ahead! Luckily I havent gained any weight back. I re-visted your blog this week & your dedication & success has inspired & motivated me again! Your recipes, daily tweets, Facebook & blog posts will carry me thru the last 60 lbs!!!! Thanks Roni!

    Kelly

    September 30, 2010

    Hey Roni,

    I’ve been reading your blog (blogs) for about 3-4 years now while you were still at weight watchen. I orginially found your blog because I had just started weight watchers and was looking for some inspiration (which I got!). I fell off the wagon with WW and am currently struggling to get back on (have been for a couple years now), but I’ve continued reading because you are REAL and honestly, I like to hear about what’s going on with your life and where you are with your workouts/eating. I’ve learned so much from reading Roni’s Weigh. I’m very thankful for that.

    Kelly

    Crystal

    September 30, 2010

    I read it because unlike some other weight loss blogs, you’re not full of b.s. Yes, you have inspirational stories and encourage your readers to live a healthy lifestyle. But you, like most normal people, sometimes have “bad” days and totally own up to it. I don’t feel like your weight loss/maintanence experience is completely unattainable b/c you’re a real person. Plus I really like your recipes.

    TWoP_Fan

    September 30, 2010

    Oh, let’s see…I started reading because i thought you were an interesting person. You had goals I could relate to and successes I could admire. Then I sent you an email or a tweet once and you responded (which was awesome in and of itself) with kindness and support for someone you’ve never met before. That was it, I’m a Roni fan for life. Even though we’ve only Twitter back and forth a few times, I’d call you a friend and be round of it.

    Charlene

    September 30, 2010

    Hi Roni,
    I am a lurker. I have read your blog for three years now. It is the only blog I read daily. I sometimes stop at other people’s blogs, but you are the only one I come back to daily. I found you through ww message boards. I guess you seem like such a down to earth, ordinary kind of gal and I really like reading about your life, family, successes, and struggles. I am more then 20 years older then you are, and have not been as successful as you are in the weight loss journey. You are motivating, and it just seems like you would be someone I would choose to be a friend.
    Thanks for your sharing yourself.

    Deanna - The Unnatural Mother

    September 30, 2010

    The first thought that popped into my head when I read the title of the post was “inspirational”, and when I thought about it some more, I’d have to say that you are real, you are honest, you don’t back down from a challenge, and you have a wonderful way of connecting with everyone. Also, I love how you defend yourself, with elegance and class.

    Cams

    September 30, 2010

    Kind of a lurker but not really… i have been reading everyday for almost 2 years but have only commented maybe four times.

    I read because you are just so… normal! You don’t come off as narcissistic in your blog posts like other bloggers, your insights all seem to be in an attempt to help others out there that might have the same struggles you’ve had and I really appreciate that. I originally found your blog when I was googling some stuff for WW (which I have started and stopped and started and stopped maybe four times!)

    Anyway, this is all garbled, but you’re an inspiration and you just seem like such a sweet person and you’re family is just TOO cute! Reading through your posts, its like… you take us through your ups and downs and it just makes me SO HAPPY for you when good things happen! It’s like I know you but then I remember wait… i don’t ACTUALLY know this person…

    Thanks for being so honest and thorough Roni… you’re awesome

    *oh, also, it’s inspiring to me (im 25) to read about how you struggled in your 20’s but then finally came to a new realization with the birth of Ryan and all that stuff… and also how you look back at your younger days and think damn! i was slim! yet still i hated how I felt…. so, since i’m 25 and I constantly am questioning myself, listening to you I sometimes think “hey… maybe I should just love myself NOW and not wait….”

    Ortal

    September 30, 2010

    I found you a long time ago when it was still weightwatchen, and I just kept reading :) It helps motivate me toread other peoples stories.

    jean

    September 30, 2010

    like a lot of the previous poster’s commented, you are a wife and mother, and have struggles too. i was not looking for a diet blog but a healthy living blog, and thats YOU! and your recipes are fab!

    Wendy

    September 30, 2010

    I agree with everything written above. I also have a few of my own:
    1. Seeing how you interact with your son on the GLB videos is heartwarming. That you have him in the kitchen with you, making a mess, trying new things, etc. It’s fantastic!
    2. Everyone has fears, I’m sure you are not immune from that. I let my fears freeze me into ho-hum boredom. You face your fears/challenges head on and seem to jump out screaming “BOO” to scare THEM away. I envy that of you and by reading I’m hoping that will sink into my brain.

    I’m happy that you are doing this full time because I selfishly need to read your blog everyday. I also feel ashamed for coming to your site daily and taking and taking, but not giving anything back. I hope to comment more and let you know that you are appreciated by me.

    Nicole

    September 30, 2010

    I classify myself as a “lurker” but delurk every once in a while. In a nut shell, you help me give myself permission to not be perfect. In a world of airbrushed models and celebrity weight loss shows I need somewhere and someone I can relate to in the “real” world. Job, kids, family, school, eating too many cookies, taking a week “off”, doing the best I can. It’s all part of my human-ness and reading your blog helps me realize I’m not the only one to slip up, it’s OK, I’ll survive and I’m still worthy.
    Thanks for everything.

    Sue

    September 30, 2010

    because you’re curious about all aspects of this journey–mind, body, spirit, community. Because i feel like you care about me (yes, me!) and your web-site family. You include us in ups and downs, celebrations and sadness–but you keep your eye on the ball–a journey to be the best person you can be. On a technical note–you don’t resort to “lazy blogging”–I feel like you always give every single post your undivided care and attention. yours is the only blog I follow, and have followed for about 3 years. Hope this helps–good luck with the media kit!
    s

    Megan

    September 30, 2010

    Here are a FEW reasons why I check your blog daily…

    You are:
    Motivating
    Inspiring
    Like me
    Personable
    Encouraging
    Great at providing information

    You’ve been there!
    AND
    You’ve maintained (very hard)!

    Thank you for everything :)

    Christie

    September 30, 2010

    I read your blogs because: you have good tips, you have good recipes (I’ve made dozens of them!), you’re honest, you’re SO kind hearted, you’re accessible, and you’re realistic.

    Lesley

    September 30, 2010

    I found your site when I started WW about the same time as you and you were blogging on your family site. We got to a point where we were the same weight and my competitive self was trying to beat you to the finish. You won but I’m not bitter about it – ok just a little :)
    I’m also an IT person so I was interested in your technical skills too. You have the self confidence that that I lack so I’ve stayed with you trying to pick up some pointers along the way.

    Melissa

    September 30, 2010

    I did not read all of the other comments, so I am probably repeating but I figure that’s okay. I like your blog to help inspire me for weight-loss/maintenance/exercise because you don’t focus as much on the food. When I read most weight loss blogs all they talk about — obsess about really — is food and eating and calories. And when i read them I think about food, and eating, and how hungry I am. And then I eat. With yours, you focus on lifestyle, exercise, focusing on bettering yourself and NOT talking down to yourself. You celebrate your accomplishments and you remind me to celebrate mine.

    Lisa (sunnystl on twitter)

    September 30, 2010

    Ok you asked, I will answer! Your very down to earth in your presentation shall we say. We are all everyday folks right? We work, we have kids we are just trying to make it day to day in this crazy world! And you just struck a chord with me, I did a Google search one day of Weight loss blogs and yours popped up. I read your story and watched one of your demonstration videos and loved everything. Fell in love with your little guy, the cat, the hubby.. lol I have all of those at my own house too but reading about yours was great.
    You give some wonderful advice, and its all real advice, open honest and it works.
    We’ve all been in your shoes, and youve been in ours. You dont claim to know it all but you share with us.
    Well thats my 2 cents, I appreciate what your doing this is your “job” now. Keep it coming!! :)
    Take care.

    Jessica

    September 30, 2010

    Because even after becoming “Rich and Famous”, you still personally reply to messages and requests.
    You manage to make each of us feel special and valued as a member of “Roni’s World”
    You have given those of us who are ‘computer illiterate’ a place to expand our horizons, safely and without fear of being spammed to death!
    I’ve been perusing the archives for the past few days, reminiscing, kicking myself in the behind for slacking. I’m determined to succeed this time! And if I don’t, I can take comfort in knowing that I won’t be kicked out of ” The Club”!

    Amy

    September 30, 2010

    I can’t even remember how I found your site, but I came across it a year or so, ago when I joined WW for the 2nd time. I enjoy reading what you have to say and you really do inspire me. I didn’t make goal the 2nd time on WW, but I’ve recently rejoined in April, still reading and know that I will get to goal. I love seeing your progression through your own journey and LOVE your recipes. Thank you for all the help you have given me, even though you don’t know me personally. :o)

    laine

    September 30, 2010

    Because you aren’t hiding an eating disorder under the guise of veganism. Because you don’t post endless pictures of oatmeal and lara bars. Because you seem more settled in your life, and therefore relate-able to me, than the young 20-somethings of the food blog world. Because you make me cry.

    Sheila

    September 30, 2010

    Because you’re an honest to goodness, sincere to the cause person….not doing it for greedy reasons. You keep me motivated, give me aspirations, great recipes, etc. Thank you!

    Janna

    September 30, 2010

    Why do I read?

    Because you show me it can be done. Life, stress, jobs…it can all be done without forsaking your health. You are real. You tell it like it is and for that I admire you. You have AWESOME recipes with things that I would never even think about. You are an inspiration…

    Brandi G.

    September 30, 2010

    I read because…you and I have fairly similar personalities. You’ve been through what I hope to accomplish (significant weight loss with Weight Watchers). I love the recipes. You seem like a friend I’d want to hang out with!

    shandy (@webgals)

    September 30, 2010

    I read because you are funny, warm, motivating and …a fellow web geek. :) I love hearing your stories and you have a great sense of empathy for others. I also enjoy your recipes and info about running. You are awesome!

    Anne

    September 30, 2010

    I read because you are honest about your struggles and have been so successful. Plus, you kind of sound like Jane Pratt (google if you don’t know – she has a cool Sirius show and is a big time magazine person) so I like your videos. Here is a good example of why: I just started reading here and GLB two weeks ago and have been looking for a good crockpot oatmeal recipe but didn’t know which online ones to trust. Then, the other day – voila!

    Rachel

    September 30, 2010

    I don’t think I have ever commented on your blog before but have read almost all of your posts for the past year and a half by now. I first got hooked to roni’sweigh one day when I stumbled upon it and soon realized that we had a LOT in common in ways of thinking, ‘dieting’, our unhealthy ways, and now longing to live in a better mental health lifestyle with good diet & exercise! I love your “Notes to Self,” Video Posts that often includes questions that I am struggling with or wondering, recipe ideas, and fitness tips/posts. I also got a Nike+ with the sensor on my shoe & loving it! Thanks for everything that you do (as much work that it is) and all the insight that you provide!! Know that it is work it and is reaching out to people out there :)

    Tarin

    September 30, 2010

    I don’t see us being friends IRL. You’re way too cutesie and cheerful. I tend toward the sarcastic, dry, and cynical in my f’ships. But I must need a little bit of your brand of inspiration, because I do find myself returning.

    Also, I believe you truly absorb your comments, so I took the time to reply because I wanted you to know that you reach all kinds.

    Georgia

    September 30, 2010

    Because you’re real, honest, you struggle and you post about real life while trying to juggle behind healthy.

    Georgia

    September 30, 2010

    I don’t know why i said “juggle behind healthy”

    I’m tired… I MEANT juggling being healthy..

    Sam

    September 30, 2010

    I read because I like how you express your thoughts…I like reading about where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going…I like the fact that you are still like me (just a thinner, healthier version) – you still have issues with food, you still have goals, etc. You haven’t changed who you are just because you no longer carry all that extra weight around (no preaching, etc.)…I could go on and on – but the main reason is just because I enjoy it…

    Sheila

    October 1, 2010

    Hi Roni!

    I am a total lurker, ha-ha. I read your blog(s) because I respect your approach to a healthy lifestyle and your willingness to share your triumphs and vulnerabilities with the world. You are not pretentious or preachy. After reading your posts I always feel like I can accomplish my goals.

    Keep doing what you’re doing! We appreciate you!

    Good health to you and yours,

    Sheila

    What a beautiful bunch of responses.

    I honestly can’t remember how I first stumbled on your site, but I’m glad I did. I read your blogs for a lot of the reasons above: You’re funny, down-to-earth, insightful and easy to relate to. You motivate me. You take the time to respond to your readers (I love Blog to Lose). Your recipes are fantastic … I don’t think I’ve disliked any of the ones I’ve tried.

    Gosh, I could probably go on and on … ;)

    RhodeyGirl

    October 1, 2010

    I really enjoying reading about both your successes and failures. You keep me entertained while also educating me.

    Nikki

    October 1, 2010

    There are a lot of answers above mine that state why I read your blog much more eloquently than I could ever express. Additionally, I read your blog because I love your writing, the topics that you choose to write about, how warm and compassionate you are to strangers, and because I feel like you are a great role model for me right now in my own life.

    But, as Arlene just mentioned a couple of comments before mine, I really could go on and on about why I read this blog.

    Sarah

    October 1, 2010

    I feel like we are on a similar journey, and I like reading your thoughts on how you try to improve the food you eat, not just for yourself, but your husband and child too. (which is why I love GLB too)

    Kim

    October 1, 2010

    Wow, you’ve opened the floodgates here. I agree with what Meghan said at the top of this huge comments list. You’re real. You make mistakes and you’re not afraid to share them. And you’re just super fun! Love the video blogs by the way. Anyways I see parts of myself in the old you and the changes that you’ve made in your life are very motivating to me. Keep it up!

    sarah

    October 1, 2010

    I read because your blog keeps me motivated. More importantly, it helps me learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a realistic way. I lost 40 pounds on WW, and now I’m transitioning what I learned with WW into real life, and you’ve done that successfully so you are a role model to me.

    Sarah

    October 1, 2010

    I have been reading for years – every since the old website. I read your blog Roni because you’re an inspiration – you put it all out there. The good bad and the ugly. You’re honest and open, thats what keeps people coming to your web-site.

    Patty@NYC Girl at Heart

    October 1, 2010

    I just found your blog this year when a fellow blogger left me a comment about your site. I was struggling with my weight loss and food choices. I instantly added you to my Google Reader for future reference! I knew I had to come back to your site when I had some time.

    There was a post where you were really open with your readers and I left you a comment and you took the time to thank me. I was like “wow”, this very famous blogger with all these sites to run, had time to say thank you to me on the first comment I left her. I was touched and impressed. Since I was still struggling with my weight loss and wondering why I was even doing this ( when McDonalds was welcoming me with open arms), I came back to read your posts and found one of your video links. I watched it at work and you gave me so much hope that I can be a success…that I became hooked on your posts!

    When we spent those few minutes talking at Blogher10, I was jumping up and down inside, screaming in my head…OMG I just met one of my weight loss idols!!! Of course you only saw the cool exterior but it was like chatting with my favorite Rock Stars!

    And to me that’s who you are! :)

    Michelle

    October 1, 2010

    I read because you are funny and real. Your a mom and a wife, you aren’t perfect, but keep trying. You seem warm and relatable. I am so happy you were able to quit your job to blog full time….you seem much happier :)

    Toni

    October 1, 2010

    Because you are awesome! You juggle everything, and are so “real”. I love your recipes, and so does my hubby!…When I tell him its a Roni recipe he always has to be reminded! :o)

    Osa Morena

    October 2, 2010

    I read because your information is useful and the personal settings and stories you share are inspiring. I have not been able to remove and keep off excess weight on my own; after decades, I believe now that I do need help, and your blog is part of that help. Many thanks!

    Shannon H.

    October 2, 2010

    I’m also a lurker (maybe have commented a handful of times but I read every single post). Quite simply, I started reading because I heard about you. I keep reading because, as many others have said…you’re real. You give me real things to think about, real causes to support, real stories that make me cry, real struggles that I can relate to. You’re open. You’re honest. You don’t sugar coat.

    And you’ve changed my life. I’ve lost 50 pounds because of your inspiration and your creations (BlogToLose). AND…I’m running a marathon tomorrow because of those same things (your inspiration and your stories of the Nike+). Keep on sharing. Lord only knows how many lives you can change and shape by what you do!

    MaryB

    October 2, 2010

    This is really amazing but yours was the very first blog I ever read! Years and years ago I was reading the WW newbies forum, and there was bickering going on about something (as always) and you stepped right in and said something totally sensible. The link to your blog was right at the bottom of your post, and I have been hooked ever since. I love the way you are so open and honest about everything. You are very kind when people send in questions and support them even if it’s something you don’t 100% agree with. You are never snarky and even when you are feeling down you work your way through it. You definitely go over the obstacles not around them! And the videos with Ryan (especially those early ones) are so precious. And I am so excited about the new little one! I am at the ‘awkward stage’, too old to have another baby but way to young to be a grandmother, so I am super excited to follow your pregnancy. You are just a shining example to us all
    <3

    Svanhvit

    October 2, 2010

    Hi, Roni,

    why do I read your blog?? It´s wonderful. I like to get to watch your day to day life, your triumphs and your struggles. I really like and appreciate your honesty and how you candidly own up to the not-so-great-days we all have. Your kindness and sweetness and willingness to help everybody.
    Also, knowing the struggles you have been through and the journey you had to take to get to where you are now allows me to hope that I will get there soon. Sadly, I am still in the self loathing, impatient, “don´t-think-I-will-ever-get-there” stage I have been in far too long, but am working on getting out of.
    In short, you are a terrific example. You are one terrific woman. And I feel like you are a friend, so I like to keep up with what is going on in your life.

    Lorri

    October 2, 2010

    Why do I read ‘Roni’ – it’s simple because you are ME!

    Stacy

    October 2, 2010

    Looks like you’re getting an awesome media kit!! :)
    I started following you from when I started WW in 2007 and I found you on one of the health boards. I made it to lifetime with WW and got pregnant and have continued to follow you because you cook like I do and you are a professional mom similar to myself. I love how well spoken and techie you are and you keep me motivated to try new things and stay focused with life gets busy.
    THANKS RONI! :)

    rollercoaster

    October 2, 2010

    I like to read your blog because you dig deeper and deeper each passing day with this complex issue of weight loss and self-esteem. It’s not just a weight loss blog, you write about the perseverence of the human spirit. :) I’ve been semi-lurking for five years!

    Sarah

    October 2, 2010

    hi roni,

    I met you in chicago a few years back at a panera bread meet up. you were such a vivacious and personable person, I couldn’t NOT want to learn from you. I love to read your blog because I enjoy your post. I really can’t explain it, but I connected with you!

    Susan

    October 3, 2010

    I found you when you still had your weightwatchen site. I was googling WW points for fair foods and your site came up. I felt a connection because of your motivation, your son. From the time I decided I wanted to be a mom I became healthier. I lost 20-25 lbs before getting pregnant with my first son, and now I have two beautiful healthy boys. My motivation in life is them. I do read other blogs, but I come back to yours because you are a mom, and your recipes are more geared to my life than others. Oh, and I started running, too. So far this year I’ve done 3 events and am signed up for a 4th, and I actually won a medal for coming in 3rd in my age group. But no matter how successful I am in my career, or at being a mom and wife, for some reason the scale rules me sometimes. Not all the time, but it’s there, and I have to remind myself that it’s not a measure of my worth. When I need that reminder, I visit your site. It’s been at least 3 years that I’ve been lurking.
    And congrats on the new little one. That’s what life is all about.

    Agnes

    October 3, 2010

    Coming in at the bottom of the heap I’ll be brief. I read Roni’s Weigh for motivation, ideas, sometimes a laugh, because I can relate and because finally I don’t feel like I am alone!

    Tanya

    October 3, 2010

    Hi Roni!

    I ready your sites because yo’u are real!! I feel like I’m talking to a friend I’ve known forever. I like that you respond to your readers with compassion and empathy. You also make everything look effortless even though we all know its not. Your sites bring me motivation, laughs and sometimes even some (good) tears! You are my internet friend!!

    Love from NEPA!!

    Jenni

    October 3, 2010

    I read your site for many of the reasons stated above. You are authentic and honest. Your starting stats (height and weight) are similar to mine and I am also a mom. I see your success and it seems attainable for someone like me. You are such an inspiration! I love your blog videos and recipes too. Just an all around great site!

    Anne

    October 3, 2010

    I read ronisweight because I love to see the transformation you have made since I first met you. From an unsure of herself gym newbie to a gym rat who completed her first pullup to a woman trying to find a balance between pregnancy and fitness… I love it all. I read ronisweigh because I care about you and how your fabulous life is going!

    Sunny

    October 4, 2010

    Another lurker! I love reading your websites. You are honest and have wonderful ideas! Like walking home from the gym…wow never crossed my mind…now my husband drops me off in the morning on his way to work and I walk home! And your recipes are wonderful!

    Laurie

    October 6, 2010

    I’m a lurker! I started reading 3 years ago when I was living in Taiwan. You are a nice slice of real life and I LOVE your healthy, non-obsessive personality when it comes to eating and living. Even though I am a slim person and like to exercise and eat healthy food, my biggest eating pitfall has always been the “on and off” mentality which you have masterfully overcome. I tend to go on month-long binges which completely and totally sabbotage the healthy lifestyle I normally live. So, I appreciate your great example!!

    Alison

    January 14, 2011

    Cause, your great, you are real, your human, your knowledge, your passionate, you understand, you respond, your a great cook, and your cute, personality!