One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Post Thanksgiving Post

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I’m SURROUNDED BY FOOD! Seriously. I don’t think Thanksgiving is an issue for me anymore it’s being left in a house with all my trigger foods that I hate. I have the most amazing mozzarella and Italian salami calling my name from the fridge. My Mother-in-Law brought an UNBELIEVABLE Wild Berry pie for dessert. I could seriously sit down with a fork and just polish that off if you let me. And don’t get me started on the cookies. I have leftover Italian cookies, chocolate Biscotti and oh! my friends just brought over a dozen donuts as a thank you for babysitting. UGH.

Here’s the thing. I’m stuffed. I’ve been full for 3 days now. I can’t tell if it’s because I ate too much or that I’m pregnant. Either way, WHAT do I want to do?


Eat, Eat, Eat.

Heartburn and all I seriously could just keep eating and eating and I’m NOT hungry in the least bit.

But enough with the whining. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It started out shaky with a very moody 5 year old but we survived. He’s feeling a lot better now. It was so nice to just spend time with the family. I had a blast cooking all day Thursday and oh! I did fabulous at the turkey trot!

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

I didn’t quite reach my goal of 35 minutes but I got out there and DID it. That’s all that matters. It POURED the whole race but thankfully the temperature was nice. Chilly but not too cold.

I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to run. Athletically I feel like I could go forever, probably because my pace has slowed down so much. But physically, as in comfortableness, it’s getting tougher and tougher. It seriously feels like I have a bowling ball in my abdomen and I’m painfully aware of my bladder throughout the entire run regardless of how many times I empty it.

I’m going to just keep trucking as best I can. I did do boot camp this morning. It felt great but there is more and more I don’t feel comfortable doing, like the ab workouts and a lot of jumping jacks. I just do what I can and keep moving when it’s something I can’t complete. I’m hoping to at least continue to go until the end of the year.

So that’s it from me this post Thanksgiving. Right now I’m watching and recording the Wizard of Oz so I can re-watch with Little Guy. Tomorrow we are planning on pulling out the Christmas decorations, making some gifts for the grandparents and possibly going to see Tangled. It’s getting great reviews!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I’m making tomorrow Sensational… join me? :)

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    November 27, 2010

    I have never been pregnant but is it just like workingout after a really big meal? If so kudos for staying active!


    November 27, 2010

    At first but as you go on.. it’s more like working out with another HUMAN BEING in you. lol ;)


    November 27, 2010

    Just wanted post a quick comment and thank you for your blog. I am so overwhelmed with graduate coursework right now that I’ve been completely neglecting myself (eating poorly, not exercising, etc). Your blog is a window into how I would like to be treating myself and my body, even if I’m not exactly doing it right now. I will do my best to have a sensational Sunday, even if most of it will be spent typing on a computer!


    November 27, 2010

    Anna – Honestly you will never “do it right” and I think that’s the lesson to be learned. You do your best with no regrets or guilt. That’s the approach I now take. Take a break tomorrow if you can and treat yourself to a walk or even a bubble bath. :)


    November 28, 2010

    About Thanksgiving and all the food and feeling so full but not knowing if it’s cause I keep eating or cause I’m pregnant…. I feel the exact. same. way. UGH! Good for you on the Turkey Trot! I SO miss running these last few weeks. hoping when I go back to the Dr. in a few weeks that they’ll give me the go ahead to at least get back out and walk!!!


    November 28, 2010

    I know when I was pregnant.. I could never ever satisfy my food craving…ever for 9 months i swear from the day I took the test… lol
    I know I had a hard time working out too…walking was my best friend…helped with just keeping me from feeling like i was hot air balloon.. You sound like your trying everything you can… Im doing the low carb diet right now… and its working 25 pounds down…Thanksgiving was actually much easier than I had anticipated. Im not going insanely crazy of not having carbs…but let me tell ya it works wonders… I cant wait to hear what baby names your thinking of.. :)


    November 28, 2010

    As for the leftovers…my fabulous WW leader had a great point…Many of us will eat it because we are afraid to “waste” it, but isn’t putting unnecessary food/calories in our bodies “wasting” it anyhow? :) I LOVE it…I was not afraid to throw away that darn pie in my fridge! Do not let the leftovers win, Roni!


    November 28, 2010

    Cassie… LOVE that idea.. blogged about it before..

    Never thought out it that way before either. :)


    November 28, 2010

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day, Happy Thanksgiving! I just want to say thanks for being so open and honest on your blog, you are truly an inspiration :)


    November 28, 2010

    I eventually had to go to water aerobics and just walking. Then again I have 10+ lbs babies and by the 5/6th month I am done w/ anything w/ any impact whatsoever.

    Also we are chopping up leftovers and giving them to the chickens. Recycling? ha ha ha. But really it works. I hate to throw food out, but don’t mind feeding it to the chickens. They will surprisingly eat almost anything.


    November 28, 2010

    my solution to leftovers was to have Thanksgiving at my aunts house and leave allllll of those sweets there. It worked wonderfully! The skinny kids get to eat pie, and I have a couple of servings of delicious turkey and corn bread. I don’t care if some of the food gets ‘wasted’ because I DON’T NEED IT! I can finally say no to food, and it feels great. I ordered too much at dinner and didn’t feel bad sending back a half eaten plate.
    Tangled was a good movie, my husband and I saw it yesterday and enjoyed it. I thought, from the previews that her hair had a life of it’s own, but it turns out that she is just very adroit with swinging it about. I love that ‘Chuck’ star Zachary Levi played the voice of the lead.
    You ARE sort of running with a bowling ball. I can see why it is getting more difficult. Have you tried doing something more stationary like elliptical or arc trainer to see if that doesn’t cause as much bouncing but still gives you the cardio work out that you are craving? I can work up one heck of a sweat on an elliptical without the pounding that causes excruciating back pain.


    November 28, 2010

    I know exactly how you feel with your belly. Not that I am pregnant, but I am still struggling with my weight belly, and it is not a nice feeling while running. That’s why I do other sports than running, I just hate that feeling.

    Why don’t you go over to interval walking-jogging, just walking, or do your rounds at the gym on the elliptical for “shock absorption”? I know it’s not the same, but for a while?

    2. I am sorry, but sometimes it is good to hear that a person who has walked the whole walk still struggles with food and is not the all-smiley ad model who can do it all with one hand while doing something else and organizing a third thing. Even though I wish you would be able to be care-free about food. But who of us really is?

    3. I know donuts are nice and your friend is lovely, too, thinking of you – and you must have done a great job earning these :). But I find it a little sad that she hasn’t let you infect her with healthier ideas, especially during Thanksgiving when food is all around, anyway. Donut calories consist of about 50% fat calories, sometimes more, and even though they are delicious I will never ever be able to get this out of my head after having read this on a DD information leaflet – not a health book, no they were describing their own stuff! Especially not since most of the fats in a donut are not the healthy ones, and we haven’t even talked about the filling…Sorry, but I have to post this, especially for the ones of us who have donuts on their trigger food list.

    Don’t do this to anyone whom you seriously like, especially not if they love donuts and can inhale one batch in a sec!

    Love and kisses!


    Melissa Cohoe

    November 28, 2010

    I understand the feeling of irrestible food being around! Luckily, Thanksgiving was at someone else’s house and I don’t have any leftovers kicking around! I was good at choosing my food wisely that day and baked my VERY FIRST pie of my life! Low fat pumpkin since that is my FAV!


    November 28, 2010

    I have just gotten myself to the point where I don’t allow myself to even think about eating the trigger foods. I look at them and think they look amazing and oh how I would love to inhale them, but I never, ever touch them. I don’t have the discipline to stop.

    Once again, you posted something that really brings a lot of comfort to me in my own struggle. You are this huge success in taking and keeping the weight off and yet you still have trigger foods. It makes my own struggle easier because my own weaknesses don’t seem so unique or insurmountable.


    November 28, 2010

    You are an inspiration to us all who are still struggling to reach our goal weight! I have huge farm dogs…they loved all the left-overs I brought home. I had no regrets giving them all the mashed potatoes, hot rolls, and sweet potato pie!

    Mary Nell

    November 28, 2010

    Thanks for “keeping it real.” I’m a big believer in moderation AND sharing. One of the benefits of work is that I can take my leftover sweets to the break room and disperse them quickly :). Could your husband take them to his job?


    November 28, 2010

    Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, Roni, and kudos to you for being able to resist the siren’s song of the leftovers. We did a 5K on Thursday, too, and it really helped get things started off on the right foot, so thanks for suggesting it in an earlier post.


    November 28, 2010

    Haha, we got about the same times on our Turkey Trots, and I’m not pregnant! BUT, this was the first one that I could run the entire distance (just finished C25K). Times were only posted for the first 125 finishers (not me), but by my own timing I know I was a little under 39 minutes. And very proud of that! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.


    November 29, 2010

    I had to give up running around this time in my pregnancy as well for the same reasons. I switched to walking and lifting light weights and doing that helped a lot! I felt great up until the end, and it was super easy to get back into running. Do what feels best for you and don’t be afraid to modify if something seems too uncomfortable!

    Beachbody Coach Will

    November 29, 2010

    Way to go on the Turkey Trot!!! Thats awesome :)

    I did my first race. It was the Thanksgiving Day race in Cincinnati. 10k and I did it in 1:00:44. I was just happy to finish. It was a feeling like nothing i’ve experienced before.

    Keep it up!


    November 29, 2010

    Congrats on your turkey trot!! I can completely relate to how you are feeling. I am also 21 weeks pregnant and am scheduled to run a half marathon on Sunday. Which will really be a run/walk. I am looking forward to that being over with as running is getting more difficult. The sensation of having to pee almost the entire time is unbearable and I just get out of breath very quickly.

    I also felt the same way about the eatting this weekend, I really need to get back on track with eatting normally. I found myself wanting to eat and not at all feeling hungry just because it was there and it is all so good.

    Take care and keep up the good work.



    November 30, 2010

    Have you tried a “belly belt”? I did not exercise during my pregnancy, but I was very very big! I wore the “belt” all the time. It really helped support my belly and back!


    November 30, 2010

    Target has the “support belly belts”


    December 2, 2010

    Roni, in my experience (3) once you get past 5 months, just keep moving. Don’t worry about not running or slacking off on exercise. Walk, do prenatal yoga, lift some weights…just eat sensibly and don’t get the I am pregnant I can eat anything mindset and you will remain healthy. Running puts a lot of stress on your body and between the hormones and the weight, it puts a lot on your already loose ligaments and joints.

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    December 14, 2010

    I apologise, I can help nothing. I think, you will find the correct decision.