One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ask Roni _v53 – Needing a Plan? Running Injuries, Ditching the Scale, Staying Motivated.

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Is it Thursday already?!? Yikes! Is it the pregnancy or is time on hyperdrive? I feel like the weeks are flying by!

Topics this week include…

  • Do You (or I) NEED a plan?
  • Dealing with Running Injuries
  • Ditching the Scale and Focus on how you FEEL
  • How do you stay motivated? x2

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    February 11, 2011

    While I’m losing post pregnancy weight I’m not ditching the scale…but certainly still focusing more on how I feel. I’m so thankful I have reached a place where I can use it simply as a tool and can keep the real focus on health. But I do have goals and it is useful for those goals at this time. :)


    February 11, 2011

    That makes sense because you are still losing. I plan on picking a scale habit back up as well but in Laura’s case she’s at her weight and gaining because she’s adding exercise. Different part in the journey in my opinion.


    February 11, 2011

    This is geared toward Pam – the injured runner. I can relate to her very well. Coming back from an injury is very tough. I’ve done it multiple times and each time is harder than the one before. You worry that you are starting back too soon and too aggressively. And if you are, you might get hurt worse. And that you might hurt yourself so bad that you cannot run anymore at all. My advice to Pam is to let yourself heal as long as you can stand it and then start back slowly. It will be very frustrating to start back walking, especially since your last run was probably 12 miles, but do it and work back up slowly. It won’t be as hard to work back up this time, so do it slowly and be patient with yourself. And pay attention to the pains and back off if you have to. You don’t want to make it worse.


    February 11, 2011

    I love these! I clean my house every single time you have one on.


    February 11, 2011

    I love the part of motivation and just embracing the plan! I really need to do that! Also your love for cooking and making new and fun things really has inspired me to enjoy my time in the kitchen!


    February 11, 2011

    I am so grateful for these podcasts! I’m glad you switched the days because now I listen on Friday and it boosts my motivation for the weekend when I am out of my routine! Thank you Roni!


    February 11, 2011

    Hello! I’m Pam the injured runner or as of right now the former injured runner. :) I am happy to say I am injury free and back into running. After I wrote my question I decided to see a foot/sports medicine specialist and after many x-rays and answering of questions I found out the unfortunate news that I had torn my tendon on the outside of my right ankle down to wear it connects to the middle of your foot. I was told I would need 6 to 8 weeks of physical therapy going twice a week. When I got this news to say that I was dismayed would be an understatement but I tried to keep positive and having a definite answer to my injury and a solution helped alot. I started my PT the very next day and it was agonizing, but I had the most wonderful therapist and with her help I was able to gradually strengthen the tendon and allow it to heal. Under her guidance I did not run for 5 weeks but in the meantime to keep up with physical fitness I took spin classes at the gym (of course after asking my therapist if this was ok). When I was allowed to finally try to run again at PT I was beyond scared of what would happen and how I would feel about it, because Roni when you mentioned how you felt about running and possibly losing the feeling of enjoyment and motivation I could of said the same exact things. Well anyway I got on the treadmill and lightly ran 1 mile and I felt great, a little twinge in my foot but otherwise great. I gradually built up my mileage and finished PT and I was able to run the Disney half-marathon in January. I am planning another half-marathon in March and I will be attempting my first full marathon in May (the Pittsburgh one). I think what I can take away from my injury is that I am more attuned to my body than ever before and if I am feeling a little off somewhere I know to take it easy. I just remind myself of the hours and hours of painful PT to get back to this point and I will not do anything to jeopardize that. I wanted to say thank-you so much for your advice and I hope everything goes well for you and the pregnancy. :)


    February 11, 2011

    Lots of great advice Roni! I could relate on so many levels with your comments about staying motivated and ditching the scale.

    I use to give the scale so much power! I still weigh and use it as one of the tools to maintain my weight but I also use how my clothes fit and lets face it I know when I am eating well and staying on track and when I am not!

    Dr Phil says that our weight is managed and not cured. I know for me that is very true.


    February 11, 2011

    hi!! I really enjoy your blog. I help people on a daily basis with practical solutions to get in shape and stay that way. People really do need to ditch the scale, show some self love and pencil in their workouts. One way I found works is for some people to do fitness dvd programs. I find that the structure can build a great backbone for consitency which is really the most important thing. Oh, that and actually ENJOYING what you are doing despite what your neighbor may do to get in shape. You are doing a wonderful job inspiring people and you can check me out at or on facebook at Your Living Room Is a Gym. Great blog! :) x


    February 11, 2011

    I find the running commentary interesting. Is is just me, or does it seem like runners (more so than other exercisers) tend to be more exclusive with running as their primary form of exercise? I run on days when I want to, for exercise; but I’ve never been bitten by the running bug, so I don’t consider myself a runner. I have found that there are several types of exercise I enjoy ( I dance twice a week, strength train twice a week, and rotate cardio (run, bike, or interval-type DVD), and yoga on 1-2 days. For me, the variety keeps it fresh and I like to choose what I want to do according to what I feel like doing. I don’t want to train for a race b/c I don’t want to *have* to run so many days a week and give up the other types of exercise I enjoy so much. I have just read much lately about runners that have gotten injured and gained weight b/c they couldn’t run. It might be a good idea for runners to learn to enjoy other types of exercise, and remember why they started running to begin with, which is to get in regular exercise…?


    February 11, 2011

    I’m fascinated you brought that up! I do look at running different. It’s more than exercise for me, it’s a sport. So I think when someone can’t do it it’s not that they can’t exercise it’s that they can’t play “their sport” and that can be upsetting.


    February 11, 2011

    Good point!, Roni! That’s probably how I feel about dance. I started taking dance lessons, just to move more, at the start of my weight loss/lifestyle change almost two years ago; and from there I slowly added *formal* exercise (strength, interval, cardio, yoga), until I got to my ideal weekly routine. I’m on a dance team that practices 1 1/2 hours a week, and I still take lessons for two hours a week, and go to monthly social dances that are several hours long. I got to go to Myrtle Beach a couple weekends ago for a dance festival, where I loved taking dance lessons for two days/sixteen hours! (plus nightly dances!)…. so that was my “marathon”, lol. I would be crushed if I couldn’t dance, so your analogy makes perfect sense! (I like running, weight-training, yoga, kickboxing, spinning…just not *that* much, lol!)


    February 11, 2011

    Roni, what I love about you is that your advice applies to all of us – whether we have a lot of weight to lose or we just bounce between our ideal weight and 10 lbs. I am the latter and I can relate with what you said about the wisdom of ditching the scale once you reach a healthy weight instead of weighing everyday at that stage. Because I weigh every day, I am “addicted” to the feeling I get when my weight goes lower and lower. But every time I reach my “ideal” weight, I sabbotage myself and power eat until I’m up 10 lbs again. I think it is because I like the feeling of losing and I don’t know how to handle just “being” at a certain weight. I am going to try and focus more on how I feel and how much I love eating right and being fit and being able to hike or ski or do whatever activity I want and feel great in my skin RATHER than focusing on a certain number on the scale. It is the daily weighing after I reach my weight goal that is tripping me up so THANK YOU for that insight!

    Ana Myre

    February 12, 2011

    Love the podcast today, specially the last questions, staying motivated, I’m Ana the one that you answer the last question!! Will take the advice and get going, also I answer you Email back, I admire your dedication to help people!!! God bless you!!!


    February 12, 2011

    Thank you for these podcasts! I listen while I do dishes, laundry, or scrub the toilet – ha ha! I lost over 30 lbs years ago using WW and reading your blog back in the day before roni’s weigh. Of course I gained back the 30 plus another 20 or so but I’m loving points plus. It’s wonderful to see you so happy! I look forward to getting lots of ideas on this and greenlitebites. Keep up the awesome work!


    February 13, 2011

    Try brisk walking. I’m a former runner who was plagued with injuries and now I walk. In fact I do race walk 5ks. Totally way less impact but still cardio. I love it. I am on a similar journey trying to get the eating thing figured out.
    Walk a weigh from the waffles and wontons!

    Lauren @ Smooth Fitness

    February 18, 2011

    Hi Roni! I’m so glad I ran across your blog! We’re actually having a weight loss contest at work, and I’ve been talking with my coworkers about the different methods they’re using. One woman swears by Weight Watchers, which I’ve never tried before, so I appreciate your take on it.

    I was also interested in what you had to say about running injuries. In another coincidence, I just did a post on our blog about this, and included a quick-reference infographic. It’s called Common Running Injuries, and it talks about how to treat them, and more importantly, how to avoid them. I hope you’ll stop by the take a look and let me know what you think.

    Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family! :-)

    Katie D.

    March 2, 2011

    This podcast totally spoke to me on a number of levels. AMEN to eating real food!! It’s the only way to go in my opinion. And, I’m a working (out of the home) mommy of two little ones. With a little planning and prep, it’s easy to make healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Thank you to you Roni for being such an inspiration in the kitchen with fun new ideas. I plan to order the cookbook soon!