One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Chatty Post: Race Plan, Funk Update, and More.

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Oh my word. I just enjoyed the most amazing Banana Soft-Serve! I used a frozen banana, almond milk, dark chocolate cocoa powder, a bit of protein powder, and frozen blueberries. It was creamy and DELICIOUS! I wish I had better light, I would have snapped a picture for you.

OMG I’m becoming such a food blog photo snob! lol

Anyway, just a chatty post today. I’m not sure how long Runner’s High lasts, but I think I’m still basking in the post-race glow. And THAT is why I run events. They make me happy. There’s the goal accomplishment, of course, but there’s also the re-energizing that happens being around happy, active people.

It’s really, REALLY inspiring.

I have 2 events lined up in October I’m super excited about.

  1. The Atlantic City Marathon – No I’m not running the WHOLE marathon but the half. If you guys remember the Husband and I are big AC people, but we haven’t gone since before I got pregnant. So when Jen told me about the AC half I hopped on the opportunity to make it a weekend away with hubby. Little Bean will be 7 months and it’s time the Husband and I get away. I’m just using the event as a fun excuse to do so. ;)
  2. The Run for Your Lives Zombie Run! – If you’ve been reading for any period of time, you may know I’m a bit of a Horror Movie freak. So when Carrie told me about the Zombie run I had to hop on it. Plus it’s an obstacle course run. Something I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now.

How fun is my October going to be?!?

The running is helping pull me out of the funk I’ve been fighting. It’s an outlet for me. A sport. I get to work at it and see progression. I set goals and build confidence as I reach them. Not to mention it just makes me FEEL good. It makes me take time for myself and as some of your know, nothing beats that post-run feeling!

OMG. I’m a RUNNER! lol Still hard for me to believe.


Anyway, I had a great day. How could I not hanging out with this guy all day?

Us this afternoon.

There are times I feel like the luckiest woman on the planet yet I miss working outside of the home. I feel like a walking contradiction. For some reason I struggle with feelings of guilt that I work for myself and I’m constantly second guessing myself and my choices. Wrap all that up with adjusting to life with a baby and the stress it adds to a marriage and there you have it… Funkville.

I’m getting over it. Just like the half, I think to myself… forward progression.

On Friday I recorded a video for GreenLiteBites and that felt great!

I miss recording and I hope to get more consistent again. Tomorrow I have a call about FitBloggin’12 as I’m trying to assemble a team to help. There’s no way I can do it without more help next year.

I think I could keep going with this post. It’s therapeutic but I have to go to bed! My goals this week are more sleep and less snacks. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

Oh and before I go I want to share a pic of my dinner because it’s just so stinking pretty!

Ok, signing off. ‘Night!

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There are 23 comments so far.

    Cyndi Evilsizor

    September 20, 2011

    Hi Roni, first off congrats on your awesome half marathon accomplishment. Awesome race time too! I ran my first half in August, Chicago Rock & Roll. I’v beeen running for about 2 years now, heres my question. Immediately (like after i crossed the finish line)after I finished, I was INCREDIBLY sore. Like I was having a hard time walking! This lasted for about 3 days and slowly eased up. Ive asked quite a few people and i get mixed answers. Some say its normal, some say not. Just wondering how your feeling and your past race experiences in terms of soreness after ur races.


    September 20, 2011

    ohhh I’m SORE! my legs and my back. I’m not sore after every long run but this one got me. It was my longest distance for quite some time so it makes sense.

    Laura James

    September 20, 2011

    I know I said it on the post-marathon blog post, and at the risk of being repetitive, you are such an inspiration! I know you have talked about it before, but how long after you lost your weight did you start running (in the beginning)? I really want to start, but I feel I am still a bit too big. It’s coming into summer here in Australia and I am feeling the exercise pull at the moment. Any insight would be helpfull =)


    September 20, 2011

    HOP ON THAT PULL! I only walked while I was losing. It wasn’t until about a year after losing that I started running. Like you I felt a pull so I started going to the gym and taking classes like step and spinning. Then a friend challenged me to try a 5k and I tried it. I really was convinced I “couldn’t” run. Now I realize “running” is not “running” at all, it’s simply making forward progression towards your distance goal. You can trot, jog, skip, walk, whatever it doesn’t matter as long as you are moving forward.

    Dawn, Lay Down My Idols

    September 20, 2011

    Congrats, Roni, and your little guy IS SO CUTE!! :)
    I think that all women have this conflict going on – women at work often miss being at home, their kids, their responsibilities, and women at home miss the “what-ifs” of being out at work. I think the best thing is to just do whatever we’re called to do to the best of our ability. And wherever. There’s enough negativity in life – we don’t need to add to it! Easier said than done, I know, but there’s a balance and I think most of us spend our entire lives working towards it (and I wonder if we ever feel “there”?).
    Just my 2cents now that I’m in the stage of one getting married!!
    Been pondering too!

    I’m also working from home, but I’m lucky to live in a city center so I plan 1-2 lunches a week with girlfriends, and a few evening events, too. Is Little Bean still at home with you every day? Can you arrange maybe a sitter for 4 hours a week, one weekday where you work from a coffee shop and tack on a lunch, too?

    Also, Skyping with internet friends is always an option :) Hint, hint.


    September 20, 2011

    Roni, that dinner looks amazing.. is that rice dish one of your recipes? It really looks yummy.


    September 20, 2011

    OMG I checked out the zombie run looks like fun and my worst nightmare wrapped up in one. So cool thou like a fun concert you have your run, zombies, live bands and beer..come on a perfect time….I dont think I can do the run yet still a newbie but I will be a spectator, wldnt miss it. Good luck running for your life…


    September 20, 2011

    Roni…I’ve head of the zombie race too but since we have already left on our year long trek across america I won’t be near md on race day! I did however just do a warrior dash in charlotte nc and it was totally awesome…you’re gonna fall in love with mud runs/adventure racing! I can’t wait to see pics!!


    September 20, 2011

    I can totally to relate to the funk you feel about not working outside the home. I go through that sometimes myself. You do a lot and you should be proud of that.


    September 20, 2011

    Ohhh, I really wanted to do the zombie run but couldn’t find anyone to do it with. Can’t wait to hear about it.
    And,um, the Bean looks SO much like Ryan in that picture!!


    September 20, 2011

    I think it’s great that you find something positive and focus on that. So much of feeling good physically is tied to feeling good mentally. And I know that I have often wished that I could work from home, but I think it’s often underestimated how hard it is, and often how isolating. You are my hero!


    September 20, 2011

    Kinda off subject…but thanks for the idea for the banana soft serve. I have made it the last 3 days with a little chocolate syrup on top and it is heaven to me! I cant believe for less than 150ish calories I get something so yummy and guilt free!


    September 20, 2011

    Roni, your dinner is really pretty! Please share the recipe for the rice. My husband is a big fan of those rice and pasta sides that come in a packet and are loaded with salt. Your rice looks like itight pass as a much healthier alternative. Thanks!

    Jeremy Logsdon

    September 20, 2011

    I’m doing the zombie run, too! Which wave are you in? I think I’m in the 3:30 or 4:00…


    September 20, 2011

    Sara – I’ve been considering childcare 2 days a week but part of me feels SO guilty about it. Plus it’s freakin’ expensive! But that is the direction I’m going in. I can’t plan a conference, write a book and keep these sites going with no childcare at all. I just have to find the right arrangement.


    September 20, 2011

    I’m early. 9:30. All the afternoon ones were taken!


    September 20, 2011

    Its nice to have something that is yours to work towards and achieve like running!

    Your little guy is adorable and such good company. Cherish these days with him as there are no “do overs” when it comes to our kids.

    My youngest just turned 22 years old and that doesn’t seem possible. I am so happy that I was able to be a stay at home mom and I have no regrets.

    It wasn’t always easy, there were times that I thought I would scream if I heard “mom” one more time, but the good days out weighed the bad.

    You are giving your children the gift of your time and one day they will thank you for it just as mine have.

    Tracy aka Tiny Tank

    September 20, 2011

    Roni he has to be the cutest baby I’ve seen in ages. I just had to say that.

    Alicia from Poise in Parma

    September 20, 2011

    Congrats on your half performance! I ran my half this weekend as well and was so happy to rock it but to have it done with! I love how running pulls me out of my funk, so I too am looking forward to setting some new goals in that realm.

    p.s. what sort of help do you need for Fitbloggin’ 2012? Depending on what you need done and may be able to lend a hand if you’re interested. Keep me posted lady…


    September 20, 2011

    Your post cracked me up…kind of very ADD all in one (plus I had to go back and read the re-cap, so I contributed to the ADD).
    I was wondering if you would like some help w/ the Fitbloggin?


    September 22, 2011

    You are freaking awesome! Glad you had a great race :) If there’s anything i can do to help for Fitbloggin from Austin please let me know, ma’am!


    September 26, 2011

    Roni, I can so relate to your description of Funkville. I’m feeling that same way at times. A part of me feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to stay home with my baby, but another part of me is quite jealous of my husband leaving for work every day. And now that I’m doing some consulting work, I’m realizing, like you, that if I ever want to get anything done, I’m going to have to look for a babysitter. Gah.

    Just another reason we run, right?