One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


My 3 Goal Sensational Sunday

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I had 3 simple goals today. 1) a clean house, 2) fun with my boys, and 3) this pitcher EMPTY

Click here if you don’t know what this is all about.

How’d I do? Well I’ll let you be the judge…

First I must show you what I was up against.

I don’t know what happened this week. There must have been a tornado or something because we just had crap everywhere.

Who could be expected to clean on an empty stomach? I needed to feed this boy and feed him FAST!

What’s he eating? Banana pancakes, of course.

I had sweet potato scramble.

It’s an awesome fall breakfast!

We cleaned up downstairs before starting the laundry.

He was ready.

And now he has an audience!

Click here to see how we make laundry fun.

We all have a job when it comes to laundry. I keep it moving, Little Guy sorts, The Husband folds and Little Bean supervises.

Late morning snack…

Non-fat Greek yogurt with frozen wild blueberries and a drizzle of honey.

I also started dinner…

A nice big pot of Homemade Sauce.

Little Guy decided on a mango. Here he is snacking and watching a youtube video about growing your own mango tree.

We just HAD to do it. Getting that seed out was a BITCH.

But we did it and plopped it in some water to root.

We also checked in on our baby apple tree.

Click here to see when we planted it.

As per my laundry job I went to start a new load when I spotted Irish. I have NO idea how she wiggled her way under there, but my word did she look comfy.

Midday it was time for our family outing. We had BIG plans today but first, lunch!

That’s my go-to meal at Qdoba: Craft 2 meal with a naked taco salad and Mexican gumbo no rice and light on the cheese. I could eat this everyday!

With bellies full we headed to…

An indoor rock wall climbing place!

I’ve wanted to do this for years! Seriously, YEARS. Click here to read about the first time I ever climbed a rock wall. It was 2007. My old gym had one and I fell in love. I left that gym 3 years ago and haven’t climbed one since.

Today was a family affair. Little Guy did good, but he gave up on himself halfway up the wall.

I was hoping it would help him build confidence, but he froze up at the same spot 3 times in a row. He did good though, he really did!

The Husband even got up there with his fear of heights! I could tell he was nervous, but he did two climbs.

Me? I LOVED IT! I did 3 climbs, increasing in difficulty every time. This is me on the last one at the top.

I just love the challenge of it! I will be doing this again. I can see it becoming quite a habit.

After the climb I tried some of this coconut water everyone’s been raving about.

Meh. I wasn’t impressed. I’d rather drink water.

When we came home it was back to chores. We had a few more things to finish up before dinner.

Then all of a sudden we hear…. POP!

Yup. My spaghetti squash exploded in the microwave! The bottom just blew off!

I even pierced it!

Click here to see how I make spaghetti squash in the microwave.

While I cleaned up and finished dinner, Little Guy worked on our new calendar.

I made pasta for the boys, but stuck to the squash for me. I was just in the mood and it’s delicious with the sauce and a turkey sausage.

After dinner we cleaned up.

And settled in for the Ravens game.

Oh! and here’s my new kitchen desk and The Husband’s customary bird.

Mission completed (notice the water, it’s almost gone. Pouring last glass now.) All goals met. :)

Oh! and I posted a new Baby Food Adventure, click here to check it out. Little Bean is rocking the solids!

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There are 21 comments so far.


    October 2, 2011

    First…You should make the bird flying a sort of “where’s waldo” event :)

    Second…Thank you for sharing your life…I love watching the boys grow (they’re the same age as my boys)

    Third…Even in the midst of the tornado your home looks so warm, welcoming and cozy :)

    Fourth (Do I really need these numbers? Bullets next time perhaps??) (Poop, now I forgot my 4th point….) Oh YEAH…love the new desk

    Last but not least…have a great night and an even better week!!! You’re awesome!!!

    Angela M

    October 2, 2011

    What is little guy cleaning the hardwood with??? We just moved into a house with hardwood and I don’t know what to clean it with. Floors look beautiful and it looks like you had a very successful day!


    October 2, 2011

    We went to breakfast with the in-laws before they headed back to Arizona, did yard work and cleaned up the front porch, hit the gym for a killer abs workout, and went grocery shopping. I made the most amazing beef fajitas for an early dinner. I roasted some chickpeas [you should try them! great protein snack], and had a smoothie. I also did homework for my masters and read some magazines. Now I think it’s time for bed. Glad you had such a great day!
    I really want to try a rock climbing wall now. googled it and found one in our area. $14 a person for the day plus $5 for the gear. That doesn’t seem too pricey; but if you only got 3 climbs in… is that more because you had the kids with you or because it’s that exhausting? does it qualify as a full blown workout if I can only make it up the wall once or twice?


    October 3, 2011

    What a perfect day. Little Bean has grown SO much. Adorable boys you have!


    October 3, 2011

    Roni you are like super woman. I just don’t know how you get all that done in one day. I struggle to get dinner on the table sometimes. Please write a post about your time management skills because I’m in awe


    October 3, 2011

    Sabrina – I’m not “super” just determined. I answered this questions before and everything is still true today –>


    October 3, 2011

    Angela – I started using this on the hardwood recently….

    BonaKemi WM710013358 4-Piece Hardwood Floor-Care System


    October 3, 2011

    Valeria – the place we went only gave you 3 climbs for $20. It was $5 each additional climb. We were on a budget so stuck with the 3 but I plan on looking into their packages and such. $20 all day is a great price!


    October 3, 2011

    Roni, I was looking at the pictures and laughing so hard. Ryan was cleaning the floor and there sat your husband on the couch, relaxing. So typical…


    October 3, 2011

    Your husband and his customary bird crack me up, every.single.time.

    There is a rock wall inside old Silo’s in our home town, I was jonesing to do it last time we were home, but we ran out of time. When we go home next, I am taking MY 6yr old and we are going. I don’t care who I have to blow off! I am DYING to try it! (<~~ Weirdo!)

    I am cracking up, only because if there wasn't so much baby stuff, they house wouldn't be as bad…haha!! But he sure is cute!


    October 3, 2011

    I’m glad I saw this post AFTER I microwaved my first spaghetti squash yesterday!


    October 3, 2011

    Just a note on hardwood floors, I have dark hardwood floors and the only thing that does not leave a film is straight water with a towel! You just wet the towel, (I usually use two-one for each foot!) and skate away…..


    October 3, 2011

    Hi Roni,

    I love sensational Sunday posts! Little bean is RIDICULOUSLY cute and I love how he is a mini Ryan!

    I just wanted to pos about the mango seed and tree. I am not positive, but I think you may have actually “peeled off” some of the seed. Unless that’s what the you tube video told you guys to do. I’m from Jamaica, I’ve grown up ith many a mango tree in my backyard and my families yards and I always remember my mum or my aunts saving the seeds and planting them and they would simply eat all the fleshy yellow part off, and that that’s it. That was the seed. They didn’t peel anything else away. I hope that makes sense. Good luck with the mango tree! Feel free to email me, I still live in Jamaica and my father has a green thumb so maybe he can give you mango tree advice!

    *sorry that was so long :p


    October 3, 2011

    Thanks Camille ! The video said it would just take less time by removing the shell. It is part of the seed per se but more of a protective coating. As far as I tell anyway! I’ll keep you posted! I plan on giving mango tree updates. :)


    October 3, 2011

    What a fabulous day Roni! I have had the same thing happen in the microwave with a spaghetti squash! Now I cut them in half! What a mess.

    I need to find me a computer desk that will fit in a small space in my kitchen. I think I will check out Ikea. The kitchen is where I spend most of my time so it just makes sense to have the computer in there too.


    October 3, 2011

    Hi Roni, what a great day!!! I laughed out loud at your husband’s customary bird. HILARIOUS!! Little Guy looks pretty hand with that mop. Could we borrow him for a while to do our floors. We’d be happy to pay him in mango! And I love the photo of kitty in the laundry! Hope the week ahead is as sensational as your Sunday way. All the best.

    Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life

    October 3, 2011

    what a relaxing Sunday!! dude!? where have I been?? I’ve never seen the spaghetti squash video! I LOVE spaghetti squash but call me lazy I hate waiting for it to cook in the oven and theeeen I have to wash the dish!! that’s sad I know. Ok I’m off to watch the video FROM 2007 geez!! thanks in advance : )


    October 4, 2011

    Sounds like you had a great day! One thing I’d like to comment on is the rock-climbing. If you’re serious about it, I’d highly recommend saving up to get your own gear (harness, shoes and carabiner), as it’s so much more comfortable and will save you money in the long run as you don’t keep having to pay to hire gear. (I paid about $400 Australian all up, but it was a few years ago and the exchange rates have all changed, so I’m not sure how useful that will be. Granted, I also got top-quality gear because it was all they had that would fit me.) I’d definitely look into better deals at the place you’re going to, unlimited climbing is best, of course. See if they have cheap days/nights, too – the climbing gym we go to has cheap Fridays after 5pm. Also, have a look see if they have a bouldering wall – it’s essentially a bunch of short walls (2-3m high) with floor mats instead of ropes. You don’t need a harness and you don’t need a belaying partner (although a spotter makes it safer both when beginning and when you started getting very experienced and trying difficult climbs). Entry is usually cheaper and they can’t limit the number of climbs you do, so you can just climb until your hands can’t grip anymore. I’d also highly recommend climbing as a cardio workout also, if you can get a deal with unlimited climbs: pick a really easy climb and climb up the wall, then down if you’re allowed, then up again and more if you can. By picking an easy climb you can focus more on speed and strength than technique, and it allows you to move fast, getting in a workout.

    Finally: what grade/level/number were the climbs you did? I’m curious :) Have heaps of fun with it! Climbing is fantastic!


    October 4, 2011

    Rhiannon – Thanks for the info and I have NO idea of the grades. they just called them easy/medium/hard. lol

    Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

    October 4, 2011

    I love the idea of taking the family indoor rock climbing! I didn’t realize there was anyplace that close to us. I think I’ll be mentioning this to the hubby as a winter weekend possibility.


    October 5, 2011

    I love the fact you post the bird from your husband. Please don’t ever stop doing that.