One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ask Roni: Can’t Stick, Reliving College, Snack Fantasies, The Last 15 lbs, My Motivation

14 Comments 2182 views

This almost didn’t happen today. I recorded real quick this morning which went smoothly but then the technical problems with iMovie 9. Oy Vey!

I refuse to publish another video with out of sync audio so I had to transfer the file to my old computer and export it there. Maddening! Anyway, I won’t bore you with my geek vents. Let’s get on with the podcast!

Topics this week include:

  • I can’t stick to anything for more than 2 months!
  • If I could go back to college what would I do differently?
  • Can’t stop watching the clock and obsessing over food!
  • Losing the last 15lbs
  • What keeps me motivated day-to-day?

Audio Only/Podcast Version


Leave a comment

I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on mine.

However, to prevent the massive amounts of spam I was receiving I have turned off comments on any post older than 5 days old. If you'd like to leave me a note regarding this post or anything really try me on twitter (@RoniNoone,) my Facebook page, or even IG (@RoniNoone) I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I never thought I'd have to do this but it's gotten way out of hand and comment management has become simply too time consuming to manage.


There are 14 comments so far.


    October 20, 2011


    As someone who is trying to finally get fit, after 40-something years, I love your blog. It’s very inspirational.



    October 21, 2011

    Roni, loved it! I also love that you talk with your hands like I do! I find people get distracted by my hands and sometimes watch my hands when I am talking instead of my face. Does this ever happen to you? I think it’s so funny! I never get distracted by people’s hands, I just think they are more animated in what they are saying and that is great. My grandpa used to say the way to get my grandma to stop talking was to tie her hands behind her back. And it’s true. Do you ever try and keep your hands still while talking? When I try it (after I notice someone being preoccupied with my hands) I find I have a hard time keeping up my train of thought!

    Okay, clearly it’s late and I’ve gone way off topic for a too long. I better end this now before I really make a fool out of myself. :-)


    October 21, 2011

    Hi Roni,

    Great podcast. You look beautiful even without makeup and with messy hair. I wanted to comment on the question about the last 15 pounds. I am about 14 pounds away from goal and I am thrilled. I too noticed that while training and running a lot of miles I wasn’t losing weight. I was just training for and ran a half marathon at the beginning of the month. For 2 months before the race I didn’t lose a single thing. I was trying to keep my calories at 1500 a day, not counting the gels or gu’s I ate while running my longs, and I was stuck. I decided to up my calories to 1900 a day and wham 4 pounds fell off. Now I am taking a break from running because I hurt my calf, I have dropped my calories again and like magic the weight is falling off. I am looking forward to running again but I really don’t mind the break right now because it really seems to be helping me drop those last 20 pounds.

    Take care,

    Great podcast! I like the natural look, I’m sporting that this morning myself! ;)


    October 21, 2011

    Lori – EVERYONE makes fun of me for it and no, I can’t stop! lol


    October 21, 2011

    Hi Roni,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for another wonderful podcast! We, your followers, know you’re very busy with your beautiful boys so we appreciate your time that much more.
    As someone who finally ‘got’ your ‘it’s not about being on program/off program’ after hearing you say it over 100 times, I hope Pamela can enjoy the inner peace the concept brings sooner than I.
    Re: trying to experience everything, you may enjoy the fairly new book, Compass of Pleasure, which applies recent neuroscience research into how our brains respond to stimuli. While the chapters ondrugs on alcohol may not ring a bell, the information on food, exercise, and altruism were fascinating to me and probably would be to anyone who ever ate too much.


    October 21, 2011

    Hi Roni. Love this podcast, and feel your pain with the techie issues. I need a live in tech support person! :) Have a good Friday.


    October 22, 2011

    I would change a lot if I could go back to college. Too much to list. But it sure all came up when my youngest son left this August for his freshman year. I so wanted to give him advice he’d listen to so he didn’t make the same mistakes I made. And I was a bit envious, walking around his beautiful campus:) We’ll be out there visiting later this week.


    October 22, 2011

    One way I would have changed the way I handled college would have been to spend some good time strategizing each day of the week for each new quarter. I tended to think in terms of “what can I eat/what exercise can I do EVERY SINGLE DAY for the rest of college????” and there was nothing I could stick to that religiously. I wish I had sat down instead and thought, “OK, this quarter I CAN eat this same thing/these couple things every day for breakfast; that’ll get me off to a good start. Then, this quarter, Tuesdays and Thursdays are really really busy so I’ll pack leftovers for lunch and plan on grabbing dinner at one of the places on campus where I know I can get something filling and reasonable. Mondays and Wednesdays are easier, so I’ll be able to cook dinner at home (with leftovers) and take x class/lift weights at the rec center/whatever. Fridays I’m not going to want to exercise beyond maybe walking to class and I’ll want to have fun at the end of a long week, I’ll plan on going out with friends in a fun yet reasonable way. Saturday I’ll plan a couple of meals for the rest of the week, go grocery shopping for those meals and stock up on healthy snacks, and cook up some easy lunches and prep snacks like hard boiled eggs for the week.” etc.

    Basically I just would have been more realistic and easier on myself, while also looking for times in the week when I could fit in extra activity and meal prep. Instead I aimed for some version of perfection and instead would crash and burn after one or two days when a busy class day hit and I was thinking, “uh, no, there’s no way I’m going for a run in between classes then waiting until 8pm to make and eat dinner. I give up.”

    Julie Browne

    October 22, 2011

    Roni: Thank you for your podcast. I especially liked listening to your comments about the last question. . .staying motivated day-to-day. I so appreciate your opening up and sharing your most intimate feelings about living each day to the fullest and overcoming the many challenges we face each day. . .food, being lazy, and the like! Thank you, again, for you and your website site!


    October 22, 2011

    I THINK the work question came from me, so I wanted to give you an update. You hit the nail on the head…I was NEVER busy at that job!!! It was torture going, because I had nothing to do. I mean, at most jobs even when there is “nothing to do” there really are things to do, but at that job…literally, nothing. So, I’ve switched jobs, and that is no longer an issue for me. As a matter of fact, I also work at a University, and that department that I used to work for no longer exists. Because they never had anything going on. Lol! Thanks for answering my question, though, and I hope it helps someone else!

    Laura James

    October 23, 2011

    Love, love, love these video podcasts from you. You are looking absolutely amazing, so keep up the good work. I think you can be forgiven for not having much time when you have to look after two little boys and a husband! Give yourself a break, all your blog readers understand =)


    November 17, 2011

    Thank You for the answer! I sent that email in July and am still in the same boat.. I have decided I am just a slacker.. I am hoping to sign up for a 10k for this spring so my winter goal is to improve my running, unfortumately that means the treadmill. But I WILL DO IT!!!! I am also finding that with very little to engage in at work I and eating more and more snack stuff.. I really need to sit down and work out a better snack plan!!

    THanks for the help!!


    November 17, 2011

    Thanks for answering my question! I can’t stop smiling. Unless one has went through the years of guilt that I have then you wouldn’t know what a RELIEF I feel. I almost felt like a bad person or failure to society because I look like I do:( But not anymore….And the good news is that back in June when I wrote that question I weighed 252 & now I am down to 244. Not alot I know, but moving in the right direction :)