One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


MUST Schedule Workouts

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I hit the gym tonight. First time since Saturday morning. I know this sounds dramatic, but I NEEDED to go. I don’t know what’s happened to me over the last 6 years, but my body has changed. It WANTS to work out. I crave the movement. The sweat. The challenge.

The funny thing is I don’t associate working out with weight loss at all. I originally lost all 70lbs by "Staying Active." I did some minor stuff and just made a commitment to move more. Then I joined a gym, befriended a trainer and started running. After a year, I was hooked! I loved the way I felt. Running gave me a sense of accomplishment. Weight training boosted my confidence.

I workout because I want to, not because I have to. That was something I never understood when I was stuck in the yo-yo diet cycle of hell. Back then I thought it was a punishment for being fat. Now it’s much needed ME time. When I’m working out it’s the only time I don’t have a phone, computer, kid or husband breathing down my neck. When I’m at the gym I’m there, 100%, surrounded by people who inspire me. When I’m running, I just am.

WOW I have NO idea where all that came from. When I got home from the gym I was just so happy and inspired. Anyway, let’s get to the food journal because then I’m logging off, figuring out a new workout schedule, and settling in to watch Sons of Anarchy–my guilty pleasure show. ;)

This morning started with smoothie. I was just not in the mood for anything else.

chocolate, banana, raspberry and kale smoothie

That’s a chocolate, banana, raspberry and kale smoothie. Click here for the recipe.

Lunch was leftovers of leftovers made from leftovers…

Man I LOVE Thanksgiving! That was the end of it. I’m a little sad to see it go.

After lunch I popped a little popcorn while working.

When The Little Guy had his after school snack I grabbed a yogurt.

Those are from Aldi’s. I love the cherry!

Dinner was amazing! I experimented with a pistachio crusted tilapia and it came out great!

That white stuff is quinoa. I may make a single serving version of this for lunch tomorrow and post on GreenLiteBites.

After dinner I ran to the gym, took a BodyPump class and then ran home.

My new gym is just over a mile away. It’s perfect and I love not having to move the car.

When I got home I watched the end of Rudolph with Little Guy and then took a shower and brushed my teeth. No snacks for me tonight. I made a big orange spice tea (so awesome on a chilly fall night!)

Hope you had an awesome day!

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    November 30, 2011

    I love the way exercise makes me feel too! Such an energy booster, stress reliever, me time, and endorphin rush! You said it all. :)


    November 30, 2011

    Hi Roni, had a question. My husband is a very picky eater. If left to him, he would eat junk food every time. I try to eat clean but as someone responsible for making dinner I have a hard time coming up with meals we both like. I have been reading your blog for many years now and from that I think your situation is similar. So what do you do? When you make a meal your husband doesn’t like, do you cook something else for him or does he take care of it on his own? Sorry, if it is a personal question.


    November 30, 2011

    I just wanted to say thanks for your post tonight :)


    November 30, 2011

    I needed that comment about exercise being punishment…I think that’s where I am. Gonna chew on that a bit. Thank you!!


    November 30, 2011

    Joplin – For me it’s simple. You eat what I cook or you fend for yourself. I grew up in a household with that rule and it’s a pet peeve of mine. Of course I compromise and make things I know he likes mixed in with new stuff. Over the years he’s learned to like some of my dishes and I’ve re-worked his favorites to be a little healthier. Hope that helps!

    I know how you feel. Thanksgiving Day the last thing I wanted to do was workout, we were dreading it but afterward we were dancing like goobers and laughing. It’s just a natural upper. That tilapia looks awesome!

    Patty at A Day in My NYC

    November 30, 2011

    Roni, your blog just cheers me up. It gives me hope that when things settle in my world I can get some sort of control. It may even inspire me to start right now with my next meal and not eat my way through these rough days. Thank you Roni…I love coming here :)


    November 30, 2011

    I started exercising in my 30s, maybe, when I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. I was thin at the time so there was no thought of calories being burned. That changed with my yo-yo dieting years! It took me many years to increase my workouts and fitness level and to find different things that I like (or dislike less than others) and to make exercise a daily habit. I do it now for so many reason. Yes, calorie burn is key as I age. But so is the health benefit. And how it makes me feel:)

    This week I can’t do any cardio as a result of a minor muscle strain and I miss it!!!


    November 30, 2011

    Can I thank you for a choice I made yesterday, based on the thought of “what would Roni do”? I had purchased refreshments for a meeting, and at the end there was half of a 2 lb can of honey roasted peanuts left. Nuts of any kind are dangerous in my house – I have trouble stopping once I start. I’m so thankful that while we were cleaning up, your face popped into my brain, and I sent the devil home with a very thin woman who has a very thin little boy who was waiting for her at home. It made her day to bring a treat home, made his day to get that treat, and made my day that it would not be calling my name from the pantry. Thank you Roni for your inspiration!

    Kim F

    November 30, 2011

    Well – I have been walking each morning for 30-40 minutes and it has been WONDERFUL! Sometimes it’s running and walking but mostly walking.

    I lost 12 pounds in 2 months just doing this – and now I am changing my eating more and I need to bump up the workout. I am thinking of twice a day just to get the cardio burst and maybe some strength training.

    I love the feeling AFTER working out – but at 4:30 a.m. I am NOT excited to leave my bed to go walk. I just tell myself – don’t listen to your inner voice for the next 15 minutes – and as soon as I am in the car heading to the track – I am committed!

    I feel the same way! Exercise used to be about calorie-burning for me, but when I stopped counting points/calories and found activities that I enjoy, I exercise because I feel great and I know that no matter how many calories I burn, I am doing my body good. :)

    Julie J.

    November 30, 2011

    Roni, I love that you run to your gym. What a great idea! If it’s already dark, please don’t run with your headphones in, just to be safe…it’s good to be able to hear what’s around you. I’m sure you already know this stuff!


    December 1, 2011

    I love that you can run/walk to your gym. I love about 15 miles from out gym and sometimes that distance makes it too easy to make excuses. Just found your blog and am loving it!


    June 15, 2012

    Running really gives a sense of accomplishment especially if you hit a new milestone and its good for losing body fat as well. Running to the gym is also a good idea, saves your warm-up time.