One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weekend Quote: The Warm Glow of Happiness

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I snapped that picture of Little Bean this week before a run on Tuesday. Doesn’t he look happy? Honestly, he’s almost always happy and it’s seriously contagious.

His almost constant smile got me thinking about my own happiness.

Do I need to weigh a certain amount? Look a certain way? Wear a certain size to be happy?


And this may sound too simple to be true but… Do I just need to live the active life I want to live?

“I had looked for happiness in fast living, but it was not there. I tried to find it in money, but it was not there either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be the fundamental truths of life, when I began to develop my limited ability, to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts, and fill it with zeal and courage and love, when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly, I began to feel the stimulating, warm glow of happiness.” -Edward Young

My favorite part… "rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts."

That’s my goal.

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    November 18, 2011

    Absolutely perfect! Thank you, again, Roni!


    November 19, 2011

    Thanks, Roni! Amazing how this applies to me this week, especially today. A sleepless night due to my sick 6 month old, combined with no chance to exercise this week has DEFINITELY tangled my thoughts…

    I’m off to bed in an attempt to “rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts.”

    I need to give “myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly” more often! Thanks for the reminder!

    Spin class in the morning, but tonight I’ll try to sleep. Good night :o)


    November 19, 2011

    This is what I’m trying to remind myself of all the time. I’m on a quest to lose the extra weight, but it doesn’t change who I am on the inside. I need to be happy with myself no matter the other circumstances in life.


    November 19, 2011

    So hard to remember, I think I need it tattooed on my hand. Good for you for bringing it up to us again and again. And Little Bean looks like such a little boy with the cap on!!


    November 19, 2011

    I have found the older I get, the more comfortable I am in my own skin. Even though I believe I’m five pounds away from a weight I can live with, in some ways I feel better about myself than ever. Maybe now that I’m in my 50’s I can cut myself a little slack. My life is not perfect, but I’m moving in the right direction.

    Mary Nell

    November 19, 2011

    I’ve been so busy that I’m catching up on a week’s worth of posts. Love this quote…and Roni, two are just harder. We haven’t been in a “normal routine” since the second birth–and she is TWO! A little scary. But I remind myself to slow down and enjoy the moments of joy. The sweet sound of laughter. The pitter patter of little feet and conspiratoral whispers coming to wake us up in the morning. The hugs and prayers together at the end of a long day. Definitely worth it. Definitely harder than I thought it would be. But every day I get a little better at finding my rhythm.


    November 19, 2011

    Love this post–and have you read The Happiness Project? I think you will like it if not!! Thank you
    for the gift of your blog….Dawn


    November 19, 2011


    Your question “Do I need to weigh a certain amount to be happy?” got me thinking about how sometimes looking at the number on the scale can be so depressing and unproductive… especially when it comes down to losing those last few pounds. I realize that it is good to have goals, but when it comes down to it, what is so important about losing the “last 5 pounds”. How much of a difference is that going to make in a persons life, really? Probably not much. Weight can fluctuate a few pounds day to day and I don’t think it is mentally healthy to focus so much on it. I like to think of it this way, if I were to someday gain back the {insert pounds here} that I’ve lost – I know that I would think back to this time when I am only 5 lb’s away from my goal and say “Why did I care so much about 5 measly pounds? THAT’S CRAZY!! I was so healthy/active/happy back then, why didn’t I just enjoy every moment of it without stressing about 5 little pounds!?”


    November 20, 2011

    for me, and Ive blogged about this so frequently for attune foods yet not at miz too too much until AFTER all the friday drama, life is all about the slow lane.
    waving to those who are passing me, wishing em well, and remaining in the right hand sloooooow ‘scenic overlook ahead’ lane.