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January Podcast: Changing Diets, Organics, Snack Attack Advice, Body Image, Finding Time

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It’s a new year and I’m setting a new Podcast Schedule! I realize they’ve been few and far between this past year and I’m sorry. Blame the baby. It’s his fault. ;)

My goal for 2012 is one podcast a month. I think it’s realistic and I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep. That being said the podcasts themselves will be longer. I thought it would be hard to talk that long but apparently I’m a chatterbox. I think you already knew that.

Topics include…

  • Making the switch from Medifast to Weight Watchers
  • Weight Watchers online, face-to-face or on my own?
  • My take on organic foods, CSA, produce picks.
  • Tips for college student living abroad.
  • Advice for fellow snackers.
  • Body image stuff <- the question that makes me cry. ugh.
  • How did I get started? My motivated and how I find the time.


Podcast Version/Audio Only
[podcast]http://RonisWeigh.com/resources/2012/_podcasts/AskRoni201201.mp3[/podcast]
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Discussion

There are 33 comments so far.

    Jessica

    January 10, 2012

    it says it is private :(

    roni

    January 10, 2012

    All fixed! Sorry!

    Brenda

    January 10, 2012

    Still coming up as private…can only hear audio. :(

    roni

    January 10, 2012

    Hmmm I reset it again. Hopefully it “took” this time!

    shawn

    January 11, 2012

    It worked for me…I thought you were great! Awesome job keep it up!

    Louise

    January 11, 2012

    Duck and get ready to be stoned – only kidding. The organic thing is really difficult and I agree that unfortunately clever advertising confuses organic with healthy. BUT as you identify, foods where you eat the skin will carry any pesticides and fungicides. Also foods can be nutritionally richer organic eg milk, eggs. Unfortunately whole foods that we ate as children (particularly the foods our parents ate) are nutritionally different. The foods weren’t manipulated and didn’t have the levels of chemicals we have now. I live in the UK so things are probably a little different but I do find myself gravitating more and more towards organic foods. Biggest drawback – cost.
    As a fellow long term maintainer, I couldn’t agree more re the hungry element – I equally have no full switch. I have to fool my brain continually and equally have an appalling snacking habit which I have to keep in check.
    For me running, weights and general activity is I think one of my major keys to success. The other is daily reading of a few select blogs :) Thank you for all your hard work with it. Louise

    Kim F

    January 11, 2012

    Love your advice, love your passion, love your humbleness – and love the fact that you are transparent for us. :O)

    Tonia

    January 11, 2012

    Thanks for the new podcast, I really enjoy them! No preference on time. I listen at work and can pause and restart as needed.

    krg5v2@mail.umkc.edu

    January 11, 2012

    Roni-

    Just wanted to take an opportunity to tell you something. I have followed you for a long time and want you to know what you mean to me. Over the years, i’ve found bloggers and been inspired only to have them vanish.. it’s so meaningful that you have truly committed to changing your life.. striking the balance.. and been so gracious to share the ups and downs and all in betweens with us viewers. You’ve talked about the ideal woman.. the “ideal” body and even mentioned that again in this podcast, but honestly you to me are the ideal. You are real and you haven’t quit life and THANK you for that. You remind us all what’s important.. not to mention you’re just so sweet and cute and funny about everything. It’s enjoyable coming here.

    Back to that “ideal” thought.. We see people that we see that “perfection” in, but we don’t know what they are doing. Some might be acheiving that healthfully, but some are not and how dare we compare ourselves to anyone without really being aware of those details. Case in point.. lady in the mall.. we all see them, but i try to keep that in mind. I’m in grad school and surrounded by women 10 years younger.. ugh.. that’s a whole other post ;)

    Back to you.. You have a level of care and compassion that i am so grateful for. I see your energy with your family and it is so inspiring. I know you have had some drama and issues in putting yourself out there, but we all know that’s part of life (people can be turds) and I’m glad it hasn’t made you shy away from your work with yourself.. and with all of us here.

    I have felt alone in my journey much of my 32 years, but coming here i don’t feel alone and it isn’t that superficial quick endulgence for inspiration that is so very fleeting… it’s lasting because you are so steadfast. I’ve gotten a lot of strength from you and i know others have too. My fiance’ saw me watching your podcast last night and he seemed confused like who are you watching.. who’s that lady.. and i just played it off saying oh honey it’s one of the sites i like to visit.. i love this lady and her thoughts. I’m always interested in this stuff. I thought to myself a little later though that you are so much more to me than that, but something i don’t know everyone can understand.

    I’m a rambler too.. that’s why i’ve never posted :) But what did you say about getting out of our comfort zones? We should and so i did today :)

    Keep up the amazing work Roni.. you are nothing short of amazing.

    Kathleen

    roni

    January 11, 2012

    Oh Kathleen – Thank you so much and you SUCK! ;) Now I’m crying. Like tears streaming down my face crying. In a good way.

    Sometimes, heck most of the time, I don’t know what I’m doing or even why I’m doing it but then I get a note like yours and it reminds me.

    Your right, so many people will never understand. They won’t understand it from my perspective or yours but I’ve come to realize, after years of doing this blog, that they don’t matter. We get it. That’s what counts and what makes the difference.

    I feel blessed and humbled that people care and continue to read my ramblings. Anytime I’m hesitant to hit publish I say to myself, “if only one person relates and ‘gets it’ then it’s worth it.”

    Thank you for making it “worth it” for me today.

    {{hugs}}

    Mary

    January 11, 2012

    What Kathleen said – all over again. Thanks Kathleen, you echoed my thoughts perfectly.

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    January 11, 2012

    First of all, BIG HUGS! I love your honesty and I feel blessed that I found you and Fitbloggin’.

    Secondly, I do almost exclusively organic, but I don’t feel like I am a nut about it. We made the choice to go organic after reading Food Rules, I think it was, and we went whole hog and joined a co-op…mostly so I wouldn’t have to shop at more than one grocery store. : )

    I totally agree though, organic junk food is still junk food. Organic cookies are still cookies.

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    January 11, 2012

    Sorry, one mor thing. Kathleen’s comment made me think of a quote that I think of when I start to compare myself to anything.

    “One of the reasons we struggle with insecurity is because we are comparing our behind-the-scenes with others highlight reels.”

    I’m not sure who said it, or where I read it, but it really does some things up for me.

    Ok, you’re invited to Italy – want to make that your first global destination? :)

    Fat-O-Meter

    January 11, 2012

    Just discovered your site today, while looking for the Weight Watchers calculator. I have just begun my journey from fat to healthy on the 8th of this year and I was inspired to come across someone who as accomplished what I aim to do. I will be a regular reader and look forward to learning more about you and how you succeeded. I invite you to follow my progress at fat-o-meter.com.

    Dani

    January 11, 2012

    It’s so great to see your face and hear your voice! 30 minutes, 60 minutes, whatever you want to do, we’ll listen.You are balancing SO MANY THINGS! I just can’t imagine doing all that and doing it as well as you do. Thank you so much for all the inspiration you provide!

    Erin

    January 11, 2012

    LOVE the podcast (welcome back!!) Talk as long as you want :-] You are an inspiration and from someone who had battled her weight her ENTIRE life and is finally on the path to getting the whole package under control (some days better than others) I appreciate all your insight and honestly and advice. Thank you for sharing your time with us and your experiences! and I would totally talk to you at the gym :-} Keep up the amazing work…I know you are crazy busy (I have 2 little ones too!) so it means a lot that you share what little time you have with us. You make a difference. Every day. Every post. Thank you!

    Melanie

    January 12, 2012

    What a great podcast! Have you seen Broadcast News? Holly Hunter’s character has an awesome cry once a day. My mom has always preached this to us haha that sometimes you just need to get it out. I am a crier and your post made me feel better about that. Crying is the normal emotional response and rids your body of toxins ta boot! Haha anyways I think every woman I have ever met has had issue with her arms (thinking they are fat) I look back at when I was in high school and I thought that- I was nuts and I tell myself now that when I am 90 I will be thinking I am nuts now for not wearing sleeveless things. I have always had muscler arms even when I was at a healthy weight and that is just what I was given in this life and thank goodness for them because they allow be to hold my children one on each hip and hug and kiss them too! It is like “fake it till you make it” Getting out there and wearing the tank tops and climbing walls and wearing shorts. This is life- this is all we get- so who cares what we look like? That is the truth sista We all be crying when we talk about the body issue stuff honeychild
    Take care :)

    Laura James

    January 12, 2012

    YAY!!!!!!! So glad this is up! I have been missing your podcasts. Since we seem to be sharing stories of how you are involved in our real lives, I am forever telling my fiance “Roni said this”, or “I saw this on Roni’s blog”. The first few times he was a little confused, but you’re now a pretty well known girl in our house =)
    It’s so nice that you take the time to share yourself and your advice with us all. THANK YOU!!

    Patty at A Day in My NYC

    January 12, 2012

    Roni! I’ve missed your podccasts and hearing your voice.I love what you said about making the time. It’s what I am struggling the most with these days. Being a caregiver to my dad is a challenge that I haven’t figured out yet. Even though my mom and sister are here helping, exhaustion kicks in for all of us and I’ll be honest food choices are the first to go. I’ll keep trying every week and see what works. I think that’s all I can do. I started taking new vitamins to see if I feel less tired and then more apt to plan better for workouts and exercise. Thanks again for always being so amazing!

    I love the hour long podcasts. I split the viewing in two days…double the fun! :)

    Lynette S.

    January 12, 2012

    Roni, Roni, Roni everyday that I read/see you I thank goodness for the typo that brought me to your original URL. Your honesty and openness is so refreshing and so appreciated, a million thanks!

    As for time, I generally prefer 30, but this was so good, I finished my workout and listened to the rest while making the Kid lunch, so whatever works for you!

    AlisonG

    January 13, 2012

    Hi Roni,
    Thanks for answering my questions. I really like it when you experiment with the veggies, and do the produce picks. I am trying spaghetti squash tonight, funny timing. If there is leftovers I will try your wrap recipe. You sound like you are gettin back in the groove again, so glad you are doing better.

    christina

    January 13, 2012

    Can someone teach me something? I subscribed to the podcast on itunes with the plan to synch it onto my ipod to listen to while Im on the treadmill but I cant seem to get it from my computer to my ipod.

    roni

    January 13, 2012

    Are other things syncing? If so then you probably just have to select that you wants podcasts to sync too. When you ipod is plugged in go to it in itunes, click on podcasts at the top and make sure “sync podcasts” is checked.

    Christina

    January 14, 2012

    Yay for podcasts! I think you are great and help differentiate your blog from other weight loss blogs that can get boring. Loving you are doing them again!

    BTW, dont know if you saw this quote on FB: “dont reward yourself with food, you are not a dog”. Made me laugh and have been reminding myself of it when I reach for a food reward!

    Mehgann

    January 15, 2012

    I love the podcasts, and I too will listen or watch them until they are over, no matter how long. :) I’ve been a long time fan…you’ve probably seen me here before. But one thing really struck me about this, and I just wanted to share…the body image issue. Oh, the body image issue! How we all struggle. I have two sisters, and it’s funny, because one has always been the glamorous, beautiful one, one has always been the fit, healthy one, and I was always the tall but fat one. Well, recently, glamorous gained a lot of weight. She has always had body image issues that she vocalized to the point of ridiculous, especially since she always looked perfect. But now that she doesn’t, I finally found someone to open up to about my problems, and let me tell you, she was SHOCKED. She told me that she always envied my ability to accept myself for who I was and not care about what people thought, which is so funny because I DO care!!! I just didn’t say it because I knew how much I hated hearing it from Ms. Perfect all the time. Now, I have someone to talk to who loves me for who I am and who genuinely is struggling with all the same things I struggle with, and it has made all the difference in the world. This was me getting out of MY comfort zone…telling someone with whom I have always competed with (as sisters do) about my insecurities and the fact that I DON’T like being the “tall, fat one”. And it’s amazing…I feel free from having to hide behind my sense of humor and the wall of indifference that I spent 33 years building. If your issue is wearing a tank top or a tight sweater, or just eating in front of others or whatever…DO IT!!! It will change your life.

    Kim

    January 15, 2012

    I love your podcasts and listen while exercising. I prefer the 30 minute ones, but I can deal either way.

    Anne

    January 19, 2012

    Hi Roni,
    Thank you for your inspirational podcast….I took notes….it was really good! I have been reading your blog for about a year now and have very slowly been losing weight. The last question you answered inspired me. I have not always been very good about finding time for myself. After hearing what motivates you and how you go about making time….well, I thought I should start making the time to do what’s important for my weight loss journey. Thank you!

    Terri

    January 21, 2012

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Roni I have just found your website after searching for the old WW program. I loved your podcast and learned a lot. I have decided to cook more at home (limit eating out to once a week) and we have stuck to this for all of January. It is really working well. I am learning not only how to plan meals, but to buy the right vegetables, and getting a pattern for keeping the kitchen clean. I have two older kids that load the dishwasher and my husband helps too. It really is about making the priority to eat a healthy meal for me and my family. My next step is to start exercising and I have to see the priority that it really needs to be. I loved the Podcast. You are awesome.

    RG

    January 22, 2012

    Wow to the body image question. I don’t have that level of issues with it, but I do have some, and probably cover that up with rationalizations. It’s helpful to hear you talk about it, not even so much as to hear how you solved it for yourself, but the honesty of it.

    I’m still not sure. I was thinking specifically about relationships I’ve been in where it felt image-imbalanced, like I was a 7 dating a 9 or 10. I bring other things to the table, and image is not the only thing much less the most important thing. But it felt like a metaphor about values, that I could be closer to the 9 or 10 if I chose to value that more and value other things less.

    I don’t know if this makes any sense outside my head, but it feels important. That society doesn’t just hand down pronouncements about the ideal body, but the ideal SAT score, the ideal art or businesswoman or mother. And we get to pick and choose which of these ideals we hold ourselves to. Those choices lead to other choices, in terms of a mate and friends and a tribe, a community. I think if I can see where my negative self-talk leads, the implications it makes about the rest of my life, then maybe I can talk myself into seeing that I am a 10 on the scale that matters.

    Sherri

    January 27, 2012

    Quick question on the popcorn maker you mentioned. I thought about picking one up as I love the approach of cutting the additives out of the microwave bags. Is it possible to make a smaller batch in these machines or do you have to always use the 1/2 cup of kernels. Thanks for your response, I appreciate it. Hopefully, I will be getting one this weekend :)

    roni

    January 27, 2012

    In the instruction it says not to but I’ve had no problems making as little as I want. There’s more of a problem when you try to make more.

    Theresa

    February 24, 2012

    Roni I loved your podcast! Even if I am a month behind! Lol just wanted to let you know that you are not alone, I teared up right along with you! Anyone who has dealt with large weight loss will probably get where you are coming from. Keep up the great work that you do! I also agree with everything that Kathleen said, yes I teared up reading her post too!