One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

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My Weight Loss A-Ha Moment

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I hinted about this post on Sunday and honestly, it’s been brewing in me for days. I just needed a quiet moment to actually collect my thoughts (without a baby in tow) and attempt to communicate them in a way that makes sense. Now that I have that moment, I’m pretty sure I’ll still ramble on excessively. Expect a long one and please forgive me for that cheesy "A-Ha" photo.

As you may know I’ve been trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight for 10 months now. Baby number 2 came almost 6 years after baby number 1 and 5 years after a 70lb weight loss that I have maintained happily (minus pregnancy gain of course.) I not only lost weight back then but I started to find myself. For as long as I can remember weight loss and a bad body image dominated my thoughts. (Read more of my weight history on the My Story page.)

If you’ve been reading for some time you know this. You’ve been on this journey with me. Maybe you were there when I reached goal in 2006 or when I had the tummy tuck or made the decisions to join a gym to or the first time I ran 5k on a treadmill.

*sigh* Running. Now there’s something I never thought I’d EVER do. Yet you were there the first time I ran a 5k and 5 miles and 10 and my first half and, in-spite of a rough year, a marathon. Yes, I ran a FREAKIN’ Marathon. To say it now it still seems unreal, impossible and unbelievable. So does climbing a rock wall and doing a pull-up but I did all of those things.

Yes, now I’m crying.

Over the years my approach to losing and maintaing weight ebbed and flowed. I went from weekly weighing to daily to none at all. I food journaled on paper, in email, twitter and even Excel. I counted points and ate intuitively. My diet has slowly shifted from convenience based foods (100 cal packs, Frozen Dinners) to more and more whole and unprocessed options.

For Pete’s Sake my favorite things to eat now are winter squashes and kale! Who am I?

No, really.

Who am I?

Well…

I am now someone who not only wakes up at 5:30 AM to go to the gym but WANTS to wake up at 5:30 to go to the gym because I know from experience how awesome I feel the rest of the day.

I am now someone who is not afraid to be naked in front of her husband. That may have been a bit TMI but it’s true and I know some of you out there know where I’m coming from.

I am now someone who can wear a bathing suit on a beach and enjoy herself. Not because I’m sporting the perfect body but because I’m having too much fun with my family to care what anyone else thinks.

I’m now someone who can go out to eat and not feel controlled by food, overwhelmed at the menu or anxious about making the right choice.

I am now someone who doesn’t starve herself after eating something "bad" and then sneaks food when no one is looking.

I am now someone who doesn’t shy away from things she wants to do or try or experience.

I am now someone who doesn’t care what the scale says because of everything listed above<–THAT was My A-Ha Moment.

These thoughts all came flooding to me when I received this comment from Tina on my latest weigh-in post….

Roni, did you ever think that possibly giving up the journaling might work in your favor? I see that you go back and forth with it, I think that you know by now exactly what your body needs and doesn’t need. I know that emotions play a huge part in that at times, but I think in my experience that “so called” dieting or keeping track always set me up for a binge at some point. Since I gave up counting points, calories etc. I have seen the most progress in my weight, and I also feel more relaxed with food. Just a thought.

Tina pointed out something I think I’ve been afraid to admit because it takes me further and further away from where I started and for some reason that’s scary. Here I thought I was doing the right thing by following my own example of what worked for me in the past.

6 years ago I counted points, food journaled and blogged my way to weight loss. It worked then so why shouldn’t it work now?

Ohhh yea… because I’m not the same person I was back then. I don’t need to learn what a portion is or that a banana is a better choice then pretzels or that drinking my calories isn’t "worth it." I don’t need a daily limit to stop me from eating because I can’t tell the difference between hunger or boredom or stress or exhaustion.

I’m not saying I know it all now but I know myself and I’ve learned a lot over the years. Why am I forcing myself to do something that’s not working for me now and why aren’t I trusting myself? Oh! and for Heaven’s sake WHY do I need to see some stupid number on some stupid scale when I am everything I ever wanted to be?

Happy.

~*~*~*~

P.S. I wanted to end the post right there on a "happy" note (pun intended) but while writing this I got an email from Annalisa and I feel the need to share it in this post.

Hi Roni! This is not an ask-Roni question but really a thank you. I’ve read your blog for a few years and I’ve always found you inspirational. Quick background – I lost 50 lbs a few years ago and kept it off until I had my first baby 9 months ago. I’m struggling with losing the weight. I’m 40lbs heavier that I am used to being and it gets demotivating when nothing changes week after week (I nurse, eat clean, lots of walks, etc). I’m working on it slowly but very little is happening. Anyway, my thank you is for you continual advice to ‘live your life’. I continue to sign up for things, meet new people, be active, etc. even though I am not comfortable in my own skin. I noticed this over the weekend when I signed up for mommy and me swim classes. OMG – I had to wear a swim suit! I thought about not going but I am so GLAD I did! My daughter loved it – and so did I. I sometimes even hesitate to take pictures/videos of us as a family since I’m so much bigger but I realize this is a time in my life I don’t get to repeat so I need to suck it up and embrace everything around me. I don’t think I would have this attitude if I haven’t read your blog all these years. I would truly be a SAHM and never leave the house. Instead, I bought bigger pants and kept going. Thank you!

This blog started out as a weight loss journal but now it means so much more to me and hopefully, to you. I don’t mind helping people lose weight, it’s how I got started on this whole journey. But what I really want to do is change people attitudes about themselves, their bodies and their lives. That’s my real goal. Weight loss is just the byproduct.

Thank YOU Annalisa for solidifying my A-Ha moment. :)



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Discussion

There are 71 comments so far.

    KCLAnderson (Karen)

    January 31, 2012

    LOVE…love this post, love you!

    Tina

    January 31, 2012

    Roni, I’m so happy that you had this A-HA moment! You are so right. You are different now. You have all that knowledge ingrained in you. Keep doing what you are doing : )

    Mary

    January 31, 2012

    My goodness… now I’m crying for a wonderful woman that I’ve never met but who has opened up my world.

    Thanks Roni.

    A-Ha!

    LindsayDianne

    January 31, 2012

    I too have gone through a slew of weight loss, and while I know in my MIND that I look lovely… I still see that huge person in the mirror. I’m not a runner, I walk more than anything else.. But I’m just so desperate for my mind to catch up to what I truly look like.
    So I’m not ashamed to stand naked in front of MY partner.
    So thanks for writing this. It gives me hope.

    Mama Laughlin

    January 31, 2012

    I have been an avid reader for years, but I seldom comment.
    I love this post and what it/you stand for.
    I just had my 2nd baby in November and after my first in 2009 I lost over 60 lbs. with you helping me (without knowing it).
    I love that I am now able to help OTHERS do the same.
    I am now trying to lose the last bit of this weight and hope to Pay it Forward, much like you have done to so many of your readers without even realizing it.

    Teresa

    January 31, 2012

    thanks roni!! another awesome inspiring post!!! you rock:)

    Debbie

    January 31, 2012

    i am sobbing and exactly what i needed! this is an amazing post. thank you :)

    Sabrina

    January 31, 2012

    Thanks Roni for all you do, thank you for writing this post and thank you for including Annalisa’s letter…because that is where I am RIGHT NOW…Love love love this…Keep being who you are!!!

    KarenJ

    January 31, 2012

    As someone who’s been at this for over 25 years, I can tell you that you grow and learn and go through stages. Congrats for realizing that you’re ready to move on to the next level. The worst thing that can happen when you have a weight “issue” is to stay stuck in your thinking or process. I lost weight with WW but no longer need the program, I’ve moved on. May I suggest to you and anyone who is where you are, that you read the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS. For me, this was the next stage of being able to trust myself to do the right (and healthy) thing.

    Miz

    January 31, 2012

    LOVELOVE
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    Nicole

    January 31, 2012

    I am so happy for you I am hoping to be right where you are soon.

    LisaM

    January 31, 2012

    I’m glad you kept going after the happy photo, because you ended with the most inspired thought in your whole post – it’s your attitude about yourself, your body, and your life that’s important, and weight loss is just the byproduct. If your attitudes are in line, you will want to eat right, exercise, etc, and that’s the only important goal. If the number on the scale doesn’t drop to what you think it should, then you are doing what you need to do to be healthy and so be it. Case in point is you, Roni. You could not be a more glowing picture of health and cuteness, and it doesn’t make any sense to me either why that number shows up on your scale. So who gives a crap, huh?

    Lissa

    January 31, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. So eloquently said. HAPPY. Everything you want to be. AMEN, sister, amen!

    Mehgann

    January 31, 2012

    You are a beautiful person.

    Cori Roffler

    January 31, 2012

    LOVE … my favorite post to date. I found your website a mere month ago and it’s been such a blessing. About to turn the big 4-0 this year and I’ve decided to drop all the dieting drama. I know “how to diet”. But I didn’t know how to love myself and learning that has made all the difference. My weight loss journey this time has been effortless, though not without a few stumbles. But as my love for myself is growing, as you say the “weight loss is just a byproduct”. Thank you Roni … and as always, looking forward to your next post.

    Lisa (sunnystl)

    January 31, 2012

    **Sigh** I just love this! You have a way with getting the point across big time! I am at the stage I have to count right now, if i dont I will go off course I just know it. Someday I hope to be at my ah-ha moment with you too!

    Thanks Roni!!

    Julie

    January 31, 2012

    I’m also one that’s a longtime fan but never posted and I’m blinking back tears as I type this. What a wonderful a-ha moment, thank you so much for sharing. You’re an inspiration to us all!

    Mylene

    January 31, 2012

    Amen to that! :) I love it!

    Jeni

    January 31, 2012

    Fabulous post! Being strong and fit and healthy and happy with yourself is SO much better than being thin! I just wish it wouldn’t have taken me almost 37 years to know that.

    shauna

    January 31, 2012

    Roni, just when I think I couldn’t love you more you come up with this one. Fabulous post and so glad that you are happy :)

    Kelly Eaton

    January 31, 2012

    Love this post! Love you for writing it! Love you! <3

    Tara

    January 31, 2012

    SUCH A BEAUTIFUL POST RONI!

    Carrie

    January 31, 2012

    Thank you!…I think this has been one of your best posts. And I’ve been reading since before the tummy tuck :) You are an inspiration to a lot of people. (me included) I’m in a place where I know what I need to do, I’m doing it. But this time it’s different. When I lost my weight before, I wasn’t working, wasn’t going to nursing school at night, and didn’t have an active 3yo that wanted to do everthing that mommy does. So, now I accept the fact that I am tired on some mornings, and cannot physically get out of bed for a run at 5:00 beings I just left the hospital at midnight. I accept the fact that I eat A LOT of leftovers. But at least it is something I cooked and I know it’s healthy. This time around may be slower, it may be harder for the above mentioned reasons, but it’s also more statifying. I’m actually enjoying it this time. Savoring every moment…Thanks for sharing your A-Ha moment!!

    Aimee

    January 31, 2012

    You have inspired and motivated me for years now. It is so much more than just losing the weight. It’s developing confidence, learning to love myself no matter what I weigh and living life to the fullest rather than waiting to be a particular size. As I struggle with those last 20 pounds to a healthier weight, thank you for reminding me that we are more than just a number on the scale or a BMI chart. I love what you do and hope you plan to continue for a long time to come. Thank you.

    Natalia

    January 31, 2012

    i’m glad you had this realization. been reading your blog now for several years and had noticed this subtle, yet significant transition.

    bravo, roni. bravo.

    Marissa

    January 31, 2012

    I have to agree with the above posts. This is one of your best posts yet. I found you after I had lost 60lbs with Weight Watchers. You continue to inspire me on a daily basis!
    I love this post.
    Love it.
    Love it.
    Love it.
    We are always changing and hopefully;-) growing. This post has me re-thinking my weight-loss goals. It shouldn’t be about the number or fitting into a certain size. It’s about the fact that I want to live a long healthy life for my kids. To be HERE now. Not waiting for some magic number. I want to live a healthy life and be a role model for my kiddos. Thank you again for sharing your A-Ha post and helping me to get to my A-Ha moment.

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    January 31, 2012

    Perfect! I needed to read this.

    I’ve been angry I’m not back to my “happy” weight after lots of health issues. I keep pushing myself to find a way to lose the weight. Everything leads me to feeling bad. But when I focus on how active I am, how healthy I’m eating and how much my health has improved I feel good. I need to remember those things more often.

    Thank you again!

    Lisa

    January 31, 2012

    WOW so true thank you for sharing your AHA moment every person has to take their own journey but we can use all the help we can get there. I love your honesty that you share with us sharing your day to day thanks and congrats on being happy after all that is what we strive to be in the end is just plain old HAPPY

    Lisa J

    Julie

    January 31, 2012

    Thank you for this post. I am currently working on my weight and training for my first half. Really what I am looking for is that AHA moment. This is a real eye opener to quite caring what everyone else is thinking, and quit trying to figure out what they are thinking. Think for yourself and live your life NOW! Thank you!

    Great post! I’ve been reading your blog since way back when you were Weight Watchen, and you are really inspiring. Readers can totally see your transformation. I’m really trying to get there myself, but it’s a long road. I think I’ve made some progress, but sometimes I’m not sure. I’ve really started to live my life the way I want to, though, even though I have 100 pounds still to lose.

    Julie

    January 31, 2012

    You are an amazing person, Roni. Thank you, and thank you!!!! If this was a facebook post, I would have wanted to like it ten thousand times!! (or more. lol)

    MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan

    January 31, 2012

    I also have been reading you for-ever, and I just love this post. It’s more ‘you’ than anything you’ve ever posted. And I love that last photo of you – you look so FIT and HAPPY <3

    Sammy D

    January 31, 2012

    I have been following your blog for a couple of months. This post just really hit home for me. But, wow easier said then done, don’t you think? Stepping back I too can see how far I have come from being 70 pounds heavier and sedentry to running half marathons, working out regularly and riding centuries. But that damn scale just does not get to the number in my head I think it should be. (The number it was at 30 years ago when I was 22) Just 10 little pounds and I cannot just let it go. I have even had a stranger on the street I see during my morning jog stop and tell me how good I look and I still can’t let go of that damn number. Your post makes me really wanna try harder to just let go and trust this is the right place to be.

    Marissa

    January 31, 2012

    I had to post one more time because I forget to tell you how amazing you look in your picture! You look healthy, fit, confident and SO happy! Which just adds up to a beautiful woman! Hell, you are wearing horizontal stripes and look like a pixie, lol! I know it’s easier said than done, but forget about that scale and just look at that picture! You are radiant!

    Ana

    January 31, 2012

    Wow Hit the spot!!!! love the post

    Laura

    January 31, 2012

    Ahhhh Roni….this world needs a ton more people like you in it! I love sitting down at the end of the day opening my laptop and seeing what you have to say.

    Thank you for all that you do for all of us!

    Lynette S.

    January 31, 2012

    Thank you.

    Janet Oberholtzer

    January 31, 2012

    Love this!
    After my injuries before I returned to running, I counted calories for a few years, because I didn’t want to gain weight as I recovered. It worked.
    But recently I realized that I’m still following a path that I don’t need to anymore… I now know more about healthy living, eating whole foods and working out than I did before… and since I’m back to running and being active, I can enjoy more food than I did for a few years. I love the freedom I feel… and it sounds like you are feeling the same!

    s

    January 31, 2012

    moving post!

    Kelly Cheesehead

    February 1, 2012

    Thank you for coming into my life you make it brighter every day!
    Much love!

    Amilja

    February 1, 2012

    I love this post. So, so true.

    Christina

    February 1, 2012

    Love this post!! You are so inspiring! Thank you for all you do!

    I’m sitting here in tears so happy for you. I envy you for being at that point in your journey where you can truly say you’ve got this and I know that seeing inspirational people like you making it will only help me on my own adventure. Thank you for continually sharing so much of yourself!

    Michelle

    February 1, 2012

    My goodnes Roni…..once again you have “wow’d” me….I don’t know how else to say it:) I needed this SO MUCH. I’ve been kind of stuck lately, flip flopping. Just this morning I told myself “you are wearing size 14 jeans, not your 16’s, not your 18’s, get over yourself and be happy, And kudos to Annalisa….awesome!!
    This is why I come here everyday. Thank you Roni. I’m off to have a Sensationel Wednesday!

    Kathy

    February 1, 2012

    thanks for the reinforcing thoughts! I am always exicited for young women to get this and I think you’ve got it. thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us. We all struggle with something but being healthy and a good example for your children is what it is all about!

    Laurie

    February 1, 2012

    I wish this was facebook with a like button! Wonderful inspirational post. I wish I could take back years of not living life to the fullest or worrying too much. Today is a new day

    Kristi

    February 1, 2012

    Wow, I got the “goosebumps”. THANKS AGAIN! So much an inspiration… so much real… it’s so awesome that you can put all this into words because I know for myself it helps me sort out my own thoughts, think more clearly, and put my goals into practice – into life! I will also solidify that your goal “to live life” has helped me in so many ways. I’m quite a ways from my goal yet, but never have I felt this good about the journey! This time it’s all about how I feel (love working out, how i feel inside and out mentally emotionally and physically when i do vs. don’t, take care of my whole person – be it eating right or taking a me day…) i’m also focussig on the little things and all i CAN do and how doing the right things add up, even though slowly… Just thanks again for helping us all on our journey!

    Molly

    February 1, 2012

    Roni, I truely enjoyed this post! Thank you for being a great blogger.

    Svanhvit

    February 1, 2012

    You just put it down perfectly yet again! This is amazing! And I am happy to say that I share a lot of those feelings. I may not be quite as far down the road on my journey but this past year has made such a major difference for me!

    Thank you for this. It´s wonderful!

    roni

    February 1, 2012

    Laurie – You inspired me to get my butt in gear and add the Facebook button to the top of my posts! Thanks. :)

    Kathy

    February 1, 2012

    “I am now someone who can wear a bathing suit on a beach and enjoy herself. Not because I’m sporting the perfect body but because I’m having too much fun with my family to care what anyone else thinks.”

    Best statement ever!

    Jaki (Slim Down U)

    February 1, 2012

    This is such an awesome post. I’m glad you have figured out what works for you and makes you happy at this point in your life. Some people never figure that out for themselves. :)

    Stephanie

    February 1, 2012

    This was an AMAZING post! You are so right, after a while you know when you are eating well or not…we pretty much all do, but if accountability by food journaling isnt working, move on to something else, or nothing at all in your case. I think when you hit a point where you realize you are a great person and you feel good in your own skin no matter how much you weight it is the most powerful thing EVER. I am not 100% there yet myself, but getting closer. I have only been following for about a year, but I have read alot of the back history and I would also like to extend a big THANK YOU for sharing your life and every personal detail with your readers, you are obviosly making a big difference in peoples lives, including mine!

    Christine (in CA)

    February 1, 2012

    Happy being me! Love it!
    I am still working on my “happy being me” and I too got back in a swim suit in December. I am not was) a swimmer and swam competitively through my teens through the first two years of college. Being an athlete while young I made many mistakes eating because I could and never gained an ounce. When I married young I gained 135lbs and started to withdraw from all the thinks I loved including competitive swimming.
    DD is petite and curly like me so being Mom encouraged her to get out and move. She joined a competitive team 2 years ago and inspired me to just do it. I joined the Masters swim team(over 18yo) two months ago after a 25 years. Getting up at 5:30am to train for 1 hour is so worth it because after every workout I feel so good and ask myself why did I let ME stop me? I have lost 95lbs 4 years ago and still work on ignoring the “jiggle” when I walk to the pool in the morning. I am not perfect and not at goal weight but I am strong and feel good and just me.

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    February 1, 2012

    Great post Roni! I was a weight watcher, point counter, obsessed with looking up the calories of every morsel I was eating.

    Then I would give up, gain the weight back and do it all over again.

    Since December of last year – I decided no more! I’m eating food I love in the right amount and exercising more. Right now I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been in years and it’s so much more fun this time.

    I know what’s right and what is wrong – but I don’t go nuts if I go off plan and let go of everything until I’m back on. I’m always on, it’s my life!

    And I’ve been a reader through ALL of that stuff you talked about – one thing I specifically remember is when your computer crashed and you lost like 2 years of stuff! I always have a fear of that happening to me, so I back up everything just in case.

    Have a great day Roni!

    Katrin

    February 1, 2012

    What a great achievement for you. What a big moment to not be controlled by food. I am currently going through my journey to become healthier. I am close to 80 lbs lost and started running. I have had ups and downs but I have really come to understand and appreciate this is a lifestyle change. I have also recently started a blog and this is very out of character for me to do. I am thoroughly enjoying the adventure. Who knows, what else I can do. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Christine

    February 1, 2012

    Loved this post.

    Oh, and I read an article the other day that instead of talking about intuitive eating, it discussed intuitive cooking–made me think of you. I definitely think you are an intuitive cooker, and successful at it.

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    February 1, 2012

    You have been at this a lot longer than I have but from MY experience, stopping journalling was bad. I did good at first, then I got overconfident and it slowly just got worse. Denial creeped back quietly. I didn’t SEE on paper that I hate 3 handfuls of nuts so I didn’t think of them again. It slipped away. i had lost over 100 lbs. then stayed the same for a long time. (I still had a LOT to lose). Then for the last year I’ve been creeping up and have been finding it hard to “care” and I don’t know why. I’m in a good streak now but I’m about 40 lbs. higher than my low. Moral of the story, be careful and don’t be quick to end the journalling. Just my opinion. :-)

    Danielle

    February 1, 2012

    Great post, Roni! You always have been and always will be an amazing inspiration! Love you!

    Paula

    February 1, 2012

    Great post. I am gong through a rough patch. I lost 30 pounds by calorie counting, tracking my calories and it has worked. But now I want a different relationship with food. I have been so much happier this past month with my life and everything in it. Thanks for pointing out that what worked in the past may not be working now as I am not the same person I was 2 years ago.

    Teresa

    February 1, 2012

    Roni, I love you. But are you saying you don’t point anymore? I mean I can understand if you’re not because you’ve been doing it for a while and like you said you know what you’re doing. While I hate having to point and measure my food, I feel that I need to as I’m still new to this whole effort. It helps me learn how much is enough and what’s too much. I can’t wait til I get the point where I can make those decisions without even thinking about it. Love you!!

    roni

    February 1, 2012

    That’s what I’m saying. I’m also not food journaling anymore. And honestly, I’m not actively trying to lose anymore. I found myself getting into old cycles of “dieting” and that’s not where I want to be anymore.

    Kristen

    February 1, 2012

    I just found your blog today and I am so glad I did! I lost 50 pounds last year and was so HAPPY. I then gained 20 back and I’m now working at taking those 20 off, plus 40 more. I know your blog will be a great inspiration to me. Heck, I’ve only read one post and I’m already inspired!

    Lori

    February 2, 2012

    I have been reading since WeightWatchen and have taken this journey with you. I have moved myself from processed food to more whole foods. I have lost and have been stuck and have gained a little but all th while I move and I eat as well as I can. As some really smart person has drilled into my head “Progress not perfection”. You know what works for you and if journaling isn’t it, then don’t. If you feel in the future you need to journal again, then do it! You inspire me beyond words. Thank you. I am happy in my life also and it makes such a difference.

    Christina

    February 2, 2012

    Such a great point, that what worked for you before isn’t always the best solution for you later on. I tend to try to apply the same principles to weight loss over and over. But things change! You change. Your time changes etc. Thanks for reminding us to always re-evaluate what will work best for us now, not us 10 years ago!!

    BrookeNotOnADiet

    February 2, 2012

    Love this. You’re pretty awesome Roni! :)

    Kathleen

    February 2, 2012

    Perfect post and so timely for so many of us. I’m glad you are trusting yourself, we all should. Different things work at different times and it’s important to go with our own flow… and to be happy! Good for you and good lesson to share.

    Bearsmama

    February 3, 2012

    Hi Roni,
    Thanks so much for your blog, and more specifically, your honesty and your words tonight. Never had a weight problem until I had my first son 10 years ago. Lost 50+lbs two separate times after the births of my children. Fast forward about 5 years after the last weight loss, and I am now 70lbs. overweight. Your words encourage me to still live my life while I try to lose the pounds.
    Thanks so much for being here!
    B

    heather

    February 3, 2012

    Roni, you truly are an inspiration. I go days without going to your website but then somewhere I think of you and all your positive feedback and I miss ya so I come to see how you are and find your motivation to keep me going! Keep up the great work!

    Natalie

    September 13, 2012

    Been reading your blog for a few months now…just happened upon this post and it spoke loud and clear and is exactly what I needed! I think if you read back on this post and how you say you want to be happy, live life, help others change their attitudes…yep, I think you’re doing that and a WHOLE lot more! Thanks for…well, just being you and open…it helps to learn from others and realize we are not alone.

    Lexy

    July 9, 2015

    Hi! I just dropped by to say that I think your blog is really inspirational and your story is amazing. The way you think about yourself and your life is a lesson for all of us, and reading your posts really put me in a better mood and made me rethink some things. Thank you!