One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


February Podcast: Running After Baby, Getting Started, Raising Eaters, Cals vs. Points, Habit Eating

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Please excuse any foot in mouth slip ups or nonsensical ramblings. I recorded this month’s podcast so fast I can’t even remember what I said!

Topics include…

  • Running after baby.
  • Why would you do if you were having trouble making the lifestyle changes you want so desperately to make but can’t seem to get your brain on board with it?
  • Getting started.
  • Raising good eaters – a ramble.
  • Points or Calories
  • Habit Eating

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    February 25, 2012

    Great video. I love the fireplace. like a fireside chat!

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    February 25, 2012

    I think you are spot on about changing plans to suit where you are are right now. I used to be a WW, but that doesn’t work for me now. I know that journaling just leads me to obsessing about every little bite. I also am learning what works for me exercise wise and I’m less likely to jump into something just because “every else is doing it”. I’m learning, day by day, to find out works for me today.


    February 25, 2012

    i love your podcasts :)


    February 26, 2012

    RUN WITH baby (before and after). Put food out there and don’t worry if they don’t eat it. A kid will not starve themselves to death. They will eat what is available. If you start food wars you will end up with a kid who may develop an eating disorder! I have seen this.


    February 26, 2012

    We never had soda in our house, but my dh drinks it away from home and my kids would beg for it whenever we were in a restaurant or at someone else’s house. So, we instituted “soda Saturday”. The kids can have one soda on Saturday and that’s it for the week. If they ask for a soda on a Tuesday when we’re eating out, the answer is, “Is it Saturday?”. It works like a charm.

    I joined WW at the end of November and have found that counting points makes me far less obsessive than counting calories. It’s less exact, which somehow makes me feel okay about being over or under by a couple of points.


    February 26, 2012

    I started weight watchers recently after being a calorie counter for so long. I find that WW allows me to EAT, which is what I want to do. It allows me to control my cravings and bad relationship with food.


    February 27, 2012

    Roni, I LOVE your podcasts. You are SO relatable!! I love the ‘what works for you’ attitude on counting calories versus WW. If more people just tried your ideas of do what works for you and baby steps, the world would be healthier.
    Can you give me some ideas why diet soda is worse? In my head I should know it is worse, but I work night shift and dont enjoy coffee, so I feel like my Diet Mountain Dew keeps me awake on my shifts. Please tell me how bad it is for me so I can try and kick it :)
    Again, you are just awesome. Just this morning I was clicking through your progress pics. I am 5’9″ and started my journey about 212 pounds. I am now 175ish and it is motivating to look at your pics and see how much better you look at each picture, and know I can look at great as you if I keep working at it. THANK YOU for being a motivator :) Have a great day!


    February 27, 2012

    I hear you when you talk about “lashing out” with food. I call it deprivation eating…so yeah, now would be a good time for me to stop counting calories!


    February 27, 2012

    so inspiring! Thank you! I loved you talking about baby steps, and all the time before that too! From like 6:30- 20 something minutes REALLY REALLY hit home for me!! And I know for my sister as well! <3 you!!


    February 27, 2012

    Around the 30 minute mark I think I nodded my head at least a dozen times. My mom is my daycare provider for my 2 and 3 year old and she underwent gastric bypass in 2002 and since then has managed to live on candy and carbs and I see it happening to my kids. I’m getting ready to sit down with my mom and come up with meal ideas and “rules” about what they are allowed to have and I’m nervous she won’t stick to it:( My 2 year old is now at the point he won’t eat anything at dinner and he doesn’t complain or ask for food later, he honestly is fine skipping almost every dinner because he eats so many snacks and packaged food at my mom’s house. I’ve looked over your school lunch ideas for inspiration so thank you for that! If Evan goes to a daycare when he’s a toddler, would you approach the daycare provider from day 1 about food? Or would you just control the environment at your house? Thanks for a great podcast!


    February 28, 2012

    First, let me just say I wish I could have had your aha moment when I plateaued at my lowest weight. Instead I kept fighting the scale and fighting with the voices in my head (crazy, I know). I beat myself so much and considered myself a failure because I couldn’t lose those last 11 pounds…BUT I HAD LOST 60 POUNDS!
    At this point in my life I am a stay at home mom with two kids, my youngest is 16 months. I gained some weight before the pregnancy and at this point I’m still dealing with 50 extra pounds.
    This pod cast reminded me of so many things when I first started Weight Watchers. I completely agree with the taking a moment in the a.m. to figure out dinner. When I worked full time I mastered the 30 minute meal.
    I’m not having the success I had with WW the first time. I think it is because I am in a different place. You’ve got me really thinking about whether or not I should keep my membership. I did not do WW as long as you, but after 2 yrs I know what to select at restaurants/grocery store/buffets. I also know how to stock my fridge and feed the family making healthy choices. When you start beating yourself up for not counting (that whole I was good or bad today) then it’s starting to backfire. I think that I may just focus on the food journaling. I also like the baby steps! Before the baby I was working out every day for at least 45 minutes. I find it hard to get the energy now, but you reminded me that it doesn’t have to be this all or nothing attitude. Picking 2 days sounds perfect and it’s like you said…it grows. Once you get that work out in, you just feel so good! Thanks again Roni for another fabulous podcast! Sorry for my ramble! Esp. since it’s just a comment lol! You make me chatty;-)

    Love your fireside chats :) There’s something about traveling for me which is just like your car rides – I get sooo snacky in airports and I seem to be in more of them lately. So now I pack at least 1-2 snacks, even one which is a little indulgent, so I don’t wander the aisles and buy something “for the road.” It usually works. If there’s a delay, all bets are off :)


    February 29, 2012

    Brandi – That’s exactly my approach. I control home as much so I don’t worry about when he’s out. Your mom seems different though. Maybe just give her a limit, or a no food after this time kind of rule.


    March 1, 2012

    Love the podcasts…thank you for taking the time to do so! I just wanted to share a quote that I read somewhere (maybe pinterest?) and I have no idea who said it but its funny and I actually use it as a mantra… “Do not reward yourself with food…you are not a dog”. Its so silly but so true! I find myself “treating” myself with food…just like you- when the kids are in bed I am like YAHOO lets have ice cream. ugh! Posted the quote on my fridge- its a nice reminder and makes me smile! keep up the awesome work!

    Christine (in CA)

    March 1, 2012

    I took your advise In Dec last year and tried getting up 1 day per week at 5:30 and going to swim team. I haven’t swam since college (first day I though I was gonna die) and got past the walking to the pool in my suit. I am up to 60 minutes 2-3 times per week. Thank you for the much needed advise!


    March 1, 2012

    Erin – You mean this one?



    March 2, 2012

    OMG… do you think I am the biggest dork ever…quoting your own blog…on your blog? these are the moments where i simply blame parenthood and mommybrain. BUT to prove i am not totally insane I DID see it on pinterest too!!!

    did I redeem myself a little? :-}


    March 4, 2012

    Thank you Roni! you hit the nail on the head with this podcast. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to answer our questions.


    March 4, 2012

    Erin – Not at all Erin. It actually happens all the time! lol


    March 18, 2012

    You’re exactly right – weight loss is an evolution of self. What works up front might not work towards the end. Switching it up is key! Great podcast!