One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Tough Mudder Training
Week 5

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Wow, I’m I already 5 weeks in? That’s crazy!

Remember what I said last week about not feeling like I’m making any progress? Well, I take it back. I’m really starting to feel and see (hello triceps!) results.This week I realized in the middle of my workout that I wasn’t tired, fatigued, or sore. I was just doing it and I felt strong, in shape, even energetic.

This is what we did…

  • ~1/3 mile run
  • Run up a short hill dragging a cinderblock behind with a rope. Repeat 4 times and then return all cinderblocks back to the bottom of the hill.
  • ~1/3 mile run
  • 25 JackKnife on exercise ball on the hill. Jackknifes look like this.
  • ~1/3 mile run
  • Sand bag pull like this..

    Note: I would have more videos but it was raining. :(

  • ~1/3 mile run
  • Pushup on tire, flip tire, repeat until I hit a certain distance (around 12-15 total I think)
  • ~1/3 mile run
  • Pull weighted sled (attached with harness to my back) out and back. (all distances were the length of the rope you see in the sandbag video)
  • ~1/3 mile run
  • 15 kettle bell swings (like this) with 3 different kettle bells (10lb, 15lb, 20lb)
  • ~1/3 mile run
  • Hit tire with a sledgehammer 15 times each hand
  • ~1/3 mile run

Insane right? I mean really.. I wasn’t tired after this workout either.. I could have kept going! I’m nodding in disbelief myself. It’s amazing how much progress your body can make if you actually challenge it. I don’t think I would have believed it without experiencing it for myself.

I did this routine with my friend Carrie (the Official FitBloggin’ Photographer by the way.) It was nice to have a partner. I asked Derrick to take our picture after we were finished all soaking wet from the rain and the sweat.

You know the first thing I noticed about myself in that shot? My arm and how fat it looks. Isn’t that stupid? Isn’t it utterly ridiculous? I’m crazy and so mad at myself for even letting the thought pop in my brain.

So many people ask me how to get over the body image issue of weight loss and my response is…


Tell it to shut the hell up and DO what it is you want to do because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter how you look before you do it, while you are doing it, or after you did it. It only matters that you did.

Sorry, I didn’t mean to get all preachy there at the end. I just know so many people are listening to inner criticism and letting it cripple them. I did for far too long. I refuse to listen to it anymore.

Anyway, I have some fun running news! I’ve registered for the Ocean City Half Marathon on April 28 which happens to be my 11th Year Wedding Anniversary! The husband and I (with our good friends) are going to make a weekend out of it. I’m super excited! It’s just 2 weeks before the tough mudder so I should be ready. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing!

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    March 26, 2012

    I’ve never commented on your blog before but I just had to say that I LOVE reading it. I can relate to so many things that you talk about. It’s pretty ironic that you pointed out your arm looking fat because the first thing I noticed about that picture was how TONED and MUSCULAR your arm looked (and I’m envious by the way). Keep up the great work!


    March 26, 2012

    You are so badass. I hurt thinking about that workout! With my back I would be in the hospital before I even tried dragging anything.
    On a sarcastic note, oh yeah your mad muscles look so fat. Maybe you should lose them…:-p

    shaddup evil inner voice!!

    Wow, that workout makes me tired just reading it! You will definitely in awesome shape for your Tough Mudder. Isn’t it ironic how the first thing we notice in photos of ourselves is something negative? I do the same thing. I was going through some old photos and kept thinking things like: “Wow, was I really that big?” or “Wow, if only I could be that skinny again.” So preach on!

    Katie D.

    March 26, 2012

    You are always keeping it real, Roni! That’s what has kept me coming back to your blog all these years and why I just relate so much to you – you write down what many of us are thinking but afraid to admit and confront. Thank you for that! You are an inspiration to me! Down with those negative thoughts!!!


    March 26, 2012

    My first thought was “you can tell she has a small waist, even though her shirt is loose, how awesome”. I know my stomach would be right up against the shirt. Great job on the work out!


    March 26, 2012

    My first thought was how thin you look! Lean, tone and slim my friend! You rock!


    March 26, 2012

    I’m really glad that I’m not the only one who does the “omg my arms are so FAT” speech to myself… you’re completely right though – we’re our own worst enemies. The negativity never got any of us very far.

    Are you aiming for a time goal on this half?


    March 26, 2012

    You’re a freackin’ BADASS. Just to run in the rain is hardcore. Tossing around a huge tire/sandbag in the rain? ULTRA HARDCORE.

    And about the first thing you though when you saw the pic… I have a theory. We, the ones that were overweight once, got our mental self-images screwed up.

    Like I take my shirt off in front of a mirror at 9 AM, I see myself thin/muscular, but if I take a look again at 10 PM… bellyfat and skinny. And another look at 11 AM, thin and muscular again… I’m pretty sure something broke in my brain at some point, and I can just not be trusted seeing myself in the mirror or at pics. I just see totally different stuff everytime, even in the same day. So I just see what I see at the time, and move on. Don’t care about it. If I see myself fat, I say to myself “Ha, just look again in an hour or so”. Sort of what you do with the number in the scale.

    I bet if you look again at the pic, you won’t see your arm as fat. Then you look again tomorrow, you see it fat again. Sigh…


    March 27, 2012

    Funny, I saw two soaked girls enjoying a rest after an exhausting workout. Who, it appeared were wearing the same sneakers in different colors? That’s what I saw ;)


    March 27, 2012

    I only wish I had those arms!!


    March 27, 2012

    I am so jealous!!! I would love to be doing those workouts! I will heal my back and run again, yes I will!
    I couldn’t agree more with Reinado! You are badass! It could have been me or anyone that was overweight once writing that post!
    Keep it up Roni!!!


    March 27, 2012

    Reinaldo – How did you get in my head! In the same day I can see myself 20 different ways. It’s really insane! That’s why I ignore myself.


    March 27, 2012

    Shauna – I don’t really have a time goal but I’d love to do it around 2 hours. I’m running with my friends husband and I think he’s got a faster pace then I so it may push me to go a bit faster. Normally my goal is to always average a 10:00 mile.

    ana Myre

    March 27, 2012

    You look great, boy those workouts are soo good, I´m trying to convince my husband to help replicate some of them, will see, keep up the good work!!!


    March 27, 2012

    You are so right about ignoring your inner negative voice. I don’t know why it is so hard to remember that! Whenever I hear, or see myself, thinking those negative thoughts I try to come up with 2 positive things that I like about myself to counteract them.


    March 27, 2012

    My first thought was… I love how confident she is to post a picture all wet end sweaty and still look great! Second thought was a tiny waist but muscular legs, very athletic body.
    You should be very proud of your self. Your inspire so many, myself included. I started running after reading your blog and managed a 10min mile yesterday. Thanks for always posting about REAL LIFE!

    Girl, you are a warrior! I wonder if you could do those sandbag pulls with our weight bag in the basement. *wheels turning*


    March 27, 2012

    i have to echo these other comments.. you are silly girl.. i see the muscle in your arm, but anything big. And you look GREAT in spandex.. HELLO! You are amazing!


    March 27, 2012

    LOVE this! Love Reinaldo’s comment, he has it dead on doesn’t he?

    Thank you for sharing your Tough Mudder workouts too. I love the gym bag pull, I could see putting a 25 or 40lb bag of rock salt in there and doing some work myself.

    I wish you the very best!

    Sheri J

    March 27, 2012

    I saw beautiful, triumphant smiles, but I know where you are coming from. I do the same thing to myself…


    March 27, 2012

    Preach it Roni!

    I’m training for my first triathlon, and as a devout makeup-wearer I went to the pool the other morning with no makeup on because I was going to swim. And I had to have my photo taken for a monthly membership, which I didn’t know was going to happen. Eep. But I’m proud I’m doing something exciting and new in this triathlon, so I smiled for the pic, and it looks nice! It looks like me, proud to be training, sans makeup, and a little “who cares about society’s expectations”! :0)

    I also cried a bit while listening to your podcast…about your dad…me too. Me too.


    March 28, 2012

    Pictures can be the hardest. I too have kept 80+ lbs off and still find it hard to feel comfortable in my own skin at times. I have to constantly remind myself that a picture is a “snapshot”. An instant in time. It does not define me or even perhaps accurately reflect me. I can look like I have heavy arms in one photo and then in a shot taken moments later look lean and mean! We all take bad photos sometimes, like we all have bad days. It is not a reflection of us only a glimpse. Think how actors on the red carpet contort their legs to make sure that the “best angle” is captured and they look great. Then look at the beach photo taken when they aren’t looking and they can look totally different.

    I have lost weight, kept it off, I run, I am strong, I have larger thighs but they carry me far, I have stretch marks but I have seven amazing children, I make good food choices and a I make bad ones, I have bad pictures but I also have great ones ( just part of who I am )

    That being said – that is not a bad photo but what I think really doesn’t matter does it! ;)


    March 29, 2012

    I am so impressed you are doing a mudder! My husband and his friends are looking into doing one in Seattle in a few months. I would love/hate it, and I might even try to do it with them, except they would be mad at me cuz I would be the slow one. I am in better shape than my hubby, but, being almost 50, I can’t compete with the guys on the team in their late 20s.
    But I want to train with them, and You just inspired me to go for it!
    I am new to your blog, but it is fun and interesting, I will be a regular visitor from now on.
    I too am a blogger, in fact I just started blogging for She Budgets, if you go to my blog, you can link to my first article.

    I am looking forward to seeing what you are doing next!
    Thanks for sharing your journey.

    The first thing I saw when I looked at your arms was – look at those GUNS at rest! My arms don’t look skinny now but they are definitely muscular so that keeps me motivated ;)


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