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Wouldn’t it Be Fun to Find Out?

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It was a pretty lazy day. I think I’m still coming off the high of finishing the Tough Mudder (click here to see my video recap of the event). That and I’m sick. The allergy attack I had on Friday really turned into a head cold and now I have laryngitis. I can barely talk over a whisper.

Anyway, I’m here to share a few fun photos, talk about my weekend as a whole and make a fun announcement.

Saturday I left the family to frolic at the hotel pool while I tackled the mudder. Here’s some photos I didn’t have time to share yesterday.

post tough mudder gopro shot
My arms aren’t that long. I swear. lol

tough mudder team shot
My Team. :)


tough mudder mound of muddy shoes.
Mound of muddy shoes. Love that they clean them up and donate them!

manicure post-tough mudder
The pedicure just isn’t quite the same after a mudder. :)

When I got back to the hotel I ate pizza and chilled with the family. The next day we hit the pool and had a little fun with the GoPro.

I LOVE having a completely waterproof camera! There’s no viewfinder so you don’t know if you got the shot but being able to shoot under water videos…

with a camera that can survive a 1 year old…

is priceless.

Ok, I can share cheesy family photos all day but I’m actually here to make an announcement.

I’m seriously considering signing up for another Tough Mudder event.

Actually, no, I’ve decided I AM signing up for another one.

That’s how much fun I had.

I loved every second of it. The mental challenge, the physical challenge, the team work, the sense of accomplishment, the fact that my success is solely determined on how hard I work. There’s no scale involved. I’m not trying to sculpt some perfect body or fit into a certain size dress. I’m not working out to earn more points or work off a slice of cake.

It’s just not about that anymore.

I think this is why I needed to shift my blog identity a little. Weight loss will always be a big part of my history but it doesn’t define me anymore.

I hesitated sharing my desire to run the mudder and share my training. I’m not who I was when I started this blog and that’s scary for some reason.

The change didn’t happen over night. It took 6 years…

I share this history in links not to pat myself on the back or gloat about how far I’ve come but to show you change is possible. I used to avoided physical activity like the plague and now I find running around the woods and jumping in mud a perfectly acceptable way to have fun. A lot of fun.

It’s crazy, I know, but I can’t stress that my progression happened not only slowly but took me down a path I could have never predicted. It all started with a goal to move my body more and take walks. I wonder where you would end up in 6 years if you made a simular commitment.

Wouldn’t it be fun to find out?

Curious how I trained for the Mudder? Click here!



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    Roz@weightingfor50

    May 15, 2012

    Love this Roni. Congratulations on the Muddler, belated happy mother’s day, and hope you shake that nasty cold soon. LOVE the new name…love the not being defined by weight loss idea. You are truly and inspiration. Have a great week.

    Annmarie

    May 15, 2012

    Sad to read that this won’t be a weight loss blog :-(

    nic

    May 15, 2012

    I’m in! :)
    A year ago I started running a few minutes at time and now I run 4-5miles easily. Never thought I would be able to do something like that.
    Now I’m planning to sign up for my first Tough Mudder with you in 2013 and could not be more pleased with me!
    THANK YOU! For sharing.. For doing… For being YOU! :)

    Miz

    May 15, 2012

    YOU MAKE ME WANNA BE A TOUGH MUDER!!!!

    Miz

    May 15, 2012

    lol mudDer :)

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Annaria – I’m not sure what you mean by that and you have exactly captured WHY I feared this change yet had to stay true to myself.

    What is a “weight loss blog” anyway. This blog has always served as my way to share the thoughts going through my head as I lost and maintain my weight. That will not change. This blog has always been my place to share goals, celebrate successes, and analyse my failures. That will not change. This blog has always been a place I give my advice and experiences as someone who has lost weight and is actively, consciously trying to maintain and motivate others. That will not change.

    I simply can’t define myself as a weight loss success story forever, I want to be, and I am more than that. My blog has to be more than what I eat and how much I weigh week in and week out. In reality it always has been but in a strange way I’m giving myself permission now to embrace it.

    I’m not saying I won’t share food journals or weigh in on Wednesdays, I’m saying it’s not what defines me any longer.

    Roni, can I on your Tough Mud Team?? That would be so fun!!!

    Oops, Can I be on your team??

    Tara

    May 15, 2012

    My husband is doing the mudder on Sunday here in MN! I am super nervous/excited for him!! I am concerned he didn’t train enough, but he said he is just in it to have fun, and challenge himself.. but he has never gone 12 miles before! eeks! He really has only gone like 4 or 5 mile runs.

    Tara

    May 15, 2012

    oh I also wanted to let you know, you are so much more than a weight loss blog! for me personally, I love you, and your adventures, whatever they are!! :)

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    He should be fine. The obstacles break up the running so you don’t really even feel like you covered that kind of distance. I think the half I did a few weeks ago was actually harder for me than the mudder.

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Theresa – You aren’t the first to ask. I’m not sure how to organize a tough mudder team virtually, not knowing everyone. Let me ponder as I’m not sure what day I’m even registering for yet.

    Danielle

    May 15, 2012

    Roni, that’s an awesome accomplishment!

    Question for you: What motivated you to keep exercising when you first made the commitment? I’ve lost 40 lbs. on Weight Watchers and have kept it off for 2 years, but I don’t exercise regularly, and exercise wasn’t really a part of my weight loss. I feel like I should exercise, but I can’t seem to inspire myself to stay committed, even with an elliptical machine in the basement, a park nearby, and a slew of fitness DVDs.

    I’ve exercised 2 days in a row now, but I don’t know if it’ll last–it typically feels like a chore, rather than something fun. Any advice for those of us who are in your old shoes?

    LG

    May 15, 2012

    Ahhhh I watched the Mudder video and it looked…muddy!!! That wouldn’t be for me, but I just completed my first triathlon and I imagine the feelings are much the same – such a sense of accomplishment! All that training! NICE WORK!!!

    Anyway, I really enjoy your blog. I still make your oatmeal banana cups (husb. calls them “Rownies” – he says it like that ha ha) and I really enjoy your Sensational Sundays. I love your podcasts too where you answer questions! And…I really like the Wednesday weigh-ins, because I don’t have any weight to lose but my weight fluctuates about 5lbs, so I guess it’s nice to see that I’m not alone in that. :0) I was kinda hoping you’d keep those. Thanks for the work you do on all of this stuff!

    Patty

    May 15, 2012

    Very inspiring indeed! I am trying to figure that out for myself right now. I can’t wait to watch the tough mudder video…going there right now!

    KarenJ

    May 15, 2012

    I have to say that I admire what you have accomplished. I have often wished that I could learn to LOVE exercise, but it just didn’t happen for me. There is no way I would ever feel the desire to complete a Mudder or marathon or become a tri-athelete. I think the key to exercising regularly is finding a physical activity you can enjoy. For me, it’s dance. I used to do Jazzercise and I really loved it, but I had to stop when I started my new job because my hours didn’t allow me to attend classes. I hope to someday take ballroom dance lessons!

    Stephanie

    May 15, 2012

    @ Danielle – I know you posed this question for Roni…but my advise is keep trying things until you find something you enjoy. I hated the gym and working out. The thought of running had be out of breath before I left the house. Now it has become something I look forward to most days. I do a little of everything. Classes at the gym (boot camp, Zumba, BodyPump, cycle), I also jog, use my kinect, home workout videos. It all depends on my schedule and what I feel like that day. I also try to commit to 4 days a week, but if it doesnt happen I dont beat myself up, its about health and toning, not weight loss at this point for me.

    Just keep trying until something fits for you. The other thing that helps me is good music, its my chance to rock out to stuff that may not be appropriate for my 2yo and its nice to listen to is as LOUD as I want!

    Mindy

    May 15, 2012

    Roni, I totally get it. It’s great to see the transformation and growth. I love it! Can’t wait to see what’s next. And yes, I do think about how I could change my life if I could actuall commit. I get so distracted. I want to find a way to stay on track. Thanks for so much inspiration!

    Nicole

    May 15, 2012

    Tara:
    That was exactly the spot I was in for my TM. I had only run 4 miles max, a few weeks before TM. I definitely did struggle with the running; mostly because my team all had naturally faster paces than me and so I struggled to keep up with them. I was pretty much ok though until mile 8 or 9; then I started getting a lot of cramping every time I tried to run through mud (which was *everywhere* on our course!) because all the little muscles my body uses to stabilize itself on slippery surfaces were just smoked. I ended up walking most of the last 2-3 miles with a few 30-60 sec spurts of jogging when there were drier spots on the trail. BUT I never expected to run the whole thing; my only goal was to finish without getting injured, and I did!

    I really wouldn’t worry about him too much; if he is mentally committed to finish then he will! It just might take him a little longer than someone who is able to run the entire thing (I took 4.5 hours).

    Roni:
    I really want to do another TM too but if you read my comment above, I am worried about this distance. I love heavy weight lifting and sprint type work, but I really don’t enjoy running. Yet I know that if I want to feel prepared for another TM, I need to work up to do a few training runs that last 1.5-2.5 hours. I’m just not sure if I want to force myself to do something I don’t enjoy in order to have the fun reward of another TM!

    Dana Tuttle

    May 15, 2012

    I have to agree with Annmarie. I’m a bit sad that it’s no longer a weight loss blog. I enjoy reading about the kids, family, etc but will miss the daily food/weight blogs. I’m sure you realized you would probably lose some current readers and gain some new.

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Danielle – I totally agree with Stephanie above. You have to find what you like. I wouldn’t want to so an elliptical workout in a million years! Just not fun for me! When I started I took step some times, then I’d try spinning, then zumba, then kickboxing.. by trying new stuff all the time I never gort bored and I discovered which activities I liked and which I didn’t.

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    See KarenJ! That’s where it took you! I love it! I like to dance for fun but I never got into zumba or other workout specific dancing. Just not for me. :)

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Nicole – I think it’s worth it! I mean, is it any different than taking classes at college you hated just to earn your degree? I mean, that may be a bad example but you know mean. Plus you know you CAN do it, you already have, if you want to be a little more prepared try to work up to just 1 – 10 miles run before the event. That would probably be just what you need to ward off then cramping.

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Dana – Like I said to AnnMarie above, I don’t plan on changing much. I just needed to give myself permission to move beyond the weight loss and feel good about posting things like the tough mudder without fear that people won’t get it. If my readers don’t respect that there is nothing I can do about it. My roots will always be weight loss related but I don’t want to feel trapped by it any longer.

    Jessica

    May 15, 2012

    I will continue to read, as long as this doesn’t turn into a crafting or book reading blog :) You inspire me to eat better, exercise harder, do fun things with my family, etc. I can always find something relatable in your blog and think.you.rock.

    Lori

    May 15, 2012

    I echo the comment above, I will continue to read. I have been reading you since weight watchen and your transformation has inspired me. Your recap of events you have done has given me the courage to try them also. I ran a half marathon because of you. I know it sounds strange since I’ve never met you but I figured if you could do it so can I. I have your cookbook and love how you set a goal for yourself and attain it all the while being a super sensational mother! I guess I haven’t really considered you a weight loss blog in a LONG time, more like a healthy lifestyle blog. Stay true to yourself, we’ll follow!

    Emmie

    May 15, 2012

    This post makes me happy. You don’t just wake up and decide to become this exercise-loving race-conquerer. It takes time, dedication, screw-ups and persistence. So glad you loved the Tough Mudder!

    Colette

    May 15, 2012

    I’ve been a long-time reader and I just have to say how motivational this particular post is for me. I want to be fit enough to run a 5k right away, but knowing I can’t do that tomorrow keeps me on the couch. I just need to push those thoughts aside and get my butt to the gym – which I’ve been a member of for over a year and have only been a handful of times. *blush* Thanks for the kick in the pants and reality check that I can do it too! All I need to do is take that first step, then take the second…

    LisaM

    May 15, 2012

    I agree with the above comment, that your blog has become totally about a whole healthy lifestyle. I would imagine during the coming decades of your life, sometimes your focus will shift more to the eating aspects, and sometimes more to the exercise – the balance will be ever-changing, so the fulcrum will never remain in the same place for long. Enjoy this time while you can really enjoy exercise & the fitness it brings, and I hope it ever so shall be!

    BigTickles

    May 15, 2012

    People grow, simple. Those who have been “weigh watchen” with you, like me, saw that natural progression. When we reach a certain point, aren’t we suppose to transition from weight loss into healthy living? For me, I think it seamlessly transforms the rest of your life. I look forward to sharing the rest of the ride with you.

    Nicole

    May 15, 2012

    By the time I began reading you were already maintaining and I was doing WW Core to lose weight. To me your blog has always been a “healthy living” blog–I read plenty of exercise blogs and food blogs, but you share exercise, food, and real life, and I love that we get to see all those sides of you!

    For the readers who have a hard time sticking with exercise–I really agree that you just need to find something you enjoy, and also figure out if you are more of a solo exerciser or social exerciser. I started with martial arts and when that wasn’t enough anymore I found my trainer and started weight training and I LOVE it! I did group Pilates and yoga at my old gym and liked it, but it wasn’t enough… for me weight lifting around other people with similar goals is the best environment for me… for others it might be spinning, running in the woods by themselves, or weight training at home. Don’t be surprised if your “exercise style” is different than what you typically consider your personality to be–I tend to be a bit of a loner, but I *hate* working out alone–I need other people around me to keep me accountable!

    Sarah

    May 15, 2012

    So happy to read this post! The point of losing the weight is to LIVE LIFE! No reason to continue to define yourself by your past when you live in the present and plan for the future!

    PS. I’m still working on the exercise. I’ll get there…

    Danielle

    May 15, 2012

    Thanks, all, for your advice! It makes sense to find something I like. What I’ve been doing for three days now (worked out again today!)is dance aerobics. I have a couple of DVDs that I like. I can certainly supplement that with plain old dancing to music to mix things up.

    What Nicole said makes sense, too–I am a keep-to-myself kind of person normally, but I think I may need to be around others while exercising to enjoy myself and stay motivated. Attending a class may keep me more accountable in the long run. And something like a Zumba class sounds like fun!

    amanda

    May 15, 2012

    A mudder sounds like so much fun. I’m gonna see if there is one close to me…how hard is training for one? do you have to have a trainer???

    roni

    May 15, 2012

    Amanda – All my training info is here.. http://ronisweigh.com/2012/02/what-did-i-do.html