One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Find and Excuse or Overcome a Challenge

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake on depressingly early to run to the gym and take BodyPump. I say depressingly because, well, it is. When my alarm goes off at 5:25 AM (the last possible minute) while both kid are STILL SLEEPING it is depressing!

BUT it’s the only time that really fits in my schedule to go and that’s how much I like how it feels. <--I sound like a broken record, I know! But I really do like it enough to wake up at 5:25 AM. I wasn't always like this. I used to be an after work exerciser but now with 2 kids, and dinner to make and a husband with a new tennis obsession (YAY! He's exercising!) that only meets in the evenings, I have to get my 'me' time in first thing. I sleep in my workout clothes because 5:30 is way to early to battle with a sports bra. This morning I stumbled downstairs to throw on my sneaks and grab my ipod only to discover the battery completely dead.

I rarely run without my iPod. First of all, I need it to track my runs with the Nike+ which I’m slightly obsessed with, and secondly, I need my music or a podcast or SOMETHING!

SO I sat there. Staring at the the connect to power screen wondering if I should use it as an excuse to crawl back into bed. Then I thought, Hey! I can drive. Screw the 2 miles I’ll just do BodyPump, that’s good enough. Right?

And, sure, it would have been, but I decided instead to overcome the challenge. I embarked on my mile ipod-less.

Guess what.. I was FINE!

I listened to the crickets and the birds, got lost in my thoughts. It was actually kind of nice. I don’t think I’ll run without it all the the time. I enjoy my music, podcasts and books (more on this in a future post, I promise!) but it’s good to know I don’t NEED it.

I could have used the dead battery as an excuse but instead I used it as a challenge. Just like lunch. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you may have caught this tweet during the day,

Why does The Husband ALWAYS want to take me out to lunch when I’m trying to return to *cleaner* eating? I simultaneous love and HATE him.

Yet another excuse vs. challenge moment. I did end up going and went with brown rice sushi, soup and salad. No fried egg noodles OR the darn spring roll staring at me from his plate which he doesn’t eat. Nope, I overcame the challenge and ate out smartly and consciously.

As if those two easy out excuse makers weren’t enough, later in the afternoon I was working away on FitBloggin‘ stuff when the doorbell rang. @PopChipsBALT unexpectly sent me 2 bags of the new PopChips Tortillas. (side note: they are FitBloggin sponsor.)


Don’t get me wrong. I was excited (as you can see in the picture,) but dooood. I can go a little overboard in the chip department. Thankfully they were only snack size bags so I made a deal with myself: Once I got a little hungry, as in stomach growling NOT just boredom) I would try a bag. So that’s what I did.

Another excuse gone challenge!

When something unexpected presents itself to you frame it as a challenges instead of using it as an excuse. Tomorrow the husband and I are going to dinner with friends. There’s going to be wine and really good food. I could use it as an excuse to blow off the weekend or I can look at it as a challenge. My plan… eat smart throughout the day and enjoy myself sensibly at dinner.

Wish me luck! :)

Update: Click here for a review of the restaurant we went to for date night and see what I ordered!

What Why
egg white spinach roll up with bacon bits (similar to this) I normally go with at least 1 egg but I bought a carton of egg whites on sale to save a few bucks. This came out great and super light!
Sushi Lunch Combo (green salad, miso soup, 2 rolls with brown rice – shrimp and tuna/avocado) This is my favorite lunch and I’m excited the husband finally hopped on the sushi bandwagon.
1 snack size bag of PopChips Tortilla Chips Afternoon snack – I had to go with the sample!
BBQ Marinated Grilled Chicken with roasted fresh cauliflower, a little baked potato and some super quick cabbage salad (recipe coming soon.) Great dinner! Click here to see the details!
Banana Soft Serve with strawberries and blueberries Made in the new Yonanas machine. Still planning on a review video!
2 mile run + BodyPump class
I was on it today! Feel great!

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    August 9, 2012

    I’m a long-time follower of your blog, and I actually keep thinking about your weigh-in post from yesterday. I have a funny recommendation to share, but I first want to warn you to *completely* ignore the name.

    BUT you should look up The Hacker’s Diet. It was written by John Walker, an engineer who (obviously) loves data, reminds me of your love for your Nike+ runs). He was trying to engineer the process of weight loss for people who like data. One thing that made me think of it for you is that he tries to solve the problem about natural fluctuations in weight and how discouraging the scale can be. Instead of fighting the variation, embrace it! Weigh daily, but don’t care about the number, only care about the rolling average. It requires a lot of excel prowess, but I think you could rock it, and it might be the kind of CHANGE that will support you in finally reaching your post-baby weight-loss goal! (Mine was born six weeks after yours…)


    August 10, 2012

    Wow…what a positive day you had! I just bought a yonanas machine myself. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and love it!! Who would have ever thought??


    August 10, 2012

    I completely love this!! I have had a few of these moments as well and overcoming the challenges makes me WAY more happy that I am with an “ordinary” day. ;-)


    August 10, 2012

    Love this concept! I am going to use it. Thanks for sharing and giving me such a good idea.


    August 10, 2012

    Amy – I have heard of the hacker diet and remember glancing it a few years ago. I know John Walker’s stuff online too. I should peek back at it.. thanks!


    August 10, 2012

    I discovered your blog a couple of months ago when I decided for the nth time to start a serious weight loss attempt. I’m really inspired by you and think it’s amazing what you’ve achieved. I was even inspired by your food diary and follow something similar on my blog.I’m still not able to be completely focused in my endeavour but Im not giving up yet!


    August 10, 2012

    I discovered your blog a couple of months ago when I decided for the nth time to start a serious weight loss attempt. I’m really inspired by you and think it’s amazing what you’ve achieved. I was even inspired by your food diary and follow something similar on my blog.I’m still not able to be completely focused in my endeavour but Im not giving up yet!


    August 10, 2012

    Those popchips look like they would be perfect for taco in a bag, or “walking” taco as some people call it… Goodbye Doritos


    August 10, 2012

    Now if I could just find my “why i like it” and actually do this..


    August 10, 2012

    You sleep in your workout clothes? That is hysterical! I’m so not a morning person so that just made me literally lol!


    August 10, 2012

    I do. There’s no way I’m getting out the door if I have to dress myself that early. lol

    Greg Kuhn

    August 10, 2012

    It’s funny you posted this today, Roni, because I ran four times last week with no iPod. I hardly ever do that.

    I left it behind because I wanted to re-focus on each single step I take, each breath I draw, each foot lifting a good way off the pavement, and being present in each moment (instead of fantasizing about “being done”)

    It was a great way for me to re-connect. Now I’m back to listening to Mike Dooley and I love that too!

    Sometimes I forget about holism. I forget that my body is not made of “parts” who’s job it is to serve the larger “me”. I forget to nurture my muscles, limbs, brain, etc. and uplift them with gratitude for cooperating to make me a healthier and happier person. Because that is, literally, what they are doing.


    I love Popchips!!!!!


    August 12, 2012

    I am a fairly new follower of your blog. Found you last week or so. I just want to say you are so inspirational. I am glad I found your blog…and this post was great. Excuses are what got me in this place in the first place and I love hearing how you chose to overcome. I have just begun my weight loss journey after several years of being fat and uncomfortable…and two kids in the last 3 years. I am determined to make it happen this time and completely change my lifestyle for the better for good. I even started a blog to keep myself honest. No more excuses! Thanks.

    I would wish you good luck and thanks for sharing the spectacular experiences of your life I get alot to learn. I really like the way you quietly leave a message for everyone in your blogs.

    Barb M

    August 16, 2012

    I’ve been getting up at 4am to get my workout in. I hate it!! I have to leave the house by 6 for work so if I want to get the workout done early. . . . I’m now rethinking that. I am so tired at night, I barely make it to 8pm.