One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday Weigh In

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Ok, so I’m stressing a little about the holiday. It’s 6:26AM Right now. My house is a mess, I still haven’t picked up my turkey (although it’s been ordered) and I have a shopping list a mile long, my bathrooms all need to be cleaned, dinner needs to be made tonight for 6 adults and 3 kids, and I have to start prepping for Thanksgiving tomorrow for 8 adults and 4 kids.

So last night I made todo lists for everyone.

And for some reason that made me feel better. Mostly because I was able to delegate a few things off my list and out of my head.

Overall everything is pretty minor, I just start to feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of little things that I want done.

That’s another thing, I have to remind myself they are things I WANT done but don’t NEED to be done.

Know what I mean?

Anyway, I didn’t mean to hijack today’s weigh in post and I’m REAL curious to see who stops by to weigh in with us with the looming holiday. In my opinion, this is go time. This is when you decide to stick it out, make yourself accountable and move on. Weighing today and (more importantly) next week isn’t about being obsessed with the numbers or freaking out over a small holiday gain. It’s about reminding yourself you’re in this for the long haul. Remember there is no “states” to your diet anymore. Everything you eat is “on plan” don’t make certain foods off limits and then “break” your diet and give yourself permission to totally pig out because you’ll “start over” on Monday or Dec 1 or the New Year.

I’m so over the mindset.

Now, on to this weeks weigh in.

I’m down .4 and my Google Doc has been updated! (that was so much easier.)

My Less Processed choices and active mindset are slowly chipping away at the those last few pounds. I’ve been feeling fantastic lately and I can only assume it’s because I really stopped the mindless munching on junk after the kids go to bed. I mean, here and there I’ll have something small but it’s not the same. No more eating out of the triscuit box only to discover it’s empty (yikes!) or sending the husband out for Ben and Jerry runs.

Ok, I have to run, literally. I wanted to quish in 2 miles this morning before the craziness and then tomorrow is turkey trot day! My mom is scheduled for the walk and Ryan may actually attempt the 5k with me! We’ll see, I’ve learned to play everything by ear anymore.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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There are 53 comments so far.

    Rachel K.

    November 21, 2012

    Congrats on the continued success with your Less Processed eating, Roni! I appreciate hearing about it and also the reminder about everything being “on” plan. I don’t plan to take Thanksgiving “off”, just enjoy a reasonable sized home-cooked meal and one piece of pie then continue on my journey.
    Current weight: 171.6 No loss this week


    November 21, 2012


    GW: 130

    CW: 147.6 (down .6)

    HT: 5’0″

    Age: 42

    After last week’s (albeit tiny) gain, I was hoping for a bigger loss this week. But I am committed to posting a loss again next week, because I have a goal date in mind, and it isn’t going to change just because this is a holiday week. I’m making healthier versions of the desserts and just going to keep the portions small on the sides. I am running a 5 mile race the morning of Thanksgiving, too (not 5K, 5 MILES!) so between being conscious and running, I am planning on staying on track.


    November 21, 2012


    GW: 130

    CW: 147.6 (down .6)

    HT: 5’0″

    Age: 42

    I’m down .6 this week, which makes me happy, even though I’d like it to be more. I am planning on a loss this coming week too. I have a goal date in mind that is 19 weeks away, and it isn’t moving. If I want to lose 17.6 lbs in 19 weeks, I can’t afford any weeks to be throwaways. I am running a 5 mile race that morning and making healthier desserts. As long as I watch the wine and keep the portions small, I think I will get there.


    November 21, 2012

    150 this morning. I am spending my holiday at Hershey Park! After the school day ends, I am heading home for a run. Tomorrow, I will get one in before we leave. And then I hope to use the treadmill at the hotel at least once. Turkey and chocolate are not the boss of me.


    November 21, 2012

    Great job on chipping away at those last few by staying away from processed foods! That’s what I was trying to do and am trying again. Marathon training….carbs… I just overwhelmed, but now that’s out of the way, I’m back on plan.

    I did weigh in this morning. Good news is I’m about 1.5 down from what I was on last week. I am still about 3 pounds over goal. So time to keep chipping and keep drinking the water. I am anxious to get out and run, but I’m told to relax for the first week after marathon and maybe do something else, walking, biking, swimming. So I’ll work on that today.


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 219
    GW: 155
    CW: 205.6 Whoo down 1.8 lbs since last week (13.4 since Sept 29)
    HT: 5’6″
    Age: 43
    I like how “someone” added onto your list and your husband’s list to get Christmas presents. That is something I used to do too! Happy Thanksgiving!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 237
    CW: 224.4
    GW: 190
    H: 6”
    Age: 35
    Weightloss this week: 2.2

    I am here. I am staying here. I love sharing this with you and I am sticking with it as long as you will go on! :) I am down 2.2 this week, which is really fantastic news as I have been struggling really badly with my food and mood. It’s dark and cold here and I have had some issues with meaning of life, goals and stuff. Really deep things that threw me off a little. So I am really happy about this. I am also really proud that I went swimming last night and proud that I did my 1300 meters in spite of a cramp and an inner gremlin that kept trying to get me to take the easy way out. So I am thankful. Thankful that I found my way. Thankful that I give myself the space to sometimes have issues and deal with them and find my way out of a rut. I do it by myself which is sometimes hard but then motivation has to be found every day, right?? So now I have 1 1/2 week untill my birthday. Back to being the best me :)


    November 21, 2012

    p.s. I love your lists. Baby totally got the best one though!
    And you have to do your lawn??? Lord almighty, we have frost and snow here……..


    November 21, 2012

    Thanks for the holiday inspiration and reminder that it is all about mindset. Second week of Wednesday weigh in for me and despite Pre-Thanksgiving and birthday get togethers, I’m done 1 pound this week! Now time to start my google doc- love that idea! Good luck with all of your Thanksgiving festivities!

    HW: 196.5
    GW: 160
    CW: 195.5 (Down 1 this week!)
    HT: 5’8″
    Age: 33 (for two more days!)

    Florida Kim

    November 21, 2012

    HW: 170

    CW: 155.4

    Goal: 150

    Ht: 5′ 6′

    A: 47 (until this Saturday!)

    WooHoo, I am down 2.2 this week! I am NOT going to stress over Thanksgiving, it comes once a year and I will have a bit of everything!! Then back to it on Friday!

    Thanksgiving Blessings to all !!!


    November 21, 2012

    This comes from years of kids and husband experience.

    They do better if you tell them “what to do” instead of “what not to do” – “no whining” turns into “talk in your regular, nice voice”.

    This philosophy is based on working with dogs.

    One tells a dog what to do, not what not to do.

    My husband said this makes life for men so much easier. They are not good at reading our minds or translating what we actually want.


    November 21, 2012

    CW: 132.9 (-.4)
    GW: I would love to get out of the 130s…I would even take 129.9 :)
    H: 5’3
    37yrs old
    Woo hoo! Slow and steady wins the race! Turkey trot tomorrow and we are supposed to have highs in the 50s here in MI so I am super exccited. Happy Thanksgiving Roni!


    November 21, 2012

    CW: 152.4 (+3)
    Last week: 149.4
    GW: 137
H: 5′ 2”
Age: 39

    I’m not the least bit flustered by the gain. PMS + post marathon lull = a bit of swelling. My eating is on track and I’m journaling. I’ll be back in the 140s next weigh in. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!


    November 21, 2012

    I am here! I missed last week because my office computer does not like your website for some reason. I ended up missing my weigh-in this weekend because of the color run saturday, so last night after a group run, I went to way in. Down 2lbs!! Goal weight is 145, and right now I am 142.8, so happy about that. With all the running I have been doing, I haven been eating – A LOT! I don’t plan to worry about what I eat tomorrow, I will just enjoy the day and my family. Then it is back on track Friday :) It also helps that I will be running 20 miles in the next 4 days. Wishing your family a happy thanksgiving!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 195 (pregnant)

    CW: 152.8

    GW: 130 (weight before 1st pregnancy…3 years ago)

    HT: 5’4″

    38 yrs old

    I’m almost 6 weeks post-partum so I can’t do too much just yet, but I’ve lost all the weight I gained during pregnancy already (big baby + fluid + nursing). Now to lose the extra 20 pounds I carried with me since the first baby! This is my first time posting but I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and am inspired to join the Wednesday weigh-ins. Happy Thanksgiving, all!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 180+
    GW: 150
    CW: 151
    HT: 5’6″
    Age: 52

    I missed posting last week because I was travelling for business. Which meant lots of sitting, interrupted only by eating, drinking, and sleeping. Scale was up a little when I got back, but I used the “long haul” mindset, got back to work, and I’m actually down a bit today. The other stat that’s changed is my age. I turn another year older today. This year I entered my second decade of running. I had a long run on Saturday, and am going on another today. Couldn’t have come close to that 10 yrs ago. Tomorrow I’m cooking for 9, and am tickled pink that I chose most of my recipes from WW magazine, simply because they looked like delicious healthy real-food things to eat. I have lots to celebrate and be thankful for this week!

    Lisa M.

    November 21, 2012

    HW: 170
    CW: 129.2 (-.4)
    GW: 120
    H: 5’2
    35 years old

    I will eat really well and feel very motivated for a few days & then something will happen and it all goes downhill for the rest of the week. Not this week…not even Thanksgiving is going to distract me! I will enjoy the day in moderation and lose at least 1 lb this week!!!

    Jessica S

    November 21, 2012

    HW: 306
    CW: 288.8
    GW: 160ish
    H: 5’8”
    Age: 27

    I had a .2 loss this week which isn’t the best but I’ll take it! I need to focus on making better food choices this coming week so I can see a bigger loss next week. Planning on enjoying Thanksgiving food but not overindulging like past years. Happy Thanksgiving!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 450
    GW: around 199
    CW: 253.4 (-3.8)
    H: 5’2
    A: 60
    Down 20.2 in the past fourteen weeks and I didn’t think it was possible. Since Aug. 2009 I have lost 147 pds. and I haven’t given up and that is really the most important thing keeping on the journey. This Thanksgiving I am thankful to have a job, home, and a wide choice of food to eat (because so many do not). So everyone have a safe, happy Thanksgiving!!


      November 21, 2012

      You are an inspiration….keep up the magnificent work!


      November 21, 2012

      LaNae–why thank you. It is very important to me to stay on the path even if I never get all the way down to a doctors healthy weight.


    November 21, 2012

    Checking in, but not weighing in this week. Didn’t have a good week this week, lots of stress eating. I’m taking responsibility for it, tracking and moving again as of today and will weigh in again next week. Happy Thanksgiving all!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 170
    GW: 150
    CW: 160
    H: 5’9″
    A: 30

    I guess that puts me up .6 or exactly where I was 2 weeks ago. My goal is to maintain through the Holiday. I’m bringing half of the food, mainly so I’ll have lots of healthy, cleaner choices. Happy Thanksgiving!


    November 21, 2012

    Awesome–I think Evan’s to do list tasks should be on everyone’s list! Mine included.


    November 21, 2012

    CW 215.1
    GW 170
    So disappointed in myself I was 5 lbs away from my goal when my son went in hospital 3 months ago and my goals and planning for myself just completely fell apart. I ran a half marathon on Labor Day and that has been all I have done. I am making a commitment here to follow through and get back on track.


    November 21, 2012

    CW 160 – a little less than last week. Enjoy Thanksgiving Roni!


    November 21, 2012

    I’m in for the weigh in. I’m up 1 lb but not stressing about it. I ate dinner on the run last night, and it wasn’t the best choices, but I worked out this a.m. and felt great. Not winded and feeling strong, and I’m actually seeing some muscles I really like. So I’m trying not to stress about eating tomorrow.


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 230 (pregnant)
    GW: 170
    CW: 186.2 (-0.6)
    H: 6′
    A: 31

    Slow and steady wins the race!

    lisa price

    November 21, 2012


    GOAL–145 (and I keep changing it)

    current- 154.4


    and I am 37

    same # as last week. yesterday the stupid thing said 152.4 but I ate chicken soup from a restaurant for dinner that Im sure was full o sodium-oopsie! happy turkey day!!!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 188
    GW: 146
    CW: 151.8
    H: 5’4″
    A: 28

    Up 4.4 in 2 weeks, missed last weeks weigh in…. I WAS 1.4 from goal. NOW I am 5.8 from goal.

    Had a terrible 2 weeks, started new BC pill, stressed about trying to find a new job. ect. Snapped out of yesterday am when I attended my ww meeting. Feel like I am back on track now! :) cant wait to report my loss next week

    Sheri J

    November 21, 2012

    HW 305
    CW 264.6 (-2.2)
    GW 150
    HT 5’3″
    Age 56

    I have FINALLY lost 40 pounds! Woot! I have been striving toward this goal for weeks always hovering between 37 and 39 lost but I know you know how that hovering feels. Keep up the good fight. You are such an inspiration. I’m off to log it into google docs now. Ya’ll have a wonderful holiday!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 242
    GW: by year-end: under 145 long-run: never gain it back
    CW: 145.5 (-2.5)
    H: 5’6″
    A: 60

    I’m a newbie! I will have been losing weight for three years at year-end. This is the fourth major weight loss period in my life and the longest. I’m very determined that it will be the last.

    I’ve recently come off a four day binge – my first in three years – which shook my confidence a bit. I’m three pounds over my lowest in the three years but all I’m aiming for is to be below 145 again by my third year anniversary. So I’m coming out of the lurking closet to keep myself honest.

    Your blog is great. I’m happy to join the Wednesday weigh-in’ers.


    November 21, 2012

    GW: 120
    CW: 131
    H: 4″10
    A: 24

    First Wednesday weigh-in. Excited to be holding myself accountable and joining in. 11 pounds from my goal weight but more importantly I need to break the cycle of giving up and starting over as Roni talks about. My true goal is to live a healthy life style. Looking forward to next Wednesday :)


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 184.6
    CW: 167.6 (up 1.2)
    GW: 145
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 26

    Blah blah blah….i hate stress!!!!!! For nearly 6mos been waiting on husband’s job to tell us when we are moving overseas…and it is getting more real each week. He is set to visit client in Russia and that makes me nervous and on way back to the states he is to stop in London to meet with a realtor. STRESS is not my friend!!!!!! But we have a Turkey Trot tomorrow and I have been doing so well running and training…but I use that excuse to eat/drink stupidly. On to better choices!! (a little side note…only good thing about not living near family or travelling to family during holidays is NO MASSES OF FOOD to tempt me to over indulge! Holla!)


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 229
    GW: 136
    CW: 156.5 (up 7!)
    H: 5’1″
    A: 31

    My sister was in town and we ate out a ton. It was delicious and we had a blast, so no regrets! Starting back up today (actually, I started last night). Can’t wait to lose weight over the holidays! Before, these would have been excuses that lead up to huge gains. No more.


    November 21, 2012

    CW:166 (up one)
    Happy Weight:145

    Up one pound from last week. Had an awful week with putting down our family dog, and going to a friends funeral who was only 52. Lots of emotions and some eating out, so I expected to see a gain. I am ready to pull it back together and get back on track. I figure when life happens just be kind to yourself and do the best you can. I am Canadian so no Thanksgiving for me this weekend, we had ours weeks ago. Good luck to all of you. Make the best choice you can.


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 269
    CW: 218.2
    GW: 160
    Height :5′ 10″
    Age: 32

    Finally tracking for realz again and seeing the results! Down1from last week & pleased with my choices the last three weeks. For me, tracking & honesty about my choices is the way to go!


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 200 plus
    CW: 152.4
    GW: 140-something
    H: 5’7″
    Up 2 pounds..bummer, but at least I have lost weight prior to Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to have a total loss of 20 pounds at this point.


    November 21, 2012

    W: 200s
    GW: 165
    CW: 175.2 (4.8)
    H: 5’9
    A: 33
    Started no process on Sun and dropped like crazy. I’m guessing lots of water weight.


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 190 something pregnant
    CW: 163.4 (+2.4)
    GW: 140-145
    H: 5’7″
    A: 28
    I’m not surprised by the number this morning, even though I was hoping for something different. We went out for a family dinner on Friday night, and I really wanted a burger, so I had a burger and a side salad…the rest of the weekend was downhill from there. I’m back on track and did make it to the gym three times and kept up on my water intake. I WILL see a loss next week, despite the holiday :). Happy Thanksgiving!


    November 21, 2012

    HW 200

    CW 148.2

    GW 145

    trying very hard to stop the “madness” when it starts to happen rather than lamenting it, beating self up, restarting, repeat repeat….

    it is slowly working, and I thank you for being here!

    Love After Love
    Derek Walcott

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.


    November 21, 2012

    HW 266
    GW 135
    CW 148
    HT 5’5″
    Holding steady this week. Been focusing on going gluten free. Feeling better, now need to focus on calories as well.


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 142
    CW: 112.0 (down .8)
    GW: 108
    H: 5’1″
    age: 36

    Really thinking ahead about what I want to eat and not just going to mindlessly eat this holiday weekend. I am going to run Thanksgiving morning and have a Goggle Wobble 5K Saturday morning. Running helps because I can not run if I have eaten poorly, and I want to run.


    November 21, 2012

    I totally forgot to weigh in this morning when I woke up. I weighed after breakfast and coffee and a HUGE glass of water. I’m guessing I am still the same as last week. I haven’t lost but I haven’t gained. I posted on my BlogtoLose blog about our Eat at Home Initiative. We’ve been eating at home for 3 weeks straight! :)
    I love that Ryan added to your list… Get Christmas presesnts… Hilarious!


    November 21, 2012

    Did Ryan add to the Mom & Dad list? haha


    November 21, 2012

    HW: 222.6lbs
    GW: Undecided
    CW: 210lbs
    H: 5’7″
    A: 28
    Slow and steady wins the race. I am Canadian so I have already had thanksgiving so I am not in holiday mode yet but it is coming.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING Roni, the boys and the rest of the people celebrating who read my weigh in.


    November 21, 2012

    “Attain and Maintain your Ideal Weight – The
    Fast Way to Lose Weight” by Dr. Edward Walsh will be available for free
    downloads at next Monday through Friday, November 26 – 30. It is discussed in the YouTube video


    November 22, 2012

    Love your blog! What brand scale do you use or recommend? I am in need of an acurate sale. Thank you and have a very happy Thanksgiving!


    November 22, 2012

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am an truly thankful to God. He has blessed me with a wonderful family, network of friends/coworkers, health and commitment to being healthier. We will not fall into the trap of t continued weight gain throughout the holiday. I enjoyed today and now back to my schedule of clean eating.
    HW: 238.8
    CW: 209
    GW: 158
    AGE: 50
    H: 5’7″

    Sara Coats

    November 23, 2012

    HW: 270
    GW: 190
    CW: 216 (-2)
    H: 6′
    A: 32
    I totally forgot to post my stats! And I had a good week! I’m just hoping to maintain over Thanksgiving week!


    November 24, 2012

    I’m late!
    HW 267
    CW 180.5 (down 2)
    GW 165
    H. 5’8″

    Karen P

    November 25, 2012

    HW 187.4
    CW 116
    GW 115.4
    5′ 1”, middle age.

    Had a good Thanksgiving week. Had a plan and stuck to it. Since I did not eat any trigger foods, I had a huge sense of relief wash over me Thurs night. I had no mental ” bargaining” going on in my head before, during, or after. Peace of mind to move onto other things in life. Awesomeness. Very thankful.

    Tina T

    November 26, 2012

    Im back! Last weekend we had one of my husbands brothers very suddenly pass away… and it threw us all out of orbit – emotionally and physically. I learned with all of the crazy schedule of the services, that I was literally craving some exercise. I think for my mind as much as my body! But this morning I got up, and went to gym, and went to work – felt good to be back in a routine. And while I realize I am almost a week behind, I did miss this!! So I weighed in this morning, and was down 1. Was good motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And if that doesnt do it, my brothers wedding this weekend will. Then I am going to sleep for two days !