One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A Birthday Weigh In

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I’ve avoided the scale for 2 months now but decided today it was time to take a peek. I couldn’t help myself. My data collecting side took over. I just got REALLY curious what the scale would read on my 37th birthday.

I hopped on first thing this morning.

Closed my eyes.

Counted to 10….

and voila!


Pretty much EXACTLY where I was when I stopped weighing in!!

I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. I’ve pretty much maintained without food journaling, without weigh in, without “dieting,” without even thinking about it. Actually, “pretty much” is an understatement.

I’ve maintained.

As someone who used to live their life in one of two states, gaining or losing, this. is. HUGE.

I’ve never completely disconnected from everything at once. I went through periods of not food journaling but I’d still check the scale. I’ve also avoided the scale for long periods of time but was still counting points or calories. I’ve pretty much always kept one foot in the I’m-a-recovering-dieter door.

Is it possible I’m a “Recovered Dieter?

Hmmm, I don’t want to get too cocky. I’m just going to keep taking things one day at a time. :)

OK, I REALLY have to go. I have a flight to Chicago in a few hours. I’m speaking at BlogHer’s Healthminder Day tomorrow!

How did your week go? Did anyone take any leaps out of their comfort zones? Big or small? PLEASE SHARE!

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There are 25 comments so far.


    July 24, 2013

    I’m up 0.6 this week — but considering the rough weekend I had, I’m shocked it wasn’t more. Need to figure out what (mentally) is keeping me from getting beyond 40 lbs lost.

      Karen P

      July 24, 2013

      Keep looking, Stacie. The answers will either present themselves or be revealed. Keep going.

    Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    July 24, 2013

    Congrats on the natural maintenance. That’s HUGE!! Since I’m still in the lose phase, I was down 1.8 at my WW meeting this week. Yay!!

      Karen P

      July 24, 2013

      Yay!!! Whoot. Keep going, Mel.

    Karen P

    July 24, 2013

    Happy Birthday!! Scale or no scale the work continues in maintenance. Your body keeps perfect track. Safe travels and enjoy the conference.

    HW: 187.4
    CW: 115.0
    GW 113-117
    Height : 5’1
    Age : 47
    Months at maintenance 17+

    Continuing to weigh in daily, observe trends, eat low-inflammatory food that fuels my body. Not tracking food intake this month, but the daily weighing is my measure. Who know my late 40’s could be this good??

    The last 2 months have been extremely stressful, so maintaining a steady weight is good feedback what I’m doing right now is working. So much easier without numbing out to food.


    July 24, 2013

    happy birthday! that’s awesome about the scale!

    i weighed in, today, too – was up 0.2, but oh well. i’m also under a lot of stress right now so i’m just glad i have been able to avoid eating my feelings for the most part, lol.

    Kimberly Anne

    July 24, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Roni! Have a safe trip! This week I’m down 3lbs! Soooo excited! I took the leap and went back to tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal (@manifesturself). I hate doing it, but I know that I need more accountability.


    July 24, 2013

    congrat’s! curiosity was killing me so I weighed in and I’m up 1.5 not so much maintaining but I know I also have not been drinking my water and having way more processed food than usual all things that would make my weight go up. I stay positive and continue trying to be a “recovered dieter”


    July 24, 2013

    Happiest of birthday! Congrats on maintaining with a happy & healthy spirit :)

    I haven’t weighed in a couple of weeks and still get jittery. It’s probably because I have an ideal number still stuck in my head, that I will “eventually” get to! Silly Chloe:D


    July 24, 2013

    HW: 212
    Last week 162.8
    this week 161.4
    goal: 150
    I have been back on plan for 2 weeks and am feeling great!
    Awesome job on maintaining!


    July 24, 2013

    What an achievement! Congratulations!

    Sheri J

    July 24, 2013

    HW 305
    CW 247.6(+3.4)
    GW 150
    HT 5’3″
    Age 57

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been really slacking in the posting dept as well as eating crap (emotional stuff) and generally not taking care of myself. The good news is that I’ve lost about half of what I gained during my crap eating “spree” so I guess I am back on the wagon. Have a wonderful time at your conference! and good luck!


    July 24, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Roni! I don’t know what other virtual birthday present to give to you except a heartfelt thank you for always being a huge inspiration for me. Thanks also for starting up BTL. Hugs


    July 24, 2013

    Hope you had a great day. Wonderful news about the scale.


    July 24, 2013

    Awesome! Happy Birthday!! Hope it was great.

    HW: 207
    CW: 183 (-.6)

    Down .6 this week Not bad…I’m still nursing so I need to keep telling myself slow is okay. Got my jogging stroller this week! Mostly power walking with a little jogging mixed in, but I’m averaging 2.25 miles a day. :) Feeling good. Congrats on maintaining! You’re rocking it!

    Angela@Honey I Shrunk the Mom

    July 24, 2013

    Happy birthday! And congrats with a huge pat on the pack for your maintenance. That’s awesome!


    July 24, 2013

    That’s awesome!

    I’m in the losing phase, so weighing and tracking is a huge part for me. That being said, I put my scale away yesterday (it was showing me up 2 days in a row and getting in my head!!!). So, away it went, and honestly, for now, it’s staying there. I’ll weigh in at WW on Friday’s and be good with it. I know I’m counting my points, I joined a gym last week – I’m doing everything right. IT will happen!


    July 25, 2013

    I’m still in the losing phase, but I recently had dental surgery & can’t eat much solid food rght now {probably for one more week}, so I am not weighing myself because I know the weight I am losing right now isn’t in the healthiest way possible for me.


    July 25, 2013

    Best birthday ever! I think if you can keep up your love of all things physical, you might just have this thing licked. My maintenance ground has always been a bit more shaky, probably because exercise is still “have to” instead of “want to”. I hope you kick butt on your presentation at the conference!


    July 25, 2013

    Happy Birthday! And Congrats on maintaining. I haven’t quite gotten to the point where I trust myself not to weigh or food journal, but maybe one day…


    July 25, 2013

    Great job today getting through that tough crossfit workout! You just happened to pick a particularly rough one! Was a pleasure meeting you! Hope you have a great time in Chicago and please come back to visit us again at RNCF! (And Happy Belated! Good thing I didn’t find out until now or else I would have made everyone do birthday burpees today!)

    Bitch on a Diet

    July 25, 2013

    HW: 161
    CW: 154.6 (-0.4)
    GW: 145
    Height : 5’7
    Age : 29

    I lost half a pound. Not much but I will take it because it’s a loss. I’ve finally gotten back on track. It was so disappointing how two weeks off the rail completely ruined the work that took me six weeks to do. Gotta keep moving forward…


    July 26, 2013

    Happy Birthday! I just went on vacation for 11 days and weighed myself the morning I left and the morning I was back, the number was the same! Super Exciting. I also stopped looking at the 10ths on the scale, it was driving me crazy. 112.2 and 112.6 are really the same:)
    HW: 142 (not pregnant)
    CW: 112
    GW: 108-112
    HT: 5’1″
    age: 37

    jeanne conner

    July 29, 2013

    Just wondering if you have tried ACE yet.. It is an appetite control and energy capsule taken 2 or 3 times a day that takes away your cravings and gives you pure energy without the jitters.. info here