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OK, I have NO excuse for my late weigh-in today. I’m sorry. The day just got away from me as I caught up on all the miscellaneous things I’ve been putting off for months.

That being said, I actually feel caught up, which scares the crap out of me! I can’t help but wonder if I’m forgetting something, then I start to freak out and wait for a bomb to drop.

You know it’s going to happen.

Anyway, I’ve been in a good place all week. Now that I recovered, I can’t help but think it’s partially due to the conference being behind me. I have a bit more time to focus on other things without this big ‘ol stress ball on my shoulders.

I’ve also successfully stayed away from the scale for 7 weeks now and I must say I’m not missing it.


Sure, there’s a part of me that is REALLY curious, but staying away has helped keep the inner mean girl quiet. She has nothing to nag me about if I keep the number from her. Well, that’s not entirely true. She still likes to make comments about other things, but I’ve gotten really good at ignoring her.

I’m not going to make any promises that I’ll stay away from the scale forever but for the time being it’s working for me, just like weighing in daily helped when I first started. You have to trust your gut on these things. Constantly discovering what will work for you because things change. We change.

Since I’m not weighing in I thought it would be fun to start issuing some challenges on Wednesday so those who don’t weigh have something to report the following week along with the weighers.

This week I want to focus on my biggest nemesis: Night-time snacking.

This was one of my original challenges on BlogToLose and it’s always a popular one that makes me feel better as it’s something I struggle with on and off. Well, more like on and on.

Some of us do it out of boredom, some out of pure exhaustion. We mindlessly munch while watching evening TV or grab something from the fridge while heading to bed. I don’t think all night-time eating is bad and I don’t think we need to make some ridiculous unachievable goal like … “I’m never going to eat after 7 p.m. again, EVER!”

That’s just not realistic. You will have a late dinner or be hungry in the evening now and then BUT one week of snack-less nights can do us good. It can help us become more conscious of our evening eating habits and challenge us to try some something new while building confidence when we reach the goal.

I wrote that YEARS ago and it still rings true for me. I’m committing this week and I hope you’ll join me.

Totally looking forward to your weigh-ins this week. How’d ya’ll do?!

  • Stacie

    Seriously bad news on the scale this morning. Up 5.6 lbs. Two weeks ago, i dropped 5lbs, last week I was up 0.6. So really over the last three weeks, I’m up 1.4. Not quite as scary. But you know what? I’m the only one to blame for those pounds. I ate like crap all week, and the last couple weeks weren’t much better. I knew it was coming.

    BUT, instead of letting it get to me, I’ve decided that I need to get back to tracking my food, which i started today. I also dabbled in the communities and challenges sections of (where I do my tracking) – to see how that helps. And I’m continuing my workouts, which have been consistent throughout this whole eating struggle.

    I had toyed with the idea of giving up the scale, but clearly I’m not ready for that yet. I need that reminder that my actions DO have consequences.

    • RoniNoone

      And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. The scale can be a useful tool! As for you big fluctuation, I HIGHLY doubt you gained 5.6 lbs of actual fat this week. When the scale fluctuates like that it’s probably mostly water. I bet the scale will show a loss next week if you clean up your diet a bit.

  • Imacrazymomof4

    HW: 200+ when pg
    CW: 128.4 (0)
    GW: 120′s
    Age: 44
    Ht: 5’6

    No change from last week which is good since summer can just totally seem like ground hog day for me. There are always more reasons to drink and eat all sorts of things. I’ve been getting really tired of my usual exercise routine as well so I’m happy that nothing has changed on the scale. I go and put my 60 minutes in on the elliptical and basically just do it to get it over with so I can get on with my day. So this week I have done hot yoga three days in a row and started to work on my “mental ness”. It’s been a nice change and I really feel like my arms and legs feel it.

    As for night time snacking…some days are harder than others. I use mfp to track so if I have room I do it I do. If I’m starving and I haven’t drank 3 L of water for the day I don’t snack I drink water…then snack if I’m still hungry…usually I’m not lol. I try really hard to not snack on processed stuff…it just makes things worse for me in the long run. I really enjoy Ezekiel toast with a smear of natural pb, topped with a banana if I go big. I’ve been thinking about trying smoothies for my next night time snack for a change.

    • RoniNoone

      Sometimes for a snack I blend a frozen banana with cocoa butter. SO yummy on a hot summer day.

  • paddlechick

    Sooo…about the night-time snacking…what works for me is setting up a small snack that I know I’m having right before bed, usually something with protein & a grain, and then I stay out of the kitchen after we clean up dinner. Sometimes my stomach is growling by 9:00 but I make myself wait b/c I know my snack is coming soon. I’ve discovered I sleep better with a bedtime snack (it beats waking up @ 2:00am with a growly tummy saying “feedme!!).

    • RoniNoone

      I do the same thing. I pre-plan one thing and then I don’t feel like i’m depriving myself.

  • Susan

    Roni, since you are not weighing in weekly, do you have another measure of assessing your progress? For instance do you find your clothes fitting better?

    • RoniNoone

      Well I’m not really trying to lose, more maintain. So my measure of success is that everything still fits and that I feel good about myself. That’s really it. I’m more concerned with continuing to eat consciously and stay active.

  • Kimberly Anne

    After seeing your weekly weigh ins, I started doing the same on my blog to stay accountable. This week was the first week….and after all of the food trucks and donuts at FitBloggin, and then being off for a week and snacking, I am up about 5lbs. I know part is real and part is water retention, but I’m ready to get to work. I am ready to end the weight loss journey as soon as possible and start the maintenance journey.

    • RoniNoone

      Totally water weight I’m sure. I’m always up after eating so many meals out.

  • Ashley

    HW: 207 when pregnant
    CW:186 4 months post-pardum
    Age: 25
    HT: 5’3

    Really stuck with my diet this week, down 1 lb from last week, struggling with exercise though. I try to go for a walk with the stroller every night. But I don’t feel like I worked out. Finding time with a 4 month old for a lot else is a challenge. Plus I still have some pain from the c-section. My little girl is quite the motivator though and I’m determined! Any ideas for low impact workouts?

    • RoniNoone

      I never had a c-section but I know it’s tough on your body. Keep with the walking for sure. If you are up for more of a challenge can you find a hilly area or wear the baby instead of pushing? Maybe move your walked onto some trails for more of a challenge? How about going the DVD route at home and doing some workouts while the baby watches from the bouncer?

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for the ideas! I never throught of hilly! Gonna find some hills…I love that idea!

  • Bitch on a Diet

    HW: 162
    CW: 156 (+2.4)
    GW: 145
    Age: 29
    Ht: 5’7

    I took two weeks off and I have a 2.4 gain to show for it. Back on the wagon though! I have healthy eating all week, and I’ve scheduled my workouts. Hoping to see a loss next week!

    • RoniNoone

      That’s nothing! Keep moving forward.

  • dcrunnergirl9

    i weigh in at ww tomorrow. i’ve been pretty good with food choices so think i’ll be down, and i guess not-so-surprisingly, not weighing myself all the time has probably helped. it is very easy for me to slip into the mindset of being defined by the number on the scale. so, this challenge is really helping me get away from that mindset.

    • dcrunnergirl9

      (i was down 0.8. yeah!)

    • dcrunnergirl9

      i was down at ww, woohoo. non-wednesday-weigh-ins for the win. oh yeah, and i’m in for the nighttime snacking challenge this week.

    • RoniNoone


  • Jessica

    I have been on again, off again from my calorie counting and workouts so often, but I have been back on for 2 days now :) So my goal for this week is to track every day and workout three times this week.

    • RoniNoone

      Great goal! I hope you are rocking it.

  • Sara

    Night time snacking is definitely a hard one. I have fallen off track to that a few times.

    • RoniNoone

      It’s a constant thing for me. Mostly because I stay up to darn late!

  •!/pattyaizaga Patty

    I always find it so interesting how the number on the scale can work for you and against you. Right now it’s working against me so maybe we do need a break. Like the challenge idea. Nighttime snacking isn’t a problem for me because there is no junk food in my house. If I’m hungry the only option is fruit. However buying breakfast out has been a challenge. I need to stop because it starts my day off on the wrong foot!

    • RoniNoone

      Great way to control your environment. You’ve got the breakfast thing. Make some stuff on the weekends you can just grab on your way out the door.

    •!/pattyaizaga Patty

      Thanks Roni! Started off today with a protein shake. Took it to go on the train. It was cold and filling. Perfect for this hot day :)

  • Maria

    Wow this week has been tough. I am having the first trimester exhaustion big time! Which has lead to not making the best food choices. I want to workout….I want to go running…but I am soooo tired!!!! But I will try not to dwell on what I can’t do at the moment and try and embrace the gift God has given us in this new baby…onward and upward. Any advice from you guys on maintaining focus through pregnancy would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)

    • RoniNoone

      Oh boy do I remember this time well. Sleep. Your body needs it. When you are feeling better just move. My second pregnancy was so much easier because I stayed active.

  • nancyabc

    It’s a good thing I’m staying with my family this week in Atlanta instead of home.
    Last week I jumped up +8 pds again–and I would have had a big pity party but here my niece’s family really eats healthy so this will be good for me. But today is my birthday and my niece is making her famous homemade pizza and dessert –so I will enjoy and watch tomorrow what I eat. As long as I stay on the journey things in the end will get better.
    Everyone have a good week.
    Roni enjoy this extra free time you have now.

    • RoniNoone

      Thanks Nancy. Happy Birthday!

  • Kathy @the panda post

    I actually stopped weighing myself as well. I started the book Overcoming Overaring by Hirschmann and it opened my eyes to all sorts of things. I highly recommend it. I wrote a blog series about my WLJ from then till now (10 years worth) and me realizing doing this is for the best.

    • RoniNoone

      I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  • Allison @ SkinnyElly

    HW: 179
    CW: 153.6 (-25.4)
    GW: 130
    Age: 27
    Ht: 5’6
    I just started reading your blog and I really enjoy it! Thank you so much for sharing your story, your triumphs, and your struggles. I, too, hope that I can get to a place where I don’t want to weigh in. I’m just not there yet.
    Thank you for being an inspiration!

    • RoniNoone

      And I’m not sure I’ll stay here. We have to do what works for us and that may change based on so many factors. Just keep rocking it! You’re down over 25lbs and that’s awesome!

  • Karen H.

    HW: 339
    CW: 295.6
    GW: 135
    Age: 39
    Ht: 5’5″

    I’m so late reading and posting. :-( I guess better late than never. :-) I wish I had read it on Wednesday though because night time snacking has been a huge obstacle for me this week. I don’t know if its because Aunt Flo is visiting or what, but it’s been horrible. Otherwise the week was good. I created a workout plan for myself to try to become more consistent with exercise and I’ve been doing well with it. My eating during the day has been good as well.

    • RoniNoone

      Jump in these last few days!

  • Paula

    I took that challenge when I first found BTL and it was the beginning for me. I FINALLY started losing weight. I failed so terribly at first but I just kept trying and then one night became 2 than 3 and so forth until I got to the point where dinner was it. I’ve faltered on that just a bit these last few weeks so count me in on the challenge. I am starting today!

    • RoniNoone

      That’s awesome! Momentum is a strong force!


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