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Good morning everyone!

The kids were up at the crack of dawn again despite another jam-packed day on the beach yesterday. And people say I have a lot of energy. These kids are like little Energizer bunnies!

We’ve been frolicking in the ocean all day and walking the boards all night. It’s been a pretty typical family vacation and that includes lots of pizza, ice cream and snacks. I have to be completely honest, my attempt at the no night-time snacking this week was a big failure.

I thought the challenge would help. It didn’t.

I also thought I could keep pizza eating to a minimum. I haven’t.

That being said, I’m rocking everything else. I’ve run every day I’ve been here and am about to head out again after I publish this. I took a beach yoga class last night. I walk everywhere, half the time carrying a 30-pound toddler. And I’m wearing a bathing suit daily without covering up or fearing what I look like.

Oh, it’s crossed my mind and I’ve been a little insecure while getting dressed but when I’m actually on the beach I’m too active running around with the kids to care. THAT has always been my ultimate goal and it’s more important than any number on some stupid scale.


That is also my inspiration for this week’s challenge. Five years ago I wrote 3 Steps To a Healthier YOU! Step 1 was Self-Acceptance. Our challenge this week is to put it into practice. Click here to read the self-acceptance post, have a good talk with yourself, and then take a chance this week. Wear something you’ve been scared to wear. Do something you’ve been scared to do. Push yourself ever so slightly out of your body-image comfort zone.

As I say in the post, confidence can be learned but it must be practiced, especially by those of us who have body issues.

I hope you’ll join me on this week’s challenge. Every day I step out of the house in my bathing suit it’s a little scary, but it gets easier and easier!

Can’t wait to read your updates! 

  • LisaM

    Good morning! I haven’t checked in for a while because I was on vacation, then just plain forgot. I’m still bouncing around within a couple pounds of what I have decided works well for me as a “goal” weight, so I count that as success. So much easier in the summertime land of abundant fresh produce! If there’s one thing good about hitting your 50′s, it’s that this week’s challenge gets so much easier. Part of my vacation was spent with 3 women, all similar ages. How nice to pull off my swimsuit coverup and not worry about what I looked like underneath! Once I realized I had been looking in the mirror with my 20′s goggles on, & changed them to my 50′s prescription, I decided that I’m doing just fine for my age. I guess my tip for those younger out there is to maybe ask yourself who you are holding yourself up against, and then adjust if necessary.

    • RoniNoone

      That’s so true. I know I forget that I’m not 20somthing anymore either!

  • Brenda

    I am proud to say that I have not been weighing multiple times a day or even daily! Thats so huge for me. I have also been trying to eat more intuitively and not count calories or follow strict eating guidelines. I admit that in the past 4 wks I have weighed once or twice just to see where I am because its hard for me to believe I can trust myself, and so far I am maintaining! I will also admit that I would like to lose 10 lbs more but I am also very comfortable with myself where I am! Such a huge victory for me!

    • RoniNoone

      YAY! Great progress!!

  • Lauren

    You can’t keep Jersey pizza to a minimum, you have to enjoy it while you’re here lol. Besides with everything else you’re doing I think you’ve got it covered.

    • RoniNoone

      You are so right. I can’t get ANY good pizza here in MD. lol

  • Lauren

    I don’t know how much longer you’re here for but Lavalette offers Movies on the Bay, it’s usually a kid friendly movie. I think it’s Tuesdays though so you may have missed this weeks.

    • RoniNoone

      We always have intention on seeing the movie but never make it happen. Our big night on the boards is always Wed fireworks. :)

  • nancyabc

    Ate my share of pizza and a few other things but today is the last day of vacation. I drive home tomorrow and then head to the store for fruits and veggies and a lot less bad carbs (that maybe a little hard).
    Everyone hope you are enjoying your summer.

    • RoniNoone

      I’m ‘coming off the carb craziness too! It was actually easier than I thought. My body was not happy with 7 days of pizza!

  • Bitch on a Diet

    After a couple of renegade weeks, I have bounced back and am down 1 pound from last week. And I’m only up 1.4 pounds from my most recent lowest weight. So making progress!

    • RoniNoone

      And that’s all that matters. :)

  • Kimberly Anne

    This week/weekend was a hard one since my birthday was Monday. I was at 172.4 last week…and I am at 172.0 today. Womp womp. But a loss is still a loss, so I will be grateful. Need to get back on track mentally more than physically this upcoming week. The mental part is what makes me eat terribly.

    • RoniNoone

      Happy late birthday!!

  • Ashley

    Down 2.6 lbs this week!!! Yay! I worked for it and did awesome with eating. I’ve been really good with tracking all of my food. Thanks for the workout ideas…my little girl loved the hills and I’ve done some workouts from Youtube with her in the activity center. We went and tested out some jogging strollers today too. Excited to get one and get moving even more. Feeling proud of myself this week. :) Thanks for the inspiration and hope you’re having a great vacation!

    • RoniNoone

      YAY! I’m so glad it helped! Hills are killer especially with a stroller.

      As for me? I’m having a BLAST!

  • Laura James

    Well, it’s been an age since I commented. I am up about 4kg, and it’s time to kick it the hell into shape. I am sick to death of saying that everything needs to be perfect to lose weight. It doesn’t! I need to get my act together.

    • RoniNoone

      No, it doesn’t and I’ll let you in on a little secret… everything being perfect will never happen. Ever.

      That may sound sad BUT I’ve been quite the happy camper since realizing it.

  • dcrunnergirl9

    i’m continuing with the not weighing in… i have been trying to cut out nighttime snacking & replace the tired eating with a cup of decaf tea. i did that a couple of days this week anyway, and found it a bit more relaxing than tired nighttime eating. :)

    • RoniNoone

      I go through tea phases too. It’s such a better nighttime habit than eating!

  • Dukebdc

    HW: 148
    CW: 127.2 (-1.2)
    GW: 120-125
    HT: 5’2″
    Age; 35

    Still bouncing up and down a little over my goal range. I know why – if I had even one week of staying at my calorie target every day (1500-ish) I know I could get a lot closer. I’m getting mentally lazy. I can have a few days with extra food (because “I deserve it” hahahaha), be careful for the other 4 days, and maintain pretty well. But that’s not the point! The point is to transition to a life where I genuinely eat to fuel my body, and not for entertainment.

    • RoniNoone

      I agree but there’s a balance too. The fact that you can enjoy food and maintain is a HUGE NSV in my opinion. A little food for entertainment is healthy I think, as long as we are making the choice consciously. It is nice knowing you can rock maintenance!

  • Candice

    Forgot to weigh in this week. I know in general I have gained about 10 lbs over the last few months. Extremely frustrating. However, I am at bootcamp four days a week, yoga or kickboxing one day a week, TRX every other week and entertaining the idea of trying out crossfit. For the most part I eat a fairly clean diet, so I don’t understand my body’s sudden desire to gain back weight I have kept off for close to a year! I think that is the most frustrating part of it all, I just don’t get it! Regardless, active I will stay, and eating the best I can without going overboard when a craving speaks to me……

    Any other suggestions?

    • RoniNoone

      You sound like you are doing so much. Not to sound cliche but are you eating enough to fuel all those workout? If you are still gaining with no real explantaion I’d talk to a doctor.

    • Candice

      Thanks for chiming in Roni. That thought keeps crossing my mind. I have been reading up on this Facebook page called Go Kaleo, which is basically, just that, fuel your workouts. With you doing Crossfit now, what would you estimate you daily calorie intake to be? It would give me a good idea if i’m even close to where I should be as you and I appear to be the same build. I won’t take it as the gospel, I promise. Thanks for all that you do. I have been following you for a while and always look forward to my daily dose of Roni. ;-).

    • RoniNoone

      Honestly, I don’t know. I’m not really food journaling anymore. Trying to take more of a an intuitive approach. That being said I’d estimate around 2000 cals a day.

    • Candice

      Yeah. I’ve been trying that approach myself even though I still have another 25 to go. I found an app where I can journal what I eat generically. It’s based on it bring healthy, average or non healthy. Hopefully I can get back on the right track.

  • Karen H.

    HW: 339
    CW: 292.8 (-2.8)
    GW: 135
    HT: 5’4″ (just found out, thought I was 5’5″ for years – LOL)
    Age: 39

    It’s been a really tough week. It started last Wednesday with a headache (those are rare for me) around the right side of my head. Friday the headache changed and it was just on the right side of my forehead with some itching on my lower right eyelid. I took 2 Aleve that day. Saturday my right eye got red and I noticed some tiny blisters around my right eye. Sunday the blisters were bigger. Monday the right side of my face was a bit swollen and there were more blisters. I took Benadryl that night, convinced it was an allergic reaction to a spider/insect bite. Tuesday my right eye was swollen shut and even more blisters in addition to the original ones getting bigger. I headed to the ER. Found out I have Shingles. They gave me an anti-viral for the Shingles, an antibiotic for both of my eyes just in case and steroids for the swelling. It got even worse on Wednesday, but Thursday I finally started seeing some healing. :-)

    So far I haven’t gained any weight from the steroid and I’m praying it stays that way. I pretty much lost my appetite on Monday so the night-time snacking I had been struggling with before that was suddenly gone. I actually struggled to eat my minimum calories, but I forced myself because I knew I needed the nutrition to heal. I haven’t exercised since Saturday, but I believe in letting my body rest so that it can heal faster. So I’m okay with the inactivity although I do miss my workouts. :-) Who knew? LOL!

    This weeks challenge is right up my alley again. I think Roni is reading my thoughts. LOL! I can’t go out for a few more days until my blisters all crust over because I’m contagious to people who haven’t had chicken pox or the received the varicella vaccination. When I am able to go out these blisters are pretty ugly and there’s no way to hide them. They are turning black as they die and they are all over the right side of my face from my forehead, along the midline ridge of my nose and all around my eye. I was so self conscious going to the ER on Tuesday and the ER on Wednesday. I tried to keep my head down, so I wouldn’t scare kids or get crazy looks. So it’s going to be a challenge to hold my head up high, look people in the eye and not just want to shrink into the shadows.

    • RoniNoone

      Oh no! FEEL BETTER!

  •!/pattyaizaga Patty

    I’m so glad you are having a great vacation! I’m also grateful you posted the links to the self acceptance challenge. I will be checking them out this week because I am struggling in my journey lately. Thanks Roni!

    • RoniNoone

      it’s such an important part of the journey Patty.By the way are you going to BlogHer this year?

    •!/pattyaizaga Patty

      No blogher for me this year. $$ is tight lots of celebrations this year…weddings,baby showers, graduations. All good things of course. :)

    • RoniNoone

      Fun stuff! I wish it was in NY again. That’s my fav BlogHer Local. :)

  • Paula

    Sounds like vacation is fantastic. I’ve never heard of beach yoga, but I bet it was wonderful. Tonight I completed day 6 of snack free evenings. I remember the first time I did it OMG what a disaster. This time was easier. I am not sure it will be continuous, but if I do it most nights I might see that dang scale move. We are going to be going away for a few days soon and I am going to make sure I continue to exercise. Usually no DVD = no workout. Maybe I’ll go for a jog or bring the bike & just park the car!

    • RoniNoone

      Nice job on the no snacking!!

  • disqus_5quxtDMp2t

    hi Roni,

    hope you had a great time in beach..


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