One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


My Thanksgiving Week Mantra…

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You guys are going to get tired of me saying it but…

What You Can When You Can!

Or as I now refer to as #wycwyc — pronounced “Wick Wick

If you missed my original #wycwyc challenge, I posted it in September and it has really stuck with me.

Actually, if I’m being honest, it has spread in my brain like a virus.

Yesterday I splurged on a giant cookie after my gym’s fundraiser. It was one of those M&M-topped monstrosities about the size of my head. I thought I’d be good with just a taste, but before I knew it, the cookie was gone.

About an hour later (probably the result of the sugar) I had an insatiable urge to just grab something out of the pantry. I was tired — NOT hungry — and the only thing that kept popping in my head were chips, crackers and pretzels.

As I walked past the pantry door I caught myself saying aloud, “Wick Wick” and walking away. Then I did what I do and posted about it on Facebook.

My what I can when I can moment right now is NOT grabbing something out of the pantry just cause I ate a cookie the size of my head. #wycwyc

And this is it, THIS is the power of #wycwyc. It’s a state of consciousnesses that can help stop the all or nothing mentality in its tracks.

Don’t throw away the day because you ate a cookie. Do what you can when you can moving forward! Sitting all day at work? Take the stairs every chance you get! Eating out with friends? Order soup and see if someone wants to share an entree! And my current favorite… Can’t make it to the gym during the crazy holiday week? Do what you can when you can and get the family out for a walk on Thanksgiving! :) 

The most satisfying and motivational part of the #wycwyc challenge is seeing other people adopting this mentality. My friend Carla, aka MizFitOnline, is the one who sent me that shirt in the above photo. She also ordered one for herself.

carla wycwyc

Just today she said her and her 7-year-old daughter say it to each other now. How cool is that?!

And I’m seeing more and more folks use it on Twitter and Instagram too!

I don’t want to get ahead of myself but do you remember when Carla and I wrote a book proposal and all the feedback we got was, you have no hook!  Well, maybe THIS is our hook.  We’ve been working on a few ideas and I’m really excited about motivating people to make positive changes that help them reach their goals. I’m so over traditional “diet” books. We keep focusing on the what to eat and how to move, when really, most people know that stuff. It’s putting it into practice day in and day out that gets ignored and as a recovering yo-yo dieter #wycwyc is the best way I can sum up my change in attitude and approach.

Even though I need another site like I need a hole in my head, this geek already set up I’m thinking it could be a fun way to pull all the stuff people post on social media! We’ll see.

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    November 25, 2013

    Awesome! A worthy mantra and catchy. Perfect. Thanks.


    November 25, 2013

    As you’ve seen I’m obsessed with #wycwyc!! Thank you for bringing it to light and reminding us about it all the time!! It’s just great :)
    -Sammy @


    November 26, 2013

    Roni, thank you so much for sharing this. By doing this very thing I “accidentally” lost weight and put on a pair of pants 1 size smaller today! This is huge news. I have dropped 2 pant sizes ( I stopped weighing) since I started last January. ( at 400 pounds) And I make lots of mistakes, have had massive binges and just started again and again. It works! Thank you thank you and thank you again!

    Martha Glantz

    November 26, 2013

    You said it best with “It’s putting it into practice day in and day out that gets ignored and as a recovering yo-yo dieter #wycwyc is the best way I can sum up my change in attitude and approach.” Without knowing it ( needed to read it from you) I was putting this in practice for a while. can’t get a long walk in? Take several short walks? can’t get to yoga? Stretch at home? Ate too much? So what? Get back on track.
    It’s finally sunk in that my new way of eating is my new way of eating forever. It is great eating BTW! healthy delicious food. And moving every day just makes me feel good. Oh yeah! And it’s good for me.

    Amy Rolniak

    November 26, 2013

    I know you are focused healthy lifestyle with #wycwyc but I find myself using the “term” when I am talking about random acts of kindness, or recycling, or teachable moments in my class, or character development or helping a charity…the list goes on and on. If everyone did what they could when they could the world would be a better place for sure…and healthier :)


      November 26, 2013

      ME TOO!! From cleaning to work to parenting. So glad it stuck with you too!

    Pantea Vaziri

    November 26, 2013

    I will order a necklace:) (Previous name: Anar)


    November 28, 2013

    You’re absolutely right: wycwyc is your hook! So many people get daunted about even just STARTING on the road to a more healthy lifestyle because there’s this perception that if you’re not running or working out an hour a day, it’s not going to make a difference at all. Not all results are measurable by a scale – I’ve found that even 15 minutes of moderately paced walking can make a significant difference in blood glucose levels.