One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Ladies Home Journal, The Doctors, My Photo Shoot, and Other Fun Announcements!

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I’m probably going to jam WAY too much in this post but you are going to have to bear with me. I’m too excited to hold anything back. There’s just so much happening!

First, if you remember waaay back in November I traveled to L.A. for a photo shoot with a “major publication” and an appearance on a “national TV show.”  On my way there I did some soul searching about my role as a “Weight Loss Success Story.”

Well that publication is hitting stands, umm, NOW! Keep an eye out for the March edition of Ladies Home Journal. In it you will find me, Michelle and Erika talking weight maintenance.

Roni, Michelle, Erika

That’s us at the photo shoot. We had an absolute blast. I really can’t say enough good things about these ladies. Just fabulous, smart, inspiring, motivated people and I had the honor of working with them. I feel so blessed!

We REALLY had a good time.


Just too much fun!


And Ladies Home Journal was nice enough to share our full shoot with us.

This was us posing in front of our “befores.”


In addition to group shots, they had us pose solo. These were a few of my favorites.

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This one was more emotional for me than I realized it would be.


That was the first photo I shared when I started this blog and journey in 2005. All three of us had to compose ourselves for this part of the shoot — there were a few tears. We were all overwhelmed.

If you don’t want to wait for the printed version of the article, click here to check it out online. There’s a line in there about the scale that I’m not sure I agree with anymore but it was definitely true for the past 8 years. I’m sure you’ll figure out which one it is.

Along with the article we recorded a segment for The Doctors.


It will be airing February 10 and I’m going to miss it!

I’ll be cruising with Mom and the American Heart Association!

Which leads me to the next round of fun announcements!

I have 3, THREE, potential oportunities with brands I love and I couldn’t be more excited. One is a board position and I have a LOT of opinions to share.  One is a brand I’ve been a fan of for YEARS! And one, you already know, is the AHA and I’m excited about possibly working with them more.

I hope to share more as these things unfold. I have a crazy weekend planned leading into an exciting week!

OK, gotta go, but not before I share the food journal!

What Why
Orange On the way to the gym. Peeled it before I left. All I had time for.
Recovery Shake (almond milk, maple syrup, whey protein, cocoa powder) Post-workout drink I bring to the gym with me and drink while stretching
2 eggs with leftover Brussels sprouts and cubed ham Breakfast before getting to work. About an hour after the gym.
Quinoa Beet and Feta Salad Lunch! A little after noon made using what I could find in my pantry. Click here for the recipe.
Kashi Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars Honey Oat Flax On my way to the store and I didn’t want to be too hungry.
Samples at Costco ‘Cause everything looked so darn good!
Tuna Steak, Edamame, Swiss Chard, Baked Potato  Dinner with the Family – Farm pick up day — everything was SUPER fresh!
 4 small dark chocolate caramels with a cup of tea  My end of the day sweet bite. It was totally satisfying.
 Handful of Beef Jerky  I was up too late and my stomach was growling

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There are 17 comments so far.

    Kristine Beeson

    February 7, 2014

    such great pictures! I’m so very pleased for you :)

    Heather B

    February 7, 2014

    Fabulous photos! You can see the emotion in your face in the one where you’re posing with “before”. Will look for the article! Not sure what time Doctors comes on around here

      Michelle A.

      February 10, 2014

      Check local listings :)


    February 7, 2014

    Woohoo! Good things coming to a GREAT role model all because of your exemplary work. Enjoy your well deserved moment to shine and lovely time in the sun with your mama.

    Karen P

    February 7, 2014

    Congrats!!! Super love the photos. Glad yo are sharing your stories!

    Alicia N.

    February 7, 2014

    Roni! Wow, you are beautiful. Those solo photos are amazing. I’m so excited for you and Michelle. I follow both your blogs, and now will add Erika’s :-) Can’t wait to read the article and watch the show.


    February 7, 2014

    How AWESOME! Those photos are amazingly beautiful! Your spirit just shines through!


    February 7, 2014

    How exciting for you! Loved the article and snip it. I’m sure it will be encouraging to many who read it! Have a blast on the cruise…don’t catch any viruses!


    February 7, 2014

    Congratulations on the magazine article and all the exciting projects. Going to look for my copy this weekend! :) The pictures are wonderful. You look great!


    February 7, 2014

    I tried to read the parts of the article about you and was just wondering why you don’t credit Weight Watchers with you losing weight in the beginning? I’ve read your blog since it started and you loved meetings and doing the points system, this WAS what worked for you then..? Just curious why you would not say that in the magazine..? Anyway, congrats on the interview you look great! =)


      February 7, 2014

      The edited it out. I mention it all the time.


      February 7, 2014

      I think it’s looked at as free advertising. To be honest, I don’t like to promote them much anymore either because the plan isn’t the same as it was when I lost either.

    Sarah Deman

    February 7, 2014

    Your photos are so gorgeous! I cant wait to pick up the issue!


    February 7, 2014

    Wow Roni, those solo shots look amazing. Congrats on all of the opportunities you have before you and the great things coming down the line.


    February 7, 2014

    Congratulations! Enjoy it all!


    February 8, 2014

    Congratulations, Ronnie! I can’t wait to ready LHJ! The AHA does such good work – we would be lucky to have you working with them!


    February 14, 2014

    Roni you are such an inspiration and so beautiful! I read the article and loved it!