One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Stress Eating Confessions

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I guess the title says it all.  I’ve been finding myself wanting to eat for eating sake again but this time I know the driving force.

I’m stressing!

The Mid Atlantic Affiliate Challenge is this weekend and I am SO out of my league. I know I always talk about pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone but this is more than a push or a shove — this is me getting shot out of a human cannon!

For starters, I’m on a team with people I really don’t know that well. Don’t get me wrong, they are all super nice but I don’t play group sports for a reason. I’m a team player in every other aspect of my life except athletic endeavors. Even as a child I hated traditional sports. I guess it comes down to confidence. I just don’t want to be the one who loses the game for the team. And believe me when I say I am the weak link in the group. I’m the oldest, the least experienced and the slowest.

To say I’m stressing is an understatement. I’m FREAKING OUT! Yet I’m looking forward to it. It’s strange dichotomy.

The day after the 2-day CrossFit challenge, I’m headed to California with the 8-Year-Old ALONE!

I’ve been meaning to post more about this trip on TheUnworldlyTravelers but I just haven’t gotten to it. I mentioned it back in January — click here to see the cool site I’m using to plan the trip.

Much like the competition, I’m totally looking forward to this trip but it’s also stressing me out!  Besides the obvious driving around a completely foreign place for five days with my first-born alone, we still have to pack and we return just in time for me to host Easter dinner for the family.

On top of all that awesome craziness my laptop died this week. I had to get a completely new hard drive and now I’m frantically trying to re-set up the computer before we leave on Monday so I can journal our trip while we’re gone.

I also lost my camera lens cap on this weekend’s hike making traveling with my camera difficult. Oh! and I have to find time to charge the GoPro and see if I can come up with some fun way to mount it so we can record some cool videos.

Of course I have lots of other open projects that need my attention but I won’t bore you with the details.

So what am I stress eating? THESE new awesome chips I found


… bringing this post full circle with the question of the week. I shouldn’t have bought them!


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    April 11, 2014

    I am right there with you. Stress eating because of my job has caused me to gain 5 pounds in the past month. I need to nip this in the bud now before it’s totally out of control. Why does it have to be such a struggle?!


      May 10, 2014

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    Karen P

    April 11, 2014

    I just published a blog post about non-food emotional eating triggers. My last post was Stress Eating. Yep! I still go to do it, but I’ve been able to get just out in front of it, label it, then attempt to avoid. Good luck, Roni. Food won’t solve the stress, so here’s to looking at other, effective ways. I know you will. :) Hang in there. Those brain pathways run deep.


    April 11, 2014

    I am so excited for your adventure with your son! I can’t wait to hear how it goes. I’d love to do the same with my guy in a year or so. I hope you are getting to drive some of Pacific Coast Highway 1- beautiful!!!!!!! We stopped at one of the artichoke farms along the way and had an amazing lunch. Gotta try in and out burger,too!

    Jeri Lyn

    April 11, 2014

    Hi Roni,
    I think it’s great that you’re able to acknowledge it!! I believe that’s one of the first steps towards recovery!!! ;) You ate it, you acknowledged it & now you can move on.
    I’m sure you’ll do great this weekend, but either way, OWN IT!! As my running coaches (who are 2 of the best people I know) always tell us, someone has to come in last & let me tell you once, I came in “dead” last on a trail marathon, it was a small group, but still I was “dead” last, but someone had to be last & i’m sure the 2nd to the last person was glad it was me. :)) I’ve acknowledged it, i’m actually pretty prouod of myself for not giving up (I really shouldn’t have been out there, I’d had major surgery/kidney removal/donation only 4 months prior), anyways most people didn’t know my situation, all they knew was that I was last & they were holding up the whole finish line just for me!! Anyways, it was a good learning experience for me & I also learned last is MUCH better than giving up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So, ROCK IT RONI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As always, thanks for all you do. Good luck this weekend & have a fabulous trip with “the kid”, you’ll be traveling near my neck of the woods!!
    Thanks again!!!