One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Saturday Brain Dump

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Geesh.. I took one day off from the blog and now I feel like I have a million things to tell you!  I’m going to have to take a good, old-fashioned brain-dump bullet-point approach. Here goes…

1. Test out week

Today was the last day of my gym’s test out week and, without beating around the bush, selling myself short or lacking any sort of confidence… I KILLED IT!

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That’s my current notebook. I increased my 1 rep max PRs in Back Squat, Bench Press, Snatch, Dead Lift, Front Squat and the Full Squat Clean.

To say I feel good about this week is an understatement. I’m on cloud nine. There’s nothing more satisfying to me than knowing I’m making progress at the gym and getting stronger. It just makes me feel accomplished and happy!

2. Might as well jump!

This morning I took the kids to a birthday party at one of those bouncy places and, yet again, I was the only mom running around like a lunatic, giggling down the slides and jumping with the kids.

It’s my #wycwyc on so many levels.

Ryan was all about the dodgeball.

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Evan is really into slides.

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Both of them are a trip! Which reminds me…

3. Boyhood

I finally got a chance to see Boyhood last night and I enjoyed it. Totally different than I thought it was going to be.  But as a child of a divorced family and a parent myself now, it was a true-to-life, coming-of-age story that captivated me as I watched the characters age.

4. GI progress!

Despite my departure from the low-FODMAP diet (it wasn’t really addressing my specific issues) I have found relief in TWO DAYS with 2 supplements.

  • Psyllium husk – Recommended by a few people in the comments, I did some research and decided there would be no harm in giving it a try. I’ve been taking it with meals since Thursday.
  • Align probiotic – My doctor and a few folks I’ve talked to in person mentioned probiotics so I decided to take the leap. I’ve been taking one a day since Thursday.

For the first time in, I don’t know how long (years?) I’ve had a “normal” bathroom experience.  My diet has still been clean, no lactose, limited processed foods and wheat. I’m even staying away from chocolate!

I’m a little mad at myself for starting both the psyllium husk and probiotics at the same time so I don’t know if it’s the two of them together making the difference or one of them specifically.  Over time I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

5. Robert Irvine #wycwyc’s! 

I posted about this on I know, I’m a big dork but his tweet totally made me smile.

6. FitBloggin’ updates

This week I made lots of progress on the FitBloggin’ front. I’m still behind where I normally am at this time BUT the schedule is starting to come together, I just posted the applications for assistantships, and sponsors are being secured!

7. Avocado love


I made that salad yesterday and it was amazing. I shared the recipe and my avocado history on GreenLiteBites because, honestly, I never thought I would like them as much as I do know.

8. 20 YEARS tomorrow!

I’m writing this really quick before heading out on a date with The Husband. Tomorrow is our TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY! I’m sorry but I can’t wrap my head around it. If we’ve been together for 20 years then I’m not 20 anymore and I still feel 20. Well, at least IN my 20s. Yet here I am on the way out of my 30s!

That’s crazy talk!

We’ve both known each other longer than we haven’t known each over and it blows our minds.

Anyway, there’s the brain dump. I feel like a forgot a few things but I’ve got to go. Babysitter will be here soon!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

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There are 14 comments so far.


    January 31, 2015

    such great news–i think both of these make me have a “normal” life, but if i had to pick i’d say psyllium every time….


      February 2, 2015

      That’s my guess too. Especially becuase I almost immediately noticed a difference the next day.


    February 1, 2015

    No Chocolate? You are strong indeed!


      February 2, 2015

      Nope.. and I miss my 90% lindt!

    February 1, 2015

    Roni, Great Blog. Have you ever tried a colon cleanse? I give a lot of tips and tricks about weight loss on my site.


      February 2, 2015

      I haven’t and I’m not interested. Thanks.

    Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner

    February 1, 2015

    Sooo awesome about your prs!!! Congrats! :) and that is so awesome about being together for twenty years, living the dream :) have a lovely anniversary!


      February 2, 2015

      Thanks! :)


    February 3, 2015

    Hi Roni,
    I don’t know if along with your bathroom issues, if you have stomach bloat or not. I have a 30 year old daughter that is thin, but her tummy really protrudes. So people are always asking her if she’s pregnant (and she has never had a baby).
    She does have some issues with diarrhea as well. So I was wondering if the Psyllium husk has helped you with bloating. Do you take pills or the kind you mix with water?
    Thanks and a big congrats to your and your husband on your 20th wedding anniversary!!


      February 3, 2015

      P.S Roni, Is the link the pills you are using? How many do you have to take a day, and are they large? Easy to swallow?


      February 4, 2015

      Yes! I’ve been taking 2 with each meal (the fiber ones) and they are working amazing! Ans yes, easy to swallow caplets.


      February 4, 2015

      The biggest thing that helped with the bloat was taking lactose and most of the wheat out of my diet. It didn’t solve my diarrhea but it did help with bloat and gas immensely!


    February 5, 2015

    I have been having more of the “bound up” GI issues and have been told to try psyllium also…. almost every fiber I’ve tried before makes me gassy so it seems interesting that the psyllium may actually relieve that! You may have convinced me to try…


      February 5, 2015

      I’m planning a whole post about the stuff. I’ve been experimenting and there is no doubt it’s what has helped me the most!