One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Currently I’m…

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I’m stealing this idea from Carla because it’s been awhile since I did an old fashioned, brain-dump, chatty, this-is-what’s-going-on-in-my-life post.

And I feel like getting out of my head.

Sometimes I just need to.

Currently, I’m packing to take the boys on an adventure!

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If you follow along on my pitiful attempt at a travel blog, you may know traveling with my kids is really important to me. I’m going on year 4 of this tradition and the 3 of us will be flying to Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Our ultimate destination is Wyoming. Ryan picked it after last year’s California trip. He said he enjoyed road tripping down the Pacific coast but he liked our Green River trip more so. That was all I needed to hear to start planning.

It took a year of slowly saving and researching (I #wycwyc vacation planning as well) but our time has come! We’ll be experiencing a lot of firsts — first flight for Evan, first AirBnB stay, first time in Idaho, first time in Wyoming, first time at Yellowstone and our first time in and kayaking in Grand Teton!

I’m a little nervous, not going to lie. I never took a trip like this with both kids alone. It should be interesting. A real adventure for sure!!

(I’ll be instagraming photos when I can — @RoniNoone!)

Currently, I’m testing a new ad network.

I know. I know blog ads are ANNOYING. I get it and I hate them too but right now they are a necessary part of my income generation. I’m hoping this new company works out so I can remove the other networks I’m in and just go with one. In the meantime, while they test my site with different ad layouts you may notice some weird design glitches and random ads. It’s an automated system so I have little control over it while we’re in this testing phase.

I long for the day What You Can When You Can becomes a bestseller so I can remove these automated ads from all sites — a girl can dream, right?

Currently, I applied for a job!

The ad thing may make more sense now.

I’m not sure I want a job but I can’t lie, the idea of blogging less and returning to a 9-5 does sound a little appealing — a regular, dependable pay check, benefits, someone to tell me what to do, co-workers and an office outside of the house with no kid interruptions!

On the other hand, I love my freedom and the fact that no one tells me what to do. I have no commute, or vacation time to manage. I can work when I want (which really has become when I can) and I’m forging my own path, albeit a little clumsily.

I’ve been weighing both options out for some time now but they are pretty darn even!


Part of me feels as if I don’t have the cutthroat nature needed to make it as a self-employed business woman (even though I have surpassed my old yearly college salary a few times).

I’m not afraid of work. Actually, I like to work! I’m just tired of feeling so unsure about everything I do and there’s something appealing about a bit more structure in my life.

Currently, I’m killing it at the gym!

Yet not running at all.

Yesterday’s 5k was the first time I ran in weeks. I’m not sure why. I just haven’t been in the mood.

That said, I REALLY enjoyed yesterday. It reminded me what I love so much about running! I’m contemplating a new streak after our trip to try and re-motivate myself again.

As for my lifting, we just ended a new cycle at the gym and I hit a few more PR (personal records).  I can feel myself getting stronger and I’m much more confident with some of the lifts than I was even a year ago.

I was contemplating an olympic lifting competition but I’m not even close to ready. Scratch that, I’m not even close to being ready to start training for something like that!

On the other hand I’ve signed up for two scaled CrossFit competitions this fall. One solo in October and the other a 4-woman team event in November. I can’t wait! I love them!

Currently, I’m considering getting CrossFit certified.

I can’t believe I just wrote that. I’ve even said it out loud a few times!

This is so far out of my comfort zone it’s not even funny!

However, I’m not doing it to train. Well, not adults anyway. I want to get the CrossFit kids certification and the Level 1 is a prerequisite. Once I get that I can help with the CrossFit kids classes my gym offers. I love working with kids and I already volunteer at Ryan’s school to help out with “Fit Club.”  I’m hoping this better prepares me so I can continue to get more involved.

Currently, I’m listening to two 10-year-old boys play “escape” by tying themselves to my kitchen chairs. I think it may be time to intervene.

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    Kate @KateMovingForward

    August 10, 2015

    Oooh! A Crossfit Kids certification would be so cool and sounds totally up your alley!


    August 11, 2015



    August 11, 2015

    I totally understand where you are coming from with the job thing. It’s a difficult decision because you want that freedom. What about part-time instead of full-time? That way you have time to spend with your family, promote your book and receive a steady income.
    From someone who’s been working full time for years, left for 3 years and came back, I’m now looking to leave or go part-time shortly because the 9-5 (which ends up being a lot more) doesn’t leave a lot of room for other things. Instead you’re scrambling to get food on the table and head out the door for school activities.
    When I wasn’t working full time, I loved being able to go to the school for various events during the day (typically they are scheduled right in the middle of the day) or have the freedom to take trips in the summer (your trip to Wyoming sounds amazing btw!). Can you work as a CrossFit trainer/instructor?? That seems to be a great fit for you!


    August 11, 2015

    Cool on that vacation with the kids. I wouldn’t worry too much, you will have a blast.
    I love hearing about families that take their children to the great outdoors to vacation. There will never be an APP for having fun in nature.

    Good Luck and Have Fun


      August 11, 2015

      Totally agree!


    August 11, 2015

    The job thing is a hard one! I have a college degree, but I’ve been a sahm for around 10 years now. The plan was to go back into the workforce after my youngest went into kindergarten, but then I decided to do one more year of sahm so I could do a lot of volunteer work during his kindergarten year (between school and church I was doing over 20 hours a week whew!).

    After that year ended we had to make a difficult choice for my oldest daughter’s schooling and we ended up pulling her from our local school and enrolling her in a virtual charter school program last year-the year I was supposed to go back to work. Along the way I also picked up a babysitting gig for a friend’s daughter, two days a week for 10 hours a time. That, along with the schooling thing, and here I am, still a sahm lol.

    My daughter is doing the virtual charter school program this year again, plus orchestra thrown in twice a week (driving back and forth during the day), plus I’m going to be dropping my friend’s daughter and picking up watching my newborn nephew a couple days a week this fall. And we’re already talking about pulling our other two kids next year and putting them into the virtual charter school as well. Soooo, it looks like I may end up being a sahm for the long term.

    My degree is in writing and I’m toying with the idea of writing a book about my weight loss experience, but I want to wait until I hit that magical 5 year mark for maintenance before I proceed (3ish years yet).

    Good luck to you as you try and figure it out-hopefully it goes a bit smoother than it has for me lol.


      August 11, 2015

      Thanks! I’ve come to learn there is no “right” decision. It comes down to whats working you (us.)


    August 11, 2015

    I’ll be interested if you take the job to see what it is. You’re one of a handful of people who know what an instructional designer is. Ha. At least it feels that way sometimes. It’s been a growing market for a decade and I myself have gone from gov’t contracting > university > gov’t contracting > Fortune 300 company. I hope to stay here for the long haul.


      August 11, 2015

      HA! The job was an Instructional Technologist position!


    August 11, 2015

    I love this post, Roni! Lots of great positive things! :)

    I also lol’d very hard at the last one…


      August 11, 2015

      They were duct taping themselves. I mean… really. lmao


    August 11, 2015

    You are coming to my neck of the woods for vacation. I am 1.5 hours from SLC. I love Yellowstone. I hope you a fantastic trip with your boys. I think it is such a great tradition.

    Mary Nell

    August 11, 2015

    Love your brain dump…and hope not being self-employed won’t mean an end to your blogging, but would make it something that is more about what you love and not about what you have to do to generate income. And traveling alone with kids is hectic…but SO much fun. Enjoy :).


    August 12, 2015

    Would love to hear more about the “fit club” that you help with at school. Thank you.


    August 18, 2015

    Hey Roni,

    I honestly hope that you won’t stop blogging, as I am following you for quite some time now (I guess about 1-2 years). I really enjoy following your journey and bought the wycwyc book immediately. I would miss you very much. However, for sure you have to make the best decision that suits your life and situation. With my 9-5 job however I am struggling, as it is usually more hours that I make. It gives a certain security, but takes away the freedom to do whatever whenever. The certification would totally suits you and working with the kids will for sure make you happy.