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A What-I’m-Eating-Wednesday Brain Dump

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I feel like I haven’t blogged in forever (it’s been 3 days) and miss it. There’s no doubt I’m addicted to getting all the crap swimming in my brain out. When I don’t I feel like I’m weighed down, if that makes sense.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a classic brain dump. It always helps me feel better.

The gym job is going great! Honestly, I’m having a blast. I love the tangibleness of it. I’m building a kids space, rearranging office furniture to build a reception area and just making general tweaks based on what members have asked for. I love responding to the potential member emails and following up with folks. I love helping members and basically just managing the day-to-day stuff. Oh! And of course the social media channels, you guys know I love that! I’ve been having fun sharing the personality of the gym on IG and Facebook.

However, the flip side is, I’m exhausted! By the time I get the kids to bed my eyes are closing. This comic pretty much sums it up perfectly.

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That’s me. Every night.

In a way it’s a good thing. I’m feeling productive and I love “doing” but I also can see where this will lead to burnout. I just need to find a new flow. I will. I always do.

Let’s see… what else is happening?

I finally carved out a few minutes to post on GreenLiteBites. I’ve been making a batch of Banana Oat Cups for the kids almost weekly so I figured it was about time to share my new recipe which the kids love! I also made a new chili idea last night with turkey, collards and pinto beans that BOTH KIDS ATE. I nearly fell off my chair. I’m hoping to share that story on GreenLiteBites in the next few days.

There has been ZERO activity over on my poor travel blog. However, I am in my end-of-the-year vacation planning phase. I’ve decided (with The Husband’s blessing for a change — he’s finally seen the travel light!) to let a handful of trips yearly be a financial priority, after bills and basics are covered of course. We can’t afford to do all the trips that I wanted to next year but we found some compromises to swing a few key ones. My plan is to carve out some time to blog about this planning phase. It will help me wrap my head around everything anyway.

In the #wcywyc universe things are going well. Every couple of days I’ll get an email that says our ranking jumped on Amazon, which basically means we sold a few copies. I haven’t been as active with the hashtag but that’s only because I haven’t been that active on social media as a whole. I find my energy for personal social updates decreases now that I post for the gym. That said, I love checking in on the hashtag every few days and seeing new people sharing. It always makes me smile. We also posted a podcast this week — FINALLY!

A few weeks ago Lose It! reached out to me about a campaign they are running called #MyDayMyWay. It sounded much like #wycwyc so I asked if I could send them a copy of the book. They agreed and loved it! So I hope to be working with them on some cross-promotion. I’ve historically been a MyFitnessPal girl for food journaling but I’m giving Lose It! a run this week to check it out. I’ll share my insights in a few days.

Speaking of, this is my food journal so far today for What I Ate Wednesday:

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Notice the notes section. I love that!

There’s quite a few things I like about it. The funny thing is when I set up my Lose It! account it asked me my goal weight and it occurred to me: I haven’t stepped on nor thought about the scale in weeks? months? A year?

Honestly, I don’t know!

I know not everyone agrees but I think that’s an AMAZING thing. I feel “cured” in a strange way. Pulling off that scale band aid was what I needed to move on for sure. It’s been two years since I stopped weighing myself regularly and I don’t miss it. I’m as active as ever, eating better than ever and I feel confident — what I always wanted — and strong.

I not only feel strong but I feel like I’m getting stronger every day.

And that makes me happy.

That’s it from me on this midday brain dump. I have to run anyway. It’s almost time for school bus pick-up!



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Discussion

There are 4 comments so far.

    Martha

    October 22, 2015

    You are brave! I know I’m different now and approach the whole weight loss/maintenance differently, but and it’s a big BUT. When I stop weighing, the weight creeps on. Fortunately I don’t let the scale define me or set my mood for the day. It is a measurement tool that works for me.
    Glad you are enjoying your new job.

    JennieM

    October 22, 2015

    I would love to read about your planning phases for yearly travel. I am married to someone who doesn’t value travel as much as I do. Now that the kids are just 5 & 7 years from leaving the nest, I am trying to make it a priority…even short jaunts. Recently on a car trip we did the how many states have you been to game. I have been to 45 states, my husband, 5 and my kids 6! Right then and there I made it a priority!

    Krista

    October 24, 2015

    I love your writing and this post and your sense of humor, its so much like mine. I have been in the Medical Field for over 25 yrs mostly in OB/GYN and weight loss for not only women but men too is depressing and difficult. Thanks for sharing your support! Anytime you want to guest blog on mine let me know, email me anytime and vice versa! I love following you! Great job!

    Erin

    November 6, 2015

    I would love to hear more about your travel planning. We are trying to make travel a priority with our 2 girls (8 and 6). We’ve got a quick trip planned in Jan for the fam and then we have an adult trip planned in Mar/April to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. My husband is a teacher and gets a spring break every year but my girls only get spring break every other year. So on the years they get a spring break we’ll take a family trip and on the years they don’t get one we’ll take an adult trip. Now I just need to decide where we’re going for a family vacation this summer!