One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


From Fat to Skinny to Confident to Gym Manager?

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I hate (HATE!) keeping secrets. I don’t mean the surprise-party kind or the friend-confided-in-me kind — those I pride myself on keeping. It’s the exciting personal news secrets that eat at me from the inside.

Like when I was pregnant.

Yeah, I’m bad at keeping that kind of secret.

I know what you’re thinking…. No, I’m not pregnant. I don’t want to be pregnant. I can honestly say I’m done in the baby department.

So, no baby on the way but … I did get a new job!!

Well, it’s more than a job.

It’s a passion. A project. A dream?

Maybe a dream I didn’t even think I had.

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I’m taking over managing duties at my gym, the Athletic Asylum with a plan of buying-in in the next few months. (I’m on a bit of a trial period to see if it’s something I want to commit to long term.)

Dude…. I’m going to own a gym.


The woman who didn’t start exercising until she was in her 30s!  

It’s been just over 8 years since I started my exercise journey and almost 3 years since joining this CrossFit gym and I would be lying if I said it changed my life. Mine isn’t a story of CrossFit success. I didn’t join a gym, lose 70 pounds and become a success story.


My story is a little different. I lost 70 pounds, became a success story, and then joined a gym. And that’s an important distinction.

I changed my life. Me. I did that. And I’m owning it.

However, I did fall in love with CrossFit. From my first class I knew it was for me. It challenges me daily. I’m stronger, happier and more fit than I’ve ever been in. my. entire. life.

I’m 39, people.

Thirty. Nine.

And I’m not getting any younger… but I FEEL better than I ever have.

The gym was in desperate need of a manager, someone to build community, recruit new members and handle day-to-day operations. So many people have asked me if I wanted to be a trainer and my answer is no. It’s still no, but this, managing, is how I can contribute to a community that has given me so much — friendships, happiness, strength.

So that’s my big news!!

This blog has been with me from fat to skinny to confident to a gym manager.

I’m not going to say “who am I?” any more.

This is me now.

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There are 30 comments so far.

    Danielle @ Well, Danielle

    October 1, 2015

    So inspiring and brave, too. Good for you, Roni! I’m a first-time commenter and fan of the podcast who is in the midst of a career transition myself, so I had to pipe up and say congratulations. Onward!


    October 1, 2015

    Two words: FRACKING. AWESOME. Your personality, organizational skills, community-building experience both online and IRL, and your media-savvy make you a perfect choice for managing (and eventually owning!) a business like this!! Congratulations!

      Sheri J

      October 2, 2015



    October 1, 2015

    Congratulations! They are lucky to have you.


    October 1, 2015

    Roni, I have been a reader for many years and couldn’t be more excited for you in this new found endeavour! What an amazing opportunity! Enjoy!


      October 13, 2015

      WELL SAID … long time reader as well CONGRATS to the new endeavor!


    October 1, 2015

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This seems like a natural evolution for you. You’re gonna rock it!


    October 1, 2015

    I’m a long time reader (and lurker) going back several years, and this is so exciting to hear!! :) I’ve never tried Crossfit but I love your attitude about it. This sounds like a perfect opportunity.


    October 1, 2015

    Wow! That is awesome! You are such an inspiration. Best of luck with your new gig.


    October 1, 2015

    Congratulations! I am sure you will be inspiring many for years to come! Much success.


    October 1, 2015



    October 1, 2015

    That’s really exciting, Roni!


    October 2, 2015

    Holy cow!! This is awesome news, Roni. CONGRATULATIONS on taking this big step. So proud of you, where you’ve been, where you are, & where you’re going. Much love.


    October 2, 2015

    I love how you specifically wrote “I haven’t exercised until 30’s” and then look at where you are right now, not just a healthy and fit person but a gym manager! So inspiring! It makes me think that it’s not too late, I can still make it! Workout is such a hard task for me since I have a sedentary job and I felt like giving up just because I couldn’t put up with workouts. But now I will change my perspective and try to make little changes in my life.


    October 2, 2015

    Congratulations Roni!! That is so exciting. I have been reading your blog for 5 or 6 years now and its been so fun watching you and your family thru this blog.
    And I love all your recipes :)

    Christina Paul

    October 2, 2015

    Congrats!!! A perfect fit for you in your journey. Very proud of you and for you!

    Sherri D

    October 2, 2015

    I can feel your excitement! I almost feel like you are my daughter and you just won the lottery of life. :) I am so proud FOR you. I think you will be awesome.

    It is so odd, this announcement timing of yours. I am almost 61 and am thinking about a career in life coaching. I would never have thought of that before taking this journey of healthier living and weight loss. You inspire me!


    October 2, 2015

    So happy for you – that is awesome and sounds right up your alley! I’m sure you will love it and do an amazing job! You know what they say – do something you are passionate about and you’ll never work a day in your life! I am so happy for you Roni!!!!! And also – I am terrified to try cross fit! lol

    Jessica Ford

    October 2, 2015

    Congrats, Roni! That’s awesome, and doesn’t surprise me one bit!


    October 2, 2015



    October 2, 2015

    Wow! That’s fantastic. I think it’s cool that you’re turning your passion into a job. Those are the best kind!


    October 2, 2015

    Whooo Hooo for you! Congrats! You will crush it. Love the quote and say it often to my kids.


    October 3, 2015

    Congratulations on your new journey. Hope it is a good fit for you. I teach group fitness classes and personal train at a gym but owning one would be a huge responsibility. At least you get to try it out first.


    October 5, 2015

    What awesome news! Congrats, good luck and have fun!


    October 6, 2015

    Congratulations!! It’s been so exciting to see your transformation over the years (been reading since the beginning!) and this is really cool. You have been and remain a total and complete inspiration. :)


    October 7, 2015

    Absolutely LOVE your blog! I have lost 57 lbs on my own (without a gym!!!) and I’m proud of that, too! I haven’t joined a gym yet – maybe I will this winter to liven things up. In any case, congrats on your (possible) gym ownership! How awesome!


    October 18, 2015

    Way to go! I think you’ll do an awesome job!

    Mary Nell

    October 18, 2015

    So excited for you, Roni! Love it–wish I lived a lot closer and could come to your gym :). The best part is that you didn’t plan this. You are 39. Following a passion. Letting life evolve and bring out the best in you. Thanks again for all you do to share, be transparent, and inspire.

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    October 20, 2015

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    Kate @KateMovingForward

    November 8, 2015

    LOVE! Congrats! What a fun job and right in your passion and skill set! :)