One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Roni (Veronica Noone)Hi, I’m Roni! I’m a mom, wife, web publisher, author, speaker, event organizer, wanna-be photographer, and overall geek. I used to teach web development full time at a community college. Now I blog for a living. Can you believe it?

I can’t.

I started blogging while pregnant with my first son in 2004. Creating a web page was a way for me stay in touch with friends and family while keeping them updated on our new addition.

This is a photo I shared of my belly on my original family blog, although the picture was supposed to be of my swollen feet.


I immediately became hooked on blogging. It gave me a way to be creative and communicate, two of my absolute favorite things to do — translation: I like to make stuff and I like to talk, A LOT.

At first, my pregnancy and new baby took most of my blogging energy.


Then I started to post about my weekly Weight Watchers meetings. After a few weeks I decided I needed a “Weight Watchen” page (the original name of this blog.) I started to use my blog as a means to vent, celebrate and share on my journey of reaching my weight-loss goals.

Roni in 1999This is me in 1999, I had weight issues since my preteen years. Well, they were more “body image” issues but I digress — click here to read more about my weight history.

Weight Watchen really started to become a complete outlet for me, It was my shoulder to cry on, my friend to high five and my coach to report to (click here to see the original archives salvaged). I posted progression photos, recipes, tips, insights and pretty much anything else that inspired me. Sharing and inspiring others is/was/will always be very motivating to me. Honestly, it keeps me going.

BlogToLoseIn addition my own personal blogging endeavors, I launched a blog community called BlogToLose. Having reached my goals using this medium I thought it only fair to helps others reach theirs. I truly believe blogging can help people live a more conscious life, and living consciously is necessary if one is to lose weight and change habits. It took me YEARS to learn that and it’s one of the messages I want to share here, on Roni’s Weigh.

Never in a million years did I think my little community would become as popular as it did, BlogToLose now has over 7,000 members! I’m no longer active on it but I maintain the server to help support the community.

Since blogging became such a passionate, healthy outlet for me, I decided to gather those who feel the same way for a yearly conference. It’s called FitBloggin and I explain my motivation behind organizing it here in this post. I’m planning the sixth annual FitBloggin’ conference currently. It’s been a smashing success!

Here on Roni’s Weigh I share what goes through my head as a recovering dieter. I post race recaps and training ideas as a runner. I post about my day and my CrossFit obsession. I try to inspire and give tips on how to be active with the family by sharing my own. I answer reader questions and used to post a monthly podcast. Overall, this blog is my personal journal and I use it to inspire myself and others as I try to live a more conscious, healthy life.

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There are 40 comments so far.


    September 13, 2008

    I love the updates! I’ve been following you for over a year now and learned even more about you here. I cannot even believe that WW hasn’t jumped on board with you considering how much of a believer of their program you are. Thank you for all you do for those like me who are on our own journey to go from fat, to skinny, to healthy!! You rock!!


    September 22, 2008

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    November 2, 2008

    Hi from another Roni! Congrats on your accomplishment.

    Check out veronicas last blog post..Happy Samhain!


    November 13, 2008

    Hi Roni,

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    Denise Burks

    November 18, 2008

    Hi! My name is Denise Burks and I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I am trying to crack the code to successful suburban living by interviewing and photographing women who like their lives. One of the many challenges that I faced while living in the suburbs (besides loneliness, boredom, frustration, intimidation, powerlessness, and such) was a significant weight gain. Now I don’t necessarily blame the suburbs for my weight gain. My husband, his ex-wife, my children, my step-children and my neighbor Sherri Sonner deserve credit also. And there is a possibility that my bad attitude had something to do with it. Regardless, I have been fantasizing about writing a blog that tracks my suburban journey back to fitness. I’d like to model my blog after yours and would love to chat further about your adventure. Thanks in advance. I appreciate any feedback. Warmest Regards, Denise Burks Success In The Suburbs 55 South Main Street #367 Naperville, IL 60540 630.885.0172


    June 4, 2009

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    June 28, 2009


    I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

    Congrats 4 your blog!

    I was arrive because your note about Nike & Ipod apple.

    Its wonderfull your idea!

    Its a placer follow you in twitter!

    Keep in touch!


    Dr. Marika Zoll

    July 8, 2009

    Hello Roni. I just listened to your interview on Blog Success. At the end you mention the lonely lifestyle. I so appreciated your acknowledgement of this fact. And, I must say that listening to your interview left me feeling less alone. I have been trying to start blogging, setting up two so far, for a couple months. I have always wished that I could talk to someone that knew what to do. I have struggled immensly trying to figure it all out. The design. The host. The pluggins. I have felt so alone. I stumbled across BlogSuccess in an effort to now learn how to do advertising. I found their site. Am checking it out and your interview was the first thing I did on my first day. I feel like I have come home. I too am an academic. A ph.d in psychology. Laid off by the state of california. Questioning my career choice. I have started writing. I am breeding dogs and being a FREE therapist. My other blog is I feel so much more “hope” after your interview. You have reached out and touched and I wanted you to know. I feel more confindant. All your talk about “organic”, well that so clicked with me. I love the look of your blog here. Wish there was software I could buy to design something like this. If you look at what I have done, those are basic Artisteer designs. I have built websites and find the blogging template world confining creatively. Shoudld I take an html class? I don’t expect to hear from you but would love to. But mostly, you should know how effective you were in your interview. I feel less alone tonight. Guess the time……nearly 1:00 a.m. My kitten sleeps beside the monitor. :-)

    Angela Ellis

    October 15, 2009

    I love your blog. I was curios about your diet. How did you change it? What foods should I avoid after a tummy tuck? I am 9 weeks post op. And I look and feel great. I don’t want to get like I did before surgery. Please give me some diet and excercise pointers.


    October 22, 2009

    Angela It’s all about balance. I’m not going to tell you want to and not to eat. Focus on whole foods, limit processed stuff… that’s my philosophy. :)

    Congrats on the TT!!


    November 8, 2009

    Wow. youre hot. Are you free next Friday. After a long week of blogging, Im sure you would be interested in sushi and Jaeger bombs.

    Nicholas Wind

    December 7, 2009

    Great blog (s) Roni.
    I found you through blogsuccess and listened to your interview with Jack.
    The most noticeable thing is how you simpley took your passions and expand on them extremely well.
    I’m doing the same thing but not as well as you.
    I think that’s something that many folks miss is there must be passion to start.
    I don’t know if you’ll see this comment but I want to ask you “How significant to your blogs success is BlogSuccess ?”
    I beleive I need to join to get to the next level in blogging and just wanted an honest testimonial if that’s OK.


    December 14, 2009

    Hi Nicholas,

    Honestly I was just interviewed by blogsuccess I was never a member.

    Sorry. :(



    March 21, 2010

    Just found your blog and I love it! Great work!! I’ll be adding you to my Blogroll. Hope you don’t mind. -Erin

    Richard Taylor

    February 28, 2012

    Hi Roni,

    My name is Richard Taylor and I work as a student intern with FindTheBest. I noticed Roni’s Weigh has a lot of excellent posts on eating healthy and I would like to share with you a new dietplan comparison I’m working on. May I email you the link so you can check it out and possibly provide some feedback.

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    Have a wonderful day Roni!

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    April Reisenfeld

    June 1, 2012

    I have been falling off the wagon and gained a pound last week :-( Why is it so hard!!!


    July 16, 2012


    I was just browsing your website and it is very appealing. I really like the site presentation and am interested in placing a do-follow text link on your ‘Ads – Still Payin’ Bills’ section or banner ad on your site for our non commercial blog/info website.

    Please send me an email at your earliest convenience to discuss rates and advertising options for your website.

    Thanks for your time. I look forward to doing business with you.

    Have a great day!



    Kerry Don

    August 15, 2012

    Hello Roni,

    My name is Kerry Don. I am co-creator/owner of Coconut Warrior coconut water. Our company is based out of Las Vegas, NV. The reason I’m writing to you is because I wanted to inform you of our new product launch. If this is something of interest to you, and you have any questions, please contact me at Also, I would like to request your mailing address so we can send you some Coconut Warrior gear as well as a sample of our product once it’s produced. We are expecting to bring our product to market in the next 2 months.

    Currently, we are trying to raise money on to fund our first production run. The way Kickstarter works is such that it allows people with great ideas a chance to execute them with help from supporters. In addition, Kickstarter will only charge their card (those who have made a $ pledge) and disburse the money to us if we reach the entire $30,000 goal by our deadline. Our Kickstarter campaign will go Live in the next couple of days, and then we have 30 days to reach our goal.
    In addition, we will be more than happy to mention you on our social media outlets (website, FB page, etc.) if you can help spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign on your social media outlets. Any support is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you for your time.

    Anita Weiser

    September 7, 2012

    I am marketing a new offer and wanted to possibly buy an ad from you. Can you please answer the following quick questions to help set up something:

    1. Can I buy a SOLO ad from you?

    2. How many active subscribers do you have on your list?

    3. What is your average email open rate?

    4. How much is a solo ad?




    May 7, 2013

    I just found Diet Soap. Crazy! I blog about diet fads, what works and doesn’t. I bought 100 of those diet soaps. Have no affiliation with the company. Don’t get anything out of this. I just don’t think it will work. I want to debunk it. So people get a bar of soap for free. All they have to do is write/video of whether it worked or not. I want your readers to get an exclusive heads up on it. Don’t see contact info so I’m following you now on social media and am writing this hoping it gets to you… Just thought this challenge would be fun. Details at my website

    Jean-Paul Blommaert

    July 15, 2013


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    Looking forward to discuss the possibilities.



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    Marna Thall

    August 9, 2013

    I just love these updates from you and I’m so inspired to see pushing past anything you thought was possible for you.



    August 14, 2013

    I used to follow you & enjoyed your posts. I got to know your face very well… So well that when your face just popped up on some diet gimmick on Facebook, stating you lost your weight in 30 days, I knew it was a scam! I’ve commented on their post and shared it on my timeline stating that you actually lost your weight the healthy way, through WW. I wish I could post the link here… But if you want to see it, try looking up Women’s Fitness on Facebook. ;-)

    Dianna Sanchez

    August 20, 2013

    Hello, I see you post a lot about a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy. I am contacting you regarding a unique new drink mix called Hunger Shield, which you and your readers would love. It is an all natural drink aid created by nutritionists containing no artificial sweeteners. This drink aid is blended with fiber, protein, and probiotics and curbs your appetite. I would like to talk more about this product with you and possibly give samples for you to review and give out to your readers. In the meantime, for more on Hunger Shield you can visit .

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Jennifer Herry

    August 25, 2013

    I started the 24-Day Challenge, and it changed my life forever. I lost 15 pounds in the first 24 days, and went on to lose an additional 40 pounds. In the end I went from a size 14/16 to a 4/6 now. I am now a better mother, wife and friend. I’ve got my old self back again. I feel better than ever. See for yourself…


    September 20, 2013

    I am always looking for health and fitness blogs, and you have a really nice blog. It is so inspiring to see such amazing before and after photos. You are a true inspiration.



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    November 19, 2013


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    Karen Bures

    January 11, 2014

    Hey Roni. I have recently begun my own weight loss journey blog! I love reading yours (in fact it was part of my healthy way to start the day homework)! But I’m wondering how I build a fan base. Thought I might reach out and see if you had any insight, advice, tips, etc. Thank you so much!!


      January 13, 2014

      I Karen! Honestly, it’s just a different blogging world then when I started. My advice would be to just do your thing, be active in the community (Facebook/twitter) and be consistent.

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    January 27, 2014

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    Teresa Carroll

    May 13, 2014

    Hi Roni,

    It is wonderful reading about your weight loss journey. What a motivation you are to many!

    I am writing to you on behalf of the company I work for that I believe you would be interested in collaborating with. Personal Trainer Food is a 28 day healthy, weight loss meal plan. Our beliefs are simple- we eat healthy and natural meats, veggies, cheese, and nuts the way we did 40 or 50 years ago, before there was processed sugar and carbohydrates in everything we consumed today. We have people from age 2 to 102 using Personal Trainer Food. I’m sure we can drive some serious attention and a whole lot of new readers to your blog in the process.

    I’ve presented your blog to our team and they loved your honesty and passion to your better health. We wanted to present this opportunity and see if you would be interested in taking a month to try our program, maybe even compare results from other products you have tried, discuss the pros, cons and any information you would like to offer your followers.

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      May 15, 2014

      Thanks for reaching out but I don’t do supplied meal plans. Hope you understand.

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    June 10, 2015

    Hi Roni,

    Hope you are doing well! I know that it’s easy for an email to get lost in a busy day’s work, so I just wanted to check in with you regarding my last message.

    My name is Jacquelyn and I’m from Kurbo Health, a mobile health coaching program specially designed for kids, teens, and families.

    I know that as parents, we try our best to raise happy, healthy children. And after reading your posts about your health and weight loss adventures as a mom, I think you might be interested in learning more and potentially blogging about Kurbo as well.

    Here is a recent article about Kurbo from’s senior editor: (If you think it’s a good fit, we’d love it if you could share it with your followers on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet you use!)

    Will you have a few minutes for me to introduce Kurbo to you with more depth? Please also let me know if you are interested in getting more written info. Thanks for your interest!

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    Amy Brawn

    November 23, 2015

    Hey Roni :)

    I’m Amy. I’m the point of contact for any Exante blogger outreach here at The Hut Group.

    I recently found your blog through Healthline and reading through it I felt genuinely moved by the journey you’ve been through, fab photography, really engaging content, all in all such a nice feel to the whole thing that makes you want to stay and read on.

    I was just wondering if you would like to review a few of our products? They’re designed for customers who may have a lot of weight to lose and aren’t sure where to start, to instil healthy eating times and patterns so that when they’ve reached a certain goal, they can take lessons they learn about portion size and so on to move onto a healthy, wholesome lifestyle and way of life. Our meals are low-carb and high-protein meals containing over 22 vitamins and minerals (we offer a variety of milkshakes, gooey puddings and pancakes – we have a new exante cupcake too ;)) And we’re about to bring out a new range next month with an even wider variety of options moving towards a wholesome health food range (I’m personally so excited for this!) I would be happy to send you a two-week trial, or, if you can’t commit to this, I would love to send you a mix of meals and snacks to fit in with your day to day daily life. Obviously you don’t need to lose weight at all, but I was hoping you might be willing to review a small selection of products or take part in a short trial, to see what you think and share your views with your readers 

    For a bit more information, you can read about our Exante brand and the products we offer here:

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please let me know (along with any dietary preferences you might have – all but two of our products are vegetarian) and I’ll get a complimentary package sent out on us as soon as possible (plus a few other treats as a thank you too!)

    Thanks again and hope to hear from you soon Roni.

    Kind regards,