One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident




I almost removed this page with my latest blog redesign. As a weight-loss maintainer, “before and after photos” mean less and less as time goes on. In the beginning you want the world to see what you used to look like compared with what you look like now. Then life keeps on trucking, years pass and you realize what you accomplished means so much more than a number on a scale or a side-by-side comparison shot.

That being said, it’s the thing most people are curious about. So I will keep this page for archive purposes. Plus, it’s still fun to look back and see how much I’ve changed over the years.

Click here to see the original photos I posted monthly while losing weight.

Original Before and After Side-by-Sides

Comparison 1 – Sitting

The picture on the left is me at a party in college, summer of 1999. I remember those pants very well — I loved them! They were my favorite baggy jeans, a size 14.

In comparison the picture on the right is me at a 4th of July BBQ in 2006. The thing I love about this picture is my arms. I was always conscious of them but no more!

Comparison Shot 01 sitting

Comparison 2 – Face

The left one was me at my heaviest (nothing to do with pregnancy). This was December 1999 when graduating with my master’s degree. The one on the right is May 2006.

Comparison Shot 2 face

Comparison 3 – Family

This is a nice family comparison. The picture on the left is us September 2005. The right is April 2006. That’s only 7 months! I was on a mission. :)

Comparison Shot 3 family

Comparison 4 – Body Shot

These pictures were taken exactly 1 year apart. Ever summer we vacation at the shore and on the last day we take a family picture. The one on the left is 2005 and the one on the right is 2006.

Comparison Shot 4 body

Comparison 5 – Face II

Look at my hair!! I kind of miss the buzz cut. :(  UPDATE: I BUZZED IT AGAIN! :)
The left is December 1999. I was graduating with my bachelor’s. I think I was in the 170s. The right is me at a happy hour with friends January 2007.

Comparison face shots 2

Comparison 6 – Standing Shot

The left is me in graduate school fall of 2000. Right is me (not smiling for some reason) March 2007.

Comparison 6

Tummy Tuck Progression Photos

Click here to see my original Tummy Tuck photo journal.

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There are 41 comments so far.


    July 6, 2008

    29 Original Responses to “comparison Photos” (I’ve lost many of the comments in a site crash but theses are a few that I salvaged)

    on 10 Dec 2006 at 6:57 pm1 Val

    You have done so well. I have alot of inches & my face isn’t round any more – it’s thinned out. I should get more pics taken. I had to tighten the lace on my jeans today NSV!
    on 10 Dec 2006 at 7:00 pm2 Val

    Should be- lost alot of inches.
    on 31 Dec 2006 at 10:34 pm3 Laura

    Amazing, simply amazing. Definitely inspiring. Great job!!!
    on 02 Jan 2007 at 4:23 pm4 Heather

    WOW!! You look awesome, what an inspiration you are to me!!
    on 07 Jan 2007 at 10:49 am5 katie

    I am re-starting WW again! I begin tomorrow and I am looking at your page to get motivated again. I went down to 117 pounds by eating all veggies! everyday! ICK! Now I have blown up to 170 eating all junk food! Everything I deprived myself of. Thanks for having the webpage to help motivate others. Im sure I will keep coming back to the page when I wanna eat that whole cake! haha
    thanks again.
    on 11 Jan 2007 at 3:36 pm6 Melissa

    I am getting ready to go to my first WW class tomorrow. I have been thinking and thinking about it, and have been so worried that my willpower will not be there to stop me when theres good food around. I want it more than most anything, but it can be so hard!!! Your website is such an inspiration!!! I’m going to save it and when I feel like giving up, I’m going to come back to these before and after shots and see that I will lose the lbs in time if I keep working hard for it.
    on 15 Jan 2007 at 12:51 pm7 Carla

    Wow, great comparisons! You look so much younger now.
    on 15 Jan 2007 at 10:21 pm8 belinda

    you have done so well.keep up the good work.
    on 23 Jan 2007 at 1:08 pm9 Janice

    You look amazing!
    on 24 Jan 2007 at 1:49 pm10 Karlene

    You look great and happy! What a inspiration you are!
    on 04 Feb 2007 at 10:00 pm11 Susan

    You look like two completely different people in your before/after shots. Did your husband drop a couple lbs. as well? You both look much healthier!
    on 20 Feb 2007 at 9:23 am12 Shirley

    You look wonderful! How motivating you are!
    on 10 Mar 2007 at 4:33 pm13 Christina

    WOW!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!
    on 18 Mar 2007 at 12:00 am14 Amber

    Wow! You look terrific :) I lost 68 lbs 4 yrs ago and joined the army, over the past year I gained quite a bit back :/ I joined the LA weightloss program and it was rediculously restrictive and I stopped it. I have had a problem with my stomach since I lost all the weight and I paid for a tummy tuck that I am having on the 27 th of this month. Now looking at your photos I am really wondering if that was a bad idea. Maybe I should have attempted to lose alot more weight before this as now I am almost the size you were when you started losing. The surgery cost me double what yours was and if I cancel and reschedule I lose 1/2 my money and I have already scheduled the time off :( I was just wanting to know a bit more about your recovery from the tummy tuck, and just as far as personal advice goes do think it would be worth the money loss to wait? I am so unsure and I really wonder if I should just lose the money join WW and really apply myself as I did before. Just wondering from someone’s perspective who had the surgery how difficult it is to recover from and whether it is a bad idea at this point in your opinion.
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 7:02 am15 Larissa

    Hi Roni!

    great new comparison pictures! you look wonderful and much younger!

    Every time I start to fall off the weight watchers wagon, and try to talk myself out of doing this, I look at your site and get inspired again!


    : )
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 8:39 am16 Becky


    Wow! You look fantastic! I recently had a baby (December 2006) and was looking for a site that would help keep me on track. I stumbled across yours and it has really helped me. I weighed myself today and am proud to announce that I have lost 29 pounds in 3 months. Much of it is because I have been keeping up with your site and your success has kept me very motivated to succeed myself.

    Keep up the great work!

    on 23 Mar 2007 at 9:00 am17 Silas

    Way to go. Those pictures are sure impressive. It’s amazing what a difference you can see, and how inspiring it is to see it!

    on 23 Mar 2007 at 9:21 am18 Chris

    WOW, Roni! That is absolutely amazing (and inspiring). I have been struggling of late to keep motivated. This sure bumped it up for me again! Thanks for all you do!
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 2:35 pm19 Beejaye

    You are beautiful!
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 3:14 pm20 kelly

    You look awesome!!! Those pants in the last picture even look too big on you, you skinny minnie!! :)
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 7:52 pm21 Christine

    OMG, you rock! I like your hair much better the way it is…the grow out muct have been harsh…my hair is short, I dont know how I’d ever get through that, LOL!
    on 23 Mar 2007 at 9:37 pm22 Lele

    Roni, YOU are my hero.
    on 25 Mar 2007 at 3:05 pm23 Heather

    I love your most recent pictures! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to keep going! I have been doing WW since June 30, 2006 and I have only lost 32.1 lbs with a personal mini goal is to lose 40lb by 5/1! I think I can do it with your motivation and inspiration! :) Thanks!
    on 29 Mar 2007 at 8:15 am24 Paul

    Wow, Roni you are a hottie!
    on 02 Apr 2007 at 8:47 pm25 Michelle

    The before and after #6, you look 20years younger, much more energetic and happier. Utterly amazing!
    on 09 Apr 2007 at 11:49 am26 Staley

    First ,I have to say that your results are great. I have 3 kids and I am trying very hard to get back to before I ever had kids. At 36 yrs. old, it is difficult. I am back at pre-third-baby weight in 9 months. I have added strength training and running, which is helpping with the whole metabolism slow down. I want to keep going. I couldn’t help noticing ,in your body shot picture, the bruise on your leg. I noticed this because I seem to bruise easily when I diet. Do you know why this happens? Do you take vitamins too?
    on 17 May 2007 at 5:16 pm27 Lynda

    You look great! I’m 5′9″ too and will make lifetime at tomorrow’s meeting – at 169 (hoping to eventually be under 160). Your stats make me wonder if I should lose ANOTHER 20-30 pounds. I guess I’ll just see how I feel in the next few months. Congratulations on your progress!
    on 14 Jun 2007 at 5:07 pm28 Rosemary


    You have done a wonderful job in such a short period of time. You look amazing and so different now. I have been on WW for more than 18 months (this time around). I have lost 30 lbs so far, but need another 20 to reach goal. You have inspired me to keep going and not give up. Thanks for Sharing your Journey!
    on 15 Jun 2007 at 4:50 pm29 maria

    I just gave birth to my second son two and a half months ago. I gained 60 lbs with each pregnancy. I lost all but 10 before I had gotten pregnant again. Now after the initial chunk of weight has come off from doing nothing I have to work on the remaining 35 lbs.

    I’ve been pouring over websites for inspiration. I think yours has really jump started me.

    I have done w.w. 3 times before, succesfully…well till now.
    I’m hoping to open up more time to cook, your recipes look great.

    Thanks again for doing this.


    July 8, 2008

    Did you ever hit a plateau with Weight Watchers? Summer seems so hard for me to get to mtgs but I know I have to get back, been discouraged with exercising and WW and it going so slowly. Seem to hit a plateau, any suggestions?

    You are an inspiration to anyone w. this struggle!


    July 8, 2008

    Wow, I weigh 211 right now and my son is 11 months old so I can’t really use the “I just had a baby” excuse. You look so much more vibrant in the now pics and it reminds me of the confidence that I use to have when I was thin. I am trying really hard and I skipped happy hour with friends tonight because I knew I couldn’t resist $5 all you can eat tacos or 2 for 1 margaritas. Thanks for the inspiration!


    July 9, 2008

    You look absolutely amazing!!! You’re an inspiration!

    It’s like two different people on the photos!
    Wow! Congratualtions Roni! :)

    Kim Lampe

    September 8, 2008

    Ironically my highest weight was 210 as well. I lose 20 lbs 18 months ago and have pretty much maintained it, which I am grateful. I will lose more.

    I think you look beautiful in the before and after photos.


    September 27, 2008

    Thank God! I found your website again…you are a great inspiration! I was on ww after I had my baby girl 18 months ago! Just had baby number two and I am ready to start again.
    Thank you for your amazing recipes and photos. Before I got pregnant w/my son I was down to 179 making great progress toward my goal of 155 now I am back up to 232! Wow!
    My husband and I are going to Hawaii next year… and I want to be bikini ready!

    Thank you again for sharing! You look great!

    Dawn M. Wellington

    October 30, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    My name is Dawn Wellington and I found your site the other day – I love it and I love your podcast! I work for a company that invented a weight loss product (Mary Lou’s Weigh) that recently became available to the public. I wanted to see if I may send it to you (for free) for you to try.

    I thought you’d enjoy using this product for two main reasons:
    1) I heard you talk about your love/hate relationship with the bathroom scale. 2) Mary Lou’s Weigh is perfect for people who are trying to lose weight or who continue to maintain their weight loss. Please read below for details. I look forward to hearing from you.

    If you like it, I’d love for you to post something about it on your blog (if you want to). Either way, I’d personally like to get your thoughts on it.

    About Mary Lou’s Weigh:
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    November 21, 2008

    I found your site through a friend and I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your story is an inspiration. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and when you were at your heaviest, we actually look like sisters. I have bookmarked the vast majorities of your recipes and I am so excited to start cooking them for me and my husband. I will let you know how it goes. We are determined to do this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


    December 10, 2008

    Hi. you look pretty good, maybe you should try the older short hair with the newwer slimmer body, would probably be pretty hot.

    Tammy D

    January 26, 2009


    I have been on your site many times and get a lot of good ideas from you blog. I’ve always wanted to say that I think you look great in ALL of the pix. I’m happy that you are living a healthier life but you are beautiful now and were beautiful even before you lost the weight.

    Best of luck to you and your family.


    February 16, 2009

    Wow I can not believe that was you.
    You look great and I am sure you feel better.
    I am so hoping to get my head wrap around this program. I am having alot of troubles. Well that a whole differ story.
    Great job and keep up the videos with your son. He is so cute.

    Paul Bryan

    April 5, 2009

    You should totally try the buzz cut again! I think it’s kick-ass


    May 12, 2009

    WOW!! I think you look so fabulous!! My belly looks a lot lot yours did. I am only 21 and i have two kids. A 3 year old and a 4 month old. I have been thinking about having the procedure done, and you are such an inspiration!! Seeing your journey through the whole thing makes me wanna get it done so much more!! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    crude oogler

    July 7, 2009

    Do you have any topless before and after photos? How much smaller did your boobs get?


    September 24, 2009

    amazing! You look fabulous! Your story is so great and exciting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing it. I look so forward to reading more!


    November 7, 2009

    YOu inspire me tremendously. I had 2 babies back to back, 14 months apart, am obsessed with my weight and have never gotten it all off. My boys are now 31 months and 17 months. I started running in June, fractured 2 bones in my foot and was off exercising for 4 months, now am back at it but my foot is starting to hurt again. But seeing your photos and reading about you, give me the umph to get right back at it! Even if I can only do sit ups! Thank you! Congrats for being on CNN today! I’m sure this has given you more exposure than you could have ever imagined! Keep up the good work! I now will follow you as your site has been bookmarked! :-)


    November 8, 2009

    i have gone on a similar diet since the unexpected death of my uncle. he accidentally overdosed on blood pressure medication. being that i was 35 y/o and also on bp meds and crestor to control cholesterol, i perceived his death as being my fate in the very near future. so, on feb. 20, 2009, i told my wife that i was going to change my diet and start exercising. i have lost from 245 lbs to 175 on nov. 2, 2009. i went from a size 44 waist to a 32! just keep up the good work and remember the reason you began all of this to start with!


    November 19, 2009

    You look lovely, but did you have a nose job? Just wondering, your nose looks very different from your before photos. You look great but, I wonder…….


    November 19, 2009

    Kelly – nope.. the nose is all mine. :) My face did change a lot from the weight loss though.


    December 25, 2009

    I too am back on weight watchers. Ive been on it before and when I lose about 10 or 15 pounds, I get off track and then I end up gaining back the pounds I lost plus some. Your site is wonderful. It’s nice to see the progress you have made and it is very inspiring. I love your recipes. Ive tried the salad topper recipe and love it. I have about 30 pounds to lose. Hopefully I can stay on track and reach my goal! Thanks for sharing all your recipes. Do you have one for chicken spagetti? If you do, could you please post it?


    January 1, 2010

    chicken spagetti? Do you mean something like this. . . ?


    January 18, 2010

    This before/after is friggin amazing! I love how people can find beauty, given the determination!


    January 31, 2010

    Seeing your before and after photos helps me to understand why people are so shocked when the see me now, after a 50 pound weight loss. You look gorgeous and remarkably different!

    Just Me

    January 1, 2012

    Roni, you look GREAT! And, you have an ADORABLE family.


    March 28, 2012

    Wow Roni you look great! Thanks again for that tip a few months ago regarding the 3 Bean Chili (I’m @BigManShrink)! I did make it even though my cooking skills are almost non existent! You’re an awesome inspiration..keep up the good work!


    March 28, 2012

    Well they aren’t NON existent. You made chili! ;)

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    March 28, 2012

    great website, great story. very inspirational. well done


    December 28, 2012

    Ronnie you rock. Very inspiring. THank you for posting photos of your tummy tuck healing progress. I just had a tummy tuck, and looked similar to you before and now after surgery. It is good to see what the tummy may look like in couple of years.


    June 28, 2014

    I like the buzzcut too!


    August 28, 2015

    You look AMAZING girl! I’m so very proud of you!!! Keep up the good work!

    I know it’s hard sometimes, but stay blessed and always encouraged. I’m 7 years post-op from my WLS…and still going strong. :o)

    Cassandra (aka Sassy)