One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

Roni’s Story

I hated my body for as long as I can remember. I think I was 11 or 12 when I started hiding in baggy clothes and comparing myself to skinny friends. I was aware that others saw me as “chunky.” My father, on more then one occasion, would point out my 10-20 extra pounds.

It was then I started to diet.

In high school there were times I would do 100 sit ups before bed and eat nothing but salad for lunch and a small portion of dinner. Part of me at that time wished I were anorexic. I know how bad that sounds, but it’s true. I longed to be thin. I would look at my thin friends with envy and wondered what it would be like to wear a bathing suit with confidence. I knew I wasn’t obese and I knew most people didn’t think I was “fat” but I was unhappy in my skin. I started wearing oversized clothes and men’s jeans thinking I would hide my chunky frame and round belly.

In college the common freshmen 15, or should I say 25, reared its ugly head. I was not preoccupied with being thin then  — I was having too much fun eating late-night meals and getting my fill at the all-you-can eat college commons. Do I even need to mention the beer? OK, I will. There was beer and a lot of it (sorry mom).

I remember one year I returned home for winter break where, during a holiday meal, a very honest family member pointed out the fact I “put on a few pounds.” I was in tears, yet, I didn’t really do much about it. That summer I watched what I ate and dropped a few pounds, settling into a new comfortable higher weight and size.

This cycle continued throughout college. Every school year I would gain about 20 pounds only to lose about half of that the following summer. By the time I graduated I was almost 30 pounds heavier then I was in high school.

I was depressed that I let myself go as much as I did, yet I still really didn’t do much about it. I remember wanting to be thin and trying to get control of my eating but never staying motivated enough to stay on a diet. My need to eat always seemed to take over my desire to be thin.


Me in college

I entered graduate school immediately after undergrad. Within the year I was over 200 pounds. Nothing fit. I had to buy a business suit for graduation two sizes larger then I’ve ever worn. I was horrified, depressed and mad at myself for not doing anything about it. I now longed to be that “chunky” girl in high school. I looked at pictures of myself in disbelief. I was skinny! What the heck was I thinking back then?


Left: me in graduate school 2000. Right: 2 months after reaching goal 2006

Post-college I was on a mission. In that first year after graduate school, I lost about 45 pounds. How did I do it? I really don’t want to tell you but I will. I tried everything: the zero-calorie diet, fasting, the Zone, Xenadrine, and finally Atkins. I found the most success on low-carbohydrate dieting. I was a low-carb guru. I knew the “net effective carb” count of everything. I would eat bacon, bun-less cheeseburgers and pounds of cheese. It seemed perfect for me. I was able to eat large portions of foods I liked.


One of my heaviest times

I finally found a weight loss solution but there was one teeny, tiny flaw. I was obsessed. I dreaded eating out, I agonized over every decision and it wasn’t healthy — I mean emotionally healthy. The weight started coming back on, I just could not eat like that long term. I’d gain and lose the same 20 pounds.


me in 2002 – still yo-yo’ing

Then, in the summer of 2004, my husband and I decided we would try to start a family. I still had losing weight on the brain and I thought I would try Weight Watchers. It seemed like a healthy alternative to what I was doing. I knew I couldn’t cut all carbohydrates out of my diet and I had to start eating healthier to carry a child. I tried the point system. It seemed so simplistic and easy, I had to try it. In the next 4 weeks, I lost about 11 pounds. I could not believe it. I didn’t feel deprived. I was eating real foods, including carbohydrates, and losing weight.

Then the good news came, I was pregnant! I was happy but scared. I knew I could not continue to diet and I was worried I would be out of control. My worst fears came true. I ate healthfully throughout the pregnancy but I ate a lot, I mean a LOT. I gained over 70 pounds with the pregnancy. It was significant, excessive.

100_2389 8 months pregnant with Little Guy

I walked back into Weight Watchers with my 2-week-old son. He was my ultimate motivation. I did not want to be a self-conscious, unhealthy mom who used her body image and weight to miss out on things.

100_2941 2 months after baby.

I dove in headfirst and followed the Weight Watchers program. I stayed in my point range and made healthier choices. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and started getting more active and adventurous. I discovered that as long as I was journaling, eating healthy foods, being honest about what I really was eating and staying active, I was losing. It was truly unbelievable to me.

It is still unbelievable to me. After 6 years I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight and I gave birth in 2011 to another ball of motivation.


Me and the boys — 2011. :)

I am now confident in my body (most of the time) and in myself. My journey may have started as a quest to be skinny but I’ve gained so much more then I have lost.

Looking back, I wasn’t diagnosed with an eating disorder but it seems obvious now. I would get depressed about my weight and binge eat. I remember sneaking food. I remember ordering at a restaurant and figuring out how I could get the most food. I remember eating meals just because it was mealtime not because I was hungry and in spite of the fact that I just ate. For too many years I fell prey to the yo-yo diet cycle of hell…

I finally broke free at the “feel bad about my body” square. That’s where it needs to start. Click here to see my toughts on this.

When I started this blog I truly used it to journal my weight loss. I had pages to track my goals, my weight progression, and I took pictures of myself monthly. Since maintaining my weight loss for over 6 years now I’m not as dependent on tracking the details. I’m simply trying to live consciously and as healthy as I can while inspiring others to break out of the cycle I was in for too many years.

Now click here to see how I found fitness!!



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Discussion

There are 58 comments so far.

    roni

    July 6, 2008

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

    1.
    on 06 Dec 2006 at 1:25 pm1 Anne

    Reading your story, I thought, ‘how has this other woman lived my life?’ – well, except for actually losing weight. :) I started WW 1.5 years ago, losing 4 lbs, only to find out I was pregnant and went off. 9 months after my daughter was born, I find I’m still blaming the weight on the pregnancy. I’m starting again, and trying to take it 1 day at a time.

    Thanks for your inspiring story. I’m bookmarking your site for those tough days…
    2.
    on 17 Dec 2006 at 6:47 pm2 Amanda

    Thank you so much for posting this website. Being able to see others progress on WW has helped me so much this time around. Your story is so much like mine, I can’t believe it!
    3.
    on 28 Dec 2006 at 11:36 pm3 dawn

    I feel like I just read my life in a nutshell especially the low carb thing. I just spent a year wasting time trying to perfect the low carb diet! I think I expected overnite successes from something – anything.
    Thanks for posting your story!
    D.
    4.
    on 30 Dec 2006 at 3:17 pm4 Nik

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but REALLY! How can so many of us share the same story?? My only story difference is that I lost 75 lb pre-pg on WW, then gained it all back plus some in those 9 months. I tried coming back once post-pg, but never devoted the time to myself and failed. Well, its 2 years later and here I am again!

    Thanks so much for sharing YOUR story. It’s so nice to know its both possible and has been done successfully by another :)
    5.
    on 03 Jan 2007 at 7:06 pm5 Caryn

    Just like everyone else who posted, I think you lived my life!

    I am looking at your current weight picture and seeing that I was that weight when I graduated from High School and thought I was grossly fat! I too lost weight on the low carb diet after having my son (30 pounds in 5 months) but soon realized that you can’t live your life like that and when I was told I had high blood pressure at age 26, I about passed out! I have started weight watchers now, and with the help and support of my friends, husband, and sister-in-law (she switched over from Jenny Craig), I will succeed and I will make a life change.
    6.
    on 05 Jan 2007 at 10:48 am6 Not the Skinny Chick

    Roni, your story is remarkable. And the pictures make it even more so. Thank you for taking the time to create such a beautiful site and for being so candid about your own journey. It’s clear that others are finding it as inspiring as I am.

    Your site will be at the top of my “go there for inspiration” list as I create my own story with a similar, successful outcome. Thank you. And best wishes for continued happiness and health!
    7.
    on 06 Jan 2007 at 11:43 am7 Lauren

    I have just discovered your site and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story. Like you, yoyo dieting has been my life and recently I have felt like I just couldn’t lose the weight one more time. You are truly an inspiration to many of us and I know I can lose the weight again and for the last time!

    Best wishes to you and I hope 2007 brings you much happiness, health and success.
    8.
    on 08 Jan 2007 at 11:22 am8 Veronica (Ronnie)

    For Roni from Ronnie:
    Your story is inspirational.
    My daughter in law had gained 60 pounds after two children, and she is 4′11″. Last year she joined WW and a gym. She has lost 49 pounds.
    I have done WW, and name it. Including a Ileo-Jejunal bypass, which came down after 12 years. (My 12 skinny years! Unfortunately, the side effects were life threatening.) So, I have been battling the bulge again for the last 17 years.
    This is my last year before 60: It is now or never. I know your website will be of great help! Keep up the good work!
    9.
    on 10 Jan 2007 at 5:14 pm9 Charlene

    Roni – I am also 5′9″ and have yo-yo’d my entire life – I too thought I was fat in high school and did some things I’m not so proud of to try and loose the weight (I was 155lbs too) – I look back now and think what the heck was I thinking!!!!! So long story short – school, marriage, and two kids later (I gained 40 lbs with my daughter & 74lbs with my son)(thank goodness he was a big baby 9lbs 15oz and 22 1/2in. long to kind of make up for some of that (at least that’s what I tried to brainwash myself to think for a couple of years) – I tried WW after I had my son and lost all of the weight plus 10lbs – bringing my total weight loss to 84lbs in like 1 1/2 years – so I too had a tummy tuck and lift!!!!!!! I swear we could be twins!!! Anyway – needless to say since the surgery and since hurricane Katrina I am now 20lbs heavier – so I am starting WW again in hopes not to ruin my surgery results and to be healthier and skinny!!! Well anyway – thanks for inspiring me – it’s so hard to find people out there with similar experiences – especially the height, weights, and surgeries!!!!! Thanks
    10.
    on 13 Jan 2007 at 12:37 am10 Crann

    Roni- Thanks so much for sharing your story. I was really fit at the beginning of highschool but I ran track and distance and field hockey etc… then for stupid reasons I dropped all the extra cirricular but kept on eating whatever I wanted… I went up to the 150’s … then University wasn’t kind either… I met my husband gained some more, got pregnant and by the time my son was born I hated and loathed how I looked.. I was at 232… I lost some but not anywhere close to where I wanted to be. Then I found the low carb diet… I was hard core and lost the first 50 lbs super fast I was elated so I became even more hard core then I lost another 43 lbs. I thought I had my problem licked I was never going to go there agian. Well summer holidays came and so did the weight gain,, I lost all control and here I am again back in the 200’s I’ve joined weight watchers, this is my first week and I am hooked. I also am working out this time around to ensure that I establish healthy habits. Thank you for sharing your story… Knowing that someone has walked the same path and made it back to being healthy is inspring… best wishes to you and your family.
    11.
    on 14 Jan 2007 at 8:19 pm11 Janis

    Hi Roni… Yep, it’s pretty much my story, too. You’ve done an amazing job on both the weightloss and the work on the website. Thank you for sharing. The only difference between us is that I’m a low-carb lifer and find it quite easy to eat out. You’re an inspiration to many.
    12.
    on 20 Jan 2007 at 6:12 am12 christy

    I am yet another woman with almost an identical story…especially the depression, lack of control, binge eating and gaining about 20 lbs. each year…

    I’m almost obsessed but have a complete disconnect from mind and body…hopefully I will get back to my once healthy self one day…

    you know this already-but you are absolutely beautiful…congratulations on such a great accomplishment…it’s very inspiring…
    13.
    on 24 Jan 2007 at 1:46 pm13 Karlene

    I can’t believe how parallel our lives sound. I love visiting your site (which I found just recently). I started weight watchers just before I got married about 4 years ago and lost 24 lbs!! I was happy and active and felt good about myself.

    I don’t why, but I stopped going as soon as I got married. I guess when you lose weight, you think that you can go back to old habits. So NOT TRUE!! The weight gradually crept back, and then some. I hate it. Why did I stop in the first place?

    I am now in my second week of the program and totally motivated. I lost 3.4 lbs in the first week. It seems like such a long road to where I want to be, but I will get there!

    Thanks for the motivation!!
    14.
    on 01 Feb 2007 at 8:00 pm14 Michelle

    Growing up I always ate whatever I wanted ~~ HUGE, I mean huge homemade banana splits with my grandfather after school, poptarts for breakfast, bread, biscuits, all the good stuff. My mom and grandma, however, did instill in me to drink water and eat vegetables. Fortunately, I was never too overweight although I am not sure how. I’m in the military and we are required to maintain a certain weight and fitness level~~ I can honestly say I was remiss in my duty. An occasion came up where I had to wear a uniform I hadn’’t worn in a while and it did NOT fit in the least. I had to spend $150 to buy new pants (I carry all extra weight in my hips and butt). A week later, sitting in my hotel room in DC, I held those pants up and cried, thinking ‘your butt is THAT big!’

    As soon as I got home I joined WWer’s. It wasn’t so much about losing amazing amounts of weight as it was about learning to make better food choices and control portions so that I wouldnt get to the point of needing to lose 100+ lbs. Believe me, I was well on my way there. I would eat 6 or more cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster plus a huge cream sauce covered meal and maybe even a desert. Then go to the movies and have popcorn and coke. My husband joked that he didn’t know where I put it all.

    when I started tracking points and journaling, I was surprised by how little food I needed to feel satisfied. I began to realize that, I like others, ate for a myriad of reasons that didn’t involve hunger. I learned to recognize these triggers and developed new ways of coping.

    I got rid of (never lose because if you lose it, you may find it again) 24 lbs and went from a size 12 to a size 4! Many in my family told me this was too thin so I allowed myself to go up to a 6 ~~~ that crept to an 8 and next thing I knew, I needed 10’s. Out of control again!! I am on week 2 of my recommittment to my health and my well-being. I have arthritis and ONE extra pound adds 10 lbs of extra strain to my joints. Doing it for myself – which is the only way to stay the course.
    15.
    on 18 Feb 2007 at 2:38 am15 Hannah

    Wow, I’m 15 years old, a high school sophomore, and (just like everyone else) this reminded me of myself. I’m 5′8″ and 150 lbs. I too have a problem with binge eating, have starved myself, wishing I was anorexic but I love food too much; so far I haven’t lived out the second part of your story. Anyway, you’ve inspired me to go more slowly, as I was just this morning considering things like fasting or eating 300 calories a day. Thank you.
    16.
    on 18 Feb 2007 at 4:05 pm16 Sarah

    I kept thinking “this is my life”. I am 5′7′’ and about 175 right now. I gained in undergrad and I’m now in grad school vowing to lose it once and for all. Four years of yo-yo dieting and I’m 20 pounds heavier than when I started. Now I long to be what I once thought was fat. You are an inspiration. Congrats on your success. I love how you put it bluntly. It is about body image for most women, not just health. Thank you for your story!
    17.
    on 23 Feb 2007 at 4:30 pm17 Courtney

    I enjoyed reading your story, it is my story too, except I am 56 years old and have never managed to get off the yoyo cycle. Three years ago I lost 50 lbs with WW but have gained back 30. Only this time I got back to WW before I gained it all and then some! I want to quit yoyoing and become stable with my weight, something I have never done. I don’t believe I have weighed the same at any certain time in my life. I can tell you what I weighed at certain times but it is either up or down. I don’t know how to stay focused or motivated or whatever it takes to let food quit ruining my life. Thank you for your story, it gives me hope, even at my age.
    18.
    on 01 Mar 2007 at 12:13 pm18 Lisa Marie

    At 42 I still have not found the courage to love myself enough to stick to weight watchers. I know that they say that the meetings make WW what it is. I just can not go. I am starting today for the umpteenth time but by myself. I am keeping track of points and exercising and trying to find the strength to keep with it. My husband is in the construction field and has been laid off from work now twice in the past year – and the market is getting slower and slower so a new job for him will be a challenge. On top of that our son is disabled (moved away from home but still calls in crisis weekly) and our daughter is a senior in high school. If you have any advice for me – I would LOVE it.

    I walked two miles today singing “I am proud of myself” the whole way around the track. That is a great step for me.
    19.
    on 02 Mar 2007 at 4:32 pm19 Anon

    No one should be horrified about being a size 16. In my opinion, a size 12-14 is perfect.
    20.
    on 02 Mar 2007 at 10:41 pm20 roni

    @Anon – For me it wasn’t what I wanted. I don’t think there is anything wrong with specific sizes. But if you are unhappy in your own skin then there is something wrong. Size and weight are very personal things.
    21.
    on 12 Mar 2007 at 5:19 pm21 Katie

    Reading your story brought tears to my eyes. You too, tell my story. Your grad school was my first child. Now I’ve had the second child and my weight is highter than it’s ever been. Now I have more time and financial constraints than I’ve ever had. But, I’m going to try. Wish me luck and say a prayer.
    22.
    on 12 Mar 2007 at 7:05 pm22 Sue

    Roni, I just came across your website and story in search of how many points a Mconald’s grilled chicken wrap with honey mustard sauce is worth. Of course, I already ate it as I purchased a happy meal for my daughter and I needed something to eat that was semi-healthy to get me through till I got errands ran and got home for a healthy dinner full of veggies. I started WW aain 3 weeks ago. I have lost only 3.5 pounds so far, but I really feel as though I have lost inches as I have moved the belt to the next notch (on 2 belts). I lost 32 pounds on WW 5 yrs ago after my daught was born. OK…I am 5′8″ and currently 163 pounds…that is not huge and I realize it, but I am not comfortable with myself or the way I feel. Just being on WW 3 weeks and working out almost daily has elevated my self esteem. I feel that I can do this, however now that I turned 40, I realize it is a slower process. Yeah, your story from youth thru college is way too familiar. Thanks for sharing and feel free to contact me with any good pointers. -Sue
    23.
    on 13 Mar 2007 at 7:23 am23 Grace

    I just came across your website and your story almost mirrors mine. I also did the Atkins prior to getting pregnant but I feel that I owe it to myself to eat healthier. I am currently at 162lbs and have to get down to around 113lbs (I’m 5′2″). I started WW just last week Monday and I’ve already lost 2 lbs. I hope that this will be my one and last diet that I have to go on. Healthy living – here I come!!
    24.
    on 21 Mar 2007 at 9:54 am24 Laura

    Roni, thank you for being so open and honest with your struggle. I have been overweight most of my life and now I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. I”m 37 and single and so tired of being the funny, fat friend. I’m tired of going to get togethers with all couples and being referred to as “and this is Laura, she’s not attached to anyone”. I’m tired of walking into a room and knowing I”m the biggest person there. Oh, yeah and the looks I get from people! That’s the worst. I know I”m not supposed to care what other people think of me but I do! It’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself and start doing something for myself. Thank you for sharing!
    25.
    on 27 Mar 2007 at 2:14 pm25 Fat Asian Lady

    Roni,

    Thank you for being honest with your progress and tips on how to eat healthier and lose weight. You look amazing!

    Growing up, I’ve always been chubby and was out casted by most people ( I had very few friends) and my family members. I was known as the “fat” sister. (my sister is thin) I tried starving myself to try to get my aunts and uncles to accept me but that didn’t work because I love food. Then one day, I just dropped 30lbs in 2 months. Mostly it was baby fat but I gained it all back by not moderating my eating habits.

    I just started back on weight watchers a few days ago and I am confident that it will help. I’ve always had personal trainers and exercised almost everyday but never dieted. I hope to lose 15 to 20 lbs. It’s going to be hard because I use free weights and machines at the gym and since I have more muscles, the lbs are hard to lose. As long as I LOOK like I lost 15 lbs and tone up, I’ll should be fine.

    I realize that exercise and dieting come hand in hand and you can’t just do one and not the other to see results.

    Thanks for the motivation.
    26.
    on 02 Apr 2007 at 2:20 pm26 Darlene

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your story. I been on weight Watchers for about 3 months now and lost 20.8 lbs. I had my son over 2 1/2 yrs ago, and something had to be done.

    I was always skinny as a child until i was 21. Then it was like i woke up one day and whamm i was big!

    I am down to 177 lbs now and hope to get down to atleast 150.

    I really enjoy your website.

    THanks
    Darlene
    Canada
    27.
    on 03 Apr 2007 at 10:16 am27 Christine

    Your website is so motivational for me. I am so glad to have found it. You rock!
    28.
    on 05 Apr 2007 at 6:20 pm28 Samantha

    Thanks so much for putting your story out there! I am a college student on my second round with weight watchers. My goal is to lose the extra weight before graduation . I was thin through high school (although I never felt that way), but gained about 40lbs in my first 2 years of college. I lost 20lbs with my first go at weight watchers and now that I’ve put 10lbs of it back on, it’s time to get back on board. Your recipes are a major help and this time I know I can lose more weight and keep it off!
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    on 07 Apr 2007 at 12:17 pm29 dinah

    As I read your story I was amazed at how you sound like me! I know lots of people have already commented on how your story sounded like yours, but I want to add this commen theme as well.

    When I was younger, I wished I was anorexic. I thought a lot about how if I just stopped eating the weight would drop off. Sometimes that thought still pops into my head and I have to shake it violently away before I go back to my old ways of eating only supper.

    Thanks for sharing your story.
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    on 16 Apr 2007 at 3:05 pm30 Stacy

    Like many others, your story could be about me! I was always thin growing up. I didn’t even gain when I became pregnant with my daughter 16 years ago! I was the ultimate junk food junky (which I believe I learned thru example — my mother eats terribly!) I seriously could eat like 10 candy bars a day on top of my meals and I rarely gained, and if I did it was like 5 pounds, which i would excersize for a few days and off it would come.

    I am 5′8″ and was 145-150 pounds. I was always very muscular, so I had many people tell me that they couldn’t believe I was that heavy.

    When my daughter was 2, I suddenly gained 30 pounds in the matter of a month! No kidding! I was in the army, so when weigh in came, I was mortified. (I was also put on this weight program that now I had to weigh in monthly — how embarrassing!) Obviously I had a metabolic slow down and my eating habits had finally caught up to me — only I didn’t know how to eat more healthy. (I had also had this thing called the Norplant put into my arm, which was an experiemental form of birth control — I honestly think that this contributed to my weight gain, since it was so drastic in such a small time frame.

    That was 14 years ago. I have since yo yo dieted, and gained back 10 more pounds than I had lost. I had, at one time, lost 65 pounds thru extreme physical activity and hurt my back for like a year, so I eventually gained it all back, and then some.

    I avoided scales and mirrors at all costs. I even had this false image of myself and what I really looked like. So when I would see a picture of myself, thats the only time reality set in. The more depressed I got about my weight, the more i would eat.

    In December I went to the Dr. for antidepressants and weight the most I ever weighed. 255 pounds! I was morified.

    At first it was the antidepressant that was curbing my cravings. It initally lead to my losing 20 pounds. Since then, that wonderful curb craving side effect is not effective anymore. So I watch calories and excersize (moderately). I am not setting myself up for unrealistic goals either. I try to get to the gym 2 -3 times a week. I shoot for 1300 calories a day, so when I go to 1500, I am still under my 1700 calorie/day goal which I need to lose weight. (I rarely only eat 1300 and I have lost 17 more pounds).

    I am happy losing 4-5 pounds a month because I know that when I get to my goal weight of 140, I will be used to how to eat to maintain that weight and hopefully not gain it back.

    I hate that I let myself get to this point! I have lost 1/3 of my life being insecure and ashamed of myself. I always thought thin people were just lucky — and some are — but now I see that we have to watch our calories so that we don’t gain weight in the first place — which was something I never knew when I was younger. I know now, unfortunatly I had to learn the hard way and apparently I learn pretty hard!

    But I am committed, and inspired by your story because it is so very much like mine. Thank You.
    31.
    on 18 Apr 2007 at 7:15 pm31 Dee

    “Looking back, I wasn’t diagnosed with an eating disorder but it seems obvious now. I would get depressed about my weight and binge eat. I remember times when I would sneak food. I remember ordering at restaurant and figuring out how I could get the most food. I remember eating meals just because it was mealtime not because I was hungry and in spite of the fact that I just ate.”—I actually have tears in my eyes because I have gone through the exact same thing. I guess I’m just happy I’m not the only one…although I frequently feel as though I am. Just found your site while search for info on this yummy Fiber One bar I had today…keep up the good work!
    32.
    on 20 Apr 2007 at 12:23 pm32 Jennifer

    Hi Roni! Your story is very motivating. I am a WW Dropout! I joined ww again 1 1/2 weeks ago. At my first weigh in I was down 4.8 lbs., only 65 more to go! I am 5′10 and started at 236.8. My goal is around 160 lbs, I was there 11 years ago and felt good about myself. I am happily married with two children, ages 6 & 4. I have a big problem with too much fast food and finishing what my kids don’t eat. I am in the process of printing out all of your recipes and menus. I hope to be as big of success as you are.
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    on 28 Apr 2007 at 3:47 pm34 Rachel

    Ok, like so many others… this story for the most part is one of my own.. at least about binge eating.. unfortunately for me, I went from a very small framed 5yr old, to a not so small 6yr old I remember in 5th grade, 10yrs old weight in at 130lbs! (what I wouldn’t give for that now 17yrs late) I too did the atkins diet, and did well and lot quite a bit of weight, however, I couldn’t continue it, and gained and gained and gained.. in Feb of 05 I joined weight watchers and over the next year lost 35-40lbs.. I’ve since put back on abuot 7 and am down 30lbs from my original weight.. but for the most part, in the last year, I’ve just maintained, so I am back, 2 weeks into doing it stead.. and 5lbs down (now 225 my starting weight originally was 255) but have so much more to lose..I’m trying to set small goals.. right nwo, its to get back down to below 220 (my lowest weight was 217.5) so thanks for your story!
    35.
    on 02 May 2007 at 3:29 am35 Sheryl

    Roni,

    Thank you for sharing your story! I have lost on WW before, but you have given me the encouragement I needed to get back on track and before a forever “AFTER”. I know food addiction all too well and I can relate fully with your story. I was thin all through school and long to be that skinny girl again… I didn’t feel your hs pain until my 20’s, but it hurt just as much then as my skinny friends stayed thin and I grew and grew and grew. I have hormone challenges as well, but I know that with WW I can meet my weight-loss goals, too. THANK YOU!

    37.
    on 08 May 2007 at 8:03 am37 doreen

    Roni,

    You are an inspiration in every way. I joined weight watchers 2 weeks ago and so far love the program. I am 30 years old and have been over weight my whole life. I’m so tired of this struggle and I intend to end it with this program. Thank you for all your great advice and for your honesty with your battle. It’s so great to hear other peoples stories!! God bless.
    38.
    on 08 May 2007 at 7:18 pm38 Aimee

    This is really a great story, and you should be proud of yourself, as am I! I’m 15, a high school sophomore and just last year i was 5′3′’ and weighed the same as you, 150! I went to weight watchers and lost 30 pounds!!! weight watchers really is the best diet to use!
    39.
    on 12 May 2007 at 1:07 am39 Pcm Based Ringtone

    giornata mondiale dei diritti umani (il 10 dicembre): sarebbe stato giusto processarlo?
    40.
    on 20 May 2007 at 12:31 pm40 Mari

    How old do you have to be to join WW? My daughter, 11, is 130 lbs already and the Pediatrician wants her to go to a Dietician. Insurance won’t pay and I have often watched, and envied, those that do well on WW. It must work.

    The recipes here on your site, Roni, are unbelievable!! I’m so excited to have found your journey and plan to continue to watch. This is so inspirational!
    41.
    on 22 May 2007 at 11:28 am41 Milissa

    This one is for Mari – You can join weight watchers at anytime because it is about making healthy choices. It is not a diet and once I was able to convince myself of that I was successful. I have learned to take my favorite foods and turn them into figure friendly. Substitue the vegetable oil for olive oil, use non fat cheese, low fat milk, lean ground beef. etc. The bill at the grocery store will be more but it is worth every penny to feel and look good on the inside and out.

    I to was on weight watchers and was successful. In 4 months I went from 170 lbs and barely fitting into a size 12 to 145 and in size 8 to 10 jeans and medium shirts. I was able to maintain the weight for almost a year, but faltered when I got pregnant the following summer. I took eating for 2 to a whole new level. At over 230 lbs before giving birth I new that I could not do this anymore. I waited until my son was 6 weeks to join WW again, but it has been wonderful. The weight is coming off a bit slower this time because I am breast feeding and you should not lose more than 1 -2 lbs a week, but I am down to 180 lbs in 5 months and working feverishly towards my goal of 145 again. I know it can happen.
    42.
    on 29 May 2007 at 3:30 pm42 Mary

    Thank you for this great inspiration! I started getting serious (for real this time!) when I found out I had diabetes this past January. Since then, I have started journaling again (A MUST!!) and really being honest with myself, and I have lost 45 lbs so far. I have more energy, and WANT to exercise, and do things again. I am now down to the weight I was when I was pregnant and my baby is ONLY 19!
    The main thing is to not beat yourself up, and start today. And just try to get through today. And then start again tomorrow. And remember, that you are not alone. This web site proves that!
    43.
    on 02 Jun 2007 at 2:54 pm43 Lisa

    This site is awesome! Thanks for sharing your story.. and reading all of the other replies from other women is so inspiring to me.

    I’m 28 years old, just had my 2nd baby, and after gaining weight before & during the pregnancy, I ended up about at 250 lbs. after I had my daughter. I slowly lost some of the weight naturally from breastfeeding and having a 4-year old to run around with, but it wasn’t nearly enough. I have been hearing so much about WW from my mother in law and a girlfriend of mine, and after hearing how they can actually EAT :) I decided it was for me. I haven’t actually attended any meetings, but I bought the books on ebay and have been researching food preparation online. It also helps that my husband it totally on board – he had recently lost a bunch of weight on Atkins but got to a point where he just couldn’t eat another meatball!

    When I started following the points system strictly a few weeks ago, I was hungry the first few days, honestly. I was used to eating WAY MORE than I needed. By about the fourth day it got to be not so bad. I can’t help but to weigh myself everyday and to my amazement, I lost a pound almost everyday that first week – 5.2 pounds total! When I officially started WW, I was 235 lbs. and this morning I weighed in a 222.3. I’m on my way!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this site – the food ideas you have posted are what has been keeping me on track. I hope you feel that the time you take to post info and pics is worth it when you know what it means to someone like me. :)
    44.
    on 05 Jun 2007 at 1:02 pm44 Tammy

    Roni:

    Your site is wonderful. I hope you know how much it helps others to see your success. I have a similar story as everyone else here. A bit overweight in high school, then 5 – 10 lbs each year.

    After the birth of my children and for the next decade, I just didn’t care about my weight or anything. I told myself that they needed me right now and that my needs would come later. How wrong I was. What they needed most is what I needed most – for me to put myself first and treat myself well. By doing that I am a better mother and wife.

    I tell myself everyday that I AM a healthy person and that I AM worth the time and effort. Then everything else comes naturally. I write down all of my food (1200 cals/day) and exercise 4 – 5 times per week. I am running a 5k with my hubby this weekend. Nothing is a struggle this time. It’s work but I enjoy it.

    I have lost 50 lbs over the last year and will lose another 20 lbs in the next few months. I feel like I have a new life. It looks like you do too. Keep up the terrific work. That’s what is – work. But you are so worth it.
    45.
    on 07 Jun 2007 at 5:34 pm45 Mary Anne

    Roni,

    Thank you for your honesty! I have just reached my highest weight…200 pounds. I am 5′10″ and do not want to be the BIG teacher (I teach high school). I would love some support, need the support, as I started my diet this morning. I am so scared of failure, but more affraid to be too big to have children.

    Congratulations on your success and thank you again for sharing your story.
    46.
    on 07 Jun 2007 at 10:35 pm46 Belinda

    HI Roni!

    Just came across your blog while looking for some stuffs for work.

    Absolutely fantastic and the most important thing in losing weight, is that you were motivated and concious of what you were doing.

    I will be grateful if i can have some tips with you. Let me explain.

    I have an important ceremony to assist in 2 weeks and would like to lose some 4-6 pounds. I am 1m65 for 65kgs.

    The problem is that the fat is located in the belly region and i look like a 4 months pregnant woman. What should i do to lose it?

    Hmmm..In fact, i don’t like dieting and is against any sort of deprivation. I usually eat what i want but in smaller portions to reduce calories.
    47.
    on 07 Jun 2007 at 11:13 pm47 Rhonda

    I just emailed you from your story on msn and then read your whole story on this site. It pretty much brought tears to my eyes. Aside from the personal story the battle with the weight yo yo dieting and the ‘binge’ eatting (disorder which I’ve decided is a real disorder….although I really don’t like that term) it was like reading about myself.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story I think it was the kick that I needed. To know that there are others out there just like me, not obese but not skinny and longing to be!
    48.
    on 08 Jun 2007 at 1:30 pm48 Tawnia

    Roni ~
    I love your site! Today is my 1 year joining weight Watchers Anniversary. I have lost 61.4 pounds. Started in a size 20 and my size 10’s are falling off of me this morning. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m now addicted to your site. My daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with Stage 4~S Neuroblastoma Cancer at 28 days old and I had a website for her and people would write saying how they were addicted and now I understand. Alyssa has been in Remission for 15 months and 6 days. Not a day goes by that I don’t say a prayer for her but watching her go through the Chemo and everything else made me realize that I needed to change my ways. weight Watchers has taught me so much and I want to say thank you for being so honest about everything and I admire your strength. Keep it up and know that you’re not alone. Love your recipes
    Tawnia
    49.
    on 10 Jun 2007 at 10:38 am49 Laura

    read your life story, and add me to it, overweight all my life, always the chunky one, finally did lose it, mostly got myself motivated after sooooo many trips to weight watchers, always lost interest, but always returned with telling myself, you know it works, stay with it…..and i’m still with it as of today, highest weight was 247, i’m now 158, i want to be 145, around there, and all I do is bounce around where I’m at now, up and down, I want to quit AGAIN, but I won’t allow myself that, I want to be a success at this , I’ve come too far to give it up, I don’t want to go back there, ever again!Your site I love it, and will continue to be a constant reader here, thanks sooo much for being here now and for being there then…….Laura Rice
    50.
    on 12 Jun 2007 at 10:10 pm50 Mary Jo

    Hi Roni!
    I actually found your site looking for WW points for Manwich bbq. I’m facinated and inspired by it. I just started WW about three weeks ago – and I’ve lost 8 lbs.- I did not go over my daily points until 2 days ago and I have not been over my weekly points so far. I am surprised at WW. I have done many diet programs over the years but not WW – I don’t know why. I know I’ll have a day of reconing – but I have to say that so far it works great! I am learning about what adds up and what I can have and not have – we’[ll see.
    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Mary Jo
    51.
    on 16 Jun 2007 at 1:01 pm51 Lisa

    Your story is really an inspiration. I’ve been on weight watchers for 2 weeks and I have lost 8 lbs.

    I’ve always felt as though I’m the heaviest in the group, even though everyone says I’m not overweight. I’ve been on and off diets since I was about 12, but nothing has worked except weight watchers. I’m 5′7 and right now I weight 172 lbs. My highest weight was 195 lbs, 2 years ago. But for so long it seemed like I was only able to lose those 15-20 lbs, and I felt like a was doing something wrong, now I know it’s just cause I hadn’t found the right diet-plan for myself.

    I had doubts about weight Watchers at first, but now I understand why so many women & men love this plan. It’s so easy and lets you still enjoy the foods you would normally eat, but you’re in control of your own success. I admit I’ve gone over my daily point value a few times, but the weight still comes off.

    The main reason for my weight loss is because my mother & sister are both diabetic, and I want to try and stay as healthy as I can.

    I’ve already learned a lot about weight Watchers, and a lot of the help has come from your site. You’ve done a great thing by posting your story, recipes, and countless other things for those of us trying to better ourselves.

    Thanks so much for your inspiration, this site is just what I needed.
    52.
    on 20 Jun 2007 at 9:41 am52 Mom2boys

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. Like the others, I feel like I could’ve wrote it myself.

    CarrieP

    July 7, 2008

    How incredibly powerful would all of us be if we stopped wasting our energy and inner strength controlling the food we eat, writing it down, feeling guilty or virtuous about it, thinking that the size of our hips has anything to do with our value as people? How amazing would it be if we could instead focus on finding our own happiness, making a difference in the world, loving ourselves as we are today? I have as much trouble as the next person looking in the mirror and loving what I see but there’s got to be more to life than the number of points in a tortilla, yes? You don’t have to be someone else’s idea of thin to live an active, happy life.

    roni

    July 7, 2008

    CarrieP –

    How amazing it would be if we all lived and let live. How incredibly powerful it would be it people, instead putting someone down, lifted them up or asked for a helping hand? You may have “as much trouble as the next person” but it apparently does not bother you or call you to action. For me, it did.

    Your comment implies I haven’t found happiness, I’m not making a difference and I don’t love myself. There is nothing further from the truth. I have never been happier, I’m trying to make a difference the only way I know how and I love myself more then I ever have. And you know what, its not because I lost weight. It’s because I found a way to live a balanced healthy life eating good healthy whole foods and now I’m trying to make a difference by teaching/showing people it’s not that hard.

    It’s so easy to pick out one thing and focus on it, isn’t it? There has to be more to life then watching movies, yes? And I agree you don’t have to be thin to live an active, happy life but you need to be healthy and eating a balanced healthy diet is an important piece to that puzzle.

    Thank you for you comment and I appreciate your perspective. However, unlike you, I’m happy that you’re happy because truly, that is all that matters.

    -Roni

    Christie

    July 8, 2008

    I don’t understand CarrieP’s problem with blogging about weight loss – she herself is a blogger!!!! But I guess she feels her story about going to a pub is more virtuous then your site. Don’t pay her any mind, Roni. I think her preaching is just a way to avoid facing her own demons about weight. That email screams of jealousy and bitterness!

    jean

    July 8, 2008

    the “power” is exactly the point! looking at what you have eaten each day and acknowledging it is the only way i can have control over my life. everyone is unique and what makes one person happy might not be someone elses idea of happiness….but isn’t that what makes us individuals. I dont call it a “waste of time” counting points or journaling my food and i enjoy reading what others are dealing with each day. it helps me out for one, seeing what others are going through and how they deal with slip-ups. I dont even care to think of where i would be right now if i chose not to journal everyday…… fat mabey…skinny possibly….. but i will never know because this is how i choose to live my life…. anyone who doesnt care to read about it doesnt have to..i put it out there anyway…the good, the bad , and the ugly. and to carrie P: it’s simply mind over matter….meaning…..I don’t mind, cause you dont matter!

    Suzan

    July 8, 2008

    I do not journal my food intake, but I certainly understand those who do..Why would anyone criticize what “works” for another person…its not illegal,,immoral,…what a very shallow paragraph..by the way..the size of my hips may not have much to do with my value as a person….but I value the fact that they are perfect for ME…. Life is GOOD

    Tomeka Adams

    September 25, 2008

    I tried weight watcher 3.5 years ago. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months. I was happy because that was my goal for the beginning of summer. I still needed to lose another 40 pounds to get to goal, but I would keep trying. I went plateu and got a little discourage so I stopped. I have gain all the weight back and I am now back at weight watches for good. I have lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks and I feel great, and I can see the small difference. I feel like if I can pay $15.00 for my nails and $45 for my hair every other week, what is paying $15 to look good and be healthy. Awesome story I have been there. Weight watchers until I reach GOAL!!

    melody

    November 1, 2008

    wow, your story is like mine. i can’t believe it. i am where you were. last year i had gone through some tough times, lost about 30-40 pounds, due to the situation. i am now trying to get motivated to exercise and watch what i eat. i have good days and bad days. we have a weight watchers were i live, it has been tempting. or at least find a friend who would join me in losing weight. i will definately check out WW.

    Kirti

    December 3, 2008

    OMG!!!!!!!!!Oh My GOD!!!!!!!!!!

    This is very much my story… But I remember the I was never slim… I was chubby since birth… But look a little good when I grew….

    But here everyone used to tell me that I am FAT… So that’s was my image in my mind… I got diagnosed thyroid 6 months ago… I went for irregular MC and had all fertility tests which came out as everything is prfect… Then I went to this infertility specialist and he took blood test and the result came out that my TSH is 2.77uIu/ml a little tyroid…. So as now we are trying for baby since last year… I started yoga….

    erin

    June 4, 2009

    Same size and height…same story in some respects. I just started weight watchers two weeks ago and read this today. Inspirational! Thank you for blogging.

    D

    July 16, 2009

    As I was reading your story, I kept saying to myself “I can’t believe someone else has felt the exact same way I have!” I was never considered fat either, but always felt huge. Then I got married and gained about 10 pounds adjusting to eating dinner with my husband every night. Then I got pregnant and ballooned up to 230 lbs…way too much for my 5″7″ frame. Six months after my daughter was born, I joined WW and finally feel like I have a normal relationship with food. I always knew the calorie content, fat grams, etc of food but WW really helped me to understand how much healthy food I should eat. I love it! And I love reading your blog! thanks for sharing your story and success!

    Sara

    July 23, 2009

    Whoa…your story is eerily like mine, right down to height, weight, and the timeline of highs and lows–my weight skyrocketed during my senior year of undergrad, grad school, and my first two years of teaching. At 5’9″ and 216.8 lbs., I walked into a WW meeting in Jan. 2004…and sobbed when that was the number I saw on the scale. What’s funny/sad is that I nearly didn’t go even then since I didn’t want to be part of the New Years Resolution crowd. (What can I say, I have a real talent for self-sabotage.) WW has not been part of my long-term solution, but it was the starting point to getting smaller. What I really had to do (and have to keep doing) is face up to the disordered eating that kept my weight in constant flux.

    Thank you for your story and blog(s)! My question, though, was sparked by your last paragraph: do you really feel like your struggle is over? If so, that’s brilliant; it’s just that in my case I feel like I’ll be fighting the urge to binge pretty much forever.

    Sarah

    July 25, 2009

    It’s wonderful that you are very happy with your body now, but it’s sad that you had to go through all that feeling bad about it for so many years. You are beautiful and sexy, but you were also beautiful and sexy before you lost weight!

    roni

    July 25, 2009

    Sarah – I agree!!! That’s why I’m on a mission to help people come to terms their bodies. Especially those that are stuck in that cycle.

    Max

    July 26, 2009

    Hey Roni, great site. You misspelled “lose”, though, in this paragraph … “This cycle continued throughout college. Every school year I would gain about 20 pounds only to loose about half of that the following summer.”

    Keep up the good work!

    roni

    July 27, 2009

    Thanks! All fixed! :)

    roni

    July 27, 2009

    Sara – You know.. when I wrote that it wasn’t but every year that goes by I’m getting closer. It surely is a journey. :)

    taylor

    July 28, 2009

    Im 14. at the beginning of the Year i was at a disgusting 200lbs. So I went on a mission to get healthy. Its now 7 months later and im down to 146lbs. Reading your story, the teen years, I can definately relate to. You truly are an insperation

    Heather

    August 14, 2009

    Hi Roni,
    I really found your story inspiring, as with the rest of the group, your story is very simular to my experience all but having a baby! I am 5’9 and currently weigh 189 lbs. I have really put on weight in the last three years and weight is something I have obsessed about since as young as I can remember. I was also a thin child with a father that critisized my mothers weight constantly, as a teenager he would tell me that I better be careful or I’m going to get fat like my mom. As an adult I have tried several “diets” always failing. I even did Weight Watchers but I was not journaling and I would make excuses for going over my points. Reading your story and seeing your recipes and ideas has given me motivation to really change my habits. Thank you! I have a question…are you working out, and if so did it take you a while to get into it?

    roni

    August 24, 2009

    Hi Heather! I am working out now as I train for a marathon. I laid out my workout history here.. http://ronisweigh.com/2008/11/beginner-treadmill-workout-with-a-detour.html

    Hope that helps!

    Paula

    October 3, 2009

    Roni, a friend turned me on to your site today…thanks so much for sharing your story and congrats on your successes! I’m not quite to my goal of 140 lbs lost but am getting there. ;) (I’ve lost 110 lbs) Your site looks very useful and I can’t wait to check it out further…thanks so much! Best, Paula

    Nikkie

    November 2, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    I came upon your site through one of the news sites I was browsing. I am 28, 5’6 and I weight around 150. I wouldn’t say that I am fat but I have put on lots of weight since I left college. The worst thing is that although I did not realise it looks like I have really packed on the pounds..one of my friends from college saw a picture of me with a baby(not mine) on one of the social networking sites and actually messaged me about how cute he baby was and how i was ‘glowing’….I almost died…i wanted the ground to open up and swallow me …add to that the fact that my husband and I are actually trying for a baby …I can’t imagine how I will look once I am pregnant…

    Your site is inspirational…and I am going to come back here often :) Thanks for sharing your story…

    Romiva

    November 3, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    I read your inspirational story through CNN and I had to read your blog and may I say what a journey. I recently gave birth 4 months ago to a beautiful baby boy. Prior to getting pregnant I was on a mission to lose weight, my son was a surprise to us both since this was an unexpected surprise in my life. However, I’ve been putting off on my diet or getting off my feet to start exercising and eating properly again. I let myself go during my pregnancy by eating anything I wanted.
    YOu have reinspired me to lose the weight and to finally reach my goal prior to my pregnancy. THank you.

    Brittany Staires

    December 3, 2009

    I am so glad i found your blog. This is great and your story is inspiring. I am in nursing and am struggling with eating and not having time to exercise. I am committed to doing something about my weight, exercising, and correctly following Weight Watchers Plan.

    Thank You!

    Nikki F.

    January 11, 2010

    I was actually looking around the internet for a review on Fullbars, and came across your website.

    I have struggled with my weight pretty much all my life as well, and some of your story sounds like it came right out of my mouth! :D

    Thank you for sharing your story with “the world” and I look forward to following your continued journey!

    Brandy Sons

    January 17, 2010

    I have yet to begin my WW program, should be on it by next week. This is my only hope. I, too, have tried to low-carb route, but only lasted about 6 days. Ever since I was about 10 yrs old I’ve been overweight. My body went through spurts, sometimes just “chunky” other times just misshapen and …..well large. Growing up somehow I tricked myself into believing that once I was fully “grown up” the weight would just come off. I was so, so wrong. For years I was between an 18-22. Then gradually I ballooned up to 24….My shoulders are naturally broad and my problem area is my “spare tire”…I can fit into 22-26 shirts, but the last two years I go to 30-32 just to feel comfortable.
    All my life, every single day of my life as the fat girl. One thing I always did was overcompensate for my weight is make sure I always have my hair looking nice, I wear cute clothes, I still take care of myself because I do love me. I’m just so, so fed up with my weight sometimes I feel like food for me is like a drug addiction. Especially the last couple years I have really succeeded in being able to shove volumes of food down my throat. Until I feel full, and sick, I feel unsatisfied. For the first time in a long time, I have a good boyfriend. We go out to eat several times a week, often times I get a to-go box for my leftovers, and honestly at times I can’t wait until he leaves to go home so I can eat again. My eating has become uncontrolable and I actually fear that I could become one of those women who eat themselves to super mobid obesity. I truly want to use the tools WW has to offer to train my body and mind to eat to live, not live to eat. I turn 30 this coming August. I haven

    Brandy Sons

    January 17, 2010

    I have yet to begin my WW program, should be on it by next week. This is my only hope. I, too, have tried to low-carb route, but only lasted about 6 days. Ever since I was about 10 yrs old I’ve been overweight. My body went through spurts, sometimes just “chunky” other times just misshapen and …..well large. Growing up somehow I tricked myself into believing that once I was fully “grown up” the weight would just come off. I was so, so wrong. For years I was between an 18-22. Then gradually I ballooned up to 24….My shoulders are naturally broad and my problem area is my “spare tire”…I can fit into 22-26 shirts, but the last two years I go to 30-32 just to feel comfortable.
    All my life, every single day of my life as the fat girl. One thing I always did to overcompensate for my weight is make sure I always have my hair looking nice, I wear cute clothes, I still take care of myself because I do love me. I’m just so, so fed up with my weight sometimes I feel like food for me is like a drug addiction. Especially the last couple years I have really succeeded in being able to shove volumes of food down my throat. Until I feel full, and sick, I feel unsatisfied. For the first time in a long time, I have a good boyfriend. We go out to eat several times a week, often times I get a to-go box for my leftovers, and honestly at times I can’t wait until he leaves to go home so I can eat again. My eating has become uncontrolable and I actually fear that I could become one of those women who eat themselves to super morbid obesity. I truly want to use the tools WW has to offer to train my body and mind to eat to live, not live to eat. I turn 30 this coming August. I haven’t worn a pair of shorts in public since I was 13..and I dream of being able to wear a cute summer dress with a tank top. Please pray for me, because I need the strength and willpower to overcome my addiction to food. I wish everyone good luck with their struggles also. We need all the help we can get.

    Cheryl

    March 19, 2010

    Hi Roni…I stumbled upon your site looking for a way to calculate WW points..I love it….I am 5’3″ and currently weigh 223 lbs..(exactly 100 lbs more than when I married over 20 years ago !!! )…Too many reasons/excuses but I am so happy I found your site….I did actually weigh 226 2 weeks ago so some progress has been made ! So nice to read and know I am not alone with this…Cheryl

    Lisa (sunnystl)

    January 19, 2012

    I hadn’t read your whole story till now! Its like im saying hi to myself all over again. Im in WW now and not giving up. Period! I did the same yo yo of yo yoing forever. I refuse to do it again. I call myself an FA= Food Addict. I think about it all the time, and Im trying with every fiber of my being to focus on other things… my kids, my life, ME! Reading,writing doing things other than plan out what Im going to eat, the family is etc. And I make a point of calculating my whole day and I STICK to it.. I stay right at points. I had to kick myself in the butt to make this happen. No one else can do it for me. Just me! So I am. I am thankful to have you in my life. Ive taken so much from what you do.
    Thank you Roni! :)

    Katie Hart

    April 11, 2012

    Roni,

    I have to say I am so glad I found your website. I am 23 years old and joined WW in 2009 and lost about 100lbs. In May 2011 I found out I was pregnant and through lots of stress with family issues and such I emotionally ate and ATE. I gained it all back during 9 months. I had my baby january 25th and went back to WW. I kinda quit again because I lost motivation but have realized I loved who I was 100lbs less and would be happy to get back to that person. Finding your website is giving me motivation with exercise and the food. My baby is now almost 3 months old and it inspires me to lead a healthy life for him. I like reading about your fitness as well. I like to work out and my ultimate gaol is to run a marathon to prove to myself that I can do it. Goodluck to you. You are very much an inspiration.

    Christy

    May 28, 2012

    Starting off on my own weight loss journey (and blog), though it feels as if I have been down this road before once or twice (or 30 times). Your story sounds so doggone familiar that it is almost scary! Anyway, the fact that you found your way through to a healthier lifestyle is really encouraging. Expect me to be lurking about!

    Andrea

    June 19, 2012

    Roni,

    I recently stumbled upon your blog while starting out on my own WW experience. Reading your bio was like reading my life! I have always been considered on the “chunky” side and have yo-yo dieted since the early 2000’s. After having my daughter (my motivation and my world). I had an extra 20 + lbs that just wanted to stick around on top of my already overweight self. I finally decided that enough was enough and embarked on the WW journery. I’m only a week in, but already feel better and not deprived in the slightest. I absolutely love all of the recipes (of yours)I’ve tried and love even more that you give the points of each one! You are inspiring me to come up with my own healthy creations! Thanks for sharing your story and for being an inspiration to those of us who are just starting to win the battle over our weight :)

    Ms. SO

    October 12, 2012

    I love your triumphant story. I have been struggling with my weight since my third C-section . . . and additional disappointments in marriage. I sampled Weight Watchers once. The leaders were so unfriendly that I did not go back.

    This summer I started working on a website for a weight loss clinic in Kansas City. The more I wrote about their weight-loss plan, the more convinced I was that this was the plan for me.

    Since I am post-menopausal, I really needed to get my metabolism jump started. This plan has been perfect for me. I have lost 5.5 pounds in 7 days.

    Robbie

    January 1, 2013

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

    Katie J

    January 5, 2013

    Your story is so motivational! I’m a new follower!

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    melanie

    October 25, 2013

    i like your story woow its wonderful

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    Meg Spradlin

    February 8, 2014

    In mid-January I started my own weight loss journey. A group of seven other friends and myself are training for our first Tough Mudder up in Whistler, BC (Which is a 10k as opposed to a 10mile, so 6.29 miles in total). We’ll be carpooling from Washington State.

    Our goal is simply to finish. :) Training has involved (this month) with the walking 2-3 miles, 3 times a week. The distance increases next month, and the push-up program begins then as well.

    I found your site while looking for recommendations for good shoes for this. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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    May 7, 2014

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    Sophia Gruen

    July 9, 2014

    I love the diagram! How true! I’ve yo-yo dieted for the last 4 years and am finally taking a more sensible approach – I still struggle with how long it’s going to take. I keep thinking if I just lose 10kg quickly then lose the rest more slowly…but of course I’ve been down that route before! I’m actually working with a therapist to keep me on track – check out my journey so far, leave me comments, let me know what has worked for you, etc. http://theyo-yodieter.blogspot.co.uk/

    vanessa

    August 31, 2014

    Roni!

    You are so awesome! I love that not only did you lose weight but learned to accept yourself. I just read a book recently on amazon that gave me this freedom to throw away the scale. I was going through such deep depression as well. It was called the 10 page healthy living book, i believe. I highly recommend it. It looks to be new but a good sweet message to anyone who needs baby steps and to not worry about the number on the scale.

    Colleen

    May 4, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I loved reading your posts. You’re quite an inspiration. I’ve recently decided to throw myself out there and get serious about losing 150 pounds and blog the journey. I hope you feel free to check in and share your thoughts! Best to you, Colleen

    Matt

    June 5, 2015

    Wow, just found your blog for the first time and saw a link to this story, totally inspiring!

    I’m a 30 something guy, struggled with my weight for a long time, my weight wasn’t a big issue (mind the pun), because until my late 20’s I played rugby to a high level. So everything was kept in check (kind of, I could eat anything I wanted and binge drinking was a big issue among all players…physically fit, but very unhealthy habits).

    After I was forced to quit rugby, I virtually cut out the drinking and knew I had to alter my food intake. This is where I’ve struggled, I mindlessly eat crap and have found myself knocking on the 300 lb door! The weird thing for me is that I have a lot of willpower to achieve many things……but when it comes to food, I struggle!

    So here I am, looking for ways to change my mindset! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    Oliver

    February 10, 2016

    You have such a nice family. Everyone dreams to have such a nice family.