Greetings Fiercelings, I’m so excited to share this interview with you! Roni from Ronisweigh.com is one of my favorite bloggers. She’s a busy entrepreneur mom that lost 70 pounds and has maintained that loss for years. I started running because I was inspired by Roni and started RunningIntoShape.com because I loved her blog and how much it inspired me. It was an honor and a privilege for her to allow me to interview her. Enjoy!
Roni, what’s next for you? Any new projects?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself for some time! I’m really not sure. I just started managing a CrossFit gym which I LOVE! I’m looking at getting certified but I’m not sure I want to train folks yet — it’s a confidence thing. Right now I’m all about finding balance, soaking up my kids, traveling as much as possible and doing work I’m passionate about.
You get a LOT done in a day. Including cooking healthy home cooked meals for your family. I don’t have kids or a husband and my life is full! How do you balance it all? What’s your planning process like?
It’s funny, you’d think I’m a big planner when it comes to cooking but I find that always backfires so I take more of an organic approach. I shop about once a week, keep a stocked pantry and react daily to what’s going on. It works for me.
I’ve noticed that over the years you change how you track your food intake (Weight Watchers, food photos, My Fitness Pal) or if you track your food at all. How do you know when it’s time to change your method?
Another good question! You’re good at this. I’m always changing things up, I think it’s part of the reason I’ve been so successful. How do I know when it’s time? Well, that’s easy… when the current method is no longer working for me. So if I start to get bored or feel overwhelmed or just stop doing it then I move on. There’s no guilt or feelings of failure, I don’t give up, I just try something new and it usually restores my motivation.
Right now I’m “scale free.” But at some point, I realize the scale will be a useful tool to track my progress. Tell me about your journey to having a healthy relationship with the scale?
The scale and I go way back! In one of my blog posts I said:
– In my teens it validated my worst fear: I was fat. (I wasn’t but that’s a whole other story)
– In my 20s I fought it, continuously losing the battle while gaining more and more weight.
– In my early 30s I learned to use it as a tool and it helped me accomplish a weight loss I thought was impossible.
– Now I’m in my late 30s (sigh) and I’m done with it. I honestly have not gotten on a scale in about a year and I’m better off without it. That said, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t first learn how to use it as a tool.
I’m an emotional eater, and sometimes a yogurt or apple or fill-in-the-blank healthy snack is just not what I want. If you feel stressed and crave unhealthy food how do you handle that?
I hear you on this. I’m an eater and sometimes I just want to eat. What has always worked for me is preparing my own food with a goal of indulging smartly. For example, if I want pizza (a weakness for me for sure!) I’d make my own. I experimented with crusts and different sauces. I’d load it with veggies and reduce the cheese. Basically I’d have fun with it instead of calling for delivery. In my experience, the more of an active role I play with my food prep the more satisfied I am. Grabbing a bag of chips out of the pantry doesn’t ever cure my cravings. I just mindlessly eat! But pausing, preparing something and taking an active approach works wonders. It’s why GreenLiteBites.com exists! I turned my obsession into a blog so I’d have an outlet.
To Be Continued…Tune in Next Week!