It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! Each week I scour the blogosphere to find other fit moms who inspire me to fitness.
Our mommy this week is Roni, who blogs over at Roni’s Weigh, GreenLiteBites, and Blog2Lose. I met her in person and not only does she have amazing energy and enthusiasm, but her positive attitude is contagious.
Her story is fantastic, she tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds several years ago and admits to trying every weight loss fad out there. Her turnaround came after the birth of her son; she didn’t just want to be a skinny mom, she wanted to be a healthy mom.
Roni managed to lose over 70 pounds and despite a very busy blogging schedule, she schedules in time for fitness. She focuses on healthy eating and creates all sorts of fun creations over at GreenLiteBites with her toddler by her side. (this just amazes me! I can’t do anything with my kids at my feet!)
Please read on for more about Roni and why she is definitely “One Fit Mommy”!
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
HA! I was the opposite of fit. I was lazy. There’s no two ways about it. I’d drive to my college campus, get a $5 parking ticket and I only lived 1/2 mile away! Now, THAT’S lazy. But in all seriousness, I was a pretty active child and then once I entered my preteen years I started to get body conscious. Then I got lazier and lazier. Not liking myself, not liking my body, it was a vicious cycle that had me yo you dieting for 15 years.
It wasn’t until I had my son that I saw the light, so to speak. It wasn’t about my body shape, it wasn’t about trying to look like some airbrushed model in a magazine. It was about being a healthy example for my son. Having him, truly changed my entire perspective. He gave me confidence and I realized life was so much bigger then how I looked in a swimsuit.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
This is a tough one, being a working mom, I understand time constraints. First, I have to say you make time for the things that are important to you. Just because your a mom doesn’t mean your well being isn’t important anymore.
The first 2 years of my son’s life I didn’t go to a gym to workout. I didn’t even like working out! But we took family walks, when hiking on local trails, when to the park, danced around like crazy people in our hose. I “wore” my son everywhere, I wanted for extra calorie burn! ;~) Exercise is what you make of it. Involve your kids if you don’t have the luxury of going to the gym. Once I wrote a post called Gym Shmym, Who Needs ‘Em? where I talked about dancing around like nuts to James Brown and the Wiggles. If that’s not exercise, I don’t know WHAT is!
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
This year I started running. I’m LOVING it! But my heart is really into the strength training. I started just over a year ago and I feel so confident and strong now. There is just something about knowing I can lift a little bit more then last time. It’s empowering and your progress is very easy to track and see.
Q: You recently started working with a personal trainer. How has that changed your workouts?
Oh my, I’m SO glad you asked this question. They have changed significantly. Here’s a little workout history so my progression makes sense….
1.) I NEVER worked out, hated it.
2.) I started getting more active doing daily things like these
3.) I sign up for my local Y, started doing 20 min on cardio machines (TORTURE – hated it at first)
4.) Started using Nautilus Machines at gym and tracking my progress and taking Step Classes.
5.) A friend asked if I’d be interested in running. ME? NOOO I said, “No, I’m not a runner.”
6.) I TRIED running. Found out I could actually do it, started training for a 5K
7.) Signed up with a trainer to learn free weights, the Nautilus machines were getting BORING.
8.) Continued to run, and lift weights. getting stronger and more fit.
9.) Starting taking bootcamp classes. LOVED the variety!
10.) Signup with a personal trainer, 2 days a week.
That all happened since August of 2007. I don’t even feel like the same women I did before I worked-out.
As for the trainer, he has added a complete new dimension to my workouts. We do something different each time we meet. From boxing to free weights, rope workouts to cardio. He keeps me on my toes and I love knowing that someone has my progress in their best interest. He’s motivating and he, frankly, kicks my butt (in a good way. ;~P)
Q: What is your favorite exercise and why? how about your least favorite?
My favorite would have to be pushups. I love doing pushups. How weird does that sound? They are a great way to work your upper body and core. You can easily measure your progress (can you do more then you did last time?) and you don’t need any special equipment. I’d go out on a limb and say, they may be the most perfect exercise. 🙂
My least favorite? Ummmm… Shoulder presses. Not sure why? I just find them difficult and I can’t do as much weight as I can with other exercises. I just find them hard and uncomfortable.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
YES! Oh my… For running. Sometimes I just don’t want to do. But I keep reminding myself how much better I’ll feel when I’m done. I’ve never been disappointed that I ran, only disappointed that I didn’t!
Q: Random question: What brand of running shoe do you prefer?
Hysterical that you asked this. I have a pair of Asics, the girl at the store recommended them. I like them but I’m in desperate need of a new pair. I’ve never been a shoe girl, so whatever is on sale or if someone else recommends one, I’ll try them. If I like them I’d buy them again. I’m kind of simple like that. :~)
Thank you Roni for allowing me to feature you and sharing your fantastic story!
Ok gang, it is your turn. What are YOU doing for fitness today?