I’m a Macro-Counting, Podcast-Listening, Facebook-Ignoring, Crossfitting Mom of a Pre-Teen.

That’s who I am.

Right now, anyway

I’ve journaled/blogged long enough to know this is just my current state and that it will change as everything does which is why I think it’s fun to write.

So let me unload a little. First up,

Macro Counting

Two weeks before Christmas I decided to hire a coach to help me learn how to count macros. Most of you know my weight loss history with Roni’s Weigh and all, so I’m not going to rehash it. The bottom line is I lost a lot of weight, maintained it for a long time, found fitness along the way, started CrossFitting and Olympic Lifting, and recently, slowly, started to put weight back on. It didn’t ‘bother me at first. At 41, I am more fit and strong than I’ve ever been. My body image no longer holds me back from experiencing things as it did in my teens and 20s. I was perfectly happy not weighing myself any longer because I was living the way I wanted to live.

When I went back to an office job last year all of my old dress pants didn’t fit. I wasn’t devastated or anything, but I did need to go shopping and by a size up. I decided then I should probably be a bit more conscious of my eating habits.

I thought I had everything under control until I noticed my old bad cycles coming back. I started to try to cut out carbs. I was dabbling in intermittent fasting. It didn’t take me long to recognize the pattern. I was back to doing what I used to do: halfheartedly trying quick fixes just to lose a few pounds instead of consciously making longer-lasting changes to support and maintain my current lifestyle and the goals I wanted to reach.

So much like in 2005, I decided I needed help. Back then I joined Weight Watchers, but I’m a completely different person today. Now I take my lifting seriously.  I work out daily. I have goals I’m trying to reach in the gym. Cutting calories blindly hasn’t been working for me. I wanted to approach my weight loss from the perspective of an athlete, not someone who is just trying to get as skinny as possible.

Macro counting seemed like a good fit. Instead of tracking points, I’m now tracking carbohydrates, fat, and protein separately. The funny thing is I’m approaching macro counting the same exact way I did point counting back in 2005. I pre-plan as much as possible, track the macros in a journal, cook and prep more snacks than buy them, and weigh myself daily.

My approach is the same, and it’s working now just as it worked then.

Here I am wearing a pair of dress pants I couldn’t fit into last year at this time.

I’m wrapping up my 12th-week counting macros, and I’m planning on going through all my journals to share in more detail soon. I’m even considering joining the group of coaches I used so I coach others. I’m just not ready to do it right now. I still have more to learn about macros and a few more goals I want to reach personally.


Speaking of goals, today I actually went out for a run/walk. I haven’t been braving the weather at all this winter which is odd for me. I used to love running in the cold, but now I want nothing to do with it.

This morning I decided to give it another try and at 6:30 this morning while everyone was sleeping, I bundled up, grabbed my headphones and hit the road.

I wouldn’t say the cold was enjoyable but it was bearable and I had one of my favorite podcasts to keep me company.

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. It’s how I stay sane on my commute to and from work. I used to listen to fitness related ones, but honestly, they tend to annoy me, so I’ve gone in a different direction. Now my favorites are:

I listen on Podcast Go, a free android app. It’s easy, allows me to download while I’m on wi-fi and the ads aren’t too annoying.

Ignoring Facebook

Listening to those podcasts is ultimately more rewarding than mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook Wall which I haven’t done in over a week!

A few people have asked me how it’s going and, well, it’s going great! I feel less distracted and happier. I do!

I am no longer overwhelmed by constantly reading other people opinions and views on the state of the world.

I thought I’d miss the connections a bit more than I do. There are moments I fight the urge to share and just see what’s going on in everyone’s life but it’s not killing me or anything. I think about it, and then the thought fades as I move on to something else.

I think I may just pick a day of the week to unblock it, check in and then re-block. Not having the app on my phone, however, is a permanent change. I swear my battery lasts at least 25% longer than it used to!


Speaking of apps, I love the new (to me, at least) CrossFit Games App!

It’s an easy way to see your standings, get the workout info and track your favorite athletes. After 18.1 here are my standings out of my age group in the world.

I did 18.2 this weekend, and it nearly killed me. I wasn’t able to complete the first part in the time frame given which means my standings will probably plummet but I feel good about where I am. I’ve come a long way, and so far I’ve been able to compete with all the prescribed weights, something I wasn’t able to do in years past.

Mom of Pre-Teen

Finally, I wanted to share a slide from a seminar I went to yesterday.

The speaker was Chap Clark, author of Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. I haven’t read the book, so I can’t recommend it, but he was a great speaker.

His talk gave me much insight into the changing world of the 12-year-old and even how I can begin to prepare the 6-Year-Old (almost 7!) as he starts to enter young adolescence as well.

I feel as if I’m entering a stage of parenting you don’t anticipate when you have babies and toddlers. I mean I knew my kids were going to grow up but when they were small I never really put any thought into how my job as Mom would change as they age.  It’s not harder or easier. It’s just different.

So many things are different.


  1. Rosey Rebecca - March 4, 2018 3:17 pm

    I’ve been listening to podcasts nonstop. I recently drove from NY to Asheville and listened the whole way. It’s so much more interesting than reading gossip on FB. I agree!

    • roni - March 5, 2018 2:16 pm

      They really save my sanity in the car. So much better than annoying radio morning shows too!

  2. Click. The Good News - March 5, 2018 1:22 am

    That’s awesome…I finally got back to following you on your new site. I’d be interested in hearing more about macros…I need to do something, but I’m not sure what it is & I’m pretty lazy/busy…lol Glad you are well & in a new season in your life.

    • roni - March 5, 2018 2:15 pm

      I’m hoping to carve out a couple of hours next week to map out the 12 weeks and share it here on the blog. Stay tuned!

  3. Amanda Straw - March 5, 2018 1:53 pm

    I’m curious if you would share who your macro coach is… There’s so many out there! I’d like to get one but I’d like to know someone else using them. Your results are fantastic! Good for you for taking charge. You look fabulous!!

    • roni - March 5, 2018 2:14 pm

      I will. I’m actually waiting to hear back from them to see if they will take me on to be a coach which I would absolutely LOVE to do.

  4. Gidget - March 6, 2018 2:47 pm

    Our lives seem to run in parallel – you look fantastic though! For me macro counting felt restrictive, kind of pissed me off, and I went off the rails. I wonder how you dealt with feeling like you ‘had to’ hit certain numbers? I would be curious. You strike me as someone who wouldn’t love RULES. I’m happy you’re back and thrilled you’re doing so well! I would certain love you as a coach.

    • roni - March 14, 2018 7:08 pm

      I actually appreciated the having to hit part. It’s been helping me see what I’ve been deficient in and you know since I’ve upped my protein I feel SO much better at the gym!

      Rules aren’t my thing but structure helps and I like that there really are no rules just the macro goal. So if I want pizza I eat pizza. I just have to account for it. I felt the same way when I counted points. That goal with no restriction works for me.

  5. Rebecca - March 8, 2018 12:05 am

    I have been following you since Ryan was a baby. I lost 75 # on WW back then and similar to you decided fit was more the answer. A back surgery and poor back genetics has me unable to lift heavy and do impact sports. I’m still active but unable to hit it hard like I did prior to surgery. I have also gone up a pant size and know it’s from the “a little won’t hurt philosophy.” I thrived on points but that is when I needed to learn how to eat. I am curious about the macros. When I log on my fitness pal I look at them and am curious where I should be. You have always been an inspiration. ill be interested to learn what’s working for you.

    • roni - March 14, 2018 7:05 pm

      Hi Rebecca! I just shared more in a new blog post. I even paralleled it with WW!

  6. Season - March 8, 2018 6:19 am

    Very motivating post on health, workout, and raising family. I enjoyed a lot reading your post. Waiting to read more from you.

  7. Becky - March 11, 2018 6:35 pm

    Hi Roni, first time / long time! Just wanted to reinforce that I’d love to learn more about how you’re doing the macro counting.

    • roni - March 14, 2018 7:03 pm

      Hi Becky! Sorry for the late reply. I just posted more about it. It took awhile for to get it all of out of my head.


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