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Joni Learns to Love Herself No Matter her Size

Joni is the first of many BlogToLose success stories. As I prepared her story I had tear in my eye. She echos many of my own believes and changes I saw in myself. Go Joni! You are AWESOME!

How are you defining your success?

Truly success for me started out as “lose 40 pounds”. I spend a lot of time on my feet as a Registered Nurse and the weight began to take it’s toll on my legs. I knew the answer. I had put the weight on eating all night to stay awake and I knew the only solution was to lose it. But shortly after I started I began to see my habits and realize how much I wasn’t the me I used to be. I began re-define success as health. Healthy choices and healthy living. Shortly after that the definition became physical fitness, as I started to tap into that lost part of myself and I began to achieve each goal I set I began to see the real success... For me it was self-love. Learning to accept yourself whatever your size, whatever you eat, however far or fast you can run. Loving yourself is really the first part of a line of successes. Without that the rest of the success were just things to say I had done.

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?

The 40 pounds are gone. The girl who couldn’t run more than a minute at a time is running a half marathon in April. And the me who couldn’t love myself as myself? She’s leaving too, not as quickly as the others but it’s happening :)

How long did it take you?

I started June 29th. Finished the weight loss in November and the rest is a process :)

What new goals have you set for yourself?

I’m going to get to that marathon. Maybe not in the time frame I wanted (with mutiple injury setbacks) but someday I’ll do it. I’m going to learn that I may not physically EVER be the way I want to look and that’s ok. Expectations have to be realistic too.

What has changed the most about you?

The physical stuff is obvious but it’s the new sense of commitment to ME that is the real change. Investing time in myself so that I have energy to invest in those around me. That’s changed me inside. I’ve made choices in my life recently to reawaken the buried me that got lost under years of choices made for the benefit for others. This has effected my marriage, my relationship with my children and my family in positive ways :)

What did you find hardest about reaching your goal? How did you overcome it?

I was surprised that the bigger challenge wasn’t being hungry or feeling like I wanted something I couldn’t have it was more the constant struggle with wanting to get out (or up) and injuring myself. In fact I guess it’s entirely possible that the injury (a broken leg sustained during training) made me focus on my pain and recovery so much that the weight was secondary. I began to see food less as something to do and more as fuel for my new physique! I found activities that I could do (swimming and elliptical) instead of sitting on the sofa boo-hooing about not being able to run.

How has blogging helped you reach your goals?

Obviously the support of others experiencing the same things is helpful, as well as hearing the “you can do it’s” from those who are, and have, reading the stories of others and knowing you aren’t alone, but the bigger thing about blogging for me is just simply getting it from my head to the paper (or keyboard as it were). The ability to just work it out on paper was huge for me. I learned a lot about myself from writing and reading what I wrote.

Any tips for those that share you goal?

Hang in there. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. It’s not the number of times you fall down, it’s the number of times you get up that matters in the end. :)

PS Hubby lost 35 pounds too and runs 3 miles 3x's/wk!

Awesome Joni, just AWESOME! Click here to check out Joni's BlogToLose Page!

Comment by Tanya on March 9, 2009 at 9:21pm
Way to go Joni! I think the two of you look like a very young couple just starting out! This is just so great and loved reading this. It has given me some much needed motivation. Thanks!
Comment by Dana on March 9, 2009 at 10:37pm
Joni, you are truly inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I loved reading every word!
:) Dana
Comment by Heidi on March 9, 2009 at 11:27pm
Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations! You two look incredible.
Comment by Joni on March 10, 2009 at 11:54am
Thanks everyone for your sweet comments and your support during my rough spots and thanks to RONI for being such an inspiration to us ALL!! (and ps we've been married 16 years- together 20- hardly young or starting out ;o)
Comment by Dawn on March 11, 2009 at 3:35pm
Joni, I love your story, and have since I first read it>>>I find it so inspirational. You look amazing and you sound like you are happy...that is what I want for be happy...I don't want to look around and feel depressed because other people "look better than me" or "can run farther than me" or "don't have to take a break at the gym". I am still struggling with being happy for the successes that I have had...that is something I need to work on more.
Comment by JillianBean on March 11, 2009 at 4:57pm
Congratulations on all your successes Joni!! You look wonderful!! You are an inspriration to us all. :)
Comment by Sam on March 12, 2009 at 11:17am
Congratulations! You look awesome and reading your answers - you sound pretty awesome too, happy and healthy. :)
Comment by Michele Dochat on March 13, 2009 at 7:44pm
You look 17 yr old daughter just said WOW when she saw your picture!...and I agree..your story is an inspiration to keep moving toward my goal! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Comment by kaemrain on April 20, 2009 at 5:15pm
Whenever I need to get jogging but can't find the motivation, I read your success story. It gets me pumped up enough to get my butt moving every time. Thanks and congrats!!
Comment by Tonya on April 25, 2009 at 10:41pm
You both look so healthy and happy! Isn't that what it is all about? Rock ON!
Comment by eleanora mitchell on August 11, 2009 at 8:44pm
awsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Windy on March 23, 2010 at 9:16am
You and your husband look happy and healthy.. Great job sticking with it.. I love you saying about it is not the number of times you fall, it is the number of times you get up..... Very inspirational...
Comment by Faby Gonzalez on March 23, 2010 at 6:44pm
OMG You were at my exact start weight! (almost I started at 180) in Feb... I am down to 172 now and I run atleast 5xs a week- started doing cardio and weight training! and Feeling awesome! I want to get down to 125! by July 13! Hopefully Blogging and twittering will help me reach my goals~ along with workouts and healthy eating habits! way to go!
Comment by Krista Barrack on October 30, 2010 at 12:42am
Amazing couple... enough said!
Comment by Chelsea on January 19, 2011 at 8:19pm
I can totally identify with you as I am an RN as well. Our jobs don't always led us to healthy choices (eating on the run, eating whatever, whenever kind of mentality). You are an inspiration, thanks for sharing your story! Congrats!
Comment by Sherrie on November 21, 2011 at 2:50pm

Thanks for the inspiration. Your story sounds so much like mine , But I am just starting my journey.  You guys look great:)

Comment by bab on August 29, 2012 at 5:15am

wow, u both look great, I am an LPN and i work 12 hrs, 7p-7a, and i have to constantly fight with the sleep, so i eat all nite long to keep myself awake, and working 12 hrs i dont get nytime to go to gym, but I am starting with small goals, I wanna go down from 143 to 125. I have never been skinny or healthy in my life, always  been the fat kid, lol, but this year its changing, thankyu  so much, for sharing your story, it has inspired me alot.and gudluck to both of u. 


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