Roni Noone Does Fitbloggin’—Because She Can!
Last year, I attended a conference in Baltimore called Fitbloggin’. It’s a conference for bloggers about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. I loved the conference, the people I met, the workshops, the fitness classes and the food.
One cool thing was that the fitness classes were intermixed with the other sessions, so at the end of the day, there was none of the normal I-sat-at-a-conference-all-day-and-I’m-groggy-feeling. Instead every few hours, you were up and moving. So along with learning, I tried out some new workouts.
So this week as one of your inspiring stories, I want to share the story of the woman behind the conference, Roni Noone. She helps others learn how to live well because she first made a choice to do so herself.
Janet: Tell us a little about yourself.
Roni: I’m Mom to 2 boys, wife to The Husband, and a professional blogger. 7 years ago I lost 70lbs and have been maintaining a healthy lifestyle ever since!
When did you decide to make some changes to your life and why?
After the birth of my son Ryan I knew it was time to change. I was a yo-yo dieter for over 15 years. Constantly thriving for skinny and getting fatter in the process.
After being pregnant and having a new life to take care of, my goals shifted slightly. I was now more interested in being healthy, and being a good example for my son. “Getting skinny” wasn’t my main focus. I started making small changes and they starting building up!
It’s hard to make changes, how did you do it? And how do you keep on, keeping on?
Motivation is a funny thing and goal achieving is contagios! Once I’d reach a small goal, like food journaling for the day, the next seemed more attainable. The more goals I achieved the more confident I became!
What goals have you reached that you didn’t know if you could?
I even ran a Tough Mudder this year! I didn’t think any of those things were possible for me, a chubby, unathletic girl with a bad body image.
What goals do you have for yourself in the future?
Well, I continue to run events but my goal now is to simply keep on, keeping on! I have 2 boys to raise. I want to show them not only how to live a healthy, balanced life, but how women are strong, independent and more than just a body.
What does a well-lived day look like to you… or in other words, if you knew you were dying tomorrow, what would you do today?
Great question! I’d want to be with my boys, on a beach, enjoying the waves after an awesome morning run and before bed, a date night with my husband. :)
Roni is a mom, wife, web publisher and overall geek. She started a blog when she got pregnant with her first son to keep family and friends updated.
Plus it gave her a way to do two of her favorite things, be creative and communicate (or as she says, I like to make stuff and I like to talk, A LOT).
And then one thing led to another, she started another blog where she shared her journey about healthy living. And then she wanted to post recipes for the healthy food she was eating, so she started a food blog.
And she thought it would be cool to have a lot of bloggers connect and learn about both blogging and health/wellness from each other so she started a conference.
As you can see, Roni has a few irons in the fire, so check this landing page which has links to her various endeavors, or connect with her on Twitter @RoniNoone and on Facebook at Roni.
Roni’s story shows how when someone makes positive changes in their own life, their passion overflows and they want to share it. Roni lives that out so well. First her choices only affected her, but now they affect many through her blogs and Fitbloggin’!
It’s similar to the two marathons I’m doing this year. The first one was about me. To reclaim a day I disliked. To see what I could do. And doing the NYC Marathon on Nov 4 is about others. To help those who face tough obstacles. To do what I can so others can do what they can.
I look forward to seeing Roni doing what she does so well at Fitbloggin’ 12, September 20 to 23. And this year, I’m one of the speakers for a session called Ignite Fitness. (Woohoo!)
If interested in seeing what happens when someone’s passion for living well overflows, you could join the party. Registration is open until September 18th. Check it out here.
Leave your questions, thoughts, healthy recipes, etc. for Roni in the comments.
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