Sparkly & Slimming….a Weight Loss Blog

Samantha's journey to slim down, while remaining sparkly!

2010 in the Rearview….(and final weigh-in!)

on December 31, 2010

There’s something so delicious about the end of a book, a new CD or a year. I feel like Dec 31st is the best day for reflecting on your year and reliving the good, the bad and the crazy!

In my paper journal I wrote about all of my adventures – but now looking through my desk calendar I realize how much I missed out on. 70% of the things I didn’t go to were out of my control (usually sickness – I need to be HEALTHY in 2011!), but 30% of the time it was because of my “baggage”. I’m usually a bubbly, outgoing person – but when I’m put in a situation I have no control over….I freak out. Sometimes said freak-outs are weight related (“Will I be the fattest person in the entire restaurant? What if I break a chair? What if ….) and other times it’s about being uncoupled (“Ugh…will be the ONLY single person? Am I going to have to put on a one-woman show to make up for not having a boyfriend?”). Both scenarios stress me out beyond belief – sometimes to the point that I cancel plans I was looking forward to.

In 2011 I will not let my baggage control me anymore. It won’t be easy, but I will do my best to push past the freak-out and enjoy my life.

Now, let’s talk about the fun parts of 2010 shall we?

I had a great year professionally – I feel like I honed skills I was only just thinking about last year, and truly became more professional. I’m still sarcastic and funny my nature, but now I can successfully write my own professional emails – and deal with difficult situations easier. I think both of those speak to personal growth, which is awesome! Oh and I also learned a whole bunch of new stuff in 2010 – which is always awesome to reflect on! πŸ™‚

I got to a kick-ass world-wide trade show in Las Vegas, and stay with someone I consider a good friend and mentor – spending more time with her and her now husband will be a goal in 2011!

I went to Tribal Fest in California with my BFF Rach – and has an ABSOLUTE ball. I cannot WAIT for the next one! In fact, I have a post about my “countdown to TF” coming soon.

I forgave myself for mistakes I’ve made. This might seem trivial, but when you carry around the burden of failure – releasing it feels amazing.

I joined the gym again and got serious about losing weight – and I started this blog! I had no idea that it would turn out so great, but it has! πŸ™‚

So, it’s the last day of the year….and technically my weigh-in is tomorrow but I figured it would be better to do it today.

I hope you’re sitting down while reading this!

I only lost 8 pounds in the month of December…not crazy considering I exercised twice thanks to pneumonia. However, that puts my year tally at 90 pounds. Yes, NINETY POUNDS!

On Jan 1st 2010, I weighed 424 pounds. Today I weigh 334 pounds. That is AMAZING (especially considering how half-assed the first part of my year was!).

Oh and I took measurements too – I’ve lost 30 inches overall!!!

Cheers to a fabulous 2011 everyone!!


P.S. – here are some photos I dug up from the year! πŸ™‚

Mom and I on her birthday in Oct!


Rach and Sam @ Shimmies IV in March!

Rach and I @ Tribal Fest in CA in May!

Have to include one “OMFG I look horrible picture” just for reference!


Dinner with girly friends. I can't believe I was that big this year!! GAH!

Happy New Year everyone! ❀

Cheers to lots more pictures in the new year!



11 responses to “2010 in the Rearview….(and final weigh-in!)

  1. Caroline says:

    Congratulations on a great year beautiful lady! You’ve accomplished so much. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2011!!

  2. Memie says:

    OMG! That is friggin awesome. How fantastic to hear about your successes. I am glad to say that you truly inspire me with your journies. Onto another Happy New Year to You. Hugs

  3. Hyetti says:

    Go, Sam, GO!!!! You ROCK , girl! HUGE Congrats on the weight loss……keep on keepin’ on! Have lost a few myself, but nothing like yours, SO happy for you! May 2011 be full of promise,wonder, delight, joy, success, prosperity, and HEALTH for you!
    HUGE hugs!

  4. Cecilia says:

    90 lbs!!! That’s amazing!!!!! Gosh, are inspiring! πŸ™‚
    Happy Happy New Year!!! I look forward to working with you and Rach and getting to know you better in 2011 πŸ™‚

  5. Jaylee says:

    oh so much love for you, girl! You are amazing!!! So many accomplishments! HUGS! Wishing you lots of success, health, happiness, and sparklies for the new year!

  6. Gail says:

    So freakin’ proud of you!!!! You are amazing and beautiful both inside and out. Keep up the great work!!! Much love to you!! xox

  7. Libby says:

    I wanted to say congrats on your weight loss. I don’t usually comment, but I do read your blog, and your honesty and attitude are inspiring. If you kicked this much ass in one year, I can only imagine what 2011 is going to bring you! Many wonderful things, I’m sure! πŸ™‚


  8. Maureen says:

    Congrats on the year of you! You should be so proud of all you accomplished and learned. You have taken some major steps to a new healthier you and its paying off. Even though at times you will feel tired and just think it was just easier to be fat (speaking from personal experience). Reflect back on these accomplishments to keep you moving forward. Maintaining this new life style isn’t easy, but its so worth it. Best of luck to you in 2011, you are going to be amazing.

  9. Thanks everyone!!!! ❀

  10. Christa says:

    Samantha, BIG CONGRATS on the accomplishment. 90 lbs? Keep up the great work….your amazing attitude and outlook will be a huge factor in your success. Just remember, you are beautiful no matter what!

  11. crazykev23 says:

    Fucking Awesome! great job!

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