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

Random Friday Thoughts!

on March 23, 2012

<< Editor’s Note: My mom informed me my sunglasses are actually Gucci. I’m sorry Patrizio di Marco, please forgive me! >>


Thursdays are my least favorite day. I have tough meetings in the morning that try my patience. I usually dread Thursday. Until I found barre method @ 7:30 with Julianna….that made my Thursday way more bearable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yesterday was way more than just bearable – it was an amazing day!

The weather was glorious – sunny with a little breeze (80s!). I looked cute (I’ll go ahead and be completely vain – when I look cute I feel better. Sue me). I got my hair done last night and it looked all perfect still (only my hair dresser can get my hair this shiny!). I got to work and had a nice email waiting in my inbox from one of my problem children clients. Always nice! The rest of the the day rolled through with laughs and good meetings (a first, literally).

Here I am with sleek pretty hair on lunch (note my new Michael Kors Gucci sunglasses. Love):


I head out for my favorite barre class (method!) and the weather is dreamy. Julianna is in torture mode and class is insane. I’m sweating buckets. I even teased her that she ruined my nice hair!

Driving home the cool air felt amazing and I purposely took backroads instead of the highway so I could savor it. (My mom will tell you I love fresh air. Haha.)

When I got home I was seriously craving junk food. But, I had the inner monologue of “you didn’t sweaty buckets to come home and eat shit. Make a sandwich, count your calories and don’t you dare touch junk!”. It worked and a 452 calorie grilled cheese hit the spot.

This morning I was thinking about Lent (no dessert, not even one cheat since I started!) and my lack of coffee….have I mentioned I haven’t had Starbucks in 17 days? Ha! Insane huh? I started having fresh juices for breakfast and that negated the need for morning coffee. I cheated once and had half a coffee at night….it made me feel terrible! Jittery and unsettled. I didn’t fall asleep until 4am. That cemented in my mind that my body is better without coffee. Crazy I know…..Starbucks and Samantha were once synonymous! Maybe we’ll be acquainted from time to time but we are no longer joint at the hip.

Again I’m reminded that if you want to see a change you have to *make* a change. I’m making lots of changes. I’m seeing the differences. It feels awesome. :0)

This morning I took measurements and guess what? I’ve lost 16 inches overall in 3 weeks! AMAZING!!

I’m only down 6 pounds, but i’m not upset. Seeing that my stomach is 5 inches smaller blows me away! Seeing my hips are 2 inches smaller and my chest is 4 inches smaller makes my super proud. Oh and did I mention my thighs are 4 inches smaller? No wonder those dressy pants look so nice and loose! Hooray!

I feel like I finally have it. The magic formula. Exercise you love + healthy food = results.

This weekend I have to pack for my whirlwind trips (Tampa, LA, possibly Vegas) and get some sweaty cardio in. I also need to find some good things to do with parsnips. I bought them on whim ~ anyone have good recipes?

Have a great (sweaty!) weekend!


8 responses to “Random Friday Thoughts!

  1. JessSutera says:

    16 inches in three weeks is INCREDIBLE!!!!! The inches lost once you find something you love and can stick with (plus the healthy eats!) is a magic one-two punch isn’t it?? I’m SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!

    PS your hair looks SO pretty in that pic, I love it.

  2. jobo says:

    16 inches in 3 weeks!! you are a machine!!!! that is incredible! and 6 points is nothing to sneeze at either!! You look gorgeous in that pic!!! Heart me some barre n9ne ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Christina says:

    Your doing great, and you look great! Im so happy for you!

  4. Curt says:

    Watch the good eats episode on Parsnips, hilarious! Maybe not perfect for healthy eating but should give you some starting ideas.

  5. Naomi says:

    Your continuous hard work and compassion for yourself are so inspiring! I love the way you adjust your plans along the way- what’s working what’s not- always trying and celebrating success. Congrats on all the positive changes you’ve made and on getting to enjoy their results. Lifestyle change is so hard! After a crappy week here, I’m re-invigorated to keep working for my goals in creative ways and to trust the process. Thank ๐Ÿ™‚

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