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Lent: Abstaining from Addictions!

on February 12, 2013

I can’t believe how early Lent is this year! Thanks to the power of the blog I know that last year it was on Feb 20th and the year before was March 7th. Sheesh! It’s only Feb 13th! Soon we’ll be celebrating Christmas and Lent together!

Joking aside, this year I think I’m in a good place with eating. I love desserts (no secret there) but I’m not indulging every night and just last week in NYC I only had dessert ONCE and I only had about 4 bites and decided that was sufficient. Holy progress! 🙂  Speaking of NYC, the trip overall was a success. Sadly I lost my FitBit one night after only having it a week, but the fine folks at FitBit are replacing it. Woo! The bummer is I have to use my phone as a pedometer until then and honestly, it lies like a rug. LOL.

Texas has been postponed for me, in part due to Nemo – thanks so much for 30 inches of snow, I was just thinking “Man I miss winter” (said no one ever). BTW this graphic cracked me up:


So, this week I am home, getting steps in, balancing long days at the office with healthy meals and of course taking as many barre classes as I can swing! Love me some barre n9ne. Then I realize I need to figure out what I’m over-indulging in and can give up for Lent. Sweets wasn’t making the cut this year (it wouldn’t be a challenge), I’m never giving up coffee again (love it too much, can’t function without it), I don’t drink soda, I barely go out for lunch anymore (at one time a Lent from lunch dates would have suited my wallet and my waist well), what am I in need to a detox from? Ha. Facebook. It’s true. I am literally addicted to Facebook and honestly, 9 times out of 10 that I visit I conclude everyone in my life is having more fun than me, is more successful and generally happier. It’s a bummer. Now, I am a happy person – I love my life. But, social media has a knack for making you feel inadequate doesn’t it?

You are seeing the best of everyone’s life in one continuous feed while you sit in your pajamas feeling like a slug (despite the fact that you did get 10,000 steps today, you did get a workout in and you are well within your “number” of calories!). It’s disheartening! It remind me of this:

HA. Yes, Steve Furtick you nailed it. And as my friend Tiana pointed out, Facebook is the ULTIMATE highlight reel, complete with an edit button.

So, I’m going to resist the urge to post mundane things about my life or cute picture of me working out or nonsense I think of during the day or motivational quotes. I’m going to quit Facebook for 6 weeks (even Sundays). I barely tweet so I guess I’ll keep Twitter (but don’t expect brilliance to be posted there, I usually forget I have it. LOL). I like taking photos with Instagram so I’m keeping that, but I won’t publish to the book of faces. My handle on both is sheissparkling if you feel compelled to check up on me! 😉

I’m most sad about not checking in barre n9ne (spoken like a true addict). I love seeing all the friends I’ve made from Danvers and Andover commenting about classes they’re taking or how hard Jess/Jolene/Amy/Erica/Stef/Steph/Tanya is as an instructor! I took to Google to found out how other people fared when giving up Facebook and I found this article very interesting and this one funny as hell.  Sounds like I am going to be challenged! Heck, maybe I’ll blog more (something I secretly vowed to do this year).

While doing this “Facebook detox” I’d really like to reconnect with friends through avenues like email, IM or *gasp* phone! It’s amazing how much social media has taken over my interaction with others (and sad!). From now until March 30th here are the things I will not be telling you about via FB: I’m going to LA for work, then to take Mom on vacation again (yay fake life!). I’m hiking to the Hollywood sign. I’m going to eat some fabulous food and see fabulous friends.  My BFF is running her first half marathon. I’m super excited (and proud) of her! Mmm yup those are the major ones! So do me a favor and please don’t get engaged, married, divorced, have a  baby, switch jobs or move to Abu Dabi without emailing me, k?

So, what are YOU giving up for Lent?   Oh and before I forget and because I love a Lent funny, here’s a Rick Astley meme. LOL!




7 responses to “Lent: Abstaining from Addictions!

  1. Jolene says:

    I think these are GOOD ones for you to give up for a bit. Anything that is a trigger, you don’t need. None of us do. Sort of like one of my triggers – baked cheetos. sounds weird to call a ‘baked’ low fat snack a trigger, but if you eat the entire bag, it is no longer low fat or low cal and I have not eaten a single cheeto since I set foot in the studio almost two years ago. Trigger – do not need it. Good for you!

  2. Jess Sutera says:

    Wow. This is a really good one. I should give up something similar…I’ve been feeling far too connected lately and it needs to stop.I want to go back to that weekend in Boston with Scott where I shut the world out COMPLETELY. It was the best weekend of our lives. I need to get there again.Maybe not total disconnection, but definitely less tethered-ness to all things wired. I am mulling this one over. hmmmm!

  3. Steph says:

    I just randomly came across your blog while looking around. Can you tell me more about this bare n9ne you seem to enjoy so much? I live in Andover and am wondering if its something I’d be interested in.

    • Hi Steph!
      Barre n9Ne (pronouned bar nine) is a barre-pilates studio in Danvers and Andover that I just LOVE. It’s a 57 min workout with a warm up and cool down for a total of an hour. You use small hand-weights or resistance bands or balls to perform strength training exercises then you use a ballet barre for legs/glute work. Love it so much!
      Check out their website: and email me if you want to chat about which classes to try:

  4. well blogged, Samantha, you fox!! 🙂
    I lost my fitbit as well but haven’t replaced it yet. Got it thru an agency that was testing a drug for weight loss and I wasn’t able to continue with the (sleep) study. The fitbit was mine to keep and I went n’ lost it. phooey. I’ve been super annoyed and still thinking I’ll find it… In the meantime I’ll read your blog n’ keep steppin’ n maybe stalk you on twitter (Lol. not really stalk but i’ll look for you). Happy Lent!!

  5. Stefanie says:

    Awww good luck to you, my friend! This is a great Lent goal. Sometimes I need a break from social media as well, and it really does something for the soul when you actually reconnect with the people in your life… person. Here is to living for the moment! I will miss your sassy lil’ posts on FB!

  6. gratissex says:

    You have a awesome blog over here. I just wanna say thanks for all the interesting information on it. I’ll follow your website if you keep up the good work!

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