Sparkly & Slimming….a Weight Loss Blog

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

10 Day “Diet” to Kick Cravings

After confessing how hard of a time I’m having with cravings I got some excellent advice and have decided to try a new “diet”.  On the recommendations of my friends Jen and Tiana I am going to give the 10 days of dieting / 1 day of cheating diet a shot.

My plan is to go back to counting my calories for my 10 days “on” and keep them under 1,400 per day. I’m going to plan for oatmeal and bran muffins for breakfast, protein and veggies for lunch, fruit and cottage cheese for snacks and then more lean proteins/veggies for dinner. It won’ be a walk in the park – but that’s why I have my one day of cheating. On my cheat day I will let myself eat 2,000 calories.  Now, during the week I know I’m going to have cravings – so I plan to write them out in the same book I’m using to count calories.

I have a feeling that by the time my “cheat day” comes along I won’t want 90% of the things I’ve missed out on all week. Plus, seeing all the things I’ve craved and avoiding should be rewarding. Right? I think so!

I’ll let you guys know how happy I am about this by Wednesday! 😉

This weekend I’m planning 4 hardcore workouts and lots of cleaning. I like weekends without plans – no excuse NOT to get organized and get moving.

I’m making a “countdown” calendar as seen on “I Used To Be Fat” this weekend too. I’m counting down to my vacation in May (130 days roughly).  Seeing the days tick down should help keep me on track.  I have a drawer full of cute clothes that need to fit by May – and no reason I can’t rock them!

I know it can be dangerous to be put a time limit on weight-loss – and I’ve learned the hard way that things don’t happen when you want them to…but I think this could be a good challenge.

Do you guys work harder when you have a deadline?

I’m typically a procrastinator – waiting until the last possible minute to finish something. I think I can curb these bad habits by seeing my goal in black and white each day (in the form of that countdown – and this one I found for my work comp).

Oddly enough, this is my horoscope for today: AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t say or do something that you will be sorry for later. Only you can decide what path to take to follow your dreams, hopes and wishes. Set goals and stick to them.


Speaking of horoscopes….my birthday (Jan 30th) is looming. I’m going to be 29. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Sometimes I feel panicky and sometimes I’m totally zen. I guess we’ll see as it gets closer.  In the end, it’s just a number, right?



“Nothing Tastes As Good As Thin (might) Feel”

My New Year is off to a good start with working out – but I’m afraid I’m struggling with my nutrition.

I know what I need to eat, I know what will make me stronger and healthier and fuel my body to lose weight….but of course that is not what I crave. Who craves healthy food?! (If you’re shaking your head saying “I do” please don’t tell me, k?).

I have spent all week convincing myself to choose Greek yogurt and fresh fruit over crap or to savor my steak and roasted brussels sprouts when I *really* want quesadillas and a margarita. Ack.

Do saying things like “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!” and “A minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips” really work for anyone? So far I’m not convinced.

As previously mentioned, I have never been thin. How do I know that “thin” tastes better than crème brulée??

Tonight I had a chance to go out with friends for dinner, but I had to turn them down. As much as I love being social….I feel like I’m on a see-saw right now. If I go out I’ll hit rock bottom and wind up drinking and having dessert on top of a meal I shouldn’t be eating to begin with. Sigh. Must.Stay.Focused!

So, rather than binge eat…I’m going to post pictures of all the things I wish I was eating – and what I’m eating instead. Maybe I can reflect on my healthy choices and feel better? Maybe if you’re on a diet you’ll see this and want to stab me. I apologize. Don’t look!

What I WISH I was eating:

Hot chocolate with whipped cream!

What I am ACTUALLY eating:

Starbucks Iced Mocha (non-fat, no whip)


What I WISH I was eating:

Buffalo Bleu Krinkle Cut Chips


What I am ACTUALLY eating:

Roasted Brussel Sprouts


What I WISH I was eating:


Ice Cream Sundaes (so delicious they have RAINBOW backgrounds!)

What I am ACTUALLY eating:

Edy's All Fruit Bars in Pineapple (delicious! but not a sundae....)


What I WISH I was eating:


Belgium waffles with strawberries and chocolate sauce....mmmmm

What I am ACTUALLY eating:

Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt (my fav. flavor!)

Hmmmmm…..I don’t think that made me want those things any LESS – but it did make me feel better to know I’m resisting temptation.

Sometimes I wish I had the “montage” button for my life. You could fast-forward through the days/weeks/months of being good, viewing them like a montage in a movie and see the end result of your hard-work!

Alas, such button has not been invented.

How do you guys deal with cravings? I’m not sure I can trust myself to have a “little” of something right now – I might fall off the bandwagon and just eat it all.



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