MY BBG JOURNEY: WEEK 1-4

What made it click?

How did you change?

What made you commit to this new life?

These are some of the questions I have gotten since I began to transform my body into a healthier being back in the Fall of 2015.

During the Summer of 2015 I lived in London while completing my thesis for my Master’s degree. Everything about that time was a dream. As someone known for their love of living in London, I had no real complaints. EXCEPT! I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I desperately just wanted to love myself. I felt like my big bones and genetics doomed me forever. There was no way I could love my body and with that, I didn’t understand how anyone else could love my body.

I remember so vivid being inside the Forever 21at Westfield London. Staring at myself in the mirror thinking this is the best it’s going to get. I felt like a sack of potatoes. Harsh… YES! But it’s true. And yet, I kept living my Best Life in London. I finished my Master’s, I went on an incredible date that included being kissed in the middle of Picaddily Circus at 2am and I got to have a brief stint of living in Chelsea. But that dream had to come to an end because my visa was about to expire. So I board my plane back to Seattle with an unknown future.

It’s funny, you don’t realize how easy it is being a kid or even a teenager or a college student until it’s gone. Because when it ends, the future becomes 100% unpredictable. You don’t if you’ll find a job right away and you have no clue how to actually meet someone in person. It can be a very shocking experience. I will be the first to admit, I hated it. The realization that student was no longer my goto title killed me. So in the Fall of 2015, I moved back into my parents’ basement (truth be told my childhood bedroom is in the basement, but you get what I’m trying to say). I had no plans except maybe move back to LA in the New Year. However, I had 3 months to figure life out.

I didn’t figure life out, but I decided that after following Kayla Itsines & a bunch of BBG Girls I would at least try to jump on the fitness train. And like all BBG Girls, I started an Instagram account as well.

It’s now been over two years since I started BBG. I have had ups and downs and new begins and failures and I have learned a lot. But one thing I know for sure is, sometimes I forget why I started. So I have decided to start a blog post series about my journey, reflecting on 4 weeks at a time because that’s how often Kayla suggests taking progress pictures. This is My BBG Journey and this was my first four weeks of daily rambles.

 

START DATE: October 5, 2015

END DATE: November 1, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The beautiful @sweetstofit tagged me in #FallFacts, so here they are! Fall Time Facts! 1) Favourite Soup: Toss up between Chicken Tortilla Soup and Butternut Squash 2) Favourite Thing About Fall… The crisp air and and leaves changing! 3) I Love Me Right Now Because… I learning to find myself. I learning to find out what sort of exercise I enjoy and I learning what is right for me. I love me right now because I’m learning to love me! 4) Apple Cider of Pumpkin Spice… Apple Cider for sure 😀 5) Fall Goal: What do you want to accomplish before winter? I’m aiming kick my weekly workout into high gear! Moving thru my working out off track, but my goal for the fall is to get myself put back together and feel confident in what I am doing in the moment. Stop worrying about the future when the present is here! Tagged ladies, what's your #fallgoals

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GOALS FOR 2018

Now I realize posting my goals for 2018 a sixth of the way through the year sounds ridiculous and a bit late to the party, however 1) YOLO 2) I don’t care what other people thing and 3) I have become a firm believer that if you want things to happen, you have to put them out into the universe. Because nothing can manifest if it is not announced to the WORLD.

So, while this list could probably be longer, these are my top goals for 2018!

  • Finish Tacompton Short Film – DONE!
  • Make TACOMPTON happen
  • Pitch TACOMPTON to a production company
  • Drink more water #100ozAday
  • Go to a new country
  • Go to London
  • Do yoga at least once a week
  • Go to a new city
  • Finish the Kayla Movement 2018
  • Run a 5K – DONE! 
  • Run a 10K
  • Run a Half Marathon
  • Audition for SoulCycle AGAIN
  • Go to a new state
  • Post one travel blog post a week
  • Write a book
  • Write a feature
  • Write a pilot
  • Go take landscape pictures at least once a month
  • Direct a new project
  • Starting doing Youtube AGAIN
  • Give up dating apps for Lent
  • Go to Stagecoach
  • Start volunteering
  • Write one short story a week
  • Minimize life’s things #SimpleAndFree
  • Revamp my wardrobe with quality staple pieces
  • Learn German
  • Go Camping
  • Start Dancing
  • Read 12 Books (hopefully at least one a month)

3 Healthy On The Go Snacks!

 

STOP. TAKE A MOMENT. BREATHE. and LIVE VIBRANTLY.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like that’s an impossible task.

The past few months have been a complete whirlwind with the production & post of Tacompton. Life’s been just go, go, go. And because of that, there have been consequences. Like me countlessly dropping things, multiple times locking myself out of my house, spills, mishaps, constantly late, text message errors, spelling errors…Yes, I’ve been hustling and getting things done, but on the tail end of that has been me… a total HOT MESS.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what Shine Organics, has to do with me being a HOT MESS. And to be honest I wasn’t sure at first either. But then I realized they have literally been my saving grace over the last week! Not only does the Calm Shine Organics literally calm me, it provides me with all the nutrients I need in between my crazy moments.

Little did I know when I picked up these guys at Target this past Saturday that they would keep me from being HANGRY, calm me when I locked myself out of my apartment & the perfect replacement at work when my frozen grapes had gone bad.

I’m sure there’s a proper way to blog about life… I, of course, have no idea how that works…. so I’m just gonna start off with the incidents of this past weekend and relay how Shine Organics saved me time and time again.

You see I love the entertainment industry, but the hours can be grueling and it can leave very little personal time. So I truly savor my weekends. ME time has never rung so true. And when I say ME time, I truly just means working out & grocery shopping at like the 10 places I need to go because I’m a weirdo with a whole bunch of dietary needs.

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But this weekend I knew I was gonna do something CRAZY!! I was adding Target to my to-do list. Why?

Well because I missed it. I hadn’t been there in ages & I knew I wanted to wander about. Relax a moment. Probably find something I  didn’t need, but would convince myself otherwise (side note: I did… definitely bought a new dress hehe). Target’s the best place and has all the greatest things.

Well, I don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s officially OCTOBER. AKA Halloween time & one thing that is very tempting at Target is the Candy Aisle. Cue Exhibit A to the LEFT!!!

Now I have self-control, I do. I swear. And I’m not just trying to prove it to you. But Halloween & just the holidays, in general, can leave me extra snacky. Is snacky a word? It is now.

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Anyways, luckily, as I began to wander through the aisle of beautiful candy I saw Shine Organics from across the way. Cue SAVING GRACE #1.

There they were just waiting for me. Much more exciting than the rest of the things in the applesauce aisle (not that I don’t love applesauce), however seeing as I’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle and I was getting on the hangry side from running errands all day I decided it was probably best to indulge in  Shine Organics over candy 😛

So there I was standing between the candy aisle and fruit with three flavors in my hands. One didn’t seem like enough, three for a first try seemed like too much though. So I went with their flavors, Purity & Calm! They both sounded so appealing and the packaging just got to me, especially Calm.

Shine Organics is all about Superfoods & to LIVE VIBRANTLY. #LOVETHAT

With a mission:

We needed bolder flavor and better nutrition from our snacks. Shine Organics was created to make superfoods more accessible. At home or on the go, feed yourself nature’s best — real fruits and vegetables, chia seeds, and nutritious superfoods. Each pouch features a delicious harmony of ingredients, blended to support your entire wellbeing and nourish a healthy lifestyle. Shine from the inside out.

The wonderful thing about these guys is the fact that they don’t need to be refrigerated nor do you need any utensils. It’s like a smoothie pack to go that’s pure, organic, gluten free, dairy free, kosher & vegan. Between 90 to 130 calories & no added sugars, I can honestly say I’ve added these to my daily diet especially when in a crunch. I’ve actually started leaving a few in my car for those days when life doesn’t go according to plan.

Don’t let life get you down when things don’t go as planned! LIVE VIBRANTLY!!!

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You can get $1 off a 4 pack of Shine Organics by clicking here. You can find these lifesavers next to the applesauce at Target!

What is Aerial Yoga?

Two Important Notes:

  1. This post was inspired by a first date Face With Tears of Joy on Apple iOS 10.3
  2. The leggings you see all over this post were provided by Marika & I’m obsessed with them! I basically live in Marika activewear. If you’d to purchase a pair of your own you can buy them HERE or HERE Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.3

I felt like it was rather important to prefaces this post with a the above notes because when you’re inspired to write something because of a date… welll… that’s either amazing or ABSOLUTELY insane… But hey, maybe this will be the beginning of a whole new ME posting weekly all because I was inspired by a boy… because that doesn’t sound ridiculous at all… Oh well #MyLife.

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Anyways – so over this past weekend I attended an event with Sweat Local LA at AIR Los Angeles. AIR Los Angeles is a boutique Aerial Fitness Studio in West Hollywood and the class was an absolutely blast! Besides the fact that TOM was also in town and I was rushing to the bathroom every five minutes..

(Aerial Yoga + Flo = NOT FRIENDS)

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The class was organized by two lovely ladies I met on Instagram, Heidi & Michelle.

Fun Fact: These LA-transplants met each other on Bumble BFF & I think that is AWESOME!

AND what made the event even more incredible was the fact that Marika was a sponsor and provided us with #freeleggings for the WIN!

The owner, Lindsay Duncan, lead the class and dang did she challenge us to be our best! It’s been five days and I’m still a bit sore…

 

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Now before I start talking solely about AIR Los Angeles. I’d like to chat a bit about Aerial in general. I’ve been fascinated with aerial fitness for about three years, ever since I saw Janel Parrish & Troian Bellasario from Pretty Little Liars posting about it on Instagram.

It’s such a beautiful form of exercise, but also unbelievably challenging. I mean, who doesn’t want to pretend to be an acrobat?

I’ll admit aerial takes some serious arm strength and the first time I attempted it I really struggled. It was during my pre-BBG life, when I was living in London, but it was the start of true love affair with aerial.

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There are a few places in LA that offer aerial fitness classes, but if you are a newbie I highly recommend AIR. It’s solely aerial yoga via hammocks and because of that, I believe it’s a great place to develop your craft. If I lived closer to the studio I would probably take classes there every day!

AIR offers for different types of classes:

AIR® FOUNDATION

50-minute beginner class that introduces new clients to aerial exercises on hammocks; the class emphasizes basic alignment, foundation, and specific muscle action so that the body can learn how to balance on aerial hammocks.  AIR® is an intense aerial fitness training program fusing elements of conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on aerial hammocks.  Regardless of its beginner pace, AIR® Foundation will deliver a challenging workout. No experience required.

AIR® CORE

30-minute ab blast using aerial hammocks. This class focuses on upper and lower abs, obliques, and lower back muscles. Using the hammock to support Pilates-inspired ab work allows for better form as well as functional movement to stretch and strengthen the core more efficiently. We advise AIR® Core for clients who are familiar with AIR® class formats and looking to take their workout to the next level. We recommend new clients taking at least 1 AIR® Foundation class before graduating to AIR® Core.

AIR® FLOW

50-minute mixed-level flow class linking movements and power postures with the breath and hammock.  AIR® Flow fuses basic to advanced yoga poses with aerial hammocks to allow for a full body stretch that increases flexibility beyond what traditional yoga provides. Creative sequencing and transitions create opportunities to build strength, coordination and mental poise. Great for all levels – modifications and advanced cues will be given, so that students can practice to their personal edge.

AIR®

50-minute intense aerial fitness training class fusing elements of conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on aerial hammocks. This highly effective fitness program is designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone your physique in record-breaking time. We recommend new clients take 3-5 AIR® Foundation classes before graduating to AIR®

It’s such a fun thing to add to your usual workout routines of the gym and cardio. I would highly recommend giving this form of exercise a chance if you have the opportunity to take a class in your neighborhood. And if you’re ever in LA – definitely visit AIR!

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6 Whey-Free Protein Bars to Try

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No way to WHEY!

Earlier this year I realized that I had serious bloating issues whenever I ate Whey (TMI) However it made absolutely no sense because it was supposed to safe for people who are lactose free…

Cue Detective Sam – I soon discovered an article on milk protein intolerance and it all made sense. Whey is made from the milk protein isolate which is what my body can’t handle.

So if you are suffering from severe bloating after eating Whey as well as any other source of dairy, you too may actually have a milk protein intolerance instead of the commonly heard of lactose intolerance or milk allergy.

What’s even crazier is if you have a milk protein intolerance you may also suffer from anemia, which I do! REMINDER: I’m not a real Dr. Sam so while my father wishes otherwise, please consult with a professional before making any serious changes to your diet.

Anyways… back to the protein bars! So the other day when @fit_pham posted about different types of protein bars, I thought I would do some of my own investigating and find Whey-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER Protein Bar because they are often far and few in-between.

Some were good, some were great and some were HORRIBLE!
These are my Top 6 FAVORITES!
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*Please note this research was done with only trying Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars! If you are looking for other favors, I’d also recommend RXBAR Protein Bars because they are seriously delicious and are made with few ingredients and are all natural!

And if you’d like to learn more about Milk Protein Intolerance please read below and explore all that Google has to offer 🙂

Milk protein intolerance

Milk protein intolerance is thought to affect well over 40% of the population. Milk (protein) intolerance causes a delayed response, taking up to 3 days to cause symptoms, and can result in a wide range of chronic symptoms such as irritable bowel (IBS), bloating, constipation, migraines, headaches, runny nose, sinusitis, lethargy, skin rashes, eczema and low mood. These delayed reactions to milk proteins are easily tested for by measuring milk-specific IgG antibodies in blood. This food-specific IgG test does not test for milk allergy or lactose intolerance though and it is not available on the NHS.

If you have milk allergy or milk protein intolerance then you should avoid all animal milks as the milks from cows, sheep and goats are all very similar. However, if you have lactose intolerance then you can try lactose free cow’s milk; remember though that a lot of people suffer from both lactose intolerance and milk protein intolerance together. Luckily now there are many different alternatives to milk, as well as lactose free milk, appearing on our shelves which make managing milk intolerance and milk allergy a lot easier. There are also stringent regulations for labeling of processed foods which means that if milk or milk proteins have been used in the process then it should say on the label; checking labels is very important when it comes to allergies and intolerance.

Hey! Holla Giveaway

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IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

I couldn’t think of a better way to relaunch my blog than by doing a giveaway! And not only that, but I have four more giveaways happening this month! I was planning on doing #12DaysofWanderlustXMas… But I got a bit distracted with life. So here we are! RELAUNCHING!!! I’ve got so many plans for this blog and Instagram and life! 2016 was a HOT MESS! Literally! I’ve officially coined this year HOT MESS. I even told my dad that they other day. A lot of things happened this year and for better or worse I can’t wait to rid myself of 2016. But 2017! OH MY GOD! You better believe it’s going to be one crazy year! I’ve got high hopes, totally reaching for the moon, but hey hopefully I will land on some stars 🙂 My brain has been on full throttle lately and I often get so excited about life that I get overwhelmed and find myself on the couch, eating Halo Top, drinking Two Buck Chuck and binge-watching every single CW show under the sun. #SorryNotSorry

Any who! The point of this blog isn’t to recap 2016 (That comes later this month hehe) This post is all about my FIRST GIVEAWAY of the holiday season (actually it’s my first giveaway ever!) And I’m super excited to announce that it’s a collaboration with Hey! Holla! They are an incredible UK-based company started by two lovely ladies, Alex and Laura! Check these babes out here! They’ve got awesome active wear, bags, hair ties and more!

This giveaway includes your choice of tote, towel and tie! How lovely is that?!

RULES TO ENTERS

✨Open Worldwide✨

♥ Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on 12/5

♥ You MUST follow me on Bloglovin to enter

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♥ You MUST be a follower of mine and Hey! Holla on Instagram

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♥ You MUST like the Giveaway post on Instagram

GOOD LUCK LOVES!

What Do You Wish For?

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Hi Lovelies!

WordPress tells me it’s been like 7 months since I last posted on here… WOW! That’s bad… Sorry! But guess what I’ve reworking my blog right now and I’m so happy to be back on here, in the beautiful blogosphere 🙂

This may seem like a super random first post, but I went to a SoulCycle class yesterday and realized I just need to post. To stop ‘revamping’ and just do it! Type, write, post, share, love! So here we are! Back at it with my first post about “WHAT DO YOU WISH FOR?!”

Potentially really random, however I swear by the end of this post it will make sense.

Now I realize it has been a long time since I’ve been on here and a lot has changed, so I think I will have to reintroduce myself slowly on here cause the Sam that used to write about her life on here as gone through quite a lot in the last 7 months. Like she now works for SoulCycle and LOVES IT! And is addicted to SOUL and is currently in the middle of the #TURNITUP20 challenge and OBSESSED!

Like so obsessed I woke up at 7:30am on a Sunday and all I could think about was how I wanted to go to a Soul class. So I got dressed and went haha There are a lot of studios in LA, but I’m sort of loving the Malibu studio at the moment. Partially because afterwards I grab a coffee and drive along PCH and well, who doesn’t love driving along the coast and admiring the beauty of the beach?

Well I got to class like 4 minutes before… Oops! But it’s okay because I can’t check in until the last minute and I got a bike on the side of the instructor. I was feeling adventurous! I had Tiff D.  as my instructor and she was absolutely adorable! Like seriously so cute! But she will kick your A$$! But for realz! I was sweating up a storm (#IALWAYSDO), but it was such a good class. It was my first time in her class and she did something that I haven’t seen any instructor do.

Now if you’ve never been to a SoulCycle class – 1) WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? 2) You should know it’s basically a raging club scene on bikes! But also very motivating and soulful. Anywho, there are usually four candles that surround the instructors bikes during the class and after weights they usually move them around and blow them out for the cool down. Well Tiff did something magical. One by one she blew them out, but with one of them she let out a rider blow out the candle. AND THAT RIDER WAS ME!!!

I was sooooo focused on riding I didn’t even realize Tiff was next to me until she started whispering to me “Make a wish and blow the candle out.”

Guys I literally felt like I saw my life flash before my eyes in those few seconds after she said that. I wasn’t prepared to make a wish. It sounds silly. I mean I’m all about making wishes. I think blowing candles out on your birthday is really important. One of my favourite quotes is “A dream is a wish your heart makes and dreams really do come true.”

So in those few seconds I feel like I saw everything. My dreams about jobs, fitness, boys and relationships, EVERYTHING. And then I just went blank and thought Happiness and I blew the candle out. If I could have anything in the world, I just want to be HAPPY! That’s it. Everything else will fall into place. Life never turns out how you expect it to, but as long as I’m happy, I don’t really care what happens!

Yep. That’s what happened. And Yep, this is my first post back.

What would you wish for? If you could make a wish, what would it be? What do you desire?

I’m so excited to see what the future has for us loves! Until then

xxxx Sam