wellness wednesday: a 100 lb weight loss journey with Sam Worden

Today is a beautiful day. Even if it’s cold, and gray, I think it’s a beautiful day. Let me break down why.

1) it’s Wednesday and Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week (no clue why, I’ve always loved them).

2) It’s the LAST day of the longest month of the year! I know. I know. January has 31 days like a few other months… but y’all, this month kind of felt never-ending.


And now it’s all but over. Let’s take a moment to reflect: How are your goals going? Are you crushing them? Are you at a standstill? Do you need a little inspiration to get back to it? Well, I think I have you covered if you want some inspiration. I got the chance to interview a beautiful woman who inspires me daily. She’s insightful, caring, smart as a whip, has the sort of humor that makes your cheeks hurt from laughing so hard, a wonderful mother and wife, and she is currently on a health and wellness journey and has lost 100 pounds!

before and after

And another reason today is great?

3)I’m committed to bringing Woman Crush Wednesday back. Remember when Woman Crush Wednesdays (#WCW) were a huge thing? If I could bring them back and make them current again I would because Sam is definitely a #WCW and I’m so glad she agreed to be interviewed to discuss her weight loss journey, life, and aspirations.

before and after 2

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my super cheesy vegan mac and cheese and I know I said I would share it today.



However, that was before I realized that today is the LAST day of this month. And a Wednesday. And I want to inspire you (and myself) to end the month on a high note and to start February with some gusto! I’ll share the recipe this tomorrow (Thursday).

This is vastly different than my usual posts but I want to share the stories of real life day-to-day people that I am lucky to know who inspire and motivate me. People who make me strive to be better and I want to be a vessel to share their stories so that they may inspire you as well.

before and after 4

Sam is the perfect person to kick start this series. She may have lost 100 lbs but that’s not the only thing that inspires me from her.

before and after 3

Her consistency and transparency throughout her journey is something to be celebrated. She is honest, raw, and a light in this world. I hope you listen, learn something, truly hear her, and are inspired to continue your own 2018 goals or recommit to them.

The interview is below. If you are interested in connecting with Sam, she invites you to follow her on instagram where she is active and encouraging of those seeking weight loss support and help. Enjoy and please let me know what you think!

100 before xmas
The completed calendar of Sam’s 100 miles by Christmas
note cards
The amazing motivational goal weight cards Tyler made for Sam to open when she reached each milestone. Each card contained an unknown gift for Sam to ‘cash in’ on when she hit the number on the card.

How amazing was that? Special thanks to Sam for agreeing to do this interview. Are you inspired? How is 2018 going? How can we move forward in February to reach our 2018 goals?

Sam and Tyler
Sam and her husband Tyler

Happy ending to the longest month ever!

sonni kolasinac 

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I believe in big hair and and live by the 5 (sometimes 10) second rule when food falls on the ground. I want to create a greener, simpler life for my little family while at the same time sharing everything I eat, yoga poses I try, and ideas about life with my smartphone attached to my hip. I'm sort of a hot mess living by the motto "fake it until you make it."

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