I Miss My Skinny Jeans

It has been crucial for me to set clear goals during my journey back to skinny. The 3 most important goals I have set for myself are in this article. Let me show you how I lost 15lbs in 3 months just in time for my 30th birthday. Lots of whole foods and clean eating later, I did it and I have the tips and tricks to show you! https://happihomemade.com/miss-my-skinny-jeans/

By: Sammi Jo Ricke

A quote keeps coming back to me as I think about my Countdown to 30 experience and my personal goal to lose 15 lbs by my 30th birthday.  I believe Kate Moss claims it as her motto and it goes like this: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”  I do want to be healthy and fit first and foremost, but a huge motivating factor for me is that I want – NO, I NEED – to fit into my skinny jeans again! I need to feel good about myself, and know in my heart that I am doing everything I can to live a long and healthy life.

It has been crucial for me to set clear goals during my journey back to skinny. The 3 most important goals I have set for myself are in this article. Let me show you how I lost 15lbs in 3 months just in time for my 30th birthday. Lots of whole foods and clean eating later, I did it and I have the tips and tricks to show you! https://happihomemade.com/miss-my-skinny-jeans/

This quote ties into my personal Judas sin – overeating! I have been following Dr. Strand’s Healthy for Life principles for almost 3 years now and have both gained and lost weight. It just goes to show you can eat all the “healthy” things in the world and still gain weight. For instance, I was putting at least 1T of coconut oil in my omelet pan each morning which adds 120 cals. Now I just spray some EVOO spray and call it good (maybe 10 cals??). And I love Apple Cereal but was overdoing the hemp seeds and cacao nibs. It added at least 200 more cals to the snack. Those little suckers hold some major calories!!! That is why it has been crucial for me to set clear goals during my journey back into my skinny jeans.   Here are the 3 most important goals I have set for myself, and the reasons behind them:


I set my goal at 1250 calories per day. I don’t know about you, but I have never done well with a low calorie diet before.  I find that I am weak and hungry constantly, and it is so difficult to stick with it for any period of time. But this program is different, and I am finding that I FEEL GREAT!  I believe there are a few key reasons this program is so doable for me.  First of all, I am eating the right foods.  I have 2-3 servings of vegetables with each and every meal – the green ones!  This fills up my stomach and helps me to limit my intake of higher calorie foods.  STEVIA!  I have replaced the sugar I normally dump in my coffee or on top of my oatmeal with Stevia.  I really believe that when you start your day right, you have less hunger and cravings throughout the day.  It takes a bit to get used to the taste of stevia, but it is a “calorie free” food….and every bit helps!  Finally, I have been consistently using the homeopathic Slenderiiz drops developed by ARIIX.  These curb my cravings, decrease my appetite, and improve my mood.  I don’t believe I could be successful doing this 1250 calorie program without them, but that is just me.


Dr. Strand says that there is a health benefit when you exercise for 30 minutes x 5 days per week.  So that is exactly what I try to do. I start my workouts most days with a different 10 minute workout video that I have found at FitSugar.com or Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorites:

10 Minute Sexy Sculpted Arms

10 Minute Intense Full Body

10 Minute Shred it at Home 

Typically, they incorporate strength training and target specific muscle groups. I also do a lot of plank workouts because they are so important for my core. After that, I do 30 minutes of cardio on my treadmill. I am not able to run fast (I have some problems with my back), but I either jog or walk briskly and make sure to crank up the incline in intervals to get the most out of the 30 minutes. Bicycling around my neighborhood or on our city’s bike path has also been really fun. I use the app Strava (you can thank my mountain biking husband for it!) to keep track of my miles and calories burned.  If you are a walker/jogger/runner, this app will also work great for you.


My food journal has been the single biggest factor in my being able to lose weight. I hang it on a wall in our kitchen so I am not only accountable to myself but everyone that comes in our home. I especially love when friends or family ask about it because then I feel I have to make good on my goals, you know?! I am really great at compromising with myself and rationalizing with these sorts of gems, “Oh those chocolate chips didn’t count because I worked in the garden today and it all evens out” or “I didn’t use that much creamer in my coffee this morning so I won’t bother counting it for today.” NO!!! Big mistake! If you bite it, you write it! Even if it is 2 tortilla chips or 10 carrots. It’s about being truthful and not cutting corners with the honesty of your food intake. Years ago I would have thought journaling was not needed or was one more thing to worry about, but I have to tell you it has been incredibly easy and useful. I actually really enjoy it. When I do have a not so great food day, it visually gives me the motivation to do better the next day. The journal I currently use was created by the gals at Sissy Print. You can download your own copy HERE.

"If You Bite It You Write It" Journaling is Key! Find out more great tips and find my printable food journal in this article, "I Miss My Skinny Jeans"! -Sammi https://happihomemade.com/miss-my-skinny-jeans/

When you are trying to make significant change in your habits or behaviors, it is so important to set MANAGEABLE, MEASURABLE, and ATTAINABLE goals.  I hope by sharing my goals with you, it will inspire you to sit down and write out a few of your own. Watch out skinny jeans, here I come!!!

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  1. Sammi and Sara you both are inspiring woman.keep the fire burning.Godbless your good heart

  2. It sounds like you have a solid plan! You should check out my #AudioWalkers, I just blogged about it today. Thank you for sharing your journey at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂 I hope you will keep us updated!

    Life With Lorelai

    • Hi Lorelai! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I just checked out your #AudioWalkers page and it is such a cool idea. I appreciate you letting me know about it. See you soon back at your linky party!

  3. Great tips, thanks for sharing your story!

    • Thanks Jamie! I am so glad to have started my journey to fit into my skinny jeans 🙂 I don’t think I will ever be finished though 🙂 It is a lifelong process to stay healthy, I do believe!

  4. Great and inspiring post! I’m glad you are working towards your goal as nobody else will but ourselves!One of my resolutions this year is to take more actions and change what I don’t like instead of talking about it all the time! Thank you 🙂
    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

    • I love that Edwige and have totally been there! It is so easy to feel stuck and only talk about changes we should make in the future, but actually doing it is another story. I believe in you! You can do this in 2015!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Nicely done! Now that you have lost the weight, are you still keeping a food journal?

    • Hi Aspen! Yes, I most certainly have continued with my food journal. I just wrote in my nighttime snack just now 🙂 It is still hanging in my kitchen for all to see. I know I still need to keep journaling because I feel very vulnerable and haphazard with my eating when I have not been able to write in it. I really need that accountability. It feels like my safety net, so to speak. Thanks for asking! As you can see, I just hate talking about it 😉

  6. Sammi – great goals!! I love that you get the journal and how important it is. One of the biggest, and easiest, tools to success! Keep working hard my friend!

    • Thanks Brenda! You are always such a great role model and someone I learn better habits from continually 🙂 PS…How cute was the Thanksgiving Program?! Our boys are so cute!

  7. Sammi, I am so proud of you! I have watched you live out these goals on a daily basis, and I am confident that your story will encourage and inspire others.

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