Good Things

Two Meatballs: Don’t Worry TV…We Brought Our Own 10 Pounds!!!

Wellllll….it happened! We made our big tv debut on Wral!


I wanted to barf allllll day long on Friday…what did we say…how did we look…what pictures did they choose to use…how can we look thinner if the camera adds ten pounds!?!? Jenny called me around 2 and we decided…duh we should watch this together.  So I brought some coffee and all my nerves over to her house at 5.  We were both sweaty and soooo excited.  Adorable Bill Leslie posted about the interview on his Facebook page and we just couldn’t wait!


That alone felt huge!!! So at 5:30, we turned the tv on to the news!!!  Jenny’s daughter London was def not in love with this idea!!! She was jonzing for Peppa Pig…so we played some games to distract her!


We took some selfies to calm our nerves…bahahahaha!



Soooo many emotions; waiting is the living worst #anxiety…and then David Crabtree did the Good Things spoiler…


Ahhhhhh, this is really happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And then it happened!


We both totally failed at capturing each other watching each other on tv!!!



We couldn’t have asked for a better story.  We had no idea the angle they were going to take and to focus so completely on our amazing friendship was incredible.  We sat on the couch holding hands and I found myself getting really chocked up.  Sometimes bc we live it every single day, you can’t see someone else’s perspective of the situation.  We have an AMAZING bond and we really love each other so much.  It feels so nice that someone captured that and was able to articulate it so well.  Bill Leslie, we are so grateful to you for this gift and opportunity!!!  Once the initial shock of it wore off we watched it again and were relieved!  We looked great, sounded smart, were very true to ourselves (I could have been a tad less intense but what’s new there winky face).  The pictures that they chose…we loved!  Everything went great!!!!!  And the outpouring of support on social media and in real life has been so humbling!


First tv appearance…check!!!!  Thanks to everyone who tuned in and reached out. And thanks again Melinda!!!  The next morning at the gym a guy recognized me…he said…were you on the news!?!!!!


My life is complete!!!!  And Jenny’s clients on Saturday could not get enough!!!  You guys are the living best.  Now…Ellen should be calling any day right!!??  What better way to celebrate the greatest meatball accomplishment than getting all gussied up for our Samuel Cole Salon Education Team Christmas Dinner (I never know when to capitalize and when not to…i’m certain its not right but it works!).  We got ready together and then headed over to Cara’s to scoop her up on the way downtown!


We walked into Gravy…we were the last ones which for the three of us is COMPLETELY unheard of but like every street was closed off dt!  Can I just say, I love this group.  We are all educators at the salon and we have such an awesome relationship…and amazing bosses! Our table wasn’t ready so we packed in at the bar and annoyed everyone around us with a million pictures….love this little sammie cole fam!



After two inspiring speeches from our fearless leader Jack and Joelle….


some cocktails and some cheersing…some of us with water…


Our table was finally ready!!!


The food was fabulous…just ask Jack!!! Bahahahaha…


The drinks were lovely…


But the company was the best!!! The stories abounded…the laughter never quits…



To everyone that we work with on the education team, Alley, Cara, Katie, and Carolyn…we love you guys so much. Teaching is such a gift and we couldn’t ask for a more fun group. It is a joy and a pleasure. Tonight was sooooo fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are so lucky. Looooove y’all.






And to Jack and Joelle…thank you for the guidance, the love, patience,opportunites, the fierce conversations, the knowledge, the effortless leadership, the laughs and belief that we all had a teachers heart.  #gratefuleveryday #sammiecoleforlife


We may have dabbled in a few desserts and risotto ball bites but we capped off the night with a few flights of stairs!!!  #sorryiflashedyouguys  Meatball nation is never far from our minds!  Love you alllllllll….



Two Meatballs: Inspiration for Beys!!! (did you see what I did there!?)

Another weigh in down!!!  Another holiday down!!!  A few more pounds down or at least none gained!!!  Jenny and I both have really learned our Achilles heel is not planning.  We both did so well on Thanksgiving because we actually planned and brought with us healthy, paleo food. Buuuuut for the rest of the month we both struggled to remember all the things that brought us to our current, healthier lives!  So note to self…plan plan plan plan!!!!  Also, we’re almost at 1000 likes on Facebook…so if you haven’t liked us yet it’s Two Meatballs Get Fit!!!


You know I love a photo montage so here we go.  Also, thanks so much to everyone for their support!!!! We are going to kick this off with our third meatball, Brandon!!!  You are doing so well sweet friend!!!

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Awesome!!!!  Your progress is so amazing!!! Love you Brando.

Here is Jenny and her amazing journey!!! You look so amazing my sweet meatball! #literallyshrinking


Ok my turn!!! #byebyefatface


I have never felt hotter!!!  Ok here are the big ones!


Who are we!?! And here is the everything is better together montage!



Look how far the three best friends that anyone could ever have has come…



Ahhhhhh…this feels so good and empowering!!!  We really went for a different shoot this time to keep it interesting!  I love stockings and we both love a little 50’s housewife vibe!  This was my inspiration shot…


And this is what sweet Katie Hu sent me last night…it’s so true right!?


You cannot tell me that I am not now Bey…



As evidenced by my outfit yesterday! #shortshorts


I just want to brag about my favorite makeup artist on earth again!!!  Krystal Lehman at the MAC outpost in Crabtree is the living greatest person….she is so flippin talented…and funny…and hot and so much fun and she makes you look and feel amazing!!!! #ithappened



I love you Krystal…thank you so much for making me feel amazing for every wedding, bobbies, photo shoot, birthday…major life event!  You are my favorite!!!  Ok so now that weigh in is over…how do we start this month out right!?  Remembering what works!?  Cooking at home!?  I have been having an irrational craving for Chinese food…so I crock potted some beef and broccoli…and you guys!!!  It was everything I dreamed it would be!!!  Here is the recipe…


What is easier than a crock pot meal!?  To top it off I did some Cauliflower rice from my living favorite cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen. If you guys don’t have this you should get it immediately, literally everything we’ve made is to die for!!!!…


And some roasted veggies with pancetta!


Everything was amazing and hit the craving spot.  Speaking of favorite things…I’ve found some can’t miss items that I have to share. Number one…my Life Factory shatterproof glass water bottle…


This bad boy helps me stay on track with my water throughout the day and its not plastic or tinny!!! Next, my RUME reusable grocery bags…


So cute and totally functional and easy to clean!!!  I have three and I loooove them. Next, I’ve been craving cereal #imnotpregnantiswear and this hit the spot!


Also…my go to snacks right now…


These coconut chips were introduced to me by my amazing client Lila and they are the perfect little bite of spicy, almost chip like…and Jenny introduced me to the Whole Foods Lime sparkling water and I swear it’s Sprite!!!  Next my comfort food soup…again from the living best cookbook of alllllll of life!!! Ps…add wayyyyy more spices than necessary to give this soup a more warming affect!


My new doormat…makes me laugh and smile!!!



Our new aprons from Anthropologie…who doesn’t want to cook in these?!


And lastly…my new mental montra (how do you spell that word!?)




Hope you fall in love with some of these as well!!!  We love y’all and don’t forget to watch us tomorrow on WRAL at 5:50 on Bill Leslie’s Good Things…then you can say you knew us before we were famous!!! Haha xoxo!!!



Also, our first guest blog has posted on Fleet Feet’s sight…check it out!

Ahhhhhh, soooo exciting!!!

Two Meatballs: We Gon’ Be on TV Y’all!!!!

You guyyyys!!!  We are going to be on TV!!!!!  I mean dreams are coming true!!!!  Is this the thing that happens right before we get on Ellen!?!  So as you saw, WRAL came out and filmed our workout last Thursday!  Well….Monday morning the man himself, Bill Leslie came to the salon to interview us!!!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  I cannot even explain the level of excitement.  This will be part of his Good Things Segment and will air next Friday, December the 5th at around 5:50pm( we thought it would be this Friday but football won!) on your local WRAL station.  Here is some behind the scenes action!
Meatballs getting mic’d (is that right at all!?)
Go time for Jenny!!!!
Showing some before pics!
It was exciting and sweaty and so totally natural all at the same time!  Bill Leslie and his camera operator Keith were amazing and hilarious and adorable!  Hopefully it turns out well and we represented ourselves accurately and we don’t Ricky Bobby our hands!!!  Ok so don’t miss it…next Friday, December 5th at 5:50pm on WRAL! We love you Bill!!!!
And again thank you so much Melinda for making this happen!  We love you! Virtual Hug!
Ok so on to our next exciting news announcement!!!
We posted a blog about Fleet Feet on May 19th (Two Meatballs: If the Shoe Fits…Buy It!) bc we work three doors down and were both in desperate need of new shoes for our new life!
 Fleet Feet always seemed kind of intimidating bc we were the furthest thing from runners…but you guys…WE HAD THE BEST EXPERIENCE! Tom and Katie took such good care of us.
And I mean look how far we’ve come!!!!  We look totally different!
We actually recreated all of these past shots for fun!  We subbed in Ryan bc Tom has left for a life of fame!!!
 We reached out to their marketing guru, Jacob and he cross promoted our blog.  And a relationship was born.  So last week after we got the great news about Bill Leslie and our start to fame…Jacob reached out and offered us an opportunity to partner up for a program they are launching in the new year called Ton of Fun!
We will be participating as well as guest blogging and possible motivational speaking!? He sent me an email of bullet points of their program and the link to sign up:
 – Starts January 3rd at Fleet Feet Raleigh
 – 12 week challenge
 – Goal is for Raleigh to lose 2,000 pounds total and have fun doing it
 – Participants get: weekly weigh-ins, e-Newsletter, closed Facebook group with access to our coaches, group workout opportunities, tips on nutrition and injury prevention, fun ideas to get moving around Raleigh, prizes, & exclusive content from the Meatballs!
 – Costs $50, but you earn it back in gift certificates if you come in for eight of the weekly weigh-ins and hit goals for weight loss. Lose 2% after eight weigh-ins = $25. Lose 5% by the end = another $25.
 – Fleet Feet also has running and walking programs that can complement the Ton of Fun Challenge. See for details.
You guys!?  How much fun does that sound???  Jenny and I will be signing up and weighing in bc it sounds like so much fun annnnnd its something new to keep us excited and engaged…we love working with our community to get healthy.  So we would love it if you guys joined us to get healthy with Fleet Feet…it’s gonna be a ton of fun!  Get it?!  Also, the grand kick off will be on January 3rd at the Wade Ave location and the Meatballs will be out in full effect along with other partners of the program!  We would love your support and we would love to get healthy with you. Here is some more info on the launch party!
 Click the link above and commit to your New Years Resolution this year!  We love you guys!  Hope you survive the holidays! We are pumped for #tonoffun