About Me

Hi there! My name is Sam Bangs, I am 23 years old and I live in Los Angeles. I graduated from the []_[] in 2011; I majored in Performance and minored in Film. 

While you probably didn’t catch my background roles in Rock of Ages, Burn Notice, The Glades or Magic City, I have filmed a couple web commercials while working at Fleet Feet Sports Burbank as the Marketing Manager and running coach. I’ve also been working as an independent personal training while studying to get officially certified by ACE.

Need to contact me? Email me at lifeisbangin@gmail.com

I started a blog under the persona of “The Sexy Flexi” when I made my transition from vegan, to vegetarian, to part time meat eater.

I was sure I would still stick to a more plant based diet and in an effort to try and keep my vegan friends from hating me, I chose to define myself as a flexitarian.

While this stayed fairly accurate for a little while, I am now far from resembling a part time vegetarian in any way. I eat plenty of animal products and on a regular basis. Yes, I do choose to make these sources as organic and sustainable as possible, but no matter what way you look at it, animal products are animal products. So “flexi” in that sense is no longer super fitting. I’ve tried to rationalize it in my head as the flexi now referring more to being flexible as a person in your physical and mental health, but now the “sexy” is getting in the way.

See, “sexy” is what triggered my bulimia to begin with. Sexy began as operation “get jacked” and soon turned into “holy crap I need to lose weight as fast as possible so people will find me attractive.”

“Sexy” was what turned Halloween last year into my first big binge/purge experience.

“Sexy” is what continues to fuel my negative thinking that I will never be good enough.

So even though I’ve managed to think of a way to make the flexi work, sexy has no place on my road to better health.

Enter: this newly named blog. To be fair, I don’t have a ton of readers, so I don’t think the change will be super noticeable. Hell, maybe I can even get MORE readers with this change and finally apply to one of my many favorite blogging networks.

This blog will include work outs, motivational tips and possibly rants as I adjust to balancing life between my goals for the entertainment industry, and the health and fitness world. While this doesn’t deviate far from my old blog, the emphasis here will be on achieving these things in a healthy, positive way instead of trying to put a label on everything. I’m done trying to fit my life into a pretty, structured box.

Yes, I want to be attractive so I can have a successful acting career, but I’ve finally reached a point where the only person I care about thinking I’m sexy is my boyfriend.

A year ago, my life was a hot mess. I worked in a strip club. I was half living out of a car. My bipolar was at its peak. I had zero self worth. I was overweight, lonely and unhappy. That’s not my life anymore. In fact, I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I’m healthy, I’m strong, I’m taking control of my bipolar and I’m going to overcome this ED. The way I see it, Life is Bangin’

 

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14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Tom McDowell says:

    i realize i am going to sound like your parent, but should you be drinking while taking your meds? I think it is great you embrace the BP, but taking meds and drinking any adult beverage at all can be really bad.

    • sambangs says:

      no worries! yes, I know that’s bad. I haven’t been on meds for almost a year… looking to get back on.

  2. Tati says:

    I’m an 18 year old college volleyball player, since I started playing I’ve become very muscular in arms and shoulder, and I’m being bullied by teammates and my boyfriend for this, I’m going to quit so harassing can stop. I read your blog a lot and wanted to know if you could offer advice:( thank you

    Sent from my iPhone

    • sambangs says:

      Hey girl, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re being bullied. College is hard enough without having to worry about mean people harassing you.

      My first word of advice is DON’T quit. If you like playing volleyball, play volleyball. You shouldn’t have to compromise yourself for other people. As for your teammates, the first step would be to confront them and tell them to back off. Muscular arms and shoulders are going to make you a stronger player and in turn, a stronger teammate. They should WANT you on their team so they can win! If they don’t back off, I would talk to your coach about it.
      As far as your boyfriend goes… I know how hard that one can be. Mine used to freak out any time I started showing muscles and because of that, I stopped working out as much. In hindsight, I wish I’d told him to f*ck off instead. I loved my muscles. I love them now. And I’ve been lucky to find a guy that’s secure enough to find me attractive with a muscular physique–because likely, you’re boyfriend is insecure with his physique if he feels the need to make you feel badly about having muscles.
      All of this, of course, is just my opinion. I’m a firm believer in doing what makes YOU happy. So if you’re okay having muscles, OWN it. If you want to play volleyball, you should be playing. ESPECIALLY since you’ve worked hard enough to be playing at a collegiate level. I know this is all easier said than done, and things do get easier as you get older, but I wish someone had told this to 18 year old me.
      Remember, you are enough. Do what you love and smile in the face of those who want to bring you down.
      Hope I helped in some small way. Stay positive and good luck! xo
      If you want to keep chatting, you can also email me at lifeisbangin@gmail.com

      Best,
      Sam

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