EP 29 – Finding Strength in Sobriety: Samantha Lander’s Journey of Redemption

    Join host Gary Menkes as he sits down with Samantha Lander, a functional nutritionist, personal trainer, and influencer, in this powerful episode of the Beginning Again podcast. Samantha courageously shares her inspiring journey of overcoming addiction and her time spent in prison, leading to redemption and resilience.

    From battling with addiction and hitting rock bottom to finding hope in rehab and achieving personal success, Samantha’s story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. In this incredible conversation, Samantha delves into her transformative experiences, her dedication to helping others optimize their health, and even her plans to write a children’s book.

    Discover the power of embracing one’s past to create a brighter future, as Samantha shares her insights on hope, healing, and the importance of personal growth. Don’t miss out on this inspiring episode filled with valuable lessons and motivation.


    The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!

    About Our Guest (Samantha Lander)

    Samantha Lander is a renowned fitness expert and personal trainer who is dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals. With years of experience in the fitness industry, Samantha has developed a unique approach that combines physical training, nutrition, and mindset coaching to create lasting transformations. Her passion for fitness is evident in her energetic and motivational training sessions, which have inspired countless individuals to lead healthier lifestyles. 

    To learn more about Samantha Lander and her fitness journey, visit her website at https://seefitpt.com/. You can also follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/seefitliving/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seefitpt for regular fitness tips and updates.

    Show Notes

    • [01:12] In this episode of the Beginning Again podcast, host Gary interviews Samantha Lander, a functional nutritionist, personal trainer, and influencer, who shares her story of overcoming addiction and her time spent in prison. 
    • [01:58] Samantha shares her personal journey of struggling with addiction, starting from experimenting with alcohol and drugs in her early teens to self-medicating with methamphetamine in her adult life, leading to legal troubles and emotional trauma. 
    • [06:29] Samantha shares her journey of getting involved in drugs, becoming a DJ, and selling drugs, leading to an abusive relationship and hitting rock bottom before finding hope in rehab. 
    • [09:24] Samantha shares her personal journey of addiction, starting from her obliviousness to her drug problem to her eventual realization, decision to go to rehab, and the positive impact it had on her life. She also discusses the legal consequences she faced and the support she received from her dog and parents. 
    • [12:19] Samantha shares her experience of going through legal troubles, serving time in prison, and finding redemption through sobriety and personal success as a personal trainer. 
    • [16:13] Samantha talks about her relapse, and the struggles she faced in trying to quit drinking and the impact it had on her relationships.
    • [19:43] Gary reflects on his journey to sobriety, expressing admiration for those who have relapsed and come back, while acknowledging the fear of going back to his old ways, and the importance of staying sober for the sake of his children. 
    • [21:55] Samantha reflects on her journey and realizes that she needs to address the emotional trauma from her past in order to overcome her desires and set healthy boundaries in her life. 
    • [26:28] Samantha discusses the transformative power of the 12 steps in personal growth.
    • [28:54] Samantha shares her personal journey of sobriety and the importance of service work in her life.
    • [31:21] Samantha shares about a safe and well-organized system implemented in her town’s private schools, where substitute teachers from different schools rotate to conduct team meetings, ensuring child safety and avoiding any conflicts of interest. 
    • [35:28] Samantha, a Sagittarius Capricorn, discusses her experience of feeling connected to the universe and how it has influenced her work in helping women in recovery optimize their health through individualized coaching programs that focus on nutrition, hormone balance, organic acids, neurotransmitters, and gut health. 
    • [38:14] Samantha shares her journey of struggling with various health issues, such as chronic fatigue, stomach problems, cystic acne, and weight loss resistance, and how she discovered functional labs as a solution, leading her to switch her career to help others with their health concerns during COVID. 
    • [39:53] Samantha talks about her Instagram account See Fit Living and offers a free discovery call to provide knowledge and assistance to those struggling with fitness and wellness.
    • [41:43] Samantha discusses her plans to write a children’s book titled “Mommy Goes to Prison”, reflecting on her desire to grow up quickly and the importance of embracing childhood, while also sharing her struggles with her son’s oppositional defiant disorder.

    For more incredible and inspiring stories of those who have overcome alcoholism and addiction, tune in to the next episodes of The Begin Again Podcast through:

About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.