Happy Birthday To Me!

This post is a little over due but thought it's never too late.

I started my birthday off to breakfast in bed, thanks to Mr. Sonboul, Bradley, and Calvin. Fresh fruit, a bagel with cream cheese, and yogurt was the perfect healthy start to my day. With every bite I took I had Calvin waiting for me to say I was finished so he could take over the meal. It's funny how much he LOVES melon. 

To be completely honest, the day before my birthday (10/30) I was feeling down. Mr. Sonboul had to work on my birthday. We got a flat tire at the end of the night and Calvin started to get sick. The funny thing is that for the past 6-7 years I've had someone get sick or had something happen to the car, on the day before my birthday or on my actual birthday. I'm not trying to be a complainer, but dang... it's almost like a birthday curse! Mr.Sonboul was so sweet and took off the day to get the tire fixed (so I didn't have to) and stayed up with Calvin on Halloween night when he wasn't feeling well (it was kinda weird getting sleep and not helping out with a sick kid, but heck I'm no sucker and tookhim up on his offer). 

As of now I'm officially 33 and it's amazing how much older I feel. Like really... I feel old this year. I know I'm not really, but I feel that I am. So I got to thinking about this new year and what I wanted to do with myself and this is what I came up with:

  1. Get back into crafting
  2. Bake more
  3. Redo my blog
  4. Sew more
  5. Play outside more
  6. Stress less
  7. Kiss more
  8. Date more (Mr. Sonboul ;)
  9. Make it to 1 year of no sugar (almost there. 3/2015)
  10. Get down to 200 lbs
  11. Be better at taking time for me
  12. Stop being frumpy on the weekdays
  13. Get back into photography
  14. Try to listen to a LDS General Conference talk daily
  15. Read a book
  16. Decorate our home for all the holidays
  17. Organize everything around me (Garage, house, schedule)
  18. Paint something and hang it in our home
  19. Keep our car clean
  20. Spend more time with family
  21. Do a weekly service project for another
  22. Be positive
  23. Travel more
  24. Take Daily walks
  25. Do all of my yearly doctor checkups
  26. Throw more parties
  27. Be on time to church
  28. Be kinder
  29. Watch all of my favorite movies
  30. Stop procrastinating
  31. Go to bed on time
  32. Have a girls night out once a month
  33. Take better care of my skin

Fassy Journey

Well hello friends! I'm sure many of you think I've fallen off the weight loss wagon. I guess you can say that I did a little, but I haven't rolled back down the hill. Over this last month I've been feeling sick and so I've decided to continue to take a break. Being that I haven't been working out, I knew that I gained a little weight. I stepped on the scale this morning and it said I was 253 lbs. When I last weighed in I was at 248, which means I've gained 5 LBS! I still haven't eaten any sugar, but I've been hit and miss with my carb intake. I'm sure this is why I gained back 5 lbs. 

As I checked the boys candy for drugs and what not, I have to admit I really wanted to dive right in! However, I held strong and handed over the candy to the boys. Let me tell you... that was a first! So that's it for now and I will check back in a few weeks :)

Thanks for all your support!

~H

Fassy Journey: Week 26

It's amazing how taking off a month to not go bald can cause me to feel like I'm starting at day one again. Yes I worked out every day this week, but again... I was taking it easy. The good news is my hair has STOPPED falling out. WOOHOO! Taking a daily vitamin and extra calories corrected the issue. 

Now that my hair is okay, I can really focus on losing weight again. It's funny after losing 60+ pounds I felt skinny and now after taking a full month off, I feel fassy again. I guess it's all relative and this is why I'm trying to teach myself to embrace "me" at any size. I can remember being 16 and thinking I was soooo fat at 160lbs. I was a tall teen and was in a size 8. Now if I got into a size 8 I would die from the excitement!

Today when I stepped onto the scale it said I was at 248 lbs. which means I've lost .2 oz. It's not a lot, but it's something and I learned a lot this week. I learned that I started using carbs to replace sweets.  I learned that my body is happier when I'm healthier (duh!), and I saw what a month off of hard workouts can do. Again, it feels like I'm back at day one and man am I sore again. Here is hoping that next week I will see a good number on the scale. Thanks again for all your support and I hope your own weight loss journey is going well. Remember to stick to it! We got this!

Fassy Journey: Week 25 - My Body Fat & Measurements

I knew taking off a few weeks would most likely cause me to gain some kind of weight. During that time I still worked out, was so-so about not eating after 7, and tried to watch my carbs. I also only worked out for 10 minutes daily (just to keep the habit), ate more calories, and watched to see if my hair would stop falling out. Taking the time off was a great idea for a couple of reasons.

  • First - it really did help my hair stop falling out as much.
  • Second - I'm feeling super motivated to get back on track. There is a strong desire inside of me now, wanting to exercise and eat healthy. It's a good feeling and something I was lacking over the past 8 years.

Over this past 6 months my focus has become clear and I love how I feel inside and out. In fact just this past week I had so many people say "You look great. Have you lost weight"?

As I said before I knew I was going to gain this week. I ate more calories than I burned (again to help my hair issue) and when I stepped onto the scale it said I was 248.2lbs. Again, I'm not freaking out over this and with the new month coming up next week I'm ready to push again in my workouts. Totally weight gained: 3.2 lbs. Again... not worried!

This weeks goals:

  • Back to my smaller calorie intake of 1,800 calories daily  
  • Keep taking my daily vitamin
  • Workout for 40 minutes each day
  • Start back up my once a week fast
  • Drink TONS of water
  • Keep watching my hair in hopes that it gets better

The other day my sweet friend Autie had me come over to do my measurements and BODY FAT! 

  • Chest - 46.25
  • Neck - 14.5
  • Upper Arm - 18
  • Waist - 42
  • Hips - 50
  • Thigh - 25
  • Calf - 19.25
  • Body Fat - 40.7%

lol I just about died when I saw that I was 40.7 % Body Fat! What the heck was I BEFORE losing 65lbs??? I wish that I thought to measure it all before starting, but it's okay. I still have around 50 more lbs to lose to get to 200, so I'm sure I'll still see new numbers :)

Fassy Journey: Week 24

By the end of next month, I might be bald! Yes I'm being dramatic, but my hair is still falling out! It has slowed down a little, but it's still falling out and I'm overly worried about it. I know taking the vitamins and increasing my calorie intake will help, but it's taking a little while to get into my system. Also for those that suggested it's my thyroid it's not. Thanks for reminding me to check it. I guess I should also mention that I don't have any bald patches, thank heavens! My hair just keeps falling out and I used to have really thick hair.

Since this hair issue has taken over my thoughts, this past week I decided to keep watching what I eat, workout for only 10 minutes each day, and basically slow down my fassy journey to help balance everything out. That way the vitamins can get a good start. Doing all this means that I didn't lose this week when I hopped on the scale, which I'm 100% fine with. The scale today said I was at 245lbs, which is great being that I'm just focusing on maintaining what I've lost. So far so good and long story short, I plan to spend the rest of this month being smart and maintaining my intake. In 2 more week I will start pushing again and focusing on losing lbs. DRAMA! 

Fassy Journey: Week 23

If you missed it, last week I shared that my hair is falling out and you can read about it here. Not wanting my hair to all fall out, this week I allowed myself to eat way more and I made sure to take my daily vitamin. Now normally extra food means weight gain, but guess what?! I lost again! This week when I stepped on the scale it said I was at 245.2! That means I lost 2.8 lbs and a total weight loss of 63.8 lbs in about 5 months. 

As of right now I am loving being a size 18 and even though they are SKIN TIGHT I can pull on a size 16 and zip them up. I'm guessing in about another 10-15lbs I'll be in them. OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS a size 16! It's kinda been a while, so I'm uber jazzed about this. 

Hair Update:  

  • it's still falling out! I will continue to take it easy for this next week.

If you are planning on losing a lot of weight, make sure to take your daily vitamins, add in a few extra calories every 3 days, drink lots of water and eat healthy fats like nuts and olive oil. It's so important and I understand that more than ever.

By the way. This is my water cup. I LOVE water! I drink about 6-8 of these every day. It is so good for your skin and a really great cleanser. You do not have to drink as much as me, but make sure you are having at least 6 glasses of water daily.   

Get Out Your Paint

When I think of September I get so happy. I love all the warm colors and blue sky it brings, so I decided to visit Pinterest for some color pinspiration. I looked up the word "fall", came across this photo, and I fell in love! There was something about the styling that hooked me and got me excited to scrap my photos of the boys heading back to school (photos from last year). I pulled out the supplies and, lucky me, I found papers and embellishments that match the vibe of the photo from my new Scrumptious collection. While pulling my supplies I came up with a fun and fast technique to add in a little more blue.

Technique Tips:

  1. Pick the color you love and put it into a bowl (to control the amount you want).
  2. Paint a large circle on a natural pattern paper cardstock and don't be afraid to be a little messy.
  3. Right now so many are using water colors, which I LOVE! For this project I decided to use use acrylic paint simply because the color is richer looking and I really wanted this color to pop!

It's super simple, but I love this technique! It allows me to add a color I might not have in paper and the cost is so small. It also allows me to get the right shade I need. Once I let the paint dry, I started to layer my papers. I personally LOVE pattern paper and always try to get in a lot of it. My trick is that I look for simple patterns that are all in the same color palette. Green stripe, green tags, green patterns.  Just remember that it can become too busy if you use a lot of busy color patterns. So look for 1 color and white. Notice my white polka-dot on yellow? Or my green and white stripe? The white allows for the colors to blend and not compete. To finish my look I added some stitching and a few embellishments. So the next time you can't find the right cardstock color, don't worry. Just get out your paint and I'm positive you will be pleased with the look.

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