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.

PS head over to the Chickaniddy Blog today and see our giveaway. It's pretty Product Day!

My Heart & Soul

This summer has been so busy and at the same time filled with laughs and new memories. As our little family was winding down the season, Mr. Sonboul has noticed I kept saying "This is our last summer swim, so let's soak it up" or "This is our last summer beach day, so let's really enjoy it", only to find out that the next day we decided to visit the beach one more time before school comes-a-calling. I feel like summer flew by this year and from what I hear, it's a sign of getting older. With 33 getting ready to knock on my door this October, that must be why. 

Hands down, this last few months has been a balancing act of being a magical mama, who keeps a clean home, and a working woman who builds a new company. I feel like my secret to make it all work is that I've poured my heart and soul into everything I touch and somehow it all worked out. Somehow I made the time for business calls and fed lunch to the boys. Somehow I designed a few new papers, while kicking Calvin's butt at the Mario bros game.

I am grateful for this passing summer! I'm sad to see it go and yet at the same time excited to welcome fall. Funny how that works. Fingers crossed that I can pull off being a school room mom and working mom again. Hope you enjoy these pics of the boys. This year they will be in 5th and 2nd grade.     

Fassy Journey: Week 22 & 5 months Done!

Last week I broke the 250's and my heart was overflowing with joy and happiness. This week my body decided to gain 0.2 oz but since I'm 248 lbs that was actually okay. I have been working out SO hard and pushing all my muscles. Sure I went up 0.2 oz but I'm positive it's from muscle gain and that I added about 1-2 lbs of it from all the hard work. My legs are looking toned. My arms and abs are feeling stronger and I know it's from all the weights and squats I've been doing. So for this month I've lost 8 lbs. I was a little sad that I didn't get my 10 lb weight loss goal for the month, but it's okay. It's normal to see smaller numbers when you get closer to your goal and again I'm positive I gained muscle this week. 

Now on to my hair. Last week I mentioned that I wanted to chat about my hair. Umm... it's totally falling out! Years ago when I lost a lot of weight I had something like this happen and so I decided to Google "Can my hair fall out from losing weight" and this is what I found:

  • Dramatic weight loss

"Sudden weight loss is a form of physical trauma that can result in thinning hair. This could happen even if the weight loss  is ultimately good for you. It’s possible that the weight loss itself is stressing your body or that not eating right can result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies. What to do: "Sudden weight loss seems to shock the system and you’ll have a six-month period of hair loss and then it corrects itself,” says Hammonds".

Luckily I have thick hair! Not wanting to go bald I've come up with a plan that should help this issue, because being thinner and bald just isn't a great look for me. Kinda defeats me wanting to lose weight to look nice. Right?!  

  • This week I will allow myself to have a more fatty intake (nuts, oils, cheese)
  • I am going to take my calorie count up another 500 Calories, when normally I stay around 2000.
  • Start taking a daily vitamin
  • Skip my Sunday fast

I don't think these steps are going to fix the issue 100% but maybe it will help slow it down. I really want to get to 200 lbs and I'm hoping it won't cost me my hair. To help the issue I decided to cut my hair much shorter. Bummer right?! 

Running To Keep Up

So many fun changes are taking place this week and I feel like I'm running to keep up with it all. On Friday I am announcing the new Chickaniddy Crafts Team. The boys are having a BIG sleepover this weekend and HUGE water balloon fight to say goodbye to summer. The boys start school at the beginning of next week so we are getting ready for that. I'm trying to get our school schedule back on track so we can start school smoothly and all of our Chickaniddy shipments are in. All this weekend we will be packing orders and getting out our new collections to stores. 

Somehow among all of this non-stop going I finally found time to scrapbook. It's been way too long and I loved the process of it. I painted, sewed, and glued together a layout that I love. It was so nice taking a moment to do something for me. So nice! On Monday (over at the Chickaniddy blog) I will share the layout, but for now here is a sneak.  

Oh and I guess I should also mention that the boys and I went to track down this HUGE rubber duck. Umm! It was amazing!