My 4 Month Journey--Many More to Go

Today I am posting on something I haven't touched in a while....weight. I am admittedly a bit nervous about talking about this. What if I don't lose anymore? What if I gain this weight back? How do I feel about everyone seeing my giant arms?

That said, the reason I am posting today is because I am at 30* pounds lost over the past four months. These pictures are incredibly embarrassing, but part of this whole journey is about being honest with myself right?

So the outfit is bad. The pants are pajama pants that I bought when I was pregnant with A. They are so comfortable though! The tank top is the same (even though it looks a bit different in the pictures because of lighting), it is also the one I wore when redoing A's bathroom. (You can probably tell that by all the paint on it!) I have also gotten so tan! Ha! The picture quality isn't great either, we have just been using the I-phone. Plus, we can never seem to line up in exactly the same spot each time. My various weekend hairdo's are a nice touch too I think.

Okay, so to the nitty gritty. I have not been exercising the way I should. I completely slacked off on my Jillian Michael's video. I even had a friend write me up a training plan but have yet to do it. I think my results would be fantastic if I would consistently do something active daily. I am trying to get back into the habit. I have spent some time swimming, jumping on the trampoline, and (believe it or not) cleaning the house. I have not touched any weights though, and that is VERY clear when you look at my arms. My arms are the bane of my physical existence. My stomach is not good either, but no one sees it! It is over 100 in TX right now, and the thought of having to wear sleeves makes me sweat. (Although I will say, I thank God daily for whomever it was that invented cardigans.) So I am very glad to feel that I can go out in public without a cardigan over my tank top. (Let me be clear here, I do not judge anyone else for what they wear or how they look in it. I am one of my own worst critics, and I don't ever notice anyones' arms. It is probably also true that I could have been wearing tank tops four months ago and no one would have noticed my arms either.  Read the bottom part of this post, she is such a great blogger!) My arms are still very much a touchy subject for me, not only because of their size, but other reasons as well that I am not ready to talk about on here yet. So one of my goals for the next five months (August-December) is to do some strength training and try to tone up those suckers.

I try very hard to stay at 1200 calories or less. I use this site to track my food and exercise. Some days are great, some days aren't. I had three weeks where I stayed the same, didn't lose a pound. One of those weeks was my vacation, so the fact that I didn't gain is a miracle! I am trying to not get weird about my eating or the number on the scale. It is hard though. I know when I get in a rut I feel down. I am trying to remind myself that it is the overall loss that matters. I have gone down three sizes, and am hoping to go down two more. Maybe three...we will see. I am not going to stress though if I don't get there.

When I set my 30 Before 30 list, one of my goals was to lose 35 pounds. I am going to adjust that. My goal now is to lose 50 total pounds before my 30th birthday. (I have changed a few other goals as well based on my current reality) I think 20 additional pounds over 10 months is totally doable!

My immediate goals (hope to complete by December)
  • Begin a regular (3 x's a week) strength training program
  • Start back to regular (3 x's a week) cardio program
  • Stick to my 1000-1200 cals a day
  • Cut back on Dr. Pepper (I feel like this is ALWAYS one of my goals.)
  • Lose an additional 10 pounds (or more)

*Okay so it is bouncing between 28 and 30, but a girl can round up right?

Why I've Been Away

I have been a bit neglectful of my blog lately. My attention has been focused on crafting. It is amazing how relaxing I find it to be. I never ever thought I would be a crafting person. I painted a lot in school, but this is different. I have been working on rosette headbands and clips, and tutu dresses.

Snow White inspired tutu dress.

I am hoping to actually turn this into a side business, maybe. It feels strange to put that hope out in to the universe, but there it is. I feel butterflies even typing this. I have a lot of self-doubt, and I would be constantly worried that a buyer would not be happy with the finished product, but I think it is something I want to try. I am still working on figuring out my real costs, so I don't have prices or anything yet. This is a still raw, still forming, bud of an idea....

I would need to figure my actual cost, then the amount I would charge per dress. The math is a struggle for me, and I would never want to overcharge a friend. I have been hunting online for the best prices I can find. I don't know what else it would take to actually get this idea off the ground, so if any of you have any tips please send them my way!!

Edited to add a picture of the Rapunzel dress I just finished.

Felt Bow Headband

Okay so I just posted about taking a break, but I am back! Today I am going to talk to you about making a felt bow headband. This was SUPER easy!

I am not going to post a full tutorial here, but I am going to include the awesome one that I used. Just click here.

Unfortunately I don't have pictures of each step, but I will give you my specifics and thoughts on the project. The blog I linked above does have pictures for each step.

Materials Needed:

  • Wool Felt
    • I purchased 35% wool felt from JoAnn's. They have regular felt at craft stores, but the wool felt is a better quality. They have 20%, 35%, and 100%.  It gets pricier as you go higher in wool content. The 100% wool felt was 19.99 a yard!! I bought 1/4 yard of the 35% wool felt. The quarter yard I purchased was enough to make at least five bows. So, you really don't need a lot of material for this.
  • Stretch or Elastic Lace
    • Also purchased at JoAnn's. I went down the trim aisle pulling on lace I liked until I found one with some stretch to it. I bought two yards, and still have a decent amount left after making two complete bow headbands.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
First you cut your wool felt. You will cut two strips, one to make the physical bow, the other to make the wrap for around the middle. I followed the specifications given in the tutorial. You are doing all of the marking and folding on what will become the back side of your bow.The second step is to fold your long strip and to mark the middle. Then you will fold the extra back over.

I want to add a note here, at first I was a bit confused based on the instructions and the picture. What you are doing is folding to the middle but only about a quarter fold. This makes the bubble part of your bow.  You can see the "bubble" in the picture above, where I typed here. So you fold to the middle, but you should have a tail. Do the same thing to the other side. Check and make sure they are even!!

I used hot glue here to glue the fold and also the middle. Then you take the small strip and glue it so it looks a bit like a capital T. The top of the T is the large strip you have already folded and the leg of the T is the small 3 1/2 strip. You then pull the strip around pinching it in to give it a more "bow" shape. (Again, please go to the site at the top! She is much better at explaining and she has pictures!!) You will hot glue it closed on the back.

Now it is time to make the headband. This is  by far the easiest part. Measure your head, your child's head, the head of whomever this is for, then cut your lace about an inch smaller. The lace is elastic, so it will stretch to fit. If you cut it the same size as their head, it will be too loose. Hot glue the ends together. See, easy peasy!

Final step, hot glue your bow onto your lace. I like to glue the bow over where I glued the ends together.

Poof! You are all finished! If you are like me, you are ready to go get more colors of wool felt to make many more bow headbands.

Feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Summer Fun--Weekend Recap

This past weekened was a blast! A friend rented a large slip and slide, so on Saturday we headed to her house.

A loved the slip and slide! She spent almost the whole time we were there on it. She did take a small break to play toddler rock band with a friend's daughter.

The adults took a few turns as well, but I will spare the world those photos! I can say though, that I felt my age the next day. My arms, legs, and back were all sore!

After a sun and water filled afternoon, we packed ourselves up and headed to a baseball game.

A has been to two semi-pro games before, but this was her first professional sporting event. J's work bought tickets for his entire department, and a guest. Our seats were good, probably the closet I have ever sat at the Ballpark!

A wasn't real sure about the big league action. The stadium she has been to before is much smaller, and the crowd is generally not quite as boisterous. The Rangers had a great game, so that meant a lot of cheering. Our seats were also right under a set of speakers, so the Bug spent a fair amount of the game like this:

Her ails were cured by a visit from the cotton candy man though. It is amazing what the fluffly stuff can do!

We headed home during the 8th inning, and we all slept until 10:00 the next morning. We spent Sunday relaxing. We went to the grocery store and hung out at home. Then around 5:30 we headed to a local restaurant to have dinner with some friends.

All in all, it was a great summer weekend! Now we are gearing up for the 4th. How did you spend your weekend? And do you have any plans for the 4th?