Transformation: New bod, new clothes

When I decided it was time to start my weight loss journey, I never in a million years considered the psychological aspect of it. I mean, not just finding your motivation and determination, something deeper than that. For instance, getting dressed. I am at a point now, where getting dressed in the morning at a lower weight is more difficult than when I was heavier. Why? Well for one thing, I want to show off my new (and tighter) figure. I am working hard people, I deserve it! Second, my clothes look frumpy on me, they are floating in the wrong ways and are frankly, unflattering. These are “big people” clothes meant to hide your soft parts. That’s not the person I am today or will be tomorrow. But the real question is…what shall I wear?

Chantal Sarkisian mode xlusive plus size fashion blog ottawa

Easy solution- Shopping! Something I am very good at, by the way.

So, I went shopping the other day, on a mission to find myself a new pencil skirt for work. I want a white skirt with a bright floral print. I did my typical rounds and visited the stores I often buy from. Wait a minute, I am now 2 sizes smaller, which means I can buy smaller clothes, which means I now have a world of stores that I can shop in!!! More like $$$!!! OVERWHELMING!

You’d think it would be easy for me to grab everything in a size 12 and call it a day. It wasn’t. Let me paint you a picture of what is going on in my head.

Am I done losing Weight? Should I keep going? Is there a finish line? When is this finish line? What’s my final and optimal weight for my body? What if I GAIN IT ALL BACK!!???

You see what I mean? Weight loss is a journey, and I am obviously not ready mentally and physically to invest in new clothes. Plus, going through my closet was a sign of how easy it is to buy bigger clothes and hide your problems under the flowy tops and cozy tights.

So, I went to H&M, where I can find reasonably priced fashionable clothes and bought some fun tops to brighten my closet. I bought some motivational J Brand jeans (2 sizes smaller!!) from Vincent that keep me in check. I love them! I pulled out some old clothes that were too small and reacquainted myself with a pair of old trousers that never really fit me. They still don’t fit well.. they are getting lose πŸ˜‰ I also found an LBD that I can almost zip up! It’s a classic little black dress that I bought 7 years ago and I can’t wait to wear it at my fiends wedding in May! Big strides!

I am creating a series of posts about my transformation, so stay tuned! I’ll be talking about my “closet conundrums”, where I share my tips on how to transition your closet slowly. Also find out how your clothes can tell your story. Stay tuned!

xox Chantsy

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Transformation: 5 Tips to Weight Loss

Β Again, this is not a weight loss or health blog, but a motivational one. Odds are that if you are tuning into a plus size fashion blog, you are either searching for inspiration, motivation and/or fashion ideas. Or, you could be on the opposite side of the spectrum trying to discover the secrets of plus size women. Hopefully my readers are not into fat shaming… that would be awful!

So, if you are contemplating “getting into shape-dieting-working out-losing weight”… whatever you want to call it, here are my 5 tips:

  1. Do it when your brain says it’s ready, do it for yourself. Literally, do it when you are ready. if a car doesn’t have an engine, it won’t work. If your brain doesn’t have running shoes on, it’s not getting on that treadmill. Because your brain, mind, body, spirit all need to be aligned to get anything done, terms like motivation and determination won’t come naturally. When I say do it for yourself, I mean it. Don’t expect people to notice, especially in the beginning. You will be strong enough to stay motivated.
  2. Eat right.Β I hate gimmicks. I eat real food. No pills, powders or pulverized produce. I eat more vegetables and fruits, make my meals from scratch and avoid processed food at all cost (just because it’s gross). I eat sweets that are worth going into my mouth (if it’s not home made, it’s probably taste like crap). I eat carbs and starch, but less on my plate. I started Weight watchers 15 weeks ago and have lost 15.6 lbs on it. Some say it’s stupid, but I say it’s the person who is stupid. You are literally in control of everything. You make it work for yourself. At first I struggled, I wanted to be on this program while maximizing my nutrition, not just counting calories. I found a rhythm that really works for me. What I love most about it is the meetings. I look forward to tracking my weight every Monday and sharing not only my struggles, but my achievements. We share tips with each other, recipes and stories. It nurtures the part of my brain that is also on a weight loss journey (see #1).
  3. Exercise. Eating’s better half. These two Es come as a pair. Eating makes you lose the weight, working out makes you tighter and toned. It also helps move the process along much faster. I didn’t see real numbers dropping until I started working out. Just move your body, move it in the way it prefers. Walk, bike, run, swim… find what works for you. I got a personal trainer, because again it feeds my brain ( see #1 again). I need to be accountable to someone. She helped me with a routine and looks out for my best interest. What about injuries? Well, I flared up a reoccurring shoulder injury from 2 years ago about 3 weeks into my workout plan. I was devastated. How am I supposed to workout now with this painful shoulder? If my brain wasn’t ready, I would have given up a long time ago. But again, I am determined, so it’s a no brainer (see what I did there? if you don’t get the joke, see #1 again).
  4. Commit. Stop the excuses, put it in your calendar and make time for yourself. Book an appointment with your favourite person in the world, YOU! Put it in your calendar. Stop making all the excuses in the world and be honest with yourself. Did you miss a workout? no big deal. Just be good that day and eat better. Tomorrow is a new day chicka! Start all over again.
  5. Celebrate small victories. Not with bad food, with things that won’t live on your waist. Buy flowers at the grocery store, get new runners or workout clothes. Buy yourself a new transition outfit. Freshen up your accessories with a newΒ scarf, sunnies, hat or purse.Β Literally buy anything except junk food and booze. Have a closet party instead. Have a solo fashion show and try on all the clothes that don’t fit you anymore. Pull out motivation close and see if you can zip that little black dress from 7 years ago (btw- I am almost there people!)

These are all motivating tips, but I must admit… I have a fear of going back to where I was. I don’t want to gain the weight back. I have become a bit obsessed with the scale, but that is something I need to get over. I never said I was perfect, I am sharing my journey with you, so you are hearing it all.. raw!

So my last tip isΒ VISUALIZATION. When I work out, I think of having a flat tummy, a leanΒ back and strong legs. When I’m feeling like I want to give up, I think of how summer is coming and what I will FEEL like in my bikini (not look, feel).

I hope my posts are helping you process your own thought on losing weight or getting into shape. I am happy to answer your questions, so please leave your comments below. Don’t be shy, that’s the worst thing you can do for yourself.

xox Chantsy

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Proutfit: Casual Jean Friday

You know that go-to outfit you always gravitate towards? Well, on Casual Fridays at work, when I can wear my jeans, I always seem to wear the same old (awesome!) outfit. I feel professional, warm and comfortable. I can also transition this outfit for an after work rendez-vous. Which is precisely what I will be doing tonight! I have a gal-date at North and Navy!Chantal Sarkisian Casual Friday mode Xlusive ottawa plus size fashion bloggerIn essence, I can’t live without my:

  • Gap skinny blue jeans
  • Army green Banana Republic top (that I bought on sale-on sale)
  • Black structured wool cardigan from Bailey 44, I bought at Vincent (my favourite boutique on Preston)
  • And of course, my gold wishbone necklace from Katye Landry Designs (best Xmas gift ever!!!)

It’s actually not like me to recycle my outfits, I feel like I can’t be seen wearing the same thing twice. But this morning, I had no time (insert mom excuse here), so I just grabbed the first thing I could think of!

What I really need to do is work on reorganizing my closet like Cher from Clueless, so I can easily pick out my clothes in no time at all!

What do you do to save time getting dressed in the morning?

Happy Friday lovelies!

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Transformation: A Weight Loss Journey

Ok, the secret is out. You know how much I weigh now. To be honest, I don’t care. Weight is but a number. It doesn’t determine your energy level, your physical capacity, your health, your sense of humour, your intelligence, your beauty, your style… you get the point. What it does however, is help you set your objectives, it’s a tangible and measurable number you can hold on to. So here is a picture I am so happy to share with you!

Chantal Sarkisian before after weight lossMar 2015

Having a plus size blog is a difficult battle in that, I promote self-love no matter what size. But as we all know, when you are not at a healthy weight, there is a stigma that you should strive to be “thinner/healthier”, that you can’t possibly “accept yourself” as a larger person without feeling guilty. You and I both know that my body type is never going to be a size 6/8. I see myself being a healthy manageable size 10. I just want to be “tighter” that’s all. Size 10/12 is still considered plus-size, which is why my blog will makes sense forever!

The point of this blog is really to teach others how to work with their body type and still look fabulous. But why am I on a weight loss journey if I accept myself the way I am? Well, because I am finally ready and determined to transform my body into what I think it should look like. No excuses, tons of motivation… it’s just my time. Plus, I had a baby 2 years ago, and my body needs some repairing. I had back pain because my core was weak. I wanted to get tight, fit and increase my energy level so I can keep up with my son… LOT OF ENERGY THERE!!

Transformation was a word that implanted itself in my head in December, so I went with it. I had laser hair removal (at Ottawa Laser Clinic) done ALL OVER my body, I started Weight Watchers and finally committed myself to a workout regime that I had to stick to because now I was accountable to a personal trainer! (Love you Tina!). I stopped eating stupid desserts and only ate things that were worth my calories. I plan more, grocery shop more, make my lunch every day. I loaded up even more on vegetables, limited starchy foods and alcohol. I don’t feel deprived (anymore) and my body has found a great rhythm. At first it was difficult to rid my body of all the terrible habits I developed, mostly sugar and eating out. I feel good now, and before eating something bad, I think twice. I still eat out, I just work around special events and earn my bad meals. I think about how my clothes are falling off or how the scale makes me feel before indulging.

I really want this to be a long term lifestyle change and I hope to keep it up. I had some bad weeks and had some fantastic ones. But in the end, the exercise is what really helps you stay on track, shape your body and repair it.

Please, take this as inspiration and trust me, if I can do it, you can too! Or don’t… do what makes YOU happy.

xox Chantsy

PS- I don’t want to lose my readers because I am turning into a health freak. I think everyone just really enjoys a good weight loss story.

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