Fassy Journey: Week 16

I DID IT! I reached my goal weight! I know I just blurted it out and I wanted to sound a little cooler about it, but there. I said it! I just weighed in and the scale said I'm now at 258.7! That means I lost another 2 lbs AND I've lost a total of 50.2 lbs. The best part is that I did it in 3 1/2 months and not in the 5 months I thought it would take me. 

To remind myself what it felt like to have 50 lbs on me, I took a trip over the weekend to the store and did my best to carry 5 bags of 10 lb potatoes. Oh my gosh you guys... they were so heavy!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD did I allow myself to have this on me for so many years?! Again I know being 258 lbs would scare most, but this is a fassy girl's dream come true! Knowing that I'm 10 lbs under the weight I delivered Calvin at feels so wonderful! 

With my goal met, I'm ready to take on the next. My new goal is to lose 50 lbs from Aug-Dec. If I were to do this, it would put me down to 209 lbs and I think that would put me in a size 14? Oh I would cry! Each month I will focus on a monthly goal of losing 10 lbs (just like from before) and so that I don't plateau in my workouts, I'm going to step it up and challenge myself again. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet but I'll figure that out over this next 2 weeks. 

THANKS SO MUCH to Mr. Sonboul, my boys, and my family for loving me and supporting me throughout this whole process. When I gave up sugar I almost killed them all and I'm grateful with how understanding they were. At family dinners my sister would put out a plate of fruit, so I didn't feel left out at dessert time and it meant ever so much to me. I'm also so proud of all of those who have sent me messages and comments saying that you are working on your own health again. I knew sharing my story would be a risky move to put my weight number out there, but I thought "maybe my journey and honesty would help another". Keep up the good work friends and get healthy for you and your loved ones. It feel so amazing to believe in me and if I can do it... so can you! 

Oh and just for fun....

My New Collection Called Jolly Good

Jolly Good Logo Chickaniddy Crafts (Large)

Here's a little "Heidi Secret".  When I first started this collection I was having a hard time getting into it, so I decided to play a Christmas song or two and in that very moment the magic started to flow. So many ideas popped into my head and everything fell into place. It's amazing how Christmas music can bring such joy to me and people all around the world. I love Jolly Good so much and it's probably the happiest collection I've made to date. Its theme covers Christmas, winter weather, New Year's Eve. holiday shopping, family fun and dancing in the rain. Basically all the things we love about winter, with a bright and happy color combo. There are even a few things that hint to puckering up under the mistletoe. Ooh la la!

Now take a peek and don't forget to enter into the giveaway. Just leave a comment and we'll take care of the rest.

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My New Collection Called Scrumptious & A Giveaway

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I'm so happy this day is finally here and I can share with you my newest collection. I'd like to introduce to you the Scrumptious collection. It's an everyday Fall collection that celebrates fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the everyday family life. Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the full Jolly Good Collection.

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Scrumptious-12x12-Paper-11B-Frolic-In-The-Leaves Scrumptious-12x12-Paper-12A-Corn-On-The-Cob Scrumptious-12x12-Paper-12B-Corn-On-The-Cob

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Leave a comment and you could win this brand new collection before it's in stores.

~Heidi

Fassy Journey: Week 15

Today is a GOOD day for weighing in. As I stepped onto the scale it said I am now down to 260.7 lbs! That means that I lost 5 lbs this week and I am now down 48.3 lbs. I could just die from excitement that I'm only 1.7 lbs away from my 50 lb weight loss goal!

The other day it was perfect weather outside and everyone in Cali were heading to the beach. I told Mr. Sonboul "Man, with all this weight I've lost I feel so skinny! I feel like I'm ready to put on a swimsuit and tan on the sand"... and then I said "better not though, being that I'm still heavy at 260 something" lol!  I know I still weigh so much, but I feel amazing AND skinny! sure 260.7 is totally Fassy to the world, but going from 309 to 260.7 makes me feel like I'm a whole new person. So for now, I will hold off on the swimsuit and put it on my todo list for Aug ;)

Let's talk about exercise. I've read so many books, have worked out to so many different types of DVDs, have taken so many different exercise classes and so I feel like I know a lot about this subject. For me personally I love to sweat when I workout, which means I look for high/intense calorie burning cardio workouts, and avoid yoga. I know so many love yoga, but I just find it boring! I want to dance and move my body, so I often look for cardio classes. I have never liked the stop and go, so cross fit wasn't for me either. I adore Zumba, all Kathy Smith DVDs, Cycle classes, step aerobics, running, and all the Wii dance games.

So here's what I suggest. Try something and if it's not fun, look for something else. You should like the workouts you are doing and they should be fun. Sure you want to feel the burn, but it should be fun! One of my other favorites exercies is speed walking with friends. You can talk out all your frustrations about kids and hubbies and burn calories at the same time. It's a great workout to clear the mind and fat away. I also love and have made it more of a goal to play outside with my boys. We have been going on family bike rides every weekend, playing handball, basketball, and so much more. The other morning Bradley went with me on my speed walk and it was a blast. We walked down to the beach and had a funny game going, trying to out walk each other. Turns out my abs got a workout too, because we were laughing so much.

Whatever you pick. Love it and enjoy it! Doing that will allow the weight to come off faster and it won't feel so torturous.  I can't wait to hear what you love and what works for you. So please do share in the comment section. I'm always on the lookout for new workouts.

Hello New Collection - Summer 2014 Sneaks

There are times when I have so many creative thoughts running around in my head and this is one of them. It might be because today is the day I can finally share big sneaks of my 2 newest collections for Chickaniddy Crafts. The start to finish process has a lot of details that fall in between, but I love it all. Picking the colors, deciding the themes, drawing and dreaming up new ideas. I know I've said it before, but I still can't believe that I have my own scrapbook company and it might be that I never truly believe it. It just makes me feel cool (even though people outside of the scrapbook world don't get it) and for sure over the moon happy. 

I'm sure you've viewed the images before reading (since I would do the same). So now that I have your attention, let me tell you a little about these new additions.

Scrumptious is an everyday fall collection that celebrates school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and family home life. I am sure I'm not the only one in love with fall and it just seemed like a good idea for a theme. It's whimsical and happy, just the way I love my scrapbook goodies! Yep, there is even a smarty cat with glasses. After all... why not?

Then there is Jolly Good. OH how I love this collection! It's funny because I said I would never do a Christmas Collection and here I am. I guess it's because I never really loved green and red together and thought it had been done a million and one times. So when I found a charming color combo,  It all started to fall into place, and listening to Christmas music while I worked totally helped! Jolly Good is an everyday collection, but celebrates Christmas, New Years, and winter's wonderful weather. A sassy reindeer, rain drops, snow flakes, a friendly Santa, and holiday shopping just makes me smile.  

I can't wait to hear what you think and be sure to visit Chickaniddy's Blog on July 18th for the reveal of Scrumptious and July 23rd for the reveal of Jolly Good. One last thing... mark your calendars for our open Craft Team Call on July 25th.

Fassy Journey: Week 14

Last week when I weighed in I was at 265lbs and today when I weighed in it said 265.7lbs. Again I did nothing different and I believe this is just my body allowing itself to get caught up. I've been losing weight so fast that plateaus need to take place here and there. I'm pretty sure this 0.7lbs will come back off at my next weigh in. 

So let's talk about what I eat, as I'm sure some of you are wondering. Below is a list of items I pick and choose from to help keep things yummy and fresh.

BREAKFAST:

I keep this meal high in fiber, with a lot of fruit

  • yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola mixed in and 2 piece of toast with light butter
  • smoothie: yogurt, 4 strawberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 apple sliced, 2 packets of apple oatmeal
  • 1 waffle, 1/2 cup of strawberries (I only let myself have this on Sundays)

LUNCH:

I allow this to be my larger meal and use a dinner plate. That way my body has time to process and burn the food throughout the day, which won't allow the food to sit in my tummy throughout the night.

  • 1 large salad, 1 bake potato
  • 1 large salad, 2 cups of pasta
  • 1 large salad, 2 cups of veggies soup
  • 1 large salad, 1 grilled cheese sandwich

DINNER:

For this meal I keep my portions small. I allow myself to have what the boys are eating but it needs to fit on a salad plate. I have that plus a small salad. 

  • 1 small salad, 1.5 cups of pasta
  • 1 small salad, 1/4 cup of rice and 2 enchiladas
  • 1 small salad, 1 cup of funeral potatoes and 2 cups of veggies
  • 1 small salad, 2 small burritos
  • 1 small salad, 2 pieces of pizza

Like I said... I have whatever they are having but I keep the portions small. If it can't fit on my salad plate, it's too much.

WATER:

I have always LOVED water and often go over the amount suggested in any diet book. I often drink about 12 cups a day. I rarely drink soda and have never really liked it.

SUGAR & OUT FOOD:

At the beginning of this journey I gave up sugar and now that it is out of my system, I love fruit and crave it. Every once in a while when my cycle is about to start I'll crave chocolate but often just smelling it will allow the cravings to go away. At the end of Aug I will introduce sugar back into my diet and I will post more about that topic later. As for fast food, I avoid it. Every once in a while I will allow myself to have it on a Saturdaywhen we are out and about for the weekend but throughout the week I don't eat it. Why? Fast food has a lot of salt in it and this causes water weight gain. If I do eat it, I order from In-N-Out and get the grilled cheese burger (it has everything on it, but no meat. Remember... I'm a vegetarian).

FASTING:

Once a week I do a 24 hour fast. I know this sounds crazy, but I believe doing this allows my body to process and clean out my system. A lot of health books talk about the benefits that come from fasting once a week or once every two weeks. One of the biggest benefits for me is to help me learn what hungry feels like. When you are an emotional eater, you eat all the time and after a while you have no clue what hungrymeans. I started fasting at the beginning of the 2nd month and now I have clearer thoughts on what hungry is and not "emotional hunger". They are totally different, being that emotional hunger is a bottomless pit! You DON'T have to fast to lose weight but if you are struggling with knowing when you are full or are emotional eating... you might want to look into this. I know it helped me respect food and portion sizes. 

HOW TO FAST: I start at 7am and eat something from my lunch meal plan (Large salad + baked potato). From 7am to the next morning at 7am I don't eat anything, but I allow myself to drink as much water as needed. The water will help clean out your system. If a full 24 hours is too hard, just start with skipping one meal and work your way up.

Next week I'll talk about my workouts and getting active. For me, workouts and healthy eating have to go hand in hand if I want weight loss results. I know it's not what most want to hear, but weight loss pills and fad diets just don't work! Sure you will lose a little in the beginning, but let's get honest... we all always put that weight back on once you stop. For me... I want to keep it off, so that means eating right and moving more is the way to go. 

See you all next week

~H