Each week of this campaign I have thought “boy, I learned a ton this week…” and that is even MORE true this week. My mind was blown learning about how unsafe even our laundry detergents are! So where was I before this campaign on chemicals?

I realized one day, while cleaning the shower, I was STANDING in bleach. Yes. Our shower is HUGE, it’s one of those two person showers, and you can not stand outside the door of it and reach the other three walls (or at lease I can’t). You have to actually get INTO the shower to clean it. {Ha, side note I just thought of, I could have been using water shoes…but I digress…} Standing in bleach is not good, based on what I learned this week. And it’s not entirely the fact I was standing in it, but the fumes of it are SO incredibly toxic. You guessed it, time for more change.

As part of this campaign, we were sent a mess of natural cleaning products, and I’ll admit, I was skeptical. I mean, who would have thought coconut oil or parsley infused products would actually clean? Holy COW. I was BLOWN away when I used some natural shower cleaner on that hard-to-clean tile. It cleaned it right up! And my chest didn’t hurt afterwards! So THAT will be an easy change to make!

Mamavation Campaign Some of our Natural Cleaning Products

Another area I struggle with is laundry detergent. I’ve been making my own for several years now, but didn’t like that it doesn’t “brighten” or “whiten” my clothing very well. So I still was using a small amount of regular detergent in with my homemade. Yeah, well. That chemical is called an “Optical Brightener”. Holy crap. Google it. It’s actually quite fascinating. It’s a chemical used to create an optical illusion on the fabric fibers making your eyes think that the clothing is whiter and/brighter. But it actually interacts when you step into the sun and it becomes a carcinogen. BAH! Yes, going to natural/homemade detergents will be another easy change. Because No Pain, No GAIN. {Pun intended, and don’t judge me if you see me with dingy whites, people!}

This is just the tip of the iceberg on what we learned. Our expert (and chemist) will be teaching you guys what we learned on Monday night at our weekly Mamavation-TV gathering at 10pm EDT. You can watch the last few week’s episodes and catch yourself up on the awesome info that’s been imparted to us.

This week’s weigh in and weight loss:

This week I weighed in at 311 lbs. If you are keeping track, that’s a 4 pound weight loss since this campaign started. I didn’t see the scale move all week, then Sunday AM, YES, it moved. {Lesson learned…I won’t sneak onto the scale daily again! How discouraging!}

Non scale victories: I am FINALLY seeing a shift in my thinking process! If I have a particularly emotional/bad day, and where I would normally be stuffing my face with crap, this week I was able to process the thoughts and cravings in my mind and reasoned out it wasn’t worth screwing up my eating over. So literally, the neuro pathways in my brain are being reprogrammed ALMOST without my knowing. It’s becoming second nature to take the thoughts/cravings captive and replace them with truths: you are craving because you are emotional, that does not mean you are hungry, it means you are trying to replace feelings with food, and that does not work. I am finally seeing some major changes going on. And it’s not just on the scale.

Mamavation Mom Campaign 17 Weight Loss Photo

I feel SO blessed to be a part of this campaign. Watch for some reviews on my personal blog this week so that you can get in on this awesome discovery/knowledge of these fantastic products! See you next week with midpoint measurements!

~Lori đŸ™‚

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Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.
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