This week I tried out SmartOnes Oatmeals. I'm not big on oatmeal, it tends to make me REALLY sleepy. But I'm trying to work on the eating breakfast thing. These are quick and easy. There were two kinds: Apple & Cinnamon, the kind pictured, and Maple & Brown Sugar. I have to say they were both good, but I preferred the Maple & Brown Sugar. The servings aren't huge, but since I'm not a big breakfast person anyway they were the right size for me. Plus only 4 pts.
I lost 1 lb. this week. I'm getting so close to that 25 lb. mark...
Some weeks there's just not a lot to say. I gained this week... .6 of a lb.
The ladies that do the weigh in are always sweet about it though. They always say it's ok, and they ask if maybe I had something salty the night before, etc.
But even when I lose, sometimes there just isn't a lot to say. So I'll have the pics each week, but maybe not a whole big conversation. lol.
Thanks for following along so far on my adventure. I hope maybe I'm inspiring somebody out there to not give up. Whether it's on weight loss or something completely different. Keep going. Keep trying.
So this week we got a free sample. You know what's awesome about free samples? They're FREE of course! Duh! Plus that early in the morning gettin' a free snack is very cool!
These new crisps were actually kinda tasty. If I got a chance I think I would definitely get some. But at the same time I might hesitate if only because I might eat the whole box. Yea, that probably wouldn't help the whole weight thing....
After all the excitement from last week I decided to try out a new recipe I found on my phone.
It was supposed to be a tangy/sweet mustard covered salmon...Yea, it turned out WAYYY too mustardy. The boyfriend ate it too, but barely.
Definitely won't be trying that one out again. Boyfriend suggested I just make fish the way I usually do with lemon and pepper or the one I bake with the veggies. I explained to him that I was trying to make interesting and tasty new creations. Plus I know he likes salmon so I was trying to find a recipe that I would like the taste of it too. Yea, he said just to buy him the salmon in a can and not waste good salmon with bad recipes. (At least he said it was the recipe and not my cooking.) *shrug* Might just do that . I have better luck with tilapia and other white fish than I do with salmon anyway. But again I have to give him credit, he ate all of it and didn't bring up how he felt about it until I bugged him a few hours later to get his opinion on if I should make it again.
Only lost 0.2 lbs. this week. But that's ok. At least the scale is going down.
I want to say thank you to all the wonderful bloggers and writers who have offered their services and sponsorships to the girls. You guys are awesome!!!
I also want to say a special thank you to all the Rett's girls and their families who where willing to share their stories with everyone to help get the word out there about Retts Syndrome.
Who's going to be there?!?!
I know I am!
If you haven't already been invited, well consider this your invitation!!!
And don't wait for Friday! We already have some pre-event contests going on. So be sure to click on over and join the event and get a chance at some of the amazing prizes that are already being offered!!!
The one prize is still a secret, however....I WAS able to get a pic of one of the prizes, and I get to share it with YOU!!
The person who gets the most people saying that they were referred by them gets this awesome Rett's Awareness Key-chain handmade by co-host and author extraordinaire Rae Z. Ryans.
Aha! I sooo knew it was water weight last week! (Well at least partially anyway!) I went in this week and I was down 1.8 lbs. Stupid water.
The other great thing this week is that I bought a new pair of jeans. Not just any jeans, they were misses/juniors jeans, off the rack, a size smaller in juniors than I normally wear...Ok. I don't wear misses because I'm small, I'm obviously not, but they tend to fit my height better and they are way cuter than mom jeans. As it is I haven't bought new pants in ages from misses or womans. First I stopped buying pants because I was a size 16 in womans and I got tired of trying to find anything cute AND have to suffer the humiliation of dressing room mirrors. Second when I started losing weight I decided not to buy anything new until I reach my goal weight. At my goal weight I wear size 8-10 depending on the cut, etc. Yea so it's just not worth the money at the moment on something I won't wear after I lose the weight, especially when I can just buy a belt which is a much cheaper temporary fix.
Anyway I decided to splurge and get the jeans because a) they were soooo cute and b) I figured if I didn't fit into them right away, then maybe in a few months I would. c) they were super on sale.
I was invited by Cameron Von St. James and his wife Heather to help spread the word today about mesothelioma. Heather is an eight year survivor of this horrible, and preventable, cancer. They have decided to make it their mission to help open peoples eyes to this horrible disease and today is especially important to them, as it is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
If you've never heard of mesothelioma, or have heard of it but don't know much about it I'd like to share some astonishing facts about it. Some I didn't even know, and considering how easily it could be prevented it is heartbreaking that people are still be exposed to the causes of it today!
Lets start out with some simple facts. There are three types of mesothelioma:
It is caused by exposure to Asbestos. Some of its most common uses is in electrical and building insulation. But here's the thing. ANY amount of exposure to asbestos exposure can hurt you! AND (even worse!) it's still not banned in the U.S.!! I mean seriously I find this unbelievable! This is a substance that you can get sick from even through second hand contact. For example if you happen to touch someones jacket who has been working with the material and there are any fibers of it left there, YOU could get sick. I mean seriously in a country where there are wars on drugs, groups against drunk driving, even programs to encourage people to stop eating meat and fast food! But there isn't a petition out there or advertising on t.v. saying we need to ban this product! It's known to kill people, but it's still being used out there! What the heck?!?
Every year approximately 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and given around 10 months to live. But here's the really scary part about that. It's been almost 30 years since asbestos was at it's peak use, yet people are still coming in contact with it and getting sick and it is the number one cause of occupational cancer.
Plus, not only is it difficult to diagnose because of its symptoms being similar to other respiratory conditions, symptoms themselves might not appear until almost 30-60 years after initial contact with asbestos. So say you grew up in an older home, or went to an older school, where asbestos was used as a common insulator back in the day. Say you only lived there for a year, or went to the school for a week. First you might not even have known the asbestos was there, but then on top of it the cancer wouldn't even become evident until 30 years later!! So you go about your life, not a care in the world. You don't drink, you don't smoke, you don't eat red meat. You exercise regularly, you've got a great job and an awesome spouse and are just hitting your stride in life. You're in your early 30's and you've just bought your first home and are getting ready to have your first kid and then....
Outta no where you find out you have a cancer that's gonna kill you within' the year. Seriously WHAT THE HELL?!?!
And it could have been prevented by some big wig saying "Hey! This stuff kills people! Why are we still using it? Why are people still coming in contact with this shit? We need to get on the ball! Find out where this stuff is still in use. Test every home, every school, every public building, work place! Under every rock and behind every wall and GET RID OF THIS STUFF! NOW!"
But nobodies saying this. People are still being exposed. People are still getting sick and dying.
I know by now most of you reading this are saying "Oh my God, this is horrible, this is disgusting. But really what can I do? I'm just one person. I work at a menial job for minimum wage. Nobody listens to me.
But wait, that's not true! You may just be one voice, but all it takes is one spark to start a fire. Take this information and use it. Find out more about mesothelioma and share the info you find! Share this post. Give a voice to the victims of this preventable killer. Help spread the word. This is a cancer that can be prevented and put an end to.
To find out more about mesothelioma follow the links in the above post and the links below.