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Monday, August 18, 2014

For the first time in almost two years, my weight seems to be tipping up. Not much, but I ended the the Summer 5% challenge weighing more than I started with. I have to concentrate on the fact that my clothes still fit and I still feel great. But I also have to admit that the scale seems to mean more to me than it should. I have to concentrate on the fact that I am walking briskly more than I ever have before in my life and I've been able to get some running in too. I continue to go to Vinyasa yoga sessions and my yoga instructor is taking us to heights I've never been to before. I can plank for more than 2 minutes and get down to Chataranga and hold it for a while which I couldn't do before so I must be getting more flexible.

But why oh why isn't the scale cooperating?

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PHEBESS 8/20/2014 1:08PM

    Ugh, I totally empathize with your situation - there are months and months where I KNOW I'm doing everything right, but the scale doesn't agree.

Measurements - track your measurements. Sometimes, I find I lose inches even if I don't lose pounds.

At least losing inches (or half inches) is motivating, right?

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/19/2014 8:22AM

    It's taken me a long time to realize that scales don't tell us much. I no longer rely on the number only. What's important to me is how my clothes feel and if I'm improving on my exercise.

You should celebrate that you're walking more briskly--that's fantastic! Keep pushing yourself with your exercise, and the scale will eventually come to its senses. If it's like mine, it will happen when you least expect it.

You're doing emoticon !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/18/2014 11:59PM

    Don't let scale rule you!!!! You are so much healthier than you were, and that is the most important thing!!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 8/18/2014 2:31PM

    ((((Adrienne)))) emoticon
It sounds like this was a tough challenge for a lot of people. I'm right there with you...I crept up rather than going down. I know it is cliche, but maybe you are gaining more muscle mass right now. I know that yoga does work our muscles in ways we cannot even imagine until we start doing it.

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Wow my spotlight day!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I can't believe that Susan chose this day to make my Spotlight day. It happens to coincide with my 42nd wedding anniversary. My husband and I decided we can't celebrate until Thursday because we are both really busy but being in the spotlight is like a special anniversary present today for me. I love all of the people who come to visit my Sparkpage and being in the Spotlight brings the whole team here.

Woohoo. I'm a happy Teddy bear!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/10/2014 12:41AM

    You deserved the spotlight. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary celebration!!!!

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I hope you had a wonderful day n the Teddy Bear Spotlight! And congratulations on 42 years!

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SHOOPETTE 8/8/2014 2:30AM

    wow 42 years!!!!!!!! congrats on that!

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    emoticon 42 years is emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 8/6/2014 3:37PM

    You are a wonderful teddy bear and your little clan loves you muchly~ emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/6/2014 2:11AM

    How nice and what a nice coincidence! Certainly a great way to celebrate your anniversary! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/5/2014 7:03PM

    What a wonderful celebratory week you have coming! Oh happy days!
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PCOH051610 8/5/2014 4:48PM

    What a coincidence! I honestly didn't know it was your anniversary! emoticon

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WIFE48 8/5/2014 4:22PM

    emoticon Congrats on the 42 years together.

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LWILKINS60 8/5/2014 3:31PM

    Congrats on your anniversary!

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I feel so secure!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Today was my Weight Watcher meeting. My regular leader has been on vacation and the substitute is awesome! I have heard so many great ideas from her. The one I got today I just have to pass on!

She suggested that you choose some computer thing that you have to log into with username and password every day and set your password to a thought you have to remember. We all went around the room and suggested new passwords like:

Iamsk!nny - I am skinny
NoSw33ts - No sweets
PlzTrack - Please Track with a less than caret instead of the c

I wasn't really thinking about this much until I realized that I haven't had enough Wa+3r2day so I changed my password and I can hardly wait for the next time my screens locks.

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JAZZEJR 8/5/2014 7:05AM

    I like this! I have a hard time coming up with different passwords. :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/12/2014 4:24PM

    I-heart-beans! I-heart-vacations! -- Have fun! Naturally, the less than sign with a 3 = heart

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PHEBESS 7/4/2014 9:31PM

    Gr8 idea!!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/3/2014 11:49PM

    Great tip.....Thank you for sharing

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JEANKNEE 7/3/2014 7:29PM

    Love the tip. Thanks for sharing it.

Clever blog title too.

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Sabotage, over and over again

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The next 5% challenge starts this weekend so why did I do it?!? Last night was my yoga class' monthly eat dinner out evening. We went to the Rok Bistro in downtown Sunnyvale. This is NOT a place for a diet

My husband who is way more active than I am and has a huge appetite came with us this time and while the rest of my yoga buddies ordered just an entree my husband insisted on the Rok n Pot "A Three-Course option with your Entrée includes, Salad and your choice of either Cheese Fondue or Chocolate Fondue for only $16 more per person
(Two Entrée and Two Person Minimum)" We opted for Chocolate Fondue.

*I had the citrus salad Baby spinach with Mozzarella, Mandarin oranges, Strawberries and Almonds with a sweet vinaigrette dressing.
*We split the Chicken and Ahi Tuna entries
****and then my major down fall! the Snickers Chocolate fondue: Milk chocolate with Peanut butter, caramel and heavy cream served with fresh fruit and pastry delicacies like mini Rice Krispy squares, mini cream puffs and pound cake.

It was so delicious, I couldn't stop. By the time we do our baseline weigh-in for the 5% challenge, I'm sure I'll be up at least 5 lbs from usual weight.

There is no way to track this. I can't even guess what kind of calorie tax I could add to my tracker to accurately guess how much damage this has caused.

I have to get back on track or I am going regret it for a long time!! Luckily these 5% challenges really motivate me and if anything can get me anywhere close to be where I need to be it is that. We start this Saturday. Wish me luck! I've done it before I CAN do it again!

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FLORIDASUN 6/24/2014 6:38PM

    Oh gosh....I so feel for you with those impossible delicious temptations. I find if I have sugar I'm impossible to rein in. Sometimes those hubbys can be terrible because they can eat so much more and not pay for it the way we do. My hubs is exactly the same! can't beat yourself up over one incident...all you can do is learn from the experience and move on. You are such a tiny thing I don't think this will be a little slip that you can't bounce back from and quickly!

Hugs..and never ever give up! emoticon emoticon

We are the BEARS...we surmount anything together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/23/2014 12:22AM

    One over calorie day isn't the end of it all. Start fresh tomorrow!

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PHEBESS 6/19/2014 12:08AM

    Sounds like my DH - he loves his food and wants to share it with me, whether I'm hungry or not.

So, chalk it up to a learning experience. (And hey, you didn't eat the whole thing, right? It was a shared treat.) And work on doing better for the rest of the week, or month.

(I always feel better when the splurge is planned, such as for a special occasion.)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/18/2014 11:49PM

    Adrienne, every once in awhile a splurge is well worth it. You splurged now get back on track

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TJMOAG 6/18/2014 3:52PM

    Don't sweat it! I read your post and thought about how great you were doing. I realize that might sound strange but here's my sounds like you consistently go to yoga where you are comfortable with going to the once a month dinner which is awesome and shows you are committed. Your husband went with you which is some great quality time and even though it was a very much splurge meal it still quality time together which can be rare when life can be so busy. Consider it your reward for keeping up the hard work and the next day is a new day. Hope that might change your perspective so you won't be so down on yourself. emoticon

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PCOH051610 6/18/2014 3:46PM

    Oh dear - does it help that I think it was worth it?! I know that isn't what you wanted to hear but I think I'm being honest! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 6/18/2014 3:32PM

    Wowzers! Sounds delish. Don't sweat. You've got this under control!

Here's to a successful DO OVER!


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    I find that most of my sabotage moments involve me wanting to please someone else (ie - not wanting to disappoint your husband by refusing his choice because it required 2 people minimum)

My people pleasing tends to be my downfall - maybe you too? If you can identify why you sabotage, you will be able to be more pre-emptive!

Get ready for the next 5% challenge! You will do great.


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Who knew we were trying to be healthy?

Monday, June 09, 2014

Over 15 years ago we remodeled our kitchen. It really needed it (old appliances, avocado colored boomerang Formica and very dark cheap cabinetry). Why am I telling you about this now? Well 15 years ago I had no idea, I’d be eating a mostly, super healthy diet, being active every day and maintaining a healthy weight, but we knew we wanted to move my kitchen sink under the beautiful sunlit corner of my kitchen. The problem with that desire was that it left a huge pie-shaped area that was pretty useless for storage. After discussing options with our contractor, we decided to install a reverse osmosis, filtration system under the sink so we could improve the taste of our water. This is the one we bought from Culligan.

Now 15 years later we are still using the filter. I use it to make my 2 cups of coffee in the morning. My husband and I go through almost a gallon of delicious cold water every evening at dinner. The remodel was for aesthetic purposes and it still looks great. Buying the filter was an afterthought but it turned out to be really important healthy lifestyle change component because the water still tastes great. It’s also really nice to avoid dealing with all of those plastic drink bottles that we would have needed otherwise.

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GRACEOMALLEY 6/9/2014 3:04PM

    emoticon GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

I use a filter on my kitchen faucet and we have fantastic tap water - because I HATE to buy bottled water. I am in complete disgust of the number of those plastic bottles you see in parks and on the street and after ball games or public gatherings - lets not talk about the plastic "island" of trash floating in the Pacific off Hawaii. We humans certainly do seem determined to foul our "nest" as much as possible. More people behave like disgusting pigs with no respect for their environment than I'd want to admit, and saying that is actually an insult to pigs.

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MOODYKEYS 6/9/2014 1:45PM

    great job. we could use one of those. our water tastes great but has iron in it. or is that good. lol.

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