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Boosting willpower week4

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We have been asked to think about ways to boost our willpower and to commit to something we really wanted. These are the questions we were asked to consider and my answers.

Who else in your life will benefit if you reach your goal or make the change you have committed to?

My committed goal was to concentrate on the spiritual side of life and making life more meaningful all round.
By reaching my the goal my husband Colin will also benefit as I will be more relaxed and less stressed. This will mean I am not obsessing about things and that will make a difference to both of us.

Why does this matter to you?

It matters to me as I know I can get caught up in things and obsess about weight loss and life becomes a round of what to eat and how much exercise I need to lose weight.
By shifting my focus I am happier and that makes things better for Colin as he too can relax and this helps him with his various health issues.

We are so used to relying on personal strength for reaching our goals But strength and support are all around us.
Where is the support available to you already?

Right here on Sparkpeople.
So many times I have thought about taking a break from Sparkpeople as I don't seem to be doing much in the weight loss front. In fact I have lost and gained the same pounds for a while now but I have made progress in other areas. I have learnt to control comfort eating and lessened the amount of salt and sugar in my diet. I have learnt to enjoy exercise and found new ways to exercise as well. So I will keep coming back and eventually I reach the goal weight. I need to learn what I am doing and why or I will not find out what I need to do to gain a healthy lifestyle.

Who can you share your goals with, or ask for support?
I can share my goals with friends here on Sparkpeople, in my blog and the various teams I am in. Support is always there for me in my teams as many also know what it is like to struggle and can offer support.
I do share my goals with Colin and he does support me but he does not want to hear about all the time as he gets fed up with it.

As you make progress on your goals, is there a way to share your success with others?

Yes I can blog about reaching a goal and tell friends on my teams.
I can tell Colin when I reach a goal and I could start a scrapbook so I can have a record of what I done. When things are not going as well I would like I can see what I have achieved.
By sharing the fact that I reached a goal it may help someone else find ways to reach their goal. It will also show Colin that it is possible to reach goals no matter how small they may be. As each small goal reached adds up to reaching the larger goals.

Is there anyone in your life who needs support or encouragement?

Yes my husband Colin, he has a lot of health problems and can feel very down at times and needs that little extra encouragement to keep trying. He needs to change things for his health but often feels it is just too hard.
He has to cope with a lot of pain and this can be hard as pain can make you feel depressed. It is then that he needs encouragement to do things no matter how small even if it is only to help me.
It may seem mean when he is feeling down but I will give him some vegetables to prepare whilst sat down watching TV that way he has contributed to the meal. He may not be able to stand and help with a meal but he can things sat down and has now started asking if can help so it is working.

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WYOMOL 12/14/2014 10:08AM

    Paula - thanks for sharing - great blog!

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SAPHRAEL 12/12/2014 12:34PM

    Thanks for sharing, Paula. My husband has severe neuropathy in his extremities, so I understand where you are coming from. We are only in our 40s and he's been dealing with this condition for almost 10 years. It's nice that you're able to find ways to include him.

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CHRISTINEBWD 12/11/2014 6:45PM

    Good luck on your journey! All the best in meeting your goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon too!!

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NASFKAB 12/11/2014 11:52AM

  great blog

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Christmas sewing

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I bought a new tablecloth for out drop leaf table as the old tablecloth swamped it then I realised the table runners I had was also too big.
I looked around for a new table runner but could not find any I liked so I decided to make one.
I found some material I liked that was not too expensive and Christmassy.
Now I am not the worlds greatest at sewing, I am always surprised that something I have made works out.
So today I got everything out and got on with making the table runner.

This is the material I liked

Nice and bright and I love Poinsettias perfect. Now all I had to do was make sure the runner was correct length and width. I did not want it going over the edge of the table I wanted it dow the middle of the table only.
No fiddly pointed ends just an oblong that can be used either side.
This is the result.

As it was along tube when it is washed it would balloon and lose shape so I have sewn small stitches by hand into some of the flowers to stop the ballooning effect.

I had some aterial left over so made 4 coasters to go with the runner. Two coasters for using on the table and two for on the coffee table. Not having any padding I used some read felt so that I can stand a mug of tea or coffee on them or a glass of wine.

My sewing is not exactly perfect but I do my best and the results are not too bad and Colin likes it and that is what counts. So another to do item is complete in time for Christmas.

As the tablecloth is plain red I can use it for other occasions like Birthday's, Anniversary or any other celebration. I will get some more material and make a few more table runners later on so I have a selection to chose from.

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MLDRLD 12/16/2014 11:04AM

    Beautiful fabric! Your table runner and coasters will add a festive touch for the holidays. When it comes to sewing, arts and crafts, we tend to be our own worst critics. The main thing is you enjoy doing it and your creations make your family, friends, and YOU happy! Thanks for sharing.

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    I LOVE that fabric and your table runner is beautiful! I can't wait to see it set for Christmas! emoticon

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MEMARE 12/7/2014 10:13PM

    Very nice! emoticon

I might ask my hubby for a new sewing machine this Christmas. I haven't had one for a number of may have just inspired me. emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 12/7/2014 6:02PM

    Your table looks beautiful! emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 12/7/2014 10:58AM

    Lovely amazing crafts!!


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NASFKAB 12/7/2014 10:03AM

  lovely idea & the material is so lovely love poinsettias too

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Homemade and Practical

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Like everyone this time of year I am busy getting things ready for Christmas and trying to find the perfect gift for each person. This can be tricky as I don't want to repeat gifts but also need to find something that I know they will like.
Being on a tight budget also means being inventive but not looking Scrooge like as well. I have often been asked what you can make that is easy to do and look nice as a gift.

I love giving home made gifts and this year I made various knitted items to add to a small bought item but needed a gift for my SIL and Brother that would be useful.
So I decided on Dish cloths to go with home made Pineapple Chutney and Red Onion Relish that I made well in advance in March and a calander, as they never seem to get themselves one.

These are the cloths I made:

For those who knit you can find out what I used and get the links for the patterns here

Both patterns are easy to do and knit up quickly I like the Snowflake the best but I know Santa will be appreciated.
I will make them some cloths that are not seasonal so they can be used after Christmas as well.
So onto knitting the other cloths and getting them ready for Christmas. I may make myself some as well.

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FITAT50 12/6/2014 11:02AM

    I really like those Paula! I may have to learn to knit ;-)

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L*I*T*A* 12/4/2014 8:47PM

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/4/2014 1:51PM

    How awesome! I have never seen anything like those! What wonderful Christmas gifts!

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RUNRUN131 12/4/2014 10:32AM

  very nice

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PATRICIA-CR 12/4/2014 8:51AM

    Wow, beautiful gifts! Very creative and well done. Lucky the receivers!

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/4/2014 8:33AM

    I always liked making Christmas gifts, and people appreciate them more then a store bought gift, I can't seem to find the time lately, but I think I will need to plan ahead for next year!
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EVILCECIL 12/4/2014 8:15AM

  Very nice gifts.
Good thinking! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/4/2014 8:14AM

  this makes me wish I was on your list but will go to your blog & make them for myself

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/4/2014 8:05AM

  These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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Re-thinking Exercise

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I have had problems with a slipped disc for a while now and have managed to get around things reasonably well.
However I have been told that I need to change a few things and to rethink my exercise.
I told the Physiotherapist what I do and she took a look at the Leslie Sansone videos and I was told that walking was fine but this was not suitable for me. I can go for walks and do chair marching and chair exercise.

I did some research and found this.

4 Workouts for People with Limited Mobility

Frisbee rings sound like fun to use

The Physiotherapist suggested Chair Yoga so again I did some research and came up with this.
How Yoga helps relieve pain

Next I needed to find some Chair Yoga that I could do and found these.

I will be learning something new and keeping moving with Coach Nicole's seated exercise and all the Chair Exercise videos I have from You Tube.
Walking is still part of my exercise just not the Leslie Sansone which is a shame as I really enjoyed it. The Jessica Smith DVD I have is also off limits as is Mr Motivator and Nancy Marmorat.

I need to make sure I am still moving and doing what I need to stay as fit as possible.

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USMAWIFE 12/1/2014 2:02PM

    you can also google exercises for people with slipped disks and find suggestions on the back associations page

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PATRICIA-CR 11/30/2014 1:50PM

    That's the attitude!! emoticon

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WILSONWR 11/30/2014 8:56AM

    You are so right - there is always "something" you can do to help stay fit. Good luck with your new activities!

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NASFKAB 11/30/2014 7:34AM

  I think Jessica Smith & Leslie Sansome have been put off limits because ofyour back problem you are so resourceful you will sure find other exercise to do

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BEATLETOT 11/30/2014 7:18AM

    Yes, look at ~Indygirl, who started out with shampoo bottles and just boxing from her bed. I hope you find some good chair yoga exercises!

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APROMISE4ME 11/30/2014 7:10AM

    You're right, there is always a way ! I hope that you stay with your program for exercise, and I wish you every success at getting there ! You can do it my friend !


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Batch Cooking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Slow cookers are wonderful inventions put everything in and sit back and let it cook to perfection.

Today I am cooking up recipes that can be used for meals later on.

Chicken cubed, frozen mixed vegetables, bell pepper, onion, condensed chicken soup herbs and spices. All cooked in the slow cooker (crock pot) once cooked it will divided up into three tubs and frozen that way I have three meals in the freezer. This can be used for a Pie, Chicken Supreme and Pasta Bake.

Tonight I cook up some mince with onions, mixed vegetables , herbs and spices. This can be turned into Shepherds pie, chili by adding some baked beans DH does not like kidney beans and extra spices or bolognese, again three meals ready at the drop of a hat. I cook off the fat in the mince first and drain it so that I am not adding it to the cooking pot.

I may not be able to stand for long but the slow cooker does it all. Chop the vegetables sat down and add everything to the slow cooker and hey presto dinners are prepared and ready for days when I need meals fast.

Batch cooking means I can healthy meals when I cannot stand to cook or having a really busy day and don't want to cook, simply defrost heat and eat. Add some rice, baked potato or make up some pastry or cook some pasta to go with the meal and I have a simple healthy meal. Takeaway be gone I am eating healthy.

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ALICIA214 11/28/2014 3:49PM


I have had a Crock pot for many years and it is one of my most favourite kitchen


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NASFKAB 11/28/2014 10:20AM

  great useful ideas thanks for sharing

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