PAULAAUTUMN's SparkPeople Blog PAULAAUTUMN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Incentive I have lots of incentives to lose weight mainly to reduce pain levels from arthritis and to reduce the risk of heart problems and cancers that are prevalent in my family. You would think that was enough to make sure I get the weight off and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I had a sight test the other day and was told I have Macular Degeneration. So I join the thousands if not millions who have this along with Dame Judi Dench. So nothing to get all worried about and upset it is something that many pe... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:09:40 EST Motivation In the Spring 5% Challenge run up we are doing things to get ready for the challenge. <BR> We have been asked to think about and answer these questions. <BR> <BR> 10 reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> 1 To look good <BR> 2 To have nicer clothes that fit rather than cover me up <BR> 3 To feel more energetic <BR> 4 To have less pain <BR> 5 To look in the mirror and think I look okay not a lump <BR> 6 To feel good about myself <BR> 7 To look more attractive <BR> 8 To feel sexier <BR> 9 To b... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:23:28 EST My Spring 5%Challenge Commitment The Spring 5% Challenge gets underway on April 4th so it is time to make plans. <BR> <BR> I am making a Commitment to be Consistent. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Consistency is important rather than how long I exercise for, it is better to do something every day than do a long work out and not be able to do any exercise the next day. <BR> <BR> MY COMMITMENT TO EXERCISE <BR> To Exercise each day and to split my exercise into sessio... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:27:33 EST After Winter 5% Challenge I love the 5% Challenges as it helps me stay on track and also seeing smaller amounts of weight to lose is less daunting. <BR> <BR> We were asked to take Before and After pictures and wear the same clothing these are mine. <BR> <BR> Before the Winter 5% Challenge <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After the Winter 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> The colours look different as on... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:24:36 EST Snacks Snacking is something I do not do a lot of but Colin does he loves his evening snacks whilst watching is favourite programme. I tend to knit and that means I need clean hands so snacking is out when I knit. <BR> <BR> So I have bought in some snacks <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:50:48 EST Knitted Tulips I have started knitting for the 100 day Stash Buster Challenge and decided to knit Tulips for the Charity, Knit a Tulip for ME <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p/ </link> <BR> <BR> I got the pattern via email and set too making them. They are easy to make, quick to knit up and fun to do. Anything that is fun is always a plus and these can be made in all sorts of colours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:52:41 EST Hogwarts Scarf sort of I love all things Hogwarts and being in the Hogwarts team I simply had to make a scarf. I am in Ravenclaw which is perfect for me. <BR> <BR> This is a simple scarf that I turned into a Mobius scarf. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is wide enough to be worn over the shoulders or as a cowl. I wanted something light that could be worn in the cooler days of Spring and still worn in Winter so this is it my very own unique Ravenclaw scarf. <... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:59 EST Finding time to be Creative I have always loved doing creative things even as a girl I would make stuff, colour, draw, paint, write stories and poems. <BR> Slowly life steps in and work, home, family and life in general robs you of the joy being creative gives you. <BR> So now I am making time to be creative and it has given me back the joy I had. I found the joy again being part of the Hogwarts Team it is a private team and for me it has really helped to open up my creative side again. <BR> <BR> Journaling <BR> <img ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:37:36 EST Hospital Appointment today Well the dreaded Gastroscopy is all done with and it was not as bad I thought it would be. These things seldom are in the end. <BR> <BR> Anyway the report I have shows I have a Hiatus Hernia and that I have several Fundic Gland Polyps 2-8mm and the largest has been sent off for a biopsy. I get the results in 2 weeks time. <BR> There are two types one is an inherited condition the other can be caused by taking the proton inhibitor pumps,( the pills that help stop acid reflux). <BR> The tests... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:25:08 EST Updates This year I chose Balance as my word for the year and so far it is working out well. <BR> <BR> I have managed to get things in order and have time to do the things I enjoy like <BR> <BR> Reading <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Listening to Music <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Journaling <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Drawing <BR> ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:14:45 EST Another Poem I woke to snow today and this poem popped into my head. <BR> <BR> SNOW <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snow has fallen in the night <BR> And turned the world from gray to white. <BR> Soft and gentle as a sigh, <BR> Snowflakes fell from on high. <BR> <BR> A reverent hush is all around <BR> The snow has muffled every sound. <BR> I hear the gentle crunch of feet <BR> As people walk along the street. <BR> <BR> Wrapped up warm against t... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:46:36 EST Knitting projects I love Stash Busting Challenges and this month for the JANUARY 2015 STASHBUSTER CHALLENGE I made these. <BR> <BR> Cookie Jar Dish cloth <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cupcake with candle dishcloth <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yellow Dishcloth <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Facecloth bag <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:33:39 EST Creative muse I have been on a roll with my creativity and really enjoying it. On the Hogwarts team some of us are making Journals and mine is called the Secret Garden. <BR> I love Nature and decided to make my journal about Nature and my Garden. I have included things about my family in the journal as they have always had a link to the land. Sayings and quotes and poems are all in my journal. <BR> Working in the garden is theraputic for me and even if I can not do as much as I used to I can still do a ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:14:54 EST Getting results I know it is early days but I an pleased with what I am doing and that I am getting results. <BR> <BR> The 9 inch plate is working as I am using it for all my meals especially dinners. The smaller portions look larger on the smaller plate. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The no snacking in the evening is getting easier and now that I have stuck with it Colin has stopped asking if I want anything in the evening. So being consistent an... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:42:56 EST Poetry as me time I have always loved poetry and have written some of my own. <BR> This is one poem I wrote on the Hogwarts Team as part of a class I am doing there. <BR> I have added some pictures as well that are not in my journal. Me time is important and writing has always been relaxing to me and something that I have neglected. Thanks to the Hogwarts team it is back in my life and I am loving it. <BR> <BR> <BR> A Foggy Day <BR> <BR> I awoke to a world that had changed, <BR> Everything was re- arranged... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:31:57 EST Portion Control In the Self-reflection this week we have been asked to consider points on the first habit we have written down. <BR> For me this is Portion Control. <BR> <BR> Why is this habit important to you? <BR> This is important for me as it is something that has always been hard to do. Having grown up in a family that enforced the 'Clear Plate' habit I eventually learned to eat more than I really needed. This continued into adult life and I got used to eating larger portions with the obvious result, w... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:07:38 EST Winter 5% Challenge The Winter 5% Challenge starts Saturday 10th January and we have been asked to add a before and after picture. <BR> I dread this every time, having my photo taken is like pulling teeth to me. I asked Colin to take the photo and this was the result. I have added it to my page as well as a reminder of why I am doing the Challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will see what happens after the challenge when another photo is taken. It... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:08:01 EST Creating New Habits In Camp Wannabefit we have a section on Self Reflection and I have chosen Creating new habits. I need to create habits that will stick and working on food seemed the best way to start as we eat three times a day. <BR> <BR> Creating New Habits <BR> Week1 <BR> Make a list of 3 habits to work on <BR> 1) Portion Control <BR> 2) Water not cordials or soda <BR> 3) No Evening snacking <BR> <BR> So why these three? <BR> Portion Control is important as it is so easy to over load my plate and end up ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:39:36 EST TRIGGERS Today the Winter 5% Challenge assignment is all about Triggers and we have been asked to think about these things. <BR> <BR> List ALL your trigger foods. <BR> Is it a snack food or part of a meal? For me it can be both. <BR> Are they sweet or salty? A bit of both <BR> Hot, cold or room temperature? All three I suppose depending on what it is <BR> Carbs, comfort foods? Oh definitely carbs, potatoes, pasta, crisps(chips), cookies, some cakes, pies sweet and savoury. <BR> <BR> What are the... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:29:16 EST My Reasons to lose weight On the Winter 5% Challenge we have been asked to so various things to prepare for the challenge. <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> The way I see food is important as I do tend to comfort eat. This has slowly changed and although not conquered it is under control. I want to change how I feel about myself as I have had a negative way of viewing myself, this has been something taught from a child. I was alway... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:00:35 EST Winter 5% Challenge January will see the start of the Winter 5% Challenge the date is yet to be announced but plans are underway as we head for 2015. <BR> Part of the preparations are deciding what we will do to make the challenge work for us. <BR> <BR> MY EXERCISE PLANS <BR> <BR> Having problems with my back and disc that decides to slip out when it feels like it I have had to make changes. <BR> <BR> Chair Exercise is something that will be part of my plans. There are plenty to chose from and Sparkpeople is ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:20:36 EST Christmas Past In the Hogwarts team we are reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and this made me think about my Christmas as a girl. <BR> <BR> Now what you have to remember is I lived in a small village in Buckinghamshire in England and my parents ran the London Brick Company Hostel. The hostel was once the Naval Records Base during WWII and was bought by the London Brick Company to house the men who worked for them. The hostel was made up of barracks known as Block A, B, C, and D with a recreation... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:59:39 EST Quick Edible gift I love baking and giving edible gifts and my Biscotti recipe is quick and easy to do. I found it in a magazine years ago and saved it. I have tried various combinations of fruit, nuts and chocolate chips so you can make them what someone likes. <BR> Don't be put of f by the length of the instructions once you have read them and are doing it you will soon see it is really easy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pistachio and Apricot Bisc... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:49:15 EST Christmas decor completed Today out tree arrived <em>224</em> and we spent the entire afternoon decorating it. <BR> I Love Christmas trees and this year we got a real one, this is only the second real tree I have ever had. <BR> This is the tree <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Close up of a few decorations on the tree <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Santa's under the tree <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:20 EST Boosting willpower week4 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. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who else in your life will benefit if you reach your goal or make the change you have committed to? <BR> <BR> My committed goal was to concentrate on the spiritual side of life and making life more meaningful all round. <BR> By reaching m... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:05:07 EST Christmas sewing 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. <BR> I looked around for a new table runner but could not find any I liked so I decided to make one. <BR> I found some material I liked that was not too expensive and Christmassy. <BR> Now I am not the worlds greatest at sewing, I am always surprised that something I have made works out. <BR> So today I got everything out and got on with making the ta... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:33:17 EST Homemade and Practical 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. <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> I love giving home made gifts and this year I made various knitte... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:04:09 EST Re-thinking Exercise I have had problems with a slipped disc for a while now and have managed to get around things reasonably well. <BR> However I have been told that I need to change a few things and to rethink my exercise. <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:02:11 EST Batch Cooking Slow cookers are wonderful inventions put everything in and sit back and let it cook to perfection. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am cooking up recipes that can be used for meals later on. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chicken cubed, frozen mixed vegetables, bell pepper, onion, condensed chicken soup herbs and spices. All cooked in the slow cooker (crock pot) once cooked... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:57:05 EST Being Thankful I read a book about being Thankful and how saying Thank You makes you more aware of things and it works. <BR> Today is Thanksgiving Day and even though we don't celebrate it in the UK it made me think about all the things we have to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I AM THANKFUL FOR: ( no particular order) <BR> All the people who have made it possible and make it possible to live in a free country. <BR> My Husband who ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:23:47 EST Slipped disc is back oh joy Oh joy of joys my slipped disc has decided to make a come back. All I did was put some laundry in the washing machine and bang my back went. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I am back to popping pills and a hot water bottle <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Plans are changed but still doable. I can cook seated like before, do the laundry by sitting down to get the washing in and out... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:25:59 EST Remembering Others Thanksgiving and Christmas can be lonely for some people, for various reasons they may not have contact with family or not have any family alive. <BR> It is easy to be caught up in all the preperations for the Holidays and all the rushing around getting in the food and gifts. Making sure no one is forgotten and the extra chairs are found so all can sit at the table. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:37:45 EST Will Power <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Willpower is that thing we use to help us when we are tempted to do something that may not be good for us. We all have it and all use it we can be enthusiastic when we start a new project and our willpower is at an all time high. The problem is keeping that willpower going, no one can hold onto that level of enthusiasm we have when we start something new. We can however focus on what we really want. <BR> <BR> On... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:41:53 EST Creative + Me Time days I have decided to dedicate some time to creativity and having some me time. <BR> First step was change my Spark page, it now reflects not only winter but a bit of fun and of course Knitting. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next step is to make time to listen to music and read I love both and need to have some time relaxing and just letting go of all the stress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:06:26 EST Hammer or Nail? I have to pick myself back up and stop thinking of what might have been and accept what is. <BR> I have done this before many times but it never gets any easier. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will not allow things to stop me for long yes life has dealt a blow and my hopes have been dashed. <BR> Am I going to let this define me? No <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my lif... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:45:43 EST Hard decisions I am not going on about this but sometimes need to tell someone and so I come here. <BR> I got a message from my son saying that as I obviously am not not bothered abot seeing Charlie as I will not do as he wants that he has no Mother. <BR> <BR> So I have decided to change my cell phone number I know this is drastic bit it is just too painful to keep getting the odd message and hoping it will be a good one. Emails are different as he has an email that I use for family only and he seldom used... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:55:27 EST Snack ideas With Christmas not that far off I want to make sure we have some of the usual things to snack on but also have some Healthy snacks as well. <BR> <BR> SHHH don't tell DH it is a secret just between us. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I have hunted the around to find some new ideas that I can use and have something nice but not bust the calorie bank. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The tri... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:45:43 EST November Stashbuster Once again I am stashbusting and this time it is a simple pattern that uses up scraps of yarn. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ined-glass-scrap-blanket </link> <BR> <BR> The pattern knits up nicely and is so easy to do yet looks as if it should be more complex. <BR> <BR> I like the pattern but not as a blanket, one reason is it tends to roll at the sides and you need to add a separate border. Well I tried that and still did not like the look of it so changed thi... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:05:53 EST Working on my book This week I am planning on doing more on my book that I am writing, not that I think for one minute it will ever be published. It is something I have wanted to do for a while and finally got around to starting it. <BR> My parents worked for the London Brick Company and ran the Hostels for them. My Father was the Manager my Mother the Kitchen Manageress. All the men who lived on the hostel either survived Concentration Camps from WWII or were recruited from Italy to work in the Brickyard. <BR>... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:46:21 EST Imperial War Museum Yesterday I took my Grandfathers Prayer book to the Imperial War Museum in London. <BR> <BR> We met the gentleman Anthony Richards who was very nice and interested in the book as it contains names of the men my Grandfather knew who had died at Ypres during WWI. <BR> He said the book was unique as they have a lot diaries and letters but this is the only prayer book they have seen containing the names of men who had died. <BR> This message was one he found very touching <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:00:52 EST Lifestyle choices Changing my life is not always easy as I tend to fall back into old habits so making alterations that will last is important. <BR> For me that means finding a way to do things that I can maintain. So many times I have tried to keep food journals and I do fine for a while but soon get fed up with it. It is time consuming yet something that I need to do. So I re-visited this article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=719 </link> <BR> <BR> Then I re... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:16:22 EST Hard week and feeling Down today I have said nothing about this as I have been working through stuff and doing my best to cope. <BR> <BR> As most know my son decided to have nothing to do with me and that meant not seeing my Grandson Charlie. <BR> Well my son made contact and said I could see Charlie I have seen him once and that was for about 5 minutes at most. It was a start and one that I was pleased about, then my son made arrangements to meet up for a coffee, nothing happened as he did not turn up. This happened three ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:51:26 EST Walking with Spark Friends I love creating Virtual walks but often find that doing it on my own is not that great. No feedback and no one to share the journey with makes it hard to keep going. <BR> My Virtual Walk Blog ground to a halt as I found it hard to keep going on my own. <BR> <BR> Then my Spark friend WHITNEYTEACHER came to the rescue with the idea of having an Exercise Buddy. <BR> Question was how were we to do this when she lives in Oregon and I live in the UK, answer, a Virtual walk to each others home. <BR... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:52:38 EST Self Reflection Week One This s a 3 week challenge <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> <BR> A. Make a list of three habits that you would like to work on establishing. <BR> <BR> 1) Stop Snacking in the Evening <BR> <BR> 2) Planning Meals <BR> <BR> 3) Get 7 hourssleep each night <BR> <BR> <BR> Write a short description explaining WHY you would like to establish each habit. <BR> <BR> 1) Evening Snacking <BR> This is becoming an issue as DH loves his evening snacks and this plays havoc with staying on track. Why? Well I ad... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:07:14 EST 5% Challenge working for me The Fall 5% Challenge is working for me I getting results all round. <BR> <BR> NSV's are more energy, a little less pain and clothing fitting better. <BR> Scale victory this week <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This means I now weigh 159 pounds and a pound less than last week. <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am working hard at getting the portions right and doing exercise daily and it is working. I am ha... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:32:51 EST Dream Pillows and Squares Okay I have been busy knitting squares and some of them did not turn out to be the size I needed. <BR> I forgot to go a needle size down and made a couple of squares that were too big. So I made them into Dream Pillows. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The square I made was getting too big but I carried on as I had decided to make something with it. When I bound off it occurred to me it would be nice as a Dream Pillow. <BR> I created ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:03:29 EST New Doctor is tops We had our first appointment with the new Doctor today Dr. Bharamgoudar (pronounced Bar ram goo da) and she is getting things moving. <BR> For a start she is getting my Husband an earlier appointment with the Pain Clinic as the medication for his pain needs reviewing and is recommending more acupuncture. <BR> He has been told he can take Ibuprofen 2 hours after taking Co-codamol. He told her that the other Doctors said he could not do that, however she said it was fine to do so and would h... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:02:25 EST It's Working Slow but sure wins the race just like the tortoise and the hare <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I got weighed and I am One Pound Down <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So all my portion control is working <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exercise has been slowly increased and getting results <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:26:08 EST Changing Doctors Well after hunting around and doing some research I finally found a Doctors Surgery that is taking on new patients <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So tomorrow we go there and get signed on with a new Doctor. It is nearer to us and so will be easier to get to, one bus ride away and that means I save on Taxi fare, double <em>224</em> . <BR> <BR> This week my husband had his prescription delivered as normal only to find he was missing a large amount of pills he needed. He takes 2 pain relief pil... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:56:35 EST What is the point? Most of you who follow my blog know that my husband has a lot of problems with back pain from both an old accident and osteoarthritis. He has been told he needs a hip replacement and that his spine is affected by the arthritis and the fact that he damaged a few vertebea when he had his accident. <BR> So he has been on pain relief pills for years and they were changed to suit his needs over the years. <BR> Well now the medication he was using that did help has been withdrawn and the pills h... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:52:21 EST