PAULAAUTUMN's SparkPeople Blog PAULAAUTUMN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Nutrition Commitment As part of the plan for the Fall 5% Challenge we have been asked to do this <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? <BR> For me this is going to be the diet plate a 9 inch plate sectioned off so that I get the correct amount of food on the plate being careful not to pile it up <BR> <BR> Found some recipes? <BR> I have found various recipes that I can use and saved them by printing them off <BR> Here are a few I have found <BR> Dinners <BR> <link> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:12:31 EST My Exercise Commitment The Fall 5% Challenge is on its way and that means Planning is needed, for me lots of planning. We have been asked to decide what our exercise commitment will be and this is mine. <BR> <BR> My exercise commitment: <BR> <BR> Walking <BR> I use Leslie Sansone videos on Youtube and walk to some DVD's I have as well I want to this at least 3 times a week <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chair Exercise <BR> I want to make sure I do some f... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:34:30 EST Fun with the computer Well that was a hair raising couple of days that is thankfully behind me. <BR> <BR> I downloaded Google Chrome as DH said it was good and how much he liked it. So I did just that and boy did it mess things up. <BR> <BR> Loads of other stuff including something that changed my browser and altered everything so that my favourites were no longer where they used to be but had to be accessed differently. <BR> Tabs kept opening up with goodness knows what sites that were of no interest to me wha... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:12:56 EST Little Yellow Duck I knitted my first Yellow duck last night and took her out with me this morning here she is Daffy Duck <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I added the label and left her on a seat in the Shopping Centre <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On my way back to the bus stop I passed the seat I left her on and she was gone so someone found her. <BR> <BR> She is part of the The Little Yellow... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:12:28 EST Sibol Afghan completed My Sibol ( Sunshine International Blankets of Love) Afghan is complete. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The patch you can see is a pocket with a butterfly on it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took the picture to show the butterfly as the person using the blanket would se it with the pocket opening facing them. The pocket is to put a tissue into so it is easy to get to. <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:28:03 EST WWI Prayer book update Today I got an email that made my day. <BR> <BR> Here is a copy of was sent to me. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your email of 4 August, and for taking the trouble to send the images of the pocket prayer book used by your late grandfather during his military service in the First World War. <BR> <BR> Your grandfather's prayer book is certainly unusual for the handwritten comments he has included regarding soldiers who have died, and I am sure that our many visitors would find the item of definite... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:43:02 EST New Challenge to keep me on track In my search for a new Challenge I found this 30 Days of Fit Food right here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-fit-food.asp </link> <BR> <BR> So I am going to try this and see how it goes. There are plenty of reminders of what I should be doing as well as meal plans that I can use or tweak for my needs. <BR> Snack ideas and how to beat that sugar craving all there and waiting to re-introduced or re-vamped. <BR> <BR> It is so easy to slip back ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:38:15 EST 5% Challenge ends Well the challenge is over and I shed 3 pounds in total, I had hoped for more but it is better than last time when I lost nothing at all. <BR> <BR> Now the things is keeping going during the break before the Autumn Challenge. <BR> It is easy to slide back into old habits and relax during the break. What I need to do is set myself a challenge that I can do during this time. <BR> I plan on doing more Virtual Walks and have set some new goals. <BR> <BR> During this challenge I have found tha... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:59:14 EST Virtual Walk 2 St Ives to Padstow My second virtual walk will take me through a part of Cornwall that I love. I have been here in reality with my husband Colin and loved it. If I could I would happily move to Cornwall as I love the cliffs and beaches. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/st-ives-to-padstow.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hayle Beach <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:14:20 EST A company that cares!! Well today has been interesting I got up early and did my exercise, showered dressed and had breakfast, all perfectly normal. <BR> Got the laundry sorted out and then got on with the housework. <BR> The washing machine was making an odd noise and I thought maybe it was an uneven load. <BR> The wash cycle finished and then a smell of burning arrived. I unplugged the machine got the washing out and hoped that it would not go up in flames. Nothing happened so I left the machine unplugged got ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:48:58 EST Setting time aside to write I used to write stories all the time nothing special just tales of magic and imagination. I wrote stories for my brother when he was little and my children loads of them, I even read them in schools as the children liked them. <BR> <BR> Then with life stepping in with all sorts of problems raising their heads I stopped writing. <BR> <BR> What started me on this? Well I had sent off a story to my friend in Texas years ago that I had written and she loved it and put it away. During the past ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:36:52 EST Kind of sad to do this Today marks 100 years from the start of World War 1 and tonight we have been asked to light a candle for all those who did not come home. <BR> My Mothers family was lucky her Father came home, my Mother was born July 1st 1918. <BR> <BR> My Grandfather carried a pocket prayer book with him throughout the war and recorded the men that he knew who had died at Ypres <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:10:25 EST Knitting frenzy Okay those of you that follow my blog will know I love knitting and knit for different charities. So it will be no big surprise when I say I am starting a new project. <BR> <BR> I completed my frogs and created a bag for each of them <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fred the Frog with his bag <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Freda Frog with her bag <BR> <BR> I created the pattern for the ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:12:20 EST New Eating Habit Yesterday we went to see the Dietician at HALO ( Health and Lifestyle Opportunities) <BR> everything they have said mirrors Sparkpeople. The theme for yesterday was Eating Habits. <BR> <BR> Snacks are a big problem especially for DH as he likes what he calls 'something nice' in the evening whilst watching TV. <BR> <BR> We eat at 17:00 Hours every day and by around 19:30 - 20:00 hours DH wants something nice and heads off to the kitchen for a snack. Now I have planned all sorts of healthy sn... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:16:46 EST My Virtual Walks I have decided to get back to my Virtual Walks and have created a new blog for them. <BR> My first walk is from St Ives to Zennor in Cornwall. <BR> It will take in views of the sea and I have included information about the area and pictures. <BR> <BR> Virtual walks mean I can plan my exercise and get to learn about new places or visit old ones again. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/walk1-st-ives-to-zennor-cornwall.html </link> <BR> <BR> The distance is 15 mil... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:32:02 EST Our day out to Brighton Yesterday we went to a coach trip to Brighton and really enjoyed it. Temperatures were high and reached around 90F so we stopped off at various places and had drinks and bought bottle of water. A nice healthy lunch was rounded off by frozen Greek Yogurt with honey for me as most of the desserts had chocolate in them and I can not eat the stuff. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Colin my DH outside the Brighton Pavilion <BR> ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:00:00 EST Operation Declutter I have always disliked clutter even as a girl I was always tidying things up and getting stuff organised. <BR> My Dad would say' Paula's in tidy mode again, I can't find a thing' <BR> Now my Husband says 'Oh no not tidy head again, it will take me ages to find stuff around here' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That untidy table has to be sorted out before I go potty. <BR> <BR> All those bits and pieces that need putting away or thro... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:04:52 EST Weather causes problems This humid weather we are having and then the rather hot and humid days are causing havoc with everything. <BR> <BR> For one this the bus service is up the creak without a paddle as buses are breaking down due to being over heated. So if you have an appointment to get to you have to plan a head and get a really early bus just in case the one you want does not turn up. <BR> <BR> Another bus bites the dust <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:09 EST Knitting Progress I joined in the July Stash Buster Challenge and decided to knit myself a cardigan but with a difference. It was knitted in one piece and knitted sideways. <BR> I have never done anything like this before and it was a real challenge as I had to place markers on the needle, use short rows and graft in the stitches on the sleeves. <BR> All new to me so I was learning new things as I went along. <BR> <BR> This is the pattern I used <link><BR>inne-3 </link> ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:29:01 EST The Importance of Me Time We are al so busy caring for family, the home,doing stuff at work and generally rushing around that we forget about ourselves. <BR> <BR> It is important to some time just for you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some reasons to take some Me time <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1657 </link> <BR> <BR> I get caught up in the home and caring for DH and forget that I too need time to do t... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:55:34 EST Exercise with a Cold! I have the dreaded Summer Head cold <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been sneezing like it will go out of fashion, I wish it would. <BR> <BR> Head colds always make me feel <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So question do I want to exercise no not really but will it do any harm? <BR> Short answer is No it won't provided I listen to my body. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:57:33 EST Micro layout = Big mess I love steam trains and so does DH for us it is reminder of our childhood and going on holiday. The smell and the sound of steam train is something special. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bmL1vo </link> <BR> <BR> So it was no big surprise when DH said he wanted to make a model rail layout the only problem is space. Living in a one bedroom flat means space is at a premium in other words the place is too small to have a decent layout. So the problem was solved by ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:58:36 EST Meet Fred the Frog My little frog is all done and he was so easy to make I love Jean Greenhowe patterns. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I added the scarf as I thought it would be nice touch it is sewn to Fred at the back so it will not get lost. This is the Daddy Frog there is a Mummy and two children all made the same way. Mum and Dad are knitted holding two strands of yarn together and 4mm needles the children with a single strand and 3mm needles. Th... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:35:36 EST Bad Night Last night was the worst night in ages. I now it was Full moon but did the dogs really have to <img src=""> until nearly 5am? Where were the owners? No one seemed to do anything about it. <BR> <BR> Then there was the <img src=""> <BR> I don't mind people having a party but does the whole street have to share it as well? I would not mind so much if it was decent music but all we got w... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:36:44 EST Extra Exercise Update I started doing extra exercise during the day and seeing how much I did by doing things a few minutes during the day. <BR> <BR> I get my main exercise done in the morning before breakfast then I do the extras during the day. Simple things like counter top pushups, hula hoop without the hoop, march on the spot, bicep and triceps curls, seated crunches and butt squeezes. <BR> <BR> I was surprised to find that I get another 15-20 minutes in a day easily I must remember to add this to the total... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:47:16 EST I love my walks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I walked 3 miles with Leslie Sansone <em>311</em> <em>224</em> <BR> It is the first time I have walked 3 miles using the video I saved on Youtube and it felt good. <BR> <BR> Then after breakfast I went to the Shopping centre and walked around the mall. When I walk from a store named John Lewis to Marks and Spencer and back up the other side to John Lewis again it is 1 mile. <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:31:37 EST Extra Exercise Plan I like to do my exercise in the morning when I get up it sets me up for the day but I want to get in more exercise with out doing a complete workout. <BR> So I decided that I will add a few minutes here and there and see how it adds up. <BR> <BR> My plan is to do simple things like: <BR> <BR> Seated Abs crunches <link><BR>tiO1Ck&index=8&list=PLFDayUfAhz6hMxK0C<BR>RpBGLz_DXwoblJ29 </link> <BR> <BR> No I don't wear high heels but I can do the crunches.... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:59:51 EST Goals for July July has two celebrations in it and day out. <BR> <BR> The 2nd of July is my Husbands Birthday and he has already got in what he wants for his Birthday dinner. A Chinese meal that he got from Marks and Spencer so not that naughty compared to a Take away. <BR> <BR> The 14th July is our 19th Wedding Anniversary. This year I have no idea what DH wants do he has not said much and that usually means he is planning something that involves a meal out. <BR> <BR> Then the 29th July we go out for th... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:23:19 EST My Scavenger walk On 55+ Females we are doing a Scavenger walk all this week and today I decided to share my walk . <BR> <BR> After doing a lot in the garden this morning, (I was gardening at 7am as I wanted to do stuff before DH got up), we decided to go for a walk down to the canal and take some lunch with us. <BR> Along the foot/cycle path we saw a man cycling with his toddler in a seat on the back of the bike, she was very sweet and full of 'Look Daddy ....' as they went along. <BR> Someone else was paint... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:29:37 EST Dietician appointment Well today was the first appointment for my Husband Colin to see the Dietician and he was not looking forward to it. <BR> In the past he was given a long list of foods to avoid and told to exercise and told to go back in a months time. <BR> Result? Lets just say he ended up saying 'Stuff it' <BR> <BR> So today we both went as I asked if I go with him as it was to be a group session and he hates groups. <BR> We were in a room with about 12 other people all looking as if they were about to be ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:10:25 EST Measuring Wellness Part of the Split Team Challenge on 55+ Females was to read an article and blog it. <BR> <BR> I chose this article <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1358 </link> <BR> <BR> It can be hard when you are doing all the right things and honest;ly not cheating only to find the scales do not move. I know as I have had this happen to me during the Spring 5% Challenge and it is frustrating. <BR> This article helps you to measure something other than the numbers ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:39:48 EST My Food Trigger Strategy We are working on things to get ready for the 5% Summer Challenge and today we are talking about Triggers and how to avoid falling into the trap of eating foods we really don't need. <BR> <BR> Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories. <BR> <BR> For me these are: <BR> Evenings in front of the TV. The weird thing is I don't think about eating anything until DH makes a drink and brings me some cookies or a small packet of crisps (chips) then I eat them when I s... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:19:46 EST My Motivation We are getting ready for the Summer 5% Challenge that starts 21st June and have been asked to record what our motivation is. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> <BR> My Energy level and Fitness. <BR> This is already going up and I want to make sure it stays that way. <BR> My Health, I want to decrease the pain levels and losing weight will help with this. <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? <BR> <BR> Healthier and Trimmer <BR> I want to shed the weight so that I both look and fee... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:01:52 EST What is your Happy Movement? This is a question that was asked in the 55+ Females Team. Every so often we have a Split Team Challenge this time we have the Spirited Ladies Team and The 6 Amigo's Team of which I am Captain. <BR> We earn points for doing different things and have Bonus points as well, part of the bonus points for today was to read this article. <BR> <link><BR>appiness/ </link> <BR> We have been asked to blog about our Happy Movement so here goes. <BR> <BR> My Happy ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:00:59 EST A day out and a reminder Yesterday (11th June) we went out to the sea-side to Skegness in Lincolnshire. <BR> <BR> I have been to Skegness many times as a girl with my parents and then as an adult with my own family. <BR> Colin (DH) has never been to Skegness but wanted to see it as his Grandfather came from Spalding in Lincolnshire which is about 36 miles from Skegness. <BR> <BR> So we booked a day out on a coach trip, we cannot afford a vacation so have decided to go out for two days. One day to Skegness and an... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:43:56 EST New Exercise DVD's I get fed up doing the same exercise over and over again I like variety so with that in mind I have ordered two new Exercise DVD's. Both are a reasonable price as some area really expensive and I need to keep to my budget. <BR> <BR> Walking for Weight Loss <BR> <link><BR>l_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&col<BR>id=CNPDIFMUCKTV&coliid=IAC47963GK8JX </link> <BR> <BR> and this one Fitness for the over 50's <BR> <link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 04:35:48 EST A New day A New Day <BR> <BR> I will make today a better day <BR> Making it count in every way <BR> <BR> This is a new day for me to shine <BR> I will make it the best by design <BR> <BR> No excuses will pass my lips <BR> Each will be sunk like enemy ships <BR> <BR> All it takes is one step at a time <BR> To reach my goal and feel to sublime <BR> <BR> I'll make today the best it can be <BR> So I will be strong, trim and healthy <BR> <BR> written by PaulaAutumn dated 5th June 2014 <BR> <B... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:29:25 EST Bread, Pasta and Potatoes Every time I eat a meal containing bread, pasta or potatoes I feel really full and I don't have to eat a lot either. <BR> A simple sandwich with any bread makes me feel as of I have eaten a complete meal I feel so full. Eat Pasta and I feel stuffed and I do make sure I have the correct portion size the same goes for potatoes. <BR> <BR> So I am reducing the amount I eat of these things and increasing other vegetables. Hopefully this stop me feeling so full after a normal meal. <BR> It will lo... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:33:05 EST Real Service does exist I have always had cheap shoes and sandals that have never really been what you would call super comfortable. <BR> Then last year I was given vouchers for some shoes from a shop that is rather expensive ( well they are to me) and splashed out on the first pair of shoes that were really comfortable and I love them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So when the same shop had a sale DH said 'Get yourself a pair of decent sandals for summer' so I ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:30:56 EST How Spark has helped me A question we were asked to consider as part of the 5% Challenge was <BR> <BR> *How has Spark helped you in your journey to better health? <BR> <BR> It made me think about all the changes I have made and what I have learnt since joining Sparkpeople since November 1st 2011. <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> I really disliked Exercise when joined but soon found that there were new ways of exercising that I had not been told about about before. <BR> Chair Exercise, no one had ever suggested I do this... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:51:56 EST Stash Buster Blocks We are coming to the end of the May Your Stash be busted Challenge and I will not be knitting this weekend as I have promised to help DH with his Model rail stuff. So I will be adding my totals early and showing what I made during the last part of the challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 29 May 2014 09:04:00 EST Why join a 5% Challenge? This is my answer to the question <BR> *Why should others consider joining the Summer 5% Challenge? <BR> <BR> Benefits of joining <BR> <BR> You will be learning how to create new habits and maintain them. <BR> <BR> Consistency with exercise is always a bonus (well it is for me) <BR> <BR> Friendship and support. We all need support and the teams give that in spades. Friendships are also built up along the way and that is always a good thing. <BR> <BR> Learning how to set goals that are a... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:18:55 EST Improvements Today I will answer this question form the 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> *What areas are you improving in? <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> I am enjoying my exercise and finding I can do more and increase the intensity. To make things a little harder I sometimes add wrist/ankle weights when chair marching it really does make a difference. ( I add them to my ankles when chair marching.) <BR> <BR> Portion Control <BR> The 9 inch plate really helps, I have transferred the food to an ordinary plate just to s... Tue, 27 May 2014 04:19:35 EST My Challenges on the Spring 5% Challenge As part of the challenge we have been asked to blog about our experiences during the Spring 5% Challenge. So I am going to share about this: <BR> <BR> *What challenges did you face? <BR> <BR> For me the challenges I faced were: <BR> <BR> Health issues that are on going and pain levels. <BR> This can mean that I am unable to do the exercise I want to do. So I needed to find ways of exercising that meant I could do as much as I could. So for me that was Chair exercise and finding new videos... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:28:01 EST Spring 5% Challenge coming to the end I cannot believe that we are in week 8 already the time has flown past. <BR> Part of the Wellbeing challenge is to blog about our experience. <BR> <BR> *How did the 5% Challenges help you develop a healthier lifestyle? <BR> <BR> For me this has been a big help as each week we concentrate on one aspect like eating smaller portions, drinking water or getting enough fruit and vegetables to eat, just a few examples of what we do. <BR> This helps as I can work on that particular thing for a who... Sun, 25 May 2014 06:32:34 EST Fireside shawl completed The Vintage shawl that I was making for myself is now complete. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what looks like lengthwise <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is how it will look when worn. <BR> <BR> I will wear is in the garden a lot when meditating so took a picture of it in the garden. I hung it over the Rosemary plant it now has a faint rosemary scent to it. <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:01:50 EST Busting Plateau Day 2 Day 2 <BR> <BR> Beginners Affirmation <BR> <link><BR>42370_a_beginners_affirmation </link> <BR> <BR> "I am willing to change, <BR> I am willing to release the need to avoid change, <BR> It is easy to change, <BR> It is safe to change, <BR> I accept this change now" <BR> <BR> This for me is the key being willing to change and not for the short term but long term. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mind over Body article <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:56:55 EST Plateau Challenge Day 1 Day 1 Secret of Success link <BR> Start Small Build Up <BR> <link><BR>42429_start_small_build_up </link> <BR> This is a great idea and one that I can easily work with. A few minutes waiting for the kettle to boil, the toast to pop up or even waiting for a bus. I do these waiting for a bus, Standing Ab Crunches <BR> <link><BR>QXFZ_R0 </link> <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople Poll <BR> <link> Wed, 21 May 2014 09:15:59 EST Plateau Busting Challenge On the SparkPeople's Official Plateau Buster Challenge Team they have some great ideas that I am putting into action. <BR> I may be the only one there but I am still doing the things suggested so I looked through the information and will start with: <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> This week's challenge is to incorporate one new cardio activity into your routine, 1-2 times per week. <BR> <BR> I already do cardio so will add either an extra session or try something new. LIke this <BR> <link>https://... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:22:20 EST Fish Blanket complete The Fish blanket I was making for the May Your Stash be busted Challenge is finished before time. I was asked to create a blanket that would suit a water theme and when I saw the pattern for the fish I thought I would give it a go. <BR> Here is the result. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They knit up fast and are so easy to make that I was rattling them out really quickl... Fri, 16 May 2014 10:20:34 EST