PAULAAUTUMN's SparkPeople Blog PAULAAUTUMN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stepping Stones I wrote this for the Hogwarts Team and thought I would share it here as well. <BR> <BR> STEPPING STONES <BR> <BR> The day is sunny and warm the perfect time to start the journey you promised to make one day. Your full of confidence and determination as you walk along and the path is easy. <BR> Then you come to a stream, the water is clear and you see obstacles and sharp stones in the dark mud, stepping stones have been placed so you can get across. You look around for an easier option, mayb... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:33:50 EST Reward update The Donkey and Carrot reward worked I was able to stick to my exercise plan and portion control. <BR> My reward <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so pleased that I now have my replacement film. Working for something I want seems to work for me as long as I want it enough. <BR> Some would say I should be motivated enough to do this anyway, I am but having an extra incentive never hurts. <BR> Why wait until you reach... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:06:04 EST Donkey and Carrot I am setting up rewards for myself to help me stay on track with my Exercise and Portion Control. <BR> I set goals and reach them but tend to forget to say well done Paula and give myself a present for sticking with the plan. <BR> <BR> Here are some reasons to reward yourself <BR> 3 Reasons to treat yourself when dieting <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ition/healthy-eating/3-reasons-its-imp<BR>ortant-to-treat-yourself-when-dieting.html </link> <BR> <BR> 50 Non-F... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:16:40 EST Busy week This week will be a busy one as I have plans to increase my Exercise a little each day and keep up with my Journal and knitting. <BR> <BR> I am making a Slytherin Lapghan <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to do more on this so it will be ready for when we start the next Hogwarts Term, I was sorted in Slytherin and as I wanted a new lapghan I decided to make it in Slytherin colours. <BR> I also want to make... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:32:26 EST Exercise Partner Exercise is word that conjours up all the things I had to do that I disliked, it now means doing things I like. <BR> <BR> Walking <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dancing <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now here is the Plus side Colin is exercising as well <em>244</em> . <BR> He found a site called Spotify and has saved a ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:16:46 EST Knitting Gifts and Blankets I have started knitting gifts and blankets for Christmas. Yes it is that time of year when all who make gifts are furiously knitting sewing pickling and planning what to make for whom. <BR> <BR> This year I am making scarves and Blankets and maybe if I can master knitting in the round a cowl. <BR> <BR> This is one scarf I have completed <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is one I will complete today <BR> <img src... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:19:14 EST My Menu Planner I have completed my planner and this is what it looks like <BR> I did not want a ring binder as it is rather bulky and I wanted something slimmer so I used an A4 display book <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I added this as the cover <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:30:20 EST Meal Planning Planning meals really helps but can be a chore so I have tried different way s to do it. Then I found this Menu Planner thanks to the Hogwarts Team Summer Kamp <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er/ </link> <BR> <BR> There is even a video to show you how to make it and it could not be easier. I am in the process of making mine and waiting to get some bits so I can ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:42:48 EST Making Progress I am slowly making progress one step at a time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have made small changes and one by one they are making a difference. <BR> <BR> My water bottle keeps me on track with drinking water. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am educating my stomach to accept smaller portions. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:10:35 EST New Water Bottle helps Getting DH to drink enough is a huge deal, I give him a glass of water and it sits there for hours and ends up as a swimming pool for an insect. <BR> <BR> So I decided it was time to take action and went to a shop called Lakelands we have one in our Shopping Mall and I bought this. <BR> <link><BR>0ml-Drinks-Bottle </link> <BR> <BR> A 700ml bottle is roughly 3 cups or just over one pint. <BR> I bought two bottles one for me and one for Colin (DH). I ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 09:12:06 EST A day in the Garden Today I spent time in the Garden cutting back plants that had ceased flowering <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was a week or so ago <BR> <BR> This is now after the flowers had died off I cut them back <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:59:52 EST 10 Reasons to lose ( shed) Weight On the 5% Challenge we go through check lists and reasons we are doing things. <BR> Today we are working on 10 reasons to lose weight. <BR> <BR> First of all though I want to share something from the clinic my Husband attends. They do not use the term 'lose weight'. The reason is this to lose something implies it is something you want and have lost it and want to find again. <BR> The term the use is 'shedding weight' to shed something is removing what you don't want like an animal shedding... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:25:27 EST Summer 5% Challenge June 27th sees the start of the Summer 5% Challenge and we are getting ready for it. <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <em>248</em> <BR> Clothes all ready as I use them daily anyway so they are always to hand. <BR> I exercise indoors in the living room so no worries about weather. <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> <BR> I will exercise daily and use chair workouts and walking for cardio an... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:23:39 EST A Creative Summer Looms I have always had a creative side and love making things for Friends, Family and Home. I used to make Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) but stopped making them as postage costs became too expensive to join in the swaps. <BR> Well now I making them again not to swap but to use. I am keeping the cards and will use the back of the cards for various things like an affirmation, a poem or anything else I can fit onto it. ATC's are 2.5inches x3.5 inches so not very big but big enough to do some artwork o... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 13:33:09 EST Summer Exercise Goals Summer is almost here and I am hoping for good one weather wise. the month of May has been the coldest in 50 years so I am hoping we will have warmer Summer, no guarantees though especially in England. <BR> <BR> So I am making some new goals for Summer first thing is getting organised <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For me this means planning what I will be doing during the week and looking ahead at any appoin... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:35:53 EST Meal planning I do plan meals but sometimes it ends up out the window as life steps in or pain levels increase. So I am reading and researching ways to do this so I can alter things when needed. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1485 </link> <BR> <BR> Step 2 is a good one to consider <BR> <BR> Your schedule. Look at your calendar for the week or days ahead. Do you have a busy week coming up? How much time do you have to cook on each night of the week (it may... Sat, 16 May 2015 10:24:47 EST Exercise V Activity Colin was told a while back he needed to lose weight, easier said than done as we all know. They decided he would benefit seeing a Dietician and to be put forward for a possible Gastric Band ( lap band). <BR> We waited ages for the appointment and Colin did research in between and started taking the prescribed Orlistat. His research made him realise he did not want to go down that route unless it was a last resort. <BR> <BR> So we went to see the Dietician and was pleasantly surprised, she a... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:23:31 EST Being Creative I have been enjoying working in the garden and being creative as well. <BR> I have had a planter that is a head for ages now and suddenly decided to paint it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I found it in a charity shop when we were on a day out it was on the top shelf and I spotted it as I walked past the window. It is made of resin not as heavy as it looks it was really cheap as well as no one seemed to like it and it had been in the shop ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:43:19 EST Welcome to my Garden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love my garden and working it is so nice especially after a long winter inside. <BR> <BR> Plans were made to grow some vegetables this year noting huge just some beans, tomatoes and salad crops. So the planter we had stored away was taken out and is now in place ready to be filled with compost. The pot you can see is my new Parsley, Thyme and Oregano. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:29:27 EST New Plants for the Garden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love gardening and planning what to grow especially for the Summer. <BR> This week we went to Frosts Garden Centre the new bus route stops a very short walk from it so it is easy to get to now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/woburn_sands </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to get a few plants as I have a few p... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:56:31 EST 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 ... 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