PAULAAUTUMN's SparkPeople Blog PAULAAUTUMN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring Cleaning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I Love Spring Cleaning, getting all the cupboards in the Kitchen sorted out, scrubbed and tidy again. <BR> <BR> I sort out my cupboards on a regular basis as it is amazing how untidy they get. I am not a tidy freak but I do like things so I can get to them and see what I have. <BR> Herbs and Spices always need a sort out as the older ones lose their strength and need replacing. <BR> So My Kitchen cupboards are neat ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:08:57 EST Comfort Food and still in range My Husband wanted something naughty and comforting for dinner so I decided to have a look at few recipes and found this one. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2311198 </link> <BR> Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to substitute the Buffalo sauce for a BBQ Sauce but it worked well. It smells wonderful and I know that DH will like it as it has all his favourites things ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:26:26 EST Looking back On the 55+ Females team we have been asked to blog about where you were a year ago. Have you lost weight since then? What have you learned about yourself and your habits? Did you break any habits? Can you do more physically than you did a year ago? Take a trip down memory lane of weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So here goes. <BR> A year ago I was heavier and not very happy with how I felt, my energy levels were low and I was still having a lot of problems with my right arm. <BR> I had broken ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:10:00 EST Consistency not Perfection Some days all I can manage is 30 minutes exercise split into 3 sections of 10 minutes each time some days I do a lot more. <BR> What I have learnt is it is not the amount of time I spend exercising it is the fact that I am moving. It is Consistency not Perfection that counts. <BR> <BR> So when I add my exercise minutes in the 5% Challenge I am no longer comparing what I do with what others can do. I do what I can and challenge myself to do a little more each day whilst still listening to m... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 06:27:03 EST Spring 5% Challenge 2014 is underway So we have started the Challenge and I am off to a good start. <BR> Exercise is going well and I have managed to drink the water needed each day and use the portion control plate as well. <BR> <BR> I got in some extra exercise in on Saturday as DH put up some shelves in the bedroom above the bed for his micro model railway scenes to go on. That meant moving the bed and some other bits of furniture so he could to the wall to put the shelves up. <BR> Sounds easy but it meant doing it carefully... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:20:48 EST Ready for the Start of the 5% Challenge I have everything ready for Saturday and looking forward to the start. <BR> <BR> I have a new Ticker on my page so I can register the pounds I will shed. <BR> <BR> I need to get rid of 8 pounds to reach the 5% so a pound a week needs to be given it marching orders. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I would be happy to get rid of that each week. <BR> <BR> So Portion control plate is going to be used <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:32:12 EST Strategies As part of the preparations for the 5% Challenge we have been asked this. <BR> <BR> List your reasons/excuses on why your diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> DIETS <BR> I have tried diets in the past and they work but they do not teach me how to eat for life. I see diets as a way of she... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:06:15 EST Trigger Foods In the 5% Challenge we have been asked about Trigger foods. Boy has been a good assignment for me. <BR> <BR> My Trigger Foods <BR> <BR> It depends on my mood, pain levels and what is happening around me as well. <BR> When I am upset I head for comfort foods that contain high carbs things like: <BR> Shepherds Pie with lots of mashed Potato <BR> Pasta Bakes with loads of cheese <BR> Cheese on toast <BR> Twice baked potato with loads of filling <BR> Crisps ( chips) they must be plain (no fla... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:39:53 EST Reasons to Lose weight I have been assigned to the Cloverleaf Team for the 5% Spring Challenge 2014 <BR> <BR> Clover is for Luck and Success. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have been asked to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> <BR> Eating Habits <BR> I want to change my eating habits so that I will be able to stick with them and shed the pounds and keep them off. <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> I need to find... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:03:54 EST Getting Organised With Challenges on the go and the 5% Challenge on its way I have decided to organise things so that I do not miss anything. <BR> <BR> So I am keeping track using a Journal that way I can write down what I do for each Challenge and then log in when the day is done and track my progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have decided to add Personal Goals and Team Challenges to the journal. I have allowed 8 pages per section with a col... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:37:20 EST Spring 5% Challenge 2014 I really need this and looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> My Exercise Programme will be <BR> <BR> Walking: This will include going for a walk outside, walking around the shopping mall or using walking videos. <BR> <link><BR>0t2KutY&index=29&list=PLFDayUfAhz6hMxK<BR>0CRpBGLz_DXwoblJ29 </link> <BR> <BR> Chair Exercise: I have a list of videos that I like and have split them in 7 folders one for each day of the week. This allows me to do different things ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:17:34 EST This weeks Streak On 55+ Females we have been asked to work on a new streak fro this week, something we find hard to do. <BR> <BR> So I have decided to add an extra 10 minutes exercise to each day. That will be a total of 40 minutes a day. I already do 30 minutes so this is achievable but will be hard for me to do. <BR> <BR> Right now I am with Mr Negative as DH has not done any exercise at all as it hurts. I suggested he used his upper body and got 'The look'. <BR> I am also getting 'The look' when I exerci... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:28:57 EST Stash Buster Knitting This week I made these in the Stash Buster Knitting Challenge Team. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I loved making these they were fun <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:31:31 EST New Habit Goals With everything that has happened health wise I have decided to make 3 new habits to help improve things. <BR> <BR> <BR> My 3 Habits <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 3 times a day minimum of 10 minutes each session. So 10 minutes before breakfast, 10 minutes before lunch, 10 minutes during the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I have to be careful with my back as the disc can easily pop back out so chair exercise is the way to go for me along with walking. <BR> <BR> 2. Stay off the computer during the evening a... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:17:05 EST New Diet Plate I have used a 9 inch plate for a while that is until it was dropped and smashed, they don't bounce sadly. <BR> I had bought an old plate from a charity shop that was 9 inches nothing special just a plain plate but it worked well to keep the portions under control. <BR> So I ended up using a plate that was a little larger as I could not find a 9 inch plate again without it costing a rather silly price. I am talking here of £18 plus for one plate, forget it I want more than one plate for that m... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:26:18 EST Starting Challenges I am now ready to start doing some Challenges so I am signed up for the one on 55+ Females in April. I know it will be fun and the team is always supportive. <BR> <BR> Next I want to be part of the 5% Spring Challenge so anyone out there with a link Please pass it on as I want to get back into this. <BR> <BR> Only I can make the changes needed and the challenges keep me focused especially when things get tough. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 06:44:16 EST Working together Today DH went to see the Physiotherapist I have seen and she is organising things for him to have an xray of his left hip. She thinks he will need a hip replacement and wants to see how damaged the hip is. ( she sees me next Friday) <BR> She has shown him some exercises he needs to do and weighed him. He needs to lose at least 44 pounds to get him into the range that they would do the operation more if possible. <BR> She laid down the options if he was not to lose the weight and did not pull ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:54:52 EST More Knitting You will all probably be fed up with my knitting items but not too fed up I hope. <BR> Meet Nurse Annabel she is part of the March Stash Buster Challenge Team . <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She will be joining my Little Clown named Patches and sent off to the Newlife Foundation to be sold to provide the money needed for things they need. <BR> The... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:43:25 EST My Goals Well I got the TENS machine on Saturday how was that for service order it Friday afternoon get it Saturday afternoon and it does help. <BR> I use it three times a day and it helps relieve the pain for about an hour to two hours afterwards. <BR> This means I will be able to take less pills that make me feel nauseous which is a huge bonus. <BR> <BR> Nothing is going to be perfect and get rid of all the pain but lessening it is a positive step forward. DH told me off and to sit down yesterday ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:22 EST Update on Physio Well yesterday I went to see the Physiotherapist and was told to go back in 2 weeks time. <BR> Take the pills and rest up, do a little exercise and walk short distances. <BR> Like I could walk a marathon right now LOL. <BR> <BR> No scans will be done unless the spinal cord is effected. The only way I will get a scan done is if I agree to have an operation on my back to remove the offending disc if it does not go back in. <BR> I had researched this in case they mentioned it, for me that would... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 04:31:06 EST My Little Clown As part of the Knitting Challenge for the Stash Buster in the Knit it up Team I chose to make some smaller projects things like Baby hats, Knitted squares and knitted toys. <BR> So I made this little chap. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He will be sent to the New Life Foundation for Disabled Children so they can raise funds for equipment. <BR> He was easy to make... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 06:18:07 EST From Bad to Worse Okay I am not one to give into anything but this has beat me for the moment. <BR> The disc is pressing onto the sciatic nerve and I an unable to even lay down. <BR> Last night I woke up is a world of pain and DH had to help me to move I yelled and cried as it was so painful. Pills did not help and I ended up propped up with pillows and a hot water bottle to ease the lower back. I did not sleep properly only cat napped. <BR> I have found a reasonably comfortable position for myself in bed usin... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:36:01 EST Diagnosed at last Today I went to see a Physiotherapist and she told me I have Hypermobility Syndrome and have had it all my life. <BR> She was amazed that no had realised it before now. She gave me a web address so I could learn about it. <BR> <BR> So what does it mean? <BR> <BR> Well basically that I can move my joints beyond the normal range commonly called 'double jointed'. <BR> I could bend and move easily and move my joints with ease amazing people that I could do things they found hard to do. Things ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:08:58 EST Problem solving week As I have a problem with my back and cannot bend over ( I can bend as far over to touch my thighs only) <BR> My husband Colin has been doing more to help me out. <BR> He too has back problems from an accident when he was 16, now you know what I am going to say aren't you, yes he put his back out. <BR> So the pair of us are now having fun. <BR> <BR> The Occupational Therapist came round to see what they could do and brought a Perch Stool with her. <BR> This is a Perch Stool <BR> <img src="... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 05:26:57 EST Pain through the roof Okay I am not one to moan and groan and certainly not one to give into things but the pain was so bad today I could not walk without help. <BR> <BR> Finally the Dr who spoke to me on the phone decided it was time I was re-accessed and I had an appointment at 3pm to see the Pain Nurse. <BR> A painful taxi ride, getting into and out of the car was really painful but it ended in a good result. <BR> <BR> I was allowed to explain what was happening and examined, my medical record was read and s... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:18:23 EST 14 Hats I have just completed the challenge of knitting 14 hats for 2014. I chose to make 14 baby hats from preemie to new born. <BR> It was part of a KAL ( Knit Along) on the Knitting Paradise forum I belong to. We could make the hats for any Charity we wanted so I thought I would make the hats and then see who wants them. This charity needs some but not right now there is someone in the UK who sends them out to Africa so all I have to do is post them to her. <BR> <link> </link> ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:25:54 EST Stash Buster Challenge Completed In the Knit it Up Team we have Stash Buster Challenges for the Ringing in 2014 stash buster challenge I chose to make a Prayer shawl using my own variation on the pattern found on the Prayer Shawl Ministry. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This the blog I have about my knitting and the shawl and pattern for it is there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/01/my-prayer-shawl-completed.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is what it looks like... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:32:36 EST Tasmanian Virtual walk Week2 So on the Chair Exercise team it is Week 2 of our Virtual walk. <BR> <BR> Just look at where we have been <BR> <BR><BR>596F042F29A9D0BE&resid=596F042F29A9D0B<BR>E!481&app=WordPdf&wdo=1 <BR> <BR> Cradle Mountain <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh how I would love to walk here for real such beauty and so many wonderful plants and creatures who could not fall in love with it. <BR> <BR> Then the ani... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:21:04 EST Planning ahead update We have started our walking plan and the weather is being kind. We walked around the shopping mall as planned and even managed to walk around the outside of the mall as well. <BR> <em>342</em> . <BR> <BR> We saw a some crows swooping down to get the bread that someone had put out for them. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Primroses are starting to show far too early and Snowdrops are already blooming <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:41:49 EST Tasmania Virtual Walk week 1 I love walking and learning about new places so when I saw a Virtual walk on the Chair Exercise Team I simply had to take a look. <BR> <BR> That did it once I saw the challenge I was hooked. You can find it here <BR> <link> </link> and go the Challenges button you will find the Tasmania link and lots of information about it. <BR> <BR> So I am now exercising my way around Tasmania. The great thing is I do not have to fulfill a set amount of minutes or steps I ca... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:13:16 EST Planning ahead I am planning my exercise for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> Monday, Wednesday and Friday I go for walks around the shopping mall. <BR> I will also do some chair exercise in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday chair exercises <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday is rest day. <BR> <BR> By splitting things up I will be able to keep to the plan and slowly increase the intensity and time. <BR> Better to start off... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:57:40 EST Patient Heal thy self Well I have been to the Doctor's and wondered why I bothered. <BR> <BR> Yes I have inflamed nerves in the lower back that causes a lot of pain. <BR> <BR> Treatment: <BR> <BR> Losing weight will help. <BR> Really! go figure that, hardly a mind blowing revelation. <BR> <BR> Opiate based pain killers were offered. <BR> Not an option as I told the Doctor yet again that I can not take anything Opiate based. <BR> I was then asked why? <BR> Honestly how many times do I have to tell them: <BR... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:50:23 EST Decorating done at last Well the Bedroom is decorated and I am so pleased it is all finished. <BR> <BR> This is with mould we had on the wall <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nasty stuff <BR> <BR> This is wallpaper on the other walls. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first thing was empty the bedroom and this is the result <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:28:32 EST Won't be around for a week We will be decorating the bedroom this coming weekend and part of the following week. It will take a while as we have to strip off wall paper first after emptying the room. <BR> That will be fun as we both have back problems but we will get it done. <BR> I need to be extra careful as I have a trapped nerve in my lower back not the sciatic nerve thankfully but it still causes pain and a tingling in my legs. <BR> <BR> Why decorate now? <BR> Well we have damp in the room and we need to sort it ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:28:25 EST Knitting up a storm I have three projects on the go so no shortage of things to do. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hats for babies to keep their little heads warm they will be off to babies in Tanzania via Loving Hands <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Then there is the Knitted Squares challenge I am also doing on Lovinghands we knit a block a week <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:21:41 EST Magazine sort out Magazines are great but they take up a lot of space, well DH's does. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are 20, yes 20 box files full of magazines so he has decided it is time to do a big sort out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Twenty of these full of magazines, is a heavy load. <BR> <BR> I sorted out all my magazines on knitting and cross stitch I don't get any other mag... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 06:45:05 EST New Year V Old Problem An old problem has decided that this is a good time to increase the pain level. So now I am coping with a very painful left hip that has a sharp shooting pain in it and causing a tingling sensation in the leg. <BR> The osteoarthritis that has been very bad in that hip for years has escalated and I will need a scan to see what is going on, So more fun at the Hospital and Doctor's and I dread going to either. <BR> So I am to rest the hip and keep my leg straight as much as possible as I may hav... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:06:02 EST Goals for 2014 First of all I am making changes to all sorts of things for 2014 my page has Butterflies on it as they represent Transformation so my page is a visual reminder that I am Transforming myself. <BR> <BR> So my Goals will be centred around transforming. <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Exercise: This will be mainly Walking and chair exercise. Walking can be done in the home at any time with Leslie Sansone videos. <BR> <BR> 2) Watch the portions. It is so easy to overload the plate so more foc... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:09:36 EST Updates as the Year Ends Well the Energy Company called as promised at 10am and I was on the phone for almost an hour. <BR> The Tariff we were on no longer exists as it has been replaced by a new one, guess what? it costs more, big surprise. <BR> Due to a cold Spring we ended up not clearing the the bill and this means the amount is added onto the following year plus the price increase making our payments increase by £25 a month. <BR> <BR> Finally I got through to the person I was talking to that I do not have £25 t... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 07:35:18 EST Unbelievable! I simply do not believe what is going on talk about a comedy of errors. <BR> <BR> Both myself and my Husband get repeat prescriptions every month, well I should say we did until October. <BR> The Chemist ( drugstore) we use changed hands and they altered the system and messed it up. Why do they have to fiddle with things when the system works? <BR> Anyway since October we have had pills we don't need and the ones we do need have not been there. They altered the amounts on their computer tha... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:21:02 EST All ready for Christmas Anyone who knows me will tell you I am Mrs Santa <em>246</em> I love Christmas. <BR> <BR> I enjoy making things for Christmas and all the baking, cooking, gift wrapping, watching Christmas films, carols and anything else that is Christmas based. <BR> <BR> I also love Santa and yes I am 60 years of age and still a big kid when it comes to Christmas. <BR> Probably because the Christmas I had as a child was so different, trust me a mother who is so drunk on Christmas Day that she was unab... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:19:14 EST Knitted Patchwork Blanket Completed At last the blanket is finished. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All the squares that I had that were the wrong size from the 8" Square swap I was in plus a lot of squares that I knitted finally came together. <BR> I now have a very bright cosy blanket, I added a picot crochet edge to it in black so it makes the colours stand out and gives a nice finish to the blanket. <BR> It does need blocking but I am happy with it and before I bloc... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 15:27:32 EST Day Out results Yesterday (Saturday 30th November) we went on a coach trip to York Christmas Market <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stalls were decked out for Christmas but were practically impossible to to get to for the crowds <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you think this looks busy it is mild to what it was yesterday it was so packed you could hardly walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:52:48 EST Happy Thanksgiving SP <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For all my Friends who have posted on my blog, supported me in all my Teams and sent me messages of encouragement, to everyone on Sparkpeople that has made this site the safe haven it is. <BR> I am Thankful that you are here. <BR> <BR> It is easy to take for granted all the things we have like a warm safe home, enough food to eat, clean water to drink, Friends and Family both near and far. The people who keep us ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:42:46 EST My Mini Xmas Challenge I came up with an idea that I want to share. This time of year is full of tempting foods that simply yell EAT ME. Usually between now and Christmas I gain weight as my Husband insists on having Treats. <BR> Well this year it is going to be different and I came up with this. I will start it on December 1st and may post it in the 55+ Females Team as a personal Challenge that others can join in if they want to. It will give me 22 days as I will not be online from Christmas Eve to after Boxing Da... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:33:39 EST My Mini Challenge I have decided to do a mini challenge <BR> <BR> 30 Minutes exercise a day if I can do more that is fine but 30 minutes is the minimum <BR> ( any exercise, walking, chair exercise or dance) <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> Take some me time ( Read a book, listen to music, knit , anything that helps me relax) <BR> <BR> I will do this to the end of the month. When I complete the challenge and have achieved all the goals each day I will give myself a Goodie. <BR> I have added th... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:35:10 EST A New Picture We all know the story of the Phoenix how it rises from the ashes to be re-born and live again. <BR> <link><BR>d#module72058371 </link> <BR> <BR> Things can happen in our lives that bring about life changing events that can be hard to come to terms with. <BR> For me it has been the blow my son dealt by what he has done and said meaning I am no longer part of his life or he mine. <BR> <BR> I have been brought down but I am on my way back up, it is tim... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:49:16 EST Had a Nice Surprise When everything around me is falling apart I get a lovely gift in the post. <BR> My friend in Texas sent me a book Cross Stitch by Dana Gabaldon <BR> <link><BR>der-Diana-Gabaldon/dp/0099911701/ref=s<BR>r_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385040334&sr=8-1&ke<BR>ywords=cross+stitch+by+diana+gabaldon </link> <BR> <BR> It had been mentioned on the 55+ Females team I mentioned it to my friend as I know she likes historical fiction. She said she had not read it but it wounde... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:43:43 EST Final Nail in the Coffin This is the last time I will speak about my son Dean as he has driven the final nail in the coffin. <BR> He sent me a text message saying he wanted to talk, so he phoned on the Land line. <BR> I waited to find out what he wanted to say and was met with the same tirade of everything was my fault and I was to blame for all the problems in his life. That if I wanted to see my Grandson Charlie I was to apologise for what I had done. I was told all I had to do was do exactly as he wants and we wil... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:43:33 EST Exercise Plan has begun It is easy to say I will do this or that but harder to actually do it. <BR> Today I was up early and I really did not feel like exercising but once I began I started to enjoy it. <BR> So I have taken the first step <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it is good for me and that I ned this so I can move forward in all areas of my life <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So why is so har... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:19:02 EST