PAULAAUTUMN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PAULAAUTUMN PAULAAUTUMN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837127 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836755 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835309 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775507216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pistachio and Apricot Bisc... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:49:15 EST Christmas decor completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834998 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1181008812.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close up of a few decorations on the tree <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191480795.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831353 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646923206.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829029 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827390 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825021 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l5684... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:02:11 EST Batch Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824196 Slow cookers are wonderful inventions put everything in and sit back and let it cook to perfection. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2098882689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am cooking up recipes that can be used for meals later on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890225594.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823778 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096390448.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823345 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1265845160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I am back to popping pills and a hot water bottle <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768691473.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821012 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326747093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:37:45 EST Will Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818304 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1229276074.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817675 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l758629312.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2021922565.jpg"> <... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:06:26 EST Hammer or Nail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816722 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1191615660.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262455337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my lif... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:45:43 EST Hard decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816151 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815599 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800394302.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36178530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The tri... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:45:43 EST November Stashbuster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814077 Once again I am stashbusting and this time it is a simple pattern that uses up scraps of yarn. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sta<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813434 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811238 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808661 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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807967 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807328 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804578 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800189 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095615408.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799885 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492140958.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797471 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796219 Slow but sure wins the race just like the tortoise and the hare <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1338191781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I got weighed and I am One Pound Down <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2043775492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So all my portion control is working <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482233630.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794626 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791691 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 Meet Toby and Tina bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790331 I have been knitting like crazy and still going but this time making teddy bears. They are for the Police as they hand them out to children who have been in traumatic situations. They wanted any type of bear but one in particular and it is quite different. <BR> <BR> First meet Toby <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417622480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is a tall bear and I gave in a waist as it is sometimes easier for small hands to hold a toy that has a little more defi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:27:05 EST Vision Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788262 Life has a way of stepping in with all sorts of things, stress laden days at work or in the home, emotional problems with family, health issues and a myriad of things that can send you off track. <BR> <BR> We all start off well and mean to carry on no matter what happens the reality however is not always the same. <BR> <BR> I have written statements and posted them on the fridge door added them to a journal and even added them to the computer. <BR> The problem is they end up as part of the... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:03:54 EST Mrs Miracle Scarf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787773 The September Stashbuster Challenge has been fun and I completed my projects early. I made a shawl and a scarf plus fingerless hand warmers. <BR> <BR> This is the shawl I completed <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429430608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for the scarf. <BR> I love the films Mrs Miracle and Call me Mrs Miracle they are real feel good Christmas films. Whilst looking for a new scarf pattern I stumbled across the scarf worn in the film my the character Mrs Miracle.... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:10:47 EST OOPS I gained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787199 Well this is no surprise to be honest with my Birthday celebrated over two days. An unexpected meal out plus some extra things in the theatre it is no big surprise to have gained 1 pound. <BR> <BR> Not what I wanted I had hoped to have remained the same weight but it is not a total disaster. I can easily get that back off plus extra so with some extra exercise, making sure my portions are controlled and no food treats I can get back on track. <BR> <BR> It just goes to show how easy it is to... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:37:35 EST Knitting Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784483 My birthday was lovely and I had some great gifts from my Husband. He asked me what I would like and I said a new bag for my knitting would be nice and if possible some Bamboo knotting needles. He saw me looking at spectacle cases and asked why I was measuring the. The reason was simple I wanted them for storing my cable needles in and crochet hooks as the cases for such things are a silly price. He said they looked rather boring and to have a look somewhere else to find something a bit nicer... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:09:31 EST New cookery books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782844 Over the years I have collected a lot of cookery books and used many of the recipes in them. All however are geared around families and contain recipes for 4-6 people. <BR> I have reduced the quantities of many of the recipes but still seem to end up with more than I really need. I can and do add the extra portions to the freezer so I have meals ready for extra busy days. <BR> I want meals for two people only for better portion control so the hunt was on and I found these. <BR> <BR> <link... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:03:40 EST Virtual Walk Number 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781095 This walk is from St Breward in Cornwall to Jamaica Inn and then onto Launceston. <BR> <BR> Cornwall is steeped in history and smuggling is part of that history. The author Daphne du Maurier wrote about Jamaica Inn and it has been televised as well. <BR> Explore this site to find out more about the Inn and its history <link>www.jamaicainn.co.uk/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546784202.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From here I will be travelling to Launceston an... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:52:21 EST Before Fall 5% Challenge photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780222 Okay this is not my favourite thing to do as I dread my photos being taken and always have. Even as a child I disliked my photo being taken so pictures of me are far and few between as an adult. <BR> So I asked DH to take a photo, well several so I could pick the one I liked the best and this is it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144642303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The idea is to have a picture that will act as a NSV ( None Scale Victory) as sometimes you have a victor... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:25 EST My Virtual Walk 3 Padstow to St Breward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777860 My Virtual walk will take me from Padstow to St Breward and short walk of 11 miles. <BR> <BR> In 2009 we had a wonderful holiday in St Breward it is in Bodmin Moor and really out of the way. Just what we wanted peace and quite in the beautiful countryside. We stayed at a cottage called The Lodge and it was perfect we even had a four poster bed. <BR> <BR> So it is no surprise that I chose my virtual walk to include this place you can see more about it here <link>myvirtual-walks.blogspot.co... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:10:51 EST Prepare for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777123 We were given this as an assignment for the 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> Prepare yourself for success by having the words that will move you to action and keep you on track for the 8 Weeks of the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> What can you tell yourself every morning that will give you a sense of purpose for your day? <BR> My choices are making a difference keep going. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300440359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What can you tell yourself when you are think... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:18:01 EST My Triangle Shawl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775223 The September Stashbuster Challenge is under way and this is the first completed week and I started and finished a shawl much to my surprise. <BR> I have knitted every day and was surprised how fast the shawl grew. I needed it to be 26 inches from bottom to top and 45 inches wide. <BR> I used my own pattern and knitted a lot when I got up with DH due to him being unable to sleep with his arrhythmia. By the time it settles down again I am wide awake and we both stay up, DH reading or watchin... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:56:45 EST How much do I really want to do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773916 I have been on diets galore, lost weight gained it back and started over so many times I have lost count. <BR> <BR> I have made all sorts of excuses as to why I have not lost weight but in the end it is down to me and how much I really want to change. <BR> I have looked back at my previous attempts and looked at them honestly and have to admit I was not committed to things as much as I could have been. <BR> <BR> So how much do I really want to do this? <BR> Honest answer is A Lot. I really ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:04:33 EST Trigger Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773055 Fall 5% Challenge set this as the assignment in preparation for the challenge <BR> <BR> Let's assess the Triggers - <BR> <BR> List ALL your trigger foods. <BR> Is it a snack food or part of a meal? <BR> Definitely snack <BR> <BR> Are they sweet or salty? <BR> Usually savoury and sometimes sweet but not often <BR> <BR> Hot, cold or room temperature? <BR> Room Temperature <BR> <BR> Carbs, comfort foods? <BR> Yes carbs for certain and that to me is comfort food. <BR> <BR> What are the ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 04:24:21 EST My Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772544 In readiness for the Fall 5% Challenge we have been given this assignment. <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> <BR> My View of Food: <BR> I have seen food in the past as a means of comfort. Healthy foods are often seen as boring but by changing what I eat and sticking with the plan this is slowly changing. <BR> My view of food. This is important as it makes a huge difference not only in weight loss but in... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:17:16 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771795 Today has been very busy we went to Age UK Furniture store (it is a charity that sells items and the money goes toward helping the elderly ) yesterday and found two items we wanted. <BR> We wanted to make more space in or flat and decided we needed to get rid of a rather large unit that housed the TV, DVD and the DVD films. <BR> The dining table was fixed so took up a lot of space so we thought about a fold down table would be better. <BR> I had saved up to get these and decided that we could... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:36:41 EST Daily Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770940 The 5% Challenge has asked if we have a check list for a daily routine to make things easier. This is what I will be doing. <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? <BR> <BR> Yes I get up early each day and start my workouts before DH gets up that way I get my exercise in without interruptions. I vary things each day to make the exercise more interesting. So I do different chair exercise and walking each day along with deep housework and garde... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:00:21 EST Nutrition Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769765 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>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:12:31 EST My Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769392 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281749672.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769298 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764720 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1646740375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I added the label and left her on a seat in the Shopping Centre <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575965769.jpg"> <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