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Daily Routine

Monday, September 01, 2014

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.

Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being?

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 gardening whenever possible.
Each night I put out my exercise clothes and decide which DVD I use and I have folders on the computer with my exercise videos in them. I sorted them out into days of the week and work my way through them.

Do you have it where you see it often?
Yes I have a note on the board in the kitchen to remind me that exercise is important and why I need to do it.

The board in my kitchen where I add notes and pictures. This month I have added the cards I made.

A reminder to love my body

Seeing these helps me keep what I need to do in mind. I also have a note on my Desktop to remind me why I am doing this. I am also working making a wallpaper for my computer as a reminder if I can't do it my Brother will.

Please tell us what works for you.
For me it is little reminders that I need to strengthen my body and get fit. Simple things work best for me like a picture, a quote, a message from a friend that I look better these days all remind me that exercise is working and making a difference.

Daily routines means things become a habit and our brains like habits good or bad so creating good habits is a bonus all round.

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NASFKAB 9/1/2014 8:57AM

  great ideas thanks for sharing

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Nutrition Commitment

Saturday, August 30, 2014

As part of the plan for the Fall 5% Challenge we have been asked to do this

Do you know what diet you will follow?
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

Found some recipes?
I have found various recipes that I can use and saved them by printing them off
Here are a few I have found


I get fed up with cereal or toast for breakfast these will make a nice change. Also I have a few other recipes I use that I have in my recipe box.

I can use this for a lunch or a hearty breakfast sometimes especially on the weekend

I have not made these in a while so will be nice change

I am working at having meals to cook for both of us that are tasty and aimed at what DH likes, that way he gets a healthy meal as well. I have other recipes already but these will be added to the list so I have a good variety to work with.

Grocery list?
Using the recipes and what I have already in the cupboard and freezer I am making sure I get only what I need for the meals I plan.

For me this means buying fruit and vegetables from the market and getting other things from the supermarket so I stay within budget.

Do you have the food on hand to get started?
I have things in the store cupboard and freezer so I will not be tempted to stray before I even get started.

Have you followed this diet before?
Yes I have but I was not strict with it and I need to be. Last time I was using a 9 inch dinner plate but this time it is a sectioned plate so should be a lot easier.

Did you clean up your kitchen?
My kitchen has been cleaned up and cleaned out of tempting foods and is ready for the big push. Crockpot at the ready, Store cupboard stocked with foods I will need, Fridge is stocked with sauces and other things that are low fat. Dry goods like wholewheat pasta and brown rice are already to be used. Freezer already has some pre-cooked meals in it ready for the days that are hectic or I simply don't want to cook.

With cooler days ahead DH likes stews, curries and chili so I am working on making them healthier and loaded with vegetables. The recipes above will make a nice change and add variety.

I have my recipe card box to hand and by using it more I will be able to create healthy tasty meals.

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TRUCKERSMRS 8/31/2014 2:49AM

I always find that forward planning a menu for the week ahead is a great help and stops me from buying stuff that is not necessary.
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SPEDED2 8/30/2014 9:19PM

    Sounds like you have a good game plan!

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PATRICIA-CR 8/30/2014 8:16PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions!!

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USMAWIFE 8/30/2014 5:28PM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan


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My Exercise Commitment

Friday, August 29, 2014

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.

My exercise commitment:

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

Chair Exercise
I want to make sure I do some form of chair exercise everyday this includes, strength, aerobics, core, cardio and arms and dancing.

Spontaneous exercise
This is exercise I do in the kitchen, watching TV or something similar, it can be things like counter press ups, marching on the spot, moving in time to the music that sort of thing.

I want to keep it simple as that way I can manage it better and make exercise fun.
So exercise clothes will be at the ready, the alarm set and far enough away from the bed so I have to get up to turn it off.
Sorting out the videos and DVD's in advance so I have a good rotation of things to do will all help make this challenge a good one.

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TRUCKERSMRS 8/31/2014 2:44AM

    Sounds great. emoticon

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SPEDED2 8/30/2014 12:28AM

    Sounds like a wonderful plan to get fit and healthy!

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/29/2014 3:48PM


Great goals and plans. You got this! I will be joining you on the 5%. Will you be a champion in the kitchen this time, as I will. I hope so anyway, I was first to sign up. LOL. See you on the challenge and we have to get together and share some ideas for making the 5% work for us seniors. I think you are a senior too? Hope I'm not mistaken. If I have added years to your life, by mistake, please forgive me and Straighten me out right away. LOL Have a great long weekend.


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FITCHRISTIE 8/29/2014 12:53PM

  Good luck!

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NASFKAB 8/29/2014 12:40PM

  great ideas

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NORIVI33 8/29/2014 12:37PM

  That's awesome, keep the good work

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Fun with the computer

Friday, August 29, 2014

Well that was a hair raising couple of days that is thankfully behind me.

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.

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.
Tabs kept opening up with goodness knows what sites that were of no interest to me what so ever. Adverts were popping up all over the place and lots of adverts for odd games arrived as well.

I phoned my Brother and he talked me through stuff to get rid of it but some stuff would not budge. He has spent 6 hours today sorting it out and finally got rid of everything. He has added various things to the computer to help stop it from occurring again.

Why do people find it amusing to do this sort of thing? adding programmes that add a virus or mess things up is not funny. I sometimes wonder if it happened to them if they would find it amusing, probably not.
For me the internet is a way to stay in contact with people as well as do my grocery shopping, it is cheaper to get it delivered than to get a taxi from the supermarket.

Thankfully he was able to do this for me all for a home made lunch and cups of coffee. I was so thankful he was able to do this for me.
So disaster fixed and I am happy to say I am able to do stuff again without any worries.

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WATREKKIE 8/31/2014 1:42PM

    Brothers are the BEST!!!! emoticon

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LAURIEMN 8/29/2014 11:02AM

    Glad you got things fixed. Computer problems can be so frustrating, especially when you depend upon it! The weather is becoming fall-like here, time to pick up the knitting needles!

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PATRICIA-CR 8/29/2014 10:52AM

    I'm glad it's all fixed now thanks to your DB.


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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/29/2014 10:49AM

    Glad your brother was able to help you. My hubby is the tech around here.

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NASFKAB 8/29/2014 10:22AM

  great your bother fixed your computer was an only child for 15 years then my beloved sister was born she left us over 5 years back so back to loneliness it would have been her 57 today

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Little Yellow Duck

Friday, August 22, 2014

I knitted my first Yellow duck last night and took her out with me this morning here she is Daffy Duck

I added the label and left her on a seat in the Shopping Centre

On my way back to the bus stop I passed the seat I left her on and she was gone so someone found her.

She is part of the The Little Yellow Duck Project

I will make more and do them between other projects and release them to be found they are so quick and easy to make this is my first so thought I would share her little adventure.

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JCMSMILE 8/23/2014 11:02PM

    That is so sweet!! It supports a great project too emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 8/23/2014 2:36PM

    So sweet. I hope a child has given her a loving home.
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A_RARE_BEAN 8/22/2014 7:28PM

    love it how awesome

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USMAWIFE 8/22/2014 7:16PM

    love it.. saw the project on ravelry

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56ROSE 8/22/2014 5:10PM

    Thanks for the link! What a great idea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 8/22/2014 10:40AM

    That's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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WILSONWR 8/22/2014 9:08AM

    What a great idea!

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FIT4MEIN2013 8/22/2014 8:23AM

    That is so cute! I would have taken her, too! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/22/2014 7:35AM

  Thanks for sharing

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