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Walking with Spark Friends

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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.
My Virtual Walk Blog ground to a halt as I found it hard to keep going on my own.

Then my Spark friend WHITNEYTEACHER came to the rescue with the idea of having an Exercise Buddy.
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.
A long walk of over 5000 miles and it would take a long time if we counted miles we walked only, years rather than weeks or months. So we are coming up with plans to make the walk take less time to keep from getting fed up. We want this to be fun not a chore.

As an added incentive we will have a Book Jar as well. What is a book Jar? It is a jar that we add money to for each week we complete the amount of exercise we set as a goal so we can buy a new book that we want.

I added strips of torn paper to the jar with pictures of books from a leaflet and coloured the paper and brew around the shapes for interest.

I can add photos of Milton Keynes for WHITNEYTEACHER to see what the area is like will make it more interesting.
One other person is also joining us on our journey and most welcome as well. I am not adding her name here as I have not spoken to her yet and would not presume to add her name until I have.

So the Long Walk has begun with my Spark friends and it will be fun as we are counting all sorts of exercise not just walking.
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Basically anything that keeps us moving that is exercise.

I need a way of keeping exercise fun and having a partner means I will get the support I need when I have problems with pain or simply get days when I don't want to exercise.
Challenges help to keep the exercise going as I am part of a team and do not want to let the team down. Having an Exercise buddy means we can spur each other on and chat via Spark mail as well.
So between the two I will keep my exercise in the limelight and get fitter into the bargain.

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PAULAAUTUMN 10/30/2014 12:20PM

    Without Whitneyteacher I would not have been able to sort out all the details as the maths is something I find hard so she needs the praise for that.

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USMAWIFE 10/30/2014 10:47AM

    great idea. I have started sykping with some friends to do workouts a few times a month

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PATRICIA-CR 10/30/2014 10:17AM

    I'm amazed at your creativeness emoticon emoticon it!! And as you said, anything that keep us moving is exercise emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/30/2014 8:13AM

  lovely idea Paula very interesting idea

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ADAPTOR 10/30/2014 8:04AM

    What a great idea Paula! Keep it going! emoticon

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Self Reflection Week One

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This s a 3 week challenge

Week 1

A. Make a list of three habits that you would like to work on establishing.

1) Stop Snacking in the Evening

2) Planning Meals

3) Get 7 hourssleep each night

Write a short description explaining WHY you would like to establish each habit.

1) Evening Snacking
This is becoming an issue as DH loves his evening snacks and this plays havoc with staying on track. Why? Well I admit it I say Yes rather then No Thank you not every evening but enough to make a difference.

2) Planning Meals
I seem to have worked out the portion control for evening meals but Lunch is awkward I have never been great with lunches. I have a problem, eat a decent lunch and I don't want dinner, eat too little for lunch and I am hungry. So I need to work on planning for all three meals properly so I can eat well and control the portions as well.

3) Get 7 HoursSleep
I can do this for a while then it goes out the window, mainly due to pain and DH having problems sleeping which disturbs me.
I need to get back into a routine and stick with it.

Articles I have found to help with each Goal

Evening Snacking

Plan for a snack in the evening rather than end up craving something and work it into my daily limit.
Can I do this? Yes it will mean organising my meals better and allowing for a snack early in the evening so it will not be too late.

Meal Planning.

Going back to basics and working out what I need in each meal will help.

Keeping things simple, I like this as I can see what I need to do and put it into practice.


Sleep can be difficult when you cannot find a comfortable position so this article was a real find. Lots of tips I can put into place and all of them doable. Lots of links in the article to explore as well so plenty to work with for this one.

So lets see how I do with all this starting with number one Evening Snacking.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/27/2014 10:53AM


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BLESSEDBEING 10/27/2014 12:18AM

    Great step-by-step approach! I'm very impressed!

Best of luck to you in your endeavors!

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TRUCKERSMRS 10/26/2014 5:34AM

    Fab! emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/25/2014 10:59PM

  you can do it though it is hard

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SYDLETZIII 10/25/2014 10:33PM

    You can do it and it can become a habit.

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JCMSMILE 10/25/2014 9:59PM

    Brava to you!! I really like the "Keep Calm and Follow Your Meal Plan" sign emoticon

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USMAWIFE 10/25/2014 9:52PM

    good luck to you

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PATRICIA-CR 10/25/2014 6:42PM

    Best wishes for a great outcome!

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SIRIUS2014 10/25/2014 6:30PM

    My favorite evening snack is actually oatmeal with wheat bran in it. Maybe apple slices or raisins also. I had a really hard time giving it up. It's like a staple in my meal planning. emoticon blog!

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5% Challenge working for me

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Fall 5% Challenge is working for me I getting results all round.

NSV's are more energy, a little less pain and clothing fitting better.
Scale victory this week

This means I now weigh 159 pounds and a pound less than last week. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am working hard at getting the portions right and doing exercise daily and it is working. I am happy at a pound a week loss, I know the experts say it should be 2 pound a week but 1 pound for me fine.
It is great when what you have been doing is working.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/20/2014 11:54AM


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SPARKNB 10/19/2014 5:13AM

    Yay! Congrats! It's finally working for me too! emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 10/18/2014 11:31PM

    I use to be a doctor, They actually say no more than 2 pounds a week; more than that and you start losing muscle mass. One pound a week is good and healthy. keep up the good work

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JCMSMILE 10/18/2014 8:48PM

    Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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Slow but steady, what else could we ask for?!

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SIRIUS2014 10/18/2014 9:02AM

    We weighed in exactly the same 159. Hoooray for us. It's working for me. I'm being very careful with measuring and have added different strength and flexibility exercises. Just a few each day but it helps emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/18/2014 7:10AM

  great job experts may say one thing but do what suits you

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Dream Pillows and Squares

Friday, October 17, 2014

Okay I have been busy knitting squares and some of them did not turn out to be the size I needed.
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.

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.
I created the pillow by folding the corners into the middle of the square and sewing the seams leaving one seam open. I can add filler and Lavender later on, I have dried Lavender from the garden that would be really nice to use.
I can close the opening with the plaited ties I made by doing this I can always refresh the Lavender as it will be in a cloth bag inside the knitted pillow.

This was a square that again was not the correct size so rather than rip it out I used it as a small Dream Pillow. This time I folded it like an envelope and created the ties using plaited yarn.
I attached the plaited yarn to the point so that it was looped and the two ends pulled through the loop to secure it. I also added a plaited ring to the bottom of the square so that it closes by tying the two plaited strands into the ring.

So from a couple of mistakes Dream Pillows were created.

The next squares I made I was careful to get the correct size needles out.

This one is called Pyramids and I enjoyed making it

This is named Corner Square and I love knitting this sort of square. All the squares I am making will eventually become an afghan.
I say eventually as I get fed up knitting squares after a while so have a break and make something other things than go back to the squares.

I have made things as Christmas gifts and will probably make a couple more.

The weekend beckons and my needles will be busy.
have a great weekend everyone

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SPARKNB 10/19/2014 5:14AM

    nice projects!

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NASFKAB 10/17/2014 11:55PM

  lovely projects enjoy yourself

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SIRIUS2014 10/17/2014 6:26PM

    Beautiful projects. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
I'm doing better on my exercise. I found a site called Fit2Me with easy strength training exercises and flexibility. I still do walking. I still need to work on getting exercise in before other projects. If it doesn't rain Sat I think I will head out for a long walk. Hugs to you and hubby.

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USMAWIFE 10/17/2014 5:28PM

    great squares

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PICKIE98 10/17/2014 2:33PM

    The smallest size knitting needles I ever used are #50. I made afghans with them. I wish I had the time to do it again.

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BYEPOUNDS 10/17/2014 2:09PM

    great afghan

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New Doctor is tops

Monday, October 13, 2014

We had our first appointment with the new Doctor today Dr. Bharamgoudar (pronounced Bar ram goo da) and she is getting things moving.
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.
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 help him with his pain levels.

Then she saw me and as I have had a lot of acid reflux despite the medication for it, she asked when I last had a Gastroscopy done. I have never had one, she looked amazed and said that I should have had one years ago. I have had acid reflux for several years and have never had a Gastroscopy to find out what is going on. I sometimes have to double the dose to keep it under control and then reduce it again once it is under control again. She said that was fine but she wants to know why I get the acid reflux not just dish out pills that may be the wrong dose.

Then she asked when we last had our Cholesterol checked,we could not recall so she looked it up and was amazed as it was 2 years ago. We take Statins and should have yearly checks and a reminder sent out to us every year to make an appointment. The last time I asked the old Doctor for a check he said I could have one if I wanted to.

So things are moving, we have an appointment next Thursday for a cholesterol check and Colin is going to get another appointment at the pain clinic and I await my appointment for a Gastroscopy to be done.

At last we seem to be getting somewhere.

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SIRIUS2014 10/16/2014 6:07PM

    I'm so happy she's being through in her exams of you both. It's a blessing to find a good doctor. Hugs

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/14/2014 10:06AM

    I am so happy for you. Glad things see to be working out. It is so good to have a doctor that actually listens and does something!

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MADMANSMAMA87 10/14/2014 6:46AM

    That is wonderful news, Paula!!!
She seems like a very caring & involved Doctor!!
I'm so glad you two have found her!!!!


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TRUCKERSMRS 10/14/2014 3:28AM

    Fantastic, a pro-active Doctor rather than one that just dishes the pills to get rid of you. So pleased for you both.

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NASFKAB 10/13/2014 10:25PM

  great news a Dr who thinks about the side effects of drugs you are taking so happy for you

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/13/2014 9:30PM

  Finally, a doctor who might help!

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JCMSMILE 10/13/2014 8:47PM

    Awesome!! I'm glad you doctor actually listens emoticon

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USMAWIFE 10/13/2014 4:43PM

    glad you found a great doctor. hope she continues with her winning ways

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MORAVIANSTAR 10/13/2014 3:18PM

    Hallelujah! You must feel like you have just been let out of a cage into a sunny meadow about now. So glad you have found a doctor with knowledge, skill and, above all, a heart for her patients. And, very glad for the up-dates.

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PATRICIA-CR 10/13/2014 2:13PM

    Wow, what a good doctor. She's taking care of all the details that need to be checked. So happy for both of you.

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