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Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Love Spring Cleaning, getting all the cupboards in the Kitchen sorted out, scrubbed and tidy again.

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.
Herbs and Spices always need a sort out as the older ones lose their strength and need replacing.
So My Kitchen cupboards are neat and tidy for a while.

Anything not needed has been bagged up ready for the charity shop, old spices thrown out and the cupboard under sink sorted out. Baking trays and various other cooking pots and pans all neat and tidy and cupboards all gleaming.

Fridge Freezer and cooker get the treatment tomorrow.

I love my kitchen it may be small but the heart of my home.

One week of Spring Cleaning and I am happy.

Winter dust and gloom is gone the door is open and fresh air enters making everything feel clean and fresh again.

After the Kitchen the Living room will be attacked and that is going to be a challenge as DH has all his Model Rail stuff out. It is everywhere and the place looks likes a bombs hit it, I have to tidy it up in the end as it gets out of control.

So lots of exercise as I deep clean the place

Rid the home of Winter and shift the calories as well now that is a plan I like.

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USMAWIFE 4/17/2014 6:33PM

    I have done a bit of cleaning but doing to do more soon

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TRUCKERSMRS 4/16/2014 1:46PM

    I hope to get my Spring Cleaning done this Easter weekend! If I fail, can I come and pick you up and let you loose on my place?
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FEARLESSNOW 4/15/2014 10:29PM

    Life is so much easier to deal with when the environment is clean and organized!

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JAWATKINS 4/15/2014 2:21PM

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Burn those calories & sweep that dust!!

Have a great day!

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MRS_EVA_K 4/15/2014 10:53AM

    i love it. i did my spring cleaning last month. i do a fall cleaning as well. Helps keep the indoor allergens at bay. And it keeps things in places whee they can be easily found!

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JIBBIE49 4/15/2014 10:48AM

    I read that spices should be thrown out after six months because they begin to lose flavor and therefore not to buy them in large containers. It said if you really want to have your food taste the best, use fresh spices less than six months old. I went through my cabinets and tossed spices from six years ago and my husband was mad since he was sure they could last for years.
I've been watching the BBC show Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners on YouTube. There is 2 seasons of the show. It is really good even though I know they are over the top with OCD, but my mother always said "It is easy to clean a clean house" so doing things daily was important. She always said to "clean as you go", so my brother and I weren't allowed to leave messes and we had to put our things away in the drawers and closets.

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Comfort Food and still in range

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Husband wanted something naughty and comforting for dinner so I decided to have a look at few recipes and found this one.

Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

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 in it.
Mac Cheese and Chicken a win win situation and he is getting hidden vegetables I can use different vegetables and cheese and vary the recipe a bit for next time he wants some comfort food.
I just don't tell him it is a lower calorie recipe that way he gets a nice healthy meal and still has something full of flavour and comforting.
As an extra on the side DH likes Garlic Bread but it is high calorie but I have tried this several times and he loves it.

So now Garlic bread is back and that means a happy Hubby.
Who says you can't have comfort food and still be in your calorie range? Not me.

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DNRAE1 4/14/2014 7:33PM

    Great recipes, Paula! Thanks for finding them for all of us! emoticon

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ANNA907 4/14/2014 1:32PM

    That sounds good. Yum. I think DH would try it too.
Thank you for the recipe!!!

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PEG2584 4/14/2014 12:11PM

    You won't hear me saying it either! I like collecting recipes for new dishes and the comforting standbys!

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NASFKAB 4/14/2014 11:38AM

  thanks for the recipes

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Looking back

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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.

So here goes.
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.
I had broken the right humerus back in August 2011 and was still having problems with the arm in 2013. I still have a few problems with it but nothing like I had a year ago.
My energy levels have increased as I have found Exercise really does increase your energy along with eating better.
Now Exercise for me has always been a chore mainly due to the bully tactics in the past at school. I was not any good at team games and could not hit a ball to save my life so never bothered with exercise as an adult. Sports were never encouraged at home so I never learnt to like sports and so exercise was never really an option for fun.
However I have found that I enjoy Walking Chair Exercise and Dancing and get the Endorphin hit that makes me want more.
A year ago I was struggling with exercise but now find I LOVE it, goodbye bully tactics I have found what I am good at and enjoying it.

Habits I have broken:
1) Staying in bed late. I now get up early and Exercise.
Do I always feel like getting up early? Of course not I am human but once I am up and get started I am pleased I am doing the exercise.
2) I am now using the Portion plate with all my meals rather than just some of them.
3) Eating whilst watching TV in the evening. I used to snack in the evening but now I don't. I knit most evenings and that means keeping my hands clean so no snacking. When I am not knitting I still don't snack as it has become a habit not to.

What have I learnt about myself?
That I am able to do more than I think. I also listen to my body and do not overdo things like I used to. That does not mean I do not challenge myself I just don't go at things like a bull in china shop and then wonder why I can't do things the next day.
I have learnt to add a little more exercise each day and build up slowly.
Food wise I have learnt that I can eat to satisfaction and if that means I leave food on my plate that is okay to do so.
Am I where I wanted to be?
No to be honest I am not where I wanted to be but that is okay as I have had a lot to cope with health wise and emotionally. I am not downhearted at where I am right now as I have come a long way from a year ago. There is always room for improvement but compared to where I was a year ago I think I have done well.

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FEARLESSNOW 4/13/2014 10:54PM

    Sounds like some great accomplishments!

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Very insightful blog!
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TRUCKERSMRS 4/13/2014 12:40PM

It is not until we look back that we can appreciate what we have achieved. Really well done.

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NASFKAB 4/13/2014 12:19PM

  going the right way godd for you

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DNRAE1 4/13/2014 11:30AM

    Great progress!!! You go, Girl!!!!

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Consistency not Perfection

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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.
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.

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 my body.
I add a few extra minutes each day and slowly build up what I can do.

In the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge we were asked to set long term goals these are mine.

Do a workout every day:

During the week I will include Cardio, Strengthening, Core, Arms and Stretches

My exercise will be broken up into sections so I can do them during the day.

Have fun during exercising so it will not become a chore and find ways to add a little extra when ever possible.

When life steps in and things are harder to do I will do at least 10 minutes exercise.

When my pain levels increase I will find ways of doing something even if it is the upper body only.

There will be days when I am not able to exercise a lot due to pain or the disc popping out pressing on the sciatic nerve, I hope it will not happen too often as it is not much fun. On these days I will do what I can and if that is 10 minutes only then it is better than doing nothing at all.

I have learnt that moving is what it all about not perfection, so no matter what I do as long as it is my best then that is what matters.

My Husband is the sort of person that goes with the thought it is all or nothing. I am trying to show him that it is Consistency that works, Consistency not Perfection being consistent rather than the all or nothing approach.
I will weigh myself on Friday and hope that I have shifted at least 1 pound as this will not only spur me on but show my Husband that the exercise I am doing, which includes a lot of Chair Exercise really does work. I am also watching the portions I eat with my plate and the combination of eating smaller portions and exercise should reap results.

So I am working on being consistent and finding ways to make the Exercise enjoyable.

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  keep pushing

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WILSONWR 4/8/2014 8:55AM

    What a great attitude! Thanks for sharing!

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WATERONE 4/8/2014 8:40AM

    You are so right. Consistency is the key. I break my workouts into smaller segments too and find I'm much more likely to do them that way. I loved the Official 10 Minute Exercise Challenge and it really helped me make exercise and moving a daily habit.

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ROXYCARIN 4/8/2014 7:18AM

  Keep pushing

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JAWATKINS 4/8/2014 7:02AM

    emoticon Keep up the emoticon work!!
So glad you're a part of the Clover Leaf Team!

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MUSIC123JJ 4/8/2014 6:46AM

    Thank you for sharing

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NANCYPAT1 4/8/2014 6:33AM

    Consistency is soooooo very important and perfection is not achievable anyhow.

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Spring 5% Challenge 2014 is underway

Sunday, April 06, 2014

So we have started the Challenge and I am off to a good start.
Exercise is going well and I have managed to drink the water needed each day and use the portion control plate as well.

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.
Sounds easy but it meant doing it carefully so we did not put our backs out.

Now DH would agree wholeheartedly that is not great at DIY so I keep an eye on what he is doing, like not getting the shelf bracket upside down and wonder why the holes don't match up. I pass the tools and help make sure things are level so between us we got the job done.

We measured twice to make sure the shelves would be high enough not to cause problems. So now all that is needed is the Model railway scene and it will be complete and that is going to take ages.

In the mean time I got a good workout moving furniture so feel quite pleased with myself. Today being Sunday I have done my exercise for the day and will enjoy some relaxation Knitting and reading.

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ROCKPORT9 4/6/2014 1:05PM

    Sounds fun having trains whistling overhead.:)

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NASFKAB 4/6/2014 12:06PM

  great job

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TRUCKERSMRS 4/6/2014 10:21AM

    A great start. Well done. If I want shelves up it's easier to either buy a free standing bookshelf or get some one in to do it! Lol!
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DNRAE1 4/6/2014 9:45AM

    Sounds like a great day! Enjoy!

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WDIPIM 4/6/2014 9:21AM

  have a blessed day

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