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January 18, 2012, Unexpected Electric Outage=Be Prepared!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yesterday was a beautiful day, after having a lot of cold and snow, decided to go shopping. Slipped on a light jacket and my son and I went to two stores. Had a good time, walking through one and riding through the other.

The electricity went off and back on a few seconds later, didn't think too much of it, then it happened again, and half their lights came back on. Still didn't pay heed too much, I asked my son is that a signal they are about to close, he said No something is happening. People must have started leaving, as the store got weird quiet, we had no plans, so re looked around awhile longer, enjoyed fully.

Eventually, headed to the door and was shocked at the strong winds, as I stood up for the first time in my life, I felt swayed by the winds, it was a weird GOOD. Yes, the wind moved me, all 240+ lbs of me.

The wind the cold, effected driving some, we were cold to the bones, shivering until the car warmed up. Turned down a side road with ditches on both sides of the road and came upon big orange and white gates that was blown down. we couldn't turn around, so we ventured forward looking for a driveway to turn around in, it was so dark we missed one, but went a little further and seen water across the road, we have driven this road a few times and my son said I'm going to try, it doesn't looks to high right mom? I said right as I could see the road sloping up maybe twelve feet away, we went and were safe, and made it to the strip, there we discovered NO ELECTRICITY, except on corners that had a bar those street lights were on. Our electricity was off, winds strong, car full of groceries, I told my son, go ahead and drive up to the house, he did. I noticed one of my lawn chair blew over a deck railing and the legs broke off (garbage)pulled myself up the stairs opened door, with screen door pushing me into the door I was trying to unlock, full force on my behind, oh my.

Luckily, we had flashlights and dim lights that you push to turn on, as it was DARK, I lit everything I could, while my son brought in bags of groceries. Luckily we ate before coming home and didn't have to cook.

We talked about what to do next, he separated refrigerator food from non and debated on putting the meats on the deck in bags or opening the frig for a few seconds, There is a loose dog that comes often, so we decided the frig and did it quickly.

Realized the furnace couldn't push out the hot air w/o electricity, my land phone does not work w/o electricity, luckily I bought a FIRST & WOMEN"S World from the store and my son suggested, I relax and read with the flashlight, as we had many. So enjoyed a diet coke and read about 45 minutes and the electricity came back on.

I realize at this age it is easier to cope with lost of electricity then it was when I was younger and had three little kids and wasn't very prepared back then!

Lesson for Today: Be Prepared!

Have a wonderful day

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BEEJAY49 1/19/2012 3:32AM

    I'm so happy you made it back home safely! Anymore the weather just surprises us and we have to make due. Hugs!

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SISSYFEB48 1/18/2012 10:55PM

    Hope you are now back to normal. We had a Christmas once with no power. Good thing for a campstove to cook breakfast on, lots of candles and plenty of sweaters and sweat pants!

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PITLOCK 1/18/2012 12:54PM

    Wow what an adventure but glad everything turned out so well in the end. Kind of nice to be able to relax while you wait out the storm. The wind is suppose to be with us here in Maine today.

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TWNOMWE 1/18/2012 11:50AM

    Kind of scary adventure. I should stock up on candles and flash light batteries.
I am glad that every thing turn out alright with that wind. emoticon

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CAROLEE1945 1/18/2012 10:20AM

    Very interesting account. Once I was out of power for 3 days because a tree went down during storm.The woman who lived in the house was so embarrassed. She felt like everyone on the block was blaming her for being without power for 3 days!!! Trees near power lines need to be trimmed.

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REBECCAMA 1/18/2012 10:11AM

  Ah yes, power outages. Seems like we have had more of them lately. We have been caught so many times and sometimes they last for DAYS. I do not remember them lasting for DAYS when I was a kid, but then when I was a kid we had wood heat. AH well. We finally bought a generator but we haven't tested it out yet.

Hope these winds quiet down. I'm nervous about this afternoon/tonight too.

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    What an adventure. One of the best things I bought the year before my job was downsized was a whole-house generator that comes on automatically, using natural gas. I wish it would have been available years ago when I was caring for my mother. It lessens my worries as I now care for my housebound father.

The wind was surprising yesterday. When I went to town, the temperature was mild, even a little warm for this time of year. The little snow we had was melted. Mind you, I live in Michigan. A couple hours later when I was leaving the pharmacy, I was shocked at the change in the weather. The wind was so strong I had to stop for a minute to keep my balance on the way back to the car, so I understand your comment about the wind blowing you along. And that's hard to do at our size! Fortunately we didn't get snow. I heard the sump pump running last night. That's not a good sign. I am tired of the flooding we had in Nov-Dec! That is so scary that you drove through an area with water over the road. It can be deceptive. Glad you were safe.

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January 16,2012, Habits in the Making

Monday, January 16, 2012

How easy is it to turn off a light switch, to unplug an appliance when not in use, to turn a faucet a little bit tighter, to turn it off when brushing. Easy enough, right?

Now how about a habit of planning for our health by planning meals for a week?

Habit, of making a shopping list to include these meals, plus a pkg of extra meat to put in freezer, or dried beans to place in cupboard?

Coming here each day to encourage other members and to read the encouragement and articles that we find here, we can do this once a day at least.

Time to eat: Is it lunch time? Look at the menu and pick out one of the lunches you have on it for the week, is it today's? Nah, I don't have a taste for today's, I choose tomorrow's Is that okay, Yes it is! Why because you planned for them all to work out for when you want them, close to the calorie range, and nutrition range! Yahoo!

Planning, is what it takes, We can do this!


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SISSYFEB48 1/17/2012 6:16PM

    Great idea about having options planned so you have to freedom to choose healthily. I like to have some things dished out in appropriate sizes as well. These little tricks make a big difference some days. Good luck...and keep on losing. Thanks for the encouraging note.
Blessings, Dawn

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KALISWALKER 1/17/2012 1:09AM

    OK Linda let's get under 200! I am ready to stick it out no matter what and will do it with you!

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    Planning is so key to success. I get in trouble when I wing it. It is worth the time and effort to plan and prepare.

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HINCTYBEAT 1/16/2012 5:11PM

    Great idea! We tend to keep healthy mix and match foods made and available. This is about as far as our planning goes.


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    I agree with you. Planning all meals and making sure to have ingredients for those meals is not only a GOOD habit; it will save us a lot of money to put toward our new wardrobe.. emoticon

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JUSTA123 1/16/2012 1:20PM

    Planning and potion control the secret weapon!

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PITLOCK 1/16/2012 12:42PM

    I fully agree with making a habit particlarily this one it is a bad habit I have of not planning and grabbing what is in the frig. Usually this is still an ok meal but with planning I am sure it could be better. Thanks for the timely reminder.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 12:02PM

    Gonna take a heck of a lot of work, but I know you're right to have meals planned and prepped in advance. Thanks for this blog!

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CAROLEE1945 1/16/2012 11:48AM

    Agree with the habit alert TOTALLY. I now have the habit of slicing up apples in the morning to snack on all day. It prevents me from getting into the Christmas candy that I still have left over.

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January 15, 2012 I realize I am in control of what my body does.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I have been trying to figure out why my weight is fluctuating in the 40's for so long!

I have been eating differently, trying new things here and there, for variety sake and it has
been good, and have actually found that different foods affect my body, in different way.

I am starting to get a sensation, I didn't recognize before. I am assuming this is hunger and I have been feeding this feeling. Right? Wrong? not sure yet but am on top of it now so next time I have this feeling I WILL ask myself am I Hungry or angry or lonely or tired before I eat, I will also drink a glass of cold water and wait twenty minutes to see, if that was all I need. I also decided I will be eating THREE MEALS a day and have a snack at night only if my GLUCOSE is below 80, (diabetic's might ask why 80? I know my glucose will raise before it drops again, and I think I will be high enough through the night and I wake up to use the bathroom 2-3 times a night and will know if I need to check. I am also an early riser.

I will weigh each morning
I will check my glucose FBS after doing this
I will drink my large glass of cold lemon water
I will take my medicine including shots
I will eat breakfast approximately 8:30 AM
I will eat lunch approximately 1:30 PM
I will eat dinner approximately 6:30 PM
I will check my glucose three hours after taking my first bite of dinner
I will continue eating the foods on my personalized diet which includes eating for my blood type.
I will continue to exercise, but I will be trying new things like doing at least 1 video from sparks each day!
I will try to track my food 5 out of 7 days each week. (I find I need a break at times)
I am also planning to make a menu and print it out and put it on my frig and put a check mark on it each time I follow it.

I will get out of the 240's and keep going down to goal weight!
I have a plan!

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We can do this!

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PITLOCK 1/16/2012 1:22PM

    Good Plan and I know you will follow it and make it work for you. I need to follow your lead and make a plan and stick to it. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 12:22PM

    Great plan! Great blog!! You can do this! Make it happen!!!

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READYBETTY 1/16/2012 11:10AM

    Sounds like you have a solid plan. You can do it!

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MEME102 1/15/2012 7:45PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog -- which led me to yours!! It is a good plan and some of the comments you received as well as what you said will make me think more about how I need to react....thanks for sharing!

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SISSYFEB48 1/15/2012 6:56PM

    Good Plan. I also find the reports helpful and encouraging. I am seriously into stickers for tracking exercise, and it helps me a lot. Don't want to mess up a good streak, so I will do even 10 minutes when I think I have no time or energy. But, the weight is sooo slow to come off, so it takes all kinds of little tricks for me. Good Luck!

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BBONET 1/15/2012 1:49PM

    Great that you have a plan!! I have also been in the same weight for awhile and it is frustrating. But let's stay on course and remember our goals!!! emoticon

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HINCTYBEAT 1/15/2012 1:35PM

    My weight has been staying about the same for a couple of weeks but I can feel changes still going on in my body. Sometimes, as they say, it just takes a little time for the scale to catch up. It sounds like you're treating yourself right!

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TWNOMWE 1/15/2012 11:49AM

    A great thought out plan and I am confident that you will do it.

Are you going to change any activities I have found that my wt does not bulge unless I do different exercise routine.
emoticon plan and emoticon

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BLUEEYESCANADA 1/15/2012 11:40AM

    I have no doubt in my mind that you WILL get to your goal. You are doing an amazing job in your journey.
Don't get discouraged and I do hope you are also checking your body with a measuring tape. As you exercise you are adding muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.
Keep doing what you are doing and you will surpass all of your goals.. emoticon emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 1/15/2012 10:38AM

    Good plan. The one thing I've been doing the past 2 months is looking daily at the daily differential report. I have an iphone which makes it easy to view the differential report easily. Around dinner time, I look to see calories eaten versus calories burned. My goal is to have a 500-1000 calorie differential. That keeps me focused on the rest of the evening. Sometimes I exercise harder to bring up calories burned.

Yesterday I had a 0 differential, but I needed a break (night out with DH).

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January 14th 2012, Single Serving Vegetarian Chili

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I came up with this recipe, by having a taste for veggies, as I made fish and hash browns and they were cooking in the oven, so I grabbed a small teflon frying pan, put it on medium heat and and out a

small red onion, and cut half of it into the frying pan and then sliced
8 baby porto bello mushrooms, and placed them in the pan, added
12 grape tomatoes, then decided to press them and let the juice drain in the pan, I seasoned
1 teaspoon parsley flakes dry (or three if using fresh)
1/2teaspoon oraganoe
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds then squeezed
1/2 lemon on top of all this, let it cook, turning with a spatula, then remembered cooked beans,
1/4 cup of cooked 13 bean soup(any beans would work,except maybe green beans, lol) and
1/2 cup of hot salsa and
1/2 cup of water, placed a lid on the pan and let it cook about 7 more minutes, turned off and
let it set on the burner until it cooled and rest of meal was finished.

This made two cups of cooked vegetables and it was delicious! I would make it again.

Today, I used first three ingredients and added 1teaspoon A 1 Sauce, cooked, and placed on a 2 oz turkey patty, went very well together, served on blackberry 12 grain bread.

Hope you will try, sometime!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 12:34PM


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BLUEEYESCANADA 1/15/2012 11:34AM

    This sounds good. You are really making some interesting meals..

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JBLOSSOM 1/15/2012 9:39AM

    Mmmm. Sounds good. I am going to try this!

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KALISWALKER 1/15/2012 2:53AM

    Thanks for the recipe. I will give it a try this week!

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    Interesting. You can add different ingredients to vary the taste. Very versatile.

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ROCKYCPA 1/14/2012 8:08PM

    Sounds like a great chili - will have to try it.

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TWNOMWE 1/14/2012 6:46PM

    A very healthy way to try the veggies. Will try it very soon
Thanks. emoticon

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Monday, December 19, 2011

PRUNES- 5 regularity
pumpkin- 1/2c helps to prevent macular degeneration disease
rhubarb- 1/2 lowers chloresterol and eases digestive problems
flaxseed,ground 1/4 cup -5T. blocks free radicals, reduces incidences of clotting, lower bad LDL levels 8% in four weeks!
OJ 3/4 cup vitamin C & Folates
Cherries 20 fresh or 3 dried- phytochemicals& for pain
3/4 c skim milk,3-5oz salmon, non fat yogurt 6oz - calcium need 2-3 servings a day
legumes, nuts, seeds1/4 cup 1-2 X daily
grape juice 6 oz phytochemicals
tomato juice6 oz "
OJ 6 oz "
Soy Milk 6 oz "
apple juice 6 oz "
brazil nut 1 "
filbert 1
almonds 6
oats 1/3 cup
wheat germ 1/4 c
cinnamon 1/2 teas. helps regular glucose
cranberry juice lower bad LDL
onion 1T-1/2 Cup
garlic 1 clove
black tea 3 cups
water 8 cup
sugar less than 3 teaspoons
salt less than 7/8 teaspoon
oil less than 2 T
cholesterol 200 mcg
magnesium 350 mg
folic acid 400 mcg
folate 400 mcg
B6 3 mg
Vit E 400IU
cabbage 1/2 c cooked 1 c raw
blueberries 3/4 c
peanut butter 2 T
basil 2 t fresh or 1/2 t dried
rosemary 1 t fresh or 1/4 t dried
yogurt 1 cup

Figs- lower chlesterol
10 figs daily help stop strokes
6figs=10 g fiber helps control blood pressure
1 fig=48 calories promotes weight lost
1fat battles diabetes & combats cancer

50 grams of fiber a day helps keep diabetes under control

cranberries- fight urinary tract infections
protects your heart
combats cancer
guards against ulcers
kills bacteria
fight gum disease (not commercial cranberry juice)

Apricots (No sulfites especially if you have asthma
combats cancer, blood press, save eye sight, slows aging process, to ripen fresh, put in paper bag for several days in frig.

prunes 1-20 slows age process
10 prunes 200 calories prevent constipation, lower chloesterol
7 boost memory, promote weight loss protect against heart disease

Walnuts- lower cholesterol, enhances blood flow
1 oz walnuts=18 grams of fat combats cancer , boosts your mood, helps protect against heart disease, helps to prevent blood clotting.

Good to have if you have diabetes
high fiber cereal
peanut butter
3teaspoons wine vinegar after meal can lower blood sugar by as much as 30%, lemon juice works well, also

Chromium 50 mcga day helps body process sugar,nuts, whole grains, cheese

25 g soluble fiber
25 g insoluable fiber

For chronic pain have tuna, mackerel, salmon, halibut, flaxseed, tumeric, chesnuts, olive oil, walnuts, wheat germ, canola oil, water AVOID corn & soybean oils

This is information I found through the years and took notes on and decided ti share.

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    This is really an incredible blog. You have given us very valuable information and I for one will be taking some of this advice.

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KLEONIKI 1/9/2012 2:19AM

    thank you for sharing... i go very much forTURMERIC+GINGER since it DID miracles with my supraspinatus syndrom's pain..

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JABBYJABBY 12/23/2011 10:03AM

    great list. am going to try the chili pepper idea too to blast away my cold. thanks

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TWNOMWE 12/21/2011 2:47PM

    Great list, thank you for sharing.

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GEMINISUE 12/19/2011 9:21PM

    a filbert nut is also known as a hazelnut

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REDSHOES2011 12/19/2011 9:12PM

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MICHIGANLORI 12/19/2011 8:59PM

    What the heck is a filbert? I had to look that one up. emoticon

Thanks for sharing.

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POPSY190 12/19/2011 8:58PM

    Good to have this down in one place; thank you.

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PEPPYPATTI 12/19/2011 7:27PM

    Thank you for posting such helpful information!

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BLUEEYESCANADA 12/19/2011 11:15AM

    Awesome list..Thanks for sharing..

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DRKYASHI 12/19/2011 10:23AM

    Thank you for the post! It really offers a variety of options. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2011 10:01AM

    very good information, thx for posting it

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