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End of the World - When Your Internet Goes Down for Over 24 hours!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Yesterday was the first day I didn't spark in over 2.5 years! After the major power outage we experienced in soCal, when the electricity came back on, the internet did not.

Man, talk about feeling disconnected from the world! It felt strange to not log on and reinforce my healthy lifestyle.

I had been thinking of taking a break from SP, but after missing yesterday I see that I would miss it. I think I'll just spend less time here, but not leave completely.

It's amazing how different life is without the internet.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2011 4:38PM

    It's amazing that it wasn't that long ago that the internet didn't exist. Now we can't live without it.

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SKYEFYR 9/12/2011 10:16AM

  No! No go away!

Like I have a right to talk the way I went MIA....

But take a lesson from me. I went away and got miserable, depressed and at least 20 lbs heavier! Not worth it!

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FLORIDASUN 9/10/2011 10:36PM

    I must plead...don't leave...don't EVER, EVER, EVER leave...you know we love you girl and spark wouldn't be the same if you weren't here. Wow...that sounded a bit desperate didn't it? But true..so VERY true! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/10/2011 8:27PM

    Yup, you go through withdrawal!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2011 6:00PM

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CATLADY52 9/10/2011 2:41PM

    It gets to be habit forming doesn't. emoticon

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Hey, East Coasters...Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hope all are okay and not too shaken up. You stole our thunder; California is supposed to get those shakers.

Seriously, stay calm and remember to duck and cover. (although I always do what they say not to and run out of whatever building I'm in)

  
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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 7:46AM

    my seat was going back and forth-- my dad thought it was a truck going by, lol MY cat is still clinging to me like cling wrap!

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SUEJENN 8/26/2011 3:32AM

    This is the second time in as many years that we have felt this. We are just about an hour north of Toronto ON. Not a nice thought.

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SKYEFYR 8/24/2011 1:22PM

  I barely felt anything, almost like someone walking behind me in an old building where the floor shakes a little. The hubby said it lasted for a while and at first thought my daughter was doing something, so he got up to find out what. (Since he couldn't figure out how she was shaking the house like that - usually slamming the front door shakes the house, but only for a second.) Big difference in perceptions between someone on the ground floor and one floor up.

Overall, I'm not really impressed. California can keep them. :-)

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JLITT62 8/24/2011 5:39AM

    Some people up my way said they felt it - but I felt nothing & have been in smaller ones before so know what it feels like.

I'm beginning to think the end-of-the-worlders in 2012 have it right, tho!

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LRW1233 8/23/2011 8:41PM

    You can keep them in California. I did not enjoy getting knocked off my feet this afternoon.

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LGAR519 8/23/2011 8:18PM

    I live in the Mountains of Virginia. My inside cats were a basket case all morning. They must have sensed something. I didn't feel a thing. Hope nobody got hurt.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/23/2011 7:44PM

    It's been a big day in the news between the earthquake and Libya

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CATLADYX8 8/23/2011 7:20PM

    I live in Appomattox, VA and we really felt the quake. Some stuff fell off the shelves on my porch. One of my cats was scared to death. His tail fuzzed out and he was staying close to the ground. Luckily nothing serious...

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2011 7:07PM

    It was definitely weird to read about.

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PJBONARRIGO 8/23/2011 6:12PM

    Yes, a bit shaken... things seem to be OK :-)

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Condolences to those In Ohio

Monday, August 08, 2011

My deepest sympathy to family, friends and other citizens saddened by the recent shootings. Words fail me.

  
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LINDA! 8/12/2011 3:59PM

    I agree....horrible!!

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IAM_HIS2 8/8/2011 6:45PM

    My heart has so much pain for these people and I pray for them.

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/8/2011 6:41PM

    Very sad news! My condolensces too! There have been riots in London! What a sad world we live in!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/8/2011 2:54PM

    I agree....

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NATPLUMMER 8/8/2011 2:03PM

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Where-oh-where are my July Awards?

Friday, August 05, 2011

Maybe they stopped giving them out? I should have earned a bunch for July. What's up?

  
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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2011 9:09AM

    Weird.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/6/2011 6:53AM

    I have no idea...

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DJ4HEALTH 8/6/2011 12:02AM

    EJ took the month of July off to rest and to find articles for us.

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DONNAGOWAN 8/5/2011 11:06PM

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The Dukan Article I Read & What I Feel Is True for Me

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I don't pay attention to diets, and never have. But the other day, I read an article on the origins of the Dukan Diet and how popular Dr. Dukan's book has been since its 2000 publication date.

Well, as I read the details, I could see what was being described is exactly what I've called my "forever plateau" and I feel this info pertains to me and will be helpful.

In a nutshell, the metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance syndrome) goes like this (from First for Women magazine):

"We eat a meal, which releases glucose into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas produces insulin, which tells receptors on cells to allow glucose to enter. Once in the cells, glucose is burned for energy. All too often, though, this process runs amok. Years of high-carb eating can result in the cellular glucose receptors becoming deaf to insulin's orders to open up. That causes glucose to build up in the bloodstream, where it can end up damaging blood vessels and the organs they supply."

Now, here's the paragraph that really hit home for me:

"To sidestep this damage, the pancreas secretes more and more insulin in an attempt to get cells to open their doors. If cells don't respond, the insulin that's now flooding the body shuttles the lingering glucose into body fat to be stored. And once the body enters this fat-storage state, it essentially gets stuck, points out Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of nutrition and metabolic research at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He says, "When you're in this mode, you're shoving fat into cells and it's really hard to go the other way - to burn fat and lose weight."

Okay, being the former carb and sugar queen of the universe (as far as my consumption), it is no wonder I've been on a "forever plateau." I'll continue to work on resolving this.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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MILLISMA 8/4/2011 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing....very interesting.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/4/2011 7:18PM

    Thanks for sharing.:-)

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/4/2011 6:45PM

    I think there is a lot of truth in that! I am diabetic and I find that eating a little less carbs than spark says on my diabetic plan is better. As long as I get enough to keep my blood sugar on an even keel. I have 45% instead of 50 if I can, but it doesn't always work out. I tried the Dukan diet before spark, but it made me ill. Not enough fruit & veg I think and way too much oat bran for my body. It brought my IBS on! I do feel better with a bit more protein and fat though and now I have about 50g fibre. After my next blood test I will know if I can come off the meds completely. I was taking 5 tablets a day, now only one. That is down to my Mediterranean diet, walking, running, yoga and strength training and losing weight! I have been told not to lose any more! emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/4/2011 2:31PM

    That is an interesting theory. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/4/2011 12:33PM

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Interesting stuff!

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NATPLUMMER 8/4/2011 11:53AM

    Good luck!!

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SKYEFYR 8/4/2011 11:44AM

  I had never heard of Dukan before. I wonder if this is why people with Celiac tend to be on the thinner side - they can't have a lot of the carbs the rest of us just gobble down without thinking twice. Hmmmm....

Thanks for sharing!

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IAM_HIS2 8/4/2011 10:16AM

    Thank you for this blog--I am going to read more on this.

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