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Blogging Before Planned Power Outtage

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The power is being turned off in my neighborhood for about three hours and I wanted to blog before that happens in a few minutes. They are doing a repair, so at least I can plan around this.

However, it really reminds me how our world would be very different if we lost our main grids for any reason. Wow, think of all the people who'd go haywire not being able to text or tweet!

WIshing all a happy day and a fun and safe 4th. Happy B'day USA!

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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:22PM

  My husband would have to be put into a loony bin if he lost his ability to facebook.

At least you were warned! We lost power at work yesterday. There was a cable company truck working on a pole and they claim they didn't do it - but it's quite the coincidence that they went up the pole and our power went out. I ended up taking my work home with me and doing it there, but I couldn't do most of it since I couldn't log into the servers here. Makes me realize how bad things would be if we lost power for a long time or if the systems crashed. What did we do before electricity?

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    I hope you had a great 4th of July!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/3/2012 11:59PM

    That would be something. I would be unaffected seeing as I don't text or tweet. emoticon

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MEETSADMAMA 7/3/2012 7:11PM

    We lost a main power grid a few years back and it left our entire town powerless for just over 2 full days. Can't touch the fridge or freezer or everything inside it was garbage within a few hours, especially in the heat wave we were having at the time. No stores could open (I didn't realize that I depended on them so often!! Couldn't even get more propane for the BBQ or gas for the car and it was more than just our town, even further than our county. It was almost all of southern Ontario and parts of upstate NY. It just goes to show you how big a main power grid truly can be!! It sure can be a big eye opener that's for sure!!

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CATLADY52 7/3/2012 4:54PM

    Like living for the rest of your life on a desert island. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/3/2012 4:01PM

    we lost power here for a week in october right before Halloween we had no way to heat the house. we felt like little house on the prarie lol. we washed our hair with cold water in the sink and dryed it in the sun. My son made a soup in a big pot with all our meats that was going bad outside on a real camp fire, best soup we ever had. we all huddled on the couch and tried to read or play cards from the light of one small lamp and i have teenagers. But they both walked up the street to the firestation to plug in their laptops and phones . It brought us together but i wouldn;t do it again.

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NATPLUMMER 7/3/2012 3:21PM

    At least you have warning.
Have a great holiday!!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/3/2012 1:10PM

    We had something similar at work a couple months ago with the power company replacing some major item and shutting power off for 6 hours.

The biggest concern I'd have from a power outage (which is kind of sad) is the food in my fridge and freezer. In the past I might have simply eaten anything that didn't need heating to "save" it. Being out of contact wouldn't phase me. I'd just read or go for a long walk.

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NANCY- 7/3/2012 12:44PM

    Planned power outage. At least you had a heads up and could prep for it. Hopefully they will finish the repair early.
Have a Happy 4th!!!

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DIBANANA 7/3/2012 11:43AM

  Good planning. I too think about how different my life is from say my grandmother's. We are lucky in some ways and not in others.

Keep Sparking

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Suddenly, I have To Log In Each Time

Monday, July 02, 2012

Even though I check "remember me," and nothing has changed on my computer, I suddenly have to log into SP almost every time I visit the site. Wonder why. Anyone else experiencing this change for no apparent reason?

Other than that, I have nothing to say today.

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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:23PM

  Every now and then it happens to me, but usually only for a few days. Hope it rectifies itself!

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    Has this gotten resolved? That would be a pain in the patodie

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    i been having the same trouble for a few days

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PUNKY100 7/3/2012 2:29PM

    Cookies!!! Just delete all of your cookies for sparkpeople and that should do it. :-D

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MIRAGE727 7/3/2012 2:07PM

    Check your preferences/options on your browser, possibly for security & history too. This could be the problem. All the best.

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NANCY- 7/3/2012 12:42PM

    I did have an issue a while back where for a couple of hours I did have to log in, then it was fine and I didn't have to log in.. perhaps it is SP doing site maintenance.

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CATLADY52 7/2/2012 9:27PM

    I've had that problem before and think it definitely something to do with IE. emoticon

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RAINEMARIE214 7/2/2012 3:32PM

    That happens to me too. When I'm at work I use Internet Explorer, and if I close the web browser, I have to log back in. If I never close the web browser, but just navigate through different websites, I dont have to log back in. At home I use Google Chrome and I never have a problem. I also never have a problem with Safari on my iPad, so I think for me it is just Internet Explorer.

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NATPLUMMER 7/2/2012 2:52PM

    That's been happening to me a lot lately when I'm at home. At work, I stay logged in with no problem. What browser are you using? I've been using Firefox at work but I use Safari at home.

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Maybe I Should Blog Again

Sunday, July 01, 2012

It's been a few weeks since I last blogged. BTW, happy month of July - ALREADY! Half of 2012 gone!

Been going through one of my rebellious phases - AGAIN! The "I don't wanna do this" type of phase. Yes, I've kept mega-exercising. Eating FAIRLY well.

About a month ago, after four months of no caffeine or sugar, I blogged that I was going to learn moderation and have them both back in my life.

Immediately after putting the welcome mat out to both icky substances, I felt the difference. Totally terrible, in many ways.

I'm in the process of reversing that - again. Will try as many attempts as it takes for it to sink into my bonehead that neither agrees with me.

Okay, so I've always wondered why I should blog. For one thing, I notice that it brings my health-related thoughts out from the ethereal to the real. As real as a blog in virtual reality can be. Seeing them concretely stated, it's harder to ignore what's truly going on.

Sending hugs to all in the storm, heat, fire areas of our dear country. I've been through them all and understand completely.

Wishing all a happy day.

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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:28PM

  Blogging helps keep me on track too. I make myself admit when I screw up and just putting it in type makes it that much more real. Almost like having to track my food like the calories don't really count or add up if I don't see them in black and white.

Besides, it keeps me in touch with my friends on the other side of the country! Can't lose track of them!


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NANCY- 7/2/2012 8:04AM

    Welcome back!
I have missed your blogs. Blogging is great because it slows me down and I can catch those fleeting thoughts. It helps clarify plans, direction, Blogging can inspire others too. Also the feedback can be helpful and enlightening.

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RYDERB 7/1/2012 7:30PM

    So many articles report that journaling is suppose to help you lose weight and not just keeping a food journal

You can do it

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    I decided to blog daily for the month of July for accountability....we can cheer each other on.

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NATPLUMMER 7/1/2012 2:45PM


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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Okay, I have to admit that my sparkfriends saved whatever little sanity I have left. (smiling)
Yesterday's blog pondered how I could gain 6 lbs in two days. Whew, great feedback by all. And very helpful in reality-basing me.

Now, one day later, 3 lbs down. What have I learned? NOT TO WEIGH-IN DAILY! (which I have never done before) As sparkfriend JLITT wrote, daily would indeed drive me crazy.

So, I'll be back to weekly weigh-ins and have set the date for a week from Monday. Starting June 18 weigh-in, there will be weekly only.

Thanks to all for your supportive responses. Have a happy weekend.

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FLORIDASUN 6/19/2012 10:05AM

    I'm a daily weigher...and a daily obsessor..sigh! emoticon emoticonI know that fluctuations occur so I've taken a "the scale is a big fat lier' and move on.

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NANCY- 6/12/2012 8:37AM

    Yikes What a roller coaster ride for you, I wish I could view the numbers on the scale like other numbers, but somehow that scale imposes self worth into those numbers. It is amazing that hidden salt can cause temporary gains.
You are doing great in taking care of you no matter what the scale says.

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MEETSADMAMA 6/10/2012 4:14PM

    Something to think about, when you weigh in weekly - Do you always weigh yourself around the same time of day?

Weight fluctuates so much throughout the day. If you're always keeping it around the same time it helps make a better comparison.

I always weigh myself in the morning, after I go to the bathroom lol. This way it's always the same time with the same amount of food in my and hopefully the most comparable time of day for myself =]

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CATLADY52 6/9/2012 9:54PM

    It can be rather frightening to have a daily up or down of several pounds. Try to make the weekly number crunching something to look forward to. emoticon emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/9/2012 5:52PM

    Congrats on the 3lbs down already; and the other 3 will soon follow!

I weigh in daily due to directions from my doctor, due to my having heart failure. And, for me it seems to work really well; mostly because I have a bio-impedance scale that shows how much water vs fat I have on board. I know when I don't weigh in regularly that it gives me 'permission' to live in denial and eat anything I want. Even having the scale I regularly eat the wrong things, but the scale is a constant reminder to 'keep myself in check'.


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YELLOWDAHLIA 6/9/2012 12:30PM

    I agree! Do not weigh will drive you

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JLITT62 6/9/2012 11:59AM

    Some people like to weigh daily & don't get thrown for a loop by the fluctuations . . . but they really are normal. Which is why I got rid of the scale so long ago . . . but I've become really sensitive to how my clothes fit.

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NATPLUMMER 6/9/2012 11:21AM

    Weekly weighing is a good plan.

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Friday, June 08, 2012

My eyes nearly fell out of my head this morning when I got on the scale. Not in a good way.

On Wednesday, which is my weekly weigh-in day, I saw that I've maintained my recent 10 lb loss. Today - a mere two days later - the scale shows I'm up 6 lbs!!!!! How can that be? I'm blown away.

Has my return to sugar and caffeine cost me 6 lbs? And in two days? I've continued daily exercise and calorie counting, and can't figure out where these lbs came from.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/9/2012 10:18AM

    Sugar (as well as salt) causes the body to hold water. Get rid of those and you will rapidly (lose) those pounds again.

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JLITT62 6/8/2012 6:37PM

    This is why I don't have a scale - just weighing once a week can drive you nuts!

If you're going to weigh daily, you have to accept the fluctuations.

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KO1215 6/8/2012 2:55PM

    I'm voting for water weight. Try again tomorrow!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/8/2012 12:13PM

    hope you figure it out....if you do....let us know what you figured out is the cause.

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FITNESSBENDER 6/8/2012 11:58AM

    Probably salt. There is no way it is real weight.

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EGALITAIRE 6/8/2012 11:31AM

    I have weighed myself almost daily for 5 years and have regularly found fluctuations as high as 5 pounds in one day, the cause of which I have not been able diagnose.

Could be water weight, could be a lot of things, but I also find that within a day or two or five, the scale goes back down. I'm always amazed at people who are in maintenance mode and report the scale not moving more than a pound or two - that's not me.

It's actually a good reason for weighing more often than once a week. If I have these kinds of fluctuation, how would I know if I wasn't on an extreme high or extreme low on weigh-in day. Then the next week if I was on the opposite extreme I would think I was doing something weird.

Always a good idea to try and figure it out, but you may not - if you are generally getting healthier and weights moving in the right direction - stay the course.

Stay Strong

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 11:17AM

    Too much salt and sugar

These are common causes of water retention. Salt affects your kidneys and blood pressure. The sodium in salt makes your kidneys hold on to water instead of excreting it.

Eating too much sugar raises levels of the hormone insulin. High insulin levels make it hard for you to excrete sodium. As sodium accumulates it causes water retention so people who indulge a sweet tooth can be prone to water retention.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 6/8/2012 10:02AM

    I doubt it's due to the sugar or caffeine. Here's a few things to consider:

1. It could be due to hormone issues. I retain water during a certain time of the month and puff up like a balloon.

2. If you have a digital scale, the battery could be going bad. My scale goes willey nilley when the battery is dying.

3. If you've had a lot of salt lately, that could cause water retention.

My advice-- keep tracking calories and exercising. If it's water weight; it will go away quickly.

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VIVERE 6/8/2012 9:39AM

  It might be a salt issue. A high level of salt will cause you to retain water. Either that or aunt flow is about to visit. Keep pushing through, it will pass.

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