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Frankenstein was the Doctor, Not the Monster

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When this storm was named "Frankenstorm" it reminded me that we are a nation of non-readers. The monster in the book was not Frankinstein, it was the doctor.

But, small details as a rose by any other name... as Shakespeare wrote. In this case, a nightmarish hurricane by any other name.

Very sad to see all the damage.

Hope everyone is now safe.

  
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NANCY- 10/31/2012 7:32AM

    A storm by any name is still a storm.
Connecticut dealt with storm surges and I was lucky enough to get my power back last night after being out for only 26 hours.


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CATLADY52 10/30/2012 9:29PM

    Thank heaven I live in the center. Nothing here but tornados and for some reason they have all missed us. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/30/2012 4:07PM

    You are right.
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LIVINGFREE19 10/30/2012 2:56PM

    This hurricane has caused an inclculable amount of damage the paper says this morning. i saw many photos on the computer of New York and New Jersey and it was extremely sad!


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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 1:51PM

  I'm safe and sound over here, but you would cry to see pictures of Seaside. The end of the boardwalk with the merry-go-round we've talked about? Gone. At least from what I saw it looked like that end. In any case, one pier is just gone.

We got pummelled pretty hard, but are unbelievably lucky. Our power only went out for about 5 hours. Hoping that as they start repairs that it doesn't overload things and take it back out.

And I agree. It's pathetic how under-read we are as a nation.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/30/2012 11:53AM

    Yep, the monster had no name. The book by Mary Shelley is amazing and to think that she was only 18 when she wrote this for a competition with some of the greatest writers of the era to see who could write the best horror story. LOL.

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4 lbs Down

Monday, October 29, 2012

For the past four years, I remained on a plateau after losing 30. No matter what I did, no movement on the scale.

So, I decided to shock my body and implemented a severe plan for November which I started early on Saturday. I have another plan for December and the last for January which is a different plan from the other two months. By my birthday in February, I plan to be at my lifelong normal weight. I've absolutely had it with these extra pounds.

I will discuss the November plan at the end of this month, but for now I'll just say that it includes little/no carbs. I am 4 lbs down today and the lowest in four years. Still off of sugar, which helps as well. Down substantially with salt use. I don't have that much left to lose, but my body has stubbornly held onto the lbs.

Woohoo!

Also, my thoughts and positive energy are with East Coast sparkies. Stay safe. Yikes!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/27/2012 5:44PM

    You are doing great! I'm excited to hear what you have in store for yourself for December!

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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 1:54PM

  Check out my post about the Metabolism Miracle diet. From your symptoms you would be a perfect candidate.

(And you're supposed to stay off the scale for the first 2 months, but I snuck on this morning. 10 days into it and I'm down 4 lbs! The first step sounds very similar to what you're doing now - no sugar, minimal carbs, and mandatory exercise. It's supposed to "reset" your body.)

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KPETSCHE 10/30/2012 3:58AM

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/29/2012 7:44PM

    Woohoo! There's proof that your plan will work:)
Have a happy and successful month.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2012 5:50PM

    Sounds like you are on the right path! Congrats on the weight loss!! 4 pounds down is great!! And getting rid of sugar and salt is always the way to go in my opinion.

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NATPLUMMER 10/29/2012 11:32AM

    Awesome!!

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-LINDA_S 10/29/2012 10:57AM

    Great news! You'd have to be really low on sugar to have almost no carbs! Looking forward to hearing exactly what you're doing!

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MARY1313 10/29/2012 10:47AM

    four pounds is awesome! that is 14,000 calories! I love it!

Mary

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/29/2012 10:45AM

    That's great about the 4 pounds!

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NANCY- 10/29/2012 10:32AM

    Great planning.
Be aware you body may need a new normal. Heed your body. With proper nutrition and exercise your body will find its balance.

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DIBANANA 10/29/2012 9:39AM

  Good for you! Sounds like you are at a point where you will get the job done!



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A HUGE SHOCKER, BUT HAPPY ENDING

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today I am starting a big experiment for November - starting early. In preparation for that, I knew I'd have to get on the scale, which I haven't done for several weeks.

Usually weigh in mornings, I did it at night this time and nearly fell off the scale as I was up 7 (!!!!!!!) lbs from what I have plateau'd at for the longest time. Hardly slept all night. Not just over this, but something very upsetting happened last night and this was the icing on the proverbial cake.

Just for accuracy, I weighed this morning. Now, keep in mind that nothing was eliminated - if you catch my drift. Nothing at all changed in a mere few hours.

DOWN 7 lbs!!!! Whew, whatta relief!!! So, for those of you who may lament fluctuations, please keep this in mind. That mine can vary within hours!

Back to weekly weigh-ins, which will be Sat. mornings.

Wishing all a happy weekend.

  
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NANCY- 10/28/2012 7:23PM

    That's why I do not panic over one reading... it is the overall trend that counts. But 7 pound variance... WOW!

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CATLADY52 10/28/2012 5:15PM

    I consistently weigh in the mornings before I get dressed. That seems to be the ideal time.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/28/2012 5:08PM

    Yes I always weigh in the mornings. If I did it at night I would never sleep well

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NELLJONES 10/28/2012 9:14AM

    I have gained 3 pounds just from taking a shower. I weigh daily, same time in the morning, and write it down in my calendar. The graph over the weeks, months and years is what counts.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/28/2012 9:00AM

    I dont count to much on the scale just how great my muscles look and how my clothes fit

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2012 11:25PM

    Good grief!! That was freaky!! I'm so glad it wasn't for real.

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MARY1313 10/27/2012 10:54PM

    Yes I made this mistake once too!!!

Mary

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WALLAHALLA 10/27/2012 10:38PM

    That would be why I only weigh in the morning, after my shower.
I have noticed that the barometric pressure makes a difference as well, so I don't sweat over a small gain when the weather is making big changes.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/27/2012 9:49PM

    Whoa! That's quite a fluctuation.
I hope the other upsetting situation gets remedied quickly. Hugs.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/27/2012 7:38PM

  I wonder if this is fro all the stuff we drink all day.

I do wonder why it fluctuates so much. I recall when we would go to my parents to visit, it always went up when in the morning before one eats, and anytime during the day. But it must not be true weight, ... but you know our tummies ca only hold 1-4 cups. Who I don't get it.

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DEBBY4576 10/27/2012 7:20PM

    Whew. You better never, ever weigh at night again. Congrats on maintaining so so well.

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JLITT62 10/27/2012 4:05PM

    Really not shocking to me -- I know the difference he day of the week or time of day can make to WIs. even the clothes.

But sorry you went the such angst!

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-LINDA_S 10/27/2012 3:08PM

    I will only weigh first thing in the morning after at least one trip to the bathroom. Nothing else counts, as far as I'm concerned! Glad it ended up working out for you.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/27/2012 1:14PM

    I always weigh in first thing in the morning if I am ever going to weigh myself. I haven't been weighing myself regularly. I just weigh myselfperiodically. I go by how my clothes are fitting. I think by going by the numbers on the scale, it is easy to get too obsessive, so I just pretty much eliminate the scale. It works for me this way.
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FANGFACEKITTY 10/27/2012 12:49PM

    Mornings first thing are always the best time to weigh in. I know there is a scientific reason why but can't remember what it is.

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To FitBit or Not to FitBit

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pondering this purchase, but not sure I'd use it. Having read several sparkfriends' comments, it sounds like it's very popular.

Any feedback on this?

  
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KAYLSLYNN 10/27/2012 11:00AM

    I WONDER THE SAME THING. I HAVE A GOOD PEDOMETER DO I NEED TO SPEND THE EMONEY WOULD IT HELP THAT MUCH. PLEASE POST YOUR DECISION.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/26/2012 10:32PM

    It does seem like a glorified pedometer.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/26/2012 7:28PM

    not sure if i could even use one with my pacemaker but it does sound cool,

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RYDERB 10/26/2012 5:21PM

    Everyone seems to be hooked on it, but it seems gimmicky to me. I love my HRM and have considered stepping that up to a BodyBug, but FitBit seems like spending money to take a step down. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/26/2012 4:22PM

    I don't know if I will buy it.
I have a $5.00 pedometer that tells me how many steps i have taken and that is good enough for me.
Good luck in your decision.

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DEBBY4576 10/26/2012 4:20PM

    I love mine. I've had for 5 weeks. My average busy day (housework, shopping etc) I found was about 5500 to 6000 steps. To reach 10,000 you have to walk 2 miles. Minimum. Weather bad? Use the timer and mileage and walk it in the house. And that's what you do, because you become addicted to the darn thing. But that kind of addiction is good uh? I would recommend everyone getting a fitbit. It tracks so much more than steps. I love the floors and the cals burned and the mileage. My fitbit is one that tracks sleep, or you can use it as a stopwatch when you first walking the mileage.

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IAM_HIS2 10/26/2012 11:33AM

    Hope you get the right answer for you.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2012 10:10AM

    I wonder the same thing. I thought I wanted a BodyBugg until I heard the price. I don't want to buy something I won't use. Some of the key features would not be that useful for me. I don't have access to many stairs and already know how I sleep. LOL. And I have a really good pedometer. I don't have a Smart Phone so the apps would be out. I seldome eat away from home as I try to avoid it. I worry it would end up in the washing machine as it's so small.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/26/2012 9:43AM

    According to my calculations, everybody who has one loves it, minus me, but I have feet problems, especially the more I walk, and it does inspire it's owner to walk more. I gave mine to a friend and she loves it.

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NATPLUMMER 10/26/2012 9:32AM

    I love mine.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/26/2012 8:45AM

    I've been looking at them ever since they first came out a couple years ago. I'm currently talking myself out of it by saying it won't track anything while I'm bike touring .....if it did, I'd be all over it! Even so....I still want one.
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NANCY- 10/26/2012 7:04AM

    You are not alone in the quandary. I hear it is a great tool if it is used. While not exact, it does give a general idea and a basis for comparison.
How would you use this tool?

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PAMNANGEL 10/26/2012 3:01AM

    I'm also considering a FitBit. It sounds interesting.

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POCKETCOLLIE 10/26/2012 1:21AM

    Hah! I've been wondering the same thing!

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MARY1313 10/26/2012 12:23AM

    Not from personal experience, but one of my good friends on Spark is PUDLECRAZY and she loves hers. Visit her spark age and read her blogs about it.

http://www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage.asp?id=PUDLECRAZY

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DO YOU SNORE?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

About six years ago, due to a number of factors, I gained weight for the first time in my life. Overweight. With the extra pounds came a bunch of things I'd never experienced before - knee pain, etc. And how shocked I was to discover I'd started to snore!!!!

So I've Iost most of the weight, but occasionally find the snoring thing going on. Just once in awhile. Which made me wonder what it correlates with. I noticed it's during a night when I'm especially tired and in a deep sleep. But other than that, I just can't figure it out. I'm glad it isn't a nightly occurrence.

Curious to know what others experience.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 1:56PM

  It's rare for me to snore, and more often than not because of allergies. Are you rolling over on your back? That will sometimes cause it.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/26/2012 10:33PM

    According to my husband,yes

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KAYLSLYNN 10/26/2012 12:04PM

    HUBBY SAYS I DO BUT HE DOESN'T COMPLAIN AS MUCH SINCE I HAVE LOST WEIGHT HAVE BLESSED DAY

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CHRISTINASP 10/26/2012 3:40AM

    I only snore when I have a cold, and sometimes when I sleep on my back. I usually sleep on my right or left side.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/25/2012 11:39PM

    Good question. I don't know if I do or don't, but if I did, I'd call my consulting nurse and see what advice I get, if you have one through insurance, that is.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/25/2012 9:16PM

    Sometimes blissful ignorance is not a good thing. Keep an eye out for symptoms of sleep apnea: waking up not feeling rested, tired during day, low energy, heart palpipations, high BP etc. etc.

Amber

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CATLADY52 10/25/2012 5:47PM

    Some habits are best not known. emoticon It is called blissful ignorancefor a reason. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 5:27PM

    I occasionally snore but not every night. It often is positional and depends on how you are sleeping. People snore more on their backs.

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2012 5:08PM

    According to my husband, no.

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CHEFBUFFY 10/25/2012 5:06PM

    I am more likely to snore if I've had alcohol.

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NAOLEE 10/25/2012 5:00PM

    You have to check with a Dr because my husband and my son snores and they have Sleep Apnea.

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KNYAGENYA 10/25/2012 4:55PM

    I had a horrible snoring problem. According to hubby it has stopped since I have lost some weight. I have lost around 34 pounds so far. I would have horrible pain in my feet and heels and all of this has gone away.

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