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EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Friday, November 02, 2012

Seeing the struggles on the East Coast, as well as witnessing what happened during a big blackout we had last year (or was it the year before, time goes so fast I lose track), I've been building a small stockpile of emergency supplies.

If you add a thing or two every year, it is painless and can make all the difference in how you fare through an emergency.

Not least of which, don't wait until you are on E to fill up your vehicle. A couple for friends had a very tough time getting home during the blackout since traffic was at a crawl. They almost ran out of gas since they DO wait until E all the time. It's a simple preventive measure.

Hope all are well. Have a good day.

(p.s. Hours after writing this, I thought of one more thing I've heard recently. Keep some emergency cash at home because ATM's won't work if power goes out. Including stores' registers.)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/6/2012 5:19PM

    I always have emergency supplies as I live so far from town. We are thinking of getting a whole house generator.

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NANCY- 11/4/2012 4:59PM

    Being prepared and having a plan does help. A friend of mine lives in LA and includes pet supplies in her earthquake kit. At least with storms we get a heads up and can make preparations.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/4/2012 1:27PM

    In an odd way, getting ready for our self-supported bicycle tour has also helped us be ready for emergencies. We now have many things we need to survive without electricity or a clean water supply that we didn't have a few months ago.

My parents used to never let their gas tank get more than half empty. My husband and I also do that in the wintertime, but not so much in the summer.

While watching the news last week, I couldn't help but think how people able to ride on bicycles for daily transportation have such an advantage after a disaster. I know a lot of people aren't physically able to do that, but it sure would have helped with the traffic problems in NYC after Sandy if more people were used to riding their bikes for transportation.

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NELLJONES 11/3/2012 9:19AM

    We had plenty of warning for Sandy. I feel badly for people in earthquake prone areas where you have to be prepared for something that probably won't happen in your lifetime, but may. I remember the lists of stuff to keep in bomb shelters, and that was before bottled water. Don't forget to swap your canned food around as it gets old.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 11/2/2012 9:34PM

    That is definitely food for thought. A little forethought can go a long way in an emergency. Thanks for the tips!

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WALLAHALLA 11/2/2012 6:16PM

    When we fail to prepare, we are prepared to fail.

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CATLADY52 11/2/2012 5:08PM

    It seems as if we all forget that part of the equation. Hail Emergency Kits. emoticon

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RYDERB 11/2/2012 3:12PM

    Thanks for the tips. Sometimes the little things really make a difference.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/2/2012 1:42PM

    I see there is a shortage of gas here on the east coast in the most hardest hit areas also.
It is a shame what these natural disasters do to the people.
Also, it is a very good point to not wait until you are on E to fill up your gas tank.

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NATPLUMMER 11/2/2012 1:35PM

    Good idea.

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JIBBIE49 11/2/2012 1:31PM

    Yes, apparently MANY people didn't prepare for Hurricane Sandy from what I'm seeing now on the news. When they say to fill the bathtub full of water as you night not have clean water for a week, then at least do that much. Get batteries as the power will be off, and go get gas. I live in Pensacola, Florida where we had Hurricane IVAN and we didn't have power for 12 days. They say to get prepared for a reason, so you are SO right.

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November Already!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

This year has gone faster than ever. Can't believe it's November 1 alreaday!

I've held steady at my 4 lb loss over this week, but was expecting amazing things and more lost with this no-carb thing. (very low carbs) I want more, I want more, I want more! (smiing)

Compared to what others are going through after the storm, these are trivial concerns. Have to put things in perspective as to what's really important.

Hardly any trick or treaters last night. Now I give the rest of the candy away to a friend who is bringing it into work.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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NANCY- 11/4/2012 4:56PM

    I kind of missed the start of November, but we'll make the most of it won't we.
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CATLADY52 11/1/2012 7:01PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/1/2012 4:39PM

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WALLAHALLA 11/1/2012 4:17PM

    only 60 days left this year...make the most of them

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/1/2012 1:39PM

    The initial weight loss is usually water weight and you will probably start to lose more later on once your body recovers. The closer you are to goal the harder is gets to get the pounds off too. Good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2012 12:43PM

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RYDERB 11/1/2012 11:54AM

    Happy Novemeber! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/1/2012 10:53AM

    Good luck with November!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/1/2012 9:50AM

    The years go faster as we get older!
There were not as many trick or treaters as there have been other years for sure.

Still hoping the 'carb thing' still works for you!
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CARB FREE & OH-WHAT-A-FEELING

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For the first time ever, I've begun going carb free since last Saturday. The first few days were murder on my body and mind. Didn't expect to feel so tired. The absence of carbs made me realize that I've been overdosing on them for a long long time.

Now, this is part of my November experiment. I know the body needs balance and part of that balance is carbs. But this is definitely shocking my metabolism into a new pattern.

Wishing all a good day. And thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the hurricane. Very sad stuff.

  
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TIZSLIM 10/31/2012 9:32PM

  I like this idea. I think I may give it a try too. Good luck.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/31/2012 8:58PM

    I hope your carb idea works out.

I also hope the best for those affected by hurricane Sandy. We got lucky...we never lost power or had anything fall on our house or car or anything.

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KPETSCHE 10/31/2012 8:42PM

    Lots of luck on your experiment! Listen to that body and remember your water.

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DEBBY4576 10/31/2012 6:46PM

    I love going no carb every once in a while. I find the same thing, about really craving them at first, and being tired. It does change my body chemistry and I usually will lose weight pretty darn good. Of course, we are still getting carbs, simple carbs. The other stuff isn't all that good for us anyway!!! Good luck.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/31/2012 6:33PM

    good luck Happy halloween

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CATLADY52 10/31/2012 6:15PM

    Good luck on the carb-free. emoticon

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LUCYJOY 10/31/2012 12:56PM

    What do you eat being carb free? What foods have no carbs? Pass on your tips, please!

Congrats on your strength to do this.

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RYDERB 10/31/2012 11:40AM

    Don't forget when you go carb free you NEED to drink more water. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2012 11:02AM

    Good luck.

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BOILHAM 10/31/2012 8:48AM

  Good luck!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2012 8:33AM

    I hope this really works for you!

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RUNNER12COM 10/31/2012 8:17AM

    Good luck on this new journey!

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NANCY- 10/31/2012 7:34AM

    Carbs are what gives our bodies fuel. I've been learning to balance my consumption.

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JUICENUT 10/31/2012 7:19AM

    They say it takes about 48 hours for your body to burn off the carbs floating around before your body goes into the fat burning mode evidenced by ketosis. CONGRATS on getting past the first rough patch! The scale will reward you...

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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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