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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I have wanted a shake for the last 3 days. I mean really wanting it, became so fixated on it couldn't think about anything else, no substitution's were going to work. As a last ditch effort I reached out to my friends on Spark People. Received a lot of support and suggestions. Maybe I was just overwhelmed by other things going on in my life right now. But all the support I received made me realize I really didn't need that shake after all. I had a good supper with my sister last night and just sat around visiting with her. Had a couple of peanut butter cookies for dessert. Didn't feel like I was deprived or craving a shake any more.
Lesson learned... when a craving hits don't let it consume you. Don't become fixated on it. Get out, do something , go for a drive, visit with a friend. All the wonderful suggestions I received are being saved and I am adding some special items to my grocery list this week as emergency back up. The suggestions of having the shake and then going forward were helpful but not what I really wanted to do. I did not want to give into that graving. I wanted to beat it. With the help of my friends I did.

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KITT52 7/30/2014 8:19PM


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DEB62BIE62 7/30/2014 7:50PM

    Love the quote. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 7/30/2014 7:38PM

    Good for you! It's always a good idea to have a few treats on hand.

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JOYINKY 7/30/2014 3:48PM

    Congratulations Pat! THAT is a serious victory! WTG!! emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/30/2014 3:33PM

    So glad to hear you overcame that craving. You deserve to feel empowered and victorious!
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So proud of you!

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2014 3:30PM

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PROPMAN1 7/30/2014 2:53PM


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    Good job on riding the craving out.

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    This was an encouraging post, one of my favorites is Coffee Coolada... lot's of calories there. I've done well staying out of "Dunkin Donuts", they're located on almost every corner around here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I know what I should eat and not eat. I know that I have to stay active get up and get out. But sometimes it is hard. The heat has really been bothering me this week. Even though it has been about 5 degrees cooler the last 2 days, it hasn't felt like it to me. I just haven't felt real peppy. Oh I'm getting my walks and fitness in but not really pushing it. But that is not my big problem. My big problem is I have been graving something for 3 days. So far I have resisted. The culprit you may ask. The culprit is a big strawberry shake. I don't need it but it sounds so good. I have tried my strawberry yogurt and fresh strawberries, no good I still want that shake. I almost caved in today when I was in town last night and again this afternoon. But I didn't. I know it would be OK to go ahead and have one but this is a trigger food for me. I know if I have that then I will want something else and then before I know it I will buy some ice cream and really blow it. So I just keep telling myself I can do this and not have that shake no matter what. How do you handle it when you have a big craving for a trigger food. looking for suggestions.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/30/2014 1:32PM

    Maybe you could take a friend with you when you go to get a shake. Then split it in half. That will provide not only the flavor but the comfort of a friend and distraction from disappointment when the smaller portion is gone. The companionship might also help with whatever was pushing the craving. Good luck!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/30/2014 8:40AM

    How about a strawberry smoothie?

Is it the strawberries, the coldness or comfort you are looking for. With the medical issues you have been having ... you may just want a hug!!!


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GRANJERRY1 7/30/2014 7:24AM

    Oh Pat, yes you could also try other alternatives, make a strawberry smoothie with a dash of almond milk. I see my DD do that. We consume a lot of coffee at home, so to fight her cravings for coffee she sips on green tea while she inhales the aroma or if she does have the coffee, it is never the instant one, always filtered and freshly ground coffee, which is chicory has worked for her she has shed 3 lbs in 10 days.

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2014 2:59AM

    I'd have the shake and include it in my calorie count!

Joy's right Pat, it does get easier as your taste pallet changes.....honest!

Have a great Wednesday emoticon

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LINDA! 7/30/2014 12:27AM

    I agree with some of the others. Have the shake. Otherwise, you may keep it in your mind and eventually binge. Have it. Don't think about it anymore. Pick yourself up the next day and go back to your healthy lifestyle.

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JOYINKY 7/29/2014 10:58PM

    I would have the shake, but it would count as part of my day and so it would have to be in place of a meal. No mindless eating is my rule. I don't do it often because the price (cutting back the rest of the day) is usually too high. Sometimes it's worth it. Yes, it would be a trigger for me too. But if it's not around, I'm not going to go out for it. I'm eating more fruit in place of ice cream treats. Watermelon is a favorite in the summertime as is fresh pineapple.

Pat, it will get easier. The healthier you become the more energy you will have. My greatest motivator is that I love the way I FEEL! You will get there! Hugs.

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FANCYSTITCH 7/29/2014 8:27PM

    A large shake has approx. 1,000 calories. Try making a strawberry smoothie.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/29/2014 8:06PM

    It can be tough. I would buy the shake, drink half of it, then put the rest in the freezer for another day. Or make your own shake. Do you have a blender? That way it won't be as fattening. I am trying to cut down on Starbucks, so I know how you feel. Sounds like you are doing pretty well with the situation though. emoticon

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KITT52 7/29/2014 7:53PM

    small changes can add up..find lower calorie foods that satisfy your cravings

like fat free sugar free Kraft chocolate pudding..60 calories but of me very satisfying..
eat mini meals and include foods you like in small portions...start meal at a time..but you can do it...

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/29/2014 7:47PM

    Usually, my cravings have an underlying reason. Sometimes I think I want one particular item and nothing else will do. When I take the time to do a little deceive work, I can find a substitute that works.
Strawberry milkshake, hrmmm. Sweet, creamy, pink, strawberry flavor, a straw and whipped cream. You tried fresh strawberries and strawberry yogurt. How about trying low cal cool whip with fresh strawberries mixed with a little sugar and or sweetener or strawberry jam eaten with a straw to make you take your time and presented in a pretty glass to make it last. Now that sounds like a treat to me. Bet you could make that for less than 150 calories.
It's okay to crave something and it's okay to have a healthy substitute. If you have the real deal you know how hard it is to keep control. Let me know if you try this.
I like frozen strawberries whipped in a blender with diet ginger ale. So cool and refreshing.

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    Maybe you could freeze some yogurt and some strawberries and make a healthy shake with them.

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MARITIMER3 7/29/2014 7:39PM

    How about having a small strawberry shake? Drive somewhere special to get it, buy just that and get out of there (to resist going back for more), then drink it slowly and enjoy every mouthful, right down to the last slurp!

For me, sometimes it's better to allow myself a little bit of something I've been craving, than to let it build up into a huge craving and then give in... which is what I would eventually do.

Remember, there are no forbidden foods. It's all about learning to enjoy our favourite foods in moderation. You are working hard at your exercises in spite of the problems with your spine, and I honestly think it would be okay to have a small shake. Plan it as part of your daily food. Work out the calories, carbs, fat and protein, and balance things out the rest of the day.


Hugs, Gail

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SUPER_CIARA 7/29/2014 7:11PM

    have you tried plain frozen yogurt with fresh fruit? That might have a similar quality to the shake. Otherwise the best thing I would think you could do is engage yourself in activities in a relaxing environment. When I quit smoking (big cravings involved there) I burned a lot of incense and candles.

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Update on MRI

Monday, July 28, 2014

I went to my Nurse Practitioner this morning about MRI results of my neck. She had called last week and said it didn't look very good. When I went in today she said she wanted me to see pain management Dr. about possibly shots to cervical area to help reduce swelling and hopefully remove pressure of my spinal column. She said basically I had bone spurs and bulging disc in my cervical area. She said that was what was causing my arms to go numb. Also said I had advanced DJD, which I knew. She said I would probably benefit from some physical therapy but would let the pain Dr. make that decision. I have been to this Dr. many years ago for epidural injections to my lower back. He does pretty good job. I will see him Aug.13th. Until then not sure which exercises I can do. Will continue with fitness program I have been doing. While I was at There my NP was concerned about my heart and asked me if I was having any problems. I told her I had been having some palpation's and heart pains but nothing severe. I have a history of atrial fib because of valvular disease and electrical problems. I try to keep an eye on how I feel in that area. It had been 2 years since my last EKG, halter monitor or echocardiogram. So now I am set up for halter monitor and EKG. Will have to set up appointment with cardiologist for echo. I really don't like to go see him because I know he will want to do another heart cath. Everyone I have had have come back with no vascular problems. It is purely electrical problems and valvular problems. But it is what it is and I will have it done.

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KITT52 7/29/2014 4:19PM

    hoping all goes well..
Have a healthy day

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NHES220 7/29/2014 10:59AM

    Sounds like she is very thorough - good that you are getting the cardiac work-up. Good luck with the pain management doctor - I hope it brings you some relief.

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MTN_KITTEN 7/29/2014 10:18AM

    Take good care of yourself.

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NEW-CAZ 7/29/2014 2:49AM

    Sorry to here this Pat,hope there are some solutions soon hun. Take care emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/29/2014 1:09AM

    Oh, bother. No good news in there at all. I hope you can get some pain relief for your neck. The EKG and halter monitor will be a nuisance and I hope with your previous results you can avoid the cath this time.
Keep doing what you can. Trust your body to guide you.

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WESTERNSAGE 7/29/2014 1:05AM

    I will continue to send you good thoughts. Those heart caths are a royal pain, so my sympathies on that. I worked for several years with a lady who had electrical heart problems - usually they could control it with meds. With any luck the docs can get this under control for you. Meanwhile, good luck with the pain doctor.

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JOYINKY 7/28/2014 10:46PM

    God Bless You Pat. I hope you find some solutions and relief. Be well.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2014 10:12PM

    I hope the treatments work. I will also keep you in my prayers.

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MARITIMER3 7/28/2014 9:45PM

    Thank you for the update, Pat. I hope that your appointments and teats go well. I'm glad that you are a nurse and know what to watch out for.

Take good care of yourself, please, and remember that we care about you.
Hugs, Gail

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YOYONOMORE1 7/28/2014 9:40PM

    Pat will keep you in prayer.


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TWEETYKC00 7/28/2014 8:02PM

    I hope the pain is not really bad. Hugs.

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GRANJERRY1 7/28/2014 7:54PM

    Sending you big big emoticon my dear sweet Pat.

You will be in my thoughts & prayers dear girl for a speedy healing.

Hugs, Prayers & Blessings

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KAYLEESMEME 7/28/2014 7:42PM

    I will keep you in my prayers. So sorry to hear about all of this. I hope you can find a workout that can work for you. You really need to talk to Dr. about what kind of workout you can do.

Wishing you all the best,


(Please let me know how everything goes)

God Bless

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Stay cool....Take care of yourself and your animals.

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SANDICANE 7/28/2014 9:47PM

    Oh my goodness...want to say cool???? Just come to Niagara Falls! Had to wear our "woolies" all day today and DH is making a fire in our woodstove this evening!

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KITT52 7/28/2014 7:20PM

    OHIO has been cool...but when its hot I'll drink extra water

have a wonderful week

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MTN_KITTEN 7/28/2014 10:35AM

    Drink your water!!!!

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DEB62BIE62 7/28/2014 7:48AM

    It is hot here too. Real feel over 100. To me that is the temperature.

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2014 2:34AM

    Rain early yesterday but by 3pm it was another scorcher. Make the most of it we'll soon be moaning about winter weather. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 7/27/2014 10:49PM

    We were under a heat advisory until 6 pm today so I feel your pain. Stay cool!

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MARITIMER3 7/27/2014 10:27PM

    Thunder here right now. Some rain predicted for every day this week. Good for the lawn, bad for my weeding.

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JOYINKY 7/27/2014 10:23PM

    Storms here brought a welcome break from the heat. But yes, be careful and stay hydrated! Pets too!

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    I can relate to these! It was 102 yesterday with 89% humidity!

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SUNSHINE99999 7/27/2014 8:55PM

  today was a hot one.

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What's your Excuse?

Saturday, July 26, 2014






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SUEFROMRI 7/28/2014 12:12AM

    My mother is 78 (give or take a year) and rock climbs, rappels, kayaks, and hikes!

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MARITIMER3 7/27/2014 6:09PM

    Boy, is that true! Just do it.

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    Loved it!!! Especially the elderly person water skiing!!

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KITT52 7/27/2014 1:55PM


have a healthy week

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JOYINKY 7/27/2014 10:38AM

    Just do it! No excuses! 10 minute streaks work; they get you started and spark your day! WooHoo!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/27/2014 2:33AM

    No excuses- get it done!!

Happy Sunday hun emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/27/2014 1:22AM


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WESTERNSAGE 7/26/2014 11:56PM

    Excuses abound for not doing formalized exercise. But at least a lot of activity in the course of daily life can help keep weight from getting terribly out of hand until life stabilizes.

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SHOTOKIDO 7/26/2014 7:32PM

  Absolutely true!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/26/2014 6:57PM

    I agree! emoticon

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THINAGIN2 7/26/2014 6:48PM

We would be done if we hadn't waited to get started!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/26/2014 6:39PM

    So true!

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