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Gained only 1 lb. on my vacation and lost it already!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I just got back from FLORIDA, where I spent 2 glorious weeks. I was accompanied by my Husband and youngest son. Our older son recently went to Sweden and chose to stay home and care for our dog. Our older daughter was busy with work and school, so she stayed home as well. The 3 of us had a grand time. Our first week at a beach and tennis resort on the gulf had plenty to eat. The restaurant has highly rated gourmet food, which we certainly enjoyed each evening. We feasted on Grouper, Tuna, Salmon, Snapper, and other seafood's. emoticon emoticonGrilled veggies and some type of potatoes came with. We also enjoyed some deserts such as tiramisu, snicker's cheesecake, key lime pie. Our son basically ate the same thing daily, pizza and a chocolate cookie. We also ate light breakfast's and fruit throughout the day. emoticonWe did indulge in pina colada's by the beach, DH and I thought they were the emoticonever! emoticonThe spa at the Colony Resort had scales, for Hubby and I so we could keep tabs on our weights daily. The scales didn't move for either of us, I think because of all the physical activity, tennis, jogging, pool and ocean swimming we basically broke even, ate what we wanted, exercised and had an excellent time without adding any weight. Our 2nd week was in Orlando, our choices remained healthy, looking for fruit at the theme parks, or eating in in our room was very important. For children especially, on vacations you need to give them fruit, too many french fries are offered to them. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonAt night we ate some fancy treat we got at some candy shops at the theme parks. My favorite was a dipped marshmallow with different things on top, nuts, m&m's, chocolate, sprinkles, I love these emoticonand ate one almost every night in Orlando. We had quite nice dinners at both Wolfgang Puck and NBA City, awesome veggie, pizza's, mahi, mahi, creme brulee, some good eats. I couldn't weigh myself in Orlando, but when I came home after these 2 weeks, I weighed 124, I gained 1 lb. I've been working on all the laundry and other house work since home, plus took a 2 mile hike, the pound is gone now, so back to 123. The key again to eating this way, but only while on vacation is the amount of activity I or should I say we participated in. I am so pleased Spark People helped me to reach a healthy weight for myself and inspire me to live a healthier and more active life. emoticon
Inga

  
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CHRYS13 7/26/2009 7:25AM

    You've got a healthy attitude and lifestyle. emoticon
Glad that you had such a wonderful time while on vacation.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/25/2009 7:25PM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation and maintained your healthy eating habits!! Welcome home!

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IVYLASS 7/25/2009 4:11PM

    I maintained too, on our trip to Key West. Eating twice a day and walking everywhere helped!!

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EVER-EVOLVING 7/25/2009 3:10PM

    Congrats on gaining JUST 1 pound on vacation, then losing it so quickly! I probably would have gained 20 on a vacation like that! You go, girl!

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123 There is a new me!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Celebrating keeping my weight stable at 123. I have been eating healthy and started a little exercise. It has been almost 9 weeks since my breast reconstruction and I have sported around in a few swimsuits last month, filling them out well on top and looking slim in my tummy and thigh areas. I am where I am supposed to be. July 1st is a great day for me to say I am very happy with the new me I have become! Summer is here and my energy has returned. I feel good about myself and my current weight. emoticon emoticon emoticonBeing slim has made me tire less easy. I climbed a huge sand dune last week and I wasn't even winded. I have a very low percentage of body fat which is good for me as a breast cancer survivor, as fat= estrogen, which can cause cancer in those with estrogen positive cancer. So 123 here's to the new me, thanks to Spark People for helping me to get this way! emoticon emoticonInga

  
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EVER-EVOLVING 7/30/2009 6:41PM

    123...that's your magic number, Inga! Congrats!

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MEAMOM 7/30/2009 5:19PM

    Great blog Inga, such positive energy! I luv it!

Youare an inspiration. It can be done, you are proof!

Karen

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PATSYANN47 7/2/2009 11:32AM

    emoticon Inga, You are doing so well and you are an inspiration to those of us still toiling away to reach our goal.
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IVYLASS 7/2/2009 10:59AM

    Congratulations on maintaining!!

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PRINCESSDI733 7/2/2009 7:51AM

    Keep up the great work and the positive attitude. You are truly an inspiration!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 7/2/2009 7:40AM

    I'm so very proud of you, Inga!!! You are such an inspiration!!!!

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KALISWALKER 7/2/2009 1:41AM

    Inga I am so happy for you. I'll bet the swimsuits will get a lot of wear.

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LUVS2EXERCISE 7/1/2009 9:36PM

    emoticonInga!!! You're doing a GREAT job, keep it up!!! I'm so happy for you on achieving your goals and for beating cancer, you are such an inspiration to me!!!Thanks for always being such a wonderful friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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FOURFOOT_8 7/1/2009 9:31PM

    Hey Chi-Towngirl...I'm assuming from Chicago? I was a Southside suburb girl :) Congrats to you on the 123 a new me...It sounds like you have come a long way and are taking care of yourself. You are a survivor...My mother is too! Keep up the great work!

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30,000 Spark Points, What have I learned from this?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

30,000 pts. after being a spark person since january of 2008. What do these points mean to me? They mean time spent here at SP improving my health. During this year and 4 months or so I have worked on my well being. I have earned points for eating healthy, and some days not, but with practice my diet has evolved and is healthier now with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I have earned points for household chores and exercise or sports activities, I now seem more inclined to do daily exercises. I journal things about my diet and exercise. I have learned to reward myself for reaching goals, spark people has taught me many things that have lead to the improvement of my health. I have reached my weight goal as a spark person, I beat breast cancer, I met a lot of neat people from all over the world. As those points have added up, so has my knowledge of how to live a healthier life and be a better me. Earning 30,000 spark points has been a fun, motivating, and life changing experience. I look forward to every future spark point I earn, as I gain the knowledge needed to maintain my healthy lifestyle. These points have taught me much, I am a happier person, who eats better, exercises more and looks forward to continuing and acquiring new healthy habits. It's been fun being a spark person and I love my healthy outlook. emoticon emoticon

  
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JANLEEW 6/11/2009 12:49PM

    You rock! Consistency and persistence are learned and practiced.
Congratulations on the first 30000 pts.

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CCHAZZ 6/11/2009 10:07AM

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XXOO, Cheryl

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URSULAVAN 6/10/2009 10:54PM

    Congrats, Inga! Your constant positive attitude is such an inspiration. Thanks for being part of my healthy support network!

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CUBS07 6/10/2009 9:31PM

    Congrats on 30,000 points but more importantly on making great healthy life choices! You are an inspiration Inga! emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/10/2009 8:45PM

    30,000 point is fantastic. You 've overcome so much to be healthy. You're an inspiration!
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Myrna

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/10/2009 6:40PM

    emoticon That's an awesome number, Inga! I'm just so glad that you are here and a part of my journey with me. Selfish, maybe. Honest, yes! You are such an inspiration!!!
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LUVS2EXERCISE 6/10/2009 4:34PM

    emoticonon reaching those 30,000 Spark points!! That is quite an accomplishment! I'm very glad to have found this site and you as a friend! I know you will continue to do great and succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Does your state have special license plates for different causes? I think the most important cause is to prevent breast cancer. In illinois we have a plate that says" Mammograms Save Lives". This is a fact for me, my life was saved by a mammogram which detected early stage breast cancer at age 40, in 2004. I purchased a special license plate promoting mammograms, with my nick name on it. It makes me proud to be a survivor and share the importance of this test wherever I am driving. So if you see these license plates, think of how many lives are saved, get a mammogram, you just might save your own life, and remember breast cancer is highly treatable in it's early stages. One Smilin' Survivor! emoticonInga

  
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TERJEGOLD 6/3/2009 3:27PM

    We, too, have breast Cancer license plates. I've always had specialized plates for Raptors and it's so hard to have to choose. So rfar, I'm keeoing my Raptor plates because birds are my passion but if I had a second car, there would definitely be breast cancer plates on it.

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SUMMERHEALTH 5/31/2009 10:57AM

    You should be proud! I'm sure you are an inspiration to those facing this frightening disease.

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IVYLASS 5/31/2009 9:34AM

    Florida has something similar. I was thinking about getting one too.

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SUZQ45 5/31/2009 8:33AM

    Love your license plate Inga! Everyone could use a reminder - great idea! I do mine every year! emoticon

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LUVS2EXERCISE 5/30/2009 9:54PM

    Inga, your plates are just beautiful! I love the color purple and I just love the saying on them! I'm not sure if they have plates for that here in my state, but will have to look into it! Thanks for sharing yours with us!! emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/30/2009 9:54PM

    I love it! And I need to see what my state has. Thanks for the motivation!!!

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My Healthy Garden

Friday, May 29, 2009

I spent the last week planting my garden. I planted flower seeds and annuals. My excitement is in the planting of my vegetables. I always enjoy growing my own. The taste of fresh grown veggies from my garden is very pleasing to my taste buds, and the rest of the family enjoys them too. I have planted red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, larger yellow tomatoes, orange bell and purple bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, japanese eggplant and all kinds of herbs. I have some established perennial herbs and have added rosemary, lemon thyme,greek oregano, italian parsley, and basil. I have an established peach tree that has a huge yield in early august, it looks like it's starting out perfectly. Now I water, weed, and wait. Hoping for both rain and sunshine to nourish my garden as it grows. I will be able to use some of the herbs soon, but the vegetables take some time. When the vegetables begin producing I will add them to many things, salads, veggies on the grill, pastas, etc., their flavor is so much better than store bought. So as my veggies, herbs and fruit tree start yielding, I will be enjoying them to the max and have the simple satisfaction that I grew them, they are pesticide free and they make healthy choices easier, and trips to the grocery store less frequent. Having my own garden saves time and money. This truly is one of my biggest joys as the weather warms up, I love to garden and the benefits I and my family reap are priceless! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LORRAINE_D 6/6/2009 2:40PM

    I love gardening too. We planted several different kinds of tomatoes in pots this year. I have an herb pot that I keep on our back deck. I am still thinking that I need to get some peppers too and some cucumbers. I love fresh veggies! We also just replanted a butterfly garden. I lost about 6 butterfly bushes a couple of winters ago. We replaced 6 of them last year and lost 5 of them too. I only had one coming back now. So, we planted a raseberry colored and a white one, some scabious blue and a few more delpheniums. We also got some lantana in hanging pots. It had them a couple of years ago and they spread out too much if left to grow in the garden.
You would love the dinosaur exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo. We sure did.
We have nephews and nieces in Hobart, Cedar Lake, Merrivelle,

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SUMMERHEALTH 5/30/2009 2:18PM

    I love this! I am just discovering vegetable gardening. Such a great motivator to be outside and to eat healthy.
-Summer.

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KAREN24712 5/30/2009 10:48AM

    It sounds like a great garden. I hope 'our' weather here cooperates for both of our gardens!

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STILLFLYIN 5/29/2009 11:26PM

    Such a lovely description! Thank you for sharing it.

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LUVS2EXERCISE 5/29/2009 8:43PM

    I bet your vegetables are delicious! I wish I had more room here to do that myself! All of your hard work in the garden will pay off when you're enjoying eating them! emoticonI hope you have a great weekend! emoticonLove Jen

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/29/2009 8:13PM

    What a blessing you are to yourself and to your family! Hoping for a bumper crop for you.

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