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My Hubby's Healthy Birthday

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today's is my Husband's 49th Birthday. He's got one more year until he is 50, so I hope to help him continue on the road of health. He has watched me as an active spark person, eating healthy, exercising and it has sparked his interest to be healthier, eat better and be concerned about his long term health. He bought us an elliptical trainer a while back and I am happy to see that it's not collecting dust, we both use it! He eats better too, yogurt, more fresh fruit, cereal, even high fiber stuff. He has been an avid tennis player his whole life, so keeping up with the weekend games has been enhanced by his improved health habits. Today is the first day of the rest of his life, I'm glad he's on the road to health, thanking God for his 49 yeas and all he does for our family. I am happy to have found spark people and have some of my healthy habits rub off on him! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Chi-TownMan, my husband and best friend, looking forward to a long and healthy future with you! emoticon emoticon emoticonInga emoticon

  
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METALLICAT1 10/1/2009 11:06AM

  Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon emoticon

For some reason I was thinking it was 10-10. Age is creeping is in. Hope he had a wonderful day!
Emily

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LINDA! 9/12/2009 2:54AM

    I hope it was such a wonderful birthday!!

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CUBS07 9/10/2009 2:55PM

    Happy Birthday to your husband Inga. He's sounds like a great guy. I hope he appreciates you as well!

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KALISWALKER 9/10/2009 1:14PM

    Inga you have been such a good role model and inspiration to your husband. He is a lucky man!

Have a nice day.

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DIANECANDOIT 9/10/2009 10:28AM

    what a wonderful tribute to your hubby!! I'm sure he's worth!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/10/2009 9:27AM

    Wishing your husband a happy birthday and many more to come!
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LUVS2EXERCISE 9/10/2009 9:15AM

    That's wonderful Inga!!! I hope your husband has a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy all the years to come! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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Happy Half Birthday to me!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Today is my half Birthday, a silly thing to celebrate? No, not for me, this year I fought breast cancer hard, for the third time. I think I won, a scan in sept. will check me, to see if I am still cancer-free. During my last round of chemo I was very sick and so many days I laid in bed for 14 hours. I was hospitalized and it seemed like the worst of times. I was sick for my B-day in Feb, sick on Mother's day, so today since I am not sick, I am going to celebrate being 45 and a half years old. I celebrate life and living it to the fullest! I rejoice in feeling good, for my hair growing back, joy is found in all the little things of everyday life. This day is a good day for me to pamper myself, which I will, as a whirlpool tub is waiting for me! I recommit myself today to healthier eating, summer has had me eating way to many fast foods and ice-cream. I also want to "get serious" about my exercise plan. So as I reflect on the last year,( one year ago today I had a biopsy which revealed I had BC for the 3rd time) I think of how strong I was to get through that awful time in my life. Being a big baseball fan, I don't look at my 3 times with breast cancer as being a strike out. I look at it as a chance to pick myself up and move forward, exercising more, eating better and becoming a healthy new person! Today I celebrate all the opportunities that await me in life, the years I have lived and the many years to come as a breast cancer survivor! Here's to celebrating another half year of life and being a survivor...who never gives up! emoticonInga emoticon emoticon

  
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KALISWALKER 8/31/2009 3:00AM

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What a wonderful reason to celebrate life!

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RJFERRARO315 8/30/2009 5:43PM

    Happy Half Birthday Inga!

I think this is a wonderful reason to celebrate, and I find it inspiring that you have persevered rather than given in. Here's to many more decades as a survivor!

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URSULAVAN 8/29/2009 10:23PM

    Happy Half Birthday, Inga! Your enthusiasm and appreciation for life are truly inspiring! Thanks for the constant reminders about how important it is to treasure each day and each experience in life!

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LETSGOHUSKERS 8/29/2009 2:28AM

    happy half birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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METALLICAT1 8/29/2009 2:00AM

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Happy Half-Birthday Inga!!
You deserve to emoticon. After all you've been through, you keep kicking cancer in the a**. Maybe Hendry & Piniella should sign you up for the CUBS next year, they could use a powerhouse hitter like you.
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MEAMOM 8/28/2009 10:34PM

    What an inspiration you are Inga. Happy happy happy 1/2 Birthday to you. You fought the battle and have won. You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANECANDOIT 8/28/2009 10:27PM

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HAPPY 1/2 BIRTHDAY INGA!!

You have every reason to celebrate your 1/2 b'day & every single day!!

You fought the battle & WON!!!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 8/28/2009 9:41PM

    WOOO HOOO! Congrats.... half birthdays are an awesome thing to celebrate. I am glad you are rededicating yourself to healthy living!! You are a wonderful leader and I am proud to have gotten to know you.
HUGS, Kathy

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CHRYS13 8/28/2009 9:09PM

    You are truly an inspiration!
Celebrating with you and wishing you wonderful things to come!
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JANMAR632 8/28/2009 2:00PM

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Happy 45 1/2 Birthday! Your positive attitude and outlook is an inspiration.

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LINDA! 8/28/2009 1:56PM

    Happy Half Birthday, girl!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/28/2009 1:37PM

    emoticon Happy Half Birthday to you, Inga! Sounds like a delicious reason to celebrate! So many awesome things have happened in your life this last half year. I'm so glad you are here to celebrate them!
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DRADISCH 8/28/2009 1:31PM

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Happy Half Birthday Inga !!!! I love that!!! My sister used to say that when she hit 40 she only celebrated 1/2 birthdays going backwards. LOL You are a super Hero and Such an Inspiration to all of us.!!! Many Blessings and good wishes to you my friend!!!
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STEELERCRAZY 8/28/2009 12:55PM

    Wow. You really are one awesome chick. You have made me thankful for MY life...I've never had to worry about cancer or being so ill as you have. For some reason as I read your blog, I felt my heart grow bigger and softer...what an inspiration you are to me and so many others. I have you deeply-rooted in my prayers and have carved a place out in my heart for you.

I came here with intentions of thanking you for the goodie from the team. I came here wanting to apologize for not posting as much as I should have...I've left here more enriched and inspired than what I intended to do. I thank you for that over and over again. I believe that you will make it just fine. With that attitude you will win at everything life throws your way.

Have a wonderful weekend. And Happy Half Birthday!

~~Michelle~~

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SOUPY18 8/28/2009 12:06PM

    Happy half birthday. Your spirit is an inspiration to all of us.
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JANEYINMADTOWN 8/28/2009 11:35AM

    WOO HOO! Happy Bday Chi town!

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KIMDONN 8/28/2009 11:23AM

    ENJOY IT!!! CELEBRATE IT!!!! You desrve it and congrats for all your persistance to fight such a horrible disease!!! I wish you the best of luck on your scan in Sept. GOOD BLESS YOU!!!!

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SUZI219 8/28/2009 11:00AM

    Enjoy your celebration!!! And you really do have so much to celebrate!! Your attitude is just awesome!! You are so inspiring, and I am so glad that we are friends!! Have a spectacular day emoticon

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PRINCESSDI733 8/28/2009 10:58AM

    Happy Half Birthday! Your outlook and determination is truly an inspiration. Wishing you many cancer free years!

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IVYLASS 8/28/2009 10:52AM

    Happy half birthday!!

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AMYLOVESTZU 8/28/2009 10:39AM

    emoticon emoticon THE BEST BIRTHDAY TO YOU AND AT 45 YOU CAN HAVE YOUR DAY ANY TIME YOU WANT !!!
I AM GOING TO WERE MY PINK BREAST CANCER SHIRT FOR YOU TODAY ..
I AM SENDING YOU ALL THE BEST WISHES FOR A GREAT DAY !!!!
SO HAVE A PARTY AND HAVE FUN IT'S YOUR DAY SO HAVE SOME FUN !!!!
AMY

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NANNER2121 8/28/2009 10:35AM

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My body and cancers have been working hard against me for the last 14 years, but I am determined to live my life to the fullest and not let cancer take priority. You're going to win: we all are!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 8/28/2009 10:35AM

    Enjoy yourself today and everyday! emoticonYou truly are a blessing to me as a friend and a cancer survivor! I know your test will come back clean and you'll finally be cancer free FOREVER!!! emoticonHave a very Happy Half Birthday, and enjoy pampering you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHere's to many more wonderful years!!! emoticonLove Jen

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The Climb...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday our family went to a beautiful state park in Michigan, Warren Dunes. We travel there several times every summer for the day to enjoy the lake, beach and sand dunes. As usual we climbed the largest dune there, "Tower Hill." Weight loss is also a climb, you try to eat right, exercise, working toward that end result, a healthy body weight. Everything in life worth something has some work involved in it. We are always climbing in life, reaching, stretching, stepping up to get that brass ring. As we reach our goals, let us not forget the climb involved to get to those goals. When I don't feel like exercising, or eating the healthiest, I re-think my climb, adjust my thinking so I can reach my full potential. I know I may get tired along the way, but the end result waiting for me is worth every step of my journey. I may fall flat on my face, but with faith I'll pick myself up and continue climbing until I reach the peak, which is living a life of healthy foods and exercise everyday. emoticon emoticonInga emoticon emoticon

  
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RJFERRARO315 8/20/2009 11:21PM

    What a great way to put it. It is a climb with challenges along the way. Thank you so much for sharing.

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LINDA! 8/14/2009 12:34AM

    Great blog!!! emoticon

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LOVELYANGE 8/13/2009 10:26AM

    Great blog...absolutely spot on!!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 8/13/2009 6:27AM

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Inga. Much appreciated from someone making the journey with you!

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JANLEEW 8/13/2009 12:52AM

    So true, constantly adapting, readjusting helps the flexibility of our bodies and our minds.

Thanks! Climbing, climbing, climbing......

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KALISWALKER 8/12/2009 10:33PM

    Inga, you are so right our way of thinking sometimes has to be reset. It sounds like a wonderful day something to look forward to each year.

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DRADISCH 8/12/2009 10:25PM

    That was so inspiring and motivating. Thank you so very much.
Your words have made such and impact for reflection.
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DIANECANDOIT 8/12/2009 9:02PM

    So true!! So true!!
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CHRYS13 8/12/2009 8:55PM

    Great analogy. You're right, it is a challenge, but when we reach the summit, what a feeling it will be! emoticon

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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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