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Stress and trigger's that make me eat at night

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Over the last month I have seen myself fall back into some bad night-time eating binges. In september I had a terrible drive through fog, how did I cope? I was so shook up I ate myself to sleep. I had a medical test go bad, I ate at night again to soothe myself. I had a bad customer service experience and was treated ruder than ever before by a 20 something manager, who didn't have a clue how to respect people. Again, I took it out on myself and ate that night. My husband was grumpy and said some unkind words, what did I do, yep I ate again, to soothe myself, to ease the pain, who knows, I just know it's bad, and I need to stop. As a spark person I have conquered this at times, but it still is a bad coping mechanism I dangerously use to get through my stress. I had worked hard on this, but I see I need to put more effort at it. It is still a huge problem for me. For anyone with a so called addiction, smoking, alcohol, night-time binge eating, you must persevere, never give up. You may fall, but you have to pick yourself up. I am picking myself up and working harder on steering clear of food when my world turns upside down. emoticonthe madness. emoticonInga

  
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KALISWALKER 10/11/2009 12:47AM

    I know the feeling.

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Lynn

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PRAIRIELONEWOLF 10/10/2009 5:25PM

    I can totally relate. I do pretty good all day and then the night time cravings roll around and I seem to just cave! I am also an emotional eater and my way of dealing with stuff is to soothe myself with food...and it isn't with an apple or something harmless! And why does it always happen AFTER I have finished tracking for the day??! Oh well, like others have said, at least we know and acknowledge what we are doing so I guess that's step one. Tommorrow is another day...I can beat this and you can beat this, you are so strong and I have faith in both of us!
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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/10/2009 2:26PM

    Amen! I understand. This whole recovering from the flu and going to my conference and sleeping so much has my world turned upside down ... and my eating. I understand what you are saying and it has helped me. Thanks so much for blogging your feelings. You helped me too!
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AMAS92568 10/10/2009 1:10PM

    Thanks for sharing. I wish I was as honest with myself as you have been.

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GLASS_HALF_FULL 10/10/2009 1:04PM

    So true what you said about addictions. I have several including night time eating and it is a constant battle that I have never truly won. I am still fighting though! My philosophy.....you never fail until to you fail to try. You can do it! emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 10/10/2009 11:57AM

    Some habits just never totally disappear do they and the things that we crave the most love and reasurance are harder to ask for and sometimes receive than reaching for that bag of candy or chips.We have to make ourselves ask for what we really want or we will never quite be free of the hold food has over us.
I so completely understand where you are coming from dear friend. emoticon
Tracy

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/10/2009 10:56AM

    Well now that you have acknowledged your problem now you can deal with it... this will be something we have to work on the rest of our lives. You know no when something is going to send you back to all habits. I am glad you were brave enough to find out what the problem was now you can move forward!!
HUGS, Kathy

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LINDA! 10/10/2009 10:38AM

    You are so right. Although, we are much better at not binging...it still happens. Just keep going! We are with you all the way. emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/10/2009 10:37AM

    Acknowledging a problem is the first step toward solving it. Inga, you are such a strong person who has overcome so much. You will win this battle too.
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STEPH1965 10/10/2009 10:25AM

    You are absolutely right about picking yourself up. Good for you. And the fact that you are getting in touch w/your feelings and writing about them is just about the healthiest thing you can do.

So, thanks for sharing I can totally relate to what you're saying. I just know you're going to get on the right track in no time. emoticon

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Today begins a month where we all need to be mindful of annual mammograms and the importance of monthly self-breast exams. Most women need a mammogram when they turn 40, but if you have a family history or your Dr. feels you need one earlier, don't pass it up, just get it done! I began my mammograms at 37, due to a family history of the disease. A mammogram at 40 revealed breast cancer. It was treated with 2 lumpectomies and radiation that year. Breast Cancer is highly treatable when detected early, so please don't hesitate when it comes to your long term health. A little squish and it's done, so please schedule your annual mammogram today if you are in the group of women who need one. Your life depends on this! emoticonInga

  
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TAFODIL24 10/1/2009 7:34PM

    Great Reminder! emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 10/1/2009 3:27PM

    Oh right on Inga.I had my first baseline mammagram in my early 30's.That way my doc and I could monitor any changes and as we age the tissue does change.Thanks again for the gentle nudge my friend.
Tracy

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JSTINMT 10/1/2009 2:47PM

    Thanks Inga!!

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LINDA! 10/1/2009 2:20PM

    My mammogram is scheduled in 3 weeks. I had to start having them at 35 due to family history. Good for you for posting this, Inga!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/1/2009 1:44PM

    Amen!!! Thanks for the reminder, my sweet friend!
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METALLICAT1 10/1/2009 11:03AM

    I'm glad you're here to tell about your experiences. Where would we be without?! I know I have a great SparkFriend!

Take care & Pink rules!
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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!

Wishing him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY & MANY MORE!!! emoticon
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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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But we must keep climbing!!

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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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