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Can you see the real me?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A few picture's of Steven and I on Mother's Day 2010. I was so happy to be healthy and there to enjoy the day with my family. Steven is my youngest child and we have a very special relationship. He has been by my side, praying and supporting me the 3 times I have faced breast cancer. Being a mom and wearing a wig can be challenging, you don't ever want your child to feel bad you are bald. I am happy to no longer wear my wig and I am thankful my hair has grown to a length that I like on me and feel comfortable in. Sharing what I currently look like has been along time coming, and I am happy to let all my "Spark Friends" see the real me. The pictures I share reflect the joy I have for who I am, a wife, a mom, a sister, a friend, a spark person. The title for this blog is not mine, I got it from an old Who song, my favorite rock group I have loved since I was a kid, Pete Towshend is a genius, to all you rock-n-roller's who remember him, he wrote some of the best music ever made. So glad I am sitting here smiling today, just had surgery, and I am so happy it's over. What a super day, baseball, sunshine, joy, for every breath I take, Life is GOOD! emoticonInga emoticon Thanks GOD!

  
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/5/2010 9:14AM

    You both look wonderful!!

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JAM2DREW 6/1/2010 8:37AM

    You are looking great! Hope you are feeling better.

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MARYMAC45 5/31/2010 1:27PM

    Inga, you look wonderful and happy too. Also you son is happy and handsome. As a survivor I know what you've been through. Wishing you and your family continued success.

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MEAMOM 5/31/2010 11:46AM

    Inga, what a beautiful woman you are! Thank you so very much for sharing your pictures and story. Remarkable!!

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RJFERRARO315 5/31/2010 12:40AM

    Thank you for sharing the photos and what's on your mind. You definitely look happy.

Take care,
Rebecca
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JAZZID 5/30/2010 11:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog.... I am so glad that you are feeling great and looking fabulous emoticon... Your son looks just like you...

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CARRAND 5/30/2010 10:19PM

    Those are wonderful pictures. You look great, and so does your son.

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JANLEEW 5/30/2010 9:41PM

    You look marvelous! Love the Who. Keep your loving ways!

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KRDRAPES 5/30/2010 11:35AM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of you with your son!! Every day is a gift - live it to the fullest!

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NANNER2121 5/30/2010 11:30AM

    Wonderful blog and absolutely beautiful pictures. When I lost my hair I didn't bother with a wig, just scarves and my Christmas hats (I underwent chemo throughout the winter) and even after the holidays I continued to wear my christmas hats. If someone gave me a funny look or comment I'd "tip my hat" to them and get one of two responses: a look of total embarrassment or a jolly laugh.
But at home just au natural.

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NISSANGIRL 5/30/2010 8:18AM

    Beautiful blog and you look beautiful as well. You have a wonderful caring son who adores you, glad you are home and doing well. Have a Great Holiday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 5/30/2010 12:22AM

    You look so beautiful and Steven is adorable. emoticonWhat a wonderful blog, sweet friend. emoticon emoticon

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MANDY462 5/29/2010 7:17PM

    thanks for sharing ... you made my day! (((inga))) xoxo

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SPARKLE72023 5/29/2010 6:53PM

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So happy you're in that great space! Very pretty picture of you and Steven.
Love you- - wig or no wig. LOL

Margrit

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ELDORADO2 5/29/2010 6:16PM

    Inga, You are truly "A Pink Soldier"!!!!!!!!!!. I really admire you and am soooooo glad you are my 'spark friend'. Keep up your good work and may God continue to Bless you and your family.
Eldora

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/29/2010 6:04PM

    Amen! Thanks God for our Inga! You look BEAUTIFUL!
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I liked my SP Birthday card, it made me think...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I haven't wrote a blog in a while and I wanted to acknowledge the inspiring and meaningful Birthday greeting I received from Spark People. emoticon emoticon emoticonMy Birthday, 2/28 is past now but the words on my card, which I printed so to read often, remind me of all the possibilities in my life. A new year has begun for me, I am planning on doing just what that quote on the birthday card read. "Don't just count your years, make your years count" - Ernest Meyers. I hope I do that, I try living every moment of my life to the fullest. I have fought breast cancer 3 times, but still made time to enjoy each and everyday. I have a little health scare going on now and an MRI will be performed on me soon to check on some nodules that were found in my breast, one year to the day of my completion of chemo, what a strange coincidence. I had a biopsy on one of the nodules which thankfully was benign. The dr. said there are too many to biopsy individually, so the MRI will show if any cancer may have returned. I am thinking positively though, emoticonyou have too. During the next year I will keep focusing on my goals and chasing my dreams. emoticon emoticonI will spend quality time with my friends and family. I will take better care of myself, by eating more fruits and vegetables, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI will stay way from red meat, not for me anymore. emoticon emoticonI will eat a lot more fish, and try new types! emoticonI will exercise in a more consistent manner and try to return to the health club. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI plan on ridding myself of as many unnecessary items as possible, what I don't need could be a blessing to someone else. No need to hang on to things. Let the year ahead be a time when I have daily time to mediate and get in touch with God through prayer and reading of the Bible. emoticon emoticonI pray my health and cancer-free status remain, but whatever it is, I always accept God's plan. This birthday card from Spark was a reminder of all that is good in life, and the many things that one can enjoy. No matter your age, you can have fun, just like a kid, get out, run in the rain, emoticon emoticonplay a game emoticonwalk your dog emoticonsing a song emoticonand dream of that little black dress emoticonI did and I have one. Can't what till the next event where a dress like that is appropriate. Anyway, I really enjoyed my Spark People Birthday greeting and I hope you will too. Even at 46 years of age I can do anything and so can you, start making every day count, vow to start today! emoticon emoticonInga

  
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METALLICAT1 4/25/2010 8:45AM

  That was beautiful Inga. So sorry to get to read is soooooo late. You have been an inspiration to me. I really wish we can get together soon. Have to keep up those walks.

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SPARKLE72023 3/18/2010 11:58AM

    Awww.... Inga ..... that's beautiful.

You sure have figured out the essence of life young lady!
Thanks for sharing your insights with us and reminding us about what is truly important in our everyday lives.

Bless you and I hope to be reading a Blog about the good news report from the new MRI.

Hugs to you & Miss Sadie,
Margrit + Lucky

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CHRYS13 3/16/2010 7:20PM

    Such a powerful blog, Inga! You've given us all something to think about....I'm so moved by your words!
I'll be praying that your MRI shows that all is well!
Blessings to you and yours!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 3/16/2010 7:07PM

    What a wonderful blog! You have such a positive attitude. Such a good thing for your health! I'm continuing to pray for you, my sweet friend. BIG emoticon and continued friendship.
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LINDA! 3/16/2010 5:52PM

    Such a nice blog, Inga. I really like that message..."Don't just count your years, make your years count" - Ernest Meyers

I am sending prayers and positive thoughts for you as you proceed to your MRI. May God continue to bless you & yours. emoticon

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DEBRA_T 3/16/2010 4:55PM

    Hi Inga, The best part about a birthday is the chance to look backwards and forwards at what you like, don't like, what you need, don't need, what you will do, not do. I always treat mine like a mini New Year's Eve and make fresh resolutions. I think your vows are great and I only hope that next year you can look back with pride on fulfilling each and every one of them.

Cheers, Debra
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It doesn't matter what you've done, you can still come home to SP!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

We all make mistakes, and if you are parents we know our kids makes mistakes too. The best we can do is learn from them, be aware of how the mistake happened and do better next time. Knowing their is someone who loves you and accepts you, will help you accept the mistakes you have made and move on. Kids who leave home, may return after finding out it's not that easy living and paying for everything on their own. With weight loss and healthy habits we can make mistakes too, we can run away from those habits and get stuck in un- healthy ruts, of no exercise, bad eating habits, and we don't allow ourselves to de-stress, we just keep going, doing the same over and over again. Now when we join SP we make a commitment to a renewal of ourselves, we may fail at times, but with the support available here, it's not hard to pick ourselves back up and get back into the program again. Some people leave spark people, and then after getting stuck in the unhealthy lifestyle that brought them here in the first place, they return. My point is no matter what it is, no matter what you've done, SP is always here to help you get back to where you want to be. It did it for me. I have been maintaining for a year and it feels good. Now I need to kick it up a notch and do more exercise to firm up my body that is now at a good weight for me. I feel at home here, learning to be better everyday. SP is a family, so if you are feeling a little low, or need some motivation, SPARK PEOPLE is your home away from home, come visit and escape into a healthy new realm, you will see and feel the results! emoticonInga

  
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RJFERRARO315 2/27/2010 11:56PM

    Right on! emoticon emoticon

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DEBRA_T 2/26/2010 5:17PM

    Inga, this is such an awesome post! If only each of us could hold on to this idea and use the wonderful resources and support offered freely every day, what health we could create within ourselves and in the world. It saddens me that so many of my friends have become inactive -- I wish I could reach out to them wherever they are and have them read your blog. The best I can hope for is they come back someday and I'll point them over here.

Cheers, Debra
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DUTCHIEKIWI 2/26/2010 5:09PM

    Spark has really enriched my life... and the people on it.. just like yourself! ;0)


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CHRYS13 2/25/2010 7:31PM

    I agree with you 100%, Inga! We are so fortunate to have this wonderful Spark site!

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EVER-EVOLVING 2/25/2010 6:38PM

    Inga, you are so right...Spark is here, no matter what!

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SPARKLE72023 2/25/2010 4:21PM

    Aww, what a sweet Blog Inga! Every word is true and it's nice to be reminded that we are always welcome back "home" to SparkPeople, no matter what. We will not be judged nor questioned, nor ridiculed - - just supported and loved as we again take the high road to weight loss.

Love You!
Margrit + Lucky

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 2/25/2010 10:57AM

    emoticon What a precious spirit you are!!!! I'm soooo glad you are a part of my life!
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My Little Rattie of the Month for February!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

emoticonwhat a fun place to get fit and healthy! I was so happy to find out my precious little doggie, Sadie is the "Rat Terrier of the Month" on my Rattie Team! I feel proud and honored. She has been my companion emoticonand walking partner for years! emoticonShe is the emoticondog ever!!! I am just so thankful to have had such an emoticonmember of my family in my little pooch Sadie Mae, yes she has a middle name! Sadie has helped me chart many miles walking since I joined Spark People 2 years ago. Pet's are such wonderful additions to our lives. They kiss our faces in affection with those wet and wiggly tongues. They cuddle up next to us when we need unconditional love. They look so lovingly at us with those tender eyes. They help to get our bodies movin' and to take a walk no matter what the weather is! emoticon emoticon emoticon
This month Sadie is certain;ly going to get extra pampering, in fact in my opinion she 's the rat terrier of every month at my house, and I'm so blessed to have that little friend in my life.
Thank you for honoring Sadie, my fellow team mates, she has the "Ratitude" to do the job right!!! Hugs to Sadie and all my pet lovin' friends!!! emoticon emoticonInga

  
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SPARKLE72023 2/6/2010 4:54PM

    Awww ... you sure do know how to make a Rat Terrier "Grandma" cry with your sweet words about Sadie Mae and how much she means to you.
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If Sadie could write I'm sure she'd be saying beautiful words about you too!

Congratulations again to our wonderful February Rat Terrier of the Month. So happy that she gets pampered every month - - she really deserves it!
- LOVE YOU BOTH -
Margrit + Lucky

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WATERBABY4 2/6/2010 10:06AM

    How cute. They aren't just companions but they keep us in shape too...guess I need to go out and get me a "Sadie"!

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NEXTYEAR 2/3/2010 8:06AM

    Rattitude! So sweet. So glad she found you!

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LINDA! 2/3/2010 12:23AM

    How cute, Inga!!! I am sure that Sadie is very deserving of this honor. emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 2/2/2010 9:08PM

    There is nothing like unconditional love and friendship from our pets is there ?Sadie is a lucky dog to have such a caring owner who is soooo proud of her!!! emoticon emoticon emoticonSadie!!

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MIMIDISNEY 2/2/2010 6:26PM

    Congratz to Sadie! ... and to you for having such a special pup! emoticon

Sadie is beautiful and I know she's a very special addition to your family

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CLAYSGAL 2/2/2010 5:07PM

    Sadie is one beautiful lady! Congrats on her honors!

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EVER-EVOLVING 2/2/2010 1:36PM

    Yay for Sadie! I have a puggle and a Collie...I love them both so much! The puggle has a wrinkled little face and an underbite, so cute! Pets are so important in our lives, aren't they? Congrats again, Sadie!

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 2/2/2010 12:43PM

    Sadie looks just like my Tigger did when she was young. My husband was looking at these pictures and asked if it was Tigger. They have the same color and same markings, except Tigger's nubby tail is solid black.

Congratulations on Sadie being the Rattie of the Month...she is a sweetheart and I am glad she has been such a help for you.

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ACTIVEGRANDMAP 2/2/2010 11:46AM

    Adorable, if I do say so myself( she's a mini version of my Tink. You couldn't tell them apart by their pictures, except for the tail!)Pam

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DEBRA_T 2/2/2010 11:34AM

    What an awesome companion you have in Sadie! When my husband and I teach Precana classes, we tell our engaged couples -- think about how much your relationship would be transformed if you met your spouse at the door the way the dog does!

Congratulations to both of you for a well-deserved honor.

Cheers, Debra

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My 2 year Spark Anniversary

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Today is my 2 year Spark Anniversary, and I am not doing the best right now. I haven't had a good appetite lately and I am experiencing some pain due to a prescription I am taking to prevent breast cancer reoccurrence. I had chemo for my 3rd bout with breast cancer over 10 months ago, but some of the side effects are still lingering. I am trying to adapt to life after beating breast cancer and having 9 surgeries (12 combined) My body has handled it as best as it can. When I joined Spark People 2 years ago today, I remember life was free and easy. I had seemed to beat breast cancer 2 times and I was enjoying a full life. That being in winter, I remember some of my first posts about sledding with my son that year. I remember working hard to earn my spark points and develop healthier habits. In August of o8 I found a lump under my arm, the cancer had returned. Well the good news is, it looks like the rigorous chemo and meds did it for me, I am cancer-free, will be a year in March. So today on my 2nd Spark Anniversary I need to try again. I have only been able to exercise twice this whole year. I have not been consistent with diet or water consumption. I started the year off not putting myself first. This day comes with a new chance, it's not the first day of the year, just a special day for me, a day I started something that has truly changed my life. When I was very ill from chemo, SP was always there to keep me busy, to allow me to receive support,and give it too, for that helps one not feel sorry for themselves. Today I need to try to get back into it slowly. I need to write down a nutritional plan for myself, drink more water, exercise, 10 minutes a day to start. I got through much of the Spark book the other night when I took my son to the ER. He's doing okay now, but I learned from that whole experience, we found out my son had to much caffeine and that can be dangerous. And as I was sitting there, I learned as I read from that incredible book. SP has a whole new beginning for me today. As I celebrate 2 years and remain ever so thankful for the friendships, love, care and the life changing knowledge that I have received here. This place is emoticon emoticonand makes you feel like emoticon I know I will do it again. I just need to get my mind set on this and it will happen. All my Spark Friends will be there right beside me too. We are all in this together. We are an amazing group of people, we are Spark People! So here again I start today, working towards a better me. I thank Spark People and Chris Downie for being positive influences in my life. I look forward to being here another 2 years , making me a happier and healthier person! emoticonInga emoticon

  
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ONCEMOREAGAIN 1/25/2010 9:00PM

    Congratulations on you 2 year anniversary with Spark People. You are great! You have such a sweet spirit. Also congratulations on being almost 1 year cancer free again. You are so inspiring.

Robin

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LOUPATTISON 1/25/2010 10:28AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Please take good care of yourself.

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EVER-EVOLVING 1/24/2010 9:40PM

    As you said, Ingrid, we are all in this together! I admire you so much, and I'm so glad we're here to take this walk towards better health with each other! Happy Anniversary...
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LINDA! 1/24/2010 9:30PM

    Happy Sparkaversary, Inga!! emoticon

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SPARKLE72023 1/24/2010 9:27PM

    Awww sweet Inga . . . I'm so glad to congratulate you again on your tremendous 2-yr Spark-A-Versary.
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The road has been long and much harder for you because of the cancer fight but you've kicked butt on that and your spirit SOARS with hope and our united LOVE!

You bet cha - - we, your friends, are with you 100% and pray everyday that the harsh effects of the chemo and other therapies will go away so that you can feel better soon.

Love You!
Hugs + Much Grace,
Margrit

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JUST_BREATHE08 1/24/2010 6:51PM

    HAPPY emoticonmy dear Inga. You are one emoticonlady. emoticonand I love you much!!! emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 1/24/2010 3:39PM

    Happy Sparkversary Inga!! You are an inspiration to so many. Take time to put yourself first and take care of yourself. You are soooo very worth it.
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SOUPY18 1/24/2010 1:21PM

    Congratulations on both of your anniversaries -- your 2nd with Spark and your 1st being on the road to better health. You remain in my prayers and thoughts.

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JANLEEW 1/24/2010 1:17PM

    Happy Anniversary! You are awesome! Restart with a just a few small steps. Be consistent and you will see changes. Walk 5 feet if 10 is too much. Keep smiling, keep moving!

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DEBRA_T 1/24/2010 9:36AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary, but even more, on your enduring spirit which has seen you through some really tough years and has kept you motivated even still.

Cheers, Debra

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CHRYS13 1/24/2010 9:15AM

    Congratulations on your 2-year SparkVersary, Inga!
You are an incredibly strong "Pink Soldier" and we all love and appreciate you!
May God continue to provide strength, peace, and grace...
Chrys
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NOLASOPHIE 1/24/2010 9:03AM

    Happy anniversary - what a journel life can be.

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