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NFL is in the PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sunday, October 17, 2010

During October, the NFL is showing it's PINK, to raise awareness about breast cancer and how important early detection is. As a survivor myself, I am proud to see this disease recognized by the sport of football, and it's reminder to all of us that breast cancer can be beat. I'm sure there are many football wives who have faced bc, My favorite football player, Brett Favre, is the husband of a breast cancer survivor, Deanna. Her book is a great read for anyone who has the disease or supports someone with it. I'll be checking the pink out for the rest of the month on the football fields, it reminds me of how I fought this disease and won. emoticon
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NISSANGIRL 10/21/2010 7:35AM

    I love seeing the NFL support the cause. Great blog Inga! emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 10/19/2010 12:15AM

    I also really enjoy seeing all of the PINK on the field.

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JOCALAT 10/18/2010 6:26AM

    It's nice to see the guys in pink!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/18/2010 4:56AM

    emoticonBravo to my PINK winner, Inga!!!

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A Tribute to my friend Donna, MRSFIXIT, you were TOUGH!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A wonderful lady I met here on Spark People has lost her fight with breast cancer. Her name was Donna, screen name MRSFIXIT. She was a courageous warrior in the fight against this disease that can take over your whole body, it raged inside her, spreading to her liver. But despite the cruel spread of cancer, the light of hope never dimmed in her mind. Her spirit was happy, alive, hopeful she fought as tough as she could and never gave up. Her body became tired and as she left her husband and family physically, her spirit and joy will remain alive in them. She now is safely in the arms of Jesus, her love for Him showed even in her last days she read the Bible, it meant so much to her. When we see a RAINBOW, let us think of DONNA, shining her colors of light and love from heaven above emoticonWhen we see a BUTTERFLY, let us think of DONNA, flying freely with peace and joy emoticonWhen we have a chance to SMILE at someone, even if our day is rotten, let us think of DONNA, and the smiles she shared in her LIFETIME. emoticon emoticon emoticon I will never forget you DONNA, your courage touched my heart emoticonYou are an ANGEL to me. emoticonI pray for your family now, God be with them. emoticon You made a beautiful difference in our world emoticonI thank God for letting our paths cross in life, I will always remember you, dear Donna, our MRSFIXIT.

Inga

  
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NANNER2121 10/17/2010 8:35PM

    An amazing tribute for an amazing person. Donna touched many with her openness and honesty, but above all, her sense of humor and acceptance. I will miss her.

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LOVEDKCHOCOLATE 10/16/2010 10:10AM

    Inga, I am sorry for your loss of a great friend. While no one wishes for family and friends to struggle with the pain of cancer, it is hard not to wish them back here with us. Peace and love to Donna, her family and you. emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 10/13/2010 11:59PM

    Thank you. I didn't get to know Donna, but I now know what is important to her.

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DEETHEDIETITIAN 10/13/2010 10:59PM

    Inga ~ I could not have said it better.
I will miss MrsFixit (Donna) ~ she was a pillar of strength and courage for me and always handled things with such grace. I keep her family in my prayers.
Dee

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JAZZID 10/13/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks for posting Olga, I had just visited her page not too long ago... this is sad news... I HATE CANCER... ~ Dee

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/13/2010 9:00PM

    A lovely tribute from one beautiful lady to another.
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CUTTINABBY 10/13/2010 8:50PM

    Thank you for posting this Inga.I'm touched by your sincerity and friendship . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE72023 10/13/2010 5:16PM

    You're both special ladies!

You Inga - - for being the fun-making, enthusiastic pink warrior that we know, love and admire - - and Donna, God rest her sweet soul, for being an inspiration to all of us.

Thank you for sharing this most touching tribute. Tears fell from my eyes; tears of sorrow but mostly tears of joy that the world has special women like you & Donna!
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Margrit

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ELDORADO2 10/13/2010 5:09PM

    Inga, your tribute to Donna really touched my heart. It was so beautifully written. I am sure she is looking down smiling.
Eldora

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DRADISCH 10/13/2010 5:04PM

    Inga, what a beautiful tribute to Donna. She was and always will be an Inspiration in the fight we face everyday. May she RIp and Fly with the Angels.
God Bless her & her family.

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AKASHA66 10/13/2010 4:39PM

    What a lovely post. So sorry to everyone who lost a sparkfriend. She sounds like she was a special woman.

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LINDA! 10/13/2010 4:29PM

    Inga, thank you for posting this lovely tribute. She was my Spark Friend and we were on two teams together. What a strong and brave woman. She kept so busy, in spite of her illness. She thought of her family members and talked about them frequently. She enjoyed posting and was a very detailed lady. I would read her posts and be amazed at how busy she was. She stayed busy even after the recent breast cancer diagnosis. It seemed that she didn't slow down - until the end. What a wonderful example our human spirit. We must keep going and strive to live. I already miss you, Donna.

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JOYSGARDEN 10/13/2010 3:12PM

    Inga, that was a beautiful tribute to Donna. I'm sure I'll think of her when I see a rainbow, or a butterfly, or a bird just gliding thru the sky.

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~*LINDA*~ 10/13/2010 2:47PM

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EVER-EVOLVING 10/13/2010 12:51PM

    Inga, that was a moving and wonderful tribute to your friend...a toast to Donna! emoticon

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MAURIZIA 10/13/2010 12:31PM

    Only knowing Donna for a short time, I know we will miss her greatly...but her light will shine on us always...her beautiful spirit will guide us.

My prayers and sympathy to her family, friends, and my fellow teammates.

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THINKTHINTAMI 10/13/2010 11:46AM

    thinking of you Inga & all your breast cancer friends...hugs & prayers~~~
Tami

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LUVS2EXERCISE 10/13/2010 11:31AM

    So sorry to hear of her passing, but she's in a better place now, and will suffer no more!! Huge hugs to you and her family emoticon

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STANNER3 10/13/2010 11:24AM

    Thanks Inga, that was beautiful. She was indeed a special lady!!

Suzanne

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BUBBLEJ1 10/13/2010 11:06AM

    I'm so sorry that you have lost your friend.

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JOCALAT 10/13/2010 10:42AM

    What a beautiful tribute...it made me cry!!

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PAULETTELORAINE 10/13/2010 10:34AM

    I wish I had known her. I've also lost friends and family to breast cancer. I am thrilled that she met Jesus and trusted Him because He is our Hope. Thank you for posting this beautiful tribute. emoticon

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The Clutter in my house is weighing me down.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I had a garage sale last weekend, and donated items to various organizations this past week. I plan to get rid of more. To bless someone elses's life with what I don't need. I looked at myself this morning as I got out of the shower, yes I am thin, at my goal weight, but not really fit, my stomach is flabby, arms un-toned, I wonder why? I have been at my goal weight for quite sometime now, yes I have had my share of health ups and downs, surgeries, but I should be able to commit to a regular exercise routine, my disorganized home seems to have alot to do with this. I am a chronic procrastinator, I seem to never finish projects. I think the way my house looks de-motivates me. Day after day I work hard doing chores, ridding myself of items we no longer need, I am making progress, though slow, it will finally "one-day" be the way my family needs to live, in a clean and un-cluttered home. Today my prayer is that I make time for me too, to set aside time for exercise, to get away from the constant battle of trying to organize this place. I have great exercise equipment, I just need to use it more and remind myself of the benefit I get from it. emoticonto clutter, Hello to emoticon emoticonExercise. emoticonInga emoticon

  
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PINK-SOLDIER 10/26/2010 3:03PM

    emoticonall so much for your comments and help, a month later I am still fighting this battle, but have made several trips to donate things. It feels good. emoticon

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MOMMA_NURSE 10/26/2010 2:15PM

    I have been working to clear my house of clutter! I took several suv loads full to Goodwill and church ministry. I am trying to keep it OUT now!

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NEWHEARTSTART 10/13/2010 11:50AM

    The clutter in my house weighs me down and causes laziness and indecision. When I come home after work and see all of the stuff sitting there I just instantly become bored, tired, and disinterested. Not only do I have my stuff, but my daughter, S-I-L, and two grandchildren live with me and contribute to the madness. I have had a couple of yard sales and donated a couple of truckloads of stuff but that only makes me feel like I accomplised something for a short while.

I have gone through the closets and the junk room a thousand times with the intent of getting rid of stuff but then I decide I can put it in the next yard sale. So, I still have it.

It is a vicious circle and I am getting dizzy. To make matters worse my husband of thirty years walked out and left 98% of his stuff. He says he doesn't have room for it right now but still wants to get it later. What a crock. I need to get forceful and make everybody get all of their crap out of my house so I can at least get to mine.

Okay, rant over. Have a great day!!

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PAULETTELORAINE 10/9/2010 10:48PM

    Clutter is a very common frustration for us. It seems to multiply overnight! A few years ago I discovered FlyLady http://flylady.com/ and it changed my life! Now I "bless my home" instead of "cleaning my house". And I set aside 15 minutes at a time on days when I'm busy with other things. You start with a shiny sink and I can honestly say, my sink is rarely anything but shiny anymore! It used to always be full of dirty dishes! This past week I cleaned out the medicine cabinet and threw away all meds that were expired. Do you believe I had a bottle dated 1989? That's 21 years!!! One bottle was something I was allergic to from when I had breast cancer 5 years ago. Why would I keep that?! Courage, my dear, and one day at a time. God bless you emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/7/2010 5:11PM

    Hey Inga!!
HUGS.... it looks like you are writing alot of peoples story..... including mine. You have to approach this the same way you do weight loss.... slow and steady.... be proud of what you have done instead of focusing on all you have to do. You succeeded in loosing weight, beating breast cancer over and over & you can certainly conquer this. Break it into baby steps one room at a time or even 1 closet, drawer or whatever at a time. Go back to baby steps on working out.... instead of remembering what you use to do, start small and build back up again!! When we are surrounded by clutter it sucks the life out of us and makes us feel helpless..... Don't let clutter ruin your life.... take charge but don't obsess over it.... I am here if you want to talk! Sorry I have been MIA for so long!!!
HUGS, Kathy

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PINK-SOLDIER 9/27/2010 12:32PM

    Thanks all for the comments, I have been on flylady, it is great, also SP has some ideas, all your ideas really help!

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SEAWAVE 9/27/2010 12:14PM

    I have a problem with clutter too! There's this dark area under the stairs in the basement, I think that's where it goes to reproduce. Then it sneaks out at night and spreads all over the place! emoticon

I did read one thing last week that is becoming a mantra for me: don't put it down, put it away. And I do the 15-minute FlyLady - it really helps if you're consistent at it.

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NISSANGIRL 9/27/2010 7:02AM

    I am in the process of de cluttering myself, I kept procrastinating b/c there were more important things to do but now I need to get the clutter out. You took the first step and that was donate and have a yard sale, you should feel great about that. You are on the right track Inga, I plan on doing the same. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BJENKINS1014 9/26/2010 8:21PM

    I'm glad to see I'm not alone with this clutter problem. You are all motivating me to find that 15 minutes every day to declutter!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/26/2010 12:52AM

    Have you seen the TV show "Hoarding?" I have been decluttering for some time now, and even though I don't have the problem to the extent the hoarders on the show have, it gives me insight into my own behavior and why I accumulate. And just how freeing it is to get rid of it. Thanks for your blog.

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LINDA! 9/26/2010 12:38AM

    Check out Flylady - the idea is to find 15 minutes per day to work in your home. I understand about clutter and procrastination. It has taken me many years to work on these issues in my life.

Good luck, Inga!

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JATHUENER 9/25/2010 4:37PM

    sounds like me but in a faster mode i am a little bit slower then you. I maybe set to give my stuff away but i still need my butt lit to get me going so you are not alone by no means julie

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ELDORADO2 9/25/2010 4:11PM

    My dear Sparkfriend; while reading your blog, i thought, : Did I write this;? I have been decluttering since I retired 8 years ago and it doesn't appear that I've gotten rid of anything. I gave thrown away junk, donated to Goodwill and gave away some clothes and still have boxes and closets full. My problem is I think I will need it one day. I AM CHANGING MY HABITS. THE CLUTTER HAS TO GO!!!!!!
Eldora

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CHRYS13 9/25/2010 2:15PM

    Blessings to you, Inga, as you de-clutter and tone-up! I, too, procrastinate in getting the clutter under control. It weighs me down and causes some stress. I just need to stop thinking so much and "let-go"!! emoticon

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GHUFNAGLE1585 9/25/2010 2:10PM

    Good luck!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/25/2010 2:00PM

    Oh what insight you have into yourself!!! Go get 'em girl! emoticon

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SWEETMNTHING 9/25/2010 1:49PM

    Alot of people have problems with clutter and I am one of them too! We can keep each other accountable. It just gets embarrassing if you want to try to invite people over. Or my case today-the smoke detector in my aparmtment kept beeping all the time this am to the point I had to call emergency maintence to come and help He came over and took off the smoke detector and he's coming back on Monday..so now I have to scramble to at least get teh visible clutter done by the time he comes since I live in an apartment! LOL Maybe we should start thinking BEFORE we make clutter..is someone gonna see it if an emergency happens! LOL

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I'm gonna miss summer...assorted pictures of me on the beach.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A few pictures of me having fun in the sun. I love hot, humid and sunny weather. I am so happy when I have my days at the beach, it's a place where I have so much fun!
These pictures were taken in Longboat Key, Florida. July 2010 near the Gulf of Mexico.
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NISSANGIRL 9/22/2010 2:22PM

    Great Pictures inga!looks like you had so much fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 9/20/2010 10:31AM

    Inga you look like you are having the time of your life ! You deserve it my friend !!!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/19/2010 8:32PM

    You look so great! You're a beauty...inside and out!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 9/19/2010 7:02PM

    Inga, you look absolutely beautful, not only on the outside, but also on the inside!!! You are an amazing person and friend! I'm so thankful everyday for your friendship and the chance to call you my friend!! Keep smiling your beautiful smile! I love you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYMAC45 9/19/2010 6:59PM

    You look fantastic! I enjoy the beach also. Thanks for sharing.
Mary

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LINDA! 9/19/2010 6:44PM

    Don't you look beautiful! I am so happy you have so many happy memories at the beach! emoticon

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CHRYS13 9/19/2010 6:35PM

    You are absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful to see the enjoyment reflected on your face.
Oh....I'm going to miss Summer so very much, also!
Thanks so much for sharing.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/19/2010 6:33PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! How happy you are! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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Sparked by THE SPARK!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I have finished all the chapters in The Spark! emoticon As a result of reading it, I plan on recommitting myself to the spark principles. I have strayed a little, and now it's time to get on a fresh new attitude as I progress even further into my healthy lifestyle. I am at my goal weight and I have been for a while, but my diet, water consumption and commitment to regular exercise has not been consistent. I have to do something about it, so I have decided to re-do Fast Break, the 28 day program that I began over 2 and a half years ago.
FAST BREAK 2010

1. Re-set my Fast Break Goals.
2. Plan my Spark Time.
3. Reaffirm my focus.
4. Set up shop.
5. Choose my rewards.
6. Learn about the nutritional value of what I eat by using the food tracker more regularly.

I commit myself to this September 7, 2010. emoticonInga emoticon

  
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MARYMAC45 9/17/2010 9:18PM

    INGA
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Good luck, God Bless!
Mary

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EVER-EVOLVING 9/9/2010 11:01AM

    YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! Wow, how gorgeous!

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LINDA! 9/7/2010 10:20PM

    Don't you look pretty!!!! Just love your pic. emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/7/2010 10:02PM

    emoticon Inga! What a great photo!

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JOCALAT 9/7/2010 7:22PM

    You can do it!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/7/2010 7:05PM

    emoticonInga!!!

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