OTEN36's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OTEN36 OTEN36's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ How time flys.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7437299e-e17b-41b0-8a59-0d64a3a5ab3e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19a47982-cffc-4476-8745-fe104af0f646.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3e06dd0-5ff8-4403-a0e5-6164b26a888d.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e080eb0d-8e2e-4fa7-891c-adc892d99482.JPG">Well these past two weeks really flew by. We are residing our house, put new windows in and had our driveway/walk way concrete'd. I r... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:42:04 EST The night shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202005 Tomorrow I start my set of 4 night shifts and will also do a juice fast during this time. <BR> My juice group is starting one on Thursday but we will be in Fargo for the weekend so I decided to start mine early. It's just too hard being gone over the weekend and survive on juice and not being in your own kitchen. <BR> So that is my plan. Here's to some really good kale juice. <BR> Cheers <BR> Dee Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:27:59 EST Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181910 Today I start a two week juicing event. <BR> I've done several so far and it is working for me. <BR> I just have to stay motivated. <BR> How is everyone else doing?? <BR> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:35:21 EST Timing is everything :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160919 Good Afternoon Friends, <BR> Today is my 3rd night shift. Thankfully I only have four this week. I'm on another juicing fast that is going well. I've gotten the hang of making bone broth and really enjoy that when I first get up instead of coffee. My hair is growing like crazy and another odd thing is it isn't as curly was it was. It's almost downright straight now. But I know the juicing comes into play there also. I will give them both credit. <BR> Last week was really nice here in Minnes... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:46:23 EST confused baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146253 confused baby Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:25:36 EST Learning to comb your hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d95e778e-aaf8-4afb-90b8-145847f73cab.jpg"> <BR> She is 12 months old and figuring out a comb. Doing well until she had to think about combing Granpa's hair. He's bald but has a full beard. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:29:49 EST Vegetable pulp uses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130915 I'm big into juicing and end up with plenty of pulp. What I have been doing is freezing it until I have a big bag. Today is cold and rainy in Minnesota and it's my day off so I thawed it out and tossed it in a few pots. I added some onion, garlic and parsley. Cooked it for a few hours and now will pressure can it for yummy goodness for a few months. <BR> It's great to poach fish with and a great Soup/stew starter. <BR> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:55:32 EST Egg's on a bed of......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130843 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17391228-af80-40f3-b3fb-2b2205c18c13.jpg">My newest fav is 2 eggs over easy on a bed of room temp spinach. <BR> Today I added half an avocado. Sometimes I add some Quinoa. <BR> Its so delicious. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:50:09 EST Easter at A Restaurant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127828 <BR> We are meeting up with my Daughter and her family half way from our house and Fargo for a Easter Lunch. <BR> There is a small café with some pretty good items on the menu. <BR> I've made a wise decision to Pick what I want while at home here. <BR> <BR> <em>369</em> <BR> Cucumber Beet Burger <BR> It's actually made from Black Beans (burger) with beets and pickles on top along with onions. they put it on a bun so I will ask them to use a lettuce leaf instead. I'll take a picture for ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:01:21 EST Broth part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127194 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/205fa028-d347-4be7-afef-d0f1ca16ca00.jpg">C <BR> <BR> I'm on day three. 3rd batch of broth that I plan on combining with the first two. From what I've read you can get many batches of broth from one set of bones. My plan is to freeze it so I'm not having to make it all that often. <BR> I picked one of my fancy cups that always makes me feel special. <BR> I've made extra large batches as my son-in-law has guts issues and wants to see if this h... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:45:17 EST Bone Broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118739 I stumbled across an article on bone broth. <BR> Have any of you tried this? <BR> What were the health benefits you experienced? <BR> Thanks <BR> Dee <em>106</em> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:33:21 EST Vegetable Broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117646 I've been saving the pulp from all my juicing. When it adds up and I have free time I make a big batch of veggie stock. It really comes in handy and you can flavor it just how you want. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3285b7bf-b615-4eac-a8e9-a8b8fb28b5bc.jpg"> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:29:30 EST My juicing experience so far..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116962 A few years ago I watched the Netflix movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. <BR> If you haven't watched it I suggest you do. If you have watched it I suggest you watch it again. <BR> I have watched it 3-4 times and get so much out of it. <BR> I have been juicing for almost two years however it was along with eating other foods. <BR> Let me back up: <BR> I graduated from high school around 150 lbs in 1981. Not fat but not thin and gained weight upwards of 200 lbs during pregnancies. Always worki... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:35:27 EST JSN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116361 Today is day 11 of juicing fruits and vegetables. <BR> Two days into my own juicing fast I ran into a group that was going to start a 7 day juice so I joined them. Then they decided to turn it into a 21 day so I decided to join that also. <BR> I think it will end up being 24 days by the time it's done. <BR> I'm staying strong. <BR> 11 days down. 12 lbs lost <BR> Dee Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:02:05 EST New Juices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113329 One week down with my juicing. I've broken out of my comfort zone and tried some new combo's. <BR> I even bought some watermelon and cantaloupe this week LOL <BR> I'm still having the mean green juice once a day from the movie Fat, Sick and nearly Dead. <BR> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 10:21:43 EST Winter Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088726 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f63b3ea-5d85-455d-a647-67c2a2830187.JPG">Today I start my set of 3 night shifts. <BR> So hubby did the grocery shopping. <BR> Kale was on the list. You know the bagged kale that is already cut and ready to use. <BR> He found some bulk kale that he <BR> just knew I'd love so bought it instead. <BR> Here in Northern Minnesota we don't often get really nice kale during the dead of winter. <BR> I'm so excited and quickly made my mean green juice ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:25:34 EST Sharing a Quote: Stay on the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080274 The scale is only a guide. If you stayed within your calorie range, you did not deposit any new fat on your body. Tell yourself that the scale can sometimes hold on to extra water, leading you to think that you are not making any progress. Before you go to bed, pat yourself on the back and tell yourself, "I stayed within my calorie range today; therefore I did not gain any fat." Tell yourself that and stay on plan. <BR> <em>192</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:01:32 EST Back walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078220 I haven't been using my treadmill in a few months due to back issues. <BR> However I plan to start again. <BR> Taking it slow with a Sparkpeople walking program to build endurance. <BR> I have to not get carried away with being competitive. I understand I have disc issues and good muscle health is the key. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:36:20 EST Short work day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072371 Today I only have to work 8 hours instead of 12. <BR> I also am not stuck to my desk! <BR> I am super excited about that and have my goal set to get 10,000 steps <BR> WooHoo <BR> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 05:47:15 EST Juicin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062862 I start my 4 day shifts tomorrow. <BR> I feel a 4 day juice fast coming on. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>478</em> <em>470</em> <BR> I think Green Juice and Beet Juice are my favorites. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f13686c9-2b08-488b-9168-5c0cb9ebd4ce.jpg"> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 07:57:38 EST Butternut Squash VS Pizza or Vikings vs Packers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059436 I had some extra time before coming to work this afternoon so I roasted some butternut squash. I added a big onion half way thru the roast and some garlic. <BR> Oh..it smelled so good. I brought a dish with me to work. <BR> I found out that they were ordering pizza once I got to work. My total favorite food in the world. <BR> So I quickly ate my delish'ish'ish squash and poured a glass of Green Juice. <BR> I was able to turn down the pizza with ease. As always I took some ribbing from Co-work... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:34:03 EST Weigh in afterwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056001 Well I stepped on the scale this a.m. I had told myself I wasn't going to until Friday but you know how addicting stepping on the scale can be.... <BR> Well I am one pound over what I was on the 24th. It could be worse so I'm not going to stress at all. <BR> My plans are to stick to my clean eating until the 22nd of January when my company Christmas party is. Then I will allow myself a "one meal" break. <BR> I had a total blast with my 4 Grand Children at Christmas. I posted pictures. <BR> L... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:11:56 EST Calling all Green Juice people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051955 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f74403d-f256-4ae1-ad4f-414616753b5a.jpg">I'm pretty excited to share with you that all those cucumbers I juiced and froze last summer are coming in very handy being I'm juicing. I wished I would have counted how many cartons I froze to figure out how much money I've saved. <BR> For those gardeners out there you know how fast cucumbers grow. One day the garden is doing just right and then you get home from work and there are 12 cucumbers almost... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:36:54 EST 199 PPPPounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050579 <em>334</em> <BR> This morning the scale said 199. <BR> I've very happy to no longer be in the 200 CLUB. <BR> 26 lbs GONE...GOODBYE!!!!! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>192</em> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:12:19 EST 25 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049657 down 25 lbs <BR> It's a big milestone. <BR> The next pound will bring me under 200 lbs. <BR> YEAH!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c20c2dde-f9ad-4771-ab11-a9dfc255490c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2015 06:22:49 EST 30 Days Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048233 I have lost 24 lbs this past month juicing. <BR> The first 5 days was juice only and then after that <BR> was I added salad's and veggies. <BR> I started off saying I would go 4 days. I wasn't sure I could do it actually. <BR> It went so very and I didn't experience any hunger so I decided I'd go <BR> for a full two weeks. That went so well I have decided to go until Christmas. <BR> That will give me 5.5 weeks without cheating. <BR> No whites, no alcohol, no processed foods. <BR> <em>9</e... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:26:08 EST 2 more days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047553 Two more days and I will have 30 days under my belt on this new life style. <BR> I will report back with a one month total weight loss. <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:19:02 EST Looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045236 Looking at my Sparkpeople ticker I see I am 1/3 the way to my goal. <BR> Woo Hoo.....I'm liking this! <BR> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:05:58 EST Finally Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044690 I'm pleased to say my weight loss has leveled out. The first two weeks it was coming off pretty rapidly. Good but a tad scary also. It was probably a colon cleanse going on. Everyone favorite topic. ok...I'll stop. <BR> I continue to log my caleries. So far I haven't gone over 1200 per day. It's really hard to go over 900 while juicing but once I add whole fruits and veggies to the juicing it seems like it can go up another few hundred. I think logging is habit for me. <BR> I continue to sta... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:48:30 EST The End of my Work stretch.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043907 For those of you how know me I am always saying how well I do when I'm here at work on my 12 hour shifts. My challenge is when I'm home <BR> and I get derailed. <BR> My horrible bad secret is that when people around me get all mad and angry then I let their emotions filter into my own heart. The next thing I know I'm thinking, "why bother"...."so what if I'm fat"...all self destructive thoughts. Then I make poor food choices. That leads to saying, "Great, I blew that day...might as well blow... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 17:28:47 EST 20lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042586 A quick in: <BR> Its' been 19 days and I've lost 20 lbs by juicing. <BR> I watched the movie "Fat, sick and nearly dead" two years <BR> ago. I didn't think juicing was something I could do so I went with traditional dieting methods. Measuring and charting what I ate. <BR> This October/November I got so tired of hurting and having such a bad <BR> self image that I watched it again. I was determined to give it a 4 day whirl. It came so easy that I have continued. After the first 5 days I includ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 05:15:12 EST 2 Weeks Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039808 Today I ran out of lemon for my Green Juice so I used a lime. <BR> That was fun as it added a different twist to the drink. I really like the Juicing recipe Mean Green from the movie Fat, sick and almost dead. <BR> I watched the movie on Netflix. I'm not sure where else you can watch it but it sure got me to "thinking" so I told myself I'd try it for 4 days. Those 4 days went so well that I've continued on with the juicing but adding a salad or soup once in the day. It's been two weeks and ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:42:07 EST Holding tight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038827 It's been 3 days with no movement on the scale. <BR> Surprisingly enough I'm not as upset as I would normally be. <BR> I know I haven't gone over my calorie limit. <BR> I haven't consumed too much sodium. <BR> I've drank plenty of water. <BR> I DID lose 15 lbs pretty quickly on this juicing diet so I think it's my <BR> body's way of taking a step back for a few days. <BR> <em>4</em> I can do this....this time <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:08:41 EST Thanksgiving while working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038027 Happy Thanksgiving Friends, <BR> Today I will be working 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. My usual 12 hour shift. Our crew isn't going to have a meal at work and I have to admit I'm good with that. I'm doing super good on my new lifestyle/eating change. (It's been 11 days) I haven't told anyone at work I'm juicing only with some veggies tossed in. They think I'm the queen of kale and goofy anyway. They know I've been juicing as a supplement for a year now. However the old "pressure to take what is offered" ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:27:58 EST 8 days %15 lbs% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037002 Juicing continues to go well. I've added eating veggies and some fruit to my diet but am still juicing two of my meals. I have to say it's been so easy that's I'm actually a bit shocked. I really wished I had tried this a few years ago. <BR> The weight loss has slowed these last 2 days but that is only right being it was coming off so fast. Normally I'm the type to freak out if the scale doesn't move daily but for some reason I'm ok with this. I know I haven't fallen off the wagon and I'm not... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:19:23 EST 1 Week;14lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036012 I just finished a week of juicing. <BR> I lost 14 lbs <BR> I decided yesterday to add eating veggies/fruit by mouth along with juicing. <BR> Of course it came after smelling the delicious aroma's of my husband pan frying a stuffed pork chop. Tough but I told myself to appreciate the wonderful smell and then get past it. <BR> It was then I decided it would be amazing to have a bowl of roasted cauliflower and broccoli. <BR> I tossed in some onions and oh man it sure did taste good. <BR> Update:... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:09:16 EST 4 Days-10 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034986 Today marks the 4th day juicing. I've lost 10 lbs. <BR> I've been juicing veggies and fruit. <BR> It continues to go well. No hunger pains. I don't miss the act of "chewing" so I feel grateful there. <BR> I grabbed a pint of homemade tomato soup before leaving for work tonight. That really hit the spot with all the seasonings I put in there. <BR> I started out thinking I'll do this for 4 days. I'm so excited about the weight loss that I think I will go until I see a 25lb weight loss. <BR> T... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:21:25 EST Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033496 My 1st day of juicing is complete. All went well. I made a mean green juice and a fruit/veggie mixture of Carrots, an orange and pineapple. Part way thru the night shift I just couldn't bare the thought of another cold glass of juice so I heated the carrot juice up. I think I liked it better warm than cold. I start to get chilled about 3 a.m. while working nights anyways. I'll have to look up more juices that warm up well. <BR> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:44:20 EST Green Juice it is then.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032589 On 11-16-15 I start my four night shifts. I have decided to juice only for those four days and get lots of water in...I've got to get my groove back. Enough is enough and I am the only one who can do this for me. <BR> I must stay focused to get healthy. <BR> <em>274</em> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 14:50:43 EST Jelly and Syrup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997360 This was my trade from a co-worker who ran out of garden dill. <BR> I'm super excited and what cute jars and bottles they use. <BR> It will make for fun stocking stuffers this year. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41fe54d1-8fd1-4648-8c92-b1519a0f6b27.jpg"> <BR> My remaining dill from my garden <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c959c806-d3c5-40c9-9504-bb9cd4ff35f1.jpg"> <BR> I've very please with this "trade" <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:13:21 EST 7 Days/6 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996893 At the end of my 7th day I am 6 pounds down. I give credit to "sticking" to clean eating and lots and lots of water. Also staying within my calorie range. <BR> I'm just finishing up seven night shifts. 12 hour shifts with an hour travel time added to it. <BR> I did not exercise but instead devoted what little spare time I have before work to pick kale, cucumbers and apples from my garden for my mean green drink. It takes about 30 minutes between picking, washing, juicing and washing the juic... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:23:35 EST Pick a peck of Dill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996320 Today I bartered my remaining dill in the garden to a co-worker. His wife has a business making Jelly, jam and a few other items. <BR> So for a bucket of dill he in turn will give me several jars of jelly and a bottle of maple syrup. <BR> Pretty good trade being I'm on a long work stretch and won't be canning anymore this garden season. <BR> I wonder what is a good trade for that big horseradish root he wants? <BR> Enjoy the rest of your night! <BR> Dee <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 23:20:40 EST 6 lbs of bloat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995750 After 5 days of eating healthy and drinking plenty of water I lost 6 lbs. I think mostly belly bloat as <em>192</em> <BR> I tried my size 18 jeans on and was happy with how they fit. <BR> Not perfect mind you but not that horrible...I CAN'T TAKE THIS PINCHING any longer feeling". Last month I broke down and ordered Just 1 pair of size 20 jeans to get by until I was emotionally and physically tired of being this weight. <BR> I consider this a victory and am emotionally charged over it. <... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:36:45 EST Hiding nuts from my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994513 <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> lots of water being consumed this week! Yeah. I haven't been all that good about it these past 6-8 weeks. I can tell I am going thru a small detox as I'm a tad foggy in the brain and tired. <BR> Another day or two and I'll be feeling like a million bucks. I'm keeping up with my green juice. I added a fruit smoothie today. <BR> I'd like to add nuts to the mix but have such a hard time with my husband eating them all in a few sitting. Hiding them worked for a while unt... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:39:06 EST MEAN green juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993638 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0642ddb-1d9a-4b1c-9d1b-a26531a83332.jpg">Today I got up just a little early from sleeping (night shift again) and went out to the garden and picked some kale and parsley for my Mean Green Juice. I added my usual apple/lemon/ginger/cucumber and celery to the juice also. I reallly like it. That gives me three full glasses "over" ice while I'm at my desk for 12 hours. I'm not "totally" juicing. I'll have my protein and a salad during the coarse ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:08:47 EST Fall Shake Up 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990837 Well it's fall time and I'm in the metal mind set to get back in the healthy groove. <BR> The kids are coming home for the weekend and I'll have a fun visit with my two newest Grand Babies. Monday I start my 4 night shifts and that time feels right to get back into what I know I can do. Being at work and not home to fall into the old habits will give me a good start. <BR> I'm going to do my best to not get hung up on the scale. Not get on there every day...but I know only getting on there o... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:32:26 EST A Kale trip for the 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25ed2a37-d192-4cbb-979b-4352a26b4fcb.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3147afee-39ca-4103-bd75-99d5b94b39a5.jpg">After the night shift I ran into Grand Rapids real quick...another story as I ended up going to Walmart and that never turns out good...but another story. <BR> Running low on Kale I felt the need to get one more bag until my kale in the garden is ready. <BR> Well........this afternoon I went out to the garden to g... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 17:04:41 EST Around Day 5# Turn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955027 I've stayed within my calorie range all week. <BR> I'm proud of that. <BR> I know I shouldn't but...I'm weighing in daily. <BR> Today the scale slowed down and it should have as it's been moving pretty fast. 8 lbs in 5 days. <BR> As long as you stay within your calorie range...a plaque will only last a few days. <BR> I'm starting my 5th night shift. ( I took 3 extra shifts so a coworker could take some time off) <BR> The house is quiet...(I'm ok with that) LOL My D.H. is off camping until Su... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:13:59 EST #4 Around Turn Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954597 <em>91</em> <em>4</em> <BR> This is day 4 and I am feeling fantastic. <BR> I have lost 7 lbs. and that feels great. I'm sure it's the fact that I'm not getting all that sodium <BR> in my diet. I'm drinking a huge amount of water and so excited. <BR> D.H. is going camping with family while I stay back and work. He brought 2 dozen left over "over sized" cookies from the baby shower and I brought in a dozen to work tonight for Coworkers <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2a7a... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 20:02:32 EST Day #3 Turn around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954100 <em>470</em> Today I did choose to not take a walk before work as I was experiencing pain in my knees. <BR> In the past I have "pushed" thru the pain and it hasn't worked out for me so I'm listening to my body and took that extra time to catch up on my sleep being I'm on the night shift this week. <BR> I feel good and am proud I'm staying within my calorie range. My energy level is high and my self esteem is also staying high. <BR> My plan had been to juice one meal and smoothie one meal bu... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 20:05:02 EST