MARJORIEWRIGHT's SparkPeople Blog MARJORIEWRIGHT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Progress 10.28.15 Happy Wednesday!! I have been participating in a couple of Biggest Loser Groups through my work. I started out at 216 lbs last month and am now currently down to 206.4 as of last Friday. The final weigh in is this Friday and I'm looking forward to seeing if I have continued to loose. I am very proud of myself with everything that has been going on that I have continued to loose weight. There was one week that I gained but that was due to traveling on business and not eating healthy most of th... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:41:02 EST Saying "I love you" before it's too late I lost a wonderful lady in my life a week ago. My grandmother passed away last Tuesday while my Aunt (her daughter) and I were on our way out to see her. We found out about the second weekend of August that her kidney disease was progressing and so we made plans with the full support of my husband to go out to see her - we were scheduled to spend some time later this month. Then two weeks ago we received word that she had developed congestive heart failure. I worked with Southwest and they we... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:07:45 EST Looking at the Pictures Took family pictures this weekend and have realized that I really need to get serious about adding some healthy activities to my daily life and cut back on the eating out. I've been in denial for a bit about the weight I've been putting on. I'm not down on myself but I realize that I need to make some changes so that I am setting the right example for my 3 children. I want to have more energy to take them and do fun activities. <BR> <BR> I hurt myself a few months back...broke or badly brui... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:19:08 EST Back into the workout routine I'm back into the workout routine. I've been doing well and getting between 10,000 and 19,000 steps for the last 2-3 weeks. It's great because I'm also working out with my husband which is nice too. I'm enjoying sleeping through the night. Tue, 6 May 2014 20:58:25 EST Need to get back into a routine I took some time off late last month and earlier this month to get over my really bad cold. I haven't really been very good about getting back into my exercise routine. It has been a crazy busy month. <BR> <BR> I need to get back into the habit of doing my morning walk/jog before work and then try to get back into doing my 30 minutes at night too. <BR> <BR> I got some walking in this morning but not happy with I'm at so will need to do some walking tonight when I get home if I have a chanc... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:03:15 EST Halloween Costumes from Last Week <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pictures of my kids in their costumes. My mother and I made the girls' costumes. I think they turned out very well. I'll have to get a picture of my costume loaded up too in the next few days. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:07:05 EST I hate being sick! It has been a really rough 2-3 days. I'm at least starting to feel somewhat better. I'm hoping to get back into my exercise routine over the next few days but won't push too hard. I definitely not want a repeat of how badly I felt Thursday and Friday. Glad to have some medicine that seems to be helping. Now I'm just hoping that I haven't shared any of my germs with my husband or kids. I really want my cough to go away. <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:35:01 EST A Good Day It's been a great day. <BR> <BR> I was able to get in 2.5 hours of exercise in. I walked/jogged over 10.5 miles. I am very happy with myself for keeping this up. Let's see how I do tomorrow. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:34:50 EST Monday - 30Sep13 I was able to get in over 12 miles a day for the last 8 days. I pledged to walk 96 miles over those 8 days. I was able to get in almost 98 miles. I do still have a few hours to get in a couple more miles. I will cycle the last of the miles to get me to 100 miles tomorrow. I am so very proud of the company that I work for. They agreed for every kilometer pledged that they would donate $1 to the Shelter In a Storm Fund which helps out employees and communities affected by natural disasters. Fel... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:05:53 EST Saturday - 28Sep13 It's been a great day. I got the girls out for a walk with me. The guys went fishing together while the girls and I walked a mile over to the local Wal-Mart to get some gifts for their friend who was having a birthday party. They had a great time. <BR> <BR> I was able to get in 13 mile today. <em>224</em> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:45:19 EST 26 Sep 13 - Still going strong Yesterdays Distance and Steps - 12.08 miles & 25,797 Steps <BR> <BR> Today (10:53pm) - 12.11 Miles & 26,010 Steps <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:54:48 EST Getting My Steps In - 9/25/13 I've been doing well this week. <BR> <BR> Monday - <em>311</em> / <em>312</em> 11.23 miles which was 25,180 steps <BR> Tuesday - <em>311</em> / <em>312</em> 11.36 miles which was 25,434 steps <BR> <BR> Today so far (as of 11:15am) - <em>311</em> / <em>312</em> 4.48 miles which was 9,759 steps but not done yet because I still have to get 10 miles total in today too <BR> <BR> I'll also have to remind my husband to call his brother to wish him a happy birthday. I'm hoping he is ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:14:36 EST Freaky Friday - 20Sep13 My Friday started off normally until after I got the kids off to school. I took the day off from work because I have an eye appointment this morning and then an appointment for my son in the afternoon. I had asked my mom to take me to my eye doctor's appointment because I knew my eyes were going to be dilated and my mom agreed since it was her day off. <BR> <BR> She called early to see if I wanted to go to breakfast; I thought that would be a great idea but told her I had to make sure my son... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:39:29 EST Thursday - 19 September Today was a good day. I am feeling much better than Tuesday. I was feeling better yesterday and so was able to go to work. It was nice to not feel so crummy. I still have a little bit of a cough but nothing like Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The day to rest really did work wonders. I took it easy yesterday too. I only got in a little over 10,000 steps. I got in a little over 13,000 steps today. Hopefully, I'll be feeling good enough next week to get in 10 miles each day. <BR> <BR> My work is... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:57:23 EST Tuesday This is the first time in a while that I have felt real bad. I didn't get my steps in like I have been but I was just feeling so bad that I felt giving myself a day off to feel better was the best way to go. I hope tomorrow morning I'm feeling better so that I can get back to my walking routine. I have found that I really like getting in my steps. I shoot for over 10,000 steps a day and try to see how much I can do. I am feeling better this evening after staying home and sleeping most of the ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:45:09 EST Wonderful Sunday It was a great weekend overall. Today was absolutely wonderful. I was able to get out and mow the lawn with our electric lawn mower (it is not self-propelled and is definitely difficult to push when the bag gets full). It took me about an hour and a half to get both the backyard and the front yard done with having to empty the bag about 3 times for both front and back yard. It sure is a workout trying to empty the lawnmower bag when is really full. I'm glad to have gotten in the exercise toda... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 22:07:32 EST Busy Week It's been one busy week. The kids went back to school. I had a contest for Toastmasters that I help at by being a judge. Wednesday Night was Girl Scout Training so that I can help out at the girls' Troop meeting and other activities. Tonight was Open House where the teachers explain what to expect and to answer parents' questions that may have come up since the first day of school. I am so hoping that tomorrow night is nice and quiet so that I can relax a little before picking back up with ac... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:27:43 EST Half way through the week Nearly to the weekend. I survived one Meet the Teacher Night last night. I have another one scheduled for tomorrow. All part of getting ready to head back to school. I will be glad when we get back into the rhythm of school again. <BR> <BR> I was able to get in over 12,000 steps today. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:23:04 EST Monday It's a Monday. The beginning of a new week. I was able to get in over 13,000 steps today. One more week and the kids will be back in school. Looking forward to an interesting year with one in first grade, one in third grade and one in eighth grade. It's going to be a busy year. I just have to remember to take it one week and one day at a time. <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:22:57 EST TGIF It's a great Friday!! I got in some great steps today. It was also 13 years ago today that my husband and I welcomed our first addition to our then new family. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:07:18 EST 7 August 2013 Happy Wednesday. It's been a crazy day but I was successful in getting in my 60 minutes of walking today. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:38:33 EST Another Tuesday It was another typical Tuesday. I got up I did about 30 minutes of walking before heading off to drop the kids at camp and then head to work. I then got a lot of work do and wouldn't you know it about 4:15pm this afternoon the sky opened up. It rained cats and dogs it so raining so hard and this after a very through soaking yesterday evening. It was so bad in some areas that people had to park on the road outside their subdivisions and then walk to their homes through knee deep puddles/lakes.... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:43:44 EST TGIF! I am very thankful it's Friday! It's been a busy but very good week. I'm glad the weekend is here but I'm sure that I won't be resting for most of it. I've got some great Toastmaster Training going on tomorrow and then Sunday if it doesn't rain then I'm going to get outside and mow the front and back yard. If it stays nice maybe my family and I will go over to my husband's parent's house and mow their yard for them too. It's going to be a busy weekend but it'll be packed with some great activ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:29:56 EST Busy Day Glad the day is coming to a close. It's been a bit busy. Woke up this morning and got in 60 minutes of walking and running. I went to work and got a bit done and hoping to finish up or at least refine some more tomorrow. Came home and got in another 30 minutes of cardio. Now it's time for sleep so that I can get at least 7 hours. Hoping your day is a good one tomorrow. <em>30</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:10:11 EST Trying to Remember Not Everyone Understands the Autism Spectrum My son is 12.5 years old and will be 13 in August. I have been allowing him to stay home while I'm at work this summer. He is a high functioning autistic child. He can cook his own food in the stove without burning himself and keep himself entertained with TV, video games, books and his Legos. I also work about 2 miles from my house; it's not more than a 5 minute drive. I have left my cell phone with him so that he can contact me should he need me. We also have an alarm for the house and have... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:47:24 EST TGIF Very glad that Friday is here. I'm not happy that is looks like rain most of the weekend, but at least it won't interfer with my workouts since I do a lot of indoor stuff. I love using my Wii Fit Board to walk/step each night to get my steps in. Some nights have been better than others but I'm always working to ensure I get in my 10,000 steps each night. Not so good this week but doing better. I've gotten 3 days out of 5 over 10,000 steps. I've had better weeks but still not doing too bad. I ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:04:17 EST Wanted A group of elementary school students were on a field trip to the local police station. Several of the children were fascinated by the wanted posters on the wall. <BR> <BR> Little Billy raised his hand and asked the police officer giving them the tour who the people on the wall were. <BR> <BR> “Those are pictures of criminals we are looking for,” answered the policeman. “We call those wanted posters.” <BR> <BR> Little Billy looked puzzled. His hand shot back up into the air. “Well,” he wo... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:44:21 EST Racing Records Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I've won 8 of them!" <BR> Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I've won 19!!" <BR> "Oh that's good, but in the last 36 races, I've won 28!", says another, flicking his tail. <BR> At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don't mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I've won 88 of them!" <BR> The horse... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:33:48 EST Control and Escape On my computer are two buttons representing the two things I want most but can never have: Control and Escape. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:00:46 EST Call to a Psychic Recently, the Psychic Hotline and Psychic Friends Network have launched hotlines for frogs. Here is the story of one frog and his discussion with his psychic. <BR> <BR> A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and is told, "You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you." <BR> <BR> The frog says, "This is great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?" <BR> <BR> "No," says the psychic. "Next semester in her biology class." <em>201</em> <BR> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:22:06 EST Dead Dog A man runs into the vet’s office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead. The man, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, demands a second opinion. <BR> The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat and puts the cat down next to the dog’s body. The cat sniffs th... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:15:33 EST Soothing a Temper As the crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a five-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him. <BR> <BR> From the rear of the plane, a man in the uniform of an Air Force General walks slowly forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the courtly, soft-spoken ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:04:05 EST God Be With You Little 2 ½ year-old Kelli went with a neighbor girl to church for First Communion practice. To demonstrate the process, the pastor has the children cup their hands, and when he gives them the “Host” (in this case, a piece of bread) he says: “God be with you.” <BR> Apparently this made quite an impression on Kelli. She came home and told her mother to cup her hands and bend down. Kelli tore a piece of bread from her sandwich, placed it in her mother’s hands, and whispered, in her most angeli... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:54:13 EST Show & Tell The teacher asked the students to bring one electrical appliance for “Show & Tell,” and the next day every kid had something. <BR> The teacher asks Wendy: What did you bring? <BR> “I brought a Walkman.” <BR> “And what is it for?” <BR> “You can listen to music with it!” <BR> “That’s nice Wendy. What did you bring Kenny?” <BR> “I brought a ‘lectrical can opener, it opens cans!” <BR> “Well done, Kenny. Umm, Johnny, I see you didn’t bring anything!” <BR> “Yes, I did. It’s in the hall.” <BR> So t... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:35:22 EST What if Dr. Seuss Wrote Technical Manual? If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, <BR> And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, <BR> And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, <BR> Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report! <BR> If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, <BR> And the double-clicking icons put your window in the trash, <BR> And your data is corrupted ’cause the index doesn’t hash, <BR> Then your situation’s hopeless, and your system’s gonna crash! <BR> <BR> If t... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 16:08:53 EST Politically Correct - Schools No one fails a class anymore… <BR> They are merely “passing impaired.” <BR> <BR> You don’t have detention… <BR> You’re just “exit delayed.” <BR> <BR> Students aren’t lazy… <BR> They are “energetically declined.” <BR> <BR> Your locker isn’t overflowing with junk… <BR> It’s just “closure prohibitive.” <BR> <BR> Your homework isn’t missing… <BR> It’s having an “out-of-notebook experience.” <BR> <BR> You’re not sleeping in class… <BR> You’re “rationing consciousness.” <BR> <BR> You’re not ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:03:47 EST The States The old pastor made it a practice to visit the parish school one day a week. He walked into the fourth-grade classroom, where the children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. <BR> They came up with about 40 names. He jokingly told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states. <BR> One lad raised his hand and said, "Yes, but in those days there were only 13." <BR> <BR> Have a great Hump Day. <em>30</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:47:15 EST But they're not suckers My son made me laugh today. I was getting frustrated with him because he wanted to play with his swords (plastic ninja swords) and I need him to work some more on his writing project. <BR> <BR> I said, "If you don't put those away and get in here, I'm going to throw those suckers out!" <BR> <BR> His response was, "Mom, they aren't suckers, they're swords." <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I just had to smile. He can be so very literal that it is funny. <em>100</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:12:50 EST Meanings A teacher is drilling her young students. “Give me a sentence about a public servant,” she said. <BR> The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.” <BR> The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Do you know what pregnant means?” she asked. <BR> “Sure,” said the young boy confidently. “It means carrying a child. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:48:06 EST Never Tell a Lie A clergyman was walking down the street when he came upon a group of a few boys about 10 years of age, surrounding a dog. Concerned that the boys were hurting the animal, he went over and asked them what they were doing. <BR> One of the boys replied, “This dog is an old neighborhood stray. We take him home with us sometimes, but since only one of us can take him home we’re having a contest: whichever one of us tells the biggest lie can take him home today.” <BR> Of course, the Reverend wa... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:55:11 EST Little Johnny Meets the Bishop Little Johnny’s father was a rector in a small church. When the bishop came to visit, Little Johnny became very excited. <BR> The bishop arrived late in the evening, well past Little Johnny’s bedtime. The next morning, Johnny asked his father if he would be allowed to meet the important man. <BR> His father thought about this and decided that he would let Little Johnny take the bishop his tea and awaken him. His father gave him instructions: “first, knock on the door of the bishop’... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:20:42 EST Animal Sounds A dad was reading a book about animals to his 3 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> Dad: "What does the cow say?" <BR> <BR> Child: "Moo!" <BR> <BR> Dad: "Great! What does the cat say?" <BR> <BR> Child: "Meow." <BR> <BR> Dad: "Oh, you're so smart! What does the frog say?" <BR> <BR> And this wide-eyed little 3 year-old looked up at her dad and in her deepest voice replied, "Bud." Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:50:55 EST Teacher Work Day It was a very good day with the kids. It was fun to spend the day with them by myself. <BR> <BR> This morning, we watched a couple of episodes of The Carol Burnett Show that I picked up as part of my Christmas from my parents. The kids really like the slap-stitch. I remember watching some of the old episodes when I was a kid too (re-runs) but I always liked the laughs. <BR> <BR> We then got out of the house for a couple of hours too. I decided to pick up some bell peppers and used the chi... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:54:46 EST My FitBit Zip - After 11 days of use I have been asked to describe my Fitbit. I received the Fitbit Zip which is nice and small. There are not buttons to push or accidentally push to reset. It automatically resets itself at midnight each night. <BR> <BR> Mine is black. It tracks my steps, my miles, and my calories burned (probably rough estimate, I'm not 100% how this feature works but it's nice to have). It also has a clock and displays a face too. It's a little bigger than a quarter but not as big as most of the pedometers I'... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:09:49 EST 25 Questions Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you. <BR> <BR> 1. Birth month - June <BR> <BR> 2. What day of the week were you born? - Friday <BR> <BR> 3. Astrological sign - Cancer <BR> <BR> 4. What is your Chinese Zodiac animal? (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig) - Dragon <BR> <BR> 5. Favorite Hobby - Too many (Reading, Cross-stitching, and Sewing) <BR>... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:19:12 EST Sunday - Not so sunny It wasn't quite so sunny today. I was very <em>27</em> . It wasn't too terrible. I was able to take the kids out for a walk with the dog. It was a very nice time. I'm looking forward to doing it again next weekend. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:05:33 EST My new FitBit I started using my new FitBit, that my wonderful husband got me for Christmas, on 1JAN13 as the way to kick off the new year. <BR> <BR> The first two days weren't too good but stuck inside because of the rain so did lots of reading instead. <BR> <BR> I did kick it up yesterday though. I was able to get in 11,000 steps. I am really liking my FitBit and how it connects to Sparkpeople. I like not having to make multiple entries. I also like that it can't reset by accidentally hitting a button.... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:52:56 EST Getting to know me Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.” <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> Mine is dead on the counter in the kitchen after being washed about 6 months ago. I currently have my husband's phone on the desk next to me. I really hate being down to one phone so need to go get another one soon. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> At work probably helping everyone with their problems and still g... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:10:39 EST I am so proud of Danny <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Danny worked really hard on his Science Cell Project. He chose to do a 3D model of an animal cell. He also had to complete a posterboard that compared an animal cell to a plant cells, discussed nine different organelles within a cell (7 that the teacher picked and then 2 he chose), a... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:31:33 EST Family Pictures <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know Christmas is around the corner when you get family Christmas picture done. These definitely make me smile. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 07:43:58 EST