Sunday, January 29, 2012

Change the Great

In our house change means only one thing – bad. Having a child with high functioning autism, routines and schedules are set. In order for them to change – much preparation is needed and you are still at risk for a meltdown. When he was younger, we would purposely sabotage his routine/ schedule to help him learn how to deal with change. It was NOT fun but it WAS necessary. Now he is 13. Change is still difficult, but it is no longer bad. He actually says it is fun.

In fact today, it will be good – no I mean it will be great. Our church is going through some change in order to remodel our auditorium. Change of location, change of time, change of class/service order. In the past it would have been torcher for all until the routine set in. He is excited about the change, in fact he wants to make one more change – go to the instrumental service. The joy of this change for me is to see how much he has grown.

It is time for mommy to learn from him. I am not much of a change person either. I have been trying to figure out our new routine for Sunday. We are early service people – always have been. Now we have to do the 9:30 and 11:00. I have been stressing about it more than I should. Last night I still did not have a plan. I prayed for God to give me peace and guidance. I awoke with an answer – just change the order. ??????? Then I thought about it. The main problem for me was lunch – and it not being too late or having to go out every Sunday. Change the order – ok cook ahead of time – either evening before, crockpot overnight, or in the morning. OK – I can make this work. Once this happened, everything else fell into to place.

I thank God for this change! He let me see how much my son has grown. God has also helped me grow more in my reliance on him. He has shown me that he can help even in the small things. All I had to do was ask, wait for an answer, listen to the answer, and trust that it will be ok.

Thank you GOD for change.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Cupcake

We had a training yesterday, where the girl who presented it made fresh homemade waffles, cupcakes, cookies. Added too that all the toppings you could imagine. I said no thank you and sat through the training smelling it.
I was so proud of myself.
 Then later a student from another class brought me a cupcake. I took it and sat it on my desk (planning to throw away later).   I was trying to justify eating that cupcake - I could eat it, but it was not planned for and not a healthy choice to make. I cried out to God (in my head) to make me not want that cupcake. As soon as I did, a student walked up to my desk, licked his finger and took a chuck of icing.

Thank you God!!!!! - I no longer want that cupcake.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gotta Love a complimant

I was getting ready to go to a nice dinner with my mom and sister. We were celebrating my sister's birthday and her husband wanted to give her an "experience". We went to a very nice 5 star restaurant. As I was getting ready to leave, I asked my ds(15yrsold) how I looked. He said' "WOW MOM! You look skinnier. (using hand motions) You got your curves back!" I walked out of the house with a big smile and a little more bounce in my step!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Successful Plan!

Today I had in-service.  One of the last ones I had, I learned a very important lesson.  Know before you go!

This day has two challenges for me:
Snacks and Lunch

I had control over the snacking situation.  However, I had no control over where we will go out for lunch and it will most likely be Mexican, Italian, or greasy burger.  None of these are easy or good choices for me.  I knew I had to have a plan.

I decided that I would take my snacks for the day.  I did very well staying away from the other stuff our there.

Lunch:  The plan was for me to bring a sandwich (that I would eat on the way) and eat a salad at the restaurant.   If it was a Mexican food restaurant - I would count out 13 chips and only eat those with the salsa.


I am so glad that I can have success eating out!  It makes life so much easier.  It also strengths me and my resolve for this to be a healthy lifestyle.

The next day, a close and dear friend said, "Do not think your efforts at lunch we unnoticed.  Great Job!"
She made my day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years - 3 month review

        New Year’s Resolutions
Christmas Day 2011

Scott is big into New Year’s Resolutions. I have never believed in New Year’s resolutions. This is due to most people abandoning them by February. Goals are better. I start with a broad long term Goal and then break it into achievable mini goals. I started a goal on October 1st,2011. It was for me to become healthy – mentally, physically and spiritually. This goal will be a work in progress for a while. It is time for a 3 month review of this goal.

· I am exercising 4-6 times a week. At the beginning, I could barely walk a mile and it took me 35 minutes. Yesterday, 12-29-11, I walked 2 miles in 33 minutes.
· I completed my first 5k and did it in less than 1 hour.
· I have learned to like fish and am even cooking it at home now. My plan is to cook it at least 1 time a week.
· I have learned and successful practiced asking waiters to take the bread or chips from the table and to not bring any more.
· I am following my Weight Watchers program – as written – and am successfully losing weight.
· Learned that I have adult onset asthma and am learning to control it.

· I am spending less time at school and working on school stuff at home less. This is allowing me to relax and spend more time with my family.
· I have rejoined flylady to help me get rid of clutter and successfully keep up with housework. This is a recent addition – 3 weeks, so we are still learning as a family. This is allowing peace to be in our home and different routines to be established. The new routines were needed due to the boys getting older and due to limitations with my right arm resulting in me needing more help. Following flylady has allowed me to relax and not stress as much.
· I am now reading more for pleasure (not work). I love to read.
· Date night has now been established as an every Saturday night event. We have even learned to talk about things other than the kids.

· Bible study, reflection and prayer are now an everyday (well almost every day) start to my day.
· I am listening to and responding to the prompts of the Holy Spirit – even when they are difficult and I do not want to.
· Praise music is a part of my day.
· I am giving God the glory and telling others how He is working in my life.

Next steps:

· Continue following Weight Watchers as written.
· Get two mile walking to under 30 minutes
· Add a third mile to my walk by Valentine’s Day.
· Cook fish at home at least 1 time a week.
· Ask Dr. to change cholesterol medicine to one that is less expensive – healthy eating habits and weight loss have to continue in order for this to happen. When I reach goal weight – ask for us to try going off cholesterol medicine.

· Continue following Flylady.
· Spend even less time at work. Leave by 4 daily (except Thursday) with an occasional work late day.
· Implement zones and new routines into my classroom. This will allow me to complete work at work and not bring it home.

· Seek God’s direction in my life. I have to stop and listen – which is not easy for me.
· Continue learning Spanish – Holy Spirit is prompting me to do this.
· Continue with morning Bible study, prayer and reflection.
· Begin study of Psalms online at on January 2.
· Read What Happens When Women say Yes to God and Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl – both by Lysa Terkeurst
· Share more with others how God is working in my life.

Here is to a Healthy 2012 !