Keto Update

Good Morning🌞

I wanted to share an update on my weight loss journey using Keto. It is working very well for me. I have lost 25 pounds and over 8 inches total. I feel better and have more energy.

I do need to expand my meal plan a bit. Right now I keep things super simple. That works well for me, but every now and then I want a more flavored meal. Tonight I am frying zucchini in olive oil. I have always loved fried potatoes, but fried squash and zucchini are good replacements. I also love cauliflower rice in place of brown rice. I buy the flavored type so it’s quite yummy. I am really looking forward to all of the summer veggies!

If I eat any breads or carbs I feel it. I feel sluggish and my tummy really hurts. So not eating heavy carbs has been beneficial for me. Do I miss any foods? I do miss potatoes and occasionally will eat one. I also miss cornbread. I can get out of control with cornbread and butter. Lol.

Chloe is affected heavily by carbs. I have removed the ones she seems addicted too. No cheese its, buttery crackers or cookies. I do keep graham crackers and animal crackers for her. She doesn’t eat them as often.

Exercise is going well. My knee hurts off and on, but I try to push through. Some nights I walk and others I dance to music. I am also doing a 30 day squat, ab and arm challenge.  It’s going pretty well too. The squats aggravate my knee, but really do help.

Here is a Salmon Patty recipe I make:

1 can Salmon drained, no bones

1/2 cup Almond Flour

2 TBSP Mayonnaise 

1 large egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground thyme

1/4 tsp black pepper

*Mix all together. Fry in Olive oil 5 to 6 minutes each side until crispy.

Yummy😊

 

Have a wonderful day😀

 

Summer Learning Plans

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Good Morning

Chloe has been on a mini break since finishing her school year. She is beginning to get extra stubborn on me, which is a sign that we need to get back on track. 

I found the cutest little workbooks at the Dollar Tree a few weeks back. She loves the Disney workbooks.  I got one with Time and Money plus one with the Alphabet.  I also have a Kindergarten/1st grade review workbook I’m going to use. I don’t want to drown her in worksheets, but if they are ones she enjoys then it’s a win win😁

I am also having her read a lot during the day to keep those skills fresh for her. She loves to read, so that won’t be a struggle.

Now on to the tougher areas, which are self help, social and behavioral.  Chloe has made huge strides in her self help skills, as I have shared. I want to work on social skills by having her be around kids more often. Hoping for some play dates with some of her buddies back home. I am also creating social stories for her about socializing.  Behavioral is my least favorite area, Lol, because Chloe is a very strong willed child.  She can be super sweet and compliant,  but can also want her way with a vengeance.  So I am thinking about a reward chart or a reward box for her. It’s tough because she doesn’t always understand consequences. She’s getting better in a few areas. I’ve got my work cut out for me😉

So that’s what I have so far. I’m sure I’ll add things along the way. 

Have a wonderful day😊

She Can’t Swallow Pills!

Good Morning 🌞

So Chloe started her new medication Monday night. It is a pill she must swallow, which she just can not seem to handle.  I told her Dr this, but she prescribed it anyway. It cost $160.00😲!! I almost got sick.

The Dr wanted her to take it at night, along with her other medicine, to help her sleep. This pill can’t be crushed or chewed. So I put it in peanut butter and she pulled it right out and started crying.  I knew at that moment this was going to get rough. Many tries and an hour later she was hysterical. I finally threw in the towel. The Dr said to try for a week and if she didn’t take it we would try something else. 

I don’t want to upset her, but I feel I have to keep trying. If anyone has any ideas please share. I even told her if she swallowed it she could have a chocolate chip. She still struggled.  Heartbreaking 💔. 

So I will keep you updated on this new adventure of ours as the week goes on. 

Have a wonderful day😀

Chloe’s 9 Year Checkup

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Happy Saturday 😊

Yesterday was Chloe’s 9 year checkup.  I didn’t tell her until we got there because she gets super anxious. Once we arrived she started saying “No shots, No throat, No Ears”!!! I was like “Oh boy here we go”. 

I was very shocked by her weigh in. I knew she had gained some weight, but she was off the charts for height and weight. So deleting most of the carbs that are not healthy for her, like cracker type snacks. She is only an inch away from being as tall as I am, at 9 years old😲

She was very nervous when her Dr came in and started having verbal tics. The Dr is good with Chloe. She doesnt rush her at all.  Chloe’s anxiety was so bad she couldn’t answer the Drs questions. I talked to the Dr about Chloe’s massive OCD and anxiety issues. She decided it was time for anxiety medication. I agreed and we moved on to other areas of concern. 

Next was therapies and education. I have been doing Chloe’s therapy and schooling for 2 1/2 years. I have reached a point with her therapy that i know she needs more. Schooling is an area that I am struggling with.  Dr wants me to put her back in school. I know this will be hard for Chloe. I want her to have friends and not be scared of kids. I have a lot to think about. 

So new medication,  better diet,  possibly school and research therapy needs.  Yikes! It will all work out. 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend😊

The River Park

Good morning 🌞

We have been on the go all week. It’s been beautiful and warm, so we took advantage of going to the 2 parks we love here. 

Tuesday we went to what Chloe calls The River Park. It is by the Ohio River, so that’s why she calls it The River Park. It’s a huge park with all play areas connected and a big portion of it is in the air. The only problem is I really have to watch Chloe because kids get rough and run (which is a rule breaker). No one is there to enforce the rules, so we have to keep a close eye on our kiddos.

When we got there it was quiet, with just a few kids, but an hour later 2 buses showed up. I was so nervous.  They were high school kids. This playground only goes up to age 12, but again no one was there to enforce rules. The boys were running and jumping everywhere.  Chloe went straight to the swing and stayed in it until we left. I tried to post a few pictures, but for some odd reason they wouldn’t load.

One of Chloe’s anxiety issues is being around a lot of kids. She is ok with a few, but the more that show up the more anxious she gets. I hate that for her. We have her 9 year checkup on Friday and I hope the Dr and I can figure out what to do for her.

Wednesday was a very tough day. Chloe woke up angry and stayed that way. I took her to a smaller park, but nothing helped. She reaches a point of over stimulation and Tuesday may have been her breaking point. So today we are staying home and relaxing. Hopefully that will help her calm down.

I will post an update on Chloe’s checkup on Monday😊

Have a wonderful day💗

 

A Beautiful Day🌞

20190422_094353Good morning.

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. I wanted Chloe to have a full day of fun. We went to the Library, followed by the park. 

When we got to the Library there were 4 toddlers in there and Chloe instantly froze up. I was quite surprised by that because Chloe usually loves little ones. Older children seem to make her more anxious, but today she couldn’t handle being around any children.  I think it’s because we haven’t been out for a few weeks. Chloe always has to readjust to being out and about again after she’s been sick. She did check out 4 books, but didn’t want to play.

Chloe was very excited about the park and didn’t seem to mind at first that there were a few kids there already. She did her usual 4 slides followed by swinging. Then she does the merry go round and the Zip line. All of a sudden 5 families with little ones showed up and Chloe became silent. She ran to the swing and stayed in it for 30 minutes. I could tell she was overwhelmed,  but she stayed in control. I was super proud of her🙂

She let me know she was ready to go and walked to the car holding my hand. We went home, ate lunch, and watched Toy Story 3 before spending the rest of the afternoon outside. Chloe is happiest outside. She talks more and smiles constantly.  

My plan is to definitely get her out more. She let’s me know when she would rather be home. Right now it’s go go go! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day😊

 

Autism Awareness

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Good morning and Happy Monday 😊

The month of April is, as we know, Autism Awareness Month. You will hear many, if not all, parents of children who are autistic say we live with awareness every day. 

I have the Autism jewelry,  the license plate frame that says Autism Awareness, and I wear tshirts with Autism inspiration on them. I do wear the shirts when I am taking Chloe somewhere crowded. It saves me a lot of time having to explain why she does this or that. Usually she is just overly happy and flapping a little. So happy in her own world. Hey wouldn’t we all be?

I can’t say I do a lot of extra things in April to spread Awareness.  I feel I do it all year long. I was planning on doing the Autism 5k walk in my hometown this year, but the stomach flu knocked me out of that 😔 I post Autism Quotes and share about our daughter as much as I can. I am also very interested in making and selling Autism Tshirts. Working on that now.

Please share below how you are doing to spread Autism Awareness in April or year around.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day😊