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Donkey - Wednesday Apr 04, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE MINUTES: 65 elliptical + 35 weight training = 95 minutes. (I had to cut my gym workout short because I was so busy. Also, I do not count the 2 5 minute walks I take with my daughter every day to the bus stop. Just an FYI.)

Even with the cancellation of one of my appointments today (helping out with my Daughter's 1st grade class), I was still in a time crunch today. Last year, I distinctly remember becoming very busy in May. Well, this year it has started in April. I think this is because the teachers here in our new school district start pumping up the homework to prepare for the expectations and demand of the next grade, next year.

I seem to have developed a crick in my neck which I believe is due to stress. However, this did not stop me from doing 60 minutes on the elliptical crosstrainer at resistance level 12 this morning. Oh my but how I wanted to quit so many times. Or turn down the resistance so it wouldn't be so hard. But I didn't.

And we managed to finish my Son's science project on time. YAY!

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Justine6Robert3 on 04/04/2007:
Wow, level 12 for 60 minutes, that's great!! Good for you for not giving in to the urge to stop!! Great work-out!

Glad to here you finished your son's science project on time, at least you have one less thing to be stressed out about!

They really do expect an awful lot out of kids in school these days. I don't remember feeling stressed out about school until at least grade 7 or 8. My daughter would be very stressed out by school in grade 1 if she didn't have such a wonderful teacher (thank goodness!!) I hope she gets as lucky next year!!

I hope your neck is feeling better and your day is less hectic tomorrow!

Justine6Robert3 on 04/04/2007:
By the way, thank-you for your nice comments on my diaries. Unfortunetly, I'm not always able to walk away and put on a happy face either. I try really hard but sometimes its hard not to give into the anger in the heat of the moment. We are only human and all we can do is try our best with the best of intentions, right?! I sometimes loose my cool infront of my children also (I think most of us do from time to time) and I also end up feeling horrible and guilty and then I just tell myself to try harder the next time it happens for the sake of my children! Take care Donkey, I hope your stress levels improve soon!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/04/2007:
you're doing great...nice amounts of exercise...makes me feel like i'm a bit lazy!

WorkingIt2 on 04/05/2007:
Great job on the exercise, as always. Congrats on finishing the project!

greengirl on 04/05/2007:
WOW you are really going for it with the exercise. Well done :0)

amanda8419 on 04/05/2007:
your only 'supposed' to take adipex for 90 days per calander year, or so they say, im sure other ppl manage to get it when ever they want. i just need something to kick start my weight loss i think cause nothing else works. maybe my body needs some encouragment to let go of the weight lol who knows. i have a coworker who takes it every couple years or so if she needs it, loses about 30 lbs a month and thats that so i guess we'll just see what happens. i took my first pill and i was able to eat a regular amount, instead of overeating like usual. its kinda nice not to feel like im starving when i know im really not. im going to keep a mood diary though so i can monitor what it does to my mood cause i know this is an addictive drug and can change some peoples attitudes. im gonna try to keep posting though on how i do and cross my fingers that it works for me. (did any of that make sense lol im kinda out of my mind today its been a long day )

Donkey - Tuesday Apr 03, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

APRIL CHALLENGE TOTAL: 65 min crosstrainer, 25 minutes treadmill, 20 weight training = 100 minutes

EVENING UPDATE: Will someone please tell me how I can have 2 slices of Chicago style deep dish pan pizza and ONLY be "satisfied" and not "stuffed"???? This is what I am talking about. WHY didn't I stop after one piece????? Gosh, I drive myself nuts. I am impossible.

Exercise sure did work wonders for me today. I felt so much better after the gym today. I really pushed it on the resistance level on the elliptical crosstrainer. I did intervals of resistance 8 and 12. That 12 really kicked my butt, that's for sure. I'm going to look into doing at least 1 workout a week at a higher resistance straight through.

I received good news for my son today too. The social worker at school emailed me to say that she thought it sounded like Spring Break went well for him. THEN, I made a lot of progress with getting some assessment testing done for my son, to determine what some of his problem areas would be. Fortunately, we will not have to wait very long for this to happen. It is not uncommon to wait 3 months for this kind of testing, but they should be able to see him in early May. I just want to know how to help him get along in the world, you know?

Tonight is another busy night. The kids have martial arts and then after a quick dinner, my son has to finish up on his model for his science project. I guess I will help with the posters tomorrow. In addition to this project, though, he has his normal homework to do too. Oh my goodness, so much for a 9yr old boy to handle! (((Much less his mother....)))

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

girliegirl6486 on 04/03/2007:
LOL, I don't drink SF shakes normally - there was one left in my fridge from like October so I had it. I wanted just a little bit of food so I had a piece of whole grain toast with a little bit of peanut butter. So the bread mixed with shake equals GROSS.

greengirl on 04/03/2007:
I think that too much is expected of children these days and schools just put more pressure on them. Thats what it is like in the UK. All schools are interested in is getting good results so they are high in the education 'league tables' and heaven help any kids who make it difficult for the school!!!

I dont even notice being on my feet all day anymore, I have done it for so long!! I was always doing a lot of walking as I dont drive, but the treadmill has upped my totals!!! You cant be so far behind with all the exercise you have been doing :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/03/2007:
its so interesting how kids on the east coast don't have school but your's do! ha!

WorkingIt2 on 04/03/2007:
busy busy busy! Congrats on getting your exercise in!

hollybelle on 04/04/2007:
Good news on the 110 min of exercise and the testing for your son. YEA!! I can't believe you did level 12 resistence on the ET! I do 7 and it works me good. I like to kind of have not much challenge - it makes me feel powerful LOL! How long did you do it on 12? You have made me want to go home and try a higher level today! For a few minutes, at least.

Donkey - Monday Apr 02, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

FINAL APRIL CHALLENGE TALLY FOR TODAY: 170 minutes. Softball rocks!

I did weigh in this morning and there was no change on the scale. So this tells me that my "extra eating" is allowing me to maintain. If I cut out the extra eating, I should be losing weight. There it is, right there in front of me.

I am a ball of stress this morning. Husband is back at work (thank God!) and the kids are back in school. My son brings me a pile of papers that I should have seen 2 Fridays ago. It says his big science project is due on Thursday, April 5th. He had written on his worksheet April 15th, so we though he had all the time in the world to complete it. Now it has to be a rush job and done by Thursday. All of this after Husband had a week off on vacation.

And this wouldn't be so bad, except that Husband needs to finish painting the kids' rooms this week before we leave for Grandma's over Easter weekend. So now, instead of painting, he will be working on the science project instead.

My Husband is the world's biggest procrastinator (a symptom of his bigger problem of being chronically passive-aggressive) and instead of getting right into his projects, he waits until Friday to get started.

Then, because he's so out of shape, all I have to hear about is "Oh my back, oh I'm so tired, oh I ache." Well, DEAR, maybe your back hurts so much because you're carrying 40 extra pounds on your gut. I mean, I know what it felt like when I was 9 months pregnant with a 10lb+ baby, so I know what it feels like to have a gut. But he denies it, says I don't know what I"m talking about, blah blah blah.

How I deal with stress is a huge obstacle for me in this weight loss journey. You wonder why I eat that "extra food". Well, this is why. These people just drive me nuts!

And now I have to mentally prepare for Easter weekend at my mother's. How I *dread* going, especially coming off of all this crap with my husband and son. All that food, all this stress. Great, just great.

AFTERNOON EDIT: I felt so much better after I went to the gym. I'm going to track my exercise time now, and then I will update it after I am done with my Daughter's softball practice (assuming it won't rain on us). So far I've had 65 minutes on the elliptical, 25 min on the stair stepper, 20 minutes weight training and 30 minute bike ride outside.

APRIL CHALLENGE SUBTOTAL: 110 minutes. (Will hopefully add 60-90 minutes tonight with softball)

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/02/2007:
well, that's great that your extra eating didn't cause a gain!!! how awesome is that! now, there's no backsliding and just moving ahead! thank you for all your advice...i will not say a word to her about how i did apply, she doesn't need to know. I'll reconcile with myself!

borntocry on 04/02/2007:
Gosh, your husband sounds a lot like mine. He's always offering to do stuff for me but then never actually gets around to it, unless I resort to nagging and then I feel like the evil nagging shrew!

Anyway, you know how not to deal with the stress, don't you? That's a good Donkey!

Thanks for your comment, by the way! You always give me such an ego boost!

jon'smom on 04/02/2007:
Great job on the exercise. I can relate about your family situation. Have a great day!

Soon2BThin on 04/02/2007:
I've never heard anyone say they went to the gym and now they feel worse, lol! Exercise is great for picking us up. And you're doing so much!! Keep up the good work!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/02/2007:
wow, what an awesome number of minutes! i sure didn't exercise that much!

WorkingIt2 on 04/03/2007:
congrats on the exercise! Have a great day!

greengirl on 04/03/2007:
The problem with men is, they are not like women!!!! My husband can be just like that at times. Why do they always put things off??? My husband once ended up painting my staircase on Christmas Eve!!!!! Try not to let him stress you out. Your exercise will cheer you up :0)

Justine6Robert3 on 04/03/2007:
Sorry your having a bad time of it!!! It can be so stressful with the frustrating hubby and the constant worries about our children. I also allowed myself to do some "comfort eating" last night. I was so upset after getting into a bit of a fight with my hubby that I also ate late last night. I wasn't even hungry but I still ate!! At least it wasn't chips though for some reason I wanted cereal, strange!! I guess it could have been worse.

I'm so glad that your getting to the gym and using the exercise to vent some of that frustration and stress!! Great job!

hollybelle on 04/03/2007:
Men are babies for the most part. I know what you mean about the stress obstacle, however. Sometimes I hae been successful in overcoming it by telling myself that stress is going to be there - no one can escape it and at times there is going to be a lot and over-eating during those times will just add to it. I tell myself that there is a lot of stressful things I cannot control, but as far as what I eat adding to my stress or NOT adding to my stress is my choice and I get so few choices I need to make the right one. This type of self- dialog helps most of the time. See what you can reason out with yourself. It may not be the same line as I use on myself, but you may come up with something that is meaningful to you. Good luck.

Donkey - Sunday Apr 01, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

Oh my goodness, has it really be 4 days since I've added an entry? Egads!

APRIL CHALLENGE: 90 minutes of painting. (Explanation below)

Well, I wish I had better news to report. While I stayed within calorie range over the weekend, I still feel that I could have done better. I don't understand it. I detest that feeling of being full, but I also can't tolerate the empty feeling that comes with hunger. And it seems for me that there is no in-between. I just can't seem to get to that happy place in between, where I am content but not too much either way.

I had fully intended to go to the gym today. I even checked the TV schedule on the TVs that are by the crosstrainers, so that I would have a decent show to watch while working out. However, my plans went out the window when I realized that Palm Sunday services went WAY too long. Damn! Then I had lunch and I must have eaten too much because my stomach felt soooo heavy.

So rather than go workout, I decided to help my husband with painting of my children's rooms (not a fun job painting over those stupid pictures the previous owner painted all over her kids' walls -- using bold colors, thick paint). But it wasn't quite the workout I had been hoping for.

I do know that Monday will be a better day, with Husband back at work and the kids at school. I plan on making tomorrow My Day at the Gym! And I'm sure after the weigh-in tomorrow morning, I will be very motivated to burn off some calories...

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/01/2007:
you know, I have that same issue as you! I am never good at getting inbetween the feeling of satisfaction, between hunger and starving! Of course, up until I turned 17, it was never a problem!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/01/2007:
oh, thank you for the advice to just tell her that i applied for that job to get it off my own chest...but, i feel like i've waited too long...that she wouldn't believe that i'd kept it to myself since the summer...i don't talk to her all the time, but i could have told her in the summer or a couple days ago...but, if i continue feeling this way, i might.

Donkey - Thursday Mar 29, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

Ok, I know this is today's entry, but this will be mostly about last night.

I was doing really well until I came home from the parents' meeting with my daughter's softball team. First thing my Husband starts yelling at me because the computer I use (a laptop) is "all messed up". Well, HE"S the Computer Guy. I don't do anything on the computer that I don't either understand or can manage myself. So he's accusing me of deleting programs and blah blah blah. Why, I would NEVER do ANYTHING like that.

3 hours later, he finally gets the laptop started up again (thank goodness! because I would be lost without you all!), and everything's updated. And here's where it gets ugly --- I made myself TWO big bowls of popcorn. And I ate it ALL!

Now in defense of myself, yes, I was hungry, even though according to my calorie tracker, I had sufficient calories previous to the popcorn attack (around 1700). And at least it was air-popped, plain, so no oil or fat. But TWO huge bowls of popcorn???

Well, I guess if I gotta have a binge, that's probably the healthiest way to do it (if there is such a thing). But geez! Where's my self-control???

I don't know, what do you all think? Am I being too hard on myself?

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

greengirl on 03/29/2007:
I dont know if you are being too hard on yourself or not but I can totally relate to what you did. Out of all the people in the world it is my husband who has the ability to wind me up to that extent. It's not usually the computer that is the bone of contention with us, but the cable tv. He sits with the remote flicking through channels and teletext for hours and when stuff goes wrong (ie he accidentally moves channels up or down the viewing order or something) it is always my fault, or anyone elses fault except his. I always end up being stressed, and wanting to eat. Self control sometimes flies out the window!!! Look at it this way, popcorn iss a lot better than some other stuff!!!!

girliegirl6486 on 03/29/2007:
As far as binges go, I think you're being a little too hard on yourself because like you said, it was a healthy binge.

biscottibody59 on 03/29/2007:
I'd call 2 huge bowls of popcorn a good source of fiber for the day;-) As far as being too hard on yourself, only you know that!

borntocry on 03/29/2007:
Too hard on yourself. Two bowls of popcorn is nothing! And you say you were truly hungry, too. You made a pretty healthy choice, in my opinion.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/30/2007:
at least the popcorn has fiber. however, popcorn doesn't fill me. i need more of a dense food...like bran and milk or yogurts.

Donkey - Wednesday Mar 28, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

Despite Monday's weigh-in, I've had an awesome week at the gym so far. Just this morning, I was looking at my arms and realizing that the muscles in the upper part seem larger to me. I love the sculpted look of lean, strong arms. That will be me, soon enough!

Yesterday, I actually went for a bike ride outside in my new neighborhood. This neighborhood is wonderful because they have a LOT of bike trails. My old neighborhood seemed almost hostile to anything not in a car. The sidewalks were falling apart, the roads were not bike-friendly, nothing. But here, everything is built to entice people to get outside. I often see people walking, jogging, and bike riding when the weather is nice. Today it is not so nice outside.

So I am enjoying a more active lifestyle. My Husband STILL has YET to set foot in the gym that we joined. (((It's a good thing we didn't sign up for the Fancy Gym membership or I would be so ****ed.))) I'm not putting him down, though, because I know how hard it can be to take that first step. Every day, I tell him what the crowd looked like (I've NEVER had to wait for a machine), the men/women ratio, any new machines I've tried, etc. I also make it a point to tell him if I see newbies getting their orientation tours. All I can do is hope that it rubs off on him, and that he'll want to get into shape like Justine6Robert3's husband has recently.

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

greengirl on 03/28/2007:
The exercise must be doing you so much good. You sound a lot brighter. Good for you!! This gym membership is probably just what you need to make the difference. YAY!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/28/2007:
i'm so glad you're enjoying the gym!

Justine6Robert3 on 03/28/2007:
Good for you getting to the gym Donkey!! It sounds like your spirits are good. That's nice that you have alot of bike trails around your house, I hope that my next house has the same. We usually drive to a nearby conservation area to go walking with the kids. Kirt and I were saying we would like to go bike riding, its been years since I rode my bike outside!!!

Good luck with your husband getting on board, he may come around in his own time once he see's how good your feeling! I have been packing Kirt's lunches this week with lots of healthy food and snacks. He event went to the grocery store on his own and bought all kinds of fruits and veggies for himself to snack on!!! I'm loving this, I do hope he sticks with it.

Donkey - Monday Mar 26, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 140.0

Second week in a row where I'm reporting a weight GAIN rather than a loss. This is so frustrating. I know what did me in too, thank you PMS for those sweet cravings on Saturday night.

I only have myself to blame.

Progress as of today: -1.5 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/26/2007:
if you've been eating well aside from saturday, that weight should come off easily!

Donkey - Sunday Mar 25, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 139.0

Today I went to the gym and I *finally* worked up the nerve to try the weight machines that work the upper body. AWESOME! Yay! Now I feel that I am ready to start a basic weight training program.

The ironic thing is that I went to the weight machines (that I was afraid to use) because I was too afraid to use the stair stepper machine because some younger guy was using it (there are only two). I get really sweaty, which I already was from using the elliptical, and I really didn't want to be near any man, much less a young, good looking man, drenched in sweat.

I was encouraged to see a woman at the gym that reminded me very much of a friend of mine who has moved to New York, except that this lady was totally into working out and weight training (unlike my friend).

I'm looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow (Monday morning), even though I had a PMS moment last night and indulged in some chocolate. Way overdid it (unfortunately), but I'm still looking forward to my moment of truth.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

Justine6Robert3 on 03/25/2007:
Great job getting up the nerve to use the weight machines!! I don't blame you for not wanting to work out near a young good looking guy, ha, ha!!! I belong to an all female gym (Exclusively Woman) because I'm way to uncomfortable to work out with men around. I joined a gym once that had guys and girls and I really didn't like it. I've always joined all female gyms ever since. I've been a member at my gym for over 6 yrs now, ever since we bought our house.

I'm sorry that your son is struggling, I'm sure that's very stressful for you. My sister's middle child has always had many behavoural problems that were apparent as soon as she started kindergarten. She will be 12 yrs old in April. She no longer "acts out", but instead she is extremely shy, she hardly talks to anybody at school, including her teachers. She is very chatty when she is amoungst her family though. They have labelled her as having "selective mutism" which basicly means she is severly shy to the point of it being crippling for her. I hope you are able to get him the help he needs.

I'm glad that your enjoying your gym and getting comfortable there. Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow!!!

Soon2BThin on 03/25/2007:
Good luck on the weigh-in. Mine is tomorrow too. Remember, it's only a number and if you're feeling good, then you're doing great! Good job on the exercise too! Have a good week!

borntocry on 03/26/2007:
Oh, so glad you liked the weight machines! I love those things - wish I had access to them here.

WorkingIt2 on 03/26/2007:
LOL I hate exercising really hard in front of people just because I know how silly I look, so then I don't end up working out as hard as I'd like! Must be why I'm not a gym person? lol

Have a great day!!

Donkey - Friday Mar 23, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 139.0

Yesterday was so hard. I can only hope that today is better.

Husband and I had to go to my son's school and take him home early because he was having behavior issues, and the school social worker thought it best that he not return to the classroom. My son is having such a hard time. And my Husband isn't helping matters much, as I think he's been living in a semi-state of denial about our son's struggles.

So of course, what do we have for dinner but pizza. I was doing very well calorie-wise until dinner. Then I had 4 slices of pepperoni pizza and that was 1000 calories right there. So I had to try *very hard* not to have dessert. Which was probably a good idea anyway, because feeling as bad and stressed and sad as I was feeling, getting started on any kind of sweet probably wouldn't have been a good idea.

Hopefully my son will have a better day today. We talked over some things, gave him some coping mechanisms and he seemed to understand the importance of normal behavior, of what is expected of him. I hope that he does not become SO overwhelmed or anxious that he resorts back to his old behaviors today.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

jon'smom on 03/23/2007:
I hope things go well for your son today. Keep up the good work. You are doing the best that you can in this situation.

hollybelle on 03/23/2007:
You are working very hard at making changes and YOU ARE DOING FINE. Good job on not eating the dessert, too!! You really didn't do badly at all. You will do better today. It is so hard coping with kid problems. Some of your comments remind me of me! On your bio when you talk about making peace with food. In your post below when you talk about working up courage to work out in public at the size you are now (which is not so big - by the way!!). Oh, the common struggles with kid issues. Sometimes it's not possible to make wonderful food choices (like busy night and resoroting to the pizza). You are doing well, really. I have been trying to channel some of my frustrations into positive activity like more exercise and eating right, too. Because we have only a few pounds to lose - I want to lose 10-12 more - it is slower than if we had more to lose. Hang in there. You are really doing great. Don't get too hung up on any one day and keep up the wonderful attitude you are coming up with each day!

WorkingIt2 on 03/23/2007:
awww, I wish your little guy the best and a big bunch of strength for him to get through his struggles. It is so difficult being a little kid anymore :(

greengirl on 03/23/2007:
You have to be strong for your little boy. Its so easy for children to feel that everyone is against them. He needs to know that you are in his corner for him. I hope that his problems can be resolved, with your support. i wish you the best of luck in getting this sorted out for him.

Donkey - Thursday Mar 22, 2007
(Portion control & Exercise)
Weight: 139.0

I've been going to the gym every day this week. Now my Husband has a week and a half off, so my whole routine will be thrown off. I can only hope that he will come to the gym with me.

Yesterday was warmer outside, so I tried to put on a pair of capri pants after my shower after exercising. I could hardly snap them and my butt felt so tight in the fabric. I took a look and oh my, how saggy and droopy and flabby I looked from behind. So I am not quite ready for summer clothing yet, unless I want to go out and buy new clothes (which I don't want to do).

But all in all, I've been doing much better. See what I mean about everything falling into place with exercise? I had a conference with my son's teacher, and my son is having a lot of problems and issues that need to be addressed. He's been neglected because the school district we used to live in was AWFUL and most of the teachers were in denial. (And we could not afford to provide services for him privately. We knew we were moving, and we wanted to see how many of my son's problems were environmental (due to the school) and how many were actually his issues.) So when we moved, my son starts a new school and it's like he's waving all these "red flags" that he needs help. Poor kid! And I feel just horrible.

BUT I DID NOT RESORT TO FOOD! I did not fall back on eating to make me feel better about the situation. It was then that I realized that Life is going to throw obstacles at me all the time. And I need to learn how to cope with them other than stuffing my face at the first sign of trouble. I need to learn to live with and deal with the discomfort of anxiety and sadness. It's a part of life.

Progress as of today: -0.5 lbs lost so far, only 14 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 03/22/2007:
Oh! Donkey girl, It is SO WONDERFUL that you didn't resort to food at the stressful time with your son. That is the biggest thing I have worked on through this journey with food I am on and alot of my stress centers around my daughter and school, too. It's like we have this worry (over the kids) and we must handle it, but in the meantime we comfort ourselves with food and then we have two problems - the original kid thing and some extra pounds and one of those we actually created, huh?

It's a big step that you have taken toward real change. Keep up the good work, you inspired ME today!

Justine6Robert3 on 03/22/2007:
Great job getting to the gym everyday, thats awesome!!! I find when I'm feeling stressed out (which is most to the time!!!) I try to step up my exercise. It seems to get rid of all my negative energy plus its good for me physically!!

That must be very frustrating for you to see your son struggling and not being able to get him the help he needs. It does seem to vary from school to school and also with their teacher. I hope his new school is more willing to give him the extra help he needs!!

I have an interview with Taylor's teacher tomorrow. She has been struggling with her reading and writing. Her teacher is really amazing with her though. She has been very hands on with Taylor. She has called me in for extra interviews so that we could get her extra help both at home and in the school. They have been having Taylor and a few other students pulled out of their regular class a couple of times a week to give them extra help in a small group setting and they have now arranged for her to meet with a "Speech-Language Pathologist to try to further figure out why she's having difficulty so they can find a way to get her the help she needs right away. Taylor has only met with the speech-language pathologist once so far (I think from now on she will see her once a week, one on one) and she loved her and can't wait to get together with her again. They make it a very non threatening environment and try to teach them through games and things that won't intimidate them.

Taylor does really well in Math, gym, drama, music etc (many of the arts!!) but she just seems to be struggling with her writing and reading. She is also almost a year younger than many of the kids in her grade because she was born in December so I think that puts her at a bit of a disadvantage also.

Good for you not resorting to food for comfort!! Keep up the great job with your exercising!!! I find it more challenging to stick with my routine on week-ends or when Kirt is off work also, good luck next week!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/22/2007:
Good work on making it to the gym every day! And a big congrats on not resorting to food during times of stress. Thats an awesome big step in the right direction!

Anyway, I hope that the new school provides a better environment and services for your son.

WorkingIt2 on 03/22/2007:
Great job on the gym and avoiding the stress eating! I think that makes us stronger when we face our stresses head-on instead of hiding behind food, drink, or whatever until it 'passes'. We learn more and we actually solve things. I wish your son the very best!

greengirl on 03/22/2007:
Well done on making the most of the gym. I hope that the new school can help your son to solve some of his problems and reach his full potential. congratulations in not giving in to the stress :)

GG on 03/22/2007:
It's SO funny! You say your husband has a week and 1/2 off and he will screw up your whole routine, my mom says that all the time about my dad, its really funny: its like a love-hate relationship. Does your husband work out? Why dont you try to get him to engage in some activity with you, go for walks, hikes, bike rides...? Since you have said that life throws you obsticles....your husbands time off included....NOW YOU KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEM! I am glad you have come to this conclusion because it is true! And food/not working out really does not help bolster the obsticles! I swear when I work out every morning my head clears and I am prepared for any challeges the day may throw my way!!!

borntocry on 03/23/2007:
Well done, Donkey! I like what you wrote about learning to cope without turning to food. I've had the same thought myself - if I find myself turning to food to deal with the minor stresses and depressions which I face now, what are things going to be like when I have kids? when my parents are old and dependent on me? when I'm dealing with major life changes? We know that food doesn't actually solve any of these problems - in most cases it only makes us feel worse about ourselves - so what's the point?

I hope you can get your son's "issues" sorted out soon! Hopefully he will get more attention in the new school.

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