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Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Day With Little Al

I am not sure what set Little Al off today. She was full of humming, spinning and echolalic speech. She could not focus on anything not even her favorite cartoons. She was in a giant cloud. I tried my hardest to pull her out. She came out of the fog only for meals. It's very frustarating trying to figure what is going on with my Little Al. Boy is this mom tired. I hope for a better day tomorrow.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Goal Setter Questions.

Here are another set of questions from Dr. Ian Smith's book, The Four Day Diet. A point system goes along with this set of questions.

1- When you've lost weight in the past, how many pounds on did you lose per week?
> 1 pounds per week (0.5 points)

2-Are you willing to exercise at least four days a week for 45 minutes each session?
I am willing to exercise five days a week for 45 minutes. (3 points)

3-Do you see yourself struggling with eating the foods your program recommends?
I don't see a problem. I am not a picky eater. (2 points)

4- How old are you?
31 (0 points)

5- Will you be able to focus on your weight loss, or are there major life stressors on the horizon?
The stressors are here to stay.  I have to focus on weight loss with the stressors. Hopefully this blog will help me focus. (0 points)

6- Do you have any medical conditions or are you taking any medications that will slow your weight-loss efforts?
No (2points)

7- How would you asses your willpower to stick to the program?
Excellent. (2 points)

There was suppose to be eight questions but I only see seven in my ebook. I am going to give myself a two point credit for the missing question..teehee.

Total points: 11.5 ...This means I am in a good weight loss categery. I am pretty ready to get this weight off.

Now I have to establish my ultimate goal.(So the ebook says.)

My ultimate goal seems very unobtainable. I want to be at a healthy BMI, which is 19-24. The weight range for that is 125-160 pounds. It could take up to 5 years to lose that much weight at 1 pound a week. Right now that it a crazy goal to focus on.

My ultimate goal for the moment is to lose 10% of my start weight. 10% is 26.8 pounds. It will take me 3 months to lose that at 2 pounds a week. Since I am averaging about a pound a week so far this goal can be reached between 3 and 6 months. That sounds reasonable.

Another short terms is losing 5% of my start weight. 5% is 13.4 pounds. Since I've already lost 4.6 pounds I have about 9 pounds to go. It should take me 5 weeks to lose that at 2 pounds a week. SEXY!

The Goal Setter Questions.

Here are another set of questions from Dr. Ian Smith's book, The Four Day Diet. A point system goes along with this set of questions.

1- When you've lost weight in the past, how many pounds on did you lose per week?
> 1 pounds per week (0.5 points)

2-Are you willing to exercise at least four days a week for 45 minutes each session?
I am willing to exercise five days a week for 45 minutes. (3 points)

3-Do you see yourself struggling with eating the foods your program recommends?
I don't see a problem. I am not a picky eater. (2 points)

4- How old are you?
31 (0 points)

5- Will you be able to focus on your weight loss, or are there major life stressors on the horizon?
The stressors are here to stay.  I have to focus on weight loss with the stressors. Hopefully this blog will help me focus. (0 points)

6- Do you have any medical conditions or are you taking any medications that will slow your weight-loss efforts?
No (2points)

7- How would you asses your willpower to stick to the program?
Excellent. (2 points)

There was suppose to be eight questions but I only see seven in my ebook. I am going to give myself a two point credit for the missing question..teehee.

Total points: 11.5 ...This means I am in a good weight loss categery. I am pretty ready to get this weight off.

Now I have to establish my ultimate goal.(So the ebook says.)

My ultimate goal seems very unobtainable. I want to be at a healthy BMI, which is 19-24. The weight range for that is 125-160 pounds. It could take up to 5 years to lose that much weight at 1 pound a week. Right now that it a crazy goal to focus on.

My ultimate goal for the moment is to lose 10% of my start weight. 10% is 26.8 pounds. It will take me 3 months to lose that at 2 pounds a week. Since I am averaging about a pound a week so far this goal can be reached between 3 and 6 months. That sounds reasonable.

Another short terms is losing 5% of my start weight. 5% is 13.4 pounds. Since I've already lost 4.6 pounds I have about 9 pounds to go. It should take me 5 weeks to lose that at 2 pounds a week. SEXY!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little Al's Placement For September

As we get closer to Little Al s third birthday the more paperwork and  phone calls. I get a least two phone calls a day. I frequent caller is the evaluation coordinator. Today we talked about classroom setting.

These are the special class ratio setting offer within the Department of Education:

12:1

-No more than twelve (12) students per class in elementary
-One full-time special education teacher.

This is a placement for students with academic and/or behavior management needs who require specialized instruction that is best accomplished in a self-contained setting.

12:1:1

-No more than twelve (12) students per class;
-One full-time special education teacher;
-One full-time paraprofessional.

This is a placement for students with academic and/or behavior management needs that interfere with the instructional process and require additional adult support and specialized instruction that can best be accomplished in a self-contained setting.

8:1:1

-No more than eight (8) students per class;
-One full-time special education teacher;
-One full-time paraprofessional.

This is a placement for students whose needs are severe and chronic and who require intensive constant supervision, a significant degree of individualized attention, intervention and intensive behavior management, as well as additional adult support.

6:1:1

-No more than six (6) students per class;
-One full-time special education teacher;
-One full-time paraprofessional.

These classes serve students with very high needs in most or all need areas, including academic, social and/or interpersonal development, physical development and management. Student behavior is characterized as aggressive, self-abusive or extremely withdrawn with severe difficulties in the acquisition and generalization of language and social skill development. These students require very intense individual programming, continual adult supervision, usually a specialized behavior management program to engage in all tasks and a program of speech/language therapy (which may include augmentative/alternative communication).

12:1:4

-No more than twelve (12) students per class;
-One full-time special education teacher;
-One additional staff person for every three students.

This is a class serving students with severe and multiple disabilities with limited language, academic and independent functioning. These students require a program primarily of habilitation and treatment, including training in daily living skills, the development of communication skills, sensory stimulation and therapeutic interventions.

There are other settings that include: Special Education Teacher, Support Services, Related Services or participation in a CTT/ICT class. Special Class Services may be provided on a full-time or part-time basis.

So where do The Al's fit in. Big Al was placed in the setting of 12:1:2 for the last two years. (Easter Seals creative budgeting allows them to place an extra paraprofessional in each classroom setting.) For Kindergarten he will be enter a 12:1 setting.

Little Al's tentative recommended settings is 8:1:2. She needs all the extra help she can get. So the less kids the better. If the district feels that this is not the right recommended setting, they will change it. So we may be in search of a new CPSE Center. I really want her to stay at Easter Seals but if we have to go some where else then it just has to happen.

This more restrictive setting does not discourage me. It does not mean Little Al will not improve. It does not mean that she will not be successful adult. I am ready for the journey and adventure ahead.

Someone pass me some coffee.


*Special education classroom ratios provided by the New York City Department of Education.*

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week Three

I made it to my third week. YAY!!! I have officially dropped 4.6 pounds. That is very awesome I must say. I think I still look the same but I feel things changing. Some of my clothes are feeling better. The muffin top is less muffin-y. My energy is still low after I work out. I spent my days yawning. My energy is much lower when I don't work out. 
The Messy Haired Chef!
Time to assess my (Very) Short Term Goals:

1-Do at least 35 minutes of Cardio Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I did not do any cardio on Friday. However, I did on Saturday and Sunday.

2-Do NOT go over my WW points. Today's stress pushed me clearly over the top.
I went over my points on Sunday. I swapped activity points to enjoy a hand full of onion rings at the Diner.

3-Track my foods correctly.
Success! I did it correctly all three days.

4-Do NOT weight myself this weekend. Got into the bad habit of turning on the Wii and weighing in.
Success! You know first thing Monday morning I turned that sucka on!

5-Put down the sugar jar. Use only 1 tablespoon of sugar each day.
Success! I do not add ANY sugar to any foods all three days.

6-Do NOT enter a Dunkin' Donuts. Yes, they have smart options but there are so much "goodness" there
SUCCESS! This was the hardest thing to do. There are way too many D&D easily accessable to me. There two in a five block radius from my home and one right across the street from the GYM. There is also a drive-thru one next to the 3rd Ave entrance to the Cross Bronx. Sweet sweet evilness. Hi, my name is Amy and I am addicted to Dunkin' Donuts. I have been Dunkin' free for five days.

Week Three

I made it to my third week. YAY!!! I have officially dropped 4.6 pounds. That is very awesome I must say. I think I still look the same but I feel things changing. Some of my clothes are feeling better. The muffin top is less muffin-y. My energy is still low after I work out. I spent my days yawning. My energy is much lower when I don't work out. 
The Messy Haired Chef!
Time to assess my (Very) Short Term Goals:

1-Do at least 35 minutes of Cardio Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I did not do any cardio on Friday. However, I did on Saturday and Sunday.

2-Do NOT go over my WW points. Today's stress pushed me clearly over the top.
I went over my points on Sunday. I swapped activity points to enjoy a hand full of onion rings at the Diner.

3-Track my foods correctly.
Success! I did it correctly all three days.

4-Do NOT weight myself this weekend. Got into the bad habit of turning on the Wii and weighing in.
Success! You know first thing Monday morning I turned that sucka on!

5-Put down the sugar jar. Use only 1 tablespoon of sugar each day.
Success! I do not add ANY sugar to any foods all three days.

6-Do NOT enter a Dunkin' Donuts. Yes, they have smart options but there are so much "goodness" there
SUCCESS! This was the hardest thing to do. There are way too many D&D easily accessable to me. There two in a five block radius from my home and one right across the street from the GYM. There is also a drive-thru one next to the 3rd Ave entrance to the Cross Bronx. Sweet sweet evilness. Hi, my name is Amy and I am addicted to Dunkin' Donuts. I have been Dunkin' free for five days.

This Is My Normal....

Not every family has a special needs child in it. Not every family has service providers. Before The Al's were born I never had to worry about early intervention. Big Bea's first five were on track and above. Before Big Al turn two, I met my first service coordinator. I didn't know what to expect when I met her. I didn't know what to stay to get help for my son.

Flash forward three years and we are still in early intervention. Not for Big Al but for Little Al  Instead of a baby book, I have many (MANY) folders of paperwork telling the story of Big and Little Al's development. I spent most of my time with Big and Little Al decoding what they are saying and what they want. It has gotten easy with Big Al.

Our family has a very tight schedule. It has to work around appointments, evaluations, therapy sessions, busing, work, military and school. I can't wake up tomorrow and say, "LET'S GO TO THE BEACH!" I have to check and double check when will we have time to go.

This morning I felt worn out. I had to travel to the kids' doctor's office yet again. I had no energy to get there, but I had too. After my morning at the gym, I returned home for my shower and breakfast. I was ready to go and I sat on the sofa. I fell asleep. I woke up just into the time greet bus #1 (Aly's bus).

The journey a head of us is long......it's so worth it.

Evaluations For CPSE Are Complete.

Finally!!!!!! After three months of nagging Little Al's evals are finally done. Now we have to wait for the actually IEP meeting with the district.

So what happened you say?

The evaluations were held at Easter Seals Child Development Center this pass Monday and Friday.

Friday: Speech Pathology, Psychology and Social Worker family history interview.
Monday: Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

I don't know why it couldn't be schedule all on the same day.

On Friday, I was out numbered three to one. We sat in a small room and I had questions flying at me from all directions. Like the super mom that I am, they bouncing off my chest. This was the first time I had been interviewed for family history by three at the same time. Then it was Little Al s turned.  They were very impressed by how accuracy I depicted Little Al  The Speech Therapist turned around and said, "You did a good job Mommy." Almost all parents in special education only know what's going on at the surface of their child. If you haven't figure that out yet... I am not only of "them." I was very surprised that Little Al was not overwhelmed to see new people trying to ask her to do things in a small space. However, she was very distracted by the lovely horses on the shelf behind me.  She showed off her huge vocabulary and also showed that she does not use any verbs. She showed her struggles with echolalia. She showed that she scans picture carefully and understand some abstract concepts. In the end, the tag-team recommended continue speech and language therapy and counseling for September.

On Monday, we arrived to Easter Seals early to pick up Big Al before he was placed in the school bus. We didn't want him arrived to our home with no one there. The evaluation for PT was being done by her very own PT. (psst....They share the same PT, Ladybird.) Since Ladybird sees Little Al twice a week she really didn't need to do an on the spot evaluation. She knows everything going on with her she only needed a family history interview. The interview was held in the sensory integration gym. How wonderful! This is their favorite place to be in the whole school building...and I see why. Big Al right away took his shoes and socks off and jumped into the ball pit. Little Al did not know what to do first. The interview was very quick. So we did a progress report on both kids. Big Al is doing an awesome job. She is trying to show him how to be independent when walking up and down the steps. Little Al  as major transitioning issues. Also her toe walking has not improved because she has yet to get her leg braces. Her hamstrings are very tight and it hurts when it's time to stretch them. After our time with the PT, we played in the Sensory Gym until it was our turn with the OT. 45 minutes in the sensory gym all to our selves. Fun, fun!

It was OT time. The person conducting the evaluation and interview was an OT in training. The site supervisor sat in the room and recorded the progress too. I was better that this OT stuff they this OT in training. She was going too slow in my opinion and she needs to be around kids more. I was going to take her case and do the eval myself. (Not like I haven't seen it done a million times over.) Anyway, Little Al showed her perfected fine motor skills (Thank you Karen.), her transition issues, stimming and coping behaviors. The OT supervisor recommended to keep the same frequency of OT.

So now I have to run and get OT/PT prescription and waiting for our IEP meeting. CPSE here we come.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amy vs. The Elliptical

I decided that I was going to get on the elliptical today. I have seem people live on this machine. I wanted to see that was the big day. I have not tried this machine before because I feel like I didn't have enough coordinate to move in a elliptical manner. So I pushed my fear to the side and tried it. I was right about being uncoordinated. I felt like a huge dork. Good thing it was a Sunday morning. There weren't too many people there to see me look like a baby giraffe. After two minutes on this machine I was red - face and having what felt like a heart-attack! The machine told me to slow down so that I can control my heart rate. So I slowed down only for the machine to turn off. I really dislike self powered machines..lol. I lasted an entire 15 minutes and the machine must have turned off five times because I was going too slow. Man did I sweat on that machine! I am going to take on that machine again tomorrow. Right now, my legs feel like noodles.
Sunday @ 7am....Best time!

Amy vs. The Elliptical

I decided that I was going to get on the elliptical today. I have seem people live on this machine. I wanted to see that was the big day. I have not tried this machine before because I feel like I didn't have enough coordinate to move in a elliptical manner. So I pushed my fear to the side and tried it. I was right about being uncoordinated. I felt like a huge dork. Good thing it was a Sunday morning. There weren't too many people there to see me look like a baby giraffe. After two minutes on this machine I was red - face and having what felt like a heart-attack! The machine told me to slow down so that I can control my heart rate. So I slowed down only for the machine to turn off. I really dislike self powered machines..lol. I lasted an entire 15 minutes and the machine must have turned off five times because I was going too slow. Man did I sweat on that machine! I am going to take on that machine again tomorrow. Right now, my legs feel like noodles.
Sunday @ 7am....Best time!

Brooklyn Museum

Our Cool Culture adventure brought us to the Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Museum is located on the historical Eastern Parkway. The building is very grand. It's very breathe taking. I felt very small walking into this building. It was refreshing going to a museum that we had yet visited.

Our first stop at the museum was to the Great Hall. Here we saw reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio. "Situ Studio’s design consists of a series of stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns." (Brooklyn Museum, 2011) As we walked into the Great Hall Alex said, "Mommy, Look! Tents!" It was very funny.

Next we travelled to the 2nd floor to the Arts of Asia exhibition. Beautiful colors as for as the eyes can see. As we walked around, Aly went label crazy.
"Lion, ROAR!"
"Cup!"
"Plate!"
"Blue!"

We made our way to the Beaux-Arts Court on the third floor. This was my favorite section. Many European paintings and a amazing glass floor. The glass floor is closed off for the public but it looks as if you can have a party in that space.

The third floor also held the Egyptian Galleries. Becky's favorite sections was The Mummy Chamber. We saw actually mummies. She was very amazed. We tried to scared her but she was too into the mummy to be scared by us. As this point Aly was ready to go. She humming and tried to find the closest chair to take a nap in. It was time to go. We didn't get to go to the fourth and fifth floors. That means we get to go back! YAY!

We made a pit stop to the restroom before we headed out. There was a Family Restroom! There aren't many places that offer Family Restroom. The only other place I've been to with Family Restrooms is the Brooklyn Children's Museum. I just love this style of restroom. Everyone is together with no worries and no waiting around next to the restrooms. My husband said that was his favorite part of the museum and I think it may be mine also.

Yes, I took a picture in the Family Restroom..lol

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Then/Now Chart

As I continue to read The 4 Day Diet, Dr. Ian Smith has created a Then/Now Chart to fill in. He says, "Your Then/Now chart is extremely valuable for your weight loss success. It provides a road map of not only where you were but how you go to your current location...Best of all, the Then/Now chart will prove to you that you had good, strong eating and exercise habits at one point in your life. And if you had them once, you can have them again."

Here's the Then/Now chart:

What foods did you eat then that you no longer eat?
Then - Being 18, most of my food was provided to me by my school or my parents. For the most part, I would eat breakfast and lunch at school and dinner at home. The meals at school were normally balanced. At home it was not balanced at all.

Now - I am an on the go eater for breakfast. Breakfast is normally whatever I pick up on the way to work. Lunch during the winter months is normally have left overs from the night before. Spring and summer I end up eating from that restaurants around my job. There is not much of a selection. Dinner during the summer months I cook every day. The rest of the school year I take out at least twice a week.

What foods did/do you eat in abundance?
Then - Breads...bagels were my favorite.
Now - Breads..bagels are my favorite. (Hmmm...nothing changed there...lol)

Three physical activities you enjoy:
Then: 1-Softball 2-Volleyball 3-Basketball
Now: 1-Walking 2-Gym workouts


Three hobbies you enjoy:
Then: 1-Photography 2-Graphic Design 3-Drawing with my then boyfriend
Now: 1-Blogging 2-Photography 3-Crochet

People, places or things that stress you out:
Then: 1- My mother 2- State tests 3-My mother
Now: 1- Money 2- My husband 3- EIDOs 4- IFSPs & IEPs 5-Work 6-Lack of time for myself.

Where do you get most of your support?
Then: 1- My Sister 2- My Mother 3- Friends
Now: 1- My Sister 2- Best Friend Roxanne 3- Best Friend Jose

How do you regard your physical appearance?
Then - Careless
Now - Very important

How important is your health?
Then - Careless
Now - Extremely important

Level of motivation
Then - Awesome
Now - Not so good

My Then/Now Chart

As I continue to read The 4 Day Diet, Dr. Ian Smith has created a Then/Now Chart to fill in. He says, "Your Then/Now chart is extremely valuable for your weight loss success. It provides a road map of not only where you were but how you go to your current location...Best of all, the Then/Now chart will prove to you that you had good, strong eating and exercise habits at one point in your life. And if you had them once, you can have them again."

Here's the Then/Now chart:

What foods did you eat then that you no longer eat?
Then - Being 18, most of my food was provided to me by my school or my parents. For the most part, I would eat breakfast and lunch at school and dinner at home. The meals at school were normally balanced. At home it was not balanced at all.

Now - I am an on the go eater for breakfast. Breakfast is normally whatever I pick up on the way to work. Lunch during the winter months is normally have left overs from the night before. Spring and summer I end up eating from that restaurants around my job. There is not much of a selection. Dinner during the summer months I cook every day. The rest of the school year I take out at least twice a week.

What foods did/do you eat in abundance?
Then - Breads...bagels were my favorite.
Now - Breads..bagels are my favorite. (Hmmm...nothing changed there...lol)

Three physical activities you enjoy:
Then: 1-Softball 2-Volleyball 3-Basketball
Now: 1-Walking 2-Gym workouts


Three hobbies you enjoy:
Then: 1-Photography 2-Graphic Design 3-Drawing with my then boyfriend
Now: 1-Blogging 2-Photography 3-Crochet

People, places or things that stress you out:
Then: 1- My mother 2- State tests 3-My mother
Now: 1- Money 2- My husband 3- EIDOs 4- IFSPs & IEPs 5-Work 6-Lack of time for myself.

Where do you get most of your support?
Then: 1- My Sister 2- My Mother 3- Friends
Now: 1- My Sister 2- Best Friend Roxanne 3- Best Friend Jose

How do you regard your physical appearance?
Then - Careless
Now - Very important

How important is your health?
Then - Careless
Now - Extremely important

Level of motivation
Then - Awesome
Now - Not so good

Friday, July 22, 2011

Questions

I am currently re-reading The 4 Day Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smith. I enjoy his books because he is very positive.

These are the tough questions to answer before deciding to start a serious weigh loss program.

Why are you currently overweight?
I am currently overweight because I gain few pounds a year over 11 years old. I did nothing to change my eating habits and I slowed down my physical activity.

Why have previous weight loss efforts failed?
I let eating be my way out of stressful situations.

How does your weight influence your self-esteem/self image?
I feel ugly. I feel like no one is attracted to me. I feel like why bother getting dress up or pretty on a daily basis everyone just sees a fat girl.

What are your strengths related to sticking to a weight loss program?
I do love physical activities. I've always love sports and sweating after a great game. I just need to translate that into a great workout.

What are your weakness related to sticking to a weight loss program?
Giving in to bad habitats when things get stressful.



What is your current BMI?
40.3

What does the chart say is a healthy weight for your height?
125 - 158lbs

What are your bad habits when it comes to exercising/eating right?
For exercising, it's not making time. For eating, I drink a lot of my calories over the course of a day.

What are your good habits when it comes to exercising/eating right?
I enjoy exercising. I enjoy fruits and veggie

When was the last time you were at a weight you were happy with?
I was a high schools senior. I played a lot of volleyball and softball. I was 180lbs.

Questions

I am currently re-reading The 4 Day Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smith. I enjoy his books because he is very positive.

These are the tough questions to answer before deciding to start a serious weigh loss program.

Why are you currently overweight?
I am currently overweight because I gain few pounds a year over 11 years old. I did nothing to change my eating habits and I slowed down my physical activity.

Why have previous weight loss efforts failed?
I let eating be my way out of stressful situations.

How does your weight influence your self-esteem/self image?
I feel ugly. I feel like no one is attracted to me. I feel like why bother getting dress up or pretty on a daily basis everyone just sees a fat girl.

What are your strengths related to sticking to a weight loss program?
I do love physical activities. I've always love sports and sweating after a great game. I just need to translate that into a great workout.

What are your weakness related to sticking to a weight loss program?
Giving in to bad habitats when things get stressful.



What is your current BMI?
40.3

What does the chart say is a healthy weight for your height?
125 - 158lbs

What are your bad habits when it comes to exercising/eating right?
For exercising, it's not making time. For eating, I drink a lot of my calories over the course of a day.

What are your good habits when it comes to exercising/eating right?
I enjoy exercising. I enjoy fruits and veggie

When was the last time you were at a weight you were happy with?
I was a high schools senior. I played a lot of volleyball and softball. I was 180lbs.

Amy + 6

Yesterday, I watched my sister's children. My sister requested an over night watch so that her and her "husband" could go to Six Flags Great Adventure to celebrate 15 years of being together. How can I say no to that? 15 years, that's a long freakin' time. They should be able to have time to themselves. So Wednesday night, her troop came over to merged with my troop. Yes ....6 kids.

See my sister does stuff like this all the time. Heck she has had up to nine kids in her home at once. This is how I know I have issues. 6 kids in the home stresses me the hell out hardcore style. It shouldn't because these are my nephews and niece. I see them all the time. I take them to school everyday. It's dealing with the extra personalities that stresses me out the most. I have to deal with The Al's daily autism issues and here you go plus three more to the pot.

Easy solution to having 6 kids in the house would to head out doors. Park, pool or neighborhood walk. That was nearly impossible yesterday. On weekdays, I am a strict schedule with bussing, ABA and meal times. Also, NYC is in the middle of a mass heat wave. Along with the heat wave there is an air quality alert. All those factor meant....we were all staying home. Argh. The morning wasn't too bad. I got the Als together and on the bus, so I was down to four. The day went on and by 3:30pm I was back up to 6. I have a major pet pev that my sister's kids do. Instead, of asked an adult if they can have something to eat or drink or even get up and get it themselves (if they have access) they sit/stand their and exclaim, "I am hungry" or "I am thirsty." That makes me what to shake kids. (not that I do.) Dude, you are fully functioning neurotypical children and I am not your maid. (I wonder if they drive my sister up the wall with that? I'll have to ask her about that later.)

After, Amy vs. The Red soda, back talk and the misconceptions on how an AC works,+ I was ready to for them to go home. My sister was not close to home just yet. Big Al tried so hard to be Pher's "friend" but Pher was not having it. (I really don't know why) So he attached himself to Dominick's side and played DSi with him. Dominick is very understanding to Big Al's needs. Big Beay was lost in cousin world and tried her best to entertain them. By 7pm, Little Al was stimming up a storm. She must have sung her ABC's 20 times in a row, all while walking in circles with some hand flipping. She couldn't relax and do her our nightly routine with the extras. I did what I could to make sure the Als least went to sleep on time.

One by one the older kids start falling asleep waiting for my sister to return. As more as more people were asleep I decided that it was time to conserve some energy. It was time to turn off the TV. Pher did not like that. I told him every one passed out and you were not watching TV and either was I. Off it goes.
"But I am not tired, I am bored."
"We have to wait for your mom to get here, so either play DSi or go to sleep like the other six people in this house."
"I want to watch the TV."
"That's not an option, Christopher."
So, I picked up my eReader. He stared at me...and stared at me.
Until.....he fell asleep due to boredom. Titi for the win!

My sister arrived around midnight sweating, red and gross.com. She said that she had fun. I told her I didn't. She was very cranky...too much travelling, heat and sweating.

....and then there were three again.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

(Very) Short Term Goals

I really have to break down my goals. My goal of making down to 200 lbs seems so far away. Almost as if I'll never get there. So since I love list so much, I am going to create my list of goals for this weekend. Here we go:

1-Do at least 35 minutes of Cardio Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
2-Do NOT go over my WW points. Today's stress pushed me clearly over the top.
3-Track my foods correctly.
4-Do NOT weight myself this weekend. Got into the bad habit of turning on the Wii and weighing in.
5-Put down the sugar jar. Use only 1 tablespoon of sugar each day.
6-Do NOT enter a Dunkin' Donuts. Yes, they have smart options but there are so much "goodness" there.

Wish me luck!

(Very) Short Term Goals

I really have to break down my goals. My goal of making down to 200 lbs seems so far away. Almost as if I'll never get there. So since I love list so much, I am going to create my list of goals for this weekend. Here we go:

1-Do at least 35 minutes of Cardio Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
2-Do NOT go over my WW points. Today's stress pushed me clearly over the top.
3-Track my foods correctly.
4-Do NOT weight myself this weekend. Got into the bad habit of turning on the Wii and weighing in.
5-Put down the sugar jar. Use only 1 tablespoon of sugar each day.
6-Do NOT enter a Dunkin' Donuts. Yes, they have smart options but there are so much "goodness" there.

Wish me luck!

Juggling....

I feel like I am my exercise time. Making time is a bitch. I am on a summer vacation from work, this should be easy, right? I feel like a playing catch up on all the things that I didn't take care of during the school year. Doc appointments, dentist appointments and IEP meetings take away from my much need exercise time. Yes, I know I have to make time. I guess these are lame excuses. Time to do some reading to help me with this motivation and scheduling.

Juggling....

I feel like I am my exercise time. Making time is a bitch. I am on a summer vacation from work, this should be easy, right? I feel like a playing catch up on all the things that I didn't take care of during the school year. Doc appointments, dentist appointments and IEP meetings take away from my much need exercise time. Yes, I know I have to make time. I guess these are lame excuses. Time to do some reading to help me with this motivation and scheduling.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's Hard Keeping On Track.....

It's very hard keeping on track, especially since I am an emotional eater. I was stress out over a lot of different things and at 8pm.....I eat a bagel with cream cheese. Ok....yes Weight Watcher has flexible points that I can use to eat, in moderation, the things that I love. Today, I was doing so well. I tracked everything I did today. Foods: Check! Activities: Check! After dinner I was down to 1 points left in my 42 point day....I gave in....It made me "feel" good for a moment and now, as I am typing, my tummy is not happy. Over the last two weeks I have NOT eaten anything pass 7:30pm. Water only. It makes my tummy a happy tummy. No noises, no extra gas. That bagel was a 8 point bad idea.

On to the positive...
I kick my butt to the gym this morning and walk at the start of another NYC's heat wave. My water bottle is my best friend. I did my normal workout and I realized I need to spend more time at the gym. I also need to stop giving myself breaks on the weekends.....I have to rework my workout routine.


Sweating & red faced after my workout. I love the message chair when I am done.
Also, since it is Tuesday that means weigh in day for me. I am down another pound...YAY!! That's 3.1 pounds in total. I am pleased.

It's Hard Keeping On Track.....

It's very hard keeping on track, especially since I am an emotional eater. I was stress out over a lot of different things and at 8pm.....I eat a bagel with cream cheese. Ok....yes Weight Watcher has flexible points that I can use to eat, in moderation, the things that I love. Today, I was doing so well. I tracked everything I did today. Foods: Check! Activities: Check! After dinner I was down to 1 points left in my 42 point day....I gave in....It made me "feel" good for a moment and now, as I am typing, my tummy is not happy. Over the last two weeks I have NOT eaten anything pass 7:30pm. Water only. It makes my tummy a happy tummy. No noises, no extra gas. That bagel was a 8 point bad idea.

On to the positive...
I kick my butt to the gym this morning and walk at the start of another NYC's heat wave. My water bottle is my best friend. I did my normal workout and I realized I need to spend more time at the gym. I also need to stop giving myself breaks on the weekends.....I have to rework my workout routine.


Sweating & red faced after my workout. I love the message chair when I am done.
Also, since it is Tuesday that means weigh in day for me. I am down another pound...YAY!! That's 3.1 pounds in total. I am pleased.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day Nine @ Home

Due to the sunburn from yesterday's visit to the beach a trip to the gym was impossible. As the day went on the sun burn started to feel a lot better. Since I dis-like the gym in the evenings, I pulled out my Barry's Boot-camp DVDs. I always feel good after this workshop. The best part is working out with my The Genius. She is a great motivator.

I also reached a goal with my Weight Watchers stuff. I finally did not go over my points. Yay!!!

Time to hit the showers!

Day Nine @ Home

Due to the sunburn from yesterday's visit to the beach a trip to the gym was impossible. As the day went on the sun burn started to feel a lot better. Since I dis-like the gym in the evenings, I pulled out my Barry's Boot-camp DVDs. I always feel good after this workshop. The best part is working out with my The Genius. She is a great motivator.

I also reached a goal with my Weight Watchers stuff. I finally did not go over my points. Yay!!!

Time to hit the showers!

Sun Burned

Yesterday we went to the beach and I am the only one that get a horrible sun burn. This has thrown me off my gym routine. I did my 30 min walk. I walked around the neighborhood and took some pictures for my summer photoblogging project. Since I can not, in any way wear my sports bar, I am going to try and  do some low pack exercise using my Wii Fit. Wish my luck.

Sun Burned

Yesterday we went to the beach and I am the only one that get a horrible sun burn. This has thrown me off my gym routine. I did my 30 min walk. I walked around the neighborhood and took some pictures for my summer photoblogging project. Since I can not, in any way wear my sports bar, I am going to try and  do some low pack exercise using my Wii Fit. Wish my luck.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

American Musuem of Natural History 3rd & 4th Floors

Don't you just love the smell of a museum on a summer day. I know I surely do. It has been almost a year since we visited AMNH. This visit was very different for Little Al  Last year, she wasn't very interested in small things. Large things like the rain forest grabbed her attention. She labelled a lot more things and really look at things. She did less wondering around aimlessly. So awesome! She had a great face when we went to see the T-Rex fossil. She pointed and said, "Dinosaurs." I said, "It's a T-Rex." She said, "A T-Rex...WOW!" Her face lit up the room!

Since we went to the museum stroller-less Little Al  leg got tired a lot. Amazingly she did not cry to sit. When we were looking at something she would just make herself at home and sit on the floor.

Alex follow Big Bea around and copied at the poses of some of the models. It was very funny. She always loves every museum we go to. She was especially excited when we visited the Eastern Woodland Indians section. It was a big unit she had trouble with in Social Studies last school year. She was walking around and everything clicked in. Dang it! I should have taken her here when she was having trouble with the unit.

Isn't culture fun?

Friday, July 15, 2011

And Little Al Said, "MA-MMEEEEEE!!!"

For the first time, Little Al called for me!!! This moment was great.

Why is it so great you ask?

Well, Little Al has a speech impairment. She has the speech patterns of a one year old. Yes, she has made major improvements with her speech but she struggles with spontaneous speech.  She also struggles with echolalia. (automatically repeats over and over a phrase she has heard previously.)  She gets very frustrated with many commands. She repeats them with angry and does not comprehend what needs to be done if modelling hasn't taken place. She is following her brother foot step almost to the tee. Go to this post, Rainbows & Lollipops, to cross reference.

Spontaneous speech occurred yesterday and today with her EI ABA instructor. He comes to our home 5 days a week. She said his name when he walked into the living room. "ROB-BIRD!" She says. He say, "Yes, my name is Robert and How are you today, Little Al?" She says, "How are you today, Little Al?"  We are very excited that she says his name.

Now....

When she said mommy, I was in another room. (hehe) She climbed up to the top bunk. She knows how to go up but not down. I hear the door to the bedroom swing open.

"MA-MMEEEEEE!!!"

"HUH?"

"MA-MMEEEEEE!!!"



I walked to the bedroom and she reaches out for me with the BIGGEST smile. She figured it out. Saying mommy = Mommy helps me.

She has opened the flood gates!

Redefined

This is my reusable shopping bag. I really enjoy using it instead collecting a million plastic bags just to be thrown away. I think I started using this bag two or three years old. When I got the bag I love that it says redefined on it. At first the redefined meant, being a "greener" person and eco-friendly. Now I see it as helping me redefine who Amy is.

Today it was the perfect size for my shopping trip. I visited my local supermarket to pick up the fixins for today's lunch and dinner. I am happy to stay that the cashier only had to ring up three items with the scanner. The rest were fruits and veggies, so she had to weigh them. The less things scanned the less processed food I'll take home. The scanned items were: lunch-ables (for Aly), Fat-free yogurt and fish. While watching The Dr. Oz Show some time ago, I remember him saying to say at the perimeter of the supermarkets because that's were all the non-processed foods are like fruits, veggies, meats and milk are located. Now when I go on my mini-shopping trips, I try not to enter the aisle... that's were all my favorite simple sugars food live.

Redefined

This is my reusable shopping bag. I really enjoy using it instead collecting a million plastic bags just to be thrown away. I think I started using this bag two or three years old. When I got the bag I love that it says redefined on it. At first the redefined meant, being a "greener" person and eco-friendly. Now I see it as helping me redefine who Amy is.

Today it was the perfect size for my shopping trip. I visited my local supermarket to pick up the fixins for today's lunch and dinner. I am happy to stay that the cashier only had to ring up three items with the scanner. The rest were fruits and veggies, so she had to weigh them. The less things scanned the less processed food I'll take home. The scanned items were: lunch-ables (for Aly), Fat-free yogurt and fish. While watching The Dr. Oz Show some time ago, I remember him saying to say at the perimeter of the supermarkets because that's were all the non-processed foods are like fruits, veggies, meats and milk are located. Now when I go on my mini-shopping trips, I try not to enter the aisle... that's were all my favorite simple sugars food live.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

And On The Eighth Day

My sister came along with me to gym today.


When went in the evening because this morning I was on my Childless Adventure To Brooklyn. Since I didn't work out this morning, my body was craving it. The crave made me very tired and restless. No one likes that feeling, I know I don't. So...chatted with the sister and off we went. The gym when the sun goes down is a different place. A place I do not like. First things first! The workers doing the evening shift at the Fordham Road Planet Fitness are rude and just plain stank! Secondly, the amount of men there ....it's like a disco...(I am showing my age!) Take two: it's like a club. You have to wait to use a machine. Thirdly, It's DIRTY!!! In the mornings, there maybe a paper towel or two on the floor. At night it looks like a public park after a major BBQing holiday. Finally, the volume of people + body heat = equals even more unpleasant smells. Gross.com! I believe I WILL be sticking to mornings at the gym.

Besides the 4 things listed above I did enjoy myself with my sister. I am happy that I was able to burn some calories from my adventure earlier today. Go me!

And On The Eighth Day

My sister came along with me to gym today.


When went in the evening because this morning I was on my Childless Adventure To Brooklyn. Since I didn't work out this morning, my body was craving it. The crave made me very tired and restless. No one likes that feeling, I know I don't. So...chatted with the sister and off we went. The gym when the sun goes down is a different place. A place I do not like. First things first! The workers doing the evening shift at the Fordham Road Planet Fitness are rude and just plain stank! Secondly, the amount of men there ....it's like a disco...(I am showing my age!) Take two: it's like a club. You have to wait to use a machine. Thirdly, It's DIRTY!!! In the mornings, there maybe a paper towel or two on the floor. At night it looks like a public park after a major BBQing holiday. Finally, the volume of people + body heat = equals even more unpleasant smells. Gross.com! I believe I WILL be sticking to mornings at the gym.

Besides the 4 things listed above I did enjoy myself with my sister. I am happy that I was able to burn some calories from my adventure earlier today. Go me!

Childless Adventure to Brooklyn

I think the last time my husband and I went out on a child-less dates was for the USMC Ball back in November. This events rarely happen for many many reasons. Some reason is scheduling and others....well... they are reasons that I am not going to share in this venue.

Look! No kids behind me!
I got all dolled up. I put the kids are the school bus and off we went. We travelled to Coney Island. There were very few people around. Just beach bums, jogger and cyclist. We walked around and watched all the old people in tiny swimsuits walking and running up and down the coast line. We had a terrible breakfast at Nathans Famous. We had frog legs for the first time. OMG!!! This are so AWESOME! I am drooling just thinking about them again. Of course we had hot dogs too.

It was very nice being childless. I can't wait to go on another adventure.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Greens As Far As The Eye Can See

Do you see the chicken on this plate? No way! There is a whole lot of pretty greens on this plate. I am doing a major detoxics of simple sugars and extra salty foods. (Minus the cheescake I had with Roxanne this afternoon) It's not hard as it seems. Num Yummy!

Greens As Far As The Eye Can See

Do you see the chicken on this plate? No way! There is a whole lot of pretty greens on this plate. I am doing a major detoxics of simple sugars and extra salty foods. (Minus the cheescake I had with Roxanne this afternoon) It's not hard as it seems. Num Yummy!

Wordless Wednesdays


Day Seven & The Fordham Road Hill


My walking game face.

Yay! Today was my 7th non-consecutive day at the gym. I was actually in a great mood when I woke up this morning. I climbed over my husband in the bed and made a b-line to my gym clothes. I felt energized waiting patiently for the kids' school bus. Once they were on off I went. The walk to the gym seemed a lot easier today. I cut the walk time down to 15 mins. I took a few pictures along the way.

I have an enemy on my way to the gym. The dreaded Fordham Road hill. The base of the hill start at Webster Ave and plateaus at Grand Concourse. This hill also forks at East Kingsbridge Road  The gym is located at the fork. Everyday I reach Webster Ave I look up at the hill and take a deep breathe. By the time I make it to the fork in the I am red-faced and sweaty. Today wasn't any different. I want to make to the top of the hill less red-faced....soon.

The Hill


Day Seven & The Fordham Road Hill


My walking game face.

Yay! Today was my 7th non-consecutive day at the gym. I was actually in a great mood when I woke up this morning. I climbed over my husband in the bed and made a b-line to my gym clothes. I felt energized waiting patiently for the kids' school bus. Once they were on off I went. The walk to the gym seemed a lot easier today. I cut the walk time down to 15 mins. I took a few pictures along the way.

I have an enemy on my way to the gym. The dreaded Fordham Road hill. The base of the hill start at Webster Ave and plateaus at Grand Concourse. This hill also forks at East Kingsbridge Road  The gym is located at the fork. Everyday I reach Webster Ave I look up at the hill and take a deep breathe. By the time I make it to the fork in the I am red-faced and sweaty. Today wasn't any different. I want to make to the top of the hill less red-faced....soon.

The Hill


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day Six

No picture...too tired to click. Great workout today LOTS of greens today. I feel like a rabbit. Today makes week one on my journey and day six of my work out routine. Many moons ago I read it takes 14 days to start or end a routine. I am half way this...Yay.

Day Six

No picture...too tired to click. Great workout today LOTS of greens today. I feel like a rabbit. Today makes week one on my journey and day six of my work out routine. Many moons ago I read it takes 14 days to start or end a routine. I am half way this...Yay.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day Five

Day five was great. I took the weekend off from the gym because I don't have anyone to watch the kids. I enjoyed the morning at the gym. I am really getting the hang out this.

Day Five

Day five was great. I took the weekend off from the gym because I don't have anyone to watch the kids. I enjoyed the morning at the gym. I am really getting the hang out this.

Mommy's First Summer Day Without Children

It's been about five years since I've been without any children around me. That time was before Big Al was born. Back in May I posted about this day. The day has finally come where I have NO CHILDREN in my presents.  Today, I went and returned to and from the gym and realized that I have extra time to spare. That's just plain CRAZY! Ok ok... so let me get this straight....I have time to do to things just for me. I think I am going to cry...NOT!!! I am jumping for joy. No one knows when the next time I'll have this kind of time to myself. Peace out!

PS: I'll be doing some neighborhood photography in that extra time. hehe