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Life Whack-a-Mole and Maintaining Weightloss

Thursday, September 19, 2019

As soon as one end of the sandwich generation crunch is going better, the other end falls apart! This week things are calmer with mom's stress levels and I am having some pleasant interactions since last outburst. Now a big IEP issue is emerging with my son who has some special needs. Communication with the IEP team is not going as smoothly as I hoped (to put it mildly!) One problem goes down (temporarily I am sure) and a new one emerges. Of course!

This new issue used to be the kind of things to have me panicking. I used to be scared of confronting issues head on and possibly ruffling feathers. I have learned how to do it politely, then more assertively and then well, how to earn my reputation as THAT mom. I am professional, but tenacious, let's put it that way.

It used to be when life finally seemed calm on all fronts, I waited for the other shoe to drop. Now on those rare occasions, I just savor the peace, as though I am on a brief vacation. No idea when those times will happen again, but right now I am setting sail onto bumpy waters. I have experience dealing with challenging conditions many times before. It may not be smooth sailing, but I will prevail.

I have learned to properly fuel the ship and have been sticking to healthy foods and stopping eating at least a few hours before bed. Tracking food has fallen apart and I need to start it again. I am exercising consistently though. I have mostly maintained all my weight loss. I bounce up and down, but overall it's working. Hopefully, with tracking, I can lose some more.

Wishing everyone smooth sailing or at least a triumphant game of "life whack-a-mole"!
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    25 days ago
    Good for you for savoring the peace when you see it.
    27 days ago
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    emoticon You have all the tools you need for this uphill battle! Staying in shape will enable you to tackle the treacherous bits without slipping into danger. I found the easiest way to get IEP people on board was to be specific about how your ideas will make things easier on them and less work for them overall. Maybe get them to agree to a one month/term trial with review, and then keep your own notes on the calendar to bring to the review to remind them how well it is working. They don't expect parents to be that engaged or on top of things. You Be 'That' Mom; no one else will advocate for your kids.

    If Whack-a-Mole has the wrong 'vibe' for you, try 'Dance, Dance, Revolution' and crank up the beat!

    Peace and Care

    PS waiting for that 'other shoe to drop'? ... the sky seems full of them around here, I'll send you a kevlar umbrella :)
    28 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2019 8:31:09 PM
    You’re doing well. I always find summer trickier as it gets too hot to work out, yes even early mornings, and I’m not a swimmer; I also seem to sleep more heavily and longer... as it gets cooler, I look forward to intense early morning workouts and healthy filling lunchtime soups. Go figure!
    29 days ago
    29 days ago
    You should be very proud of how much you have gotten on top of this situation. You've clearly used it to develop skills that will probably help you in all areas of life.
    30 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing a good job of dealing with the issues as they present themselves. Good for you! I hope it all works out the way it should! Keep it up - you're an inspiration!
    30 days ago
    OH my. Dealing w/IEP teams is NOT easy. Was paper decluttering yesterday and found paperwork that goes back to the last IEP mtg. I had for my DS (OMG! SERIOUSLY! That was in 2009!) Definitely have to learn to confront issues politely, but firmly. Yup . . . tenacious is the word all right!

    That’s a key lesson . . . . proper nutrition! Exercising. Tracking. Persistence. Rolling w/the waves. THAT is not always easy, but we have the life-preserver of healthy habits, and tools to handle stress AND the knowledge that we’ve survived this stuff before, we’ll survive again. Maybe even thrive!

    Definitely, life is a game of whack-a-mole! LOL

    30 days ago
    Sounds like you have a lot of experience that has coalesced into wisdom. I admire the way you are steering the ship!

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    30 days ago
    Even a "good" IEP meeting takes listening skills on both sides. The parent has the final say about what happens with their child; I've never understood rigid teachers or administrators who refuse to follow IEP mandates.

    Fight the good fight with all things that matter in your life. emoticon
    30 days ago
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