Back to School, Focus on Life

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We’re quickly approaching the first day of school. My 6 yr old is very excited as he gets his favorite 1st grade teacher. My 5 yr old is just excited to go to the big school. Both are ready and we have all their supplies. With that out of the way, I’ve been focusing on life after school starts.

My ASAN chapter is growing and we’re getting ready for our 6 meeting next week. I created a Meetup group for the chapter and have found new members because of it. As exciting as that is, I’m also focusing on our stretch to the 2011 State Legislative session. I will be working on getting a single word changed in the Health and Human Services bill.

Sec. 593.003. REQUIREMENT OF DETERMINATION OF MENTAL RETARDATION. (a) Except as provided by Sections 593.027, 593.0275, and 593.028, a person is not eligible to receive mental retardation services unless the person first is determined to have mental retardation.

(b) This section does not apply to an eligible child with a developmental disability receiving services under Subchapter A, Chapter 535.

It is definitely an exciting year coming up, but I recently had to change medication. When I was on this one previously, I gained 50 lbs over the course of 6 months. With that in mind, I want to start eating better and taking care of my body. I’m not happy with my shape. And I found that it’s easier for me to change several things at once rather than staggering the change.

When I change things several times over the course of several months, I have a much higher incidence of meltdown. So I have learned to if I do all the changes at once, it’s still only as taxing as changing one thing.

So I have joined SparkPeople. My husband and I decided meal plan for the next week. I’ve put in what my fitness goals are. I’m hoping to feel rejuvenated. But knowing I will need to go to a gym, I’m trying to figure out a sensory diet to help keep me relaxed. I’ll be doing Yoga and Pilates at the gym, so that should help quite a bit. I’m getting a big ball to help me do exercises at home. But what can I do to help me decompress? I haven’t come up with anything, but thought maybe everyone reading could help.

How do you allow yourself the sensory experience to help relax?

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