Friday, October 31, 2014

101 in 1001: 30 day update

The first 30 days of my 1001 day plan have come and gone. I completed a number of tasks, got started on some, and realized I need to work harder on others. 

Swiss Chalet SauceI'm maintain the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) food plan on a daily basis for the most part. I did "cheat" a couple of times this month - most enjoyably with a soup bowl of Swiss Chalet sauce to go with my fries, and with a slice of Bailey's Irish Cream cheesecake. The best part of the plan though is that I can start over every 3 hours. I'm able to maintain my weight, and continue to lose weight and inches.

This past Spring I bought a lot of plants for my front yard. I decided to put in lavender, rosemary, mint, and oregano so that I would have something scented, and edible! This month I cut them, dried them in the oven, and put them in jars. This was something new for me so I was rather pleased with myself.

I'll share more about some of my other goals in the coming weeks.

What about you? What have you done in the last 30 days to work towards your goals?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekly items for 101 in 1001: Skin Care routine

Skin care routine weekly
I didn't understand the importance of a skin care routine growing up. My sister sold Arbonne and now sells Avon and has better educated me on this topic! I use the following products on a hit and miss basis, I figure I won't make time for it daily but I can at least aim for weekly. 

Products I love:
Avon skin so soft fresh smooth silky stay shave gel - I like that this blue gel stays on my skin until I shave it off, it doesn't drip off like foam does.

Avon Anew Reversalist creams - night, day, eye, and eye veil. The eye veil is my favourite as it provides a gentle veil under the eye that reduces dark shadows.

Ekos creamy hand balm, Cacau - This pulp hand cream provides 36-hour moisturisation for your skin, leaving it delicately perfumed.

Ekos leg and foot cream, Cacau - Enriched with cocoa butter, this leg and foot care cream provides 30-hour moisturisation for dry areas, imparting a delicate perfume.

Ekos body butter scrub, Cacau - This exfoliating butter enriched with cocoa butter, sugar and plant oils removes dead skin cells. Your skin is left delicately perfumed.

What are your favourite skin care products?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Daily items for 101 in 1001

Some of the items on my 101 in 1001 list are one-timers, some are yearly, quarterly, monthly, or weekly. Here are my daily ones.

Spiritual: Daily Bible reading
Spiritual: Daily prayer

Health: Maintain THM food plan daily
Health: Exercise 30 min daily

Monday, September 29, 2014

101 in 1001 Challenge

Back in 2005 I heard about the "101 in 1001" challenge. It's essentially setting 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days, which is roughly 2.75 years. I completed most of my goals in the 1001 days between August 29, 2005 and May 26, 2008. 

I'm really glad that I took on the challenge then because one of the most significant goals I set was to interview my grandparents about their family history. My grandfather was later diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and has been in a long term care facility since January 2011. I am so thankful that I was able to spend time with him and capture our interviews on tape.

I also made a "kindred spirit" friend through investigating Freecycle - my goal of decluttering accomplished, I was able to add a friendship with a wonderful family!

I've decided to take on the challenge again. Between October 1, 2014 and June 28, 2017 I hope to accomplish 101 things. I'll be sharing the list and keeping you updated so check back!

Monday, May 12, 2014

What I wish teachers knew about ADHD

A friend of mine is taking an Additional Qualification course online through OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) on Special Education. She's doing a group project on ADHD and invited me to share with her some examples of particular activities we found helpful with ds1 to help him overcome his challenges when it came to learning. She also asked for ideas/thought provoking questions I wished teachers would take the time to think about to be better prepared to help students with ADHD. Here's what I sent to her and I thought it might be of interest to others too.

We chose not to medicate ds1, however we did provide him with melatonin to take at night to help him sleep. We found that being able to settle his mind and get a good night's sleep allowed for improvements during the day. There are many holistic treatment approaches that parents can choose, so it's good for teachers to be aware that some parents may not wish to medicate their child. 

When we were homeschooling, we gauged what type of day it seemed ds1 was going to have. There were days when it was clear that we were not going to be successful trying to get him to do desk work. Sometimes on those days we just allowed him to play (mostly Legos) or read, believing that those are also good ways to learn. We didn't realize the extent to which the dysgraphia made communicating what he knew a challenge. We thought he was refusing to write and that he needed to work on it more, do more copywork, in order to improve. Once we realized there was a problem due to the dysgraphia, we began scribing for him and allowing him to use the computer to do his work. This reduced frustration on both sides. In terms of "classroom" behaviour at home, we allowed him to move around a lot. He often hung off the chair, moved constantly, blurted out noise, and appeared not be focussed on the work. You can see an example of this here.

At school we have found it helpful for ds1 to have a space where he is not as easily distracted - this means that his desk is not in a group of 4 like the other students, it's right in front of the teacher. He has an "imagination station" at the back of the class with Plasticine so that he can go and use his hands if he needs a break from sitting. When he started school in September we did a gradual entry process, one class per week, gradually adding another class until he was able to stay the full day. He was allowed to leave the class (he had a note to leave on his desk and a timer to take with him) for breaks to walk around in a specific area. He was also allowed to visit the Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) and play with Legos in her office. This helped him develop his ability to focus and stay in class longer. It also provided him with a safe place to go for physical activity and movement when he needed it. The interactions with the SERT reduced any anxiety that he was feeling, which had previously led to his hiding in the school - much to the anxiety of the principal and us!

I consider that we have been very fortunate to have had the support we have from ds1's school. My wish for every parent with a child with ADHD would be for teachers to understand that the child is not trying to misbehave, they are simply wired differently. Adults need to realize that kids with ADHD are not "bad," they are unable to control their impulses. It's also very important to know that medication is not always the solution. Holistic approaches and the passage of time can bring about positive changes. Teachers who can be look beyond the ADHD behaviour and see the strengths the child has are a great asset to maintaining healthy self-esteem in kids with ADHD.

What about you? What do you wish teachers knew about ADHD?