Sometimes I get stuck.  

Sometimes I get stuck.  I sit in my room unable to move in any direction.  

Dispite my best efforts to always have a plan I find myself unable to move.  

Is it burn out?  The cummilative efforts of being driven by my internal motor for days on end.   

It’s the price you pay isn’t it?  To be motivated.  

The only medicine is a good night sleep if the wild one let’s me. 

Breaking Bad Habits : Eating a proper breakfast

Being a natural morning person, you would think that I would take the time to eat a nutritional breakfast.  

The reality is that the time between rolling out of bed and the time I disarm the codes at work is only about thirty minutes which includes a ten minute commute.  

I only have enough time to get dressed and get out the door.  Then I’m thrown into my morning ritual and it doesn’t hit me until about two hours later that I’m starving.  

By then the grill is going and well as the ovens.  Breakfast usually consists of pizza, pasta, or sandwich…I know, gross.  

So to break this habit that surely keeps me from dropping a couple pant sizes, I stopped by the local store and grabbed a dozen eggs and a bunch of bananas.

As soon as I got to work at 6AM I would crack a few open, grab a saute pan and scramble.  Then throw in whatever left -overs there were at the restaurant.  Maybe some spinach or broccoli.  Or if I was lucky there would be some ham.  

I love scrambled eggs and because they are so cheap, I can cut down my food cost while cutting down my weight at the same time.  I also found that I stay full longer when i’m not eating garbage.  

Web MD had the following to say about eating a healthy breakfast

“Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

  • A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
  • Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom.
  • More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity.”

Put them to Work

Kids can be very enthusiastic about helping their parents at a young age.  

I think it’s important to encourage this as it will slowly grow out of them if you don’t reinforce their behavior.  

Always give them praise and an occasional reward.  

Another “Inexpensive Silencer”…ice cream

$.99 life boat : Surviving Autism Tantrums In Public

Sometimes parents who have children with behavioral disabilities shield them from the outside world as much as possible.  They don’t want to deal with the glaring eyes and judging looks when their child has a meltdown.  

Even worse, in some cases they even shut  in themselves from the outside world as well.  Ordering takeout and shopping with Amazon Pantry. 

I can’t say this wasn’t true about myself to some extent.  I wouldn’t go to a restaurant with Liam for almost a whole year after  my 30th birthday dinner,  where he caused such a scene that many tables left or asked to be moved.  

This year I refused to live that kind of life.  We expose Liam to everything.  Movie theaters, grocery stores, the Ocean, Restaurants, even Hiking.  

There are some times that meltdowns are eminent.  Usually when we have to leave somewhere fun.  He hates hates hates any store.  When it becomes too much to bare we turn to the “.99 cent life boat.” Every kid has them.   “Inexpensive silencers” I call them.  

For Liam they are M&Ms(“Yems”), lollipops “suckers”, and those little balloons on a stick conveniently placed at the check out.  

For those who roll your eyes and say “you just give him everything he wants” you are the same people rolling your eyes wishing my kid would just be quiet.  He doesn’t get them every time nor does he need them.  But when you are in that kind of situation they can be a life saver.