Today I started running.  I downloaded the app Couch to 5K and off I went.  I really didn’t think I would be able to do it.  I figured I’d get a few houses down on my block and I’d be done.  But I kept on going.  I made it all the way around the block.  It took me awhile, and I walked more than I ran, but I completed day one.  I’ve decided since I actually ran today that I am now a runner.  My food today was in good control.

Breakfast: Shakeology

Mid morning: homemade egg and Canadian bacon sandwich, with raspberries.  I did have coffee, and I couldn’t drink it black, so I added half the amount of creamer than I normally do and it was fine.

Lunch: Salad with cheese and dressing, honey crisp apple and peanut butter

Afternoon snack: beef and cheese stick.

Dinner will be leftover veggie soup, corn muffin and salad.  My dad hit the clearance at Safeway today so we have a few odds and ends, but nothing that I will go crazy on.  Hopefully I won’t need a snack before bed, but if so I’ll have some nuts and more water.

Life around here is changing.  I did buy a few small treats for the kids, I mean how can I resist Cheetos in the shapes of bones???(they haven’t even been opened yet)   But for the most part, no junk food was purchased!

As for other parts of life, well it goes on!  The full moon, blood moon, seems to be effecting my kids already crazy sleep patterns., even my dog is acting weird.  It’s a good thing she’s cute! LOL  only kidding!

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The kids are rowdy and loud, but I do love my life!  And now I can say I’m a runner!

Everything is better with Sugar…except me!

I have given up added sugar as of today. Now don’t misunderstand I’m still using products that contain sugar but I’m not adding to it. For example, I’ve ditched the flavored creamers and opted for black coffee instead. I tried Stevia in the coffee and it was a no go, although I like it in tea. Those who know me well will think I’ve lost my mind, but really I’ve found it. My diabetes was out of control. My A1C is 7.9 (YIKES) and it needs to come down…way down! The final straw was when I felt my blood sugar drop and when I tested it was still 140. That is not low blood sugar. My body is so used to being out of control that 140 is low. I knew then and there I had to change my ways. So I’m not adding sugar, I’m not using it to cook with. While I still have prepared spaghetti sauce and other products that contain sugar, I am making changes to get my diabetes under control. My goal is to eliminate sugar all together, but I have to do things in baby steps. So for now I’m eating better, no junk, no soda, and no eating out. I keep trying these same strategies and I’m doing so much better than I was before, but I have to kick it up and really get this under control!

I had my Shakeology today and I’m on track with my other eating, for dinner tonight, on Meatless Monday,  is veggie soup and pimento cheese sandwiches. It’s healthy and no added sugar! So for now, I’ll have to be sweet without sugar!

Parenting without Sleep

It’s been a typical weekend.  My kids bickered and fought most of the time.  They love each other so much(sarcasm intended).  If I was like this with my sister when I was younger I feel so badly for my parents!  OK I’ll admit it.  I was like this.  My sister and I bickered all the time.  Sometimes it even came to blows.  I just don’t know if it’s my parenting or if it’s just the nature of siblings.  Seth, my oldest, doesn’t get involved.  He doesn’t care!  I think having Autism, makes those social issues less important to him.  Now don’t get me wrong, when he feels he’s been wronged, LOOK OUT!  He has a very black and white sense of justice and once he has been wronged it’s ON!  Emma Claire and Mack have learned not to cross him, well at least they have learned in most situations.  Sometimes it just happens!  Then, as if to add insult to injury, they didn’t sleep this weekend either.  The little two have always had sleep issues, but we always hoped as they got older they would grow out of them.  They haven’t!

I have reached a point I don’t know what to do or where to turn.  Sleepless nights for me are okay, but when they start effecting the kids at school then it’s another story.  They both take meds for sleep, and for ADHD, and they do sleep for a few hours, but then they are up and ready to party!  We have done sleep studies, we have changed meds, and we have tried all that we know to try and still there is no sleep.  I can’t be the only one out there dealing with this.  My younger two were cocaine babies.  We began fostering them both at birth.  I don’t know if this is still from that or if they just don’t need to sleep!  I’ve had opinions both ways!  I just don’t know what to do anymore.  If any of you moms or dads have words of wisdom or have been in this situation I sure would like to hear what you have to say!  I’m tired of being Sleepless in Arizona!


under construction!

I have some new ideas I’m floating around for my blog so don’t be alarmed when you see new pages with nothing on them yet! I think I’m going to incorporate  my healthy living site and my new couponing site on this page and have everything under one umbrella!  Don’t worry though I’m still going to be blogging on the main Southern girl page…I’m not going to stop sharing the crazy stories of my life!

Thank you Temple Grandin

Thank you Temple Grandin, for being who you are and showing the world that Autism isn’t the end!

I’ve watched you being interviewed, and I really think it’s cool to watch. It’s cool to see the slightest sign of awkwardness and to know the reason behind it. I know you are a confident woman. I know you are educated. I know you are highly regarded in your field.  Most of all I know you have Autism. Some would say that I’m being mean when I say I can see the slight awkwardness, but really I’m not. I think it’s cool because it reminds me that my son can do anything too. He has Autism. He’s awkward. Sometimes he’s downright weird, but he’s a great kid! Watching you, hearing you speak, just reminds me again, that anything is possible.

Thank you so much for all that you do for those with Autism. You are paving the way for our kids to make a difference in this world. You are a success, and your success gives hope to me. I believe your success gives hopes to many moms and dads who have amazing children, that just happen to have Autism!

Here’s my boy in all of his wonderfulness!

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Taglines and Titles Blogging 101

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to evaluate our blog title and tagline, and possibly change it. Hmmmm…what to do? what to do?

Title: I think I’m keeping the title the same. Southern Girl in Arizona is who I am. I feel if I change it then it could limit me as far as the writing goes. This title allows me to encompass my whole life.

Tagline: Oh how I want to be clever! I thought of these:
-a taste of the South in Arizona (i thought that made it seem like a food blog)
-you can’t take the South out of the girl, even if she’s in Arizona (ehhhh..not sure)
-From the Deep South to the Sonoran Desert (that seems lame to me)
-Where the South meets the West (ehhhh)
-From the sticky South to the Dry heat of Arizona (again, lame???)

So my blogging friends..HELP!!! my husband has voted for the last one….