Well, a lot has happened in the last year at my house.
I lost weight, I gained weight, and basically stayed right where I have been stuck ...FOREVER...
However, on the bright side... the fact that the weight STILL wasn't coming off prompted my Internal Medicine Specialist to have some tests run. Primarily rechecks on my Thyroid and a Sleep Study. The results were both good and bad...
Bad because my thyroid condition has worsened to the point of needing medication, and my sleep study showed that I have sleep apnea.
Good because that means no more waiting in limbo to find out what the heck was wrong with me. I am being treated for my thyroid and I now have to wear a mask to bed, but even though I'm still tired.... I DO feel a bit better. I need to get better about taking my medication though. I have never been good at that, so I am proud at the progress I am making.
(I'm still in good enough shape to have participated in the 2012 Autism Awareness walk!)
Outside of medical issues...
I am very sad to say that the family dog from the previous post DID have to be put down because her legs just got too bad and she had started losing control of her bodily functions. It was a very hard thing to have to do, but it was even harder to watch her withering away. She was with us for an extra 9 months thanks to that doggie wheelchair, though. It made her very happy (and a bit of a local celebrity too).
My mother (who lives with us), finally retired this year. This is a very good thing because she has broken 2 bones in the last year alone, and was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. So no more concrete floors and hopefully no more broken bones.
The local public school made the news in a negative light twice this year (yes, this school year, which is only half over), which prompted me to re-evaluate my previous idea of homeschooling my kids. Then the school did not address a learning issue one of my kids was having so I finally filled out the paperwork.
Today was the first day of homeschool for my oldest and my third oldest. The other two will join them in June when they are finished with the public school 2012-2013 school year. This means that they will be able to move at their own pace, they won't have to be "taught to the test" and can actually rehash the things they have difficulty with, or move past the things that don't challenge them enough. If today is any true indication of things to come, I think I made the right decision, and I can't believe I ever doubted it was best.
Today my oldest signed up for the COMPASS assessment at a local college to see if he can get into college level classes since his classes at the high school weren't challenging and my third oldest made it through 7th grade language arts in his assessment (he was 5th grade in public school) and we were finally able to address the math learning disability that he has and get him started where he should be (which is, unfortunately, about 2 grades behind), but at least we have a starting point and he isn't just being shuffled along.
I am sorry to everyone that I haven't been around as much as I should, I am even more regretful that it isn't likely to improve in the near future in that regard... Not with kids home all day needing educating. I will keep up with my email though, so if any of you want to chat (share your successes, vent your disappointments, etc) I will still be available and will try to respond as quickly as I can. Also, while I may not be active in the forums, I will still plan to host the Nebraska Spark Rally again this year - as I know many were saddened that 2012's had to be unavoidably canceled.
This has gotten to be a rather long-winded blog post, so I will end here by wishing you all the BEST that 2013 has to offer and the greatest of luck in your weight-loss endeavors.