It truly doesn’t seem possible that 2009 can already be a thing of the past and that 2010 is here, four days into it, nonetheless! Does it?

Over the years, I’ve made New Year resolutions; some I’ve kept and some I haven’t…this year I hope to really give each one the attention it deserves. I figure if I post my resolutions here, for all to see–all of my friends, family, colleagues and other readers can help hold me accountable! Are you in? (Feel free to post your resolutions in the comments if you are so inclined; I’ll help hold you accountable, too!)

Resolution #1: This resolution involves keeping a strict food journal for Ethan to try to detect food intolerances (via health and behavior trends) we may have missed over the past 3 years on our journey with Asperger’s Syndrome; Ethan had a tough fall at school (100% included in 1st grade) and I want to make sure we are doing everything we possibly can to help him on the home front! We’re also doing some blood testing through Dr. Rao to pinpoint any pesky food culprits (results due late this month), but keeping this journal is one sure-fire way I can feel in control and know that I really am doing all that I can to feed Ethan well according to what his body needs and does not. (For past blog posts regarding Ethan’s biomedical treatments, check my old posts!)

Resolution #2: I’m also going to rework our family diet to include more healthful, healing foods. (This really goes hand-in-hand with the resolution above, but will benefit Greg and myself, as much as Ethan!) Ever heard of Cooking to Heal? I saw Julie Matthews (Certified Nutrition Consultant) and and Suesson Ross Vess (Chef & Food Coach) present at the DAN!Conference in Dallas in October 2009. They were extremely inspiring and motovational. My mom and dad ordered the Cooking to Heal DVD and workbook for me as one of my Christmas gifts! What a true gift it will be for all of us (when it arrives, hopefully this week!) I already own Julie Matthew’s Nourishing Hope for Autism and Suesson Vess’ Special Eats: Simple Delicious Solutions for Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookingand plan to put all of them (plus the aresenal of other great cookbooks and guides I have to GF and GF/CF cooking) to good use in 2010.  So Dear Readers, If you’re interested in hearing how our dietary adventures go (think “Julie and Juliastyle) let me know!

Resolution #3: Put the oxygen mask on! Our wonderful Dr. Rao reminded me in December that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be able to take care of Ethan the way I wish to care for him…Dr. Rao said that when he first heard that air passengers seated next to small children should put their oxygen masks on first in the event of an emergency, he thought it was selfish. But after considering the consequences, he understood the need for adults to place masks on first so that they can stay conscious long enough to meet the needs of the children seated next to them. So, with this analogy in mind, I plan to give my dietary and supplement regimen more attention and refocus on my fitness and health. I’m really pretty great at meeting Ethan’s needs when it comes to supplements/medications/exercise, but I don’t focus on myself and my health has paid a costly price. Time to refocus!

Resolution #4: Write more, espcially material for kids. In the past several years, I have been blessed with a growing freelance business and I am truly grateful and thankful for each opportunity and all that I have learned. While I hope to continue to build my editing/freelance writing business, I also want to dedicate a larger portion of my writing time to pursuing my Children’s writing. I’m sure this will involve continued involvement in my wonderful local SCBWI chapter, but I also know that I need to take a step back from leadership roles this year to allow myself to fully benefit from all of the opportunities NC/NE Texas SCBWI has to offer in 2010.

Here’s to bringing in the New Year with a healthful, prosperous focus.

Welcome 2010!

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome, Children's Writing, Family. Date: January 4, 2010, 12:24 pm | 6 Comments »

6 Responses

  1. Jake Says:

    Sounds like you have set wonderful goals, all of them are obtainable. It will take some work, but have no doubt that you are capable of acheiving all of them!

  2. Diane Says:

    Dear Leigh,

    I certainly am interested in all that you’re doing for yourself and for your precious son. I take all of this very seriously because I have grown to know how important diet is to our bodies and our minds and certainly our well being. I am going to send your e-mail to my daughter, who will benefit greatly from reading about how important it is what Ethan eats etc. Thank you for being such a special mom.

    I had a very serious knee replacement on Dec. 10th and I have learned the HARD WAY how important it is to care for our bodies.

    Xx, Diane

  3. Laura B Says:

    I’d love to hear about your food and cooking adventures!!!!!

  4. Laurie Smith Says:

    Thank you for sharing, Leigh! You inspire me to be more healthy and focused too! Bravo!

  5. Leigh Says:

    Thanks for the comments, friends!

    I just spent 1 hour 45 minutes this morning cleaning out the refrigerator and trying to ready myself for a healthy trip to the store. (Not that I ever buy junk, just that I tend to over-do and things end up unused and spoiled.)

    Wish me luck!

  6. Elaine Says:

    Very worthy goals indeed! And I know that you can do it, although they will take effort. I also look forward to hearing more about your cooking adventures! Keep up the great work!!

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