You know that one advice that would have made sense if someone else gave it to you?

In the spirit of the back to school season… Let me tell you about Emily’s first ever kindergarten teacher.

The only person who might remember her would be Joelle who was Emily’s specialized educator back then but I don’t remember her name and it’s really not that important!

Emily started kindergarten in the fall of 2002 in a tiny school in the province of Québec.

We had meetings prior to her first day to be sure she was ready.

On her first day, she was the cutest kid out there!

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She had been walking for 5 months and was ready to start school.

On the first day,  Emily’s really pregnant teacher told us the rules for the approved snacks to send to kindergarten with our kids.

She had quite a list of don’ts… No candies, if you send a granola bar, it can’t be the chocolate covered one, no mini cookies, no this.. no that…

We got the list of approved snacks…

We got the full speech about our kid’s health and how it is important to give them good eating habits right from the start.

The talk was patronizing but it made sense and the teacher sounded like she had all the kid’s health in mind.

Before it’s time to leave, we got the “snack” policy reminder and were told that if we sent an inappropriate snack, our child will not be permitted to eat it and the other kids will be asked to share their snacks so everybody gets to eat something…

This whole snack thing was serious!

I imagined that teacher being a health nut considering the lecture we (parents) received.

That night, we bought kindergarten approved snacks for Emily.

The next morning as I dropped Emily off at school, her extremely pregnant teacher was standing by the door having a cigarette…

And out the door went her credibility about children’s health!

I don’t care that she smoked, really, that was her call but she was no longer in position to lecture me about chocolate coating on a granola bar in my 4 year old daughter’s snack.

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Have you ever been lectured by someone who really was in no position to do so?

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A different kind of post

When I look at Emily, I know she’s not a typical 15 year old.

I am blessed with an easy going teenager, who I have no idea what kind of young adult she will be.  Will she live with us forever?  Will she want to move out to a group home one day or be able to have her own place?

I don’t know.

I have no idea what the future will bring us and I am ok with that as long as I am in her future…

Since Emily was a baby, we gave her the best cares, food, hobbies, therapies and so on.  We look for the best middle school than high school for next year…

Our focus for the last 15 years has been Emily…  Her health and wellness.

At some point, we forgot to do the same for us, we forgot to think about our health and wellness.

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This isn’t my regular kind of post.

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I am sore, my neck and lower back are in some discomfort. I had a massage which I am sure will make it better in a couple of days but not so much yet…

This “episode” of more pain than my usual is making me think…

I will be 39 soon which according to my dad means I’ll be 40 the next day. 🙂 That’s my dad!!!

I am still over weight… I’ve lost 20 lbs or so last year and maintained it but still have 50lbs to go….

This time, I need to not only continue to lose the weight but learn to exercise and stop eating junk food.

I am getting older, there is no way for me to avoid it but there are ways to get older and be healthy.

Well, tomorrow is the beginning of a new era. We (hubby and I) will weight ourselves, measure our legs, hips, waist, chest and arms and start taking care of our bodies and minds.

Drink more water
No more take-out
Take some supplements
Drink our Body-by-vi shakes twice a day
Minimum 30 min of exercises per day
1 massage per month (minimum)

30 days at the time!

Our why?

To be with Emily for  a long time.  To be able to play with Emily, dance, swim, walk around and travel the world!

To not be in constant pain!

Would you be interested to know how it’s going, let’s say once a week?  Or should I stick to stories about Emily?

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