A Journal Entry

The Man And The Mirror

Novrmber 13, 2022 - Three years from the day of a what I call a Nice Selfie in 2019, as I and the world was starting to crash.

Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Backsliding Fears

Having been struggling with my weight for an extended period of time, continuing to follow through with what needs to be done in order to lose weight can be a struggle. Life is full of temptations and lack of care, but I know that I must be resilient and continue the fight.

Reflections

Reflections: Why Can’t I Just Be Happy???

Most of my life, I was never truly, genuinely happy. I often act as if I don’t deserve happiness in my life or that I have to continually point out something wrong in my life to complain or gripe about, however to many I can point out many things to be thankful for. It is like this weird state of feeling that never seems to go away.

King's Covered Bridge
Healthy Lifestyle, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Doing What’s Right

Recently, I have been facing the struggle of not doing all the things I need to do to be healthy. I know what I need to do. I know it works, yet I get lazy or get careless because of being unmotivated or wanting to feel good.

Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Equality, Independence, Sexuality

Deciding For Yourself

For most of the 33 years of my life, I lived under my parents’ roof. As such I was often coddled because of my challenges in life. Oftentimes I followed suit in their choices they made for me. Now in my fourth year of independence, I am learning that I have to think and decide for myself what is necessary for me in my life, because I am the one that has to live with the choices I make.

Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Better Changes

Last week, I had the opportunity to begin monthly consultations with a nutritionist through a collaboration between my day program and the local community action concern. It was an insightful meeting where I learned to make better changes to improve my health.

Repurposed Covered Pedestrian Bridge
Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Progress Works!

Another week in the books and another opportunity to measure the progress I have been making in over a week by incorporating more changes to my regimens. They are creating change and I could not be happier of the progress I am making as a result of making simple changes and creating new habits.

A Photo showing the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Acceptance and Awareness, Adulting, Independence

Adulting: Personal Preferences

So, this past week as I navigate the world, I am beginning to realize that I may have different preferences than those close to me and I am realizing that I have the right to have the choices that I have to do the things in life that I want as long as they do not cause an hindrance to anyone. As such, I realize how much my thinking has been skewed by the way I thought I had to follow the choices of those close to me.

Selfie of Membership SIgn
Acceptance and Awareness, Dignity & Respect, Reflections

Reflections: Pushing Myself Away From Social Connection

One of the traits of my being autistic is being socially awkward. While I have come a long way in understanding the social nuances of the world, there’s times of connecting with others that has caused a regression of wanting to extend myself out again with the feeling of being hurt or rejected for who I am, although in many cases, I am assured that is not the case and I am accepted for who I am.

Tent Camping
Acceptance and Awareness, Bullying, Dignity & Respect, Education, Equality, Independence

What Everyone Else Does

In recent weeks, I have been accepting the need for free time where I am not engaged in an object or item at hand. For most of my life, until I chose not to have Cable TV in my own home at 35, when it has been all I know, I am realizing that I can choose and limit the content I watch in order to keep me entertained and not so much engaged in something.

Laurel Hill State Park CCC Monument
Reflections

Reflections: Growing, Learning and Grace

The past week has been full of planning, goal setting and other things that become necessary in the realm of being connected to Mental Health Services. In that process I had two takeaways that I learned last week and one of those was about giving myself some grace, accepting mistakes and learning from them.

King's Covered Bridge
Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Small Strides, Small Progress

Well again, I am met with another accountability point. Two months ago I was given firm medical advice to get my weight under control as there were alot of factors related to my obesity that were not favorable. I was pleased to hear that I made good progress, but the journey is not over.

A Photo of the National Pike Looking East
Acceptance and Awareness, Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: The Man In the Mirror

Sometimes in life, we have to see the harsh reality of ourselves and see just what we are or are not doing to ourselves and our bodies. While we honestly know what we are doing just isn’t the right thing and we have the opportunity to repair the damage, we don’t and we pay dearly for what we must go through.

McDonald's in my hometown
Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: It Has To “Click”

When embarking on a weight loss journey as I have been attempting for about two decades, I have discovered that there has to be that moment that the desire to lose weight has to “click” within your thought process in order to get the process moving and engaged toward progress. Within myself, the switch has clicked to the need and desire to take the fact that I need to lose weight seriously.

Christian Church Wall Panroama
Achievements, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: Expanding My Opportunities

The wellness journey continues. Wellness in general is never ending and is the catalyst in making sure that your body is functioning properly. Sometimes you need to work on things to improve your ability to see more progress. Over the past week or so, I have been striving to expand many things into my overall wellness regimen.

Jumonville Looking Down at Spring
Acceptance and Awareness, Achievements, Autism Acceptance Month, Autism Statistics, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Sleep, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: The Importance of Accountability

Recently, I have begun to see the importance of all facets of wellness as it relates to me and my journey that I am on. I am realizing that it takes all facets to work in harmony to be well and the result will provide me the best experiences and opportunities possible

West Yough Boardwalk March 2022
Acceptance and Awareness, Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Weight Loss

So, Why All About Wellness?

So, you may have wondered in the course of the past week, you may have noticed that I have written a lot about wellness? You may be wondering, what does that have to do with being autistic. My answer to you is, it has a lot to do with being around longer and living the best life you can.

Healthy Lifestyle, Independence, Weight Loss, Wellness Wedbesday

Wellness Wednesday: It Has To Be For Me

I, like many, want to be well, regardless of years. I had a hard time accepting what I needed to work on and defending my harmful habits because I didn’t want to face the truthy and accept that I needed to make a lifestyle change because it isn’t easy.

West Yough Panorama March 2022
Healthy Lifestyle, Holistic Health, Independence, Reflections, Weight Loss

Reflections: Defending The Truth

Keeping on track with yesterday’s blog of accepting Reality, what often follows up is a cause to react when confronted of our realities that we immediately defend ourselves with why we do things the way we do or the picture we paint of what we want others to believe is the truth, but we are only kicking the truth further down the road and not accepting that we need to work on ourselves.