Recently, a story broke in California that concerns all families with children on the autism spectrum. A family in Sunnyvale, California is being sued by their neighbors stemming from incidents involving their 9-year-old son with autism spectrum disorder. According to the families, the incidents started when the child, not named in any news media, started going into other’s homes and taking food. It culminated with an alleged assault on a three year old neighbor.
I have been struggling the last few weeks with my weight. I gained weight the beginning of June after my dad passed away suddenly from a heart attack. In the weeks following his death, I forgot my main summer goal. I wanted to lose weight in preparation for what may be my last marathon (unless I get a coveted Boston Qualifying time). Needless to say, I didn’t lose weight - I gained weight. This was no surprise to me. I went back to my old fitness books and back to the basics. Two weeks ago, I cracked the code, and I am now losing weight again. Here are five things I did that are extremely low cost, or even free:
About two months ago, my father died. I know that at the ripe old age of 76, he had a long and full life. He raised two children, lived his dreams of owning a business, lived near the happiest place on Earth, and was so very proud of his children and grandchildren. He lived a fulfilling life, but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if he had not suffered from conditions related to morbid obesity.
Jodi Vetter is a 38-year old aspiring author. She has been published in "Chicken Soup For Soul: Raising a Child on The Autism Spectrum,” has her own blog, and has poetry published in the College of St. Scholastica writer's publication. Jodi also has had several freelance articles published throughout the military spouse community, and is currently working on a science fiction novel called, "Invasion.” She has two children (Ryan and Sophie), is a military spouse and proud Air Force Veteran. She has tried many modes of employment from selling Mary Kay to writing to being in the military, and has even dabbled in Wine Tasting. Keep up to date with all of Jodi's adventures on Facebook.