Why my GAD is my Monday Motivation

I still remember the day that I was diagnosed with GAD… (General Anxiety Disorder) I was going through a really rough time in my life… An ugly divorce, a very contentious custody battle, and so much more.

I was slipping into a really deep depression…  I knew I needed to get out of it,not only for myself, but most of all for my children. My children lived with me,and I was the primary caregiver, as well as provider.

I went to see my physician, and the first words out of her mouth were you have GAD. I really wasn’t very familiar with it at the time… But she knew it as soon as I described how I was feeling, and what I was going through.

The funny thing about it was…. as soon as she told me my diagnosis… I immediately  started to feel better. Part of the reason for that was… Someone actually listened and believed me!

I hadn’t shared with too many people how depressed I was. But a couple of them that I had shared it with told me “you’ll be fine… You’re just going through a rough patch, don’t dwell on it.”

I kept thinking to myself… I’m not dwelling on it by choice, I can’t seem to get past it. I would pace at night from Anxiety, and then be tired all day, which would cause even more anxiety.

I was in a vicious cycle and I didn’t know how to get out of it! My depression and my anxiety got worse and worse.

My doctor prescribed Lexapro… I felt better right away… Not because it really did that big of a difference… But because I knew I was on the road to getting better.

I also knew, that I wasn’t going to stay on the Lexapro. I wanted to be able to deal with my GAD through lifestyle changes.

I found a counselor… Who specialized in GAD, I told her I don’t want to stay on meds, I want to do this by lifestyle change. She was absolutely wonderful… And she helped me through this horrible time, and taught me so much.

When Peyton talk to me about and a few ideas he had for https://teamawesomism.com/…I absolutely loved the idea. For several reasons, but most of all because we were going to be creating a virtual community that actually listens and cares!

This really personally hit home for me a couple months ago… I was speaking with someone who was “mentoring me“… When I brought it up with him that I had GAD… he proceeded to inform me that it was “all in my head”.

While I don’t disagree with him on the surface …that it really is in my head… 😂😂… I found it to be very disrespectful. He told me people look for excuses for not doing things. At first I thought about going through my entire history, and thr fact that I was actually diagnosed with it, but then realized he didn’t care.

At first, I felt like I did years ago… And then I decided I actually feel sorry for him… And I hope no one close to him is dealing with serious stress and anxiety… I also became more motivated to be a voice for GAD .

Dismissing people‘s fears and anxieties, stresses and hurts is easy… Helping people with them is fulfilling. I’ve chosen to be there for others.

I decided to use his negative energy and turn it around…..My GAD is my Monday motivation!

Mark’s Cheese Enchilada Recipe

One of Peyton‘s favorite meals is our cheese enchiladas. This recipe Mark modified from other recipes, to make it easier and faster to prepare.

We really love making these in the fall during football and hockey season.They are easy to make,  and are great in front of the TV, food. 😀

Next Friday we will have a really super awesome guest blogger…. it is going to be… Peyton! He’s going to share with us one of his favorite breakfast recipes. It also happens to be one of the first things he learned to make, when he learn to cook so make sure you follow us on https://teamawesomism.com/

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. The amount can vary depending on your seasoning brand and your preferred taste. We think less is more for a smoother sauce,but you might go for something spicier.

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken broth

6 to 8 corn tortillas

Two cups (or so) shredded cheese. We like the Colby Jack blend,but other cheeses work well also it depends on individual taste.

1/2 cup finally chopped onions

Heat the oil until it shimmers and add the spices. Stir together and let cook for one minute. Add the flour and stir into mixture. Add the chicken broth and whisk to get the clumps out. Let this simmer  and thicken for eight minutes or so.

After sauce has thickened slightly, pour into container… I use a large 4 cup measuring cup. Spray the bottom of your 9X9 inch pan with cooking spray and add a small layer of the sauce to the bottom of the pan.

Heat your tortillas in between two damp paper towels in microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to make them easier to roll. Build your enchiladas by inserting about 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese into the corn tortillas roll and placed seam side down into the pan, repeat until pan is filled.

Poor remaining sauce mixture over enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese and onions over top. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and gooey.

Serve with refried beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and Spanish rice.

If you have some sauce left over use it for other quick meals. I recommend rolling some refried beans into a flower tortilla and covering with the sauce and cheese. Makes a great quick meal on the go!

As always thanks for reading her blog! And don’t forget our book is available on TeamAwesomism website in the store! … It has even more recipes, as well as other awesome tips of how to take care of yourself.…… Please check out Peyton’s website… We are so proud of him being an autistic Teenpreneur small business owner!

 

 

 

 

It’s Launch Day!

I’m sorry I’ve been so absent lately! I haven’t been putting out very many blogs… But I promise I have a very good reason.

Today Peyton and I are launching Team  Awesomism! We are super excited about this new project that we have started. It’s been months in the works… And a few delays in launching but we finally are ready! Yay!

I think one of the things I am proudest of is, when I started this blog a few years ago… My goal was not only to raise autism acceptance….. but to actually work to help turn autism into Awesomism….  I feel that Team Awesomism  is going to help further that goal.

One of the things that I love best about this project, is that is a joint project of mine and Peyton’s. I’m so proud of Peyton. He not only has helped me develop the project… But he did the website himself!

Peyton and I tossed around several ideas before we came up with the idea of Team Awesomism. We wanted to start a community to build each other up,and help each other. Our community is for those with anxiety, stress, autism, ADHD etc. etc. it’s a community designed to help others find their strengths, happy places, comfort zones etc. We are community where you are supported and accepted.

Team Awesomism is a bully Freezone… I say it all the time on social media… I’ve written blogs about it…but I wanted to  make even a stronger statement….,I’m on my last nerve with bullies!!!! Physical bullies, as well as verbal and mental bullies. We’ve become a society where if you don’t agree with someone, and /or you are “different” it’s acceptable to bully and name calling. 🤦‍♀️

This is unacceptable in every facet, but especially to those with special needs and those who suffer with stress and anxiety issues. Rather than just talk about it,because too often bullies refuse to see themselves as bullies… We decided to create a community to help others.

Team Awesomism isn’t just about being anti-bullying in fact it’s more about finding that happy place, comfort zone etc. so that you can deal with the negative things that are thrown at you!

This community is about actions, not just words. It’s about building together, helping each other, supporting each other and most of all being there for each other. We will be sharing each other’s strengths, and helping each other find their strengths and make them even stronger!

We’re all in this journey of life… At the same time, maybe not the same places… That’s the beauty of the Internet. We don’t have to be physically by each other, to be emotionally and mentally together.

I will be continuing my Awesomismmom blog, it will have some changes.. which will be coming at the end of September. Awesomismmom will be more about our journey as a family… Then just mine and Peyton’s journey!  Watch for the relaunch of AwesomismMom at the end of September!! 🎉

In the meantime please check out our new project Team Awesomism!! Take some time look around our website read our blog… And most of all please help us spread the word! Thank you so much for reading my blog and for all your support! https://teamawesomism.com/

 

Easy English Muffin Pizza

Peyton absolutely loves pizza… He likes just about any kind of pizza. His favorite pizzas are the ones his dad makes. So when he is out on the oil rig, it’s a little difficult for me to make pizza anywhere near as good as his.

His dad will make some pizzas and freezes them so he can have them when he’s  gone. Needless to say he always wants to eat the pizza right away! 🙂

So I tried to come up with an idea so that he’ll like and still get some sort of pizza… I used to make these all the time for his older siblings when they were young. I decided to teach Peyton how to make them.

I know a lot of people make these, But I know with me… Sometimes I’m so busy I forget simple solutions to big things. By having Peyton be able to make these himself, it helps both of us out and allows him to create his own pizza.

It’s teaching him a life skill, as well as allowing me some extra time, because he’s making them himself. This way he can also decide what he wants to put on it.

His favorite one is with an English muffin, two slices of tomato, six pieces of pepperoni, skim mozzarella cheese…garlic and Italian seasoning… Sometimes he adds onions. *

We toast the English muffin lately. Then put a slice of tomato on each side. Top that with some skim mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning with garlic. We then put that under the broiler for two minutes on high. Take it out… And three pieces of pepperoni to each side… Put a little bit more cheese on top of that, and back under the broiler for a minute and a half. **

This is great for lunch with a bowl of soup or you can make a couple of them.

Ingredients needed:

English muffin

Two slices of fresh tomato

Half a cup of skim mozzarella cheese shredded

Six pieces of pepperoni

Season to taste

*As with all Recipes… check for food allergies and use caution when using broiler.

**Cheese May be really hot use caution

Enjoy and as always thanks for reading our blogs and watch for Team Awesomism launch on September 15!

Peyton’s fruit smoothie recipe

Peyton  loves Smoothies, which I’m really happy that he does. Mark got him in the habit of having a smoothie. Mark and I used to make the smoothies, but I encouraged Peyton into learning how to  make his own.

Before we go any further with this recipe I want to make a disclaimer… This smoothie has ingredients  in it that people may not like or may not be able to tolerate due to food allergies. Please check all the ingredients before starting! There are a couple of surprise ingredients at the end… Which can be added as extras or left out.

First time Peyton made this smoothie I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste. I really thought he was just putting everything in that he liked, but didn’t necessarily go together. I’m proud to say I was wrong. I love the taste of it,

Peyton makes this smoothie recipe in the morning, and has it with an egg. It contains oats, fresh fruits… He varies the types of fruit he puts in it depending on the season and what types we buy. It also has Yogurt, fruit juice,Manuka honey, cinnamon,

He uses a blender to make sure that everything is blended well. It’s actually quite an easy recipe, if you want the oats to be softer you can soak them For an hour or so before you put them in the smoothie. Rolled oats work best, but quick oats can be used.

1/4 Cup of oats

1 cup of blackberries

1 cup of yogurt (Peyton uses peach)

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 large ripe banana

1teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey

1/2 cup of juice .. Peyton uses peach juice from peaches

*here are two extras he adds but PLEASE check for food allergies…

1 Teaspoon of  peanut butter

1 Teaspoon of crushed almonds that he soaks in the oats

Mix everything together in a blender… Peyton adds a cup of ice as well to make it really nice and cold.

Enjoy!!  Hope you enjoy this awesome smoothie as much as Peyton and I do! As always, thanks for reading my blog. Don’t forget Team Awesomism  is launching on September 15!!