Making healthy choices and creating healthy habits as we go back to school

Dear parents and educators,

This week I re-enrolled my son back into public school. It has been a long nine months of searching for answers to his chronic stomach pain which often left him unable to even get out of bed some days, causing us to withdraw him from public school. We went from healthcare professional to healthcare professional searching for answers. After many months of waiting, we were finally able to see a pediatric G.I. specialist. Then there were more months of waiting, and tests after tests. Now, the final diagnosis is that he does not have enough digestive enzymes to process dairy and sugar.

Why am I writing this? Because those doctors did not do anything to help us. One nurse practitioner even told us that we were doing him a disservice by not allowing him to eat junk food, candy, and Chito‘s like his friends and classmates. It turns out that all of that stuff is what was part of the problem. 

I’m writing this to bring your attention to the food you’ll be packing in your kids lunches, the food they might be eating provided by school lunches, and sweet treats that teachers will be choosing to give out because it’s so easy to reward kids with candy, right? Teachers, you don’t have to choose candy as a treat. Kids would love stickers, bookmarks, and other things like inexpensive bulk buy rewards from amazon, The 99 cent store, or oriental trading company. We owe it to our kids to teach them that what they eat plays a direct part in how they learn and perform. We owe it to our kids to teach them how to make healthy choices and create  healthy habits. 

I will be posting ideas on my blog page of things I plan to pack for my son‘s lunch that do not contain highly processed, sugar loaded, prepackaged foods. Feel free to follow along at Blind Mom in the Burbs. I have also offered to our elementary school principal to teach an in person course for parents, their kids, and teachers. I have spent this last year dedicating my time to studying health and wellness and became a certified health coach, specifically to work with families. I do not enjoy the virtual experience, so I apologize to those of you who do not live in the Las Vegas area. If anyone has an interest in attending and in person class, I would be happy to set something up for your family, a small group, or your school. You can reach me by emailing Terri.rupp@gmail.com.

I am also open to traveling, if your school,  organization, or company has an interest in learning how to take health into your own hands instead of waiting for the healthcare system. Unfortunately, the healthcare system is not always helpful, and often takes way too long.

 I am not a healthcare professional, simply somebody who is taking a proactive approach to my families health, and the health of those who want to follow along. 

A concerned parent,

Terri

What do you run for? I’m running for Braille Across America!

Exactly one month ago I was celebrating my finish of completing 150 miles at the Beyond Limits Running Jackpot Ultra Running Festival 72 hour event. I still have not yet written a full race recap. Every time I try, i’m overwhelmed with emotions. I knew going into that event that I would be going through a lot. What I have to say about those 72 hours deserves more than a blog post or a Facebook post. I know once I start writing, it will run, pardon the pun, away with itself and turn into that book that I will one day publish.

The landscape of life takes us through peaks and valleys, canyons, cliffs, barren deserts, and wide open Meadows. My heart is heavy with a few too many things, and so I run…

I run for my mental health.

I run for clarity.

I run for peace.

I run for an escape.

I run to numbe.

I run to feel.

I run for Joy.

I run because it is a place where I can just be.

In this current stretch, I’m making my miles count for more than just me. I am running to raise funds for braille literacy. I am participating in the National Braille Press Braille Across America event where individuals and teams across the country are running, riding, strolling, and rolling to raise funds to get more braille books into the hands of blind kids and blind parents.

National Braille Press makes it possible through donations from Events like this, and the generous support of sponsors to provide braille books at the same cost as print books.

The best part is that I’m doing this event with a few friends and my Marley.

If you’ve been following my blog Blind Mom in the Burbs then you know that we have had quite a journey as we have had to advocate for my daughters own right to braille literacy. thanks to the persistence we put in back as early as preschool days, my now middle Schooler has not only survived pandemic schooling, but is more than thriving with straight A’s in accelerated courses. This is all thanks to braille!

She at first was planning to complete the distance of a marathon during the challenge, then decided to triple that because it cost three times as much to produce a braille book than it does a print book. Now, she wants more. She is committing to go even farther than 3 times26.2. She is determined to complete more than 100 miles between March 17 and April 19 for Braille Across America.

Me? I plan to complete 365 miles, 1 mile for every day of the year! 39 of those miles will happen on my 39th birthday on April 2.

Won’t you support our miles and smiles as we go the distance for Braille Across America!

You can do so bye making a donation to our team or to our individual fundraising Pages by visiting this link. Or, if you want to make your miles count, you can join the team too for Braille Across America.

Happy lunar new year

Here’s wishing everyone happiness, health, and wealth.

The measurement of wealth is not in $$$$, but in the synergized product of happiness and health.

For almost 10 years I have been blogging at Blind Mom in the Burbs about how our family lives actively and loves proactively.

I’d love to share with you and your families how you too can LEAN into living as a happier healthier you.

Stay tuned for announcements on how to sign up for a four week health coaching course as we discuss the four pillars of health; lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition.

Bring on More Miles and Smiles in 2022

As we enter into 2022, I’ll be sharing more about my own health journey, and would love to be a support to your health journey.

According to Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, the world health organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmary. Optimal health on the other hand, is defined by health and human services as a holistic focus with The aim of obtaining the most possible health outcomes by promoting healthier behavior and not merely the absence of disease. Health and human services believes that when we focus on optimal health A prioritizes prevention and encourages individuals to prioritize and lower their risk for illness.

Personally, I know I feel much better physically, mentally, and emotionally when I eat well and am able to get out and move my body.

On this first day of 2022, I’m inviting you to get up, get out, and get active.

MoreMilesMmoresSmiles

What’s your finish line?

A friend asked me over the weekend why I choose to do such big adventures and have such crazy goals. On Sunday, my husband and I will be embarking on a five day bike ride across the state of Utah with five other teams of tandem bike riders, then finish it off with a marathon at the end of the week. In February, I plan to complete my second official 100 mile race getting me 2/3 of the way closer to being eligible to apply for Badwater, a 135 mile race through Death Valley in the middle of July.

My simple answer, “Because it scares me.”

What is it that scares you?

What’s your finish line?

Amazing Kick Ass Women (AKA): Blind Parenting With Spice

I often get asked to participate in speaking events or on different panels. I am especially excited to be a part of this one. We had so much fun and laughed so hard just on the planning sessions. Tune in to a talk show styled night filled with some super saucy ladies and spice!

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND                
VIRGINIA AFFILIATE, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE Presents:

AMAZING KICK ASS WOMEN (AKA):                                     
BLIND PARENTING WITH SPICE!

CALLING ALL BLIND MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE!!

COME HANG OUT WITH SPICY MOMS AND GET HOT TIPS!

You’re in for a fun-filled, tell-all, on-the-wild-side kind of Women’s night out—and it’s on a Tuesday, too?

Featuring the SPICIEST of SPICY WOMEN:
Rosy Ramirez Carranza, Denna Lambert, Lisamaria Martinez, TERRI RUPP

We’ve got Spin the Bottle, Shake-it-up Thought Provoking Q&A and we even have Dear Abby…or something like it with audio and video clips of Blind Moms with real questions!   

It will be a night filled with TRUTH and LAUGHTER and WOMEN bonding through it all! 

We even have some AWESOME DOOR PRIZES!

So, when is this amazing event, you ask? Tuesday, May 4th

Here’s how it works …

The ZOOM ROOM opens at 6:45 p.m. EST for Pre-Registration/Happy Hour.  If you want to be entered to win one of the incredible DOOR PRIZES, be there at 6:45 p.m. EST, because Pre-registration closes at 7:00 p.m. EST and no more names will be entered after 7:00 p.m. EST.
At 7:00 p.m. EST, the festivities will begin and the Spicy Mamas will bear all!

Here is the key to unlock this FANTABULOUS night of FUN:

Send me an email at blindmomintheburbs@gmail.com before 6:45 PM EST/ 3:45 PM PST and I will reply back with the zoom connection details.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Look Out Bad Water 135! Here Comes Your First Blind Female Runner

In February I ran my first 100 miler, but that doesn’t officially count because it was a self supported fat ass race. Last weekend, I ran my first official 100 miler at the Beyond Limits Running Jackpot Ultra Running Festival, where I logged 115 miles in 72 hours. What next? Here it is! My new obsession. In between phone calls, emails, and zoom meetings, I’ve been learning all I can learn about Badwater 135. This race starts in Badwater in death Valley, the lowest point on the North American continent. This race is run in the middle of July where temperatures are regularly above 120°. this is not just a 100 miler. Runners will go 135 miles from Badwater to Whitney portal, the beginning of the highest point in North America.I need to complete two more official 100 milers to be able to apply for this race. My goal is to do this in 2023, the year I turn 40. I live in Las Vegas with prime training conditions to run in triple digit heat. Death Valley is just less than three hours away so my guides and I will get plenty of opportunity to train all of the portions of the actual race. Lastly, it’s a road race, so I don’t have to worry about obstacles like rocks, roots, boulders, and other things on a trail race. Is it crazy? Yes! Is it scary? Just a little bit! I’m so excited! Why not shoot for something just a little bit scary and crazy? Look out Badwater! Here comes your first blind female runner. #Runstoppable #NotJustABlindMom

Unapologetically me

I’ve been told by a few women in separate circles of my life, jokingly and seriously, that they can’t help but feel envious when reading my Facebook posts.

I am going to unapologetically be me. If my sharing how we live actively and love proactively brings negative feelings, then please take a moment to see how you can make some changes in your own Life to be in a place of joy and peace.

It’s not easy. Being in a place like this takes work, hard work. I’ve paid my dues with years of loneliness, depression, struggles with self worth, and oh so many tears. There’s that saying that the grass is always greener on the other side, but who needs grass when there are so many other beautiful choices for landscaping?

Get out of you’re supposed to box. Boxes are square and the corners will inevitably get stuck. This song here is mine and Marley‘s current favorite song to sing off key to while we’re lapping the neighborhood, a neighborhood filled with friendly neighbors, green grass, and beautiful vibrant colorful desert landscaping.

This is me from the greatest showman soundtrack.

Here you go. I’ve pasted the video for your listening pleasure below the lyrics.

I am not a stranger to the darkHide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you areBut I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are gloriousWhen the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is meOh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, ohAnother round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become (yeah, that’s what we’ve become)I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are gloriousWhen the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is meOh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
This is meAnd I know that I deserve your love
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) There’s nothing I’m not worthy of
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh)
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
This is brave, this is bruised
This is who I’m meant to be, this is meLook out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is meWhen the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out
I’m gonna send a flood
Gonna drown ’em out
Oh
This is me

Celebrate Nevada Reading Week in Braille with the NFB of Nevada

I don’t own a Cat in the Hat hat amongst my many number of hats. I do own a national Federation of the blind of Nevada hat where I serve as affiliate president.

This week, the national Federation of the blind of Nevada is celebrating Nevada reading week with videos of our members reading braille.

Here’s the first video and my favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Things You Can Think.”