14 Possible Reasons Why People Think Autism Can be Outgrown

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Here are some possible reasons why people think autism can be outgrown:

  • Assumption that autism is caused by heavy metal poisoning which is something that’s treatable.
  • False advertisements for treatments or “cures” for autism.
  • Impression that autistic adults are supposed to look or act like autistic children.
  • Impression that autism is only a childhood disability.
  • Autistic people can get better at suppressing their traits such as stimming and using the right social cues.
  • Revealed strong skills in certain areas may give the impression that the person also needs less support in other areas. Intact rote memory means the student can do well in facts based courses but it doesn’t reflect the person’s coordination or executive function which tends to be their hurdles in terms of employment.
  • Stories about autism being cured.
  • The autistic person received less support which reduced the amount of reminders that the person was autistic.
  • The autistic person joined fewer special needs programs, clubs, or groups which also reduced the amount of reminders that the person was autistic.
  • The autistic person mentioned less about his or her challenges.
  • Chronic sensory overload may be confused with desensitization because the baseline was forgotten.
  • Behind the scene preparations were overlooked. Having successful social interactions may be confused with actual improvements. Notice that in one example, a lot of preparation was needed for every hour of social interaction.
  • Asking for help when writing letters or other accommodations may be mistaken for a lack of maturity or confidence which can be improved. Similar to the previous example, when I write comments, I need lots of preparation time to make sure that it’s in the right mood and has a reasonable amount of information. Why not have your job completed in five minutes instead of one hour?
  • Tests don’t look at their real life abilities which means the scores can be average or even above average.

First Day of Sleep Tracking with the Fitbit Charge 2

I used the Fitbit Charge 2 to track my sleep. It can actually report how much time was spent in the sleep stages.

When I was shopping for the Fitbit, I thought that being able to detect sleep stages was a strong selling point because it’s an area that I need to work more on. It was able to detect sleep stages because it has a heart rate monitor.

Here are the screen shots:




With accurate information about your sleep, you can find out what affects your sleep.

Ideas for experiments include:

  • Number of steps per day
  • Duration of exercise at different intensities or power or heart rate zones
  • Timing of exercise
  • Aromatherapy
  • Maffetone method
  • Traditional base training
  • Sweet spot base training
  • Resistance training
  • Number of days of exercise per week
  • Workout splitting
  • Brain exercises
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Recovery workouts (exercise intensities that you don’t consider as exercise)
  • Light therapy intensity, duration, and timing
  • Naps
  • Maximum amount of caffeine you can take without affecting your sleep
  • Super foods
  • Chamomile
  • Lavendar
  • Herbs
  • Sleep aids
  • Sleep schedules

How would they affect your REM sleep, deep sleep, light sleep, night time awakenings, and sleep onset?

On Running Form: The Kenyan Method


Just when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about running form, someone lectures about how the rules have changed. Way back when during the 80s, we were taught that the best foot strike was to land on your heels first then roll your foot forward and take off with your toes. I’ve had my share of injuries while doing this style of foot strike so i abandoned this and just ran on something i would feel comfortable with. Well, it still didn’t make me a faster runner nor did it make my running more efficient so i experimented with various running forms until i found the stride and the form which kept me more relaxed without stressing the muscles too much.

Now, enter Coach Jojo Macalintal. Jojo has been recently hired by Runnex to coach the participants of the Runnex Sunday Running Clinic on proper running technique…

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5 Dangerous Myths About High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

An Aspie's view on Christianity, Aspergers, Bullying, and everything inbetween

So going off of my last post, I finally decided to post my reactions to some of the most common myths about those with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism in general. I’m appalled by how widely believed these myths are, and I’m hoping to shed some light on the truth, coming from the perspective of an Aspie/Autistic woman. 🙂

Myth #1: Those with autism or Asperger’s react the same way to all sensory input, including tastes, textures, sounds, etc.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked with people who believe this myth. Quite a few people have heard that those on the autism spectrum have some sensory processing issues, but they wrongly assume that this means that ALL sensory input causes us issues. The truth is that it depends on each individual person. Most people on the spectrum don’t have an issue with all input, but rather specific…

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Commutes as Recovery Rides. How Fast Can You go? (Strava Data Included)

If you bike to work at an easy pace, would you be too slow?

Here are the screenshots from Strava. The rides were done on Vancouver’s bike routes. A heart rate monitor was used to make sure that I stayed in the right zone. A larger cassette was installed so that hills were easier to climb.


Heather St (Southbound)

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  • Max HR: 121
  • Avg HR: 106
  • Avg power (estimated): 103W
  • Avg speed: 15.1 km/h

Kitsilano to UBC

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  • Max HR: 131
  • Avg HR: 116
  • Avg power (estimated): 178W
  • Avg speed: 17.4 km/h

Off Broadway (Westbound)

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  • Max HR: 108
  • Avg HR: 91
  • Avg power (estimated): 102W
  • Avg speed: 15.5 km/h

Ontario St (Northbound)

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  • Max HR: 117
  • Avg HR: 108
  • Avg power (estimated): 190W
  • Avg speed: 14.2 km/h

Your speed should decrease more noticeably when climbing, when accelerating, or when carrying heavier loads.

Your speed shouldn’t decrease as noticeably on the flats or when carrying lighter loads.

Possible Overtraining while doing Interval Training 3 Times a Week

I suspect that I’ve overtrained while doing base training on TrainerRoad. Now I’m putting my training on hold.

That means you may have to wait for a while before seeing more fitness test results from my blog. If I really overtrained and I recovered from it, my performance should actually increase!

I started sweet spot base training last October. It has intervals using the zones sweet spot, threshold, and VO2 max. Near the end of the three months, I felt less fresh after each workout than in the earlier part of training.

I also had other symptoms such as increased frequency of colds, increased awareness of heart beats, reduced sleep quality and quantity, and those that are confused with improvements.

If you suspect overtraining, you should pay more attention to how you’re exercising. Even trips that aren’t considered to be workouts count such as walking to work. Do you push too hard uphill or accelerating from a stop?

It may not seem like it’s possible to overtrain so easily especially while base training. It’s likely that before using TrainerRoad, I had some degree of overtraining before from pushing too hard on most of my rides. I coasted a lot too which means there wasn’t enough endurance training in the first place.

My guess is that if base fitness is required for interval training, I wasn’t fit enough for them. In part 2 of sweet spot base and the FTP tests, threshold and VO2 max intervals were done.

Dr. Maffetone has an article about overtraining. According to its comments, activities should be limited to very light intensity. That means the MAF HR may still be too high. It can take months to recover!

My guess is that active recovery counts which means zone 1 can be used. If your FTP is 200W, then your maximum power is 110W which means 25 km/h on the flat assuming that you don’t stop!


If your bike rides are truly recovery rides, they will be so easy that you won’t feel like you’ve exercised. Replacing your bike gears to decrease its gear ratio make hill climbing easier. The largest cassette on MEC so far is 11-46. Dismounting is another option. A heart rate monitor can remind you to stay in the recovery zone.


I’ve also supplemented with magnesium. It’s good for sleep and stress reduction which are important for recovering from overtraining. Stress depletes magnesium and heavy exercise is a source of stress which means it can create a vicious cycle. Hopefully it will speed up recovery.

Autistic people seem to be at a higher risk of magnesium deficiency for some reasons. Since it can’t be outgrown, it makes sense why adults are at a higher risk as well and why I should take it. Wearing a non-autistic mask does nothing to magnesium status even if you see that the person looks non-autistic 99% of the time.