Goals

Goal Update for Week 15

1. Walk 500 miles this year (135 down and 365 to go)

I had a busy week so I crammed all of my 10 miles into three days, which kind of defeats the purpose of daily walks, but I did get my miles in:)

2. Eat under 40 net carbs each day

I did this for all seven days and found a new low carb recipe that we loved!

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

In addition to all of the fiction I have been reading this week, I also found a really interesting book on autism at our library called, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.

My 26 year old sister, Becca, is autistic and we have always wondered why she has all of the behavioral quirks that she does.  This book really opened my eyes as to how an autistic person sees the world and develops certain behaviors that make it more livable for them.

This book was written by a 13 yr old autistic boy after he was asked to explain why he had certain behaviors.  I really liked it because each section begins with a question on a certain autistic behavior and then the author explains the mentality as to why this behavior is so appealing/necessary to an autistic person.  For example, one of the questions asks, “Why do you like to watch certain movies again and again?”, the author answers, that being able to predict what is about to happen tends to bring a sense of calmness to an autistic person.

**My sister has always watched certain movies or clips again and again, and we have always wondered why she enjoyed something that we would have found so boring.  This really helped me to understand how seeing the same clip again and again, brings Becca a sense of comfort in a confusing world.

If you or someone in your life is touched by autism…read this book! It is a short read, but very informative and helpful for someone who deals with autism and the many unique behaviors that pop up along the way.

4. Have at least two family game nights each month

One down, one to go

5. Have at least two date nights each month

We had an at-home date last week, while my kids visited their grandparents.  While it might not be exciting, enjoying lunch together and walking at the park is always a nice, cheap way to spend time together:)

6. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing was bought this week except for groceries, so that was easy.

7. Have one no spend week each month

I am currently in my no spend week, so I plan to only buy a few groceries and nothing else for the remainder of the week.

8. Add twelve new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (Two added and ten to go)

I am currently working on a set of worksheets about important women in history.  I also hope to start a new Harry Potter study guide next week because I need to complete two products this month to keep on pace for this goal….yikes!!

9. $5 weekly challenge

cereal

Kroger had a great deal of bags of cereal for just $1.79, so I picked up three to donate to the local food bank. *Apparently cereal is a really popular item for their customers:)

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