Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 41

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (395 down and 105 to go)

We finally had fall temperatures in North Alabama this week, so I took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked all 11 miles outside.

2. Read two non-fiction books each month

I have four books picked out to borrow from the library this week, so hopefully two of them will be keepers.  **I sincerely believe that life is too short to read crappy books, so if a book does not strike my fancy by Chapter 3…I move on:)

3. Eat low carb each day

This was probably my worse low carb week ever (well at least since I started eating a low carb diet three years ago)…..I think I only ate low carb-ish 4 days this week.

4. Have two family game nights each month

This week we played Clue and Hi-Ho Cherry-o.  Emma won Hi-Ho Cherry-o and Ben and I won Clue. **In case you were wondering it was Ms. White with the wrench in the Dining Room.

5. Have two date nights each month

This week we went out to a local bar and grill and then watched a few Blacklist episodes at home on Netflix.

6. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store this year (4 completed)

I got zero work done on this goal this week!! **I did sell a Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets study guide though, so that is something:)

7. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

8. Try to buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week…however we found amazing deals at the thrift store this week, so stay tuned for my frugal things post for that update.

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

pancakes

This week, I bought pancake mix and syrup to add to my food bank stash.

 

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Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 40

1. Walk 500 miles this year (384 down and 116 to go)

I am getting close to the 400 mile mark!! This week I walked 10 miles and suffered through the delightful (not!) 90+ degree Fall weather that we have been having lately in Alabama…

2. Eat low carb each day

I did this for six days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet

4. Have two date nights each month

Not yet

5. Have two family game nights each month

Not yet

6. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

7. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 down and 2 to go)

I am still working on a Mansfield Park study guide.

8. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought.

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

I bought three boxes of cereal to add to my food bank stash for the month of October.

 

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 39

1. Walk 500 miles this year (374 down and 126 to go)

We actually had rain this week, so I walked half of my ten miles outside and the other half indoors using walking videos and hand weights to make up for the flat terrain.

2. Eat low carb everyday

I did this for all 7 days.

3. Read two non fiction books each month Accomplished

Educated: A MemoirFor the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

This month I read For the Love by Jen Hatmaker and Educated by Tara Westover. **I highly recommend both!

4. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

I completed this early in the month.

5. Try to buy nothing new this year.

Nothing new was bought this week, but I did find lots of great deals at the thrift store. **These will be posted in my Five Frugal Things post

6. Have two date nights each month.  Accomplished

We had an at home date night this week.

7. Have two family game nights each month Accomplished

8. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 completed and 2 left)

I am currently working on a study guide for Mansfield Park.

9.  $5 Weekly Challenge

sept haul
September Charity Haul

This week I added pancake mix and syrup to my September charity collection and plan to drop the items off at the food bank this week.

Goals

Goal Update for Week 38

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (364 down and 136 to go)

I walked 9 miles this week and my wonderful husband joined me almost every time so we had lots of great conversations:)

2. Eat low carb every day

I did this for 6 days this week

3. Read two non-fiction books each month Accomplished

Educated: A Memoir

This week I read Educated by Tara Westover.  I did not read any reviews or even a summary about this book before I picked it up, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into!  (I tend to avoid books that have a lot of stressful situations that never really get resolved, so this book kind of tortured me in so many ways)

The story follows a girl who is being raised in a very unconventional family, which is led by an unpredictable, bipolar father.  The book chronicles the challenges she faces (ex:  lack of formal education, parental neglect, and abuse by an unstable brother) and how she rises above those circumstances to excel in college and beyond.  **Warning:  This is not a feel good book at all.  Even though she becomes successful in the end, the traumas that she endured during her life continue to haunt her future.  The writing was really captivating though, so I stayed up to 2am to finish it…yawn…

4. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

5. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week

6. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 out of 6 completed)

No progress this week:(

7. Have two family game nights each month Accomplished

This week we played Cadoo and Moustache Smash.

8. Have two date nights each month

One down and one to go

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

This week I picked up a 5 boxes of Macaroni and cheese to donate to the foodbank.

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 37

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (355 down and 145 to go)

Wow there are just 15 weeks left in the 2018! I am going to be cutting it a little close, but I think that I should hit 500 miles by the end of December.  This week I walked 9 miles outside and 1 mile indoors.

2. Eat low carb each day

I did this for 6 days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

This week I read For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.  I was looking for something inspirational and funny and this book happens to check both boxes.  Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite Christian authors mostly due to her great sense of humor and her understanding of the human condition.  In each of her books, Jen Hatmaker finds a special way of challenging you into living outside of your comfort zones and getting more out of life by living intentionally.  For the Love is meant to reassure the reader that while there will always be room for improvement in your life, as long as you are doing your best, sometimes that is enough. **Also, anyone who can poke fun at themselves, is ok in my book:)

4. Have two date nights each month

We went out for Mexican food this week and it was delicious!

5. Have two family game nights each month

This week we played Avengers Bingo, Crazy Eights, and Apples to Apples.  **Ben won both rounds of Bingo, Emma won Crazy Eights, and I won Apples to Apples.

6. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

7. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 out of 6 completed)

No progress so far…

8. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week

9.  $5 weekly challenge

kellogg cereal

This week Kroger had cereal on sale for $.99, so I picked up five to donate to the food bank.

 

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 36

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (345 miles down and 155 to go)

I had to work around a couple of afternoon thunderstorms, but I managed to get in all 10 miles this week.

2. Eat low carb each day

I did this for 6 out of 7 days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet

4. Have two family game nights each month

Not yet

5. Have two date nights each month

Not yet

6. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

We stayed home almost every day last week, so I decided to just have my no spend week then.  **A simple, yet effective way to save money:)

7. Try to buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week, except for items found in Target’s Dollar aisle (which luckily happens to be one of my exclusions for this challenge!!!!)

8. Add six products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 down and 2 to go)

Still working on homeschool assignments…

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

shoes

I was walking in Target and noticed that they had a large amount of children’s shoes marked down to 70% off, so I picked up two pairs to donate to a local charity.  **Brand new pairs of shoes for $3 each is a steal nowadays, especially considering that used shoes sell for almost double that at our local thrift stores.

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 35

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (335 down and 165 to go)

I only got around to walking 8 miles last week, but I am going to try to get in a few extra miles this week to keep on track for the year.

2. Eat low carb each day

I did this every day this week!  Low carb tip:  My husband stays on track better if I have a lot of leftovers for him to choose from.  One way I do this is to cook extra meat every time I grill, which makes a quick meal possible any time of day.  I also try to make sure his favorite fat bombs are in the freezer each week to satisfy his sweet tooth and I always have backup blocks of cheese in my fridge at all times. (Cheese shortage is a serious situation in my house)

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet

4. Have two family game nights each month

Not yet

5. Have two date nights each month

Not yet

6. Have one no spend week each month

Not yet

7. Try to buy nothing new this year

I did technically buy two new items this past week, but since they were wedding presents, they do not count against me…you got to love loopholes 🙂

8. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 down and 2 to go)

I have not added any new products in two months!! So I really need to get busy…

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

deodorant

This month I am buying things to donate to a local charity that provides clothing and hygiene items to school children in our county.  Apparently they were low on deodorants, so I grabbed five at Kroger while they were on sale for $.99 each.  Sometimes life works out nicely!

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 34

1. Walk 500 miles this year (327 down and 173 to go)

This week I walked all 10 miles outdoors…and yes it is still hot and muggy….

2. Eat low carb everyday

I did this for 6 out of 7 days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

So far I have only read one, but I am going to try and squeeze in another before the end of the week, so that I can mark this goal as accomplished for August.

4. Have two date nights each month Accomplished

We had one at home date night earlier this month and then went out for one delicious sushi dinner last week.

5. Have two family game nights each month Accomplished

6. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store this year (4 completed)

Still taking a break while I finish up my children’s lesson plans for their next 8 weeks of homeschool.

7. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

8. Try to buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week

9. $5 weekly challenge

charityaugust

Here are all the items that I bought this month for the food bank.

 

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 33

1. Walk 500 miles this year (317 down and 183 to go)

We had an extremely humid week this week, but I managed to overcome my whininess and got in all 10 miles.  I am so ready for fall!

2. Keep my net carbs low

Yes, I changed this once again:)  **I am tweaking my diet a bit to see if adding high fiber grains back in might fix some issues I have been having lately.  I will still be eating low carb, just not ultra low carb like I have been for years.

3. Read two nonfiction books each month

All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor

This week I chose All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot to read.  I have not read this book since college and forgot how wonderful it was!  This autobiography is about a Scottish veterinarian that has to deal with very interesting clients and situations, but still manages to find the joys in the job that he has chosen as his life’s work.  **I like how he intertwines the courtship of his future wife throughout the book.  It kind of reminds me of Christy by Catherine Marshall in that the romance is not at the forefront of the storyline, but rather is treated like the icing on the cake.

4. Have two date nights each month Accomplished

This week, we went out for sushi at a local restaurant….which was of course delicious!

5. Have two family game nights each month Accomplished

This week we played a rousing game of Disney Scene-it….which I won:)

6. Add six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 down and 2 to go)

Taking a break on this while I am working on creating home school assignments for our next 8 week session. **My kids are in their 5th week of school already so I have to hustle!

7. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

8. Try to buy nothing new this year

Century Lil' Dragon Wavemaster Training Bag

Well….I had my first Amazon purchase of the year this week.  My son has been wanting to learn karate skills, but I just do not think he is mature enough for karate classes yet.  I have these fears for two reasons:  #1. He thinks that they are ninja classes and will be shooting fireballs out of their hands  #2. He said that they will help him become a Ninja Turtle when he grows up.  So instead of giving my son massive disillusionment at an early age…..I chose to buy a stand up punching bag that he can practice on for now.  So far he really likes it and it has channeled his aggression in a positive way…away from his sister!

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

cerealaugust

Kroger had a great deal on their store brand bagged cereal again, so I grabbed two more this week to add to my food bank stash for the month.

 

 

 

Goals

Weekly Goal Update for Week 32

1. Walk at least 500 miles this year (307 down and 193 to go)

Wow, it feels great to break the 300 mile mark!! We had another sunny week, so I got to walk almost all of my miles outside, which is always nice.

2. Eat less than 40 net carbs each day

I did this for 6 out of 7 days.

3. Read two non-fiction books each month

Not yet, but I plan to pick up a couple of books at the library tomorrow.  I have no clue what I will find, but hopefully it will be an interesting read.  Any suggestions??

4. Have two family game nights each month

Not yet.

5. Have two date nights each month

This week, we had an at home date afternoon while the kids visited their aunt.  We basically just relaxed at our house and watched the movie Stripes together (which was awful!)  **Bill Murray’s humor is really hit or miss with me and this was a total miss!

6. Have one no spend week each month Accomplished

7. Add twelve six new products to my Teachers pay Teachers store (4 done)

I am taking a break from working on my current study guide project while I tweak Emma’s high school coursework a bit.  Homeschool high school is no joke! Case in point:  My mom calls to check in on me each morning and always asks what we were up to…the answer is always school work.  Then she calls back at the end of the day and still the answer is school work:)

8. Buy nothing new this year

Nothing new was bought this week.  Surprisingly, this is turning out to be the easiest goal for me this year.  The only issue is trying to find clothes that are appropriate for church at the thrift store…which is not as easy as I thought it would be….

9. $5 Weekly Challenge

cereal july

Kroger had huge bags of their store brand cereal on sale this week for $2.79 so I picked up two to add to my food bank stash.

 

How are your New Year’s goals going??