Goals for 2018: Week 23 of 52

Here I am.

You may have noticed that the blog writing has slowed down significantly the last few months.  That’s simply because of L.I.F.E.  Because I thought I had three healthy, normal kids, and in the last two and a half years, I’ve discovered I have not one but two children with high functioning autism.

I’ll be honest, lately most days are pretty overwhelming.  Our one child is still in the process of getting a formal diagnosis, but we are in the process of getting ABA therapy for the other child who was diagnosed in late 2016.  I don’t know if it will help or not, but trying it is worth a shot.

Some days everything in our home is chaos (or at least it feels that way), and other days, we get by.  I miss blogging. . .honestly, I miss much of my old life when I had more time.  However, my priority will always be my family.  I have thought about giving up the blog, but I really do enjoy blogging, and for now, I plan to continue.

Meanwhile, these goals are making me feel a bit defeated because so many other parts of my life are requiring so much time and mental energy.  I’m scaling my goals WAY back this week so I can hopefully build some momentum.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I’m still reading The 5 Love Languages.  I finished  The Hidden Side, and I loved it!  Look for a review this Friday.

Write.  I’m breaking this goal into two parts–writing twice in my journal, and write one post for the blog besides the goals post and the book review post.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  Exercise a total of 20 minutes this week.

Eat only when I’m hungry. I’m the world’s biggest stress eater, so I often eat not when I’m hungry, but when I feel stress, which happens many times a day lately.  Based on Geneen Roth’s teachings, I’m going to eat only when hungry.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

I have decided that everyone in our family needs a schedule, especially since most kiddos on the spectrum do better with a routine.  I know I’ll have to be flexible for a few weeks, but once we find out about ABA, I’ll be able to make a more concrete schedule.

Clean Up for 5 Minutes After Kids Are in Bed

I’m reducing this to just 5 minutes a night.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine – ACCOMPLISHED!

I have been doing great with this.  I’m marking it as accomplished because I’ve successfully done it the past few weeks, and it’s now become habit for me.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

Goals for 2018: Week 21 of 52

The last two weeks, my husband was home for two days.  The rest of the time he was traveling for work.  He travels only a few times a year, usually for short trips, but this time there were three trips back to back.

Anyone who has kids with autism knows that they often don’t do well with change, and that is no different for my kids.  I’m so glad that my mom was here to help, but it was still an exhausting two weeks.  Very little got done, and now that my husband is back, I’m looking forward to getting back to a more normal schedule.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I finished  Somewhere There Is Still a Sun and Josiah’s Fire.

Now I’m reading The 5 Love Languages and I’ve just started The Hidden Side.

Write. Nothing this week.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  Nothing this week, but my husband and I have come up with a tentative solution.  (It’s been hard for me to leave the house early in the morning to walk because he likes to go out early in the morning to exercise.)  I’ll go out a few days a week after he comes home early from exercise, and the other days I’ll work out in my room while the kids are sleeping.

Manage my sugar cravings. I haven’t been to Weight Watchers in three weeks, so this week, I’ll just be happy if I stay even from the 3 pounds I lost a few weeks ago.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

Still working on this.

Clean Up for 10 Minutes After Kids Are in Bed

I’m just starting this goal this week.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine – ACCOMPLISHED!

I have been doing great with this.  I’m marking it as accomplished because I’ve successfully done it the past few weeks, and it’s now become habit for me.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

Goals for 2018: Week 18 of 52

I’m finally making some progress on my goals!  Even if it takes me all year to reach all of these goals, at least I will have changed my life in a positive way, and that’s worth it for me.

Since I’m crossing one of my goals off the list this week since I consider it accomplished, I’m adding a new goal–take 10 minutes after the kids go to bed every night and clean or declutter one area.  I’ll report on that next week.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I’m three quarters of the way through Somewhere There Is Still a Sun.  It’s deep and emotional, so I can only read a bit at a time.  I’m halfway through Josiah’s Fire and I finished The Woman in the Window.  I highly recommend it.  (I’ll be posting a review on Friday!)

Write. Nothing this week.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  Nothing this week.

Manage my sugar cravings. My mom and I started Weight Watchers last week.  (I had been doing it online with little success, so we decided to go to the meetings.)  I also decided that rather than using the Freestyle program, I’ll use the Simply Filling technique.  The first week in I lost 3 pounds.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

Still working on this.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine – ACCOMPLISHED!

I have been doing great with this.  I’m marking it as accomplished because I’ve successfully done it the past few weeks, and it’s now become habit for me.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

Goals for 2018: Week 17 of 52

Before I leap into my goals, I’m planning my summer blog content, and I’d love to know if you find the weekly grocery reports valuable or not?  Please let me know in the comments as well as what other kind of content you’d like to see.  I don’t want to post stuff that isn’t useful to anyone.  😉

My mom has graciously come to stay for about 2.5 months, for which I am SOOOO grateful!  Having her here helps me as I shuttle the kids between appointments and evaluations and take the time to arrange new therapy for my one child with autism and the other child who is being evaluated this month for autism.

Besides that, just having her support is so helpful.  A girl is never too old to get help from mom.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I’m halfway through Somewhere There Is Still a Sun.  It’s deep and emotional, so I can only read a bit at a time.  I think I’ll also start Josiah’s Fire so I can read that when the other book becomes too much for me.

 

Write. Nothing this week.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  I took two 10 minute walks this week.

Manage my sugar cravings. My mom and I started Weight Watchers last week.  (I had been doing it online with little success, so we decided to go to the meetings.)  I also decided that rather than using the Freestyle program, I’ll use the Simply Filling technique.  I like the wide variety of foods I can have without counting points.  I feel like if I’m hungry, I can nourish my body without guilt.  When I use points, even on Freestyle, I feel deprived and always run out of points.  Here’s to new starts and changing techniques.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

Still working on this.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine

I said my morning and evening prayers every day but one.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

Goals for 2018: Week 15 of 52

I’m beginning to think it may take all year to firmly establish these goals.  Life here is, well, crazy and chaotic.  After much observation and thought, my husband and I have decided to get another child tested for high functioning autism.  We’re not sure yet that this child has it, but many of the behaviors that we’re seeing are similar to our other child’s who has autism.

I’m a bit overwhelmed to think I may have two children with autism, but if I do, at least this child can get therapy, and maybe, eventually, the chaos in our lives will settle down a bit.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I’m halfway through Pachinko and really liking it!

 

Write. Nothing this week.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  Nothing this week.

Manage my sugar cravings. Still struggling.  When stressful moments come up in my day, I just naturally want to reach for sweets.  I’m totally emotionally eating.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

Still working on this.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine

Friends, I said my morning prayers every day but one.  I have to.  I have to rely on someone else because I really need someone to lean on.  The one morning I forgot my prayers was a rough one.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!