My goals for this month will probably sound like baby pabulum to some of you heavy hitters of exercise ...who judge their runs and power walks by the kilometer and not the foot, but I have to be realistic. If I'm not, I will never get this baby crawling...and if I can't crawl, I won't ever run.
My first and foremost goal is to make this my last hospitalization of the month...however that really cannot qualify as a goal because it is something I have almost no control over....so lets see if I take a different approach to my life than I have been, if I can influence that outcome in some positive way.
There is a chance (should the rehab doctor and the insurance company agree) that I could go to inpatient rehab before heading home from this hospital...for maybe a week or so. While more hospital never sounds like a good idea, this time I can see the beauty of it. These multiple treatments of IV steroids have weakened my muscles to an alarming degree and this would be an awesome opportunity to have the finest physical therapy team and equipment available to get me on my feet again. So that is something to pray for...again, not a goal I can have much influence over.
So what goals can I come up with that I can manage on my own steam power?
How about this? Everyday, take a walk, either in my house (upstairs and down) , or outside--even if initially it is just the length of my driveway--but everyday go a little further than the day before...by the end of the month to make it to the office in our development to the mailroom and back home (includes a hefty sized hill). The whole problem here is the cold weather and my terrible twitchy lungs. Some days, I'll be doing well to manage the driveway, I'm sure. But every day, I must make an EFFORT, set aside a time and do it.
strength training: work with bands and over door system for arms in my room downstairs. Assess where I'm at and come up with specific goals based on that info. Work up to being able to carry a laudry basket up the basement stairs!
Cardio - rebounder to music from ipod...
Stretching/ Yoga- focus mostly on this area as far as time concentration.
Food Goals: Stick to the guidelines: track food, drink your 8 waters, NO CHEATS
Internal Goals: journal, maybe do the Virtual Shrink program to get me more aware of what goes on in my head and how those connections and thoughts influence my actions.
Spiritual Goals...Give God- his time -first priority in my day. prayer a priority, overall awareness of his presence.
Community- look for ways to reconnect with old friends. This is important...do not let it slide! get on the phone. go to their houses. have them over for tea. write notes to people.
Are these goals too ambitious? Too complex? What areas should I focus on?
I think the social connection is important and way too long neglected. Maybe get together with people to walk. Look into a swimming pool to do exercises in. Pike Physical Rehab Center....look into it!
That and just getting my body moving! Out of the recliner!!
Ok, that should keep me busy...I know the goals aren't formulated or measureable enough. Maybe I should guage my progress on the amount of effort and time I put into carrying them out, rather than the actual distance covered or calories burned. Just to say at the end of the month, I gave it a really good effort and put energy into making changes.
Any thoughts on these goals? Too diverse and diffuse? Feedback and suggestions would be welcome.